Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out Against Gun Violence and In Support of Florida Shooting Survivors


Jennifer Lawrence disagrees with President Donald Trump that movies are to blame for the mass shootings in America. “I think the problems is guns, not [the] entertainment industry,” she told InStyle at the New York premiere of her new film Red Sparrow.

“At some point, there has to be a separation between politics and the entertainment industry or we’re going to suffer,” Lawrence explained in the video below. “It’s an art, and it’s an art to entertain. And as an industry, we will suffer, and people need to take that responsibility upon themselves [and not just blame Hollywood]. The same kind of violence is in different parts of the country that don’t have as many problems as we do.”

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Lawrence’s comments were in response to Trump’s recent statements to lawmakers, in which he implied that violent video games and movies play a major role in school shootings.

“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” Trump told Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last Thursday. “And then you go the further step, and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so violent, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

“The fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent, with the killing and everything else, that maybe that’s another thing we’re going to have to discuss,” Trump added.

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Lawrence also praised the teen survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida for confronting politicians and trying to influence change regarding gun-reform laws during her InStyle interview.

“I think what they’re doing is amazing,” she said. “I think it’s really about time. Citizens, we don’t feel safe, and if these kids don’t feel safe then they need to do something about it. I admire what they’re doing and I think they’re really brave.”



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