The writer of “Blaming Hollywood for gun violence doesn’t work” (Commentary, Thursday) is correct. Those who rant against violent movies and the like are more than likely looking for an easy target, and violent movies are one.
As professor Ronald Rotunda points out, these accusations are unfair and incorrect. One cannot say that violent movies teach someone how to kill or drill it into people’s mind that it is OK to murder. Although repeatedly seeing violence does inure a person to violence on TV, it doesn’t make it acceptable to them in real life.
People should be looking instead at the background of an individual who wields a gun against others in violence. Was his family broken? Was he a disliked person in his community? Questions like these should be asked before blame for gun violence is assigned to violent movies.