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Pen Letter from Hollywood Stars Calling for Responsible Gun Representations

Amy Schumer speaks during a press conference with US Senator Chuck Schumer calling for tougher gun laws in a bid to stop mass shootings and gun violence. Image: Getty Images/Andrew Burton via AFP

Hollywood stars including Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo signed a letter released Monday calling for movies and TV shows to depict responsible gun ownership and limiting scenes involving children with fire arms.

The open letter, written in response to the recent mass shootings in the United States in Uvalde and Buffalo, was also signed by top producers JJ Abrams (“Lost”), Shonda Rhimes (“Bridgerton”) and Kathleen Kennedy, director of Lucasfilm.

“Cultural attitudes towards smoking, drunk driving, seat belts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to the influence of movies and television. It’s time to take charge of gun safety,” reads the letter shared by the Brady Campaign, a nonprofit gun control organization. “We’re not asking anyone to stop showing guns onscreen. We’re asking writers, directors and producers to be mindful of gun violence onscreen and model best practices for security firearms.

Suggested measures include showing characters to safely store their weapons and holding discussions before production begins on whether alternatives to firearms could be used without “sacrificing narrative integrity”.

Noting that firearms have recently overtaken motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among American minors, the letter asks “colleagues in the creative community” to “limit scenes involving children and firearms. fire”.

Last month, 10 people were shot and killed in a racist attack on a grocery store in New York state. Ten days later, 19 children and two teachers were murdered during a school rampage in Uvalde, Texas.

A total of 4,368 American children and adolescents up to the age of 19 died from guns in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The open letter was signed by more than 200 Hollywood personalities, including Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Bill Lawrence, Damon Lindelof and Adam McKay.

He noted that guns “featured on television and in movies around the world, but only America has an epidemic of gun violence.”

“The blame lies with the lax gun laws supported by those politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives,” the letter reads. “We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help solve it.” CC/JB

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