Harvey Weinstein — the man behind some of the most violent movies to ever hit the big screen — says it’s time for Hollywood to address how violence in movies influences people.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Weinstein called for a filmmaker summit in the wake of last week’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left at least a dozen dead and 58 wounded.
“I think as filmmakers we should sit down — the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies — and discuss our role in that,” Weinstein said.
But Weinstein — an avid supporter of President Obama — suggested the No. 1 culprit is the lack of gun control and said it is time for politicians to “put up or shut up” on the issue.
“If we don’t get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans. To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States is pathetic. And I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It’s time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties. Mitt Romney better outline where he stands, and people know that I’m a firm supporter of the president and I believe he’s got to do the same,” Weinstein said.
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