The essay was posted to Medium.com by Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In her response to the letter, Schumer did not address how she would tackle gun violence, but she strongly suggested that she had plans to bring awareness to the issue. She also stated that the Louisiana victims are constantly on her mind.
"Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday," the actress tweeted on Saturday. "Don't worry I'm on it. You'll see."
@cdickason11@sfclem Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don't worry I'm on it. You'll see.
This is the second time Schumer has responded to the shooting, which occurred during a 7 p.m. screening of her film, Trainwreck, at Lafayette's Grand Theatre. Two women, Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, were killed, and nine others were injured. The shooter, John Russell Houser, 59, took his own life during the incident.
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.
Schumer's initial response was referenced in the open letter. "I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got," Clements wrote. "We need your voice in this movement. We need your help."
Clements also called Schumer this "generation’s epitome of what it means to be a strong, powerful, self-aware champion for the experiences and truths of being a woman and an American today," admiring the 34-year-old comedian for addressing "uncomfortable truths."
The plea comes from more than the fact that the movie Schumer co-wrote and starred in was allegedly the gunman's specific target. In the past, Schumer has actually addressed gun violence. During a sketch on her show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian satirized the right to bear arms, comparing the difficulties of acquiring birth control to the ease of buying a gun.
For more on the Louisiana shooting, including Amy Schumer's initial response to the incident, check out the video below.