Hollywood stars claim that the movies set the example for guns

The massacre of Uvalde in Texas and the deadly shooting in Buffalo shocked and mobilized America. The showbiz world is now taking over. More than 200 Hollywood celebrities, including Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, famous producers like JJ Abrams (Lostand Shonda Rhimes (Bridgerton) released an open letter on Monday calling for films and series to lead by example.

“Cultural behaviors about smoking, driving alcohol, wearing a seat belt, and equality before marriage have all evolved in part because of the influence of movies and television.” It’s time to dump her and move on, ”said Brady Campaign, an association calling for stricter gun regulations in the United States.

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“We are not asking everyone to stop showing weapons on screen.” We urge screenwriters, directors and producers to pay attention to the gun violence shown on screen and to promote safety in the handling of these weapons, ”the signatories continue.

The movies could, for example, show the characters locking the notch of their weapon. Teams could also try to find an alternative to guns in some scenes without “compromising the integrity of the story.”

Responsibility for “lax weapons laws”

Noting that the number of gun deaths has recently exceeded the number of road accidents among young Americans, the open letter calls on industry professionals to “limit the number of scenes involving both children and weapons.”

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They point out that while guns are ubiquitous in series and movies around the world, “only America is experiencing such an epidemic of violence.” “The responsibility lies with lax weapons laws, backed by political figures who are more concerned with staying in power than saving lives,” they write. “We didn’t create the problem, but we want to help solve it.”

A total of 4,368 U.S. children and adolescents under the age of 20 were killed by gunfire in 2020, according to official statistics.

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