Samuel L. Jackson is defending violent movies and gun control after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting last Friday, where Adam Lanza shot and murdered 20 children and 7 adults before killing himself.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Jackson says that violent movies or video games are not to blame for the actions of Lanza in Connecticut.
Since the shooting, many have questioned if the shootings that took place Friday coupled with the seemingly increased gun incidents of late had a connection to being desensitized to reality because of violent movies, and video games coupled with a lack of gun control.
Jackson added his opinion to the mix by saying, “I don’t think movies or video games have anything to do with it. … I don’t think it’s about more gun control. 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. … We need to stop deranged people from getting access to guns.”
Another actor, Dennis Haysbert, who played the president on “24″ and is seen in insurance commercials, has the same sentiment as Jackson. Haysbert thinks contrary to belief movies actually imitate real-life happenings rather than the other way around.
Haysbert told WENN, “What we have to do is we have to really seriously deal with the gun culture we’re saddled with. It’s the culture in which we live. It starts with the congressmen. We need to enact some strong legislation and stop taking the money from the NRA and lining their pockets with it. This has always happened. How many tragedies do we have to endure? Whether it’s the theater in Colorado or Columbine also in Colorado — and Newtown, Connecticut, has some of the most stringent gun laws in America. But yet we still have a tragedy like this. I mean, come on, kids 5 to 10 years old! Really?! If this doesn’t shake up Washington and shake up state legislation across the country, I don’t know what will.”
Jackson has starred in several very violent movies, including “Pulp Fiction,” “True Rommance,” and most recently “Django; Unchained.”