"Why don’t they go for the gun and kill at the rate that we do?"
Micahel Moore makes the mistake of using Japan as an example of contrast to the US. There are too many differences between Japan, for example, and the United States to draw simple correlations, among them the religious, income levels, racial and educational make ups as well as densities of the populations. Unfortunately, these are issues. Same goes for Germany, France and all the other countries he mentions.
Secondly, there are other issues which also cannot be discounted such as the disparity of law enforcement between individual states in the US and the laws that govern those states.
Michael Moore states :"It’s the country I live in, the violence and everything." I don't know what he is talking about; I have sepnt most of my life in very densely populated cities and don't see the levels of violence he talks about (mostly NY and not in a suburb either)...One of the most violent things I ever saw were the Crown Heights here in '92--riots that resulted in several deaths, astounding amounts of proerty damage and suprisingly NO guns. The weapons were a knife and an automobile ( a registered and insured one operated by a licensed driver), and the spark was a car accident. All of this occurred under the watch of gun laws and and a liberal mayor (who even retricted the police actions to quell the riots for several hours). I wonder if Mr. Moore was here at that time (he says he was here a decade ago, but I don't know which NY he was in apparently). (Actually, I live in the cradle of violence, one of the worst acts in the history of Earth, mainly 9/11 and that wasn't a "gun" that did it either...)
Michael Moore more also tries to juxtapose Lockheed Martin being in Littleton and the violence in Columbine--if his theory was correct, then Renton, Long Beach and Kansas City (Boeing), Marietta (Martin Marrietta), Coronado (Convair), Long Island (Grumman) should all be bathed in blood as well
Michael Moore does nothing to truly elaborate and disseminate the real reasons behind Columbine, He even admits that even by removing the guns, it doesn't cure the other issues (in this case listless, unguided youth and parental complacency among others). His solutions are as simplistic as cheap socialist theory and by "throwing money at it".
It is also interesting to note that the film was apparently funded by Canadian film makers and we know how neutral and ambivelent they are in this issue
Actually, his constant comparisons between the US and Canada are galling as well. We are not Canada; and for better or worse we have different points of view on many issues. We are diffeent countries with differing cultures and attitudes. We also have different solutions for our problems. If Mr. Moore feels that other countries have the solutions and is displeased with ours, he can leave, since he offers no "compelling" or "new" solutiuons for us to embrace with his one sided film..