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James Gunn slams right-wing news site ‘confusing’ Hollywood movies with real gun violence

By Corey Atad.

9 hours ago

James Gunn wants people to stop blaming Hollywood for gun violence.

In a Twitter thread, the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director criticized the right-wing website Breitbart News for a tweet about Matthew McConaughey’s recent White House speech advocating for common sense gun control legislation in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.

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‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei originally shared a screenshot of the Breitbart tweet, which noted that McConaughey “has used 19 firearms in 11 movies over 25 years, according to the Internet Movie Firearms Database.”

“What do you mean ?” Takei had asked, to which Gunn replied that the Breitbart tweet was an attempt at distraction.

“There are violent stories and video games in most countries in the world,” Gunn wrote. “But only in the United States is it harder to sell a donut than a gun.”

He added: “Stop confusing fictional guns in movies with common sense gun laws.”

Gunn continued his thread by responding to another Twitter user who brought up the accidental fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins last year on the set of the movie “Rust.”

Calling the situation “a case of mind-boggling incompetence on the part of almost everyone” that “resulted in the only gun death on set in years,” Gunn noted that, following the incident, the film industry has been working “to make sets safer through increased regulations.

“More than 1,500 children and adults have died in mass shootings in the United States since 2009,” he added.

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Gunn also responded to another user who said that more than 60% of gun owners in America have practiced with their gun “to some degree”, noting how great that statistic would sound if applied to driving cars, to surgery. , or fly planes.

Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. The gunman, who also shot and injured his grandmother before carrying out the attack on the school, was fatally shot by police.