HOL­LY­WOOD GUNS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

A new anal­y­sis of the ma­jor fea­ture films re­leased just be­fore the mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas con­firm that some film­mak­ers in Hol­ly­wood are pre­oc­cu­pied with vi­o­lence and over­whelm­ing fire­power.

“Three of the top five movies at the box of­fice fea­tured char­ac­ters blast­ing away with au­to­matic weapons,” writes Matt Philbin, man­ag­ing edi­tor of MRC Cul­ture, a con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog.

His anal­y­sis found that four movies — “Kings­man: Golden Cir­cle,” “Amer­i­can As­sas­sin,” “It” and “Mother!” — fea­tured 589 in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing 212 in­ci­dents of gun vi­o­lence. The to­tal body count of the four movies was at least 192. An au­to­matic weapon was used at least 108 times.

The study’s num­bers from il­lus­trate the “en­ter­tain­ment me­dia’s scape­goat­ing tac­tic,” says Mr. Philbin.

“They com­plain about lax gun laws, de­mo­nize the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion and never ac­cept the pos­si­bil­ity that Hol­ly­wood’s glam­or­iza­tion of guns and vi­o­lence has any­thing to do with the lat­est mass-shoot­ing,” he ob­served, also not­ing that the films de­picted body slams, ex­plo­sions, can­ni­bal­ism and mu­ti­la­tion.

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