Samuel L. Jackson has waded into the debate over U.S. gun control laws by saying violent movies should not be blamed for atrocities such as the Connecticut school shooting.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I don't think movies or video games have anything to do with it. ... I don't think it's about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This (shooting) is about people who aren't taught the value of life. ... We need to stop deranged people from getting access to guns."
A slew of stars, including Cher and Cyndi Lauper, spoke out in the aftermath of the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday to urge politicians to tighten firearms laws to prevent another shooting rampage. The shooter, named as Adam Lanza, 20, was reported to have turned his weapon on himself after killing 20 young children and seven adults, including his own mother.
"24" star Dennis Haysbert has also addressed the subject of violence in movies, insisting films simply reflect what is going on in the world. Haysbert, whose new release, "LUV," features a young boy who is taught how to shoot, believes action needs to start with the politicians in Washington, D.C., and their dealings with officials from the National Rifle Association before another tragedy occurs.
He tells WENN, "What we have to do is we have to really seriously deal with the gun culture we're saddled with. It's the culture in which we live. It starts with the congressmen. We need to enact some strong legislation and stop taking the money from the NRA and lining their pockets with it. This has always happened. How many tragedies do we have to endure? Whether it's the theater in Colorado or Columbine also in Colorado -- and Newtown, Connecticut, has some of the most stringent gun laws in America. But yet we still have a tragedy like this. I mean, come on, kids 5 to 10 years old! Really?! If this doesn't shake up Washington and shake up state legislation across the country, I don't know what will."
i blame it all, obviously movies, games & even media are making this type of behavior norm, this nation is wrongfully promoting violence. i bet if there were no violence in movies & games, there would be far lesser instances than this. and yes i blames vehicles for those related accidents, my cousin could be here today if this was 200 years ago with no cars. last i dont believe stricter gun control laws is the answer. that only places us(Americans) as the governments prey & there will be a rebirth of national socialism just like nazi germany.
Rebel17 made a great point that the guns belonged to his mom. a killer will get a weapon no matter what laws are placed. the solution is to stop that violent, hatred, psycho, evil mindset before the worse happens again. i dont believe this is what his parents put in his head, its what he absorbed through media, movies and games!
Newtown families may GOD be nearer to you at these difficult times & empower you with HIS Peace. know that your children are in the best of hands now and nothing can seperate this Love.