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Senator, movie star call for more gun control after Lafayette shooting

The shooting victims in Louisiana were shot during a screening of the film, “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer. (FOX 8 Photo) The shooting victims in Louisiana were shot during a screening of the film, “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer. (FOX 8 Photo)

In the wake of the shooting rampage at a Lafayette movie theater, a U.S. Senator has teamed up with his movie-star relative to call for more gun control.

But it is an idea that is not well-received by some in Louisiana.

"The gun rights is really just a question of freedom,” said David Ramey, an NRA instructor who said he is also a conceal/carry instructor for the state.

He weighed in on the gun control debate that has grown louder following the theater shooting. Eleven people were shot by a drifter said to have a history of mental problems.

"The problem with more control is it only works on those who want to be controlled. The criminal element, the mental health people, they're not going to be truly affected by it because they don't obey the rules as is,” Ramey said.

In New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and his cousin, Amy Schumer, called on Congress to do more to make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns.

"How many breaking news flashes will it take for Congress to act?  How many tears, how many lives lost?” Sen. Schumer asked during a press conference.

The shooting victims in Louisiana were shot during a screening of the film, “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer.

The senator’s legislation would create monetary reward for states that submit the necessary records to the federal background check system and finalize those states that fail to do so.

"We're here to say enough is enough. We can't just sit back and allow mass shootings to become common place in the United States. We've had more than one a month this summer too many lives are at stake, we're standing here because we're united in a cause,” said the senator.

"You're paying someone, or rewarding them for doing something they're supposed to do in the first place and I never agree with that,” Ramey stated.

Mike Reed, Communications Director for Governor Jindal’s administration responded with a statement.

"We don't need more restrictions on the constitutional gun rights of law-abiding citizens. We are very proud that Louisiana has among the strongest 2nd Amendment protections in the country.  We passed our own Constitutional Amendment stating the 2nd Amendment is a fundamental right, giving it the highest level of protection,” Reed wrote.

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