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Bowling for Columbine
Michael Moore's movie tells the truth about why there are so many gun killings in the United States.
He looks like the kind of guy who might not be telling the truth: unkept, unshaven, slovingly, overweight, wears a t-shirt outside his pants. But in a new movie about an important subject today Michael Moore is, indeed, telling the truth.
The movie is Bowling for Columbine It opened in theaters October, 2002. Go see it. The website tells you where it's playing in your area.
The topic is guns, specifically people killing people with guns. The movie asks why Americans seem to be so gun crazy, why so many more people kill one another in this country than in other countries. Even in Canada people don't lock their doors (demonstrated in the film in a rather hilarious manner; this movie is funny too!).
Moore is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). If you are an NRA member you especially want to see this film. It will help you to think twice about NRA leaders. At the end of the film Moore visits the home of NRA President, Charlton Heston, believe it or not. Moore asks him why Americans kill one another so much more than other places. Heston makes reference to "ethnic" divisions in this country, then quickly retreats, refuses to talk further, and walks away from the interview.
What a revealing epidsode! Heston is appealing to racial motivations for owning guns. Is the reason people own guns to protect themselves from those fearsome black people? Would you agree with that if you are an NRA member? Go see the film and decide for yourself what Heston was talking about.
The title refers, of course, to the school shootings at Columbine High School. The perpetrators went bowling the morning of the shootings. Columbine is in Littleton, Colorado, where the Lockheed Martin Company building nuclear missles. Moore interviews a representative of Lockheed Martin and asks whether or not the shooting students might have come to believe in the efficacy of violence due to the model of companies like Lockheed.
This is a good movie that tells the truth much more than the content of political debates in election campaigns these days. Guns were hardly mentioned in the recent fall elections. The NRA has become a kind of home-grown political terrorist group itself; support the NRA agenda or find yourself attacked by media ads for being anti-American and against the constitution.
Go see this movie and tell your friends.
At the movie website there is an opportunity to sign a petition about Wal-Mart's policies for selling amunition.
Right now, sign the "Wal-Mart Is Nothing Without Its Customers" Petition. Bullets have no place at the world's largest corporation. We call on Wal-Mart to immediately stop the sale of handgun ammunition. Until Wal-Mart does this, we pledge to never again shop at Wal-Mart. Too many people have already died. Wal-Mart must remove this merchandise before anyone else is added to the list [of those who have died].
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