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Reader: When It Comes to Guns, Leave Keanu Reeves Alone!

Keanu Reeves, as seen in The Matrix and John Wick, has been improperly blamed for two of the worst school shootings.
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Keanu Reeves, as seen in The Matrix and John Wick, has been improperly blamed for two of the worst school shootings.
Keanu Reeves might be known in Hollywood as a decent person, but to some in the gun debate, his films are the reason mass shooters carry out heinous crimes. Two days after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed seventeen students and teachers at a high school, a Florida Republican argued that the violence in Reeves's John Wick films had glorified guns and desensitized viewers to their potential dangers. Representative Brian Mast did not, of course, argue that guns should be more closely regulated.

"What do we do with the biggest pusher of violence?" Mast asked on NPR. "The biggest pusher of violence is, hands down, Hollywood movies [and] hands down, the video-game market. When you look at Call of Duty — when you look at movies like John Wick — the societal impact of people being desensitized to killing in ways that are different than how someone on the battlefield is desensitized, is troubling, and very different."

But readers call bullshit (mostly). Kristi argues:
Leave [Reeves] alone! He’s been through more shit than should be allowed and he’s been out of the media and jail. Blame all the games. The wonderful, violent video games.
Manuel responds:
Don't you dare bring video games into this. Don't be that dumb, c'mon. I've been playing since I was a kid and I have no plans on shooting anything up. Dismissed!
  And then Kristi replies:
Yeah, but look at all the morons that do! I’ve owned guns my whole life and they never sneak out and kill people yet everyone is attacking them. Chill the fuck out.
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