Tarantino on Gun Violence: ‘Actually, the Issue is Mental Health’

December 19, 2012 - 9:17 AM

(CNSNews.com) -Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino said, in light of recent gun violence the real issue is “mental health.”

During an appearance on Tuesdays broadcast of NBC's “Tonight Show” Tarantino said, “that in the midst of this tragedy it’s actually disrespectful actually to bring up these side issues when actually, the issue is mental health.”

Host Jay Leno had asked the director, “Let me ask you about violence, gun violence, that’s a big issue today. This comes up with you a lot.”

“Yeah it sure does,” Tarantino replied,  “I mean, it’s one of those things that’s like –this is just a real national tragedy that ended up happening, but I’ve been – I’ve been making these movies for 20 years now. I’ve been -  doing it - this is what I do. This is my way for 20 years now. You know what you get when you see my films. “

“And you have to be an adult,” Leno interrupted.

“And you have to be an adult to see them,” Tarantino continued,  “So I actually think, dealing with entertainment like this, that in the midst of this tragedy it’s actually disrespectful actually to bring up these side issues when actually, the issue is mental health.”

President Barack Obama is expected to discuss possible new gun control measures on Wednesday in light of the recent shootings at Sandy Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 dead, 20 of them were children, mostly ages five and six.

Tarantino was a guest on the "The Tonight Show" to discuss his new movie “Django Unchained”. The award-winning director is known for his over-the-top portrayals of violence in films such as “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill”.