Amy Schumer Increases Personal Security While Pushing Gun Control for Americans
During a recent interview with Lena Dunham, comedian Amy Schumer talked about increasing her personal security even as she has pushed for increased gun control measures for everyday Americans.
In the interview, published in Dunham’s “Lenny” online newsletter, the Girls star talked to Schumer about the July 23, 2015 shooting in a Lafayette movie theater, which was situated in a gun-free zone. The shooting — which occurred during a screening of Schumer’s film, Trainwreck — resulted in the deaths of Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. The alleged gunman, John Russell Houser, acquired his gun by passing a federal background check for it at a store in Alabama.
Schumer said she avoids the stories of the most horrific shootings as a way to protect herself from becoming emotionally overwhelmed.
Schumer said she attended Obama’s January ceremony for executive orders to expand background checks, where she met with survivors of shootings and other gun control activists. But she did not mention that the Trainwreck shooter passed a background check for his gun, nor that the Umpqua Community College gunman, both Fort Hood gunmen (April 2014 & November 2009), the Aurora theater gunman and the gunman who attacked Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 all passed background checks for their guns as well.
The actress failed to note the impotence of gun control measures that was demonstrated months later in the heinous attack in Orlando. But she did point out that she’s ramped up her own security.
“Do you have increased security at your shows now because of it?” Dunham asked. “Because people are so f**king nuts.”
“Yes. Security is up,” Schumer replied. “I’m really trying to protect myself. I am not being an idiot.”