Bowling for Columbine is an American documentary film about how gun violence is a major problem in the United States of America. In this film, you can see the difference in gun violence in different countries. For example, it shows how in America, each year, there are over 11,000 deaths from gun violence. Most other countries are not even close to this number. This makes you wonder why America is so much different. Many people have this question and there is still no real answer.
This image is from a video in which there was a shooting in Columbine High School. The two boys with the guns actually went to Columbine High School and they were easily able to get a guns. Because of this, they ended up shooting up the school. Thirteen students were shot and killed that day. No one knew the reason why these boys would do this because after they shot up the school they killed themselves. The moral of this is that people should not have such easy access to owning a weapon because even if they use it to protect themselves, they are still able to do something like what happened in Columbine High School.
In this picture, Michael Moore, the man responsible for this film and great cause, was easily able to receive a gun from a bank in Colorado. This is absolutely mind blowing, he literally walked into this bank, signed a few papers and got the gun for free. This just shows how easy it is to get a gun in America. These guns can be the reason for an attack or a school shooting like what happened in Columbine High School. Some people believe that they should have the right to bear arms because it is stated in the second amendment that they are allowed to. But when a harmful weapon goes easily into the wrong persons hand, things can get really ugly really fast.
In this part of the film , Michael Moore went to the nearest Walmart and asked if they had bullets. They said yes and he easily bought them. He then went with two boys who were shot from the Columbine shooting to Kmart and bought every single bullet that they had. They then went to the owners of the store and explained how the two boys were shot from Kmart bullets. At first they were completely ignored but eventually one of the people listened to what they had to say and she went on national television and announced that they will no longer be selling bullets in their stores. Michael Moore and the boys were very happy because they made a difference. Kmart was now not selling any bullets and the United States of America was a bit safer.
Guns can be used for protection but the question is, are they used for that purpose in the U.S? I don't really think they are, at least for some people. Innocent people are being shot, injured, and worst of all killed. I understand that the second amendment says that the people have the right to bear arms. But that was back then. Times have changed, people have become much more violent and much more scared. I think fear is what causes people to want guns and used them in the wrong way. This is because fear leads to panic and panic leads to bad decision making which then leads to tragedy's like the one at Columbine High School.
Michael Moore: "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?" Marilyn Manson: "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." This is without a doubt my favorite quote from the film. Marilyn Manson explains how he would let the kids from Columbine talk instead of saying anything to them. This is a powerful quote and it shows how people should listen to what the kids have to say instead of talking for them. The kids are the ones who really experienced the fear so we should hear their point of view.