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On a day which saw President Barack Obama urge Hollywood's film leaders to curb firearm imagery in hopes of lessening gun violence by those influenced through entertainment mediums, on Tuesday night "Piers Morgan Live" invited Dr. Michael Welner to offer his insights:
"Killers used to be presented as monsters, and now they're not only presented as people we can relate to like Tony Soprano, but people – if you look at a series like "Breaking Bad" – that you root for, you root for them to kill," he told Piers Morgan. "You root for them to get away with, and culturally what it does is it engenders an idea that bad is good, and good is bad, and the idea of a banality of killing. Now, when you combine that in the developing adolescent who is saturated with violent and violent imagery and has the escapism of video games ... it's time for a little honesty."
As part of an interview that at times saw the guest dominate the conversation, Welner continued to share his passionate perspective:
"When I have a case, and I work on these cases, and I have to clean up these messes and Hollywood doesn't, when I have a case of an attempted mass killer, who tried to get into the NBC "Today Show" Studios after watching "Natural Born Killers" ten times, do I need a research project to tell me that he's drawing influence," the forensic psychiatrist asked rhetorically. "We are infusing vulnerable people with a culture in which parents are substituted by not just video games, but video games in which people can take a point of view approach to destroying everyone around them."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Dr. Michael Welner, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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