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Michael Moore devastated 'Bowling for Columbine' didn't stop school shootings


Michael Moore has described the recent Connecticut school massacre as "personally heartbreaking" because it proved his Bowling For Columbine documentary had little effect on gun violence in America.

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The director shot to fame with the acclaimed 2002 film about the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, during which two teenage boys murdered 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before committing suicide. Moore's film presented arguments in favor of tightening gun control laws in America to prevent similar atrocities, and the moviemaker admits he was utterly devastated when he heard a 20-year-old gunman had murdered 20 young children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last month.

He tells the Associated Press, "I never thought I would have to, a decade later, stand here and say that that film of mine did no good. That to me is personally heartbreaking ... I've made the film I wanted to make with 'Bowling for Columbine.' Every word in it stands true to this day, which is the saddest thing."

Moore also stresses his appeal for strict new gun laws. "We have to ban the assault weapons, ban the semi-automatic weapons, ban the magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets," Moore said. "We should be licensing everybody with a gun. I have to have a license for my dog. I have to have a license for my car. If you're going to do my hair later you have to have a licence ... We don't require a licence to own a firearm?"

Said Moore: "We are a violent people. We as Americans believe it's OK to kill people ... We have the death penalty, we sanction it. So why is it a surprise when the unhinged, who live in the same society, go 'I feel like killing some people today?' I think we need to take a look at ourselves."

Jan 10, 2013 6:41AM
I meant to say, how are you going to regulate the guns that are stolen from those law abiding citizens...
Jan 10, 2013 6:40AM
Well, let's see the person who owned the guns that were used in the shooting did have a license for those guns. But that's right, the guns were STOLEN from her and she was also murdered by the person who stole the guns. It just happened to be her son. So, you can have all the licenses you want for law-abiding citizens but how are you going to regular the guns that are stolen from those law abiding citizens? Answer that question Michael Moore.
Jan 10, 2013 8:47AM
Jan 10, 2013 4:32PM
to bad mr moore doesnt know about americans bill of rights, or maybe he does and fails to recognize it. the right to bare arms is a founding principal of our society, 20 angels from the east coast do not trump it, JFK did not trump it,A. Lincoln did not trump it, people that do not recognize it do not trump it!!!! it was not written for the times of our fore fathers- it was written for ALL times!!
Jan 10, 2013 9:11AM
Licensed gun owners should be held responsible for the security of their guns. Their guns should always be locked in a safe and have security trigger guards,etc. If it is found that a licensed owner was careless with their guns they should be fined.
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