Amy Schumer Responds to Senate Vote on Gun Safety

June 22nd 2016

Laura Donovan

Comedian Amy Schumer has been a vocal gun safety advocate for the past year, so it should come as no surprise that she's expressing disappointment in the Senate for voting against four gun safety measures on Monday.

Amy Schumer at a press conference about gun violence

“I am sickened by the cowardice of these people who are supposed to lead us,” Schumer told POLITICO exclusively. “Their dedication seems to be only to dollar signs for their own pockets. In November, we will remember who stood with the gun lobby, rather than their constituents, as we mourned for Orlando.”

The Senate vote followed a 15-hour filibuster on gun safety last week, and also came in response to the mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse. Following the massacre on the morning of June 12, Schumer showed love for Florida on Twitter:

Last summer, Schumer teamed up with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to call for a stronger background check process for people looking to buy guns. They held a press conference in New York roughly a week after a man opened fire in a screening of the comedian's film "Trainwreck" and killed two people.

"I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy," the actress said in an emotional speech at the press conference. "We'll never know why people choose to do these painful things, but sadly, we always find out how. How the shooter got their gun. It's often something that shouldn't have happened in the first place. Today's push makes so much sense because it seeks to address the how. We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws."