More than 200 talents, including Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew McConaughey, signed an open letter on Monday calling on Hollywood to take responsibility for firearms.
Just ten days after the Buffalo shootings on May 14, an 18-year-old man opened fire at a school in Uvalde, South Texas, killing 21 people, including 19 school children. This new shooting, reminiscent of that of the Sandy Hook school in Newton in 2012 and which left 27 dead, revives the eternal debate on firearms in the United States.
In 2021, at least forty-two acts of gun violence were recorded in American schools, according to a report drawn up by the washington post. An absolute record, which by far exceeded the thirty cases recorded in 2018. This figure was all the more chilling since it corresponded to a year during which schools had remained partly closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19.
This Uvalde killing is the 222nd recorded in the country since the beginning of the year, according to a count made by the association Gun Violence Archive. Since the Columbine massacre, which occurred in April 1999 and which marked the start of data collection on the subject, 285,000 young people have experienced this trauma from near or far.
Matthew McConaughey was one of the very first talents to be indignant at this new tragedy; all the more pained as he knows the small town of Uvalde well, where he spent the first twelve years of his life. “It’s an epidemic that we can control” he wrote on his Twitter accountin a clear desire that politicians finally have the courage to legislate and significantly toughen the purchase and circulation of firearms.
On June 7, the actor even went to the White House to hold a very poignant press conferenceand ask: “Can both parties rise above their differences? See beyond the current political issue, and admit that we have a life preservation issue on our hands?”
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This Monday, June 13, Hollywood stars published an open letter asking that films and series set an example when it comes to firearms. Relayed by The Brady Association which fights against the proliferation of firearms and campaigns for their stricter supervision, it has been signed by more than 200 talents, including Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, JJ Abrams, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, Jimmy Kimmel, Shonda Rhimes …
“Our goal is to entertain first and foremost, but we also recognize that stories have the power to make a difference. marriage have all evolved in part through the influence of movies and television. It’s time to start with the dangers of guns” is it written.
“We are not asking everyone to stop showing guns on screen. We are asking writers, directors and producers to be careful about gun violence shown on screen and to promote safety in the handling of these weapons.
Production teams could also, for example, find alternatives to the presence of firearms on screen, “without detracting from the integrity of the narrative”. Likewise, “limit suppers that feature both children and weapons, bearing in mind that weapons are now the number one killer of children and adolescents.”
“We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate all the nuances of firearms on display. However, these are small things we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare.” concludes the letter, which you can find in full here.