Bowling For Columbine

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My life had felt like a staged play with an audience of five hundred from the day I was born. Each act and each line from the heavily edited script had been executed with great thought and intricacy, without a slight chance of the play swaying away from sheer perfection. After all, there was a crowd of five hundred to impress. Expectations had been set upon me; going to school, getting good grades, getting a stable job and then getting married and raising a family of my own. Life began to feel repetitive with nothing to look forward too. I began to feel like a monkey trapped within the confines of its exhibit at the local zoo. Within my exhibit, I had ample space to jump around and swing from tree to tree without a care in the world. I felt…show more content…
The director of this documentary, Michael Moore interviewed a man named John Nichols, regarding gun control and possession. Nichols openly supported gun possession, going as far as informing Moore that he sleeps with a .44 magnum under his pillow. As he compared the gun to a sword, Nichol’s said, “I use the pen, because the pen is mightier than the sword. But you must always keep a sword handy for when the pen fails” (Moore 2002). Nichols claimed that the gun for only for emergencies but in reality, this concept enclosed Nichols in a bubble, a way of escaping into a fantasy world where guns do more good than harm. Furthermore, then president of the National Rifle Association, Charlton Heston was interviewed during the final scene of this documentary. A shooting that resulted in the death of a six year old was followed by NRA rallies in Flint, Michigan lead by Heston. Moore asked if Heston would like to apologize, which resulted in Heston walking out of the interview. This further enhanced the idea that people act the way they act as a means of escaping from reality, as instead of confrontation, Heston chose to avoid the truth of the little girl’s death and walk
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