Michael Moore is a hypocrite. He may even be the biggest hypocrite in America. His latest rant against our Second Amendment rights may be even more appalling than his 2002 film, Bowling for Columbine. That rant, “Celebrating the Prince of Peace,” was featured on the filmmaker’s “Open Mike” column on MichaelMoore.com.
The column begins when Moore writes,
“So here’s my little bit of holiday cheer for you:
These gun massacres aren’t going to end any time soon.
I’m sorry to say this. But deep down we both know it’s true. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep pushing forward – after all, the momentum is on our side. I know all of us – including me – would love to see the president and Congress enact stronger gun laws. We need a ban on automatic AND semiautomatic weapons and magazine clips that hold more than 7 bullets. We need better background checks and more mental health services. We need to regulate the ammo, too.”
So, Mr. Moore, the mass killings aren’t going to stop anytime soon? I thought that was the goal of the utopian, anti-gun crowd. Do you have some inside information on a shooting that has yet to be perpetrated? Aren’t you supporting policies, as outlined by Dianne Fienstein on 12/27/12? If these policies work in the way they are intended, wouldn’t that decrease mass shooting? Why keep pushing forward on an issue that will not be resolved by gun control? If you’re “continuing forward because momentum is on [your] side,” aren’t you just, as Rahm Emanuel said, “Never letting a serious crisis go to waste?” Aren’t you admitting that guns are not the issue, but want to ban them anyway? This either proves that your arguments are illogical, or that you really don’t care about the 20 children who were murdered in Newtown, CT, but desire to assist the government in achieving the true goal of the international banksters: socialism. I think your editorial proves both.
Moore continues his diatribe by writing,
“In fact, let’s be clear about Newtown: the killer had no criminal record so he would never have shown up on a background check. All of the guns he used were legally purchased. None fit the legal description of an “assault” weapon. The killer seemed to have mental problems and his mother had him seek help, but that was worthless. As for security measures, the Sandy Hook school was locked down and buttoned up BEFORE the killer showed up that morning. Drills had been held for just such an incident. A lot of good that did.”
Uh….no, Mr. Moore, wrong again. Lanza murdered the lawful purchaser of those weapons, murdered her with them, and then killed 27 other innocent people. As NBC reported, Lanza attempted to buy a rifle several days before the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but was denied to purchase due to Connecticut’s strict gun laws (specifically, the waiting period). Mr. Moore, you are correct about one thing, the weapons that Adam Lanza used were not legally defined as “assault weapons.” You can continue, as you always will, and claim that safety drills are ineffective. They’re not ineffective! Should we ban smoke detectors and escape routes because buildings equipped with them still have fires?
Moore also writes:
“And here’s the dirty little fact none of us liberals want to discuss: The killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds – i.e, the men with the guns. When he saw the guns a-coming, he stopped the bloodshed and killed himself. Guns on police officers prevented another 20 or 40 or 100 deaths from happening. Guns sometimes work. (Then again, there was an armed deputy sheriff at Columbine High School the day of that massacre and he couldn’t/didn’t stop it.)”
Mr. Moore, you have just proven our point: Good guys with firearms stop crime. In fact, according to Professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes per year. Most of the time, the weapon is never even fired. The right of the people, not just the police or military, to keep and bear arms was of vital importance of the framers of the Constitution. Mr. Moore, can you imagine how quickly Adam Lanza’s rampage would have been quelled had the teachers (or even a few teachers) been armed?
Michael Moore outlines three reasons why he believes that American society is so violent:
“1. POVERTY. If there’s one thing that separates us from the rest of the developed world, it’s this. 50 million of our people live in poverty. One in five Americans goes hungry at some point during the year. The majority of those who aren’t poor are living from paycheck to paycheck. There’s no doubt this creates more crime. Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence. (If you don’t believe that, ask yourself this: If your neighbor has a job and is making $50,000/year, what are the chances he’s going to break into your home, shoot you and take your TV? Nil.)”
Poverty is certainly a problem in the United States, and sure, frustration and desperation often leads to crime. Unfortunately, Mr. Moore, unlike you, I’m not worth $50 million, and do not live here:
From the looks of it, Mr. Moore, you don’t have any neighbors, and if you do, they’re probably afraid of the armed guard(s) that you have. We can’t afford armed guards like you can. Don’t hide it, Sir, we know you have armed guards. If your memory is foggy, just click here. Wasn’t your bodyguard caught with an unlicensed firearm in New York’s JFK Airport? So, let me get this straight: You don’t condone self defense, but you hire an armed guard? One other thing: You want stricter gun laws, but hire people who can’t follow the strict gun laws that are already in place? Mr. Moore, you are a big, fat hypocrite.
“2. FEAR/RACISM. We’re an awfully fearful country considering that, unlike most nations, we’ve never been invaded. (No, 1812 wasn’t an invasion. We started it.) Why on earth would we need 300 million guns in our homes? I get why the Russians might be a little spooked (over 20 million of them died in World War II). But what’s our excuse? Worried that the Indians from the casino may go on the warpath? Concerned that the Canadians seem to be amassing too many Tim Horton’s donut shops on both sides of the border?”
No, Sir. No, siree. My right to bear arms has nothing to with racism. Why? I’m not a racist, plain and simple. In fact, some of the nation’s first gun restrictions were a result of racism. Just check out this historical synopsis. I’m white, and so are you, Mr. Moore. Stop trying to convince anyone otherwise. I’d also bet my bottom dollar that my neighborhood is more racially diverse than yours.
What’s that about the Russians? 20 million died during World War II, but 100 million died during the Soviet reign. They were disarmed. Many were worked to death. Others were mass murdered by gunshot. A political ideology similar to yours caused these atrocities. Not that it makes a difference to you, but don’t you think these innocent Russians would have had a fleeting chance at survival had they been armed? How about the 11 million people who were killed during Hitler’s reign? We already know what the Jews did when they got their hands on firearms. Have you ever heard of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising?
Moore concludes with his final point,
“3. THE “ME” SOCIETY. I think it’s the every-man-for-himself ethos of this country that has put us in this mess and I believe it’s been our undoing. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! You’re not my problem! This is mine!”
I don’t disagree that Americans are, by and large, selfish (on a macro level). However, I’ll dare to contradict myself by mentioning that Americans are among the most charitable people in the world. Voluntarily “spreading the wealth” is the American way. America, however, is not a utopia. It has never been a utopia, and it never will be. Moore continues this point by discussing socialist healthcare reforms, with which I disagree. However, I am not writing to discuss such matters.
In conclusion, Michael Moore argues that America has a nearly unsolvable problem with violence. He further argues that more gun laws are needed to control racist, wealthy, and selfish white people. He has missed the fact that among America’s 85 million gun owners, not all are wealthy, not all are selfish, and not all of them are white (or racist). Furthermore, Mr. Moore concedes that guns in the hands of good guys can stop tragedies like the one that befell the poor students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Michael Moore does not want you, a peon, to possess a weapon that makes you capable of defending yourself. However, he’s still free to live in his mansion with his armed bodyguards. Michael Moore is a big, fat hypocrite.