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From the Top 100 movies of the '00 (according to the Telegraph):

55 Bowling for Columbine

I still can't figure out what this movie was about. Moore had an excellent segment that showed Canada, with more guns per capital than the USA, and far less crime. If memory serves, this was right before comparing us to the rest of the world, and making the point that all these countries have guns, movies, video games, and everything else blamed for violence here in the USA.

"Bowling" is STILL used as an excellent film with a powerful point- and I've yet to hear what exactly the point is. To restrict gun ownership? Moore's own segment in Canada disproved this notion far better than I myself ever could.

I agree with you, Zap. 'Bowling' was a half-great film - the first half. The USA-Canada comparison, while a bit exaggerated, really was excellent. Then he contradicts himself and starts talking about gun control. (I don't agree that gun control is "banning guns", but with respect to 'Bowling', that's a quibble.) He made a great case for the proposition that American media is a paranoia generating machine when it comes to crime/justice reporting - 'if it bleeds it leads', and not so good a case for gun control.

Really American homicide rates are more about cheap guns, drug laws and inner-city poverty.

I support the 2nd amendment as someone that supports liberty. It's not a power the govt alone should posses. That is why they included it. I do support guns being highly regulated. Get the cheap ones off the market. turn down the profit motive on the black market of drugs and make crimes involving a gun involve steep penalties.

We also need to reform the news. A public option would be nice. A corporate sponsor free medium. Something interested in community rather than ratings.

I saw that film a while ago and I came away with the feeling that Moore was saying that it wasn't HAVING guns that was the problem, but the ATTITUDE to guns in the USA that caused the trouble.

I agree. Which is why I don't understand why "Bowling" is considered the "Citizen Kane" of gun-control. If anything, it shows that banning guns would do nothing to address the core issue.

Funny how in one sentence you went from gun control to banning guns. I think that's part of the ATTITUDE to guns in the USA problem.

Let me say it like this:

I support the 2nd amendment because I'm willing to die for the first.

Semantics aside, if we wish to change an amendment, we must pass a new amendment. Anything less is an insult to our constitutional system.

I feel the same way about the Brady Bill as I do about the FCC. When we begin chipping away at constitutional right, it is a slippery slope indeed.

Also: they took 'er jerbs.

Thus concludes your daily libertarian paranoid rant. To report Zaphod to the FBI, click here:

The idea that banning guns wouldn't reduce homicide by firearm is absurd.

Indeed I think what he does is takes a pretty honest view of the problem and shows that the problem is bigger than just guns.

Regulation is some part of the solution, that seems curtain.

How we get at our cultural issues is the difficult nut to crack.

I agree with you and more. For me, it was the attitude and seeming obsession toward violence in this country that worked in tandem with crime in general.

This was what I got from comparing news headlines in the U.S. and Canada and when comparing locking and not locking house doors on the respective countries.

As for considering BFC the Citizen Kane of gun control, that's just someone's interpretation and I think they he she is off the mark.

Let's start our own damn list! The decade ain't done until the countdown on new year's eve.

Has anyone seen "Men Who Stare At Goats" yet? I'm hoping it will be one of the decade's best.

The UK's Channel 4 on Race and Intelligence presented by Rageh Omaar - via the Daily Mail.

And the YouTube videos of the programme (via The Journalist's FaceBook Page): -

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

I just saw Woody Allen's Whatever Works, and I thought it was brilliant, he went back to his old style, though still on the lighter side of his repertoire. I didn't care for some of his latest with young, good-looking pretentious douchebags as his main characters. I like the ones where he makes fun of old pretentious douchebags (like one of my favorite movies, Crimes and Misdemeanors).


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