During the 19th century world, there were many technological advancements including guns, which had significantly created an influence along with later advancements. However, the use of guns created brutal slaughters of unarmed villagers and let cruel empires strike fear into the hearts of the locals. This technological advancement enabled people to strike back with ease which then allowed them to rise and prosper. Guns during that era worked as a catalyst that sparked revolutions and uprisings, yet the technology was exploited, causing conflicts and oppression within the people. Arguably, the 19th century was shaped guns.
They have become a part of the world and become an involuntary fragment. The use of WMDs over the decade has even shifted from security to purely destruction. Most terrorist groups use WMDs as they possess political goals and have traditional, ethnic, nationalist, or ideological associations which make it necessary for them to use such weapons solely for the sake of destruction. These terrorist groups want to gain politically from their attacks and create terror in the minds of the people which may even not require the use of WMDs in certain cases like the WTC attack. These attacks just aggravate with the use of WMDs.
Moore illustrates the many ways American citizens can obtain guns and the many controversies that surround gun possession. Moore represents the ‘white Americans’ in favour of gun ownership as extremely fearful to the black population and discusses how the media plays a role in fuelling this fear. Moore illustrates this by use of a small cartoon clip, segments from various news shows as well as comparing the Americans to their north neighbours, the Canadian population. Moore starts his segment on fear by using a small animation clip, concerning the history of the United States of America. This clip particularly focuses on the way fear made the Americans behave a certain way.
Every day, we see examples of how the US influences the world and it is not surprising. Since they have lots of power, weapons and with that, many resources to intimidate other countries, which is what we know as armed peace. But if they are that powerful, why are they so scared of themselves? 9 out of 10 people own guns in the US, and the rate of deaths by firearms is 31.731 per year. This uncontrolled violence and excessive weapon ownership is the main topic of ’Bowling for Columbine’, a documentary film directed by Michael Moore, a filmmaker, journalist and political activist, raised in a working-class community in Flint, Michigan.
A gun, like almost every object, has the power to kill. Yet the gun is merely the instrument of death and destruction, only human beings are capable of pulling the trigger. Michael Moore is an inspirational documentarian that created Bowling for Columbine (2002) a contentious documentary that comments on the violence surrounding school shootings and gun laws that devastated America. Documentaries do not simply record the truth in a purely neutral, objectively disinterest manner” (Nowlan R 2010), but provide inspiration for social change by creating world-wide awareness of the gun laws in America and the way the American media creates fear in its people, however, his biased editing and use of film techniques did not reveal the ‘truth’, which is what you are expecting when you sit down to watch a documentary right? Through Moore’s exploration of America’s obsession with guns (would you believe a bank which gives you a free gun when you open up an account!)
Throughout the class, different movies have been shown that deal with a wide array of subjects. The subjects taught in these films have been political, often dealing with issues that are contemporary and relate back to American society. While these movies try to portray or satire politics to show a glimpse into how politics genuinely are, they have at times misstepped at portraying American politics accurately, veering into a direction that is more fantasy than reality. One such example of a film not accurately depicting American politics is the 2005 thriller V for Vendetta, In which a masked man attempts to overthrow a ruthless fascist government through destructive violence and by inspiring the general populous to rise against the government.
“Where is the Love” was released in 2003; post 9/11. The events that occurred on 9/11 were very gruesome for the United States. The lyrics emphasises the evil that is terrorism, and how the U.S is sending troops overseas to stop the terrorism in other countries even though there are still terrorists that still reside in the U.S. Not only that, but the lyrics suggest that there are terrorists that are members in the CIA, Bloods, Crips, and KKK. That line of the song calls out the faults in the government and its branches of systems and institutions. This stanza especially highlights the similarities of violence that is associated with all of those
It’s tragic to say that gun violence, such as mass shootings happen so often in today’s society. Compared to countries around the world, the United States has the highest mass shooting rate. In our country we tend to blame our mass shootings and homicides on guns, but without a human behind it guns are harmless. Instead of banning these firearms all together, which may only cause an uprising in illegally owning guns, why don’t we strengthen our gun control laws? By banning people the right to carry and own a gun, we are restricting them of their basic rights.
Black chose to focus on a different topic on the event of the mass shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School compared to the usual gun debate. Despite combating the issues surrounding guns, the editor focuses on a wider issue that’s been a common problem throughout generations, which is the definition to be a man, masculinity. Whenever a mass shooting occurs, the media focuses on the obvious point regarding guns yet they never emphasize on why it’s always majority boys. Somehow, it’s video games, television shows, or the internet that can be blamed for the outcome of a boy to decide to pick up a gun and plan out on how to take the lives of others. Rather than talk about guns, he gives his take on the issue before the outcome.
It is considered to be a major problem for the societies worldwide in the present age where the threat of terrorism continues to cause destruction and fatalities for useless means. Not only terrorism caused a huge destruction locally but it widely effects globally. Effects are not limited to only an area but are destructive worldwide. According to a famous terrorism, disputes talking site ‘terrorismanalysts.com’ the writer states, ‘‘The effect of Terrorism is not limited to its actual victims. The consequences of terrorist attacks often go far beyond the destruction and deaths they cause”