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Post-Newtown Tragedy, “Bowling for Columbine” Finds New Relevance (again)

Post-Newtown Tragedy, "Bowling for Columbine" Finds New Relevance (again)

Michael Moore’s 10-year-old documentary about gun violence in America, “Bowling for Columbine,” is once again finding new relevance–and audiences–because of current events. In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, the film is spreading like wild fire on the Internet and among discussion boards. just as it did last July after the Aurora movie theater massacre. Posted for free on YouTube, the movie has been seen more than 437,000 times since it was uploaded in April 2011. Though Moore has been a ferocious advocate for gun control, he has not appeared on the talk-show news circut as he has in the past, citing, via Twitter, an interview he did last July.

“I am not going to come on another damn TV show, either, after the next one of these shootings,” Moore told Piers Morgan. “Piers… you’re a good guy and you made a good case to me to come on, but I’m sick of this. I refuse to live in a country like this, and I’m not leaving.”

“Bowling for Columbine,” which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2003, is Moore’s effective, visceral attack against the NRA and the culture of violence that exists in the United States. The film’s “Happiness is a Warm Gun” montage is perhaps the most chilling single minute in the director’s oeuvre–a harrowing combination of humor-turned-horror that drives home the point that gun violence is widespread in our media landscape.

After the Aurora movie theater killings, Moore posted a story on Alternet that deserves another look if you missed it the first time around: “Aurora Happened in America’s Culture of Twitchy, Bloodthirsty Killers.”

If Moore isn’t doing news shows, he is doing Twitter: On Sunday night, he issued a barrage of tweets on gun violence:

Time for action. The debate & discussion are over. Just as no one should debate whether “rape is legitimate,” this gun debate is effing over

The short term solution? A law immediately banning semi-automatic weapons & mega-clips. Must have license to own gun. Must pass mental exam.

I hate to say it, but killing is our way. We began America w/ genocide,then built it w/ slaves. The shootings will continue- it’s who we are

Yes we need gun laws & better mental health care. BUT even that won’t stop the killings. Because, let’s face it, America believes in killing

I guess it helps if the State of CT doesn’t shut down the mental hospital – like they did in Newtown, CT in 1995:

But Connecticut has one of the strongest gun laws in the U.S. So, ‘splain that…

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