'Americans believe it's OK to kill people'

2013-01-10 12:05
Nicole Evatt

New York - More than a decade has passed since Michael Moore released his pro-gun control documentary Bowling for Columbine, and the director says he's saddened that the nation has not made enough strides towards ending violence in schools.

"I never thought I would have to, a decade later, stand here and say that that film of mine did no good. That to me is personally heartbreaking," Moore said on Tuesday night while on the red carpet at National Board of Review Awards.

His 2002 documentary, which won an Academy Award, was inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.

Moore says he has no interest in making a film about last month's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead.

'We are a violent people'

"No, I've made the film I wanted to make with Bowling for Columbine. Every word in it stands true to this day, which is the saddest thing," he said.

The Sandy Hook tragedy has reignited the national debate on guns; President Barack Obama has appointed Vice President Joseph Biden to help come up with a solution.

The Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker said that certain weapons need to be banned, and gun ownership should always require a licence.

"The short term solution is we have to ban the assault weapons, ban the semiautomatic weapons, ban the magazines that can hold more than ten bullets. That's it. That should be the bottom line of what we need to start with," he said.

"We should be licensing everybody with a gun. I have to have a licence for my dog. I have to have a licence for my car. If you're going to do my hair later you have to have a licence ... We don't require a licence to own a firearm?"

'We think it's OK to invade a country'

He also said America's violence issue runs much deeper than gun control laws.

"We are a violent people," said Moore.

"We as Americans believe it's OK to kill people. We believe it's OK to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. We think it's OK to invade a country where we think Osama Bin Laden is and he's in the other country. So we just go in and we just kill. And we have the death penalty, we sanction it.

"Not talking about the insane people now. We're talking about our government which is of, by and for the people — says it's OK to kill people. So why is it a surprise when the unhinged, who live in the same society, go 'I feel like killing some people today?'

"I think we need to take a look at ourselves."


  • roger.hess.14 - 2013-01-10 12:21

    He's obviously never been in our neck of the woods. Just came back from four weeks in the US and the worst I saw we're some run-of-the-mill "Gang Bangers" who normally back off once they realize you're not afraid of them.,,, not the same here!

      jason.marriott.75 - 2013-01-10 12:45

      you can buy a army grade automatic rifle with 1000's of round from Walmart... think that is point he's movie was trying to make

      scheepers - 2013-01-10 12:58

      Yeah, i have never seen any automatic rifles at walmart. I doubt you have. They only sell hunting rifles and shotguns

      flysouth - 2013-01-10 13:05

      @jason.marriott.75 No you cannot! Automatic weapons are not commonly available in the US and licences for these are required, along with numerous checks etc.The law governing automatic weapons has been in force since 1934 as the 'National Firearms Act'. Do not come here with your non-facts and outright lies.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 13:58

      @Roger Staying on topic, how many random shooting have taken place in this country in the last five years?

      chez.kri - 2013-01-10 14:59

      @Scheepers. oh well thats ok then! WTF! Just because we have a problem here does not mean they don't too

      allison.steedman - 2013-01-11 08:18

      @flysouth do you really think you have more knowledge on the subject than Michael Moore? The man who RESEARCHED and made documentaries on so many topical and real events that involve arms, shootings etc? Someone who is a major campaigner for the banning of assault weapons? You really think he does not know what he is talking about? Have you read any of his books or seen any of his documentaries? Domyounthink he has won awards for writing about the shooting of Bambi?

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-11 08:55

      Call of duty: USA

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 12:31

    The 2nd Amendment in the US constitution is for American people to protect themselves.However Donald Right was once wrote:"Why do many Americans behave so cruelly. Deceit, arrogance and barbaric actions have been a hallmark of the American life from the earliest arrival of immigrants, moving in repeated patterns of a bloody history from east to west. The enormous scale and consistency of mass murder in America is a sign of a decaying society. If native Americans can just wait a little longer, they may one day get their country back because everyone else will have died from cheap food, cheap beer and cheap guns." America therefore needs to look beyond gun control.They need to be much kinder to their fellow human beings which is not always tangible.Tongue-in-cheek by starting to developed less violent computer games,movies,etc and that might push selfish behavior out of its existence.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 13:57

      "Deceit, arrogance and barbaric actions have been a hallmark of the American life from the earliest arrival of immigrants, moving in repeated patterns of a bloody history from east to west." No nation can commit genocide one people, and follow that with the enslavement of another, and still maintain its sanity and humanity!

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-10 12:34

    Ooh thanks Michael what will you do with the Nation that disregard a human life what will you do with the Nation that said it is good to kill people and when their are killed cry like chickens

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-10 12:46

    The only good thing to come outta America is to legalize weed!

  • phosa.peter2 - 2013-01-10 12:47

    absolute true mr.moore.americans thinks 'they are always rite with everything

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 13:23

      Most Americans sees their own country as the world's military,the world's police and the world's problem solver/eliminator.Americans buys nearly 80% of the arms trade currently.Guns in America is how America was born back in the 1700's.It's their symbol of revolution,freedom and by extension,the American people's way of life.Having said that,it has become out of control this notion of having to protect yourself at all cost.The bigger problem too is the big divide between the haves and have nots.And the idea of every man/woman for themselves and "GOD" us all combined with the gun as your constitutional right to protect yourself is what makes it so deadly.That and the me-first society,or the sole purpose in life to make money and as much money as you possibly can,means other values in life gets brushed aside.It's profit yourself without responsibility notion that's the end product of the American Dream.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 13:52

      They say "greed is good" in the land of the fearful and all ideas of morality and decent behaviour are trampled in their development of capitalist avarice to its logical conclusion.

  • lablue.phoenix - 2013-01-10 13:03

    Time for Moore to cash in on another tragedy it seems.

  • Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-10 13:13

    Spot on Mr Moore

  • robbie.crouch - 2013-01-10 13:24

    Moore is a twit.

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-10 13:51

      U obviously disagree with Mr. Moore, kindly furnish us with counter arguments wrt he's statements.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 14:40

      Mr Moore is right, the US hasn't stopped killing people around the world (especially brown people) since the end of WW11! Think about it...

      valecia.supra - 2013-01-14 07:42

      It takes one twit to recognize another

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 13:44

    'We think it's OK to invade a country' Spot on, it's the culture of Militarism!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-01-10 14:23

    Exactly Fidel...Roger we have our problems, but we do not have random mass shootings at our cinema's , universities and schools etc! USA there is one every other week!!! Every place on earth has their own unique problems and crimes, no place on earth is perfect!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 14:30

      I'm always amazed by people who indulge in this kind of self-flagellation, which is different from being self critical!

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 14:31

    Any country that calls its weaponry the "Reaper" or "Predator" has a fetish for killing!

  • jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2013-01-10 15:10

    Yet the lesser known story of a father defending not only he's own daughter but all her friends that were over for a slumber party against four armed assailants, who burst into the house and started shooting(with illegal firearms) without bothering to ask for money is absolutely ignored by the mainstream media. Even though the father was shot in the process, he killed all four armed assailants.

      Brian Exx - 2013-01-10 15:38


      Brian Exx - 2013-01-10 15:38

      when and where did this story take place?

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