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Joker | Warner Bros. Receives Letter From 2012 Mass Shooting Victim Families

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The victim families of 2012 mass shooting during the screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, have come forward to show their concerns over the violence in the upcoming movie “Joker”. They have written a letter addressing the CEO of Warner Bros urging to raise voice for the Gun Safety. However, these families aren’t asking Warner Bros. to pull Joker from release. They, indeed, support free speech. But they also shared their opinion after watching the trailers that movie’s “sympathetic origin story… gave us pause.”

Warner Bros. Joker | Story Line Of The Movie

The movie Joker revolves around the story of a mentally disturbed man (Joaquin Phoenix) who was disregarded by society. Following which, he used to wander in the streets of Gotham City. His rejection from society transformed him into a criminal Master Mind. In fact, Phoenix’s performance has been highly praised by the critics and the film won a top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. It is one of the highly-awaited movies this year.

Gun Safety Advocacy & 2012 Victim Families

Gun violence victim families wrote the letter with the help of Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America. He said in an interview:

“I generally follow the science on this stuff and the science has repeatedly found no link between violent movies and real world violent crime,” he said. “That’s the reality of the situation. The real issue isn’t violence in what Hollywood makes. It’s that it’s incredibly easy to obtain firearms in America.”

“It is really an effort to identify powerful actors and powerful voices and urge them to be part of this movement.”

The Dark Knight Rises’ screening & mass-shooting victim families include Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, a couple whose 24-year-old daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was murdered. As well as Theresa Hoover, the mother of 18-year-old Alexander J. Boik, who was shot and killed and Heather Dearman, whose cousin Ashley Moser, lost an unborn child and a 6-year-old daughter in the attack. That’s not all, it also includes Tiina Coon, whose son was a witness to the shootings.

Letter to Warner Bros

You can read the full text of the letter to Warner Bros here.

Dear Ann Sarnoff,

We are the family members and friends of the 12 people killed at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. This tragic event, perpetrated by a socially isolated individual who felt “wronged” by society has changed the course of our lives.

As a result, we have committed ourselves to ensure that no other family ever has to go through the absolute hell we have experienced and the pain we continue to live with. Trust us, it does not go away.

When we learned that Warner Bros. was releasing a movie called “Joker” that presents the character as a protagonist with a sympathetic origin story, it gave us pause.

We want to be clear that we support your right to free speech and free expression. But as anyone who has ever seen a comic book movie can tell you: with great power comes great responsibility. That’s why we’re calling on you to use your massive platform and influence to join us in our fight to build safer communities with fewer guns.

Over the last several weeks, large American employers from Walmart to CVS have announced that they are going to lean into gun safety. We are calling on you to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe.

The Requirements

Specifically, we’re asking you to do the following:
● End political contributions to candidates who take money from the NRA and vote against gun reform. These lawmakers are literally putting your customers and employees in danger.
● Use your political clout and leverage in Congress to actively lobby for gun reform. Keeping
everyone safe should be a top corporate priority for Warner Brothers.
● Help fund survivor funds and gun violence intervention programs to help survivors of gun violence and to reduce every-day gun violence in the communities you serve.

Since the federal government has failed to pass reforms that raise the standard for gun ownership in America, large companies like Warner Brothers have a responsibility to act. We certainly hope that you do.

Sandy Phillips
Lonnie Phillips
Tiina Coon
Theresa Hoover
Heather Dearman

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