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'American Guns' canceled as Hollywood wrestles with gun violence after CT shooting


Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.


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Discovery Channel has canceled 'American Guns,' a reality TV show about "a family of gun makers," after public pressure following the mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school on Friday, Fox News reported.

Hollywood is now wrestling with how to portray guns and gun violence in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. which killed 27 people, including 20 children at their school.

Discovery Channel’s popular reality show drew massive criticism after the tragedy and many critics took to Facebook to demand its cancelation, Fox News wrote.

“I know you all have to make money but would Discovery Channel PLEASE consider ceasing to broadcast the show in the UK? Sadly your program makes buying/owning guns seem fun, glamorous, even normal,” wrote one outraged person, according to Fox News.

Meanwhile others tweeted: "With Discovery shows like 'Sons of Guns', 'American Guns', 'Ted Nugent's Gun Country' etc it's not surprising how guns r seen as acceptable.”

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The Associated Press reported Jamie Foxx, star of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming violent movie "Django Unchained," said Hollywood must take responsibility for the fact films impact society.

"We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence... It does," Foxx told the AP.

The film is due to open in theaters Christmas Day.

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