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Marvel director owns and shoots guns, calls for reform

Director James Gunn owns guns for safety and sporting purposes, but is among the many prominent voices demanding reform following Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school.

"I, like many Americans, enjoy guns for sporting purposes and feel safer having one in my home to protect myself and my family," Gunn said in a Twitter thread. "But I also think there are a few things we can do to make ourselves, and our children, safer."

The director of Marvel's locally filmed "Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2" wants the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence.

"Honest inquiries into the subject have been SHUT DOWN by government for 22 years. We don't know how to decrease gun violence because we aren't allowed to study it (and, yes, this is due to the gun industry)," he wrote. "We need to outlaw unregistered private sales. We must have at least the same rules around our guns as we do around our cars. Period."

Gunn goes on to pin blame on social media, extremist groups and President Donald Trump and concluded with a challenge:

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"(W)e, the adults in the room, need to let go of the anger & self-righteousness & sit down & have a discussion about practical steps we can take to make our country safer. Because the situation we have now, for whatever reason, is obviously not working. Love to you all."

Read the entire thread here.

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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