The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., have stirred up a slew of gun-control sentiment in Hollywood.
But an actor who stars in perhaps the most gun-heavy movie of the season says that an abundance of firearms in this country isn't necessarily the problem, and that reducing them isn't automatically the answer.
I don't think it's about more gun control," said Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as a conniving house slave in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming revenge fantasy "Django Unchained." "I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life."
Parents and role models who emphasize that value, he said, will accomplish more than legislators reducing the number of firearms.
Jackson waved aside the idea that on-screen violence has an influence on someone who decides to behave violently in real life.
"I don't think movies or video games have anything to do with it," he said in an interview with The Times for an upcoming article about him. (Jackson has appeared in a public-service announcement calling for a reduction of violence in the inner city.)