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Ban Gun Violence Depictions On TV, Film And Video Games

GARDINER – Advertisers promote their products on TV by endless repetition. Whether it’s jellyfish protein, pillows, flooring, cars or auto insurance, hemorrhoid cream, laxatives or every pharmaceutical known to medicine, we are exposed to the same ads over and over and over and over.

What else are we constantly exposed to, both on TV and in the movies? Illegal firearm use. One estimate states that children will see over 200,000 acts of violence, and 16,000 murders on TV, many by gun violence, before the age of 18. Why does the FCC and the MPAA see violence, killing, brutal assaults and death as allowable entertainment? Do those kids demonstrating against guns go home and play hours of single-person shooter video games? Do they watch the programs or go to the movies, where illegal firearms use results in death and injury? Do they buy the products advertised on such media? Is it any wonder that a deranged, angry, resentful, mentally disturbed or bullied kid will get a hold of a firearm and start shooting up his school, "buying" what the media has advertised?

People are demanding that something be done about firearm violence. How about getting it off of TV, out of the movies and banned in video games?

Frederick Gerty
Gardiner



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