MPAA chief Chris Dodd issues statement on Newtown tragedy: Hollywood wants to ‘help America heal’

By Daniel Levine,

Sen. Christopher Dodd, who represented Connecticut in Congress, has issued a statement for the Motion Picture Association of America on Thursday, the organization’s first since the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Dodd, who is now the MPAA chief sent his condolences to the families of the 20 children and six adults who died last Friday, reports Entertainment Weekly.

“As a citizen of Connecticut and having represented the people there for 36 years in Washington, I have been shocked and profoundly saddened by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the community as I know they will carry this pain with them long after the spotlight on Newtown has dimmed,” Dodd wrote.

He later explained that the Hollywood film and TV industry will take part in the “national conversation” after the tragedy, notes USA Today.

“As chairman of the MPAA and on behalf of the motion picture and television studios we represent, we join all Americans in expressing our sympathy as well as our horror and outrage at this senseless act of violence,” Dodd said. “Thus, I have reached out to the Administration to express our support for the President’s efforts in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Those of us in the motion picture and television industry want to do our part to help America heal. We stand ready to be part of the national conversation.”

Hollywood responded swiftly to the tragedy, making changes for the premieres for two of the more violent films hitting theaters this holiday season, Jack Reacher and Django Unchained. The Jack Reacher premiere in Pittsburgh was held Wednesday without a red carpet party, while the Django Unchained LA premiere was cancelled.

Across the country this morning, people paused for a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. to recognize the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook elementary a week ago today, according to CNN.

The National Rifle Association also finally commented on the tragedy on Tuesday and is set to have a press conference today.

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