Bowling for Columbine

The 2002 documentary, ‘Bowling for Columbine’ by Mike Moore is one of the most controversial films of the past few years and has won numerous awards. The film explored many possible reasons as to why there are such alarming numbers of gun related deaths in the United States. Mike Moore looks into the nature of violence; through America’s brutally violent history. America’s culture of fear is also raised as a reason, as is the easy accessibility of guns in the U.S.
America’s violent history is believed to be related to the high number of gun deaths in the U.S. America has always been involved in many wars and violence has become commonplace in America. The violence dates back to when America was first founded; it all began when the Pilgrims arrived, they invaded the land and slaughtered the native Indian occupants at the time. After the massacre, they enslaved Africans to slave away for them, with nothing in return. Eventually, the slaves rebelled and then out of fear; the white people invented a smarter gun and legalized it only for white people. Ever since then, the United States has constantly been involved in some type of war or ‘defense’.1954; US overthrows democratically – elected President Arbenz of Guatemala where 200,000 civilians died. 1963 – 75; American military kills 4 million people in Southeast Asia. 1982; US provides billions to Saddam Hussein for weapons to kill Iranians. 1991 to present; Americans bomb Iraq on a weekly basis with an estimated 500,000 children dead from bombing and sanctions. Then on April 20, 1999 during the Kosovo war, Bill Clinton says; “We’re striking hard at Serbian machinery of repression and we are making a deliberate effort to minimize harm to innocent people.” After saying that, that day turned out to be the largest one-day bombing by the U.S. Then approximately 2 hours later, the Columbine massacre took place where many innocent kids died. From when the gun was first invented, Americans used it for...