Linked In Hollywood has discussed violence in the media from various perspectives. Yet, the argument over excessive film violence seems to divide some consumers and producers. Can filmmakers really be blamed for violent crimes in America? In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre, Harry Weinstein has called for a “summit” among filmmakers to discuss how viewers are influenced by graphic movies. However, gallop polls on current gun laws, crime rate, environmental and family involvement paints quite a different picture. In this article I’ve provided research on what may contribute to the increase and decrease in violence in America. Please watch video below.
According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor it states:
“In the past 20 years, for instance, the murder rate in the United States has dropped by almost half, from 9.8 per 100,000 people in 1991 to 5.0 in 2009. Meanwhile, robberies were down 10 percent in 2010 from the year before and 8 percent in 2009.”.
A series of Gallop polls taken in 2006 showed public fear decreasing. However, as crime continued to decline, school bullying was on the rise. In an article in Education Week Research Center: Violence in Safety it states:
“In 2007, 21 percent of students said they had been bullied by being made fun of; 18 percent reported being the subject of rumors; 11 percent said they were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; 6 percent said they were threatened with harm; 5 percent said they were excluded from activities intentionally; 4 percent said someone tried to make them do something they did not want to do; and 4 percent said their property was destroyed (U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, 2010).”
Although, some believe viewing excessive violence (in the media) can influence children and young adults to act violently; the truth is there is no evidence to show any long-term effects. Actually, parent’s involvement in what children watch, family interaction and a Child’s environment can be more harmful than their exposure to video games, television and film media.
“… The US surgeon generals’ report only suggests possible short-term effects. There is no strong evidence on the long term effects of media violence.”
One survivor of the Aurora, Colorado shooting has filed a civil lawsuit against the movie theater, Warner Brothers and University of Colorado, claiming they are responsible for the massacre in Colorado. Yet, the alleged shooter James Holmes was able to attain his huge arsenal that killed 12 and wounded 58 with ease. Some weapons in his possession were illegal and banned eight years ago.
“Legislation now before Congress would once again make illegal, if not the guns themselves, at least the high-capacity magazines that allow bullets to be fired rapidly without stopping to reload.”
Should armed guards be used to guard movie theaters? Should films be censored even more in Hollywood? What are your thoughts?