Movie Spokesman Dodd Stresses Mental Health Resources in Curbing Violence

If nothing else comes out of the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, at the least greater access to mental health services should be provided, says a spokesman for an industry that some blame for helping glorify violence.

Chris Dodd, president of the Motion Picture Association, put the focus on allotting more resources to dealing with the mentally ill in a speech today at the National Press Club in Washington.

As for the entertainment industry, Dodd said it is working on providing more information to consumers on violence depicted in films. That’s a better approach than regulating content, the Washington-based lobbyist said.

Dodd, a Democrat, served 30 years in the Senate from Connecticut before deciding not to seek re-election in 2010. Two years earlier, he unsuccessfully sought his party’s presidential nomination.


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