December 17th, 2012
05:33 PM ET

'Django' cast debates: How does movie violence influence violence in real life?

Friday's nightmarish shooting has left some in Hollywood examining the relationship between the violence we see in the real world and the violence we watch in movies and on TV.

Interestingly enough, the cast members of "Django Unchained," an upcoming Quentin Tarantino project about a slave-turned-bounty-hunter and his mission to save his wife from a cruel slave-master, come down on all sides of the debate.

Christoph Waltz, who stars as the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, told CNN in a recent interview that he doesn't "entirely disagree" with the argument that violence in entertainment can inspire violence in the real world.

"But I find it interesting to look at who says it," Waltz went on. "And interestingly enough, it’s mostly the media who says it. Meaning the media get[s] out of their responsibility again. Because we’re talking about fiction. And it is unmistakably fiction. And to claim that you confuse it with reality is somewhat far-fetched."

Waltz clarified that he's not saying Hollywood depictions of violence don't have an influence, it's just that he's more concerned with how violence is portrayed.

"What I consider the really significant and dangerous aspect is the sensationalization of it," he went on. "And movies don’t sensationalize, they just tell. Who is it who sensationalizes it? It’s the media. So we have to keep these a little bit apart, and look at them separately, and not just meddle everything up and point fingers at the opposite side. I find that very important. And I would also consider gun control indispensable. Rigorous gun control! Because a gun that you can’t have, you don’t use."

But to Waltz's co-star Jamie Foxx, the issue isn't one of only gun control, but also counseling.

"Here's the thing - even if you get rid of all of the guns, I think that symptom will still be there," Foxx told CNN. "So it will be a knife, it will be something, it will be their bare hands - but we have to, one, get the guns off the street ... and then address the problem of the person, how do we reach out to that person, how do we make that person feel like, you don't have to do this."

Director Tarantino, on the other hand, dismisses the theory that violence on-screen breeds violence off-screen, finding it to be a point that lacks substance.

"This has gone back all the way down to Shakespeare’s days - alright, when there’s violence in the street, the cry becomes 'blame the playmaker.' And you know, I actually think that’s a very facile argument to pin on something that’s a real life tragedy.”

soundoff (434 Responses)
  1. Alfred Neuman

    "Django" is jarringly violent, filled with graphic and often gratuitous gun murders which are so numerous as to make the whole film pretty disgusting.
    Of course the media slurps mainly praise this travesty as they always do with anything done by a famous director. But i strongly recommend that films like this be firmly rejected for their senseless glamorization of violence. Tarrantino should be ashamed of himself, as should his media acolytes.

    January 9, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. albie

    The bible has a tremendous amount of violence in it - I think organized religion is the root of a lot of the evil in this world (not joking)

    December 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Truth

    The department's Bureau of Justice Statistics report offers a snapshot of racial disparities among violent crime victims. Black people represented an estimated 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2005, the latest data available, but were the victims of 49 percent of all murders and 15 percent of rapes, assaults and other nonfatal violent crimes nationwide.

    Most of the black murder victims — 93 percent — were killed by other black people, the study found.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. No Potato!

    I'm blaming potatos and all related tubers. Starch makes us fat and our fat bellies make us want to play video games and watch movies. Fat slows our brains down so we can't think for ourselves and we start doing what movies tell us to. Idaho Potatos kill!

    December 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • charliex

      thats funny, and who knows – if any of us live long enough to find out you were onto something here

      December 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CharlieX

    Guns don't kill people –

    the NRA does.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Thats so crazy, even the people who want to agree with you can't.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tired of the Ignorance

    This movies is history this is what actually happened to black people. Slavery is a horrific past and is still going on in a lot of countries. No one can understand how it is to live in America and be black unless you are. There's no other race that was slaves as long as blacks were. I wonder where the US would be if whites were slaves Oh I know the Indian would still own their land and it would be more of them as well as blacks if they weren't killed everyday for years.. So for now there's a successful black President, enterprenuers, inventors, millonaires, so not all blacks were held down. The 12% of the population helped build America where it is today of all of their inventions and discoveries. To hear the ignorant posts makes me sick to my stomach.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fell into another 1


    December 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Truth

    Minority youth aged 8 to 18 consume an average of 13 hours of media content a day - about 4-1/2 hours more than their white counterparts, according to a Northwestern University report, the first national study to focus exclusively on children’s media use by race and ethnicity.

    The report finds that minority children spend one to two additional hours each day watching TV and videos, approximately an hour more listening to music, up to an hour and a half more on computers, and 30 to 40 minutes more playing video games than their white counterparts.

    The only medium for which no difference was found between minority and white youth was reading print for pleasure. Young people in all groups read for pleasure approximately 30 to 40 minutes a day, the study finds.

    • Minority youth are especially avid adopters of new media, spending about an hour and a half more each day than White youth using their cell phones, iPods and other mobile devices to watch TV and videos, play games, and listen to music (a total of 3 hours and 7 minutes, or 3:07 in mobile media use among Asians, 2:53 among Hispanics, 2:52 among blacks, and 1:20 among whites).

    • Traditional TV viewing remains the most popular of all media - with black and Hispanic youth consuming an average of more than three hours of live TV daily (3:23 for blacks, 3:08 for Hispanics, 2:28 for Asians and 2:14 for whites).

    • TV viewing rates are even higher when data on time-shifting technologies such as TiVo, DVDs, and mobile and online viewing are included. Total daily television consumption then rises to 5:54 for black youth, 5:21 for Hispanics, 4:41 for Asians, and 3:36 for whites.

    • Black and Hispanic youth are more likely to have TV sets in their bedrooms (84% of blacks, 77% of Hispanics compared to 64% of whites and Asians), and to have cable and premium channels available in their bedrooms (42% of blacks and 28% of Hispanics compared to 17% of whites and 14% of Asians).

    • Minority youth eat more meals in front of the TV set - with 78% of black, 67% of Hispanic, 58% of white and 55% of Asian 8- to 18-year-olds reporting that the TV is “usually” on during meals at home.

    Related: Blacks commit 50% of all murder in America.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      60% of all online statistics are made up.
      direct quote from PsycholoyToday website
      Watching Violence in the Media Does Not Cause Crime
      The personality of the viewer is key
      Published on February 24, 2012 by Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. in Inside the Criminal Mind
      It has long been asserted that watching crime on television or playing violent video games contributes to violent behavior. In other words, it is what a person watches that allegedly influences and desensitizes him. Thus he becomes violent. Consider the absurdity of such a thesis!

      1. People who are fascinated and excited by violence and other crimes gravitate to particular types of programs and games and immerse themselves in them, some for hours each day. Their absorption with violence reflects their personality.

      2. Millions of people view violence in television programming... It is entertainment or news. That's it! The viewers do not consider for a moment enacting what they see. The same is true with playing video games. They are solely for recreation.

      3. There is such a thing as a "copycat" crime. A person watches a crime enacted in detail on television and then does the same thing. His decision to do so reflects a mind that has long been fascinated and excited by crime and violence. For every person who might fantasize about, then replicate the crime, millions of people who saw the very same thing reject it, are repulsed by it, and never would be tempted to enact what they watched.
      Critical is not what is on the screen or in the game but what already resides in the mind of the viewer, reader, game player, or listener. A "not guilty by reason of television" defense failed many years ago in a Florida courtroom. Violent tendencies reside within the personality, whether or not the person watches programming depicting violence. The television program, the movie, or the videogame do not turn him into something alien to his basic personality.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      You prove my point.

      Blacks gravitate towards violent, misogynist Hippity Hoop music, Churches that spew Hate-Speech, foul low-brow movies and poisonous daytime television.

      Blacks are more Obnoxious, Violent and Ignorant than every other Race and their choices in entertainment teach them how to be Losers.

      Clearly American Blacks cannot responsibly own Free Speech, and First Amendment Rights should be withheld from Blacks for the time being.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryanne

      Your comments about "Obnoxious" etc is absolutely accurate. It is exactly why I don't watch sitcoms featuring black personalities. If I had spoken to my parents the way these character do on TV, you would have to dislodge my body from the wall across the room. TV and movies do, I believe, influence human behavior.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      no i prove you wrong, your comments are complete and utter falsehoods. There has been and never will be any study that backs up your lies.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    If a cartoon camel can make children start smoking then YES, movie violence can influence violence in real life.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      If seeing the Baby Jesus in a manger can destroy a child's mind, then the sick Quintin Tarrentino will lead to murder.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. zlop

    The fiction (personality) gets updated, redirected.
    Before or after watching a movie - People are not in reality.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Richard-Missouri

    Yes, it absolutely does. However, only if the person watching the movie is mentally disturbed. So, is Hollywood considering stopping making 'violent' movies because some screwed-up whacko MIGHT go out and commit some act of violence? It's not going to happen, and it shouldn't. People who are sick in the head, and who commit heinous acts of violence, will be driven to perform such acts, regardless of safeguards we might take to keep them from being exposed to 'violence'. Heck, the very media itself promotes acts like this, more so than movies. These whackos get so much notoriety and attention from the media, that basically rewards them for the violent acts they commit.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • JillM

      Single moms are FELON FACTORIES. Nobody wants to tell the truth especially liberal feminists. Time to stop the BS: MANHOOD101. COM

      December 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Clarity

    Just as ingesting poisons into our body will negatively affect and even destroy our physical bodies, so does ingesting violent, immoral, or inappropriate images. Many scientific studies have been conducted demonstrating the destructive effects of p0rnography, violence, and immoral acts and the physiological changes that occur within the brain.

    Viewing these things form new neural pathways while others are "weakened". Densitization occurs, and our ability to empathize with the victim and/or those who the actions negatively affect is diminished. This is exactly why behavioral therapists will use densitization therapy (repeated exposures) for individuals working to overcome fears.

    Scientific evidence is prevalent regarding the effect of p0rnography that show that when viewing it, the "object' or "tool use" area of the brain is active and that it is as addictive as cocaine (p0rnography is often called visual crack). It is clear that what we allow into our brains clearly changes us physiologically, emotionally, and "spiritually".

    Many adults allow themselves and their children to view rated R movies, play violent games, and expose themselves to violent and immoral images and believe that this has no negative effects. Many years ago, a murder on tv would shock individuals. Now, even elementary age school children routinely view graphic murders or are allowed to participate in video games depicting and glorifying violence. These activities and images have been proven to densitize individuals.

    Rather than focusing on gun control, we as a society need to focus on fundamental moral values, and protect ourselves and our children from the degrading and destructive influences that these movies, magazines, tv shows, and video games present to ourselves and our families.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Clarity


    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. facebook is being controlled now also

    92 million fake facebook page will be destroyed–shame they even ruined facebook

    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      Is it possible to communicate without Big Sis or Evil Brother Watching ?

      December 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. So.......

    If your house is on fire, the next right step obviously is to put out the fire before it does any more damage. America, our house is on fire!!! Let's get the blaze under control then we can debate the underlying causes (both real and imagined!)

    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      If your neighborhood is full of violent Blacks, you move to the Suburbs.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. regulations will control you

    within the next year.....internet will be over.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. Not a hater, but I do hate LeBron

    Was Shakespeare really blamed by the media or is QT making that up?

    Because when I compare Macbeth to Inglorious Basterds, they are nothing at all alike.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  18. Frank Zappa is an idiot...

    you need eye eyes are too red.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. bob

    The world is full of sick people no regulations will stop such actions. Look at ww2 over 6million Jews killed and Tv and video games didn't cause that now did it?

    December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jack

    Of course it doesn't. If it did, we'd see murder rates going up in Europe where they enjoy American movies as much as we do.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  21. Who Cares

    December 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Puddin

    Here's how it works with children growing up. When I was trying to get my sons pottie-trained, I would have my husband take them to the bathroom and show them how it's know, "monkey-see-monkey-do." When parents use foul language and children are allowed to view violent movies and play violent video games, well "monkey-see-monkey-do." We parents should all vow to feed these young brains with nothing but the positive type behavior. Until then, gun control, alone, will not stop the violent behavior going on currently.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Great example of how not to parent. I commend you. It takes guts to say "This is how I parented badly so you don't have to!"

      December 18, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Lbs.

      I find this response completely erroneous! I've been allowed to watch violent and inappropriate movies and play the same type of video games ever since I was a child. Under adult supervision! Does this make my parents horrible and irresponsible? I believe not because they EDUCATED me on the DIFFERENCE between fiction and reality from an early age.

      I find myself to be a very caring individual with an even temper. I cannot envision myself bringing the type of harm that has recently been in the news, especially to little children. However, I extremely enjoy the horror and gore associated with video games and movies like the ones Mr. Tarantino directs. It's all about education and knowing the difference between right and wrong. I believe there is nothing wrong with "entertainment" for the sake of entertainment. However if one is not educated about the differences between what is fiction and reality, that person's own vision of entertainment may take on the horrific scenes that is currently invading all news mediums. Judgements such as the ones made on this forum are made by the uneducated to make their views and opinions valid. Unfortunately, there are just those individuals who are wired differently and that fine line is skewed to where fiction becomes reality.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  23. i new mob person in brooklyn...what a doll

    his name was benny the hammer...he never killed anyone but if any of the girls were bothered...he would take a baseball bag and bash your car in and throw it in the river........he died but what a nice man...he lud the girls.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tim

    There is a reason almost every gun range in America will not allow people to target practice on pictures of real people. It would be pretty offensive to be at a range were people are shooting at pictures of their ex-wife, Obama, or any specific person they don't like. The ranges I go to would not even allow pictures of Osama Bin Laden after 9/11!!!
    The point is, there is a concern that the more we emulate doing something, the more likely we are to do it for real.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. JC583

    These old debates about violence in movies and video games are interesting to me. Im the mtv/xbox generation and violence in movies and video games is nothing at all foreign to me. But ive been watching tarantino movies, as well as scorsese mob pictures, all my life along with playing games like cod. With all of that I could still never imagine myself doing something so terrible so what does that say about the issue of movies and video games and the violence in them? It has to be something so much bigger then just 'oh he saw it on tv and in a video game so that must be why'.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The US government likes to go after the game industry because it's an industry worth billions of dollars that the government gets very little of because the industry is so good at self-regulation. American lawmakers want the ESRB to be like the MPAA or the television ratings system even those those systems are so very flawed and failed.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Nope...

      Be careful your internet it is being controlled now and that's the truth - i would suggest all be careful with internet use.
      its almost dead anyway but until then be careful

      December 18, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      So, just so we're straight. Because YOU didn't become a mass murderer it must be concluded that Video Games and Violent Movies can in NO way contribute to anyone else becoming a mass murderer. Have I got that right?

      December 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  26. Odd...

    they only want to see you through a computer yet you disgust them in person....i find that so strange

    December 18, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  27. Matt

    Just happy to see the entertainment industry get blamed and it not be the video game industry for once, although they barked up that tree as well...

    December 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  28. lbw

    If human created media, called advertisements, does not influence human behaviour there is a lot of money being wasted by some very smart people in marketing. Think about it, did you every buy something because you kept seeing the commercials over and over again? If you are selling violence of any kind to someone already mentally disturbed you have some responsibility for the tragedy that results.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  29. Bill Fister

    Nah, scenes of rape, violence and pepole emptying magazines into other's heads doesn't have anyrthing to do with it,

    December 18, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  30. david

    Remember, if you are a single parent raising a monster, make sure he has all the guns he needs

    December 18, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. Kevin

    STUPID REPORTER, he is a director, what do you expect he say?

    December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  32. we all see u too!!!!

    i love church

    December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  33. Kevin

    Our crappy violent movies are pirated, sold and shown all over the world, and they don't have mass shootings. So there are two reasons for this:
    1) They have sensible gun control laws.
    2) our culture just plain sucks.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. Charles

    Jamie was on SNL joking how in Django kills all the white people.
    Yeah...killing is real funny.,

    December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      it is not real killing

      December 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      covering his ass, we know what he thinks about us white people. Assult rifles IMO should be banned but my 12 guage and 38 special stay with me.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. LR

    I remember when 'disturbed' or 'troubled' young men would take their own life. Now, they first perform mass murder, and THEN take their own life....and they are dressed for warfare. It's hard to believe that the pervasiveness of violence on video games, TV, and films doesn't have a negative effect. It would be interesting to see data on this. We as a society glorify violence....the more you kill (videos, TV, movies) you win.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      There are truckloads of data supporting either side of the debate...

      December 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  36. nuketim


    December 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  37. IcRMr2

    Yes, lets blame what happened on what people see in the movies and take movies away. Oh he played Call of Duty, that caused him to kill all these people, no more violent video games. Wait what another school shooting, but there are no violent movies or Video games. He was reading The Catcher in the Rye, oh we got to start banning books....

    Everyone blames these acts on fictional things, but not on what happened in his REAL life. There are thousands of people that watch violent movies, play violent video games, and read The Catcher in the Rye, but do not go around killing people.

    Also the weapons were registered in his mother's name! Sounds like super bad parenting. Not a lack of Gun Controls.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      you miss understand - the guns were legally owned by the mother - that means the gun laws were not strong enough - we must ban civilians from owning military style weapons with 30 round magazines and require people to turn them in

      We need a save our children law

      December 18, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • sman1234

      And I’m sure all the criminals will be lining up at the local police station to turn their guns in the day after your law is passed…… What a joke!! If such a law was passed, the only people who would “turn their guns in” as you suggested are law abiding people who probably never have used those guns to commit a crime. So at the end of the day, the bad guys would still have their guns, but the good guys would have theirs taken away, sounds like a great solution to me. In this particular case, the gun were legally owned by a person who was MURDERED and had her guns stolen. Once a gun is stolen its is no longer legally owned, and therefore saying the guns used in this crime were legally owned is just not true.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • IcRMr2

      @Dave.. Even if he had 2 pistols and a shotgun, the results could have been the same. Everything comes back to his mother registering these weapons and allowing her son to have access to them. But since I don't know everything, she could have had them under lock and key, and he ended up breaking into the case or whatever to access the weapons.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  38. Writing Bossies

    Internet sucks now .... i'm glad its lost its popularity...its all the same stuff

    December 18, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  39. CNN

    we've done many meetings with our cnn friends... internet is being monitored by the government now lots of change ahead internet has lost its novelty and basically everyone is moving away from it because there is not much here anymore.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • chanda

      I hate the internet for the most part and can only hope it becomes less popular. it's a double edged sword for sure and I believe it is the downfall of society if not humanity

      December 18, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelw777

      Then what are you doing here Chanda? Participating in the fall of society?

      December 18, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  40. BUTTIN

    mass killers usually suffer from skizophrenia or drug related issues.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  41. writingmomma

    I did an I Report on CNN in July of 2011 that asked for a gun buyback that would give a $200.00 voucher for the turning of any gun. I had 124 views and very few comments. But now, people want to take it seriously. I have even read they are actually giving the voucher. So funny, people don't want to take things serious until it is in their own back yards.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  42. dave

    Remember, if you are a single Mom raising a monster, make sure he has all the guns he needs

    December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  43. Cheyrl S

    Once again, I find it funny that everyone is trying to blame everything but the main reason that kids are violent and think nothing of it, LACK OF PARENTING. Parents today, even though it requires all parents in the househould to work, the time they put into teaching their kids morals, values and the difference between right and wrong along with what violence does to others is the main reason that kids are so violent. I grew up playing violent video games and watching violent movies since I was 8 years old. I have never once thought of killing, hurting or shooting anyone unless it is in self defense. The reason being my parents took the time to teach me, explain that movies are fiction and that unlike movies once you shoot or hurt someone it is perminant whether it is emotionally and/or physically. Everyone wants to blame everything else except the parents who, if you have kids should be responsible for their morals, values and understanding of the world. Also, the parents should be held responsible if they do not find medical help for psycholoical issues. Having religion in your kids life can help but overall it is the parents who need to step up, take responsibility and actually parent their kids and stop having the TV, Xbox, Music and Movies be the parent. Also parents need to quit trying to pass their responsiblities onto teachers, they are your kids, be responsible or do not reproduce.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      there are 100 Million kids in the US and ONE shot up a school. There was something wrong with his brain

      December 18, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. Tim

    Mr.Frank Zappa said it quite succintly back in 1971:

    I am gross and perverted
    I'm obsessed 'n deranged
    I have existed for years
    But very little had changed
    I am the tool of the Government
    And industry too
    For I am destined to rule
    And regulate you

    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can't look away
    I make you think I'm delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I am the best you can get <-He's talking about Hollywood polish and presentation with lack of real content
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I am the slime oozin' out
    From your TV set!!!

    You will obey me while I lead you
    And eat the garbage that I feed you
    Until the day that we don't need you
    Don't got for one will heed you!!
    Your mind is totally controlled
    It has been stuffed into my mold
    And you will do as you are told
    Until the rights to you are sold
    That's right, folks..Don't touch that dial!!!!

    Well, I am the slime from your video
    Oozin' along on your livin'room floor...

    Thanks, Frank, we'll never forget you.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  45. who cares

    nobody cares what people are doing in their personal lives unless they are in mine they i get in theirs.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  46. PUTZ1234

    how is the black community (s) suffering?

    December 18, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  47. snagged again1

    We do NOT want negative behavior in this life time....

    December 18, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  48. The Truth

    The Progressive Perversion Pimps are constantly selling Hate and Violence to the weak minded. It's no wonder that Black Men commit 50% of all murder and 43% of all Rape.

    If you want to see the results of generations of Hate Speech and the Progressive Lifestyle, just look at the Black Community.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  49. mommy1

    We have Quadruple control over what we do...

    December 18, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  50. Chucklehead

    Tarantino is a joke. He had a couple of semi-watchable cult movies but in the end, he's a joke. Oh, and so are the people that watch his crapola.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ausy

      so true, and if that isnt enough, we get to hear him defend his work, i wonder if he truely believes what he is telling us. hmmmm

      December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • stantonlee33

      If you don't appreciate great movies like "Pulp Fiction" and "Resevoir Dogs" and the very good "Kill Bill" then you obviously have questionable judgement and poor taste. Tarantino isn't hailed as one of the greatest modern filmakers for nothing. Read the reviews of the top critics if you don't believe me.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Tarantino's polish and style is what the critics like. Face it, most of his movies are driven by graphic, often gratuitous, depiction of violence. For those of use who have seen real violence or experienced great loss, they are quite unappealing- they have no plot that overrides the violence in them. They are not in the same class as "Gangs of New York" or "Saving Private Ryan". Also, violence like in "The Thing", where an alien is gobbling up people is very different than what's in the SAW, Kruger, and other such series.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chucklehead

      @statonlee33.....critics? LOL!!!! They're almost as uselss as awards shows.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  51. Putz1234

    we have control over what we vote for also.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  52. Quentin Tarantino NOT

    I like your movies but the reality is "its not good for us"

    December 18, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Violent movies make us (children and adults) watchers of crime(s) instead of helping a victim of crime(s), we and our children are desensitized by this constant "watching" and particpating in violent crimes with guns and such. Over and over it is shown on tv and the movies and in video games. There was a time when we didn't have these games and the violence in movies was bleeding from even a gun wound...allowing us to know it is not the old westerns and police films and regular tv programs. Even if a gun was shot the actor fell down and no blood shed. Even when I was small I and my brothers and sisters as well as others knew it was not real. The violent scenes on movies and even tv show the horror of the crime blood everywhere and the criminal walks away the crowd just hopes it doesn't happen to them....sound like real life doesn't it. Because it has become "real". Violence whether games or tv or movies needs to be addressed.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  53. Tim

    We have control over what we "vote for" in the entertainment world, just like we have control over what we shoot at with a gun. Don't even consider going to Tarantino's, Wes Craven's, and all movies depicting gratuitous graphic violence, just like you would not consider killing an innocent person. That will get them to stop including these kinds of scenes and concentrate on story lines. Notice too, that scenes of violence in movies like "Saving Private Ryan" are a whole different matter, because it is a movie about the horrors of war and the violence is not as graphic and not pointless.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Well said. I boycott these films on tv and I don't pay to watch such trash. Graphics make even more real and more horrible than last years graphics. When are we (society) going to take responsibility of these acts. Yes, it begins at home but it also begins with TV and the movies and the games. Most folks can discern right and wrong for that those many of individuals that can't this is their catalyst. As we are seeing more and more of it in real life it is only an imitation of what is seen in the movie and game world.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  54. Concerned Parent

    This is where good parenting comes into play, parents are charged with the responsibilty of knowing when to say NO, to a movie regardless if they get upset or not, Parents you all are responsible for your own, don't blame good action pack movies no, you start with the parents.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  55. Kendall

    I think that when people allow young children to be exposed to violent images, at a very young age, and morality, accountability, love for your fellow man is not taught in the home and the child is not loved (but rather is placated with "stuff"), then yes, the violence in movies, books, video games can be caustic. And it doesn't always manifest itself via a shooting, bullying is also another way violence has become common place these days. I'm not a fan of violent movies or Tarrantino.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  56. buttout

    Psychologists use a method called desensitization therapy to deal with certain fears like flying or elevators...the point is that they can use virtual or actual exposure over and over again until the person becomes " desensitized" to the thing that causes fear. The human brain is very modifiable and repeated exposure to something will change the actual way neurons connect and fire off information. This is also what happens when people are "brain washed" by someone or something like a cult. The point is that movies have some issues with exposure for the viewer but it is more limited and the person is not actually playing a role in it. But in the case of video games the constant exposure and the role played by the player has a much stronger influence on how the brain reacts and changes to meet the "challenges" it presents. This is much like what happens in exposure or desensitization therapy. If it works to overcome inhibitions to flying or other fears it should in theory also make individuals less resistant to or inhibited from violence. Past studies have looked at violence in movies and other media but there has not been a big study in the latest realistic games and those that spend hours and hours a day playing them. I am no expert but I have a feeling predisposed individuals may be able to get over that last moral hurdle to killing by constant expose and desensitization. Guns killing are like pencils misspelling, it was the person not the tool.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      I agree with your point. I have the same thoughts that you become desensitized to it.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ncsusieq

      Agree 100%...I remember when "they" used to believe that Wiley E Coyote and the Roadrunner were too violent. How far we have come in 20 years-definately a super slipperly slope we areall on in this world

      December 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  57. ug

    Gee ya think...

    December 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  58. Butch1234

    wonder if this will ruin quentin's career

    December 18, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  59. i agreee Quentin is a teenager...

    he's in his 40's right....he' is really smart.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  60. Pushing Forward

    we have to be careful with addiction...i have friends with addiction problems...most of overcome...whether it be
    drugs, computers, drinking....we have to help our friends even if means them hating me as a person.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

    Quentin Tarantino is, without a doubt, a pathetic director.His choppy, teenage mentality movies fail on so many levels it hardly worth discussing.Directing a movie is a privilege and ought not to be wasted in displaying tasteless excuses to act out his violence ridden fantasies.His films lack that essential ingredient, class. Other directors have spoken to the subject of violence in film without sensationalisation. I'd very much like to take the smartass SOBs face and rub it around the bloodstained floors of Sandy Hook's kindergarten classrooms.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      You're an idiot.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Rich, that is such an intelligent, well thought out and eloquent response! It is obvious that most of Tarantino's films could only appeal to males between 14 and 25, just the age group that seem to commit most of these kinds of tragedies. Even Resevoir Dogs, maybe his best (more due to the actors involved than his directorial talents), is more anchored by the graphic depiction of cruelty than by a complex story line.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • WillRadar

      Stop watching his movies then! To have such a strong opinion on Tarantino you must have seen a lot of his movies. If you don't like this smartass SOB why do you watch his movies? And how classless of you to think rubbing his face in the blood of children of Sandy Hook would be a good idea...

      December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • StatonLee33

      You DO realize, don't you, that your opinion about Tarantino's talents puts you in a distinct minority. Not only did "Pulp Fiction" win the Palm D'Or at Cannes, but "Pulp" has been pretty universally hailed as one of the best movies of the 90's. Yes, his movies are violent. But, if you noticed, his camera often cuts away so that you don't see the actualy act. Tarantino knows – as do all great directrors – that leaving the actual picture to the imagination is a much more powerful cinematic tool. His movies can also be brilliantly funny, are character driven, have real tension and drama, and some of the wittiest dialogue in recent filmdom. That you don't get or appreciate that is your loss.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tarentino

      can't speak to people so he uses the shield of evil survive–

      December 18, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  62. sman1234

    Seems to me that if 10 million people play a video game, and 9,999,999 of them DON’T kill anyone, we shouldn’t be blaming the video game…… If 10 million people took a experimental medication, and only one of them was cured of their ailment, would you then go out and say this medication will cure that disease?

    December 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |

      What you are so ignoring is that , using your own figures,then we have 999,999,999 anger-suppressed people who, if they can't act out their violent fantasies in video games, then have to find another form of escape or else they will help direct us into another war so that they can dump out their inner tensions.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  63. Josef Mengele, MD

    Hollywood and its moguls of a certain persuasion are the root cause of violence in today's society.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  64. PushingBack

    Just my opinion but I tend to believe that video game violence is far worse that TV/movie violence. I have to think it's different on a young impressionable mind to be a spectator versus active participant in the violence as in a video game.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  65. Addictive behavior is strange...

    you cannot get addicted to computer games...its like be addicted to drugs.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  66. cedar rapids

    Why do so many people go on about fake violence in movies and never say a blessed word about how the US culture glorifies actually killing things with hunting?
    You have hunting tv channels, programmes, heck Cabelas even has a Santa's grotto for the kids. Teach them early that killing things in real life is fun, and then blame the fake violence in movies for how people turn out.

    December 18, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  67. i love the church

    that's why i fight for justice

    December 18, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  68. weird duck director

    and not very talented

    December 18, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  69. 1-3 covered

    photos from last night stored

    December 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  70. ricardo1968

    I think it's the nature of some of the violence in video games that is harmful. Violence is unfortunately part of life sometimes, and this will always be reflected in our art. These games too often glorify wanton cruelty and destruction which are harmful even as a fantasy.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  71. Tim

    Tarantino is laughable when he compares the kind of graphic violence and the story context in which it is presented that he and others design into their films with the works of Shakespeare. His ego and wealth have made him truely delusional. How dare he compare the likes of SAW 3, or Pulp Fiction with King Lear or Romeo & Juliet?? Many of these movies are more about depicting cruelty than they are about anything else – there is no moral to the story, only immoral acts.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  72. herb maier

    Tarrantino is a freak, he makes his living of nothing but gratuitous violence. Plot is secondary to him.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  73. The Jackdaw

    Everybody wants to blame tangible things because the tangible person that did this ended his own life in this tragedy. People point fingers at guns, movies and video games, as if these things have a life of their own. I think that if external influences can drive somebody to commit something this heinous, this monstrous, they didn’t need much of a push. I think that if we want to work towards stopping this kind of thing from happening, we need to look to creating a more comprehensive and aggressive mental health care system in this country. Getting help for potentially violent individuals before they literally blow up in our faces should be the goal of our society, not closing state run mental health facilities and letting them run the streets. But, I’m sure there are few who would agree with me, as spending money on hard-to-define services seems a lot less like a “magic pill” than simply outlawing something tangible.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  74. eleanorcat

    Culture influences people. Movies are one way that culture is transmitted. So, yes, movies influence people. Obviously there is an undercurrent of glamorization that attends violence in our collective cultural imagination, and movies are one thing, among many things, that communicate this. It is not that unstable people can't tell the difference between movies and reality, it is that movies are often confirming for them the antisocial glory of violence that they feel in their own twisted hearts. (That is my guess, at least.) But at the same time that movies might fuel one person's evil, movies might be an outlet for another potentially violent person.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  75. They own it...........

    Liberal Hollywood and Video Gamers make fortunes glorifying violence, creating the acceptability of violence and ultimately taking an already unstable individual and further desensitizing this person……………..and then blame conservative for Guns…?????...............If it is not a gun it will be a suicide vest................

    December 18, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  76. sman1234

    Movies / games / music, etc. “inspiring” people to commit these types of acts is a bunch of garbage. Whenever something like this happens, people look at the killer, and say “well, he played violent video games, and liked violent movies, so that is what must have made him do it”. Did anyone stop and think that some people are just for one reason or another more likely to commit a crime like this ( either because of mental illness, or some other factor), and those people are attracted to violent media because it is already in their nature. ( i.e violent people watch / play violent stuff, not that violent stuff makes violent people). That is like saying that a boy playing with his sisters dolls will make him gay. Maybe he is already gay, and that is why he wants to play with the dolls in the first place.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tyuow

      Yes popular culture very much does influence these decisions more so in America than other countries. We here have a lot of freedom when it comes to entertainment and its quite a big industry. For one to think that a series of movies that show people being tortured and killed with even a some what plausible way to get away with it, does not influence someone your just wrong. Just as a famous athlete can inspire someone to want to accomplish there goals and even out due them so will come the opposite when you speak of crimes such as rape, murder and kidnapping. There are even names for these people they are called serial killers. So yes very much popular culture influences are daily lives and thinking habits if you dont believe so then maybe you should really take a step back and take a look for yourself. I for one only watch sports and i dont watch commercials nor do i have cable there are just certain things the mind picks up on that we are not aware of and its not for the better by any means.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • buttout

      Psychologists use a method called desensitization therapy to deal with certain fears like flying or elevators...the point is that they can use virtual or actual exposure over and over again until the person becomes " desensitized" to the thing that causes fear. The human brain is very modifiable and repeated exposure to something will change the actual way neurons connect and fire off information. This is also what happens when people are "brain washed" by someone or something like a cult. The point is that movies have some issues with exposure for the viewer but it is more limited and the person is not actually playing a role in it. But in the case of video games the constant exposure and the role played by the player has a much stronger influence on how the brain reacts and changes to meet the "challenges" it presents. This is much like what happens in exposure or desensitization therapy. If it works to overcome inhibitions to flying or other fears it should in theory also make individuals less resistant to or inhibited from violence. Past studies have looked at violence in movies and other media but there has not been a big study in the latest realistic games and those that spend hours and hours a day playing them. I am no expert but I have a feeling predisposed individuals may be able to get over that last moral hurdle to killing by constant expose and desensitization. Guns killing are like pencils misspelling, it was the person not the tool.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sman1234

      So, if you are correct then why don’t we see this happening a lot more often? How many tens of millions of people played those same video games, or watched the same movies, or listened to the same music and then DIDN’T kill anyone? People who do this are already extremely unstable, and if it wasn’t a movie that pushed them over the edge it would have been something else. If you are already 99.99999% crazy maybe, just maybe, a song can push you the remaining .0000001%. But is not going to take a normal person and make him a killer, no matter how much exposure you have.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  77. Lauren

    I am sick to death of all the violence in movies, TV, video games, etc. Enough already!!! Maybe its all just an excuse for poor writing. The Hollywood types just can't come up with a compelling story without resorting to this garbage. Come on guys, the public demands and deserves better than this!

    December 18, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Sawyer

      But that's the problem–the public doesn't demand better, so unfortunately they are really getting just what they want.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  78. Ray Kroc

    This just in: McDonald's determines that fast food does not contribute to child obesity.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • retwqaas

      Well because children make no money and have no jobs and make 0 decisions about money in a house hold im going to say its not McD's fault but more likely a lazy @/* parent who refuses to cook a meal for the family that would ultimately cost less then a value meal and would be much healthier. But the real question for you is do you raise your child or does the tv and the popular culture that sits behind it?

      December 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • IcrMr2

      Yes, lets blame what happened on what people see in the movies and take movies away. Oh he played Call of Duty, that caused him to kill all these people, no more violent video games. Wait what another school shooting, but there are no violent movies or Video games. He was reading The Catcher in the Rye, oh we got to start banning books....

      Everyone blames these acts on fictional things, but not on what happened in his REAL life. Because there a thousands of people that watch violent movies, play violent video games, and read The Catcher in the Rye, but do not go around killing people.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • IcRMr2

      Whoops hit reply in the wrong spot. But regardless, blaming child obesity on mcdonalds is narrow minded. There are plenty of other fast food chains for them to go to.... LoL I agree that bad parenting is the bigger issue.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  79. boyamidumb

    Look, violence, bang, bang, shoot 'em up with lots of special FX is often a cheap way (artistically) for people with minimal talent to make movies and be perceived as "cutting edge" – mostly by the studios and the people they pay to work in their movies and the "elite" who have little taste and are lead around by their "ego driven" nose rings.

    Some violence in movies is a part of life. The Coen brothers may be among the few who use violence as a theme to say something more and more powerful. Most don't.

    Does it cause real violence??? Who knows. Do video games? YES. Because they are interactive they involve entirely different and more parts of the brain and "drug" the user with their own chemical flood. IT BECOMES ADDICTIVE. IT CREATES AN UNREAL REALITY AND A NEED TO GO FURTHER EVERY TIME YOU BEGIN. Stopping violence in the movies won't happen. Not supporting movies that are just violence for violence sake will shut them down. STOPPING THE FLOOD OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF VIOLENT ACTS COMMITTED BY YOUNG PEOPLE.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      lol your user name describes exactly what you are...

      December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Gamer1978

      Are you serious?

      Explain to me then, how people such as Adolf Hitler, Josef Mengele, Genghis Khan, Josef Stalin, and a myriad of mass murderers came to be without Video Games?

      Violence is unfortunately a product of an already ill mind, and if you think otherwise, then you are just as your name describes.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  80. Jim

    What about the torture porn genre or the over the top gore filled films of roth, zombie, o'brien and other so called artisits? These are the films targeted for teens and young adults..Each of these directors and their film companies are making a continual profit off endless sequels of films that exist only to portray violence..portraying killing another human being as fun , exciting

    December 18, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  81. woodie

    I think in particular violence in the black community has been encouraged by violence in the media. There is a racist cultural phenomenon where black people think they are justified to use violence because of their economic and educational problems.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  82. Jbob

    Here we go, Guns don't kill people, movies do. Right.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  83. David

    If you think violent movies/video games actually influence real violence, you are delusional. Take a look at every form of social media right now, such as twitter and Facebook. You can't get away from the Sandy Hook shooting. Not to mention the sheer amount of media coverage,

    December 18, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  84. lawrencewinkler

    Of course, violent movies, and video games encourage and glorify violence.

    One cannot both say that the "Pen is mightier than the Sword", and then deny these new "pens" have an effect.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      But that is totally missing what that saying is conveying.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  85. People hurt people

    We need to stop blaming games ad tv, in the end it's about how mentally ill the person is and how weak there will is to endure everyday hardships.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • dianee


      December 18, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Quick Draw McGraw

      If this is the case, we have many mentally ill people on the street.
      People are influenced by TV and Movies, just look at the way certain people deal with everyday happenings we can’t even go shopping without some type of violence. We have TV shows that make it look ok to be an a$$ and scream, yell and call people names. Movies are no different; it is how we interpret/perceive the shows that we watch. After experiencing violence in some form (TV show, Movie, video game,etc) then we go out into the world full of perfect people that are all law abiding citizens (perfect world~BS). Have you ever heard of the straw that broke the camel's back? The world is full of straws.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  86. TH

    The 90 second trailer for this movie has 30 shots where a gun or guns, are shown – mostly firing and often killing. Thats a gun every 3 seconds. And America wonders why there's a problem?

    Tarantino Is and always will be a 'hack' who has carved out a niche making movies that show violence for the sake of violence – every film he has ever made is remembered only for the way someone was shot, stabbed or mutilated.

    I defy this hack to make a quality film that doesn't rely on blood and guts. He won't do it because he can't. He is an untalented purveyor of senseless violence. A big part of the problem.

    But the bigger problem are the millions who validate him by paying to see his garbage.

    I agree with other comments – BOYCOTT the kind of crap that QT and others spew out for the sole purpose of making a buck.

    Tarantino has blood on his hands.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I agree. Tarantino is garbage and needs to be BOYCOTTED. I mean, just read what his cold heart said about this recent tragedy.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  87. Myke

    I never hear about guns in schools in violent movies I watch. However it has been showing up quite frequently on every channel of TV with their 24/7 news coverage.

    Wouldn't children be more likely to be exposed to violence by watching the news and hearing about it constantly then to see a two-hour movie once?

    December 18, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  88. NKBL

    Tarantino is creepy.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  89. alperry

    There is no doubt that movies are very influencial to kids.when i walked out of the theater after scar face i wanted to and be and acted like Tony Montana for some think about the kid that is a little off and he sees those type movies.I dont know if actors and musicians realise just how influencial they are to their audience.just something to think about!!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • dianee

      so you think a perfectly normal kid can watch and movie like scarface and then think to himself, 'i think i wanna go out and kill someone'? that's just crazy.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Durden

      Who cares about the musicians and actors? I don't think PARENTS realize they shouldn't be letting children watch movies like Scarface.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  90. DaveM

    I don't know that "inspire" is the word. Violence in movies and video games certainly desensitizes people to the horror of it. And when you are talking about children at an impressionable age, one must wonder how that affects their perceptions.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  91. TommyGun

    The Nazis were masters of desensitizing their men to commit violent acts. They would have loved today's "entertainment".

    December 18, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  92. TSB8C

    Hollywood liberals make huge fortunes portraying gun violence and pushing the censorship boundaries on how violent and bloody it can be, then blame conservatives for gun violence.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Scuromondo

      Apparently "liberals" emphasize the 1st amendment, while "conservatives" emphasize the 2nd.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Pshaw. If Liberals really cared about Free Speech, they wouldn't keep trying to suppress Conservative Thought. The "Fairness Doctrine" is just modern day Book Burning.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  93. empresstrudy

    Watching a Quentin Tarantino movie makes me want to go out and kill Quentin Tarantino.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  94. SB1790

    I don't think that the violence in movies and games necessarily creates violence but I sure do think that kids are very much desensitized to the effects. Even in the late 70 and early 80 slasher films like Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as films like Jaws didn't show near the realism depicted in movies today like Saw or Hostel. Once you've seen something like that several times I think it is possible to become somewhat numb. Even taking a gander at YouTube, you can view all sorts of horrific accidents. The shocking thing about viewing videos on YouTube is the comments section. The amount of 'LOLs' to very horrible accidents is a little disturbing. I think being desensitized to gore creates a lack of empathy.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  95. Major Nelson

    This is a means to promote a movie. Nothing more... nothing less. The debate about violence in movies can only be answered by the person who considers it to be relevant to their lives. Legislation or banning violence isn't going to change the mind of a person with ill intent. It won't give them clues that they need to kill. That is built into all of us as a means of survival. The basic instinct to use it normally is the issue. Not outside influence. Teach reality, consequence and values to each other, and perhaps this will be reduced (but not terminated). It is time to stop blaming and being the process of mitigating the risks properly, with real actions... instead of pointing fingers (which ironically looks like a fake gun).

    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  96. Pablo

    I believe that the ultra violent video games can influence some young people. They are bombarded with violence in films, TV and video games. After you shoot and kill an 100,000 zombies or people, some kids can become desensitized to the act of shooting a few people. Their reality can become a game to them.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  97. Eric W

    Violence in movies and games isn't necessarily a catalyst, but the glorification of it is. The majority of us would never even think of acting out these scenes in real life, but I do believe it helps those small minority with disorders who don't fully live in reality.

    Another factor is the news itself. Even if they minimize the mention of the killer's name (which is the right move), the 24/7 coverage of it can inspire those who crave attention to copy.

    Finally, guns aren't the main culprit, but we still need to tighten the laws and background checks. Of course, neither of those things would have changed the Newtown situation. The type of people who would do these type things will get their hands on the guns one way or another, whether they are legal or not.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jeanne

    "Movies do not sensationalize", hahahahahahahah. I am so sick of these "stars" opening the bloody fat mouths. They are making millions delivering trash and they are not accountable. Books are inspirational that is why want children to read, and they deliver. Movies do the same, unfortunately they are obnoxious because people tend to relate to characters and form mental pictures.....THAT IS WHY TV advertising is so phenomenally successful in dragging people to buy products, they appeal to the EMOTIONAL level. Sorry about the caps, I am getting really fed up with the nonsense in this country, specially with the mega morons that are pivotal in cementing the belief that violence is entertainment.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • manycatsonekid

      Reading what? Harry Potter? Gone With the Wind? Huck Finn? The Bible?

      Every one of those "inspirational" books has as much violence as the average action movie. In fact, if you say "the Bible", you're talking incest, lust, theft, adultary, murder, cannibalism, misogyny, slaughtering of innocents, wars, and a whole lot of other violent content.

      So, what would be the excuse for violence when most people were illiterate and the only book they may ever have heard about or had read to them was the Bible? More than a few wars were inspired by a fiery sermon and a few choice words from the "Good Book".

      December 18, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  99. MeinNJ

    My brother and I use to watch the Looney Toons cartoons as kids – before they edited the violence to "protect" children. Strange, but even at 5 years old we both knew it was fake and that we couldn't peel ourselves off the floor and walk away if an anvil was dropped on us. As a non-parent, I have to ask what are you people teaching your children??

    December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  100. Jer

    At any point in your life if you are inspired to commit a violent act by TV or a movie, you need to put the remote down and get a life.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  101. Darryl

    Hasn't it been proven time and time again that violence in movies, TV and video game desensitizes people to actual violence in the real world? We never learn!

    December 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  102. j0nx

    I agree. I think we need to ban all forms of violent entertainment and then ban all psychotropic drugs which bring on these paranoid delusions. Only a complete and total banning of these things can we move forward as a society.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ccccc

      More people die of heart related diseases than gun violence, perhaps we should ban cupcakes, Mcds and soda. computers lead to a sedidentary lifestyle, lets ban those as well. Lets just go ahead and say everyone has to stay in a small rubber rooom wearing a seatbelt and helmuts, that should make sure we are all safe. The world is full of danger, always has been, always will be. What movie caused the crusades? What video game did lizzy borden play before she used her axe?

      December 18, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  103. mbane

    What contributes to these events is the media. By sensationalizing it, reporting on the body count, the weapons used, and plastering the guys face all over, the media has set the stage for the next guy to top it off and go bigger. No one says – oh I saw violence in a movie so I'm going to be violent. Demented people will however say, man, I need to go bigger than that guy to be immortalized by the media. Funny how the media likes piinting fingers at everyone except themselves – this is your fault!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  104. evinAR

    Actually, I find it interesting enough who the people are that say that film violence DOESN'T affect real violence. And a lot of the time it's the filmmakers and actors who say that.

    Any relevant opinions from people that have cause to protect their livelihoods are irrelevant. Also, saying that the media are blaming movies and video games to take the spotlight off of themselves is not proof in the negative for ALL of those things affecting real violence.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  105. Michael

    I think it's a number of things in today's society that contribute towards horrible events such as these.. Violence in video games and movies I think contribute but are not the determining factor. As a society we have become very narcissistic, we are very impatient, greedy, and opinionated. We can through our opinions around on the Internet and do so without any form of consequence and without any care. The president referenced god in his speech in newtown but we do not reference god in our day to day lives. We've taken him out of our schools. To have peace you must learn and practice peace.

    Gun restrictions may help a little at first but other forms of violence will evolve. I'm not sure there is a clear answer out there. The only one that makes sense is unfortunatley the one most people will shoot down and call me a small minded idiot for and that's Jesus Christ.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Yesterday, selfish American Women killed 8,500 of their own babies, mostly because they didn't want the inconvenience.

      Same thing the day before, and the day before, and the day before, and...

      December 18, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Alain Ciphat

      I think you have a great point there. Jesus once said that the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind AND to love your neighbor as yourself. If you do that and place the Lord and others above yourself, you simply won't do violence onto others. Instead, you will act as those teachers did in protecting those kids. May they all rest in peace.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  106. Scapegoat

    For the last 15-20 years study after study has tried to prove video games cause violence. All they were able to show was that people of a violent nature were drawn to violent material and not just video games.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • sumguy2006

      The question then, is if the violent movies and video games feed into the personalities of the people with Violent natures, and make a bad situation worse. It's a gut feeling that they do. I forget the study I read, but I remember it being about the military using violent video games to desensitize troops to killing. The more they did it on screen the easier it became in real life. Seems to make sense to me.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • NYC

      Between TV, Film and Video games a person will have seen aprrox 20,000 murders by the time they are 18. To suggest this doesn't play a role in desensitizing a person and particularly young people who tend to be fantasists is just grasping for straws. The purpose of all entertainment is to trigger an emotional response.

      This past weekend my family saw Wreck it Ralph, a rated G animation by Disney. Ten minutes in the guns came out, carbine automatics blowing away a million bad guys and for the grand finale the film ends with a little girl threatening her tormenters "you will be executed"...."jost joking" Way to go disney....W T F

      December 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  107. they don't know what nikki & bulls

    can do–i think we're wrong....let's hope...


    December 18, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |


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  109. dfeatherman

    "Because a gun you can't have, you don't use."

    Oh yeah? How did the drug war work out again?

    Oh... Yeah...

    December 18, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • sumguy2006

      Drug possession is not a federal crime in small amounts. Gun laws that are Federal crimes would be much more effective. Ask yourself why you don't see fully automatic weapons, or silencers used in crimes.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  110. she bought the serafina performance also

    closer baby closer!!!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  111. scared

    just keeps blogging.....

    December 18, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  112. Perk Cartel

    Rome. Coliseum. Dunblane. Ghenghis Khan. Bushido. Dresden. The Inquisition. Auschwitz. Jonestown. Egypt. Slavery. Mossad. CIA. KGB. Napalm. Alexander the Great. Bosnia. Kosova.
    We are a species capable of unspeakbale horror, with or without guns, the way forward is perhaps to ask ourselves how we should treat each other and be treated by others in every moment of our daily lives.
    There is evil in our midst and perhaps we only have loving and caring for each other to defend against it for, clearly, more weapons does not.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  113. Bonnie's on her way in...

    just go for it..

    December 18, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  114. we see you soon bonnie

    December 18, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  115. Ian

    I love violent movies and video games, and I nearly threw up when I heard about the Sandy Hook shooting. I feel like the people who believe nonsense like this have trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, and they project that on other people.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  116. reposted--put with other dan's


    How is your comment helpful, relevant, or at all useful in this thread? Please safe irrelevant opinions for other contexts to avoid cluttering the thread space. You know I want to save the planet by using less time and therefore energy when scrolling through to find those helpful, relevant, and useful comments. Now look what you made me do. Waste more energy and time reprimanding you to never do that again. Thank you and have a good day sir.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  117. liberal disease

    Tarantino needs violence in his movies to sell them and make money on it, otherwise this untalented punk would be doing high school plays..and Jamie Fox, never liked you or your work.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  118. Smoove

    No snowflake ever wants to take responsibility for the avalanche.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  119. gotcha again

    cooked goose...can you do anything right?

    December 18, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  120. chickenfckr

    This is stupid.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  121. Once we confirm your name

    Once we confirm you name

    from the antics since this past will be questioned....and you were just hacked and it went to the computer room–a person must take responsbility for abusing people and you will practically give us your name.
    now get lost....bonnie and fried

    December 18, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  122. Once we confirm you name

    from the antics since this past will questioned....and you were just hacked and it went to the computer room

    December 18, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |


    December 18, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  124. MrId

    So smoking in movies influences kids but all the violence in movies does not? Riiiiiiiiiight.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • SCBAMA

      They are killers. Being mostly liberals they will not admit it. Hollywood might as well had pulled the trigger themselves.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  125. thanks...have fun today!!!

    gotta run...

    December 18, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  126. the princess maybe with the cast of

    Person Of Interest

    December 18, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  127. scan this 1 also along with DI

    Chris Honry

    This so called "Director" is a talentless putz, relying always on shock factor violence which is so done it's pathetic. What would be interesting from him is if he squeezes his chin and nose together to see if they touch! lol Is he Bob Hope's grandson?

    December 18, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      How is your comment helpful, relevant, or at all useful in this thread? Please safe irrelevant opinions for other contexts to avoid cluttering the thread space. You know I want to save the planet by using less time and therefore energy when scrolling through to find those helpful, relevant, and useful comments. Now look what you made me do. Waste more energy and time reprimanding you to never do that again. Thank you and have a good day sir.

      December 18, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      a talentless putz? seems that his movies have done pretty well. what have you directed, scan?

      December 18, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  128. all has been sent to cnn...

    we scanned and sent it over to cnn. there is some over the top anger here.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  129. intimidation is my specialty

    all these comments went to cnn for analysis-

    December 18, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |


    December 18, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  131. Dl

    Guns are merely the tool. The message is that violence solves problems and might makes right – on all levels

    December 18, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  132. she went into dell

    we win-

    December 18, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  133. are you reading hippocrit?

    stop responding to it...i think i said this 4 million times and nobody listens...its a putz1...
    thank you

    December 18, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  134. putz1

    work on you anger may need anger management classes....

    December 18, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris Honry

      This so called "Director" is a talentless putz, relying always on shock factor violence which is so done it's pathetic. What would be interesting from him is if he squeezes his chin and nose together to see if they touch! lol Is he Bob Hope's grandson?

      December 18, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • putz 1

      the director is a putz...nothing was learned from most of these blogs at all...a 2 hr waste

      December 18, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  135. gubavision

    I believe that I live in a culture that considers firearms as a solution to a problem rather than a possible cause of one. This is seen repeatedly within the media we create, who we celebrate and honor, and who we respect.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  136. Print this out and file it...

    with the rest of the garbage...

    December 18, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  137. this is a blog

    you have no over me or anyone-hacking is against the many times does one need to be told
    tv hacking, computer hacking, bank account hacking and email hacking is against the law.....

    stfu sue sue 1...

    December 18, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  138. this is a blog....

    your not in control of anything...go away...sue sue 1...

    December 18, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  139. You ring the phone once..

    we click and there you you not think this was not figured out........i'm SSorry to be so negative
    but your so lost...i hope you get the assistance you need....this was figured out back in september.

    stop hurting yourself, your not hurting me i'm going to a major network for lunch you see the differences?

    December 18, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  140. suesue2

    psychologists call it "social modelling." what we observe, we learn.

    December 18, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  141. you need to focus on your anger--bulls

    towards people...the click was to show everyone how it you understand why your a putz
    and we are not......your insults affect you no me or anybody...we just throw the acting bone and there you are....
    (not kayperryshow) don't understand what happened do you

    December 18, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  142. you need to focus on you anger

    towards people...the click was to show everyone how it you understand why your a putz
    and we are not......

    December 18, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  143. Brasil


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  144. Epidi

    Yeah, & when I was growing up in the 70's they said our rock music had subliminal Satanic messages in them. The only difference between a movie and literature is that they are visual. They both tell a story. Some true, some fiction. As for TV violence – bring on the zombie apocolypse because the living scare me so much more than the dead. Simply don't let your kids watch stuff that is inappropriate for thier age and for gawd's sake don't abuse them physically & emotionally. No wonder there's so many mentally ill going off the deep end!

    December 18, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  145. LookNClick

    "Interestingly enough, the cast members of "Django Unchained," ..... come down on all sides of the debate."

    Interesting: Coyote and Roadrunner have something to say on the subject.

    It is like listening politician debates on tax spending,... while tax spending.

    December 18, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  146. Justin H

    I think the influence of movies, and video games, on violence is a complex issue and not easy to boil down to a yes or no.

    First, I think they genre of movie has a lot to do with it. Comic book or super hero movies, which have cartoonish violence probably aren't much of an issue beyond people trying to re-enact the scenes. I think the most troubling are movies which sort of celebrate the violence, or very disturbed characters. This would apply to movies like Fight Club and many gangster movies. But it could also apply to characters like The Joker in The Dark Knight.

    Generally speaking, I think the main problem with movies is they simply desensitize us to violence. This may not lead directly to violence, but it might make us less likely to see it as shocking or horrible.

    The real question is not whether violence in movies leads to violence in the average person, but whether it might act as a trigger for someone who is troubled to begin with.

    December 18, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tina P

      Thank you Justin H. I'm glad some one has finally said that violent movies or video games influence violence. Video games are getting very bad. If people would stop and look at the ages of the people doing these killings they all are young people. I'm not saying all young people playing video games are going to go out and kill people, but people need to start looking into this as part of the problem too.

      December 18, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • monkey see and monkey do

      and that's you

      December 18, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  147. Tom

    The most hypocritical thing is the TV execs shouting that TV doesn't influence anyone when someone gets up in arms about violent TV while at the same time telling their advertisers that TV is the best and most influential way for them to spend all those advertising dollars and it really is worth the huge price for prime time ads.

    December 18, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  148. LookNClick

    Never heard of "monkey see, monkey do" concept?

    December 18, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  149. Natch

    No, it doesn't inspire real world violence. It does, however, desensitize some people to it. In some cases, where a person is suffering from a mental health problem, I would imagine it even blurs the distinction between real world and pretend.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  150. Jim

    Totally disagree with Waltz..... movies desensitize AND sensationalize. Video games desensitize. TV gore shows desensitize. In theater movies, the violet movie effects are so real that it took the Batman viewers a bit of time to realize that the violence they were seeing was in fact real. Hollywood (and theater sound systems) are just that good. (Why would we expose our kids to that?)

    I doubt we'll EVER clear guns out of American society. We are too afraid to give them up.

    The REAL question to ask, I believe, is WHY we participate in watching / acting out in violence? Why is it entertainment to our species? We need to rethink our mental development, our mental 'path'. What is it that we are here on this planet TO DO? Wishing I had the answers.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  151. Crushed?

    mission completed...

    December 18, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |




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  153. Jenn d....

    gee i needed you to tell me guns kill people...i've only read about it 4, 276,487 times.....

    my i hit the showers?

    December 18, 2012 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  154. LISTEN TO ME...


    December 18, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  155. WILD TANGENT...


    December 18, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  156. chris a

    Movies don't kill people, guns kill people.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  157. WOW I GOT HER(M) BACK...


    December 18, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |



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  160. Lets see we all head TO A MAJOR NETWORK

    for lunch and youuuuuu did this....i'm up i'll take it..

    December 18, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  161. empty tool


    December 18, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  162. Tool 1

    oh sweetie...learn about life people are watching 24/7 ... this is all crap tv...all predictable...bad scripts and a bunch of laughter. this is the trap top life style the audiene lives now.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  163. wait until you see what else is going to

    be removed...poor thing;

    December 18, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  164. I'm insane

    Watching the upcoming previews of Whisker Wars makes me want to grow one. Honey Boo Boo makes me want to live like dirt, get fat, don't shower and fart all the time. Wrong Turn movies makes me want to go out into the woods and gun down, chop up people and eat them while looking like a circus freak. The Chainsaw Massacre makes me want to run around with a chainsaw, wearing a mask made of human skin and chainsaw people to death. Life is grand

    December 18, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  165. you opened the line and poured the feeds in .....

    that's its....let's 1 million times and i go abc for the luncheon...big night for you

    December 18, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  166. 12 year old tool

    poor thing

    December 18, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  167. margaret

    we have seen these stories 100 times over ....

    December 18, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  168. Sandra

    I grew up watching violent cartoons, and not once did I get the urge to pack explosives under road top asphalt and blowing someone up as they passed over it. Not once did I have the urge to fire a machine gun to see a person 'leak' like a fountain. I remember seeing movies about WWII, Korean War, Vietnam war, guts and blood flying, and not once did I get the urge to visit a movie theater or school to replicate what I saw on the screen. People need to stop trying to fix the blame, and instead work in fixing the problem.

    December 18, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • we have a luncheon with a tv station today

      what are you doing today......

      December 18, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  169. Craig

    These kinds of movies disgust me anymore. I would much rather see Wreck It Ralph or Monsters in 3D. The whole violence thing is getting to me. There is a climate of violence in the media. We should censor CNN and Hollywood to keep them from rubbing our nose in it every day. I still think we should be able to own dangerous guns.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  170. DJ

    For as long as I can remember I loved watching horror/gore flicks. I have since a very young child with the classics like frankenstein, wolfman, etc. Progressing to the modern horror which wow is so much more graphic now :P. Yet I have done little to harm anyone and definitely never shot someone, robbed, raped, or any such thing. I get angry like anyone else, been divorced once from a miserable woman and still no headline breaking violence in my life. This assumption is and has always been ridiculous. From violent cartoons to skin crawling movies. I am normal and so is my sister. Btw our home lives sucked lol.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  171. Brandon

    the answer is no

    December 18, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  172. chris

    Well the only movie I can think of is Star Wars, when Anakin Skywalker went in and killed all the 'younglings' at the Jedi Temple........

    December 18, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  173. Rick

    Do stupid writers create stupid readers?

    Oh never mind..

    December 18, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  174. §okman's Still Right, You're Still Stupid

    So, if violence in movies & video games is making the mentally challenged violent, who's responsible for letting them have access to the movies & games?

    December 18, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  175. ant wonder

    I find funny that every excuse in the world is being considered with the exception of maybe this young man suffered not only mental illness but also from bad parenting. Yeah sure the brother is successful but if she was screaming for someone to help her child well its not like she did a great job of reaching out to get him the professional help he needed. Also why no talk of WHERE WAS HIS DAMN FATHER? Despite the divorce his father is just as much to blame for being absent in this guy's life.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • The had to divorce there was no way out.

      December 18, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • manycatsonekid

      Where was the father? Paying about $200K a year in support and medical and trying to see his kid, according to him. From his side, the claim is that the mother had started in on her "end of days" mess back after 9/11 and started seeing terrorists around every corner. She got into that whole survivalist thing and he couldn't take it. Other family members claim that the father was part of the killer's life until he remarried and the killer took it as a sign of betrayal to his mum.

      There was a whole lot of crazy to go around between mom and son. No wonder the rest of the family took off as soon as they could!

      December 18, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  176. jamessavik

    Standing by for rich Hollywood liberals that made billions on violent films to lecture ordinary citizens on why we need to ban guns.

    I'm betting their security is armed to the teeth.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  177. scentofreason

    no no and no. I'm in my 40s and i've been 'killing' zombies, soilders, aliens and people for decades. they are games, pure and simple (and fun). But my parents raised me right, taught me to think, taught me right from wrong. Never had a violence issue, in fact my last fight was in 4th grade (no one was really hurt). movies, video games, comic books, rock and roll – none of them inspire violence. bent minds, improperly raised kids, abusive or neglective parents – those cause violent kids. and sometime, even good parents who raise their kids right are not enough to overcome a humans inability to develop a sense of morality and value for life. it will always be with way until gentic engineering becomes commonplace...

    December 18, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • lloyd

      I think violent games, movies and ect. have different effect on people.not everyone in the world is the same.there are people better than you and also worst than you. sounds like your parents did a good job but again not every parents in the world are same as yours...

      December 18, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • thegeorge777888

      Actually that's all this killer was doing. Playing a video game. Just like the ones you play and call fun. So who's laughing now?

      December 18, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • wait until you see what else

      they are going to remove...

      December 18, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  178. atroy

    If you argue that violence in entertainment and the media have no influence on children then you have to argue that witnessing domestic violence has no influence either.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • scentofreason

      not really. video games are imaginary and can be turned off. dad knocking out mommies teeth is real and there is no 'off' button...

      December 18, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  179. Mr.Buttesr

    This argument is nonsense. Millions around the world watch the same movies, tv shows and play the same video games. If they were responsible for this level of violence we'd be hearing about shootings like this every week in countries across the globe.

    Poverty, Religion, Anger these are universal truths that cause shootings. Not a movie. Stop trying to pass the buck on Entertainment.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • yo-yo

      Everything you ingest – food, sun, your parents fighting over money, what you smell in the air, what you hear on the radio, what you watch on TV – anything entering your body through the 5 sense + the mind influence your being. If you really think violence on TV and Video games have no effect on how someone may act in the future, then talk to a young child who has seen his first horror movie or look into the eyes of a teen who has played some warcraft game for 5 hours straight. They are clearly not themselves. And this will either remind them what is not healthy and turn them off to it or it will numb them over time and allow it to become commonplace to them and simply acceptable. This is the problem. Most people know right from wrong – most people can emphasize with others, they know it is not real. But there are a number of people of all ages that don't have this ability for either a medical reason or because they never had a stable positive influence. And perhaps they were just desensitized over time. It is a complex issue but to say these things do no damage is absolutely absurd. Sure, heroin may do no damage to someone who tried it once or twice and chooses not to use it. But to someone who is exposed to it often, its a different story.

      December 18, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • lloyd

      WRONG!!! You live in a country that sells guns like hot cakes..Guns are not availble for every day citizens in other countries in the world. I come from an island and the only guns you can ever get are 12 gauge hunting rifle. You can't buy this at a store either. In order to get one you need to submit an application to a local police department and they will check your back ground and let you know if you are able to get one. And if your back ground check if clear you can pick the gun up from the Police station but again you can't never own this gun this gun always belong to the local police station. If there is a coop they will come by and pick up the gun. can't go hunting any time you wish too, you need to wait for the hunting season.

      December 18, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Putz 1 -s-

      if i don't find wild tangent boyfriend may pull a chris brown on me....

      December 18, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  180. Total2199

    Director Tarantino, on the other hand, dismisses the theory that violence on-screen breeds violence off-screen, finding it to be a point that lacks substance.

    Its a direct correlation between the on-screen and off-screen violence. No question about it. Entertainment industry must change or be changed

    December 18, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mr.butters

      What a joke. The movies produced in Hollywood are watched around the world. If there was any connection we would be seeing far more massacres in all nations.

      December 18, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • A23

      You can't deny the fact that humans are largely desensitized to horrrific violence because they are exposed to it in plays/movies/television, etc. And in fact, we cheer for the violence. We want Brad Pitt to shoot the villian dead. We love it when the Avenger's annihilate the aliens, even if a whole city is detroyed in the process. However this is just as true now as it has always been. Didn't humans cheer on the gladiators and attend in flocks to see public executions? Isn't news of death all just a show to us? Don't blame society, don't blame the media, don't blame guns. Humans will be humans. Since the beginning of time until forever. The fascination with death and violence will always be there whether or not you make all movies PG. This kid didn't slay children because he watched too many Tarantino movies. He did it because he has a human heart and that is something that can never be understood, never be explained, and never be controlled. Every human is capable of evil, just as every human is capable of good.

      December 18, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  181. meccano

    Like most things, it's not black or white, but rather gray. People seek out the information they want to find. People prone to violence will be attracted to things that portray violence like movies and video games. Guns don't cause violence of course; inanimated objects rarely do anything on their own, do they? Logically then it would seem people who may be or become violent will seek those types of weapon out as well. Like all things, you can never eliminate 100% the negative things that negative people will be attracted to, but I think we as a society can agree to be mindful. You do that through ratings on movies to prevent exposure to children and you do it with background checks on people buying guns, IMHO. Tighten or loosen those types of restrictions as we agree are necessary.

    I must admit in my years watching movies and playing video games both have become more violent and wildly gruesome. While the level of violence in our fantasies on our screens may not cause those of us not normally violent to become so, has it made us more accepting of the violence in our realities? I suspect the common sense answer is yes.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • scentofreason

      I asked the 'desensitized' question of myself, since i too have enjoyed my fair share of action movies and violent video games. I came to a different answer. I am not desensitized, I just realized there is only so much i can do about it. 20 dead kids is horrible, but thousands starve each day around the globe. shot, starved, both horrible ways to lose children. what can 1 person do? i live a clean life, don't bother anyone, pay my taxes, and give a little to charity each year....

      December 18, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  182. Sue

    I won't be seeing this movie. My stomach just isn't up for more violent entertainment.
    I am so numb from these little 6 & 7 year olds having their heads blown off in their classrooms. I guess I just don't feel the need to be anymore desensitized to people being tortured and murdered. Just not entertaining anymore....

    December 18, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom


      What an insensitive comment to make about these poor kids. Your choice of language only furthers the argument that people are losing touch with what is right and what is wrong. Imagine one of these kids' parents reading your comment.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Dieyoung

      I doubt Sue even has the emphatic capabilities to have come up with a more appropriate comment.

      December 18, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Allowed to have an opinion

      You can do what you like or don't like. I know one thing people clearly do not like each other. There is no compassion in our society. People mistreat each other. This society is based on cannibalism. People hate each other. On a lot of websites, comments are made to belittle people and insult them. The animosity directed toward people is part of US culture regardless of entertainment.

      December 18, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ABC ROCKS....



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  183. BT

    Why does society try to act like violence was invented after tv and movies were invented. Laws not to kill were on the books before electricity. Population today just makes it easier to kill a lot of people at once. If TV and movies are to blame, then what made Billy the Kid kill or Jack the Ripper. The problem today is the unintended glorification of the killer. After everyone gets over the deaths of the innocent, the media will be still spending time covering the killer trying to find out what made them tick. Ten years from now when we look back at this tragic killing of these innocent kids and teachers, the killer will take the stage with them. We have mothers and fathers killing their own families and kids killing their mothers and fathers. This has been going on way before tv and movies. We all have that point inside of us that we fight to keep deep down inside. That is why even good people can do bad things.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  184. Dan

    Some people can take part in risky behavior: drinking, drugging, target shooting,playing with guns, watching violence, porn, eating too much, cheating too much, self indulging in persuit of wealth or power, etc., etc. the list is endless. and carry on without themselves getting into or causing a world of trouble. Others, cannot obviously. Does that mean everyone else has to change to make the world a better place....eliminating all the potential hazzards, Yes it does. The sooner we start, the better off we and our children shall be. This is a long row to hoe

    December 18, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tevii

      Wait... jsut so im clear... you are saying that the people that can handle those things should give them up for those that cant???
      If so that is EXACTLY what is wrong with this world. That means those that can handle things are getting penalized for the weak. So where is the motivation to ever improve oneself?? Be a loser and you can get all the benefits in the world. LIUDICROUS

      December 18, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • armsAdead

      Yeah lets eliminate all the "hazzards" danny boy, keep everyone nice and safe. Now this plan of yours dan who in my Holy name is going to enforce this utopia on everyone?

      December 18, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • scentofreason

      so I can't eat because there are fat people? your logic does not stand by itself my friend. people should be able to enjoy, within reason, whatever they want. my dad and i own the same kind of guns used in last weeks attack. target shooting is a sport we both enjoy and I get to spend time with my dad. why should i give that up because some nut lost his mind? what if he had driven his chevy through the line outside the theatre opening night of the hobbit? would we have to give up all our cars?

      December 18, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  185. The Truth

    Adam Lanza was a sick twisted GOth who watched sick twisted videos and played sick twisted games whose mother became obsessed recently with all the end-of-the-world Fiscal Cliff rising seawater crap playing on television 24/7.

    Of course it was the mainstream media that inspired this killing. Only a fool would think otherwise.

    This sick twisted film will inspire sick twisted blacks to even more violence against society, but those with their heads in the sand will ignore the truth, as usual.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  186. Tevii

    The answer is no. Hitler, genghis khan, Ed vein... Etc. weren't sitting there watching violent movies. Some people just are violent. Or the strict upbringing causes them to have a rebound effect that can be brutal...

    December 18, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  187. Tom

    It's not hard to imagine that violent movies, games and songs might impact how a person behaves. We see people who imitate their favorite athlete or singer. We also know that kids learn behaviors from watching their parents. If you believe that our experiences as a child help form who we are as adults then why is it hard to believe that exposure to violence will not also, in part, form who we become?

    December 18, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  188. Madara04

    Violence in entertainment has a role in these violent incidents. I wouldn't cast the entire blame on movies. Our society has surround itself with violence (music, movies, video games, sports, etc). Mix that with bad parenting (not teaching kids about failing in life, how to deal with setbacks in life, and how to handle their anger and depression) and social pressures like your worth by your materialistic gains and the size of your paycheck. Unfortunately, we talk a lot of about gun control but we don't talk about mental health of our country nor do we talk about our society role in this tragic events. We tend to be quick to label the person "evil" and it was all because of guns (we tend to like short and quick answers instead of looking into the complex multiple causes of these events). We need to look into the deeper cause and set of events that lead individuals to take these course of action.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  189. Scott

    What movie did he watch that would have given him the idea to massacre children? Insane is insane, you don't watch a movie and make a choice to do this. Movies don't create insanity, it's certainly possible someone already living in a dream world might try to act out something he saw....but he was already over the edge.

    Violence is in us, we've progressed in some ways over the last century, but still, hate and fear still rules many lives.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • HTJ

      don't blame the movies on this tragedy..

      December 18, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      You really think that people who are influenced by violence in movies are really only going to duplicate the crime they see on screen? How naive can you be? Of course people are influenced by the films they watch - particularly young people. We're moved by love stories, underdog stories, and heroic stories; so, why shouldn't we also be influenced by the negative depictions as well? The heroes are always killing their enemies and we cheer them. Right? Of course we do. Movies influence people - for better as well as for worse.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  190. Brad

    I always thought movies were an escape; a place where viewers could be transported to a place that doesn't exist in real life. A place to for the audience to live out whatever fantasy that real life can't support. It's been theorized that movies can be seen as a barometer for the collective psyche of any culture. So, in that regard, movies are a symptom of a greater need. Instead of asking 'why is there violence in movies?" we should be asking 'why is violence in movies so popular?'

    December 18, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  191. dina

    Yes I do believe that violent movies and television do suggest to some people who may be mentally unstable or intellectually chalenged to think they will be noticed if they do the violent acts they see. It is up to parents to watch what young children see but a yong adult can watch all the violence they choose. I see no reason to produce violent movies and television and internet games. What is the purpose? Why do it? There are many reasons people shoot other people and this is a country that needs conflict resolution and not violent movies.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      This is a sick, violent movie. Anyone who goes to this film after the BRUTAL MURDER of dozens of schoolchildren should just put a bumper-sticker on their car that says "I LUV Adam Lanza!"

      Say NO to guns.
      Say "HELL NO!!" to this sick film.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  192. Barb

    Violence, murder, rape.. it's all been around far longer than tv and video games. These things were happening in the 1600's, 1700's and they are still happening. It's not what we watch, it's what's wrong with the people doing these horrible things.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • nisroc00

      I agree and disagree. I disagree because stunt s have been done that were first done in a movie. For example the kids that killed a virgin boy and boiled his fat then drank it so that he could fly. Sound bad? came from a movie called Warlock and a kid in Sask Canada carried out the gruesome task.

      How about 2 teen kids that commited suicide because a song sung by Iron Madien told them to?

      On other hand i agree with you cause sane people do not do what has been done in movies.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Radio

      Iron Maiden never recorded a song telling kids to go kill themselves. That rumor is as outdated as 80's fashions.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  193. TonDef

    I believe violent movies and video games can influence some people to act violently, but I don't think the movies and games are to blame. The problem stems from who is watching or playing, and how they process it. Someone who is already unstable or lacks maturity is probably more likely to get the wrong message. Movies and video games are meant to be escapism, but for certain mentally disturbed individuals whose moral compass may not be functioning correctly, or small children still establishing theirs, violent imagery could have a profound effect. Some movies and games just aren't appropriate for small children but more importantly, parents and society in general have a responsibility to set a positive example for kids, and teach them to be morally responsible. Sadly, our actions often do just the opposite. We can do better. We also need more accessibility to mental health treatment for those who need it.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  194. CJA

    Many things contribute to violence, but CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and the TV news editors are the ones that make overnight reality stars out of the killers. These killers probably would have lived otherwise unimpressive lives, but through these heinous and large-scale acts of violence against innocent people the killers know they will have the klieg lights of the 24 hour news cycle turned on them and their selfish lives for days, if not weeks. They know they will in infamy thanks to the news.

    We may need to assert greater gun control and increase our vigilance on the mentally ill. But perhaps we the people, in the form the consumer towards whom the advertisements are aimed, should exercise our voice by turning off the TV when Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien, or their journalist peers at other outlets exceed reporting and verge into over-coverage.

    We should not dilute the memories of the murdered by allowing CNN, Fox, and MSNBC to create a stage for the murderer.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Good Night...

    alot hard work...but i just got my info off the website this morning. cnn does try hard.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  196. I am sorry Jet Ranger

    but i know all of this already...40 times over...thank you

    December 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jetranger

    That was a POOR way of Comparing Violence to in Movies & TV to these Shooting tragedys. Apples & Oranges here – its more like Movies like TERMINATOR and Prediator and KILL BILL type Movies that Encourage these young under 30 somethings , as well as the VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES these young under 30 youth play for hours on end, along with the Dis-respectful Violent RAP MUSIC they listen to as well ! Comparing a Western type movie, or a dective type drama is not a good comparison at all – Apples & Oranges comparsion !

    December 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  198. This information has been read

    30,000 times today...i am more interested in computer lying hackers...they need to be stopped and i also will take
    better care of my see these people do not do anything all day...they use their computer as a form
    of power when they have none....

    most comments were a bore tonight and i read my info off the website...

    December 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  199. i agree...

    everyone needs to take care of their computers and keep these lying hackers out.....the other stuff
    i read 30,000 times today--i will take better care of my equipment like this person is doing.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  200. John

    Maybe movie violence inspires some to kill, maybe not. But gun ownership stems from fear. Fear of those that look, dress or talk different than them or that somehow the government was going to come after them because the president is black or something. Fear rammed down the throat of white Americans by the NRA and their right-wing nuts like those on FOX news. Maybe the killer wanted to kill, but he might not have if his mother had not been a scared white woman.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Tool

    i get my stuff off the website...however that person who's having computer something i need to look into–we can't people checking people out on their computers....they are liars and we must stop tooled liars....

    December 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Daniel

    Do violent movies or video games influence violence in Afghanistan and Iraq? Did a violent movie or video game inspire Hitler? Did violent movies or violent games influence the Nanking Massacre?

    December 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  203. WASTE


    December 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Sean in AZ

    No, movie violence does not cause real violence; the mainstream media glorifying the violence committed by others during a 24 hour news cycle causes real violence in the form of sensationalism and copycats,. Good job CNN, MSNBC, FOX, THE DAILY MAIL, DRUDGE, and the list goes on. We will pull TV shows and movies, but we wouldn't DARE expect the MSM to show morality and good judgement when these events occur, would we? Gotta keep those ratings up till the next tragic stick another camera and mic in front of another sobbing kid!

    December 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sorry

      we like the websites better...most of this is all repeats from what we read today.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  205. have you glanced at this stuff....

    nothing fun or worth reading.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  206. we won

    stay on top ya hear....

    December 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  207. you see? what did i tell you...

    the poor dear is a tool.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  208. rswon

    I don't think violence in the media causes people to be violent. But, I think it does cause people to be desensitized to it. If you don't believe me, just look at Tosh.0 and "1000 ways to die". It's entertainment centered around people getting injured or killed. The sad part is, they have a substantial fan base.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  209. We won

    columbo told you 2 wks ago she was going to sscrew that up.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  210. David

    When the United States invades other countries and kills innocent civilians and children it is war and justified, when a citizen does it he is evil and insane.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  211. armourdm

    More at fault is media that sensationalizes and even normalizes violent acts such as this. By emphasizing certain aspects of these violent acts (what the killer wore, what guns were used, what the victim count was, what the killer did before the act, what people thought of him/her, etc) the media feeds into the perpetrator's desire to see themselves glorified in death as they never could in life. The media treat acts such as this as 'infotainment' that competes with other media for viewer/listener/reader attention. Media owners and shareholders move the rank and file reporters and cameramen and anchormen to sensationalize their news coverage. Again, feeding into the perpetrator's need for glory, and suggesting to others that they too could be glorified in the media by undertaking such acts. No doubt about it, this is a good time for the media to do a little soul searching and ask themselves what they can do to prevent acts like this.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdfgsdfgsdfgsdf

      wahhh movies and tv and other ppl and music made me do this i dont take any blame on myself waah. screw off

      December 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sorry this was such a waste of blogging.

      there isn't anyone here

      December 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Barbara Young

      When driven by blind emotions, one cannot be reasoned with and reality as you know it does not exist. His current life time frame is that of a rebirth vietnam era and most likely a soldier who entered into a test program, where like your present time, is making the perfect soldier. They at that time were hypnotized to remove their conscience and then suggestion to follow orders to kill without question, no fear, cold, and deliberate. Most likely saw action and killed and around 20 years later reborn and when, in the current life, he reached the time of his hypnotic session to remove his consciousness, all came together in a swarm within. When you combine that with current TV, CD, family problems, you have a time bomb. Any little suggestion to set him off. You have several hundred reborn persons with the same symptoms.
      Fix the training, as you do have rebirth of the Spirit. Memory in – memory out.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • fghdfghdfghdfghdfghdg

      sounds like an awesome song who sings that?

      December 18, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  212. get a grip todd

    we won.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Todd

    No...if it did...ithen the amount of ba things i've heard and seen...the world should be extinct due to my actions...

    these are extreme cases and media is a scapegoat...something to put blame on...parents and families need to put effort into how they raise kids...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  214. i love this bar...

    i can go in my sweats we can bring traptop and talk to guys, torture people, everyone is drunk at my sweet trap top....
    now they want me to sing the star spangled banner-ha...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  215. CD

    I was wondering how long we would have to wait until someone decided to beat the old dead horse of "Does *insert the usual ones blamed be it TV, computer games, D & D, comic books, movies* cause violence?"

    December 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Beasterdamus

    of course violence in movies causes violence in real life, what are you stupid or something?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  217. athiest

    im sure it happens but i see a larger correlation between violent/thug rap and violence in real life then I do from hollywood movies, but nice try inflammatory terrible journalist.

    maybe you should examine how we have no heros any more, in the good old days people looked up to scientists, astronauts, adventurers. now we have stupid rappers with underwear sticking out and and "women" (using the term loosely, like her V) like snookie. is it any wonder today's youth is so messed up?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  218. what violence....i'm looking for a cigarette...


    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  219. JoJo

    Tarantino's films are violence for the sake of violence. Boycott them. Every time you pay to see them you are telling them to make more and make them more grotesque.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Mike davis

    It's the totallty of the violent culture...Games,music,T.V., movies.the whole shooting-mash" When we turn off all the above we are left with images of death..When we read and see the true visions of sorrow they become mute..Write your elected officials NOW!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  221. where rapper Bathroom T...

    does he spoke newports? may i have one please....i at the other side of the bar...near the purple lighting...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Mopery

    You know what's filled with more horrific violence than even the worst Hollywood gore film? The bible.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • one lousy cigarette

      impossible to find...geeze

      December 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      Amen! (lol)

      December 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • athiest

      good thing it's merely fiction.
      and you have to read it to see it, so america's youth will never learn of its violence. they're all too busy watching reality tv and having their brains rotted.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The people did like bringing their kids to see Passion Of The Christ and the bloody Jesus getting tortured for two hours didn't they?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor thing

      a tool

      December 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  223. dellia

    attached to trap top

    December 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Jesus Christ

    Everyone should cut off their hands. This will put a dent in the amount of violence.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Ivanka 1

    hellloooooooooo newport please!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  226. i could go for a cigarette...

    does anyone have a newport....

    December 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  227. viranka

    quit blaming all the industries out their if your kid does not know RIGHT from WRONG! that's a parenting problem,if your kid does not the DIFFERENCE between a video game and reality that is a parenting problem, if your kid can't tell the DIFFERENCE between a movie and real life it is a parenting problem. EXCEPTION-mentally ill. get it parents YOUR the problem!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |


    December 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  229. James

    The Violent Video games Kids and Adults play do 5000% more damage than any movie.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Please post your proof. I know you won't, because there IS NONE.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  230. splassher6

    OMG CNN asking real questions...Hollywood liberals make billions off movies with violet crime so be careful next thing you know CNN will actually ask about Benghazi God forbid

    December 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Say NO to smoking!

    YES, more movies are made portraying violence, means more violence on the streets!
    The same as when making movies where everyone (including pregnant women) smoke, means more cigarete consumption on the street. If Tarantino and vierdoes like him claim to be artists, why don't they express themself without the financial support of gun and cigarete manufactures?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  232. You lose We Win...

    go to the laughing stock of the entire bar

    December 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  233. NanookoftheNorth

    Oh Jaime, Jaime, Jaime. Just watched the vid and he says we used to use those kinds of guns back in the day when we used to have to hunt for food. If we used assault weapons, there wouldn't have been much left to eat !

    December 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx trigger pull, one round fired. If you miss, you have 29 to back that first one up. Once the target is hit, you just don't pull the trigger again. I think you idjits keep mixing up automatic (machine guns) firearms that can empty the magazine with one trigger pull with what is currently available for people with no violent or drug/alcohol related criminal history, who don't have restraining orders, nor are fugitives or mentally ill as determined by a court of law. The ones the good guys can get are one pull, one bullet...that makes it SEMI-auto..Please do learn the difference, as you sound like an idjit spouting bull and trying to make everyone eat it.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  234. VIX PUTZ 1

    thank you we can add this to the rest of the evid....she looks like a moron again...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Laugh in her face 1

    we are laughing at this...your a putz 1

    December 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |


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  237. NanookoftheNorth

    Was looking forward to the Django movie...until I realized it was a Tarantino film last week. Even if I wait for the vid to come out on cable, I don't think there's enough 'clear-play' to leave much to see.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Richard A

    You are what you eat. If you digest a steady diet of violence it is only a matter of time before you become violent yourself.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wat

      What? I've played the same violent video games and watched the same violent movies that everyone else has and I've never hurt anyone.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me Either

      light please?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      I must be doing something wrong...I watched all the old Clint Eastwood movies...Conan, and the ilk as a younger man, and to this day watch a mix of military, western, horror and suspense films, and have never pulled a firearm on anyone that didn't already have one pointed at me, and I have NEVER fired a gun at anyone.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |


    December 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  240. stick to topic cover up 1

    diner for laughs tomorrow? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    December 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  241. poor thing....

    everyone is laughing again at you again-doesn't one get tired of being laughed at....

    December 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Pastor Mike Palevo

    Of course Movie Violence affects these kids! No only that, but the Ultra Violent Games! The Ultra Violent Death Metal and Rap Music! The Ultra Violent Movies! And the Violent Sports! Don't blame it on the guns! Violence in, and Violence out! Guns don't promote a Violent Heart, but the Games, Movies, TV, Sports do!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Am God

      Sports? Really?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      It has been shown time in and time out that your kind of thinking is wrong. There is no correlation between violence in movies, sports, tv shows, or video games and real life. If you stopped looking towards that fiction novel you force children to read and actually took a look at factual studies you would know this.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I think Pastor was being sarcastic

      December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      @Ben hes not being sarcastic hes being offensive. If i wanted to read lies like his id go to Faux News website.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dell Putz

      Me too I hate liars also......

      December 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Danieks

      Don't forget them ultraviolent rays from the sun causing cancers and stuff.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  243. chamillion20

    Of course it has an effect. However, to the mentally ill– they can't distinguish reality from fiction even when they are taught at home or in therapy. That *is* their illness. Millions of people who are (relatively) healthy would never confuse the two. But it only takes one who doesn't know better to mimick and kill in mass numbers like this. This shooter was on computers all the time. I wonder what is was he was playing on them?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      WOW people who are mentally ill cant distinguish between fiction and real life, just wow. Where do you get these lies from? I have dual diagnoses Adult ADHD & Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia, and NEITHER of these prevent me from telling the difference between what I read in Anita Blake books and real life. I have played the most violent of video games(Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Assassins Creed, Mass Effect the list is endless) and not once do I ever and i mean EVER feel the need to pick up a gun or a sword and kill someone. Oh and just for the record its not because I found your imaginary friend you call "god" I am atheist.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Isn't that the truth...

    especially a dummie ....they walk into crap if we set it up-its too truly is....

    December 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Norm

    The only people more full of crap than Tarantino are the ones who bow at his feet and declare him a genius. i looked up genius in the dictionary......he is not one, except in the P.T. Barnum sense.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  246. empresstrudy

    Mindless remtard zombies will do whatever you tell them.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • a dummie will walk into


      December 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  247. DELL PUTZ 1

    yes you are God....God always blogs at this time


    December 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Wonderful words to live bye I Am God....

    i hope you preach them.


    December 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  249. j

    isnt it odd they pick Quarantino to interview? Apparently, everyone connects him to violence...hypocrite

    December 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  250. I Am God

    Maybe I should edit the quote "guns don't kill people, people kill people" to "violent games and movies don't kill people, people kill people."

    December 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Dell Putz 1


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  253. Twisty Cap

    What I think needs more examination is the amount of violence in movies that is used to "problem solve." Too many movies (and games), in my opinion, use "justified" violence...revenge, vigilantism, righting a wrong. Surely this has SOME influence on how young minds approach problems in real life. If what they see day in and out is violence used to problem solve, and glorified in this portrayal, then why should we be surprised if these kids act out thusly in real life?

    December 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Am God

      I am living proof that your comment has no merit.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx you want 'chick flicks' to be the only form of entertainment, ammiright?

      December 18, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  254. Teresa

    I agree there should be less violence on tv and movies. More acess to mental health services, gun control.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Way to use those basic liberal democrat talking come up with a thought of your own.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  255. PYHOOYA

    How can someone not understand how violent movies and video games make these type of events easier for mentally ill people to commit? The desensitization does occur after the repeated exposure to violent taking of life. The Nazis used this to train young soldiers and even in school age children. We as parents have to be aware of what our children are watching and playing. I played G.I. Joe as a child but we all wanted to be the good guy. Now video games set the player up as the bad guy reaking havoc on the police and general populous.
    We have let the PC police shut our eyes to troubled kids to the point people will not or can not identify children that need help, and I mean more help than public shools can give them.
    Do I own guns? Yes. I own a pistol and several other hunting guns. Do I believe an AR style rifle is a hunting gun (AR does not stand for assult rifle)? NO, and have no problem with the ban on them returning. But the only way to stop gun violence for sure is if there existed no guns. This is not possible. So maybe we should look at controls on the sale of whole ammunition. Make it so that in order to have ammo a person must by the components and assemble individual rounds themselves. This does hamper the ready availability of ammunition at least. What I am alluding to is that gun control is not the only answer to solve our problems.
    I would also like to point out that in an opinion article on cnn the reporter stated, "If Adam Lanza had had to go to greater lengths to get his hands on weapons, he might have run out of psychic energy to do this terrible deed. It appears he had little trouble, though, because the guns belonged to his mother, were registered and legally owned."
    Didn't he have to kill his mother in order to take her guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      Children all over the world are playing and watching the same. How come its only in USA the killings go on like a civil war?

      December 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicadow

      Yes he did have to kill his mother to get her guns. BUT HE HAD TO GET HER GUNS FIRST. Translation: his mother was irresponsible as the owner of a device created for no other purpose than to kill human beings. She is more responsible for what happened, assuming she was mentally stable, and knowing that her son was not. Any new laws need HUGE repercussions for anyone not properly securing their weapons and keeping them out of the wrong hands.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dell Putz 1

      stick to topic girlfriend

      December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Chick...He most likely took the firearm she has handy while she sleeps, as she was asleep when he murdered her according to the police. Most likely he killed his own mother so he could steal the rest of the firearms. This 20 year old (who has real problems if by that age cannot figure out the difference between a game and real life) was bound and determined to do what he did. Had he not had access to firearms, he would have either gone somewhere else to steal them or would have improvised.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  256. Adrian GMV

    Thanks for putting it in such simple terms. Our minds our all changed now. You couldn't be more wrong! How can you say that movies and video games are just trying to be realistic? Like it or not, the arts shape the culture more than the culture shapes the arts. Tarantino and many others have done an utter disservice to the arts community by glorifying violence to a gratuitous degree- all in the name of "art." I'm all about freedom of expression and wouldn't dare take away our rights to such freedom, but Hollywood and video game creators MUST stop passing the buck and parents (you are partially correct about this one) MUST say enough is enough when it comes to what they let their children play and watch.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrian GMV

      this was meant for "I Am God"

      December 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Am God

      I've been playing video games and watching r-rated movies since I was 12. Thankfully I had parents to tell me that none of the stuff I played was real. Also there is no point in watching movies that aren't realistic in nature.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Paul

    No, it doesn't. Glad I could resolve that for all of you.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Teresa

    I agree there should be lessviolence on tv and movies,gun control, more availability to mental halth services.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Boo

    My favorite movies are horror yet I won't even kill a spider, I pick it up and put it outside. Love people, animals, movies are fake. However I did watch a murder online before, I cried and couldn't sleep for days. Most people know that movies aren't real and people aren't getting hurt.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Les Baker

    Oh, what a surprise, show as much violence as possible Tarantino, thinks that violence shown in movies doesn't influence anyone. I understand his point but come on, his movie influenced mind has lost it's control button. Why not produce something that has substance and not just people shooting people. Why waste my breath on this moron?

    December 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hooah

      Yea, lets blame him instead of those prone to this type of behavior.

      And while you're at it, there's art work all over the world that show violance. Lets destroy them too. Eh, Tipper?

      December 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  261. I Am God

    Let me put this in simple terms. There is violence in movies and video games because they are trying to be realistic. Now don't blame video games or movies for your child's issues. That blame is squarely on the parents for not monitoring their child and not teaching them on what is real and what is not.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  262. ed

    Tarantino hasn't made a movie for family nor human values, yet. Make movie...lets see if can make one.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  263. TrapTop

    good work-gotz to run

    December 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  264. JM

    What kind of an insane society makes movies and tv shows and video games about killing people????

    A very stupid, foolish society w/o any sense.

    Is that why the founding fathers founded this country: so that we could become near braindead, thoughtless, senseless fools?

    December 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Am God

      The braindead, thoughtless, and senseless fools are the parents who do not monitor their kids and teach of what is real and not real.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Austin

    As someone who studies psychology, I want to put this out there, when answering this question, there is no direct correlation between violence and violence in media... There is a connection, if the individual watching, has had a bad home life, has low Socioeconomic status, as well as a few other precursors, what this research suggests to us, is that certain individuals are more likely to be predisposed to acting violent upon witnessing violence, however this is not true of your average American citizen.

    I fear that our country often talks, violence in media, and gun control, because these are the easiest to change. But these are minor issues, mental health, both how its perceived, and how its treated in our country is much more to blame.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • waheid

      The problem with your theory is that there are more than a few people who fit your definition of susceptible and all of these people are exposed to violence in the media. We could all do with less seeing, hearing, and reading about violence and, in addition, with far fewer automatic weapons.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Colonel

    Roland. Like Mr. Foxx said, taking away the guns won't take away the urge. They will use a knife or maybe even their bare hands.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawrencewinkler

      Knives and fists are better. I can defend against a knife, or at least have a better chance. You can't kill 27 people in a few minutes with a knife. Knives don't travel 100 feet to their targets at 3 times the speed of sound. A little old lady with a purse can cause a knife-wielding attacker to pause. A knife attack is less likely to cause death than a bullet.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  267. roland

    What i see here is there has been to much shooting lately why?is all true or fake its all about gun control if you take the guns away from the people you control the people and if its all true the ones that have done this have been brain washed to do so belive it or not remember. we the people. they want to control us fast look out its coming they have made you belive everything what they do is right why not belive it all... you all have a nice day...

    December 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |

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