Columbine Shooting Effects

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The shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 was a horrific event that prompted a lot of change not only in America, but the whole world. The only thing the Columbine shooting failed to change was America’s love for their guns. Bowling for Columbine is a documentary that takes a focus on this issue and tries to find why Americans are so fascinated with guns. The film, released in 2002, won several awards and was critically acclaimed. The director and star of the documentary, Michael Moore, travels across the country to confront the gun issues that the United States has. Mass shootings still affect us even today, with more and more happening every year. The topic of gun control has been a huge controversy these past few years. The …show more content…
About halfway through the film, Michael focuses on a story of a little girl that was shot by a little boy in their third grade class. Michael tries to show that these guns effect everyone no matter what age. He shows that most people blamed the parents for this little boy finding the gun, but he shows that it goes much deeper than that. The little boy’s mom was not there because she was forced to work in order to get welfare. This shows that the mom was not able to be there to help her kid because she could not be there. Michael also uses the emotional effect of the two Columbine survivors to force K-Mart to stop selling bullets. With having them there helped him get K-Mart to stop selling all different typed of bullets. He knew that these kids had the power to force K-Mart to do this because they have personally been affected by the bullets K-Mart sold. The documentary also plays on the emotions of the time we were in when the documentary released. America was just effected by 9/11 and was ready to go to war. Michael uses this as his main argument in that Americans are constantly scared. He believes that we are constantly fed fear by the news, media, and government. He also incorporates America’s racism in with fear. With shows like COPS always showing and African American or Latinos being the ones chased by the cops, he thinks that leads to white Americans to be even …show more content…
Michael Moore travels across the country and is not afraid to ask the toughest questions to get the answers that he wants. His stance on gun violence is one that I would have to agree with. He does not believe there should be a ban on all guns, rather just make them tough to get. With these restrictions, hopefully less people would be able to get their hands on these military grade weapons. Michael Moore knows how to play the viewers emotions into helping his argument. The documentary is filled with clips and stories that strive on the emotions of the viewer. Michael challenges the leader of the NRA and the American people to find the answer to these horrific shootings. Bowling for Columbine is a film that is very relatable today. Why is there no option for change? The world is still effected by these mass shootings every year. It seems like the American government is too afraid of the backlash that a change would cause, but it is necessary. These shootings can be stopped it, it will just take everyone to come together and force the change that needs to happen. It seems like in today’s world, guns can be accessed with hardly nothing. The world is ready for the change but it still seems like America is behind on the

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