Over the weekend, Amy Schumer let the world know that she has not forgotten about the tragic Lafayette, Louisiana, theater shooting that took place during a screening of her film, Trainwreck.
A woman named Sarah Clements published an open letter to the comedian on Medium.com, in which she called on Schumer to take a stand against gun violence.
“Your movie — which was so well-received, so brilliant, so you — will now forever have this shooting attached to it. You’ve been caught in the middle of our country’s terrifying, unending war with itself, our sick and twisted relationship with the gun lobby, which tells us we need guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Search your movie ‘Trainwreck’ on Google and a scroll-down suggestion will now be ‘Trainwreck shooting,'” she wrote.
She continued, “I know the guilt, the sadness, the hole in your heart you’re feeling. I know the crushing anxiety you have for Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux and their families. I know the sudden feeling that you are not safe anywhere anymore, the numbness that whisks through your limbs and makes you forget that you’re human and that you’re in control. I know all of this. Not because I was in your exact shoes, but because I own a different make of them.”
Clements’ lengthy open letter then calls on Schumer to take action, as she writes, “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.
“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.”
And Schumer has responded to the open letter in a tweet, in which she informed the world that she thinks about the two victims every day. She also corrected a spelling of Mayci’s name — which may have been misspelled as “Marci” in an earlier version of the letter.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015
What Schumer has planned remains to be seen, but she has said that she’s “on it.”