Just caught Bowling for Columbine on one of the Starz channels. I’d resisted seeing it for a long time, mainly due to Michael Moore’s style of doing documentaries, and his methods. At any rate, he is able to make many points and interesting, actually, very important parallels between the United States’ unique culture of fear (the author of the book with the same title makes an appearance in the doc), racism, and slanted, alarmist media, and being the country with the highest gun murder rate over every other industrialized nation on earth. At the time he made the film, he asked several Canadians if they locked their doors at night. They did not. He actually walked into peoples’ homes, and while curious, they did not scream invective at or try to hurt him. That action, in very few cases, would not have the same outcome in the U.S. Their news is not like our news and they are a much more socially-conscious country, and therefore, as people told him, don’t fear their neighbors. Wow.
I had read he hectored poor old Charlton Heston, already in the grip of Alzheimer’s when he agreed to speak to Moore. Moore had compelling personal reasons to do so and I don’t feel he trampled on Heston badly, who revealed himself, even as someone in the starting grips of a terrible disease, as a limited human being. Well, we all are in our way, but as a member of the NRA, instead of spouting the company line, he had an opportunity to make himself understood, and did not. It was chilling.
Well done, it certainly made me think about my reactions to media and news updates, and if I feel safer behind locked doors. Certainly, we can look to the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona as an indication that our government, at least, is not serious about changing gun laws. I’m pretty sure they got a hairy opponent in Giffords after she recovers.