Bowling for Columbine is a documentary that raises many social issues that are related to the gun problems in the United States Of America some of these issues include the , miss use of guns like the school shooting in columbine, the fear that the news and social media puts upon the Samaritans of America, consumerism the media bombards the people with fear to make them buy products that will resolve their problems, violence, history – in history there have been many bloody battles is this to blame for the violence in America? Influences – who is a good or bad influence is the president of the us a good influence for bombing innocent people in other countries, racism – is it okay to blame the big scary thug of a black man to make it look like police are keeping you a little safer from being targeted by crime these are all raised in the documentary to try and find the answer as to why. What is the true killer within the United States? Can we blame shameful homicides upon one organization, person, or even topic? Within the movie bowling for Columbine, creator Michael Moore expands your thoughts and fears of violence.
He presents the fear of the United States as being a violent country that is full of citizens idolizing incompetent idols. While watching the film, it is evident that he introduces many themes and characters to prove the aggression and terror. When is a child too young to understand the meaning and consequences of death? Moore shows reports of people saying the details including why they think the acts where committed with many circumstances. One word that can be used to describe the feelings of our nation is portrayed within this film, fear. Scene after scene, images were portrayed that showed why we fear our own neighbours. Moore proves the fact that news is playing on our emotions by covering such stories six hundred precent more while the crime rate, in all reality, has decreased by twenty precent. An example was the footage of “Little Kayla,” a six-year-old girl who was shot, and killed, by a classmate. Upon hearing of the tragic matter, newscast fled to the scene to relay the breaking information. However before they were to appear on the television, their make-up and hair were to be perfect. That leads to the audience, of Moore’s footage, to question the true meaning of reporting the news: inspire fear or warning the nation.
If Moore were to show the same footage and not show people’s reactions to all the major claims, than this documentary would not hold as much validity. After the Columbine shooting, there were many news stations putting the blame on music, but primarily Marilyn Manson. As his music might be too violent for children to listen to and idolize, Manson showed different values while in a personal interview with Moore. He spoke out and said that others did not listen as he would