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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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Of course, they know they're being intellectually dishonest (if I can use that word) when they say that about the Second Amendment because they know the men who wrote the constitution just wanted to make sure a militia could be quickly called up from amongst the farmers and merchants should the Brits decide to return and wreak some havoc.

But they are half right when they say "Guns don't kill people." I would just alter that slogan slightly to speak the real truth: "Guns don't kill people, Americans kill people."

Because we're the only ones in the first world who do this en masse. And you'll hear all stripes of Americans come up with a host of reasons so that they don't have to deal with what's really behind all this murder and mayhem.

They'll say it's the violent movies and video games that are responsible. Last time I checked, the movies and video games in Japan are more violent than ours – and yet usually fewer than 20 people a year are killed there with guns – and in 2006 the number was two!

Others will say it's the number of broken homes that lead to all this killing. I hate to break this to you, but there are almost as many single-parent homes in the U.K. as there are here – and yet, in Great Britain, there are usually fewer than 40 gun murders a year.

People like me will say this is all the result of the U.S. having a history and a culture of men with guns, "cowboys and Indians," "shoot first and ask questions later." And while it is true that the mass genocide of the Native Americans set a pretty ugly model to found a country on, I think it's safe to say we're not the only ones with a violent past or a penchant for genocide. Hello, Germany! That's right I'm talking about you and your history, from the Huns to the Nazis, just loving a good slaughter (as did the Japanese, and the British who ruled the world for hundreds of years – and they didn't achieve that through planting daisies). And yet in Germany, a nation of 80 million people, there are only around 200 gun murders a year.

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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