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Anti-gun actress Julianne Moore says guns in movies not to blame for gun violence

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February 09, 2023

Actress Julianne Moore has been in several different movies featuring guns and gun violence. She is also an outspoken proponent of gun control.

Among her more violent movies in recent years are films like “Kingsman,” “Non-Stop” and “The Hunger Games” series. 

While she has appeared in violent films in the past, Moore has avoided appearing on screen with a gun for over a decade. But now she is set to use a gun on screen in the new Apple TV+ film “Sharper.”

Moore defended that decision in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s really important when you talk about gun safety and people blame entertainment to realise that the entire world consumes the same entertainment as the U.S., but the U.S. has easy access to weapons,” Moore said. “So I am not a big fan of violent movies, but I also don’t blame gun violence on entertainment.”

Moore appeared in another Hollywood Reporter interview in 2015 titled “Julianne Moore Believes in Therapy, Not God (And Definitely Gun Control)” and works with the Michael Bloomberg-funded gun-control advocacy group “Everytown For Gun Safety.”

While the pro-gun rights blog Bearing Arms didn’t dispute Moore’s factual assertion that other countries consumer the same violent films without the same level of gun violence, author Tom Knighton argued that “Moore is looking very superficially at the issue.”

Knighton argued that U.S. is, in general, a more violent country than most in the world and pointed to statistics showing the U.S. has higher non-gun-related homicide rates than European nations.

“Her argument requires that we ignore the fact that our knife homicide rate is higher than many European nations’ total homicide rate,” Knighton wrote. “If it was just about access to guns, that wouldn’t be the case. Those without guns would kill on a similar rate as in other nations on a per capita basis, only that’s not what’s happening.”