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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true, 25 July 2003
This review is from: Bowling for Columbine [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is one of the best documentary's I have ever seen. From the small victory of getting K-Mart to stop selling all ammo, to the disgraceful antics of Charlton Heston who turned up for two huge pro-gun ralley's, just days after the Columbine shootings and after a six year old brought a gun into school and killed a classmate. It is no coincidence that the National Rifle Accociation(NRA) was founded the very month that the KKK was deemed to be a terrorist organisation. Moore finds that American society thinks that the inner citys are awash with gun violence and young black men are the ones doing it. A DA points out, "We have never had a problem with guns in the inner city, most of the guns are taken from young whith guys in the suburbs". And with the like of the Michigen Millitia, a bunch of machine gun totting maniacs, some of who plotted and carried out the Oaklahoma bombing and the minority NRA who have far too much influence in goverment policy about guns, you really wonder how the situation can get better. Banning machine guns and other automatic weapons would be a start. But Canada has as many guns per head, but only has a fraction of the gun murders. Last year America had over 11,000 gun murders. Canada had less than 100. Moore find that Americans fear of crime is WAY out of proportion and now people shoot first and ask questions later. In Canada people don't lock their doors. Even in the biggest cities. The average American has Loads of locks. A Canadian guy says Americans see it as locking other people out, while in Canada it is seen as locking yourself in!!! And one thing is for sure. A society with this much fear should not have a lot of guns and ammo lying around.
Like Moores last book, 'Stupid White Men, And Other Sorry Excuses For The State Of The Nation', where he accuses W Bush of stealing the election and all sorts of other things, 'Bowling For Columbine' has a lot to say about American foreign policy and he has not been sued. Yes thats right, Moores work passes the American law suit test. In a country where people sue other people over the smallest thing, the reason Moore has not been sued is simple. He speaks the truth. And this did not win the best documentary oscar for nothing. I cannot recommend this moving and really quite stunning piece of film enough. American society is so crazy in parts, you could not make it up if you tried. Essential.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2016 01:03:37 GMT
coached88 says:
most of that gun crime in America is gang related with illegally owned firearms . Also , the NRA was founded for the protection of blacks so they could be armed . The democrats are the party of the klan . Moore has sued to have his taxes reduced and so on .
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