Addressing last week’s mass shooting at the University of California’s Santa Barbara Campus, filmmaker Michael Moore asserted that the US is plagued by gun violence because of “a climate of fear and paranoia and weak gun laws that enable disturbed white males to get their hands on deadly weapons.”
On his Facebook page, Moore wrote “with due respect to those who are asking me to comment on last night’s tragic mass shooting at UCSB in Isla Vista, CA – I no longer have anything to say about what is now part of normal American life.”
And then he wrote a lengthy Facebook post on the topic.
“Everything I have to say about this, I said it 12 years ago,” Moore writes. “We are a people easily manipulated by fear which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter billion guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill and anyone who momentarily snaps. We are a nation founded in violence, grew our borders through violence, and allow men in power to use violence around the world to further our so-called American (corporate) ‘interests.’ The gun, not the eagle, is our true national symbol.”