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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So those countries (and many others) are just like us – except for the fact that more people here believe in God and go to church than any other Western nation.

My liberal compatriots will tell you if we just had less guns, there would be less gun deaths. And, mathematically, that would be true. If you have less arsenic in the water supply, it will kill less people. Less of anything bad – calories, smoking, reality TV – will kill far fewer people. And if we had strong gun laws that prohibited automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banned the sale of large magazines that can hold a gazillion bullets, well, then shooters like the man in Aurora would not be able to shoot so many people in just a few minutes.

But this, too, has a problem. There are plenty of guns in Canada (mostly hunting rifles) – and yet the annual gun murder count in Canada is around 200 deaths. In fact, because of its proximity, Canada's culture is very similar to ours – the kids play the same violent video games, watch the same movies and TV shows, and yet they don't grow up wanting to kill each other. Switzerland has the third-highest number of guns per capita on earth, but still a low murder rate.

So – why us?

I posed this question a decade ago in my film 'Bowling for Columbine,' and this week, I have had little to say because I feel I said what I had to say ten years ago – and it doesn't seem to have done a whole lot of good other than to now look like it was actually a crystal ball posing as a movie.

This is what I said then, and it is what I will say again today:

1. We Americans are incredibly good killers. We believe in killing as a way of accomplishing our goals. Three-quarters of our states execute criminals, even though the states with the lower murder rates are generally the states with no death penalty.

Our killing is not just historical (the slaughter of Indians and slaves and each other in a "civil" war). It is our current way of resolving whatever it is we're afraid of. It's invasion as foreign policy. Sure there's Iraq and Afghanistan – but we've been invaders since we "conquered the wild west" and now we're hooked so bad we don't even know where to invade (bin Laden wasn't hiding in Afghanistan, he was in Pakistan) or what to invade for (Saddam had zero weapons of mass destruction and nothing to do with 9/11). We send our lower classes off to do the killing, and the rest of us who don't have a loved one over there don't spend a single minute of any given day thinking about the carnage. And now we send in remote pilotless planes to kill, planes that are being controlled by faceless men in a lush, air conditioned studio in suburban Las Vegas. It is madness.
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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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