Amy Schumer has a message for Congress, the gun lobby, and the NRA. Like most of her work, it's anything but subtle.
Four days after the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, she released a sketch about gun control on Comedy Central's website. Previously cut from the "Welcome to the Gun Show" episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the sketch takes the form of a personal injury attorney advertisement.
H. Jon Benjamin, best known for voicing Bob on Bob's Burgers, plays a Toby Shrak from the law firm of Shrak & Murphy, whose brother and partner was killed at a mall shooting.
"Have you been injured in a mass shooting or other gun crime? Do you want justice?" he begins. "Don't call me, because there's nothing I can do ... The law gives them [gun dealers and manufacturers] almost complete immunity from liability."
While that may seem unbelievable, the unique power of Schumer's satirical skits are their ability to present factual information in a way that's accessible to a comedy audience.
Schumer has been a public advocate for gun control since July 2015 when two women, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, were gunned down at a showing of her film Trainwreck. Since that day, she has used her comedic talents not just to entertain, but to inform.
Besides critiquing the system through her comedy, Schumer has also teamed up with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), to work within the system. Last October, they held a press conference at New York City Hall calling for legislation to expand background checks and close a loophole allowing purchases at gun shows and online without those checks.
Since then, Sen. Schumer has collaborated with Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn. and leader of the filibuster) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on a proposal to mandate those situation-specific background checks. The Senate rejected the measure, and three other gun control proposals, on June 20.
While these efforts have yet to create any concrete and enduring changes to gun laws, Schumer and Schumer have already proven — time and again — they aren't going down without a fight.