Tarantino Says Shootings Happen Because of Guns and Mental Health, Not Violent Movies: Do You Agree With Him?

Film 2013/01/04 20:00:00
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Quentin Tarantino, the director of "Pulp Fiction" and the recent box office hit "Django Unchained," has once again spoken out against accusations that film violence could be responsible for massacres like the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Speaking to Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air," Tarantino said that talking about the influence of film violence on the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy is "totally disrespectful to their memories" and asserted that "obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health."

When pressed on whether the tragedy, which claimed the lives of twenty children and six adults, has made movie violence "less fun," Tarantino said "Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other." Do you agree that tragedies like Sandy Hook are to do with gun control and mental health -- and not movie (or video game) violence?
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  • Christopher Kirchen 2013/01/05 01:18:14
    Christopher Kirchen
    Shootings don't happen because guns exist any more than stabbings happen because knives exist or rapes happen because sexual organs exist.

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  • Charmaine Warren 2013/03/02 06:11:00
    Charmaine Warren
    Movies do affect people. Ask any psychologist. Your brain can't tell the difference between a movie and reality. Even if you watch the making of a film and you know it's actors paid to do it, you still get caught up in the movie and take sides or cry when something sad happens.
  • Charmai... Charmai... 2013/03/02 06:12:05
    Charmaine Warren
    He's just justifying his movies.
  • Soulja12389 2013/01/16 23:27:13
    Its about time somebody opened their eyes and realized this
  • bettyboop 2013/01/16 20:46:50
    I have watched many action/adventure movies in my life time and witnessed lots of violence. Does that make me want to pick up a gun and go murder innocent children? No!
  • litecoors 2013/01/15 00:14:44 (edited)
    Its violent movies & video games. A sick mind gets nurtured from those sources, all the kid needs is A trigger to set his fantasy into motion, maybe A Rambo movie or a argument at home. Most normal people know movies & videos are fantasy & entertaining thus, no trigger. My opinion.
  • L & C Mac 2013/01/14 02:54:53
    L & C Mac
    Guns stop more violence than they cause. People are just crazy & it is not because of guns or movies. If he had attacked the crooked government he would be a hero. The shooter made a pussy move on children.
  • Dave 007 2013/01/13 14:35:07
    Dave 007
    Just because women have to dress slutty like those actresses do in movies, doesn't mean that violence in the movies triggers violence.
  • Chris 2013/01/11 23:24:36
    How far is censorship going to go in this country? They should gun down all the lame people who think that movies are the problem. Too many tired grandmas and liberals are complaining about the media.
  • Ladybythesea 2013/01/11 05:31:01
    POINT ONE : " that damn gun, it keeps jumping out of my nightstand and running off and
    killing people."
    POINT TWO : there are 4000 babies aborted every DAY in this country, and it's legal.
    POINT THREE: Why the hell are you letting your Childern watch such things ?
    Could you possible be A BAD PARENT ?

    Excuse me, did I miss something or WTF !!!
  • YO 2013/01/10 22:03:03
    Were there mass shootings after "The Wild Bunch", Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" came out? I think Not. "Fun with Dick and Jane" movie with Jane Fonda, in the theater version showed how to sucessfully steal a car in about 30 sec., that was popular for car theieves and wanabe car theives. In DVD,and hbo movie, that scene is removed because it was too easy for anyone to get the common tools and steal cars. Another Charles B movie was 'Breakout", in which he took/stole a helicopter, flew it ino a prison yard to get a buddy out of jail. Since then, about three escapes have been done., prompting prison yards to have razor wire,or fencing above the recreatoin areas to prevent a 4th escape. Other than that, there can be NO one to one cause and effect of movie behavior and reality behavior. How many people got hurt , or went to jail for doing,or imitating 3 Stooges antics on other people? zip to none. So, it's the "end-of-the-world nut jobs doing all the violence out there. they have YET to realize that 2012 is OVER!! Get a grip! It's 2013 already!
  • maci.ma... YO 2013/01/15 09:31:23
    the movie "the Fast and Furious" did spur a hike in car thefts, particularly the Honda Civic
  • YO maci.ma... 2013/01/25 19:42:40
    I saw that movie. I don't remember seeing in Detail, how to steal a Honda Civic. "Fun with dick and Jane" did show the simple detail of a dent puller and big screwdriver usage that the average guy/car theif can use in 30sec. or less. What's worse is there was a tv show where "Barney Miller"'s Wojohowitz using the two tools to get into,and stealing cars. and then people wonder why the crime rate goes up. DUH!!
  • brannon 2013/01/09 06:47:36 (edited)
    Because of mental health, yes. because of guns, no. His movies are full of guns and violence. What a hypocrite, just like all the rest of the freaks in Hollywood and Washington DC.
  • Small man big mouth 2013/01/09 05:51:44
    Small man big mouth
    theres always an exception to the rule. but on a personal note, tarantino is an overrated no talent hack. all he does is put his names on movies that already exist. come on!
  • luizbz 2013/01/09 05:26:43
    Concordo com Tarantino. Caso contrário, quem assistisse filmes de faroeste iria sair por aí matando índio. É doideira e facilidade de acesso a armas.
  • EdWhiteSpace 2013/01/09 04:46:56
    No one shoots people because of a movie. If a movie can make you that crazy, you are already dangerous. I agree it isn't a movie's fault although it's not the gun's fault either. It's the fault of the killer alone, and mental illness is the culprit and the solution. That is what needs to be dealt with in a serious manner, not the foolishness about violence in movies, video games, or banning the tool they choose to kill. Deal with the root cause or it will continue, period.
  • Trey Martin 2013/01/09 03:23:39
    Trey Martin
    All the Westerns my parent watched with guns and shootings didn't affect my family....they haven't killed anyone
  • ozzie.scribbler.3 2013/01/09 02:50:59
    I believe the catharsis provided by watching violent movies pacifies the audience in most cases. Also by sharing our violent fantasies in cinematic form we learn to be more accepting of our aggressive tendencies, and thus those aggressive tendencies lessen. If we struggle with and try not to accept some aspect of our make-up it will increase in its strength, in the same way that a wound will get worse if we don't leave it alone and let it heal. There is no doubt that many movies contribute to the sense of violence as a glamorous activity, something which can affect the psychologically insecure, but the role of cinematic violence in pacifying society I think far outweighs this negative. Mass shootings can only occur if the individual has access to a gun. And only those who are mentally unhealthy commit mass murders in peace time. (Lots of well-balanced individuals have committed the mass murder of civilians in wartime under the orders of their government, generally via aerial bombardment. These governments also used propaganda films to support this activity, but the violence depicted in those films was not explicit as is the trend today.)
  • Doug G 2013/01/09 02:29:45
    Doug G
    Not so simple, mentally ill people with guns are dangerous, criminals with guns are dangerous,children with guns may be dangerous.Especially after watching violent movies and or too much playing of violent video games. I believe certain television shows, gaming ,some material out on the internet and certain movies are not healthy for children and some "adults".
    Mental health is the issue, what adds to it and what detracts from it. Movies get rated for a reason. You wouldn't hand a loaded gun to a child,a criminal or a mental case.
    Values and compassion has to be taught. Respect for life has to be learned.
    Morals and ethics must be valued. Leaders have to show the way. Parents have to parent.
  • Resp 2013/01/09 02:07:05
  • modurhead 2013/01/09 01:13:38
    charles whitman 1966 sniper the biggest movie of that year The bible in the beginning. it was his mental illness and brain tumor not the bible movie
  • belle 2013/01/09 00:02:26
    Violence in Movies play apart in some shootings, no matter what he says or think.
  • verra lancaster 2013/01/09 00:01:06
  • The Bee Guy 2013/01/08 23:39:32
    The Bee Guy
    Guess he kinda wants to protect his tail from a good lawsuit! So who decides the amount of violence that should be shown for "entertainment"?
  • The Bee... The Bee... 2013/01/08 23:42:22
    The Bee Guy
    But then too, Mental health is influenced also by what goes into the eyes, in the way of entertainment. And glorifying guns WILL promote them as the weapon of choice to be used by anyone a little "off"!
  • morajon... The Bee... 2013/01/09 05:46:55
    He can't get suit because of that, don't be stupid.
  • The Bee... morajon... 2013/01/30 21:23:55
    The Bee Guy
    People have been sued for an awful lot less, and lost!
  • Cynthia Wolf 2013/01/08 23:19:53
    Cynthia Wolf
    Shame on him to blame guns and not movies/video games full of shoot outs alongside. Trying to have his cake & keep eating it! STOP DOPING KIDS, lazy asses!! They never learn to manage their impulses & emotions. Also, school security is a must!! Good people with guns stop bad people with them. Theaters should also make sure doors aren't propped open prior to dimming the lights. That simple act would've prevented the theater shooting. Don't tread on my 2nd Amendment Rights!!!
  • Rosita 2013/01/08 20:47:40
    A combination of all three: Guns, Mental Health & violent movies/videos
  • felicia 2013/01/08 20:43:55
  • eli 2013/01/08 20:07:59
    I hope there were another option to this though.... As much as mental disease and guns contribute to this issue, I must emphasize that violent movies can in fact contribute to it as well! while a mentally stable person will just see it as a movie, the mentally ill watches those movies and act upon it. They want to be the character of the real life movie! They can't distinguish between a movie and what could be fatal in a lot of cases as we see in news! The less public is exposed to such movies, the better it would be as far as safety issues are concerned!
  • BigFig#9 2013/01/08 19:15:39
    They watch the same movies in Canada and UK (and actually have no better mental health systems) so maybe it's JUST our gun laws.
  • nightcrawler2005 2013/01/08 18:36:47
  • Jack 2013/01/08 17:34:18
    The movies are getting worse and worse and now even have first-person shooter type angles (see DOOM)....combine these with the lax rules allowing just about anyone to go in and see them, and this is what you get.
  • LWS 2013/01/08 17:29:41
    No guns don't kill people, people kill people. We as a nation glorify violence in multiple ways, through movies, video games, newspapers, magazines why wouldn't it have an impact on peoples Psyche. Hitler and many other people of power have used media (movies, newspapers, posters, etc) and propaganda to basically control his people. Look at our media right now, today, they control what we eat, how we dress, where we shop, to lobbing for gun control, etc., think about it. So to think that those elements have no impact then you are blind.
  • opheliacc 2013/01/08 17:13:42
    Guns don't kill people...people kill people. Just as his movies,or any other movies aren't the cause of any mass shootings,stabbings or what have you...If people are stupid enough to be influenced by a fictitious story to do something so heinous...then there needs to be stricter gun laws (for sure) and more people being psychologically evaluated and treated in facilities ..because you can't be in the right state of mind to kill. Whether or not it was from copying something..
  • Kigan 2013/01/08 16:46:27
    Hmm...I wonder if there is a code built into Sodahead that intentionally changes your answer every once in a while.

    Anyway, I guess it's kinda the right answer for me. The problem is, I only agree with PART of what he said.

    Violence of any kind does NOT happen because of the tool used.
    Now, mental health is definitely a factor, but how to work on that is the real question.
    And he is right that violent movies are not the reasons for these tragic events.
  • Insanebane 2013/01/08 16:43:12
    Like that old saying, guns don't kill people, people with guns
    kill people. Some gunners are responsible owners while
    others are just plain crazy.

    I will never ever let a movie or video game influence me
    and give me the idea to go out and hurt people.
  • musiclover92 2013/01/08 16:17:34
    movies are just fiction, they're not real, they don't tell someone to get up & kill another person. if someone wants to kill another person, that's their decision, not the media's.
  • KingTez 2013/01/08 16:09:16
    Hell yeah! Movies don't tell where to go shooting people at! Nor does it give you the guns and ammo for them! Duh!
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