Outspoken, proud liberal filmmaker, Michael Moore has never backed down from an issue. He tends to be a relentless dog with a bone if he believes progress can be made. And when he sees failure, consistent failure he takes those enabling the problem to task; no matter whose feathers are plucked and tarred.
Moore sounded off on Twitter this past week for the 5th anniversary of the "Sandy Hook" tragedy, to blare a siren about the unfortunate lack of progress on gun control since that dark day.
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary 5 years ago today, over 150,000 Americans have been killed with guns. WE let this continue. WE refused to demolish the NRA & destroy the gun manufacturers. We refused to examine why only Americans have this kind of continuous violence.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 15, 2017
Gun control is an issue close to Moore's heart. He won an Oscar and rose to prominence as a documentary filmmaker for his masterpiece, "Bowling for Columbine." Which dissected the high school shooting tragedy, that many feel was the first enormous domino in this horrifying trend.
Moore has always stated that "we" as a nation, including himself, are all culpable in these deaths by not fighting hard enough for gun and mental health reform.
When hit with a statistic as big as 150,00 deaths in 5 years--that is 30,000 a year, 85 a day--it left Twitter with a lot to say.
It’s disgusting there has to be more regulation. As Americans our 2nd Amendment allows guns so we as Americans are never at the mercy of the government. I believe in our 2nd Amendment after watching the world without the ability to protect themselves from their governments. #2— Michele (@AMushroomQueen) December 15, 2017
Michael Moore I believe the answer is a mass psychosis that hasn't been treated due to the failures of 1950's clinical psychiatry. In fact, the psychiatrists made things worse with treatments such as electroshock therapy.— Edward (@EdwardGerwer) December 15, 2017
It's hard to change the human condition Micheal, life is a brutal exchange of survival tamed only by our advances as a civilization, but a lack of empathy compassion and love breeds fear, hate and violence. Time for humanity to wake up to dire need to evolve.— Ian Wilson (@YouAreDreaming) December 15, 2017
Exactly. The “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is b.s. No one’s saying guns are sentient. We’re saying they need to be regulated to stay out of the hands of crazies. AND NO ONE BUT MILITARY MEMBERS & POLICE NEED ASSAULT WEAPONS. Enough with the cliched rhetoric.— PC Cast (@pccastauthor) December 16, 2017
The majority of Americans want gun control legislation. It is members of Congress, being paid off by the NRA, who refuse reasonable legislation.— 🌊Dana Leverone🌊 (@Dr_of_Nursing) December 15, 2017
To be fair, not all members of the NRA are deaf to the situation, they would like a cohesive discussion and many do have their own stats.
They can’t bc that is not what The IRA IS ABOUT, Have been a lifetime member of the NRA! And have learned many great things about guns and hunting, safety and taking care of my family when police cannot get there in time.— Gladys Birk (@joseymatt1) December 15, 2017
So tired of the either/or zero sum game. What about all that are in between which includes the majority of Americans? Can we discuss ideas without such divisiveness? If I’m not for one idea, it does not mean I am against all of them!— PleaseStoptheBS (@Bs_Stopthe) December 15, 2017
As do we for EVERYTHING else that we fine objectionable. Unless we are advocating for the open sale tactical weapons affixed to drones, the spirit of the 2nd amend. falls short. Oh, I am a NRA'er and planning to be a gunsmith upon retirement. We can do more.— idrisu (@idristrotman) December 15, 2017
Since Sandy Hook 5 years ago today there have been a MINIMUM of 2.5 MILLION defensive gun uses (based on CDC estimate of 500k-3million DGU’s per year) saving COUNTLESS lives. If we followed YOUR desires it would only result in more defensless victims of violence. #GunsSaveLives— Carlsbadbugkila ™ (@carlsbadbugkil1) December 15, 2017
You're saying half a million people use a gun defensively every year?— Konstantine Anthony (@KonstantineinCA) December 15, 2017
And yet only 100,000 people are shot every year. 🤔
In actuality, there are about 250 justifiable homicides each year, compared with 11,000 criminal homicides.
That's only a 2% chance.
Guns make you less safe
No matter which side of the aisle you fall on, this topic remains heated. There has to be some way for compromise.
Until we find it, thankfully we have people like Michael Moore, who refuse to let us forget.
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