The Brady organization against gun violence is calling on Hollywood writers, directors and producers to examine onscreen gun violence and depictions of gun safety, asking the creative community to sign a pledge that’s already garnered more than 200 signatures of such names as Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof and Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The pledge, while noting that the “responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives,” acknowledges that “America’s storytellers” have the power to “effect change.”
“Cultural attitudes toward smoking, drunk driving, seatbelts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to movies’ and TV’s influence. It’s time to take on gun safety,” the Brady pledge states, and goes on to ask writers, directors and producers to, whenever possible, to:
- Use creativity “to model responsible gun ownership and show consequences for reckless gun use;” “make a conscious effort to show characters locking their guns safely and making them inaccessible to children”;
- “Have at least one conversation during pre-production regarding the way guns will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be employed without sacrificing narrative integrity”;
- “Limit scenes including children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents.”
The pledge further states, “We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Furthermore, this list does not incorporate every nuance of guns on screen. However, these are small things that we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. If you are a writer, director or producer, join us by signing here.”
For more information about the pledge, visit the Brady website here.
So far, the signatories to the pledge are:
Jennifer Flackett Levin
Eric Michael Garcia
R. Scott Gemmill
Ellen Goldsmith Vein
Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of the Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Elysa Koplovitz Dutton
Randi Mayem Singer
Michael A. Ross
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Chris Van Dusen
Patric M. Verrone
David W. Zucker
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