Bowling For Columbine An unforgetful tragedy

"If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?"... "I wouldn't say a single word to them I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did."...

On April 20th, 1999, two teens proceeded in school shooting that took place at Columbine High School. This tragic event sparked filmmaker Michael Moore, who lives in Michigan, to create a documentary about this massacre, and guns/ gun violence in general. Michael Moore interviewed students and residents of Columbine to show how the majority of these people own guns, how easy it is to get one, and how kids can get a hold of one with no problem. He asked their opinions of how important they think owning a gun is and why they have one themselves. Although many people say they own guns for hunting and for their own/families safety, he wonders if the simplicity of getting a hold of one influences children and teens to want to use one, which can be the cause of the Columbine shooting and similar events.

Michael Moore looked more into the shooting that occurred at Columbine High School and found out that the bullets that were used were sold at the local Kmart, this also proved how easy it is to buy ammunition. The guns themselves were sold to them by other kids that they knew. But besides how easy it was to get the guns, other people had different ideas about how this shooting could've been influenced. People started to blame rock and roll artist Marilyn Manson since the things said in his songs are harsh and has negative meanings to them. Moore interviewed Marilyn Manson and he disagreed with him being the blame and influence and thought maybe to blame the government for glorifying guns.

In the documentary Michael Moore then traveled to Canada to compare their rate of gun use and violence to America. They found out that only a couple incidents occurred involving guns in the past years in Canada, and most of them were from people who lived in Detroit, Canada's neighbor. People who live in Canada feel very safe and don't worry about being in danger. Majority of Canadians interviewed said they don't even lock their doors at home. People in America will say this is because Canadians don't watch violent movies, or the kids don't play video games involving guns like they do. But they do actually do the same things as Americans, Michael Moore showed children playing video games involving guns, and getting excited to watch a new movie that came out that include violence and weapons. Residents in Canada say things there are way different than America and that the government is different and people are raised on fear. But in the end, Canadians and Americans can both get a hold of guns, but America is more influenced to use them and have a higher death rate for some reason.

Michael Moore wanted to make a change and find a way to decrease gun violence. He wants America to feel safe like Canada does. He helped making a change by meeting with two male victims of the Columbine shooting, who both were shot by the Kmart bullets and protested to Kmart to have them stop selling the ammunition at the stores. They succeeded which made these kids feel very refreshed and relieved. But overall, Michael Moore tried to spread awareness of guns and help people understand the dangers and the amount of deaths in America. He wanted to make a change, he tried to spread this by making this documentary Bowling for Columbine.

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