What would drive two teenagers to comit such a horriffic tragedy as what happened at Columbine? In Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore takes a look at gun violence in America and the causes behind such horriffic events that have led to Columbine.
In the film Michael Moore explores the question "What makes the US have the most gun deaths than the rest of the world?" By exploring this Moore and his viewers explore a variety of reasons, The strongest point made by Moore is that largely through the media the United States is a fear based society. Moore gives examples of this when showing the news from the US compaired to Canada and video clips of behind the scenes news reports showing the true feelings of those covering the news. At one point a reporter acts as though he is bothered by the tragic killing of a six year old girl but when the camera is off is only worried about how his hair looks.
Moore shows that through the fear induced by the media many Americans are desensitized to the vasy amounts of violence and gun related crimes and turning a blind eye towards a solution to it.
In the graph provided with this assignment we see that violent crimes have actually gone down year after year and yet every time we turn on the news we are assaulted with violent images and reports of gun violence. The media keeps gun deaths and violence first and foremost using the news, newspapers, magazines, talk shows, etc to keep us in a constant state of fear.
In the film we see the town of Virgin Utah passed a law requiring all residents to posse firearms but why would you want more guns? Because the media induced fear that without a gun you will become the victim of someone with one if you don't. Who benefits from this fear? Well first gun manufacturers, As we've seen with the massive amounts of guns purchased following the tragedies of Columbine and Sandy Hook. Second would be the media, People tuning in to the news or talk shows or even buying a...
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