FX president blames high-capacity guns, not violent media

Sons of AnarchySpeaking this morning at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, FX president and general manager John Landgraf touched on the hot-button topic of the culture of violence in the United States and came to the shocking conclusion that the ready availability of high-capacity guns in America is the root of the problem.

"After being so upset and horrified and sad and angry at Newtown, I looked at statistics on gun violence," said Landgraf, citing data compiled by the United Nations that indicates the United Kingdom has a substantially lower rate of gun violence. "We consume the same media, the same movies, the same types of shows, the same video games - Call of Duty is very popular in England; The Walking Dead is the No. 1 cable show in England, Sons of Anarchy is very popular in England, the last time I checked James Bond kills an awful lot of people with a gun," the executive pointed out.

John Landgraf"So I have to say, while I think that everything and anything that bears responsibility for these types of tragedies up to and including what we do in the media should be fair game and should be looked at, if you look at the major difference between England and United States it's the access and availability of guns," Landgraf explained. "In particular, it's a kind of gun … I believe in First and Second Amendment. I believe in free speech in this country and I believe in the right to have guns for protection. But the last time I checked, a shotgun or handgun that has a six-round clip are perfectly adequate weapons for defense in the home."

Expanding on his point, Landgraf recalled that Colorado theater shooter James Holmes fired off 30 shots in 27 seconds during his assault last summer and noted that such large-scale mayhem would be drastically reduced without access to dangerous assault weapons. Bearing some responsibility, Landgraf stated that he would like to see more research on gun violence examining all possible factors, including violent media content. He specifically targeted first-person shooter video games. "I'm more comfortable with third-person entertainment," he said. "You're in a first-person context; you're killing everything in sight."

Personally, I believe the combination of the availability of guns, the lack of mental health treatment, and the emphasis on violence in the media creates a perfect storm. How do you feel about John Landgraf's comments?

- John Landgraf
- Sons of Anarchy
- FX

Written by: Chrononaut
Jan 9th, 2013, 4:24 pm


Message Posted On Feb 16th, 2013, 10:38 am
why doesnt anyone blame criminals ?

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2013, 12:07 pm
Yeah, it's easier to believe in simpler and bigger lies than to complex and bitter truth. The truth (one facet of it) is that "War on Drugs" cause directly and indirectly much more deaths than occasional mad men "outburst". It's easy to point finger and name something root of all evil. That's how propaganda (PR) works. Nacizs were adept in this. What is hard is to find cause-effect relationship in statistical data and implement most effective, often harsh, way to remedy problem. No real life solution is simple. Sometimes you can't truly do anything about: mad men will always exist, corrupted officials will always exist and we all die someday.

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2013, 8:11 am
@PaulMcG UK Granted, tighter restrictions on firearms in general would have a greater impact, but these are the kind of thing that need to be taken a step at a time stateside. If you're going up against the gun lobby go for small victories to erode their position.
PaulMcG UK

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2013, 12:09 am
John's argument does not address the issue fully. He suggests the Colorado theatre shooting would have had less of an impact without automatic weapons, what impact would it have had WITH NO WEAPONS AT ALL? He also says "if you look at the major difference between England and United States it's the access and availability of guns". You can only use a gun in the UK if you are a farmer and have it registered or are a member of a gun club and you must use it at the club or on private land. Gun per capita is apparently 6% in the UK compared to 88% in the US but that isn't the ownership, which is 0.0001% in the UK and 3% in the US. That is 275 millions guns in the US and 3 million in the UK. In 42 years of life other than the army and police the only other person I've seen with a gun in the UK is a farmer and someone I met on private land shooting pidgeons. The mass shootings in the UK have mostly been by people with legitimate access to guns, so our system isn't perfect but we only have 42 gun related deaths a year in the UK. Go figure!
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