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Hollywood Makes A Pledge About Gun Use

After the recent mass shootings in Texas and New York, a long, growing list of Hollywood directors, producers, and writers, have signed a pledge promising to re-think how they approach the use of guns in movies. This could spark some change in how we think of movies affecting the world around us.

Two hundred of these Hollywood leaders, including some big names like Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Ruffalo, and Amy Schumar have signed a letter written by the Brady organization, summarized by an article from NPR:

“Guns are prominently featured in TV and movies in every corner of the globe, but only America has a gun violence epidemic. The responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives. We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help fix it.

“As America’s storytellers, our goal is primarily to entertain, but we also acknowledge that stories have the power to effect change. Cultural attitudes toward smoking, drunk driving, seatbelts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to movies’ and TV’s influence. It’s time to take on gun safety.

“We are not asking anyone to stop showing guns on screen. We are asking writers, directors and producers to be mindful of on-screen gun violence and model gun safety best practices.”

The whole letter can be viewed here, but inside this letter, it promises to show characters locking up their guns so children can’t access them, as well as limiting gun violence with kids in general. This will also include having to have at least one pre-production talk about how guns will be handled in the movie, and trying to find some creative alternatives for action battles without ruining the story or making it lame.

This is a good change for the future of America’s film industry. Movies definitely aren’t the cause of tragedies like school shootings, since that’s like saying video games cause violence, but we can’t ignore their probable influence on already mentally-unstable minds. The gun epidemic in the U.S. is only getting worse. More children have died from gun violence in 2022 than cops in the line of duty (and 2022 isn’t even over yet!). Pledging to try and show less gun violence in action movies certainly can’t hurt. It is just a pledge, however. There aren’t any laws enforcing the pledge these directors and producers signed. It’s basically an honor system right now, and for more wide-spread change through the film industry, there should be actual rules put in place. At least this is a start.

 

By Inti Navia, Junior, ChiArts

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Written by TrueStar Staff

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