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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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2. We are an easily frightened people and it is easy to manipulate us with fear. What are we so afraid of that we need to have 300 million guns in our homes? Who do we think is going to hurt us? Why are most of these guns in white suburban and rural homes? Maybe we should fix our race problem and our poverty problem (again, #1 in the industrialized world) and then maybe there would be fewer frustrated, frightened, angry people reaching for the gun in the drawer. Maybe we would take better care of each other (here's a good example of what I mean).

Those are my thoughts about Aurora and the violent country I am a citizen of. Like I said, I spelled it all out here if you'd like to watch it or share it for free with others. All we're lacking here, my friends, is the courage and the resolve. I'm in if you are.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com
 

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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