GORDON: Obama must take Hollywood to task on gun violence

Entertainment industry capitalizes on brutality

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Isn’t it time that those politicians who reap the most benefit from Hollywood in the form of donations and fundraisers demand their financial backers and friends tone it down?

Perhaps it would be a good idea for Mr. Obama to add his principal fundraisers in Hollywood such as George Clooney to the list of those he calls to ask for help in solving this national crisis. The president should insist A-list celebrities take a stand against guns in movies, not just in our laws. Rappers could be helpful, too, as they glorify violence with the best of them.

Similarly, wouldn’t it be nice if Mrs. Feinstein complemented her efforts to restore the national assault weapons ban with urging California’s state government to crack down on Hollywood’s film violence? It seems it would be easier to pass anti-gun legislation if the public wasn’t so fascinated with guns in the first place.

Another irony: The former Democratic senator from Connecticut, Christopher J. Dodd, is now chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, based in Washington, D.C. One would think Mr. Dodd would be leading the charge to curb violence in the film industry, given what has happened in his home state, but thus far he’s been conspicuously absent from the debate.

It’s high time for Hollywood and the politicians they support to quit the hypocrisy and start practicing what they preach. I agree at least with the White House protesters’ refrain since the Newtown massacre: “Today is the day.”

J.D. Gordon is a retired Navy commander who served as a Pentagon spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the George W. Bush administration.

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