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Post-Newtown Tragedy, "Bowling for Columbine" Finds New Relevance (again)

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by Anthony Kaufman
December 16, 2012 7:49 PM
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Michael Moore's 10-year-old documentary about gun violence in America, "Bowling for Columbine," is once again finding new relevance--and audiences--because of current events. In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, the film is spreading like wild fire on the Internet and among discussion boards. just as it did last July after the Aurora movie theater massacre. Posted for free on YouTube, the movie has been seen more than 437,000 times since it was uploaded in April 2011. Though Moore has been a ferocious advocate for gun control, he has not appeared on the talk-show news circut as he has in the past, citing, via Twitter, an interview he did last July.

"I am not going to come on another damn TV show, either, after the next one of these shootings," Moore told Piers Morgan. "Piers... you're a good guy and you made a good case to me to come on, but I'm sick of this. I refuse to live in a country like this, and I'm not leaving."

"Bowling for Columbine," which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2003, is Moore's effective, visceral attack against the NRA and the culture of violence that exists in the United States. The film's "Happiness is a Warm Gun" montage is perhaps the most chilling single minute in the director's oeuvre--a harrowing combination of humor-turned-horror that drives home the point that gun violence is widespread in our media landscape.

After the Aurora movie theater killings, Moore posted a story on Alternet that deserves another look if you missed it the first time around: "Aurora Happened in America's Culture of Twitchy, Bloodthirsty Killers."

If Moore isn't doing news shows, he is doing Twitter: On Sunday night, he issued a barrage of tweets on gun violence:

Time for action. The debate & discussion are over. Just as no one should debate whether "rape is legitimate," this gun debate is effing over

The short term solution? A law immediately banning semi-automatic weapons & mega-clips. Must have license to own gun. Must pass mental exam.

I hate to say it, but killing is our way. We began America w/ genocide,then built it w/ slaves. The shootings will continue- it's who we are

Yes we need gun laws & better mental health care. BUT even that won't stop the killings. Because, let's face it, America believes in killing

I guess it helps if the State of CT doesn't shut down the mental hospital - like they did in Newtown, CT in 1995:

But Connecticut has one of the strongest gun laws in the U.S. So, 'splain that...

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3 Comments

  • Chaim Paddaman | January 2, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    Majority of criminal predators hunt for easy prey, criminals know that unarmed citizens are easy prey. Piers Morgan and the Liberal anti-gun lobby wants law-abiding citizens disarmed and sitting ducks for the criminal element in society. Piers Morgan and the Hollywood Liberal elite live in heavy guarded and gated communities, "I am alright Jack" is their motto.
    Protecting citizens from crime is more important than protecting the civil liberties of criminals.
    How can Liberals claim empathy for victims of crime, when they defend the rights of criminals.
    Piers Morgan and Michael Moore must think again.

  • Chaim Paddaman | December 30, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    Piers Morgan makes his money the old fashioned way, he steals it. He is a poor man's version of Larry King. He needs a ratings boost. He must control his ridiculous exaggerated emotions. It is all about Piers Morgan. Imagine Clint Eastwood throwing fairy dust at the bad guys in Dirty Harry. Michael Moore and Piers Morgan will do well selling fairy dust in the United Kingdom.
    Piers Morgan has a very selective memory, he shamed his country as editor of the Daily Mirror.

  • Annis | December 18, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    When a Dallas Cowboy player killed his friend while driving drunk, nobody claimed that cars kill people or that we must pass laws to take away people's cars.

    The fact is that the founding stock of this nation is feeling very threatened by the big liberal government that treats us like criminals in our own country and that makes laws that benefit only non Whites.

    Why does the jewish owned and controlled media tell us that diversity is our strength but jews have a right to a state of their own?

    Why are only White nations being forced to become diverse and without our consent? But we are censored from debating this issue or opposing what is being done to us? Liberals don't believe in free speech, they believe only in their own freedoms.

    If not for the liberal takeover of the nation that began in the 60s, this mentally ill boy would have been in a mental institution. We never had problems like this when this was an Anglo Saxon Protestant nation.

    What if this unhinged young man was influenced to kill people as a result of seeing Jamie Foxx everywhere talking about "getting paid to kill White people, what's not to like"? What role does the influence of jewish Hollywood and jewish produced tv programing play in our society? Why is nobody calling for taking away the rights of jews to make movies?

    Those White people who own guns should not be held accountable for crimes we never committed. That sort of thing is what makes us want to own guns. Why is our military being made diverse and foreigners given citizenship for serving? These people would have no problem turning their weapons upon us when we've finally had enough of big liberal government forcing things down our throats. And the big jew liberal government knows it. They use their control of news media to wage psychological warfare against us when we are stunned, shocked and vulnerable. Guilting and confusing White people, if you would give up your guns this kind of thing would not happen. Yeah right.

    Has Obama shed any tears about our White Christian children killed in the middle east on behalf of a greater israel? Has he shed any tears over the White kids that he is turning into a minority in their own country when he makes millions of foreigners legal citizens?

    California used to be one of the biggest economies in the world but today its bankrupt. Real Americans have left California because its too dangerous to live around the new immigrants and they don't want their kids going to the same schools. The violence of Hispanics and blacks never makes the news. Southern Appalachian people have low IQs and are poverty stricken but they are not violent. Given everything that is being done to White people by this government and the jewish cultural engineers - I think I'll just keep my gun.

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