Days after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport,documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was spotted outside of a terminal and asked about the incident. In a video obtained by TMZ, Moore discussed the ongoing gun violence in the U.S. and why similar incidents are so prevalent here.
"Nothing changes. It's the country we live in. Again, these are legally purchased guns, bullets ... what are you going to do?" Moore asked. "Well I think there's a reason why this doesn't happen in Canada, in Ireland, in France, and elsewhere. They have the occasional craziness but it's not on a weekly or a monthly basis. So why us? Cause they're not better than us. So why us? What is it about us? That's the question to ask."
Moore famously addressed the issue of gun violence in the U.S. in 2002 with his Academy Award-winning film "Bowling for Columbine." The documentary focused on the 1999 shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School, looking for causes and explanations.
"They have mentally ill people in those countries. In Canada hunting is a bigger sport than hockey. There's a lot of guns in Canada, but why don't they kill each other?" Moore continued. "I think the NRA, they've got it half right when they say 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' But I change it to guns don't kill people, Americans kill people, cause we're really the only ones that do it on this level and this scale."
I've never agreed with anything Moore has ever said but he makes a great point. I've been asking the same thing. Why do more American's go on killing sprees? It's not because the guns are available. It's something deeper than that. Something is causing people to snap to the point where they think nothing of killing innocent people in mass quantities. Is it our culture? Is it the stress level of this country? I have no idea but it's more than just having guns available.