Amy Schumer struggled to hide her emotion as she listened to President Barack Obama’s emotional speech pushing for gun control while sitting in the front-row at the event held in the White House’s East Room on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old comedian has been a vocal advocate for ending gun violence after the July shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of her film Trainwreck.
And while she smiled for photos at the event, Amy’s red-rimmed eyes gave away the fact that she was overcome with sadness while listening to the speech that also brought President Obama to tears.
Moved to tears: Amy Schumer was left with red-rimmed eyes following President Barack Obama’s emotional speech pushing for gun control
Avid supporter: The 34-year-old comedian sat in the front row next to Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews (right) during the speech, which White House’s East Room on Tuesday
Personal subject: Two young woman were senselessly shot dead in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater on July 23, as they watched Amy’s romantic comedy Trainwreck
The comedic actress wore a black blazer over a white shirt featuring a black tied around her neck and had her blond hair pulled back in to French braids for the somber event.
Amy sat in the front row next to Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews during the speech, which was also attended by rapper Wale, who is also known as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin.
The President was introduced by Mark Barden, the managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. Mark’s son, Daniel, was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook .
And while speaking of the horrific shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, Obama cried for the 20 school children who died in the massacre as he stood with their families.
‘Every time I think about those kids it makes me mad,’ Obama said as tears rolled down his face.
Needs to stop: During the speech detailing his new federal gun control measures, the President shed tears for the 20 school children who died in the massacre at Elementary School as he stood with their families
Heartbreaking tragedy: ‘Every time I hear about those kids it makes me mad,’ Obama said as tears rolled down his face
Spreading the word: After Obama’s speech, Amy posed for photographs with victims of gun violence, their families, and other supporters of the President’s new action plan
The President berated lawmakers on Capitol Hill for not doing more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and said: ‘The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now but they are not holding America hostage.’
Obama is looking to put an end to the gun show loophole, which allows buyers to purchase guns from private sellers without a background check.
His new plan of action will also allow health care providers to report individuals with mental health problems to the FBI firearms background check system.
After the President detailed his new gun control measures, Amy posed for photographs with victims of gun violence, their families, and other supporters of the President’s new action plan.
Elegant attire: The comedic actress wore a black blazer over a white shirt featuring a black tied around her neck and had her blond hair pulled back in to French braids
Reaching out: Amy can be seen embracing two female victims of gun violence who also attended the White House event
The stand-up comedian also posed for a photo with Wale, who shared the picture on Twitter, writing: ‘Back at the White House supporting the President w/ my home girl @amyschumer #StopGunViolence.’
Amy retweeted the photo, while adding the message: ‘We can’t stop, cause we won’t stop. [sic]’. Earlier in the day, she shared with her 3.1 million Twitter followers a link to the article ‘Seven Actions You Can Take to Help Prevent Gun Violence’, with was created by Everytown, a movement for gun safety.
‘Here are 7 actions you can take right now to help #StopGunViolence [sic],’ she wrote while sharing the information.
Amy, who attended the event with her older brother Jason Stein and younger sister Kim Caramele, later took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her own person snapshots from the event.
Sharing her support: Amy gave a small smile and waved goodbye before leaving the high-profile event
Family portrait: Amy attended the event with her older brother Jason Stein and younger sister Kim Caramele
‘Dub house with my brother and sister #stopgunviolence [sic],’ she captioned an image of herself with her siblings.
Amy, Jason, and Kim also took a photo with the actress’s rumored boyfriend Ben Hansich outside the White House. ‘Fam and man at the whitehizzy,’ Amy wrote when she shared the photo on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another picture sees her posing with Wale and NBA stars Bradley Beal and Alan Anderson of the Washington Wizards.
In August, Amy joined her second cousin, New York senator Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer, to call for tighter gun control as he unveiled a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns.
Amy shed tears as she took to the podium to talk about the victims and address the horrific shooting which unfolded in a Louisiana theater the month before.
‘Casablanca’: The siblings also posed for a photo outside the White House with Amy’s rumored boyfriend Ben Hanish
Famous faces: The rapper Wale, who also attended the event, shared this picture of himself with Amy at the White House on Twitter. The actress retweeted the image, writing: ‘We can’t stop, cause we won’t stop’
‘Obama’s place’: Amy and Wale are pictured with NBA stars Alan Anderson (far left) and Bradley Beal (third from right) of the Washington Wizards
‘These shootings have got to stop,’ she said. ‘I don’t know how else to say it.’
‘I wanted to take this opportunity to say how I feel, Amy added. ‘We’re here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings in our schools, college campuses, our military bases end even in our movie theaters.
She continued: ‘These are not extreme ideas. No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease.’
Two young woman were senselessly shot dead in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater on July 23, as they watched the romantic comedy Trainwreck.
The victims were later named as Jillian Johnson, a 33-year-old who ran a gift shop with her husband, and Mayci Breaux, 21, a Louisiana State University student studying radiology.
Gunman: Amy has been a vocal supporter of gun control ever since John Russel Houser, 59, opened fire in the in Lousiana theater of more than 100 just 20 minutes into a showing of her film Trainwreck
Victims: The shooter opened fire and killed Mayci Breaux (left), 21, and Jillian Johnson (right), 33, andbefore police entered the theater and he turned the gun on himself
Gunman John Russel Houser, 59, opened fire in the theater of more than 100 just 20 minutes into the 7pm screening, killing Jillian and Mayci. His deadly rampage also left nine others injured before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide when cornered by police.
‘Maybe the worst part about this is that there is a common sense way to stop mass shootings,’ Amy went on to say. ‘There are many ways. For me the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me on Thursday July 23.
‘When John, I’m not even going to say his name,’ she said close to tears, ‘When he sat down for my movie Trainwreck at the Grand theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, two lives were tragically lost and others injured.
‘I have thought about these victims each day since the tragedy. When I heard about this news, I was completely devastated. I just wanted to go down to Louisiana. And then I was angry.
Making a difference: In August, Amy formed an unlikely partnership with her second cousin, New York Senator Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer, to call for tighter gun control
Emotional moment: Amy shed tears as she took to the podium to talk about the victims and address the horrific shooting which unfolded in a Louisiana theater the month before
Heartfelt words: ‘I have thought about these victims each day since the tragedy. When I heard about this news, I was completely devastated. I just wanted to go down to Louisiana,’ she said during her speech
‘My heart goes out to Jillian and Mayci, to the survivors, to the families, and everyone who’s tied to this tragic, senseless and horrifying actions of this man who should not have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place.
Holding back tears she added: ‘The thought of this community being turned upside down by this just sickens me…unless something is done soon dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns.
Amy went on to call for tougher background checks, with accurate information that ‘protects us like a firewall’, while urging more to be done to stop those with mental illness, or a violent history from being able to buy guns.
‘I was heartbroken when I heard about Columbine and Sandy Hook and Aurora and so many other names of places that are seared into our memories and I was heartbroken again when I heard about Lafayette. And I still am.’