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.