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Review Film Of Bowling For Columbine By Michael Moore

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SubjectMichael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" is a documentary that tackles many different social issues, and there is a wide range of commentary that the movie has to offer on society. Therefore, to comply with the given questions of this assignment, it is necessary to narrow down the scale of the movie's arguments and comments on various societal concerns to one underlying issue. Although the documentary offers commentary on issues from unemployment to the role of the media to racism in America, what is perhaps the central question of the movie involves the situation of gun violence in America. Moore constantly asks why America has over ten thousand gun murders per year, while other countries like Canada and Japan, who have similar media, cultural, and societal outlooks, have so fewer gun murders. The other social issues raised by the movie, by and large, reflect on this essential question, which Moore poses to the viewer and is essentially unable to answer.It is difficult to say when this situation really began, because it is so mixed-up with the history of America. The historical background of this issue goes all the wayback to the drafting of the constitution, which in its Second Amendment gave Americans the right to bear arms. This was the action of a country that had just been under the oppressive control of a colonial power. As the years passed since this point, many Americans have defended their right to bear arms in various ways despite gun-control initiatives, and they have been largely successful. The NRA was formed in the late nineteenth century. And in the present, as Moore notes, in some areas Americans can walk into a bank to get a new account and walk out with a free rifle or shotgun, or goCurrent feelings and opinionsThe interests served by the situation of a nation that is able to massively arm itself are those of corporate interests, the defense industry, and the NRA. Moore presents theseinterests in the ways that they relate to one another in the movie. For example, LockheedMartin is shown to be an agent of governmental TANF reforms. The main politicalinterests involved in this are conservative and wealthy. The people who have theirinterests harmed by this situation are grieving parents whose children have been shot and gun control advocates.People involved in this situation react in a variety of ways. There are really too many individuals to give a general answer to this question. In one part of the movie, a father whose son was shot at Columbine protests an NRA meeting. He is very angry and feels that there is something deeply wrong with society. In another part of the movie,Charlton Heston celebrates gun ownership by holding a rifle and saying, "from my cold dead hands."There are many issues involved in the situation, as mentioned, and many structures holding the situation up. The NRA, the media in its use of fear and authority,the religious right, corporations, and militia groups are seen to be structures holding the...

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