The recent massacred by the son of one of the directors of the Hunger Games points to the need to reign in Hollywood violence. The killer attacked his victims with knives, guns and a BMW. Clearly, the tools are irrelevant to how the man committed his foul deeds.
The fact is, he was encouraged in his attack by the pervasive culture of Hollywood violence.
I propose that we tax violent movies at 20% of gross ticket sales and use the profits to pay for mental health treatments. We should also impose a 20% surcharge tax on the salaries of anyone associated with the production or distribution of such movies. Such a tax would not just provide a windfall for treatment of mental health issues in the general population, it would also go far to redress the income inequality problem that so many of the Hollywood elite express concern about.
Just as with the cigarette tax, wherein tobacco producers are forced to pay for the health of their customers, so too Hollywood should be forced to pay for the violence it promotes. I look forward to a widespread embrace of this initiative by everyone who works in the film industry.