Bowling of Columbine

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Bowling for Columbine

"Bowling for Columbine", directed by Michael Moore, deals with the problems of gun crime in America. The main purpose of this film is to persuade American people to change their ideas about guns and gun laws. Moore constantly refers to other countries such as Canada and their gun policies to back up his arguments for increased gun regulation. He is successfully able to counter argue any reason given be pro-gun supporters as to the reason why America has the highest gun related crimes and death, even though other countries have similar attitude towards violence. The scenes that been selected focus on different aspects of the film, which present Moore's ability to persuade his audience into his way of viewing gun crime.

Michael Moore also shows the ways in which the media and the politicians manipulate the US people into fear. You turn on the news and what do you hear? Murder, Homicide and Kidnapping. There is so much exposure of crimes in the news that they do it to subconsciously make people go out to buy things, to keep the great US economy going. The politicians scare people into stockpiling for the Y2K bug, the potential chemical attacks from bio-terrorists so people run out to buy duct tape and plastic and seal up their houses. There is way too much fear in the US that is exploited by the media and the politicians. Get a gun because you have to protect yourself. Your neighbor most likely has one. At this point Michael Moore fails to persuade me. It felt like he is manipulating me into thinking that it's the fear that causes the Americans to kill. I think this was the weakest argument in his film. It might be true in some respects but...