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Exactly 42 years ago (Jan. 2, 1971) Congress stopped the advertising of cigarettes on television, and then in magazines, and then smoking was not permitted on network television shows. All to save lives.
Yet in both film and television, Hollywood continues to use guns to portray brutal, gory violence in our living rooms every minute of every day. Then the Hollywood elite, after they have cashed their ridiculously enormous paychecks, weep and cry and cast about over gun violence in our schools, malls and streets.
To them, the violence these actors portray in their "art" is somehow different. They differentiate between smoking a Marlboro, and "smoking" a cop or any other character. How long do we have to put up with these morons?
Actors, directors, producers, writers, etc., are far more complicit in shooting violence than any gun manufacturer or owner. Perhaps a boycott of violent films and sponsors of TV shows that feature gun violence would go a long way to stop the stupidity of blaming guns for the violence.
Then we all could focus on the real problem: movie and television violence and the glorification of murderers by the liberal idiot media.