Documentary film maker Michael Moore was asked by a “TMZ” reporter, his opinion on the shooting at the LAX airport in Los Angeles. This is what he had to say, Michael Moore says he wasn't shocked by the shooting at LAX, saying gun attacks are just part of the "country we live in."
Moore was at LAX - the very site where Paul Ciancia opened fire on TSA workers on November 1, killing one and injuring several other people -- when he was asked about the gun violence that's taken place in our country since he released "Bowling for Columbine" in 2002.
"Nothing changes ... it's the country we live in," Moore said ... "Legally purchased gun, bullets."
"There's a reason why this doesn't happen in Canada, in Ireland, in France ... they have the occasional craziness, but it's not on a weekly or monthly basis."
Moore concluded -- "I think the NRA they got it half-right when they say 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' I'd change it to 'Guns don't kill people, Americans kill people.'"
He added ... "Why?"
His question of “why?” opened a debate between various members of the “TMZ” and while they brought up both valid and ridiculous points, I believe they missed the overall problem which extends back to the tragic attack in Pearl Harbour. They wanted to relate these terrible shootings to factors based in the present, when in actuality, the mentality of killing those you have problems or issues with can be traced far back into United States history.
Since that attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbour, the United States and its people have not had any consecutive years without being engaged in ‘war’ or acts of war since. Before you start rustling up the villagers to come and burn me at the stake, please see the FACTS at:
and you will see how much, of the American people have been groomed into the mentality that responding with force and subsequent death , is an accepted and glorified means to an end. Within any of these wars or acts thereof, there have been terrible atrocities and war crimes committed by some members of the US Armed Forces in the name of ‘democracy’, ‘diplomacy’, ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’. The US government exonerates and morally condones their armed forces and holds them up as heroes and defenders of freedom/justice. It is a simple historic fact, that the United States has a history of violence and many of its citizens, military personal or civilian, have become acceptant and supportive of this violence.
Now, one must factor in, the type of guns and weaponry available to those Americans who have become indifferent to death and revere consequence as their ultimate moment of fame. In Canada and many other countries, you're lucky to get your hands on a rifle, a shot gun or a hand gun. The availability for high impact or mass casualty type weaponry is extremely limited or non existent. This is not the case in the United States. Mass casualty causing weapons are common place, almost as American as apple pie. As the debate over new gun control measures rages on Capitol Hill and across America, lots of facts and figures get tossed around. What are the real gun ownership numbers in the United States? The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents — far ahead of Yemen, which comes in second with about 55 firearms for every 100 people, or Switzerland, which is third with 46 guns for every 100 people. In observing those types of numbers, is there really any debate as to why violence and gun related deaths occur on almost a monthly basis in the United States?
You can't ignore the facts, you can't sweep them under the carpet and hope no one will notice. You can't blame the mentally ill, when it's so easy to arm them, to give them that power over life and death, for not only themselves, but those around them. You can't blame music, movies and video games. There is a massive sub-culture in the United States intent on using violence and death as a means to an end. The United States of America call themselves the most powerful country in the world, willing to go to war with any enemy of the state, or threat to National Security, yet they are losing a war with an enemy from within, themselves. This should not come as any surprise, it should come as a matter of fact.