Filmmaker Michael Moore, creator of the Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” that explored the cultural factors contributing to the Columbine massacre, is sick of being asked to come on TV shows after mass shootings to give canned speeches on gun control.
Appearing on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Tuesday, Moore declared that he’s sick and tired of being a lonely voice advocating stricter gun laws, and pleaded with President Barack Obama to think of the victims in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre as if they were his own daughters.
“If President Obama is watching right now, and I say this with all due respect: What if it were them?” Moore asked. “What if it were them, last Thursday night?” he asked. “Would you stand at the microphone the next day and say, ‘I feel your pain, and, you know’ — this is what he said — ‘the existing gun laws are enough.’ Is that really what you’d say, Mr. President? I don’t think so. You and I and everybody have to see these children, these young people killed on Thursday night, as our children.”
“I think if everybody honestly felt that way, we would have some change in this country,” he added. “These politicians would respond quickly if people would just rise up and say, ‘Dammit, this is not the America I’m going to live in. This is too great of a country to let this happen again. I am not going to let this happen again.”
Then the liberal-leaning documentarian turned to his host and insisted that he will not be returning to television screens after the next mass shooting.
“And I am not going to come on another damn TV show after the next one of these shootings, Piers,” he said, sounding strained. “…I’m sick of this. I refuse to live in a country like this, but as I said before I’m not leaving. So therefore, what am I going to do? It’s got to change, so I invite Americans who feel the same way as I do, and I believe it’s the majority, to help me change this. Help everyone change this.”
This video was broadcast by CNN on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
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