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.