Pierce Brosnan: Violent Games, Movies "Have A Strong Effect"
The former James Bond has spoken out against the overuse of graphic violence in video games and movies.
During a recent interview with The Sun, Pierce Brosnan said he doesn't let his two teenage sons play "shoot 'em up style computer games" and believes that US politicians should ban assault weapons. He thinks such media can and does have an impact on people.
"I do think the movies influence, I hate to say it, on our societies. And the games, which deal with killing, which our kids play these days have a strong, twisted effect. We don’t let those games in the house, but the boys do get them because they go to other kids' homes."
Brosnan added that "the kill ratio in movies is overwhelming" although he never took the violence in any of the Bond films too seriously. I don't think any of us did, in truth. But these days, Brosnan says that "what we can do with computer graphics is terrifying." As for the tragic gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 26 individuals, mostly children, he said:
"Newtown is a horrendous tragedy, one which could have been avoided. Assault weapons should be banned without question and guns should be monitored. The gun law in America is absolutely crazy and out of control."
While politicians and certain members of the media have been making ridiculous and unfounded claims involving video games, I have to say...Brosnan isn't wrong. If we face up to certain facts, we find he's basically 100% correct. The only question is whether or not anyone will ever do anything about it.
4/29/2013 9:35:27 PM Ben Dutka