Comedian Amy Schumer used her role on Monday night as host of Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards to call for more gun control in the United States.
Schumer emerged as a gun control proponent in the wake of a July 23 attack which took place during a showing of her film, Trainwreck, in Lafayette, Louisiana.
In that attack, John Russell Houser allegedly opened fire with a handgun, killing two movie-goers. A crucial but under-reported aspect of the attack is that Houser passed a background check to acquire his handgun. In other words, Houser submitted to the very check that gun control proponents like Gabby Giffords, President Barack Obama, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) advocate as a step toward safety, yet after passing the check he committed a heinous crime.
Nonetheless, People magazine reports that Schumer stood at the Glamour Awards podium on Monday night and said, “If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence or you’re severely mentally ill, I don’t think you should be able to get a gun.”
She then added, “It seems pretty simple, but people’s reaction is ‘She wants to take our guns!'”
Schumer fails to understand that people react adversely to her calls for more gun control because none of her proposals would have prevented Houser from acquiring his gun. Rather, they would simply put more hoops in place for law-abiding citizens to jump through in order to get the guns they need for self-defense.
On October 25, Breitbart News reported that Schumer held a joint press conference with her cousin Charles Schumer (D-NY) where they pushed for laws against gun trafficking and laws requiring background checks at gun shows. Again, none of these things would have prevented Houser from acquiring his gun because he passed a background check to get it.
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