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Hollywood's love of guns increases risk of shootings – both on and off the set

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By Brad Bushman and Dan Rome

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Hollywood just caters to worldwide audiences that are equally engrossed by the fantasy of guns & violence as Western audiences. - Japan, the former HongKong cinema, China (now, 3rd largest movie producers) and Bollywood ALL provide similar “Entertainment”.

Seems Japan also has extraordinary number of “gun replica” shops and from time-to-time, read of someone arrested for ordering and receiving illegal parts that would be used to modify them into working weapons.

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Why would there ever be a need for a loaded gun versus a safe gun, on a film set?

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Violence in movies. A perusal of movies from 1950 onward, exhibits a litany of violence, from fisticuffs to shootouts - prevalent in westerns and moving on to gangster movies and such along with War films.

Guns have always been available, in the 1950s and into the 60's they could be purchased thru the mail. There were absolutely no actual curbs on the acquisition of fire arms.

The research indicating the cause of current violence that focuses on film, seems to neglect economics and social issues. The pretense it is caused by violent movies is anemic. The adults who use guns to commit violence are not typically acting out a fantasy from a movie, there are more base concerns. Often it has to do with conflict resolution and absolute anger.

A complex and variable constellation of risk and protective factors makes persons more or less likely to use a firearm.  There is no single profile that can reliably predict who will use a gun in a violent act. Instead, gun violence is associated with a confluence of individual, family, school, peer, community, and sociocultural risk factors that interact over time during childhood and adolescence.

Gun violence is associated with a confluence of individual, family, school, peer, community, and sociocultural risk factors that interact over time during childhood and adolescence.  There is no meaningful profile that allows reliable prediction of who will eventually engage in gun violence. 

As for those who engage in violence that involves firearms, which is certainly wed to antisocial behavior: The family context has been found to be quite influential in the development and continuity of antisocial behavior. Particularly for early-onset aggressive youths raised in families that are under a high degree of environmental stress, aggressive child behavior and negative parenting practices interact to amplify early-onset aggression. Examples of family risk factors include low parent–child synchrony and warmth, poor or disrupted attachment, harsh or inconsistent discipline (overly strict or permissive), poor parental monitoring, the modeling of antisocial behavior, pro-violent attitudes and criminal justice involvement, and coercive parent–child interaction patterns.  

 Poor parental monitoring and supervision, which are more general risk factors for involvement in aggression and violent behaviors, may be especially salient in risk for gun violence. For example, impulsive or aggressive children who are often unsupervised and live in a home with access to guns may be at risk.

Violent movies, not a viable explanation.

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Violence and adventure are not something many people experience regularly, so it makes sense that fiction and drama would center around these elements that coincidentally have a significant overlap.

Violence has been a major part of lore and theater, ever since lore and theater existed. John Wick gunning down dozens of mobsters is in perspective, more mild than Bible stories of King David slaying “tens of thousands” of Philistines.

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Fact: Baldwin disregarded the first four rules of firearm safety. The first one is "Treat every firearm as fully loaded.

As it turns out, the gun he killed the woman with had been used off-set for target practice, obviously with live rounds. He should be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter at the minimum.

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As it turns out, the gun he killed the woman with had been used off-set for target practice

I mentioned this very possibility in the main article.

The crew, including the armored were replaced shortly before the incident by non-union workers, so it’s within reason that discipline and standards were lax.

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