Former California Governor and world famous action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is defending the production of violent movies, and does not think it is a direct influence or contributor to horrific mass shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the star of movies including “The Terminator,” “Predator,” and “Raw Deal,” does not believe that the movies are a reason for concern, nor does he think they affect the minds of those who commit mass shootings, as “one has to keep (the two) separate.”
“(This is) entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It’s really serious and it’s the real deal,” Schwarzenegger, 65, told reporters.
Schwarzenegger is set to star in “The Last Stand,” his first movie since a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th.
“We have to analyze how we deal with mental illness, how we deal with gun laws, how we deal with parenting,” he said.
In “The Last Stand,” Schwarzenegger plays a retired Los Angeles policeman who becomes a border town sheriff who must stop a violent drug lord from crossing the border.
Schwarzenegger, who served two terms as California’s governor, believes that we must focus on how we treat mental health and gun laws instead of pointing fingers at the entertainment industry.
“How can we do better with gun laws?” asked Schwarzenegger. “If there are any loopholes, if there’s a problem, let’s analyze it … Are we really dealing with the mental problems the right way as a society?”
Schwarzenegger alluded to the way shooter Adam Lanza was raised and treated by his mother, Nancy, who was also killed in her son’s massacre.
“Does a mother need to collect guns and take her little kids shooting?” he asked.
“Everything has to be analyzed; no stone unturned,” he added. “I think that’s what we owe to our people.”
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.