Comedian Amy Schumer and her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer stood in front of City Hall on Sunday in support of the lawmaker’s Congressional gun control bill.
The distant family members first joined forces in August following a shooting in Louisiana who killed two and injured nine others in a movie theater playing her film “Trainwreck.”
Together, the Schumers committed to using a social media campaign with the hashtag #AIMINGFORCHANGE to raise awareness about gun violence and legislative reforms.
“Tag your congressman or congresswoman,” the younger Schumer said.
The elder Schumer’s reforms would include closing what he described as background check loopholes, stinger background checks that would stop domestic abusers from obtaining guns and making “straw purchases” of guns between states illegal under federal trafficking law.
Conservatives online lambasted the duo’s support for legislation almost immediately after the actress’ Twitter account announced the hashtag to her more than 2.3 million followers.
Others Twitter users pointed to what at least one said was an “unfortunate hashtag.”
Amy Schumer parodied gun ownership in during her October appearance on Saturday Night Live.
She also dedicated her recent HBO special to the two shooting victims in Lafayette, Louisiana — Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. She also
“I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others,” she told reporters in August. “But it was very personal for me.