The final week of Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show” kicked off Monday with Amy Schumer as the guest.
While promoting her new movie, “Trainwreck,” she also addressed the theatre shooting during a screening of her movie in Louisiana last month where a 59-year-old white male shot and killed at least two and injured nine before turning the gun on himself.
Schumer told Stewart it “broke her heart” when she first heard the news.
Immediately following the tragedy she tweeted her condolences to the victims.
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
But she wanted to do more, as she told Stewart. “The second this happened you want to act,” she said. “I wanted to go down there and do whatever I could.”
Last weekend, Schumer became even more personally linked to the shooting when Sarah Clements, daughter of a Sandy Hook survivor, wrote an open letter to the comic via Medium.com asking her to “be a voice for our generation and for women” against gun violence.
“I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got,” Clements wrote. “And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.”
Schumer replied to the story with this tweet on Sunday.
Then Monday, before going on “The Daily Show,” Schumer joined Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) for a press conference where they issued a call for gun-control legislation.
“This has been in the works,” Schumer told Stewart. “I was so happy he invited me to be a part of it,” she said of Chuck Schumer, who are cousins.
At the press conference, Schumer stated how serious she is about being an advocate for gun control.
“The time is now for the American people to rally for these changes,” she said. “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last.”
Watch the complete “Daily Show” interview with Schumer here:
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