Hollywood actors and producers pushed gun control and attacked the NRA after the Las Vegas shooting massacre, but a new study shows their own movies are filled with gun violence.
The Media Research Center analyzed the top five movies in theaters the week before Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in a shooting spree on a country music festival. They found that the movies were riddled with violence and that the three out of five movies researched featured automatic weapons.
Kingsmen: Golden Circle, American Assassin, Mother, IT, and The Lego Ninjago Movie all featured violence, but the MRC removed The Lego Movie from their final tally because its violence was animated.
From the four remaining movies, MRC counted 589 incidents of violence, including 212 incidents of gun violence. The body count total reached at least 192 people. They also counted 108 times characters in the movies used automatic weapons.
Rather than looking inward after Paddock shot up the Vegas Strip, Hollywood’s elite decided to attack the National Rifle Association.
Julianne Moore, who stars in Kingsman: Golden Circle, one of the most violent film of the bunch, is a vocal advocate for gun control measures and against the NRA. After the Vegas shooting, she demanded her followers call Congress and ask them to “vote no on NRA priorities” such as loosening restrictions on suppressors and expanding concealed carry reciprocity.
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) October 2, 2017
In addition to the 118 incidents of gun violence, Moore’s movie Kingsman: Golden Circle featured “body slams, punches, explosions, ripping off limbs, ripping out vocal cords, putting people in meat grinders, cannibalism, lasso violence, slicing people in half and eyes randomly exploding from people’s heads,” MRC says.
Attacking the “gun lobby” after mass shootings is a common theme for Hollywood, as MRC points out in their study. When sexual harassment and assault allegations swirled around producer Harvey Weinstein, he denied the allegations and tried to redirect the media to gun control, stating, “I’ve decided I’m going to give the NRA my full attention.”