Obama tells entertainment bosses they have responsibility in gun debate
November 26th, 2013
04:25 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama tells entertainment bosses they have responsibility in gun debate

Updated 4:31 p.m. ET, 11/26/2013

Glendale, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama encouraged the leaders of America's movie and television studios Tuesday to portray gun violence in a way that doesn't encourage people to carry out crimes in real life.

Speaking at DreamWorks Animation's campus in Glendale, the President said entertainment decision-makers have a "responsibility" when it comes to on-screen violence.

"We've got to make sure that we're not glorifying it because the stories you tell shape our children's outlook and their lives," Obama said.

Nearly a year ago, the President vowed action on stemming gun violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut. While he signed more than a dozen executive actions on guns, legislation failed to garner enough votes in Congress to become law. In particular, a measure that would have required universal background checks on gun sales - which was considered the most likely to receive enough support among lawmakers - failed to pass the Senate.

Entertainment executives were included in a task forced chaired by Vice President Joe Biden that looked at ways to curb gun violence, and Obama said Tuesday "those conversations will continue."

"The stories we tell matter. And you tell stories more powerfully than anybody else on the earth," Obama said.


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Most Americans trust our president, but republicans have a credibility problem.

    November 26, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. RIchard Long

    Guess Obama's "laser-like" focus on unemployment and the economy have to take a backseat again.

    November 26, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This nation desperately needs total Gun-Ban Law. Period, don't talk of second amendment, third amendment bs. USA needs gun-ban laws. Period.

    November 26, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. KeninTexas

    I had always thought that those who have called for Obama to be impeached, were extreme. But he continues to show blatant disregard for the law and the people he is supposed to represent. So I say to all, it is time to impeach Obama for these outrageous actions. Corruption, lying to congress and the American people and failure to uphold the laws of the United States by ordering them either ignored or just not enforced

    November 26, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. tom l

    @Tampa
    "Most Americans trust our president, but republicans have a credibility problem."

    Actually, most Americans do NOT trust our president anymore. How do you do it? Do you just type things that you want and deem them to be true? By the way, here are repub ideas (not including the idea of being able to buy insurance across state lines)

    Brings greater fairness to the tax code by extending tax savings to those who
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    their own. This provision would provide an “above the line” deduction that is equal
    to the cost of an individual’s or family’s insurance premiums.
    • Provides immediate substantial financial assistance, through new refundable and
    advanceable tax credits, to low- and modest-income Americans.
    • Recognizes that many Americans who have not yet hit retirement age but may be
    changing jobs or have lost a job often face higher health care costs. To help those
    aged 55 to 64, the plan increases support for pre- and early-retirees with low- and
    modest-incomes.
    • Recognizes that one of the largest obstacles for many small businesses when it comes to
    retaining current employees or creating new jobs is the cost of health insurance. The
    plan allows states, small businesses, associations, and other organizations to band
    together and offer health insurance at lower costs.
    • Implements comprehensive medical liability reform that will reduce costly,
    unnecessary defensive medicine practiced by doctors trying to protect themselves
    from overzealous trial lawyers.
    • Provides Medicare and Medicaid with additional authority and resources to stop
    waste, fraud, and abuse that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year.
    • Creates incentives to save now for future and long-term health care needs by
    improving health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements as well as
    creating new tax benefits to offset the cost of long-term care premiums.
    • Gives financial help to caregivers who provide in-home care for a loved one.

    November 26, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Vegas Smitty

    No one pays attention to what Obama says anymore. Were all sick of his lies.

    November 26, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Guess the NRA's and GOP's " laser-like" focus on making sure we have unlimited, unfettered access to guns will be reaping its usual grim harvest, to their delight and our disgust.

    November 26, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. American

    This is exactly what gun advocates said they wanted (i.e. reallocating blame for gun violence). I'll bet they have a problem with this too though.

    November 26, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Suresh

    More than animation studios, GAME CREATORS are big perps.

    November 26, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    I have watched the republican war machine almost destroy our country financially during the former resident of the White House reign of error. I watched the GOP create a global economic crisis in 2008, and obstruct any opportunity to get out of their mess. I saw the loss of 8 million jobs in 2008, and watched the the GOP try to fix it by restricting women's reproductive rights. I am beginning to really dislike republicans because they do everything to destroy our country.

    November 26, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    Maybe he could spread the word against promoting violence the next time he is raising money in Atlanta's Hip Hop community.

    November 26, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. neutrality77

    Really Mr. President? I still remember watching Rambo, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and a variety of other violent movies when I was a kid. Never did I ever want to go out and actually perform any of those acts. I think you should put more focus on parenting, mental health, and maybe how the media portrays those killers.

    November 26, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. bill

    @tampon tim most americans trust our president. really even cnn polls don"t show that. quit trolling and get your head out of obummers butt.

    November 26, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. rob0rah

    Its not so much the movies as it is the video game industry.

    November 26, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. cbp

    President Obama's statement is one we should heed. The television and movie studios are quick t make films about the worst tragedies including shootings. Is it really necessary to make these movies or television programs.? Is it necessary for families to have their privacy invaded this much?

    Mr. Long, This request in no way changes a fix on unemployment or the economy. Any business that the President would need to do with Congress is on hold because Congress is on vacation. I do wish I had their work schedule.

    November 26, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. RangerDOS

    Tampa Tim: Take a look at the polls.

    November 26, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. NY John

    The clueless wonder speaks again. What an embarrassment he is as the leader of this nation...

    November 26, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Name JT

    Tampa Tim, most Americans do not trust him , never have.

    November 26, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. jzaks

    Try working a little harder on your Obama care fiasco. You are not going to change movies or TV. Good sound bite though.

    November 26, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Army Man

    Yes, the Entertainment Industry is to blame for the violence on shows that make it look cool to be this way, X-Box, is the same, look at the "knock-out" game being played across America on real people. Ever since the first good guy bad guy movie was made, Hollywood has always shown violence as a way of life and it dismisses real life struggles or the aftermath of violence, all violence, not just gun violence, rape, domestic violence, bullying, lying & cheating are all glamorized in the movies. Parents need more control over what their children watch, so that is part also.

    November 26, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. carlos

    What a buffoon!

    November 26, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Eric

    This is hilarious. Blacks account for 53% of the homicides in this country, yet make up only 13% of the population. Has anyone listened to a rap song recently? Obama is a friend of Jay Z. Obama made personalized messages for Jay Z to play at his concerts so people would go out and vote for him. Jay Z celebrates the gang culture that breeds violence. What a phony and hypocrite.

    November 26, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Bribarian

    Well Obama has done some things right finally. The peace deal with Iran, and now this makes sense.

    The trouble with Obama is he showed all his cards though, and let Americans know where he truly stands on things.

    November 26, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Michael

    says the guy who brags about predator drones.

    November 26, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Obama is pretty good at multi tasking. Congressional republicans, though, are limited to restricting women's rights and repealing ACA.

    November 26, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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