Bowling for Columbine

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Bowling For Columbine
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In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore’s documentary film he proposes that the availability of guns is directly influencing the increasing gun related incidents that are taking place in the U.S. Furthermore, he points out that the media is manipulating these killings to create a culture of fear. Moore uses narrative elements and film language to persuade us to embrace his proposal while being entertained.

The availability of guns in the U.S is causing ironic and horrible situations that are explored by Moore. Moore walks into a bank that provides all new account holders with a firearm. Shortly after receiving his firearm, he goes to a nearby barber and while getting his hair cut he purchases bullets for his recently received gun. This is an ironic situation as guns are usually used to hold up banks, yet this bank is supplying firearms to all accounts. Yet Moore manipulates our perception of the scene and that he received the gun on the same day while in reality he obtained it 6 months after a F.B.I screening. Moore is deceitful in his manipulation of the scene occurring around the bank.

The Columbine high school situation is another aftermath of the easy accessibility of guns. It shows how seniors leaving school have access to guns and this accessibility has the potential to create dire situations such as the Columbine Massacre. Even though Moore is deceitful in his documentary he is able to persuade us to believe the availability of guns in the U.S is potentially hazardous to American citizens.

The Columbine High Massacre was a devastating event that helped Moore prove his assumption that American gun laws are in need of re-addressing. Two graduating seniors who had acquired guns legally caused the Columbine High massacre, which devastated most of Columbia. The guns had been legally purchased and had been then used to hold up the school, and even killed a few students and a teacher. Michael Moore uses CCTV...
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