Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger says ‘Terminator’ and other violent movies shouldn’t be blamed for mass shootings

by REUTERS REPORTER  |  published on January 8, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be one of the world’s biggest action stars but the former governor of California says violence in films is entertainment and should not be linked to tragic events like the Connecticut school shooting in which 20 children died.

The star of films such as ‘The Terminator,’ ‘Predator’ and ‘True Lies’ told a press conference ahead of the opening of his new movie, ‘The Last Stand,’ that ‘one has to keep (the two) separate.’

‘(This is) entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It’s really serious and it’s the real deal,’ Schwarzenegger, 65, told reporters.

The actor, who will star in his first leading role in the film since serving as California governor for seven years, said the tragedy in which a gunman killed 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, is about more than just guns.

‘We have to analyze how we deal with mental illness, how we deal with gun laws, how we deal with parenting,’ he said.

In ‘The Last Stand,’ Schwarzenegger plays a retired Los Angeles policeman who becomes a border town sheriff who must stop a violent drug lord from crossing the border.

The film, with its violent scenes, is the type of movie that National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre recently cited as a contributing factor to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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