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

December 19, 2012 -

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.


Comments

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

Plus banning it just makes people crave it more.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

"I don't' think it's about more gun control"
"We need to stop deranged people from getting access to guns."

Bwhaa?

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

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

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

ya know, now i like the guy..

never really cared for'em (don't care for any famous people really) but this guy has a brain in his skull.. i like'em now..

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

Not only is he a fantastic actor, he's also a great person to boot.

Can one ask for more?! :D

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

That he didn't help stop George Lucas destroy Star Wars?

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

Um, he didn't. He signed on to do a job, and he did it, that was all. He's still an excellent actor.

Re: Samuel L. Jackson: Video Games and Movies Have Nothing ...

Everyone involved in the travesty that is the "prequel trilogy" is equally responsible.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.
 
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