On April 20th, 1999, Colorado experienced something horrible. A shooting perpetrated by two students of Columbine High School. After some time, Michael Moore decided to make a film portraying the idolization and "popularity" of gun violence in the United States. The film tries to show the dangers of fear to the United States. The questions are grave in nature. Why are guns so popular in the United States? Why is gun violence so prevalent here? Michael strives to provide answers to these questions, and finds the reasons for our keeping of guns and the ulterior motives of political, social, and economic powers.
Moore in hunting garb, ready to shoot.
"Why not use Gandhi's way? He didn't have guns, and he beat the British Empire."
Moore gets a free gun for opening an account in a local bank. Why is that possible, and for just about anyone?
Violence is a wave spiraling out of control in the United States. Why are we so afraid? What are we so afraid of? Moore would say were afraid of ourselves. Guns bring out that violence as a conduit. When people have guns, they potentially have an outlet for a way to conduct the violence and to act out on their tendencies to be afraid. In the film, Moore travels the most gun violence prone states as a way to show these fears and the trend of keeping a gun to "protect" ourselves. He questions why other countries like Canada and countries in Europe aren't the same way. He questions the reasons for why we keep guns, and how we make it so popular to have guns. America has roots of bloodshed and violent behavior. Questioning why guns are so accessible, Moore set out to find the Michigan Militia, of his home state, which keep guns to ensure the safety of their liberty. They keep their guns with them at all times, because they seem afraid, and they want to protect themselves from tyranny, and violence alike. Using the 2nd amendment as the main reason, they show how they train and how everyone should be able to keep their own weapons for protection from anything at all times. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were two troubled, and bored teenagers who never had their troubles aired, or helped. They shouldn't have been able to acquire their weapons and ammo so easily. The United States is known for having easily accessible weapons. They were given the guns by a friend of theirs who didn't even ask why they needed the weapons, but just let them have it because they asked. They then easily purchased thousands of bullets of ammunition, and began planning their attack on the high school. Moore brings along two victims of the attack to help him ban the sale of ammunition in Kmarts around the United States. Ammo shouldn't have been so easy for citizens to purchase. Moore provocatively explains how fear is the baseline for violence in the United States, and expertly shows this in many ways. Canada seems to be doing "gun control" better than us. But still the question is begged, why is there such a predisposition to violence in the United States, and why do we defend guns in such a way that people consider it as an air for violence? As Michael Moore explores the roots of gun violence, it can be seen that as a culture the United States has a biome of fear growing, and gun control can be helpful, or detrimental, but in any case, gun violence is caused by the person. People need to know that guns aren't their only solution to their problems, as difficult and unfeasible it may seem.