Amy Schumer at the Primetime Emmy Awards in September. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock)

Turns out Amy Schumer and Sen. Chuck Schumer share more than their last name, their gene pool and public recognition. The high-profile pair of second cousins are on a joint mission to confront the rampant problem of gun violence in America.

On Sunday, the “Inside Amy Schumer” star and the senator from New York made a showing in Manhattan and a statement about how they’re working together on the issue (via Entertainment Weekly):

Schumer and Schumer announced today on the steps of New York’s City Hall that they’re teaming up again for a new push for gun legislation, with Sen. Schumer introducing specific policy initiatives for stronger background checks. Amy Schumer announced that she’s supporting her cousin’s initiative by encouraging the public to learn more and to speak up against gun violence and by pushing for congressional action on the issue.

Both the senator and the comic tweeted about the project that day:

The comedian’s personal involvement extends beyond the familial factor: July’s fatal shooting in a Lafayette, La., movie theater occurred during a screening of her comedy, “Trainwreck.”

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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