No Moore Essay

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As a viewer who does not own a gun, and who is also pretty clueless about gun control laws, I was all ears to what Michael Moore had to say in his documentary Bowling for Columbine. In this documentary, Moore raises awareness for the growing need to have stricter gun control laws. Why does Moore believe that America needs stricter gun control laws? It is because Moore believes that everything that surrounds Americans is supposed to make Americans scared; America is run on a culture of fear. Although Moore’s message is an important one, Moore’s inability to connect his various sub-topics and his use of questionable evidence, ultimately destroys the audience’s understanding, and leaves them confused.
Throughout his documentary, Moore, uses many sub-topics to try to convey his message that America is run on the culture of fear. These include the school shootings, the causes of gun violence, the culture of fear that lives in America, the lack good welfare programs, how he believes that the NRA was insensitive by having pro-gun conventions right after the school shootings, and how Americans segregate and stereotype against blacks, Hispanics, and Latinos, and Canada’s lack of gun violence. All of these sub-topics individually are effective in displaying the reasons for the culture of fear in America, but sub-topics together, they create a random mix of ideas with no clear connection. I was very confused. I had no idea what Michael Moore’s true purpose was. Was it that the Columbine shootings were horrible, and he was trying to raise awareness of the event? Or was he trying to say that Americans segregate people too much? I was not the only one confused. In the article “Bowling for Columbine: Film Asks Provocative questions about US Culture of Violence” by Melissa Jones, Jones asks many questions about the purpose of Moore’s documentary. At one point she writes “Moore suggests that our country should systematize better treatment of the poor.” In the same exact article she writes “Moore suggests that we reject the country’s prevailing culture of fear.” So what is the true purpose of Moore’s film? Moore’s varying sub-topics confuse the audience; it as if he is just throwing facts at the audience and not connecting them at all. Because of Moore’s inability of connect the sub topics to each other, factored into his inability to convey his message in his documentary
Also, Moore’s use of questionable evidence makes it hard for the audience to trust Moore and his purpose. For example, when Moore shows Heston’s clip of him holding a pro-gun convention right after the Columbine shooting, Moore has a clip of Heston saying “cold dead hands”. The audience is supposed to think that Heston said “cold dead hands” at the Columbine convention. But the audience can see that in both clips, Heston is wearing two different suits. If Heston really did say “cold dead hands” at the Columbine convention, why is he wearing two different suits? Easy, Moore pulled the “cold dead...

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