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Thread #63137   Message #1023684
Posted By: Mark Clark
23-Sep-03 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: RE-visiting 'Bowling for Columbine'
Subject: RE: BS: RE-visiting 'Bowling for Columbine'
I also watched the new DVD a couple of weeks ago. I thought Moore did a great job with it. We plan to see it again soon.

I’ve long thought that the availability of guns was responsible for much of the gun violence in the U.S. but more and more I’m coming to the view that the biggest problem is really the culture of the U.S. and the don’t-tread-on-me chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that is so pervasive in our society.

The killings at Columbine High School weren’t the result of guns lying about peoples homes, the weapons were purchased at a gun show by friends of the killers who met the legal requirements for their purchase. The masacre was at least a year in the planning and happened in spite of the fact that the authorities had been warned about the killers’ intentions and those records kept on file.

For more insight into the events at Columbine, I recommend No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt. Brooks Brown was a student at Columbine and a self-described friend of the two boys who did the killing. Rob Merritt is a journalist and happens also to be a friend of ours. Their book details the history of the two killers and their families and the general brutality that was meted out at Columbine by the jocks and their circle of friends against those students who, by dress or interests, didn’t conform. Though, as their title suggests, Brown and Merritt don’t provide any easy answers, they do provide a great deal of insight into the killers’ motivations and suggest some policies that might have prevented those killings and perhaps many others that either have or may happen. If you decide to purchase this book, the link I provided will credit Mudcat.

      - Mark