This film revolves around film maker ,Michael Moore, who is looking to find the reasoning behind the shooting of twelve students and a teacher at the Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Michael Moore documents on how easy it is to get guns in America and how the United States has ended up as the country with the highest number of killings related to guns in the world. In addition, Moore looks to find the causes of violent acts, such as movies and videos games, in America. This documentary is highly praised and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2003.
At first, there were rumors that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris attended a bowling class before shooting the people at Columbine High School in 1999. Those rumors were later proven false when it was told that Klebold and Harris skipped their classes that morning,but the story's prevalence led to the title of Michael Moore's documentary about the shooting.
On April 20, 1999, around 11:00am, two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, carrying guns and bombs, open fire inside Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 23 others before killing themselves.
America is known as the country with the most gun related deaths in the world. For instance, every day, forty eight children and teens are shot as a result of murder, assault, suicide, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. In addition, 32,964 people die from gun violence. Of these deaths, 11,184 people are murdered, 20,511 people kill themselves, 567 people are killed unintentionally, and 440 are killed by police intervention. People have some ideas of what can lead to gun violence. There is no one factor that leads to lethal violence. For example, focusing only on mental health discounts the impact family and friends have on gun violence. Substance abuse, poverty, a history of violence, and access to guns are much more likely to cause violence than mental illness. Mental illness can lead to suicide, but on its own it does not lead to homicide. The same can be said for video games. While violent video games can increase vulnerability to aggression, they do not cause violence. Video games have become the blame for any acts of violence around the world.
James Nichols being interviewed about the issue of guns.
During the documentary, there are many interviews throughout it. Michael Moore talks with James Nichols, brother of Terry Nichols, who was with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. Nichols admits that he stayed there for months and that he was a nice guy. He admits he had all sorts of explosives-related material on the farm. Nichols at his kitchen table. Nichols continues his rant about people being enslaved by the government. He declares that the people may revolt with anger. More and more about the duty of the citizen to overthrow a government. Moore mentions Gandhi and his ways, by not using guns. Nichols shrugs his shoulders and says he wasn't familiar with that. Another person interviewed was Marilyn Manson. Manson canceled his last five days of his national tour out of respect for the families of the Columbine students. Michael Moore asks Manson, What would you say to the kids of Columbine, in which Manson answered by saying, he wouldn’t say anything, he would instead listen to what they had to say.