The documentary “Bowling for Columbine” is an award-winning documentary directed by well-known filmmaker Michael Moore. The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, as well as an Independent Spirit Award, a Cesar Award and many others. This bold movie criticizes America’s large number of gun related deaths annually compared to other countries around the world. He discusses why America seems to have such a problem with violence and how it has led to tragedy’s involving firearms like the imfamous shooting at Columbine high school in Columbine, Colorado. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been other school shootings that seem to closely resemble it, such as the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and the recent 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Since all these tragic events, the issue of guns, gun control, and the second amendment of the right to bear arms is a never-ending issue in our country.
Bowling for Columbine explores many different factors that go to explain the possible reason for these shootings, America’s gun-loving culture and why America has such a difficulty reducing their gun violence. They investigate how the two boys from Columbine, despite their history of arrests, counseling, and drugs, were able to acquire the four guns used to take the lives of their fellow students and eventually their own. The film doesn’t only criticize the soft gun control laws in our country but also the government’s history of extreme ferocity and lack of regard for the human life, especially of individuals that aren’t Americans. They give examples of how the U.S. is bombing hundreds of innocent Afghans and Iraqis everyday yet somehow that example of violence has no influence on American’s tendency towards aggressive behavior. The video also links some of the U.S.’s choices through history to what led to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying that arming and training the Taliban and Saddam Hussein were key factors in the attacks. The film also repeatedly...
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