Top Showrunners Pledge to Keep Brady Guns Safe at Wake of Uvalde

A group of 200 leading writers, producers and directors have signed an open letter backed by the Brady Organization Against Gun Violence that includes a commitment to incorporate gun safety best practices into their shows and to examine the use of firearms in storytelling.

The list of signatories (click here to see the letter) features Shonda Rhimes, JJ Abrams, Bill Lawrence, Jimmy Kimmel and the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” writing team, Michelle and Robert King, Judd Apatow, Steve Levitan, David Shore, Matt Nix, Dan Lin and Jenni Konner. The letter casts gun safety as a pressing social issue that the industry must embrace, along with intentional portrayals of topics such as smoking, drunk driving, seat belt use. safety, marriage equality and LGBT rights have helped change cultural attitudes and save lives. .

As American storytellers, our goal is first and foremost to entertain, but we also recognize that stories have the power to change things. Cultural attitudes towards smoking, drinking and driving, seat belts, and marriage equality have all evolved largely through the influence of movies and television. It’s time to take charge of gun safety,” the letter reads.

The letter comes three weeks after the nation was shocked by the May 24 mass shooting of 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. And that was just 10 days after a gunman killed 10 black victims at a Buffalo, NY supermarket The back-to-back tragedies have sparked new calls for gun control measures and a new round of tallies from the finger on why mass shootings are happening at such a shocking rate in the United States

The letter grew out of Brady’s ongoing outreach and education efforts within the creative community. Christy Callahan, Co-Chair of Brady LA, worked with industry insiders to craft a statement of intent for the industry in a time of angst and frustration.

“As we worked on the language, we wanted to be respectful of the creative community’s wide range of experiences and opinions about on-screen firearms,” ​​Callahan said. “Everyone agreed that not only do we need better gun laws, but modeling gun safety on screen could have a positive effect on culture in a country with 400 million weapons in circulation. It worked with smoking and seat belts, time to try with gun safety.

The signatories to the letter pledge to consider the frequent use of guns and other firearms to raise the storytelling stakes, especially with respect to episodic television. According to the letter, the signatories commit to:

  • Use our creativity to model responsible gun ownership and show the consequences of reckless gun use. We will make a conscious effort to show characters securely locking their weapons and making them inaccessible to children.
  • At least have a conversation during pre-production regarding how weapons will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be used without sacrificing narrative integrity.
  • Limit scenes involving children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.

The letter describes the signatories as “enraged” by recent events that have resulted in mass casualties, but does not enter into the broader discussion of policy changes needed to help reduce gun violence, such as bans or restrictions on gun violence. assault weapons such as those used in the Uvalde and Buffalo. massacres. But the group of prominent hyphens said they felt responsible for taking action in the face of the rising death toll this year.

“We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate all shades of on-screen firearms. However, these are small things we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. »

Here is the full text of the letter:

An open letter to our colleagues in the creative community

Like most Americans, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Considering there have been over 250 other mass shootings so far this year, it’s an almost incomprehensible tragedy. Something has to be done.

Guns feature prominently on television and in movies around the world, but only America is experiencing an epidemic of gun violence. The blame lies with the lax gun laws backed by those politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives. We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help fix it.

As American storytellers, our goal is first and foremost to entertain, but we also recognize that stories have the power to change things. Cultural attitudes towards smoking, drinking and driving, seat belts, and marriage equality have all evolved largely through the influence of movies and television. It’s time to take care of gun safety.

We’re not asking anyone to stop showing guns on screen. We urge writers, directors, and producers to be aware of gun violence on screen and gun safety best practices. Let us use our collective power for good. Whenever possible, we will:

Use our creativity to model responsible gun ownership and show the consequences of reckless gun use. We will make a conscious effort to show characters securely locking their weapons and making them inaccessible to children.
At least have a conversation during pre-production regarding how weapons will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be used without sacrificing narrative integrity.
Limit scenes involving children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.

We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for sensible gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate all shades of on-screen firearms. However, these are small things we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. If you are a writer, director or producer, join us by signing up here.

Sign,

In alphabetical order

JJ Abrams
Ali Adler
Debbie Allen
Omari Allen
Judd Apatow
Josh Appelbaum
Susan Arnold
Carol Barbee
Alfredo Barrios
Zach Baylin
David Beaubaire
Betsy Beers
Michel Begler
Alexandre Berger
Frederic Berger
Max Berger
Chris Bishop
Kristine Borella
matt bosak
Marty Bowen
Adam Brody
Kristin Burr
Bill Callahan
Christy Callahan
Elizabeth Cantillon
Anne Cherkis
Matt Chesse
Becky Clements
Kat Coiro
Peter Craig
RJ Cutler
Elizabeth Daley
Gary Daubeman
Ainsley Davies
Bill D’Elia
Marjorie David
David Diliberto
Naomi Despres
Travis Donnelly
Carleton Eastlake
Grace Edward
Ben Ellenberg
Doug Ellin
Zack Estrine
Lee Farber
Morgane Faust
Erik Feig
Jon Feldman
jonathan fernandez
Jennifer Flackett Levin
Handsome Flynn
Dana Fox
Eric Michel Garcia
Dede Gardner
Todd Garnier
R. Scott Gemmill
Jonathan Glickman
Will Gluck
Wyck Godfrey
Gary Goldman
Ellen Goldsmith Vein
Al Gough
Jonathan Green
rich green
Bruce Greenwood
Javier Grillo Marxuach
Larry Gross
David Guggenheim
Alejandra Gularte
Lisa Harrison
Lysa Heslov
Grant Heslov
Marc Heyman
Jordan Horowitz
Lauren Youngerich
Devery Jacobs
Tom Jacobson
Craig Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Alexa Jung
Bess Kalb
Gail Katz
richie lively
Mike Kelley
Christopher Keyser
Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Simon Kinberg
michelle king
David Kissinger
Laura Kittrell
Jon Koa
Betsy Koch
David Cohan
Jenni Konner
Elysa Koplovitz Dutton
Stacy Kramer
Tim Kring
Natalie Krinsky
Kent Kubena
Roger Kumble
Amanda Lacher
bill laurent
Victor La Vallee
Marc Levin
Chris Levinson
Steve Levitan
Dan Lin
Damon Lindeloff
Chris Long
Kyle Long
Silka Luisa
Melanie Marnich
Randi Mayem Singer
Glen Mazzara
Adam McKay
Katie Mcquerrey
Jeff Melvoin
Jason Mews
Miles Millar
Andrew Miller
Hannah Minghella
Janet Mock
Jordan Monsanto
Chris Morgan
Leslie Morgenstein
Julianne Moore
Sue Naegle
Michael Narducci
Eric Newman
Olivia Newman
Samantha Nissenboim
Matt Nix
Sohrab Noshirvani
Pete Nowalk
Marti Noxon
David Nutter
Peter Paige
Jamie Patrick
Edouard Ponti
Bill Prady
Dawn Prestwich
Daniel Pyne
Jessica Queller
Eric Ramsay
Robia Rachid
Luvh Rakhe
Billy Ray
Andre Reich
Jeannine Renshaw
Shonda Rhimes
Elisabeth Rosenbaum
Scott Rosenbaum
Karen Rosenfelt
Gary Ross
Michael A. Ross
mike royce
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Marc Ruffalo
Claire Scanlon
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Amy Schumer
Travis Sentel
Byron Shah
Frankie Shaw
Scott Berger
David Shore
Dan Shotz
Claudia Solti
Jason Smilovic
Dana Stevens
Fisher Stevens
Michelle Stockwell
Lee Stollman
South Veena
Niels Swinkels
matt tauber
Michael Taylor
Rhys Thomas
Liz Tigelaar
Chris VanDussen
Krista Vernoff
Patrick M. Verrone
Jeff Vespa
Joe Wallenstein
Valerie Weiss
Well of Llewelyn
Marlon West
Ben Wexler
Maya Williams
Irwin Winker
Danielle Wolff
Nicole Yorkin
David Zabel
Lisa Zambri
David W. Zucker

(Pictured: Uvalde, Texas on May 24 after 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School)

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