The midseason finale episode of Scandal that aired last Thursday — titled "Blown Away" — featured a graphic scene of an entire family, including kids, found gunned down in their home. According to the Huffington Post, the video clip was briefly pulled from ABC.com:
"Out of respect for those affected by the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., the 'Scandal' winter finale 'Blown Away' has been temporarily taken down online," ABC said in a message on its website. "We know fans are excited to see the episode, and we will update this post the moment we know when it will be available in the ABC.com Full Episode Player and the ABC Player Apps."
These things are tough… We live in a society in which a lot of our entertainment is violent, but when we're forced to face real violence, we're repelled. Whether it's Gangster Squad (which had its theater gunfire scene pulled after the shooting during The Dark Knight Rises) or Scandal, it's interesting: The producers or studios have do something "out of respect" for the victims, but the show goes on: There will be plenty of guns in the Gangster Squad movie; that episode of Scandal is already back online. It's not like all real-life shootings are over. On average, according to The Brady Campaign:
Every day, 270 people in America, 47 of them children and teens, are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents and police intervention;
Every day, 87 people die from gun violence, 33 of them murdered;
Every day, eight children and teens die from gun violence;
Every day, 183 people are shot, but survive their gun injuries and
Every day, 38 children and teens are shot, but survive their gun injuries.