Amy Schumer releases previously deleted comedy sketch on guns
She may not be able to control the inaction of politicians on gun control, but comedian Amy Schumer is using her platform to let everyone know she is horrified by recent mass shootings and disappointed in the Senate's refusal to hold a vote after Democrats staged an unsuccessful sit-in to demand reasonable gun control measures this week.
After initially cutting "Welcome to the Gun Show," a controversial gun control sketch she created for Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, the actress decided to bring it back after the mass shooting in Orlando on June 12, in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub.
This two-minute clip features Jon Benjamin playing attorney Toby Shrak of the law firm Shrak & Murphy. Everything you need to know about Schumer's feelings on the issue are evident in his opening line:
“Hi, I’m Toby Shrak of the law firm of Shrak & Murphy, but don’t call me, because there’s nothing I can do. For over 20 years, my brother and I fought for our clients: victims of car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace harassment, lead poisoning, asbestos harassment. Since my brother caught a stray bullet at a mall shooting, I found out it’s not even worth it to try to sue gun or ammo manufacturers because the law gives them almost complete immunity from liability."
Check out the clip below:
Schumer has been a vocal gun control advocate since last summer, when a gunman opened fire inside of a Louisiana movie theater that was screening her film Trainwreck. He shot and killed two people before taking his own life.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly at the time, Schumer criticized easy access to firearms: “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns,” she said. “The critics scoff and say, ‘Well, there’s no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,’ but they’re wrong. There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible. We have common-sense solutions.”
Comedy may seem an unusual route to take here, but this clip is witty, smart and pulls no punches — and if it makes you think about gun control for even a minute today, Schumer has done her job.