BY: GIBSON JOHNS
"If you've been convicted of domestic violence or you're severely mentally ill, I don't think you should be able to get a gun."
Amy Schumer didn't hold back at last night's Glamour Women of the Year Awards, the 25th year that the magazine has honored the world's most inspiring women. Schumer has been an advocate for increased gun control ever since a deadly shooting interrupted a July screening of her hit film "Trainwreck."
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"This past summer there was a shooting at a screening for my movie 'Trainwreck,'" she said. "Two women, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, died, and I was heartbroken. I pledged to join the fight on stricter background checks for guns, so I just want to use this opportunity to say what I've been fighting for."
That fight for more thorough background checks before the selling of guns, Schumer says, hasn't been an easy one. She's faced tremendous pushback from gun owners who see her willingness to be outspoken as a threat to their livelihood.
"The reaction that I've gotten has been people saying, 'She wants to take our guns!,'" she said sarcastically in a thick southern accent. "I'm like, 'Oh my God, no! You seem great! You should get more guns!' Then they're like, 'What's she gonna do next? F**k animals?' 'I've been f**king animals my whole life, sir!'"
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Taking that fight to new heights has been a focus for Schumer, who noted in her speech that she's approached 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton about being a more vocal supporter of her campaign.
"I really want to thank Glamour for introducing me to Hillary Clinton -- I'm a huge fan. I was like, 'I'm a huge fan, if there's anything I can do to help with your campaign ... ,' she laughed. I'll never forget, she was like, 'Errrrr ... '"
Mixing her self-deprecating humor with more serious topics such as these proved to be a sweet spot for the comedian last night, as she effortlessly commanded the crowd, prompting tears and laughs. She continued that with a jab at the women's magazines (not Glamour, though!) she loves to challenge.
"I make fun of women's magazine's a lot because it's easy, it's fun, and they write hostile articles like, 'How to Trick Your Stomach Into Thinking You Ate That Week,'" she exclaimed. "But Glamour's one of the good ones!"
After last night's incredible ceremony, we couldn't agree more.
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