Amy Schumer takes aim at gun violence

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NEW YORK CITY-- Comedian Amy Schumer is on fire right now, but the self-proclaimed "Trainwreck" took a serious turn Monday in New York.

"We're here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings in our schools, our college campuses, our military bases and even in our movie theaters," Schumer explained, standing side-by-side with her cousin, New York senator Charles Schumer. "These shootings have got to stop. I don't know how else to say it."

Of course, this was a response to that terrorist shooting at a screening of her latest movie in Lafayette two weeks ago.

"I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end these two beautiful lives, but it was very personal for me," Schumer said, obviously getting emotional. "And I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy."

She also offered solutions, "We have common sense solutions. We can toughen background checks and stop the sale of firearms to folks who have a violent history or a history of mental illness. We can invest more in treating mental illness instead of slashing funding."

Houstonian Felicia McBride applauds Schumer's stand, "I think we all need to play a part if it's going to positively affect results in terms of how our political issues are handled."

Pickup truck driver Sean Roberts is a bit more skeptical, "I think it's a different way of getting the ultimate agenda out of taking away your right to bear arms. The right is protected by the Constitution."

Nadia Iarmolkowycz agrees with Schumer but worries her comments may affect her career, "It's a big compromise for her because obviously there are people that are gonna be for it. And there are gonna be a lot of people and fans probably that are gonna be against it. So she's taking a risk."

Will Schumer's foray into politics affect the crowds at her October 16 show at the Oddball Comedy Festival in the Woodlands? We will have to wait and see.

Amy told the New York press defiantly, "These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you, they will not be my last." Let's just hope her comments don't overshadow her comedy.