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Michael Moore Finally Makes His Post-Aurora Case

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by Anne Thompson
July 25, 2012 1:13 AM
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'Bowling for Columbine'

When Michael Moore is uncharacteristically quiet--in the face of the Aurora, Colorado atrocity that plays right into his America-is-violent wheelhouse, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning doc "Bowling for Columbine"--you know he's up to something. So it was just a matter of days before he came up with what he was writing. Here it is, timed to help promote his Tuesday night appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight--and "Bowling for Columbine." It's his best movie by far. And worth looking at again. And he makes a damn good argument below.


Friends,

Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Gilles de Rais, a French knight and ally of Joan of Arc during the middle ages, went cuckoo-for-Cocoa Puffs one day and ended up murdering hundreds of children. Just a few decades later Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, was killing people in Transylvania in numberless horrifying ways.

In modern times, nearly every nation has had a psychopath or two commit a mass murder, regardless of how strict their gun laws are – the crazed white supremacist in Norway one year ago Sunday, the schoolyard butcher in Dunblane, Scotland, the École Polytechnique killer in Montreal, the mass murderer in Erfurt, Germany … the list seems endless.

And now the Aurora shooter last Friday. There have always been insane people, and there always will be.

But here's the difference between the rest of the world and us: We have TWO Auroras that take place every single day of every single year! At least 24 Americans every day (8-9,000 a year) are killed by people with guns – and that doesn't count the ones accidentally killed by guns or who commit suicide with a gun. Count them and you can triple that number to over 25,000.

That means the United States is responsible for over 80% of all the gun deaths in the 23 richest countries combined. Considering that the people of those countries, as human beings, are no better or worse than any of us, well, then, why us?

Both conservatives and liberals in America operate with firmly held beliefs as to "the why" of this problem. And the reason neither can find their way out of the box toward a real solution is because, in fact, they're both half right.

The right believes that the Founding Fathers, through some sort of divine decree, have guaranteed them the absolute right to own as many guns as they desire. And they will ceaselessly remind you that a gun cannot fire itself – that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

6 Comments

  • Yiannis | July 25, 2012 12:29 PMReply

    Congrats to Michael Moore for speaking hard truths. As, for acting based on his conclusions... That would be ideal but is not likely to happen, I'm afraid!

  • Bilfro | July 25, 2012 9:42 AMReply

    The problem with Moore is that he is always preaching to the converted. Of course what he says is fact-based and logical. But no one on the right cares what he has to say unless they can manipulate it to advance their own agenda. Jason Alexander's statement may actually have a greater effect as it represents more of a layman's point-of-view.

  • Cobra | July 31, 2012 9:03 PM

    I think he does differentiate:
    But here's the difference between the rest of the world and us: We have TWO Auroras that take place every single day of every single year! At least 24 Americans every day (8-9,000 a year) are killed by people with guns – and that doesn't count the ones accidentally killed by guns or who commit suicide with a gun. Count them and you can triple that number to over 25,000.

  • FOSTER | July 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    Actually Michael Moore hardly ever speaks with fact based knowledge. While I agree with some of his conclusions, in this statement alone there are several distorted or flat out false facts.

    First off the majority of gun deaths that happen in American every year are actually suicides. The numbers that he quotes specifically combine assaults, accidents and suicides (yet he specifically says that they do not). When you take accidents and suicides out of the amount it's a much reduced number. These are easily verifiable facts. Look up the FBI's statistics on gun deaths and you will see.

    Secondly while guns deaths are much less common in the UK for example (they have extremely stricter gun laws) they also have an extremely larger overall violent crime rate. Their violent crime rate is actually about a third larger than ours. Keep in mind you probably heard in the news over the past few years of the outbreak of stabbings in the UK. Just because someone doesn't have a gun doesn't mean they can't hurt people (although they do sometimes make it easier).

    The reason that Michael Moore does preach to the converted is that the converted won't verify anything that he says. They just take everything at face value without holding him accountable for the reliability of the information that he presents. On that note I felt Bowling for Columbine was his least manipulative movie and he is right in the fact that there have always been psychos and unfortunately there probably always will be.

  • Jeff @ americandigitalmedia | July 25, 2012 1:48 AMReply

    You're right. The Aurora incident where "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Hope this tremendous incident won't happened again. Sad to those who victims of this. I was really inspired on your post here.

  • martin | July 25, 2012 1:47 AMReply

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