Bowling For Columbine Essay

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Bowling for Columbine is a political documentary that was released in 2002. Directed, Produced, and narrated by Michael Moore, we follow him as he explores the causes to the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 as well as other acts of violence throughout America’s history. The film provides background information on the massacre as well as public opinions on the situation. It goes further in to compare America’s gun violence to other countries such as Canada, and poses reasons for this dramatic increase. This film provides the viewers with a lot of eye opening material on gun violence in America and will make any viewer question the gun laws of our society and how to make further change. One of the most eye opening ideas presented in the film can be seen in the very first scene. Moore walks into a bank and in opening up a bank account, he acquires a gun. Why is a bank selling guns in the first place?…show more content…
Why is it that we assume movies, music, and television are to blame? In the film, Moore goes to Canada where he shows just how low the gun violence rate is. He shows people leaving their doors unlocked, not being afraid of intrusions, no fear of their neighbors or people passing be. He shows a world where guns exist and people hunt, but rarely is someone actually injured by the gun. He shows a country where people look forward to the next bloody, psycho killer movie, but no one is afraid of it becoming reality. So, why is it that everyone can live in harmony there, but not in the United States? Moore then sees what is being displayed on the nightly news, speed bumps. There was no sort of violence being shown on the television. Is this what we need to do in America? Stop showing all of the violence happening in our streets? Would Canada be showing their violence if there was any? The questions really just keep going on and on with such a controversial topic like
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