DailyMail: The filmmaker behind Bowling for Columbine has responded to calls for comment following the latest U.S. mass shooting. Michael Moore wrote on a Facebook post describing America’s national symbol as the gun, not the bald eagle.
“With due respect to those who are asking me to comment on last night’s tragic mass…I no longer have anything to say about what is now part of normal American life,” Moore wrote.
“Everything I have to say about this, I said it 12 years ago,” he said, referencing his 2002 documentary in which he explored the possible causes of the horrific Columbine High School massacre in 1999 carried out by teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
He goes on to say that the U.S. is singularly plagued by these violent attacks in part because of a climate of fear and paranoia and weak gun laws that enable “disturbed white males” to get their hands on deadly weapons - legally.
Elliot Rodger was found to have three .9mm semi-automatic guns and more than 400 rounds of ammunition, all of which was legally purchased and registered.
Moore writes that while other countries have more violent histories than the U.S., more guns per capita and consume the same violent movies and video games as the U.S., but none have anywhere near the rates of mass killings that America does.
“…and yet we don’t seem to want to ask ourselves this simple question: “Why use? What is it about US?” he writes.
Richard Martinez the father of Christopher Martinez who was gunned down by Rodger echoed Moore’s despair. “When will this insanity stop?” he asked through tears while speaking to the media.
“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA,” Martinez said, raising his voice. “They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live?”
The bloodshed is just the latest in what is fast becoming a regular occurrence in the United States, and one that is sure to happen again, says Moore. “We won’t pass the necessary laws, but more importantly we won’t consider why this happens here all the time,” he writes.
“When the NRA says, ‘Guns don’t kill people – people kill people,’ they’ve got it half-right. Except I would amend it to this: ‘Guns don’t kill people – Americans kill people.’ Enjoy the rest of your day, and rest assured this will happen again very soon.”
Here’s a few facts to the know-it-all Moore:
- There’s plenty of disturbed black men in Chicago (but that doesn’t fit his gun control narrative):
- A tale of two cities: Chicago vs. Houston
- It’s come to this: Guards have to escort Chicago kids to new schools as they cross gang boundaries
- Curie H.S. Principal Issues Warning After Nearby Shootings
- How’s that gun control working in Chicago?
- California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. Blame the lawmakers there for their gun laws, not the NRA.
- Rodgers killed three of his victims with a knife – which 100% of people can legally obtain.
- Rodgers’ family and police were aware of his mental illness, and did nothing (except give him a BMW).
Instead of blaming the NRA and lawmakers, how about blaming the shooter and those who cradled him, instead of getting him the help he needed?