Bowling for Columbine
The title of the documentary, Bowling for Columbine, pays homage to the events of April 20, 1999, where in Littleton, Colorado Erick Harris and Dylan Kiebold when bowling at 6:00AM before going on a shooting spree at Columbine High School. They killed a teacher, twelve students, and injured countless others both physically and mentally. The world gasped, confused as to how and why such an event could occur.
Having really little clue what to expect in turning on Bowling for Columbine, I found the vignettes a bit overwhelming and the flood of statistics shocking. I often found my self-pondering one fact or another forgetting that the movie was still on! To watch the Lockheed Martin manager stumble when Michael Moore ask if Columbine’s mass destruction could have been influenced by the kid’s admiration for their parent’s jobs, there in the Columbine plant, creating weapons of mass destruction. How Michael Moore continued to ponder exposure to violence, considering Asian video games, then realizing that the United States has nearly 12,000 gun-related deaths while other nations have comparatively none. Before too long I even found myself analyzing the facts themselves. Would gun-related deaths per-capa been more accurate? What does Erick Harris and Dylan Klebold’s parents do? Do they work at Lockheed Martin, or in a similar firm?
At first glance the movie seems to revolve around gun control. Upon deeper inspection, you realize that this movie is not only on gun control but provides the reasons as to why it is needed. I, like Michael Moore, am a member of the NRA and grew up around guns and own a handgun myself. My father taught us stringent gun safety and carelessness was intolerable, my brother often paid the price. With that, my siblings and I have a profound appreciation for guns. Seeing how culturally different the region of Michigan is in regards to guns was surprising. To have a bank and gun dealer in one, let alone free...