Obama tells entertainment bosses they have responsibility in gun debate
November 26th, 2013
04:25 PM ET
8 years 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. Me

    "The stories we tell matter..." to bad he doesnt listen to his own advice
    our govt needs a reboot!

    November 26, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Wes

    Tampa Tim

    Most Americans trust our president
    You might want to rethink that one.

    November 26, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. urethafraklin

    @TampaTim. Your post has nothing to do with the article. The republicans have no credibility problem as it pertains to violence in movies. It isn't a partisan issue. To your irrelevant and random point that the president is trusted by most americans. CNNs polls show the vast majority do not trust him.As someone who voted for Obama I can say that the fact that he campaigned on not taking away guns and then tried to take away guns is evidence he can't be trusted

    November 26, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Jack 2

    All while Obama pushes the glorification of gays

    November 26, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Government Waste Rules

    "Be more hopey changey!"

    November 26, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Jrad

    Yeah, right. I'm sure the film industry is motivated by morals.

    November 26, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Terry

    Tampa, only those with an incredibly low IQ believe anything he says.

    November 26, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. bnb

    well, you can issue that statement from DC also, you don't need to be there to make this throw away statments..., no body is listening...

    November 26, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. DustyOnes

    Hmmm, distract to condoms, guns and Iran.

    Don't anybody look at the IRS, Benghazi, ACA, economy or unemployment.

    November 26, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. dick

    This is a positive step. It boggles my mind how people can use senseless violence as entertainment (as if violence in the real world isn't quite enough for them)

    November 26, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Getoverit

    @Tampa Tim
    Most Americans trust our president

    November 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Allen

    @Tampa Well I guess you haven't seen the new poll that's out. Lmao

    November 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. lawdog1521

    "Don't glorify violence" – says the guy who listed "good at killing people" as one of his strong suits during the last campaign.

    November 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Paul

    Tampa, you have that exactly backwards. If you trust Obama, what exactly does that say about you as a person? To me it says that you're unaware of your surroundings and need immediate help.

    November 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Kirsten

    It is completely NOT the filmmakers responsibility to parent children in the absence of observant caretakers/parents.
    Parents need to take responsibility for their children – this includes having conversations with their children illustrating the difference between "movie magic" and real violence. if this sounds like too much responsibility on the part of the parent, maybe dont have kids and get a goldfish instead.

    November 26, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Graham Krueger

    Take all entertainment back to the Bible! Stories of incest, mass murder by explosion, brutal cursings and exhortations to lethal reprisal for religious deviance will never inspire anyone to violence.

    This is a sham excuse- popular culture is no more to blame for violence than it has ever been. but our laws and technology on the other hand make killing vast numbers of people much easier.

    November 26, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. O'drama ya Mama

    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 |

    Similar to the "JOBS JOBS JOBS" the GOP/Teabugs ran on...

    November 26, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Stang05

    Tampa Tim, speak for youself. He now has a credibility problem and it will get worse whem Americans experience the ACA employer mandate and the cadillac tax and the changes it will bring to those plans.

    November 26, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. oharris30

    People who criticize the president are the republican whiners who don't like when things aren't going their way. I don't agree with the CNN poll numbers since they don't reflect the opinions of the majority of americans in this country. The majority of americans know that the president is doing his best for all concerned without the help of the repubs. Anyone blaming the president when it is the republicans that are lying and ruining this country needs to take a good long look at the real picture. How can anyone believe a poll of people who don't represent all americans?

    November 26, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Farrok

    The government is keeping American troops in Afghanistan till 2024 and well beyond and they worry about a few death at a school house? How many American deaths will occur between now and 2024? A lot more than 26.

    November 26, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Catherine

    Obama has a statement on everything, but not a word on the teacher killed by a young man, the 3 Americans still being held in Iran, the American being held in N. Korea, Benghazi, IRS and on and on and on – Joe Wilson is a great American for calling out and warning the American people about Barak years ago – should have listened America.

    November 26, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Getoverit

    O'drama ya Mama
    Similar to the “JOBS JOBS JOBS” the GOP/Teabugs ran on…
    The "GOP/Tea bugs lost, remember?

    November 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Grumpy2012

    That's right Hollywood. No more shoot 'em, blow 'em up movies.
    No stalkers movies, no "bad girl" movies.

    Just clean "blue pencil approved" entertainment.

    Right. Now we know Obama lives in La-La Land.

    November 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    All things considered, CNN had itself a fairly nice bait and hook day today.

    November 26, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Who are

    Most Americans do not care what Hollywood stars think and they are of no influence !

    November 26, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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