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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:59 AM

Michael Moore: "Americans Kill People" - Newtown and the US Culture of Violence


MICHAEL MOORE: Earlier today, a crazy man went to an elementary school and attacked 22 children in China. A few hours before Connecticut, an elementary school was attacked in China by an insane man, and 22 children were his victims. But all he had was a knife. Total number of dead in the Chinese elementary school? Zero.

I hope you donít mind, but Iíd like to just say a few words about what happened today, because Iíve been concerned about this issue for a long time. Yes, we need more gun control. Yes, we need free mental health services in this country. But I really believe that even if we had better gun control laws and better mental health, that we would still be the sort of sick and twisted, violent people that weíve been for hundreds of years, that itís something thatís just in our craw, just in our DNA. And to get that out of our DNA is going to take a lot more than passing a bill in Albany or D.C. Thatís not going to do it.

And, you know, other countries, I mean, they have their crazy people, and they have people thatóthere have been shootings and killings in Norway, in France and in Germany. But there havenít been 61 mass killings like there have been in this country just since Columbine. Sixty-one mass shootings in this country. I like to say that I sort of agree with the NRA when they say, "Guns donít kill people, people kill people," except I would just modify that a bit and say, "Guns donít kill people, Americans kill people," because thatís what we do. We invade countries. We send drones in to kill civilians. Weíve got five wars going on right now where our soldiers are killing peopleóI mean, five that we know of. We are on the short list of illustrious countries who have the death penalty. We believe itís OK to kill you when youíve committed a crime.

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