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Trump Blames Movies for Violence Rather Than Pushing for Gun Control (Column)

With our country still reeling from the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed a total of 31 people and injured dozens more, Donald Trump apparently believes it’s not guns that are “very dangerous for our country,” but movies.

Instead of addressing a reporter’s question on the South Lawn last Friday about conservatives being banned on Twitter, the president came up with a non sequitur blasting showbiz. “Hollywood is really terrible,” he told reporters. “You talk about racism. Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country.”

Later that day, he tweeted something that seemed to be directed toward Universal’s planned thriller, “The Hunt,” in which rural white conservatives are targeted for death by a group of liberal elites. “The movie coming out is made in order … to inflame and cause chaos,” he said. This past weekend, Universal pulled the movie from its Sept. 27 release date (and hopefully forever), but by no means was it in response to the president’s remarks, as some publications suggested.

I agree with our chief film critic Owen Gleiberman, who wrote in his Aug. 11 column that Universal appears to have made the call for the right reasons. “In the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, any film that serves up, as megaplex escapism, the spectacle of Americans ritually shooting other Americans feels like the

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