Amy Schumer: I Think About “Trainwreck” Shooting Victims “Every Day”
Amy Schumer says she thinks “every day” about the victims of the fatal shooting during a screening of her movie Trainwreck.
As Gossip Cop reported, a man named John Russell Houser opened fire in a Lafayette movie theater last week, just minutes into a showing of Trainwreck. Houser killed two women, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, and injured several others before turning the gun on himself. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Schumer tweeted, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”
But the rising star took to Twitter again on Saturday in response to an essay written on Medium by Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Clements penned an open letter, published Friday, in which she connects the two mass shootings, and those of Aurora and Charleston. She praises Schumer and Trainwreck, but implores her to now step up in the battle for gun control.
“I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help,” writes Celments. “Join your colleagues Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal. Join our movement. Write an op-ed. Support an organization. Demand change. Be a voice for our generation and for women — two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country.”
The piece came to Schumer’s attention via filmmaker Christine Dickason, who tweeted, “Once again, @sfclem writes a brilliant, passionate piece about #gunviolence – this time, to @amyschumer.” Schumer responded with a tweet to them both. “@cdickason11 @sfclem Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday,” she wrote, pointing out a misspelling.
And, in direct reference to Clements’ plea, Schumer continued, “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.” What exactly the actress-comedian’s plans entail is unclear. Still, Clements replied, “Thank you for having #gunsense & pledging to act. Mayci and Jillian lost their voices – we need to hear yours in their honor.” TELL US: What do you think of Schumer getting called out and the response she tweeted?