Movies may not cause people to suddenly become maniacs, but that doesn't mean that Hollywood doesn't have a pants-poopingly bizarre, almost dangerously naive view of how gun violence works. David Christopher Bell breaks it down in full here:
  1. "Realistic Gun Violence"
    "Any functioning adult is well aware that movie violence isn't any more realistic than movie sex, drug use, police procedure, or dinosaur DNA accessibility. But the act of sandwiching kooky horseshit with stark reality happens way more than we'd like to realize. 'Collateral' gave Tom Cruise expert technique in taking down two guys in an alleyway before conducting a ridiculous nightclub shootout a few scenes later. And the 'grounded' Bourne movies make him air-surf a corpse like Legolas."
  2. Hoarders are heroes.
    "In any other universe, Sarah Connor is a maniac with a desert gun cache and not the world's savior. Same goes for the gun-hoarding Gummer family in Tremors, who by staggering chance needed their weapons to fight giant mole slugs instead of an inevitable ATF raid. there's no real-world reason to stockpile guns unless you're planning a fucking ground war or paranoid stronghold."
  3. Proper training ≠ heroism.
    "Weird question, but remember when cops were the good guys in films? The first 'Die Hard' is not only about a hero cop, but features other cops trying to do good while under the command of pencil-pushing FBI Johnsons. But modern films and television don't want us to trust the police or military anymore. 'Fear The Walking Dead' portrays the army as ineffective and creepy, the police in 'John Wick' avoid all conflict, and vigilante films like 'The Equalizer' make cops snickering & corrupt."
  4. Cool villains > ordinary victims.
    "That creep-faced ginger-wannabe Aurora shooter made direct comparisons between himself and Heath Ledger's Joker. While that in no way means that 'The Dark Knight' caused him to kill a bunch of people, almost every film contributes to the twisted idea that it's better to be a cool villain than a dorky victim. After John Wick's dog is killed, he murders 77 people as retaliation. It's not a new phenomenon, as action films like Death Wish have always been power fantasies for scared middleaged men."
  5. Spree shootings solve everything.
    "The first 'Matrix' became somewhat controversial when Neo tore up a lobby of guards less than a month before 13 people died in the Columbine shooting. And the act of heroically bullet-razing a public place is a time-honored tradition in action films. 'The Untouchables' is most known for a baby-endangering stairway shootout set up by the good guys as a means to an end. And when Colin Firth shoots up the Westboro Baptist Church in 'Kingsman', we forget actual church shootings are horrific."