Samuel L. Jackson: Fewer guns aren't the answer
- Jackson stands up for strong family values. "I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone."
The loony left is screaming for gun control. The drooling right in turn is screaming for censorship of video games and movies.
In the middle of this insane screaming match is an unexpected voice of reason - Samuel L. Jackson.
The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., have stirred up a slew of gun-control sentiment in Hollywood.
But an actor who stars in perhaps the most gun-heavy movie of the season says that an abundance of firearms in this country isn't necessarily the problem, and that reducing them isn't automatically the answer.
"I don't think it's about more gun control," said Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as a conniving house slave in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming revenge fantasy "Django Unchained."
"I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life," Jackson told the Los Angeles Times.
Parents and role models who emphasize that value, he said, will accomplish more than legislators reducing the number of firearms.
Tarantino's movie features numerous scenes of gun violence, including two major shootouts in the final section involving Jamie Foxx's title character. Jackson's character, Stephen, figures prominently in both scenes, though he's a lot more likely to use his scheming mind as a weapon.
Jackson waved aside the idea that on-screen violence has an influence on someone who decides to behave violently in real life.
"I don't think movies or video games have anything to do with it," he said in an interview with The Times for an upcoming article about him.
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