A week following the fatal Trainwreck theater shooting in Lafayette, La., Amy Schumer is responding to an open letter from a Sandy Hook survivor’s daughter who is calling on the actress to “be a voice for our generation and for women” against gun violence.
On Saturday morning, Schumer tweeted in response to Sarah Clements‘ — who describes herself as “Daughter of Sandy Hook survivor, student activist for safer communities, gun violence prevention advocate” — Medium.com article, “Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”
Both Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson died in the theater shooting before gunman John Russell Houser shot himself.
The letter, titled “An Open Letter to Amy Schumer,” addresses gun violence in America and the impact of women’s voices “to lead the gun violence prevention movement,” saying that they are “winning.”
She tells Schumer “that we must work to shut down” the “same group of core ideologies” that create problems, including: “disgusting comments and harassment we receive on Twitter and other social media platforms, the obsession of many mass shooters (see the Isla Vista case) with anti-feminism and anti-women ideals, the over-idolization of firearms and fetishization of what they stand for, and the easy access to guns.”
Clements writes in the letter, “Amy Schumer, I and many other Millennials look up to you so much. You are our 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.”
She adds, “I admire your unapologetic, unwavering stature and your ability to laugh at yourself while actually pinning the joke on the audience to address often uncomfortable truths. In fact, I have nearly memorized the very end of the speech you gave at the Ms. Gala award ceremony.”
She tells Schumer the “tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.” She implores her to join Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal in the gun violence prevention movement.
“Write an op-ed. Support an organization. Demand change. Be a voice for our generation and for women?—?two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country,” Clements tells Schumer in the article.
Clements concludes: “As you said and as I’ve learned, what truly matters in life is how you decide to write your own story. And in doing so, don’t apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. Instead, show them it can be done.”
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015