Gun-Control’s Hollywood Connections

Gun-Control’s Hollywood Connections

For years now, representatives from the Michael Bloomberg-founded, and funded, Everytown for Gun Safety have been slipping into Hollywood studios, writers’ rooms and elbow-rubbing parties, intent on influencing storylines and, thereby, shaping public opinion. Nevertheless, gun use—from action blockbusters to cop shows to superheroes to military movies—are still the mainstay of the entertainment money machine, indicating that Everytown’s efforts have mostly amounted to a flop. “Guns have always been a part of American life. They’re just going to naturally show up and be a part of the fabric of these stories,” said Hollywood film producer Mark Joseph. “I don’t see that changing anytime soon unless we want to tell these stories inauthentically.” Gun use on popular prime-time dramas doubled from 2000 to 2018, according to research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, published March 2021. “Our research found that gun use substantially increased from 2000 to 2018 on prime-time TV dramas in the U.S., a trend that paralleled the use of firearms in homicides. Just as the entertainment media contributed to the uptake of cigarettes among vulnerable youth, our findings suggest that it may be doing the same for guns,” said the study’s author. TV dramas might be more focused on criminals with guns today than they were in 2000, but this trend clearly doesn’t parallel the use of firearms in murders. Crime and murder in the real world did not double over this period. Variables ranging from policing strategies to poverty can […]

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