Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing to Do with Recent Shootings

Speaking to the LA Times to promote the new Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained,” actor Samuel L. Jackson said that fewer guns are not necessarily the answer in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that resulted in the death of 20 children and 6 adults. Jackson also said that statements against violent media like video games and movies have little to do with the shootings that have happened recently.

“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” said Jackson. “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,” he added.

On the topic of video games and movies Jackson said, “I don’t think movies or video games have anything to do with it.”

Samuel L. Jackson recently served as the host of the tenth annual Spike Video Game Awards.

While Democrats and gun control advocates are calling for new gun control laws, Republicans and gun advocates are pointing the finger at “a culture of violence” that they believe is created by violent media such as video games, movies and television. Where this will go and what bills will be pushed through Congress remain to be seen, but the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has certainly put the issues of gun control, video game violence, and the mental health care system front and center.

Source: LA Times. Image via Wikipedia.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    So, you agree that "more laws" isn't going to stop anything, especially when the recent shooting was committed by someone who couldn't legally possess those guns in the first place?

    If he's already breaking the law, another law isn't going to stop anything.

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    DorthLous says:

    Your examples are seriously flawed. Laws are only as strong as your ability to enforce them. Mexico, partly thanks to a botch operation of the US, has lost control on huge sections of the country. No enforcing == no law. As for Israel, not only do they have a very good police, but right now the entire nation's hostility is so polarized that all but the most extreme violence crimes are directed at their neighbors.

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    Brosch91 says:

    Blaming Entertainment media for the shootings is extremely ludicrous, Canada is exposed to pretty much the same entertainment media that the United States are exposed to, and you don't see public shootings happens there as often as we see in the US, so it can't be video games, movies, or music, that's really stupid.

    Gun control may work somewhat, but only to an extent. If someone wants to go on a shooting rampage bad enough, they will buy what they need off the black market, which not only will they be getting the guns they want to pull it off, but they will be making criminals more rich from selling their illegal guns!

    Gun control / prohibition never works, if there is a demand for anything that is banned / prohibited, you can expect organized crime to rise from it

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    Cecil475 says:

    First off, lets get this right:

    "Mother F$%^&$# media don't cause any Mother F$%^&$# shootings!"

    What isn't there to like about Samuel L. Jackson? I, myself sure didn't link the blame game to only the Republicans, as there are quite a few Dems, that were pushing video game legislation. I wonder how much longer it will be to see something from Leeland Yee, or anything else from Thompson. I wonder if this recent shooting will breathe new life into some of these other vg bills, or if they have accepted the Supreme Court's decision. I know Yee hasn't. I have a feeling that bill might revive yet again.

     – W

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world – merely posessing ammo gets prison time – yet gun crime there is through the roof. Israel arms teachers as well as te general populace, has very little gun crime and almost no school shootings. Gun laws don't solve crap.

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    Craig R. says:

    While I do think the 24/7 media world we live in now exasperates a situation in the short term, it probably matters little in the long term.

    Why do I think this? Well, when I say Kent State, what do you think of first? And that was more than 40 years ago.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Whilst tighter gun laws might help, it would also be nice if media outlets also didn't exaggerate the issue and publicize it all the time.

    In 20 years who do you think we'll remember from all the school shootings in the past century? It won't be the people who died, it'll be the people who killed them, because that's who the media glorifies and advertises online, in the newspaper, on the radio and on television.

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    PHX Corp says:

    Republicans, Democrats and gun advocates are pointing the finger at "a culture of violence" that they believe is created by violent media such as video games, movies and television.

    Fixed, it's not the GOP that is pointing the finger, it's the dems aswell

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