When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me.
—Roger Ebert, in his review of the film “Elephant”
I’ve never felt good about guns. Especially when it’s out of control. Sadly, I guess, it’s in America’s culture. And I believe it’s going to be hard to change that because some people can’t be secure without it. It’s creating at the same time this insecurity. It’s a vicious circle.
—Marion Cotillard, star of “The Dark Knight Rises”
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