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Samuel L. Jackson Says Gun Control Policies & Movies Are Not To Blame For Shootings

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, gun control policies have come under spotlight.  And movies like Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino‘s Christmas Day movie about a slave turned bounty hunter starring Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, have responded by canceling premieres because of their heavy gun use.  But Samuel L. Jackson has spoken out and said that gun control policies and movies aren’t necessarily to blame when disasters like this happen. In an interview with L.A. Times, Samuel said that the key to preventing disasters such as this is teaching people about the value of life.

“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” said Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as a conniving house slave in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming revenge fantasy “Django Unchained.””I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”

Parents and role models who emphasize that value, he said, will accomplish more than legislators reducing the number of firearms. 

I have to say, I agree with what he says, to an extent.  Guns have been around for a long time and are only deadly in the hands of those who intend to do do harm.  The root of the problem lies with treating those people, not with guns, in my opinion.  And also, it shouldn’t be as easy as it is to have access to firearms. I definitely think it’s a two-step issue.  Treat the people then control the guns.  But, as we all know, nothing is as simple as that.  I just pray for all of us during this time of mourning and trouble.

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