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    http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies....d-off-uk-tv-ap



    LONDON - A TV ad showing actress Angelina Jolie firing weapons must not be shown because it could be seen as condoning gun violence , Britain's advertising watchdog said Wednesday.

    The Advertising Standards Authority said the ad for the DVD version of Universal Pictures' 2008 action flick "Wanted" breached ad codes and should not be broadcast.

    The film follows the initiation of an office drudge Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy ) into a mythical group of super-powered assassins. The ad for the DVD release shows McAvoy and co-star Jolie wielding pistols, a shotgun, and generally spraying scene after scene with bullets.

    The authority said the ad — which juxtaposes images of gun violence with Jolie showing off her bare back — "could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns."

    It was unclear what practical effect, if any, the ruling would have. The "Wanted" DVD was released in Britain nearly six months ago.

    The advertising authority has no power to enforce its writ, but it can refer advertisers to Britain's Office of Fair Trading for legal action.

    Universal did not immediately return an e-mail Wednesday seeking reaction to the authority's ruling.

    The ruling underlined Britain's sensitivity to gun crime.

    There were 59 firearm-related homicides in England and Wales in 2006-2007, compared to the more than 10,000 gun-related killings reported by the FBI in the United States in 2007.

    But public concern was heightened in Britain after the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy in 2007. The murder drew national attention and prompted much soul-searching over whether the country's already strict gun control laws were tough enough.

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    BLOODY FOOLS!!!!!!

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    Interesting that they have 1 murder for every 900,000 people, where we have 1 murder for every 30,000 people, according to their statistics.

    Interesting, anyway.

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    Yet their violent crime rate is 5 times higher than the US, and it looks like they don't include crimes to kids under 16...

    http://wheelgun.blogspot.com/2007/01...ime-in-us.html

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    I don't remember the exact details, but on homicides the rule in Britain is something like they don't report a murder in their stats until they bring charges against someone. There are various ways they "cook the books" to lower their crime rates, primarily by omitting large groups of data. Comparing the US crime rate data against European countries or Australia is in many ways apples and oranges. While obviously no country's crime data is 100% accurate, the US's appears more comprehensive and accurate than most any country we are regularly compared against.
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    Ban an ad for a fictionalized depiction of someone using fake guns. That'll make society safer. Bollocks, as they say.

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    Perhaps they should ban auto racing as well. Doesn't it tend to promote unsafe high speed driving?

    Maybe they should ban eating, too, since it tends to lead to obesity.



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    deepdiver wrote:
    I don't remember the exact details, but on homicides the rule in Britain is something like they don't report a murder in their stats until they bring charges against someone. There are various ways they "cook the books" to lower their crime rates, primarily by omitting large groups of data.
    "The government are very keen on statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases."
    -- Sir Josiah Stamp, Inland Revenue Department (England) 1896-1919


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    deepdiver wrote:
    I don't remember the exact details, but on homicides the rule in Britain is something like they don't report a murder in their stats until they bring charges against someone.* There are various ways they "cook the books" to lower their crime rates, primarily by omitting large groups of data.* Comparing the US crime rate data against European countries or Australia is in many ways apples and oranges.* While obviously no country's crime data is 100% accurate, the US's appears more comprehensive and accurate than most any country we are regularly compared against.
    I believe this is correct. The US counts ANY homicide, including suicide and police shooting BG's. I had thought that Briatin only counted it if there was an actual conviction or that they backed out after an acquittal.

    At any rate very different statistical practices.

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    Violent Crime in Britain

    Britain the most violent country in Europe and even worse than South Africa and U.S.

    The figures from EC and UN reports come on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour.

    Full Story:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...frica-U-S.html

    16 August 2009
    www.dailymail.co.uk

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    buster81 wrote:
    The authority said the ad — which juxtaposes images of gun violence with Jolie showing off her bare back — "could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns."
    Hmm... I found the use of guns glamorizing Angelina Jolie!
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