May 15, 1999


“Those who say they can do nothing about this are wrong. By changing the way they do making movies, music, TV programs and video games as if their own children were watching...members of the entertainment industry can make a big difference.”

President Bill Clinton
May 15, 1999

Today, in his weekly radio address, President Clinton outlined measures that the government and media can take to address youth violence. The President criticized the Senate for its refusal to adopt simple measures to keep our children safe from guns, and called on entertainment industries to take steps to reduce our children’s exposure to gratuitous violence.

Challenging the Entertainment Industries to Reduce Youth Access to Violence. In his radio address, the President called on those in the entertainment business to think carefully about the content of their products, and make only the movies, TV programs, and video games they would want their own children to watch. The President issued three specific challenges to members of the entertainment industries:

Challenging the Senate to Pass Common-Sense Gun Laws. Last year, over 4,000 gun shows were held across the country. An estimated 25-50 percent of the sellers at these shows can sell guns to criminals and youth with no questions asked. Twice last week, however, the Senate failed to close this gun show loophole, and in fact created additional dangerous loopholes in our gun laws. Legislation approved by the Senate would:

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