Scandal's Cullen Douglas: America's 'Most Terrifying Epidemic' is 'Gun Violence, Not Ebola'

Scandal's Cullen Douglas: America's 'Most Terrifying Epidemic' is 'Gun Violence, Not Ebola'

Actor Cullen Douglas of AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Scandal is preparing to star in a his own screenplay, “Building Bridges,” a film focused on Moses Lake, Washington’s Ron Moore — a man “who tragically lost his entire family to gun violence in the wake of a school shooting.”

In a press release for the film Douglas said: 

We sadly hear about school shootings all the time. Yet we never think it’s going to happen at our school… until it does. We learn the victims’ names, but then the media moves on. But lives are forever changed; nothing is ever the same for friends and families left behind. I don’t mean to sound glib, but gun violence — not Ebola — is the most terrifying and pressing epidemic facing our country.

The film is being directed by Tim Verica, and also stars Elizabeth Perkins of Weeds and Jeff Perry of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy.

Ron Moore lost his family in December 1996 after his son, Aaron, shot and killed his mother Linda Moore, sister Mallory Moore, and then committed suicide. Douglas ties to his horrific tragedy to school shootings because Aaron Moore’s cousin, Arnold Fritz, was killed in an attack on Frontier Junior High School in February 1996.

The Spokesman-Review reported that a “14-year-old social misfit named Barry Loukaitis” walked into the Moses Lake junior high and used a rifle to kill “two students and a math teacher” ten months before Aaron Moore shot his mother and sister. 

“Building Bridges” will be set in Chicago, where production is scheduled to begin in 2015.

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