At the TV press tour, Sutter and fellow co-creator Elgin James defended the amount of violence depicted on the Sons of Anarchy spinoff in wake of the recent mass shooting, saying the show doesn't glorify violence. “I feel like we’re sort of an easy target up here, because our show is really gritty it leans with what it is,” said Sutter. “It’s uncomfortable to watch sometimes and it’s not being portrayed by pretty white people.” Sutter added: "Every superhero movie is loaded top to bottom with violence, but because it’s done with lasers by f*cking pretty folks in tights, somehow that’s more palatable. I would say that shit is more irresponsible than the stories we’re trying to tell. Because within those stories we saw the ramifications of that. We see f*cking people shattered. We see families shattered, we see the pain. And it’s never done in a gratuitous way. It’s never done in a way where I feel like we’re making it sexy or glorifying it. But it is the world, it’s the world… I don’t write about doctors or f*cking lawyers or firemen."