When two beautiful women were killed in Lafayette, Louisiana watching the comedy Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, the A-list comedienne decided to join forces with her senator cousin, Chuck Schumer of New York to push for reasonable gun control. With the latest polls showing 74% of Americans want some form of gun control, this hot button issue will likely enter the electoral fray in 2016.
The Schumers are not talking about taking guns away from Americans or gutting the second amendment, but what they are talking about is making background checks really mean something and have the states keep a much closer watch on who is applying for weapons. States would even be penalized for lax background checks. Also Congress will be asked to put more money into mental health, which currently is on the chopping block. The massacres that this country has endured over the last ten years from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Aurora and now Lafayette had two key ingredients- easy access to weapons and mental illness.
Supporters of our gun culture in this country will likely say that an armed populace in schools and theaters and other public places would have served as a deterrent to the crazed acts of killers. But the first step in protecting innocent citizens is to keep guns out of the hands of crazed killers not arm people to protect themselves from crazed killers.
After each one of these tragic massacres someone has come forward to voice outrage over our lax gun laws. The latest is Amy Schumer. Her pleas may fall on a deaf ears in Congress. Yet what many Americans want is common sense gun control; they don’t want mentally disturbed people, common criminals and those with domestic violence issues getting guns and they want the states to step up and enforce gun laws.
Of course if someone wants to get a gun it is not difficult in this country – they can steal one, they can go to a gun show and buy one out of someone’s trunk, or they can take one from a family member. Guns are everywhere in this country. But what Amy Schumer and her influential cousin are saying is that gun control need not be confiscation or excessive limitation, just simple rules that keep guns out of the hands of those who have mass murder in their damaged brains.