Screenshot from the John Wick Movie Trailer

The latest gun control proposal, if you can even call it that, is for guns to get the cigarette treatment on TV.

As many know cigarettes and tobacco in general are becoming less and less common in movies and TV, anti-tobacco activists claim that this has helped reduce the number of tobacco users. Gun Control activists have seen this “trend” and are now arguing that if guns are removed from entertainment then gun violence will be reduced.

From The Hill: 

In recent years, we have been examining trends in the use of guns in movies and TV. In one study, we found that the use of guns in top-grossing movies rated PG-13 — open to children of all ages — had increased to the point where their use was more frequent than in R-rated movies, the traditional home for such violence.

More recently, we examined trends in the use of guns for violent purposes in top-ranked primetime TV dramas, notably in the police, medical and legal genres. We found that from 2000 to 2018, the amount of gun violence doubled as a percentage of those shows. Even more concerning, the proportion of violence attributable to guns had also steadily increased over that period. A viewer of those shows will not only see the increasing use of guns but when there is violence, they’ll see guns as the weapon of choice for inflicting harm on others.

We compared the trend in TV gun violence with the proportion of U.S. homicides attributable to firearms over the same period. Here we saw some surprising parallels, especially for young people. The more TV shows portrayed the use of guns in violent scenes in a year, the greater the proportion of homicides committed with guns in that year. Although it did so for other age groups, the relation was strongest for those ages of 15-24.

Would this surprise the gun industry? It really shouldn’t because product placements work. The tobacco industry Master Settlement Agreement banned this kind of product placement for cigarettes in the 1990s. Apart from product placement, research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health showed that the more adolescents saw movies with characters smoking cigarettes, the more likely they were to start smoking. Couldn’t something similar be happening with guns?

Many see this as ridiculous and some are suggesting that Hollywood would never go along with this as many of the top films use firearms. Films like John Wick and TV Shows like CSI feature guns on every installment and simply would not be the same without them. It would be almost impossible to do any war film, which tend to do well, and cop shows just wouldn’t be able to exist.

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Dicky
1 month ago

Total idiots!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

Hopefully, these morons will find a way to remove firearms from broadcast TV, movies and streaming episodes. If they do, within one generation, every 18-year-old in America will have one.

Frank R Mendoza Jr
Frank R Mendoza Jr
1 month ago

Next up they need to ban movies like Psycho, Friday the 13th , ect. Very vicious knives, hatchets, swords ect. LOL. In reality those movies probably make the real psychos more psychotic watching them than seeing guns in movies. The left is more out of control by the hour..

Jim Bradford
Jim Bradford
1 month ago

While they’re at it, they can ban those stupid 5 minute long commercials for super sharp kitchen knives.

Barry J Johnson
Barry J Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Bradford

OH, OH, OH . . . and don’t forget the rocks, we have to ban those nasty rocks because they are so vicious and kill more than . . than . . than . . . . <sarc off>
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Barry Age 76
PO1 USN RET
Vietnam 3x (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Thanks for your service Barry – a lot of us appreciate ya!

grinnie
20 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Tried to upvote, but was told I was not allowed to vote on this comment.What’s THAT all about?

Jeff Latta
1 month ago

They don’t hit where it is needed most-video games. These filthy evil games are beyond evil and young kids as well as adults play these satanic games continuously and of course, the bad guys are back on the next segment, noting to kids there is no death. There is surely death in real
Life after a person uses any weapon, knife or car or rope or gun surely stops and your destination for eternity is already sure.

Joe Patarino
Joe Patarino
1 month ago

They should ban and remove every America hating liberal Democrat! That would be the best improvement for our nation and self thinkers!

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

If they can remove firearms from TV and movies, it would remove all the classic detective shows, the westerns and the war films. It would destroy the cable networks who thrive on the old shows, and the cable providers. It would however be good for the dvd industry both rentals, purchases and dvd manufacturers. Many folk, myself included, would get rid of cable television.

Meathead
Meathead
1 month ago

Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest thought this idiotic up. Wonder what they were on when they thought it up.

William McKinley
William McKinley
1 month ago

That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard

Golan Trevize
Golan Trevize
1 month ago

Then you have not been watching the press conferences from the white house lately!

JohnS
JohnS
1 month ago

I grew up in the 50s and in grammar school during recess we played cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers. None of us grew up as gangsters shooting up our enemies. During high school we had a gun range in the cellar, a gun club, and openly carried rifles to school. None of us grew up to become mass murders. If its not the kkds, not the guns than the real problem lies with th politicians. Keep tne guns and get rid of the politicians for a better and safer zAmerica.

Michael Graham
1 month ago

Why now all of a sudden the visual effect of violence and guns make sense but for years these same gun control freaks claimed that the EXTREMELY VIOLENT video games had no effect on the violent actions of the kids playing them for hours on end???

Barry J Johnson
Barry J Johnson
1 month ago

What A Crock

Barry Age 76
PO1 USN RET
Vietnam 3x (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)

Golan Trevize
Golan Trevize
1 month ago

I hope they do ban all guns from tv and movies! I would enjoy watching Hollyweird slowly fade into oblivion.

Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
1 month ago
Reply to  Golan Trevize

SO WHAT WILL HOLLYWEIRD DO THEN? I guess we would have to watch the druggies shoot up, streetwalkers walk around and listen to dumb ass WOKERS tell us how bad we are and they must direct our life from their little RED BOOK. `NOT EVEN MF!. Stopped watching their crap 30 years ago. I guess SEX with any and everything will be their new agenda. Rainbow FAGGOT FESTS, Child raping in school and public streets will become legal. Amazes me how low these people can sink.
Who told them they know anything? They have no idea what restroom to use, who or what they are. Get insulted because the sun came up. Every one should kiss their ass just because of WHAT? Keep pushing and soon you will get your safe space in a nice hole six feet down. GO FU*K YOURSELF! (I’M sorry your already doing that! ENJOY)

Everett Freeman
1 month ago

Next, no more autos on t v. how many are killed?? a lot more than guns….

Tom Horn
1 month ago

Opioid abuse is a real problem in our country. Wonder where they got that idea? Haven’t seen a lot of movies where drug abuse is actually shown…

ANI4ANI
ANI4ANI
1 month ago

Great idea any battles betwwen opposing forces can B fought with creme puffs & Twinkies. Or perhaps we use the preferred weapons of “PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS” like frozen H2O bottles/fireworks/Molotov cocktails. The latter may not B possible due 2 the lack of fossil fuel.

ConnieRay
ConnieRay
1 month ago

Ban violent video games, I agree. It desensitizes violence. MTV hasn’t instilled any morality either. In movies and on TV…the bad guy should always go to prision or die. The good guy should always win. When I was young, there was always a “moral to the story”…something good was pointed out, Today, what do they see…liars, tramps, thieves, murderers, winning…outsmarting the good guys. They admire to the wrong people, wrong culture and have twisted morals and cannot determine right from wrong. We have really screwed up a whole generation. God help their children and the world they inherit.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Maybe they should look at video games first

Dennis Williams
Dennis Williams
1 month ago

Hmmm. “D Day”and “Saving Private Ryan” ?

Arjay
Arjay
1 month ago

Hollyweird is against US having guns, but THEY need the guns in their productions!

They also use FULLY AUTOMATIC MACHINE GUNS in their productions that the average citizen can’t buy!! That’s why so many ID10TS believe fully automatic machine guns are commonly owned weapons here.

Charles T
20 days ago

This is the new culture crowd with their unlawful attempt to do away with the Second Amendment. We “the real People of this Country” need to stand for something and stop this Marxist, Communist, Socialist agenda. The honest gun owners are not the ones causing problems. The democrats want total control of our lives and hope to eliminate any other party, their goal is one party rule, the democrat party.

Stanley
Stanley
19 days ago

No firearms on TV or movies. Fine. Then private security (especially Hollywood types & anyone working for the govt or any govt contracts should obey law & not be armed. Only carry a cell phones to call someone who G.A.S.

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