Actor Jeremy Renner has responded to criticism of his participation in the 'Demand A Plan' PSA on gun violence. The two-time Oscar-nominated actor released a personal statement online about his views on the gun debate on Wednesday. Renner and other actors who participated in the PSA were labeled as hypocrites for pushing for gun control laws when their detractors believe they help inspire gun tragedies through the heavy violence depicted in their films.
Renner, who has starred in several violent movies in the past including 'The Hurt Locker' and 'The Town', has a new action movie, 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters', coming out on January 25. The movie rated PG-13 is not for kids, as Renner has pointed out, due to the violent subject matter where the fairytale characters of Hansel and Gretel have turned into bounty hunters who kill witches.
In his personal statement on gun control verified by his publicist, Renner states that he is a gun owner and urges people not to point blame at Hollywood when looking for a solution to gun violence:
"We all want to point a finger, to place blame, and look for answers when we feel attacked or afraid, which is a natural human reaction. But I know there is no single solution to remedy what has been done or to prevent any future tragedies. Taking guns from people is no answer. I own guns and want to keep it that way. But guns don’t kill people… people kill people. Blaming movies or video games is no actionable solution."
Renner believes responsible parenting can play a significant role in reducing gun violence in our society. He says parenting "has become increasingly more challenging in recent years" and "Our children need to be attended to with even greater care" -- an interesting viewpoint in light of the recent rumors that Renner is set to become a first-time father with an ex-girlfriend.
The 'Demand A Plan' PSA was posted on December 21 following the horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, CT. Over 50 celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston participated in this public service announcement sponsored by demandaplan.org, a campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Watch the PSA video here.