Sunday, October 30, 2005

Guns, Crime, and Moore

I finally saw Bowling for Columbine. It was just in time, too, since I judged a high school debate this weekend where a student cited the film as evidence that Canada is a great and peaceful country.

Even ignoring disputes over the accuracy of the film, it is poorly made. Moore can't decide whether we are too afraid of crime, or not afraid enough. Do we have too many guns? Nope. Moore tells us that Canadians have just as many. One explanation is that this film project, originally about gun violence, was interrupted by 9/11.

Anyone familiar with "TV Nation" will recognize Moore's tactics. What once seemed original and gutsy is now tired and formulaic. It has been more clear than ever since Michael Wilson nailed it in his film, Michael Moore Hates America.

The money quote in the movie comes from the prosecutor for the county that includes Flint, Michigan. In this part of the film, we are told that Americans are too fearful of things. Prosecutor Arthur Busch offers his proof:

"American people are contitioned by network TV, by local news, to believe that their communities are more dangerous than they actually are. For example, here in this community, crime has decreased every year for the past eight years, yet gun ownership, particularly handgun ownership, is on the increase."

I wonder if there is another lesson that might be gleaned from those statistics?


Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

Judging LD debate?

Always a good time.


October 31, 2005 5:19 PM  

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