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December 2012

Michael Moore Admits Guns Don't Cause Crime

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A shocking thing happened today – Michael Moore acknowledged guns don’t cause violence. He doesn’t realize it, but he did it nonetheless.

A lot of folks are focusing on Moore’s claim that Americans own guns because they are racist. Certainly it was a stupid thing to say, but I also found it rather mundane in its predictability. What I found more interesting was his acknowledgment that there is little violence in areas where guns are most prolific. Here’s what he said, with the key section in bold:

“I think we’re a very frightened people. I think we’ve been frightened ever since we landed on these shores. …

And I was fascinated in that subject when making ‘Bowling for Columbine,’ of how fear is used to the point where everybody feels like they’ve got to have a gun in the house. Now, not every house has a gun but we’ve got over a quarter-billion guns in people’s homes. And they’re mostly in the suburbs and rural areas where there is virtually no crime and no murder. So why is that? What are they really afraid of? What do they think of — who’s going to break into the house? Do they think it’s little freckled-face Jimmy down the street? I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s who they’re afraid of. And it cuts down to the heart of our race problem that we still haven’t resolved. And I thought it would be interesting to take a look at that in the movie.”

So, “there is virtually no crime and no murder” where there is the most guns? Doesn’t that kind of blow up the whole premise of gun control?