Why was comedian Amy Schumer at Obama's gun announcement?

Story highlights

  • President Obama spoke at the White House alongside gun control advocates
  • These included Amy Schumer, Wale and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama stood in the White House on Tuesday, making a tough, emotional appeal for his new action on guns before an audience that included Amy Schumer, a comedian and actress who is an outspoken supporter of stricter gun laws.

Schumer had previously joined her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, last August to push for a stronger background check system. The appearance came two weeks after a gunman killed two people with a legally purchased gun at a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck."
Schumer spoke briefly about her interest in gun control on Alec Baldwin's podcast, "Here's the Thing."
"I've always, like everyone else, been like, what are they doing? We can't get any stiffer checks for people? 'They're like no. Any blind person should have the right to bear arms,'" Schumer said.
Other well-known gun control advocates were also present at the White House announcement, including the musician Wale and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Five years ago, Giffords was wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and wounded 13.
Obama will speak more about these orders in a town hall event with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia.