Michael Moore: Guns Don't Kill, Americans Do

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Monday, 26 May 2014 06:21 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has issued a response to requests for comment about the latest shooting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, saying that "Guns don't kill people; Americans kill people."

"We are a people easily manipulated by fear, which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter-billion guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill, and anyone who momentarily snaps," Moore wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

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Moore in 2002 made the documentary film "Bowling for Columbine," which examines gun violence in America with a focus on the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in 1999.

Six people were dead after a student at Santa Barbara City College shot three near the UCSB campus after stabbing three at his apartment. Seven others were seriously injured. The gunman, Elliot Rodger, reportedly ended the rampage by killing himself.

Moore argues that the "true" symbol of the United States is really "the gun, not the eagle."

"While other countries have more violent pasts (Germany, Japan), more guns per capita in their homes (Canada [mostly hunting guns]), and the kids in most other countries watch the same violent movies and play the same violent video games that our kids play, no one even comes close to killing as many of its own citizens on a daily basis as we do," the documentary filmmaker wrote.

Moore says that "nearly all of our mass shootings are by angry or disturbed white males."

He argues that 90 percent of Americans want tougher laws on guns, but that "Congress refuses" to act.

"We won't pass the necessary laws, but more importantly we won't consider why this happens here all the time," Moore wrote.

"When the NRA says, 'Guns don't kill people -- people kill people,' they've got it half-right," Moore contends. "Except I would amend it to this: 'Guns don't kill people -- Americans kill people.'"

Moore ends by telling his readers that "this will all happen again very soon."

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