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2. Michael Moore: "killer... used an assault weapon called The Bushmaster."
Michael Moore is no stranger to bombastic, offensive statements. Who can forget (despite trying really, really hard) when he denounced the butterfly ballot fiasco in Palm Beach, Florida during the 2000 presidential election as the final act of Kristallnacht?
No one has made more money off of bashing George W. Bush so it wasn't surprising that Oscar-winning documentarion tweeted this:
In addition to his two handguns, the killer in CT this morning used an assault rifle called The Bushmaster.
And in case you didn't get his wry, humorous intent, he followed up with this retweet of a comment by a follower in Australia:
@MMFlint I didn't know you guys named your guns after presidents. How cute
Cute is one word for it.
Moore, of course, made the film Bowling for Columbine, which was named for one of the most notorious mass shootings in memory and tried to explore why America had always been more violent than other countries - even ones such as Canada and Switzerland that have similar or higher rates of gun ownership. As Reason's Brian Doherty noted, Moore was enough of a truth teller in his documentary to acknowledge he didn't really know:
Except for one scene - in which Our Hero himself apparently pressures Kmart into promising to phase out ammunition sales - Moore offers no suggestions for how to make America a less depressing place. He raises many of the obvious explanations for the high number of American shooting deaths - our violent history, our violent pop culture, the presence of so many weapons - and then debunks them all. Bowling for Columbine does not make a pro-gun control case. It is more existential nightmare than political document.
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