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Filmmaker Michael Moore loves to pick at the sores of America's self-delusions, and he's really good at it. This wonderfully unsettling un·set·tle  
v. un·set·tled, un·set·tling, un·set·tles

v.tr.
1. To displace from a settled condition; disrupt.

2. To make uneasy; disturb.

v.intr.
 gift makes him one of our best truth-tellers, and with his latest documentary, Bowling for Columbine, it's gratifying grat·i·fy  
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.

2.
 to note that his harshest cultural critique to date has also become his most commercially successful.

Moore takes on our gun-happy culture, along with race, class, gender, and all the other nouns Americans handle so badly. In his view, the most powerful nation on earth is inhabited by people whose deepening sense of fear has left them feeling powerless. America makes more weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or  than any other country and--by pure coincidence?--has the highest murder rate in the world. Because of violence-obsessed media and government-institutionalized fear-mongering, we are a hair-trigger nation, with lots of triggers to go around.

The film begins with Moore opening an account at a Michigan bank that offers a free gun to every new customer. As a smiling bank employee pages through a catalog of big guns, he's pleasantly oblivious to the preposterous transaction and, once again, it's up to Moore to reveal the irony. Through interviews with militiamen on "patrol," gun-show salesmen, weapons makers, and even the National Rifle Association's chief apologist Apologist

Any of the Christian writers, primarily in the 2nd century, who attempted to provide a defense of Christianity against Greco-Roman culture. Many of their writings were addressed to Roman emperors and were submitted to government secretaries in order to defend
 (Charlton Heston in his well-armed, gated Hollywood home), Moore reminds us that we just don't get it. Guns and other weapons are a principality of evil, and in the hands of fearful people they are destined des·tine  
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.

2.
 to be used. Just as cigarettes are the ultimate self-delusion for feeling cool, guns are the accepted lie for feeling secure. In the end both kill, and nothing more.

MOORE'S PHYSICALITY is always the co-star of his films, and here his disheveled girth GIRTH., A girth or yard is a measure of length. The word is of Saxon origin, taken from the circumference of the human body. Girth is contracted from girdeth, and signifies as much as girdle. See Ell.  conveys the common man's unsophisticated incredulity--at, for example, the Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta.
 spokesman standing in front of an enormous ballistic missile as he comments on the sad events at nearby Columbine High. Predictably, the spokesman sees no connection. But Moore does, and he takes another poke at Verb 1. poke at - to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant"
nudge, prod

jog - give a slight push to

elbow - shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
 our ingrained denial that a society that accepts violence on such a large scale can expect no less from its citizens.

And then he visits Canada, a nation that also has lots of guns but only a fraction of the violence and, apparently, almost none of the fear (they keep their doors unlocked, for gosh sakes). The sweetly perplexed Canadians offer no theories about America's sins and obsessions, but they're happy to invite us in to have a beer and talk about it (leaving viewers with an overwhelming urge to pack up their culture envy and immediately move north to sanity).

Moore can be forgiven the brief but heavy-handed montage showing actual killings as well as victims of America's numerous imperialist adventures, particularly since he consistently brings us back to the more personal issues of fear and obsession. Intertwining harrowing video footage of the actual Columbine killers with interviews about the massacre, it turns out that shock-rocker Marilyn Manson makes as much sense as anyone. Moore asks Manson what he would say to the teen-aged Columbine killers, and the singer replies simply, "Nothing. I would listen to them." Manson--with his painted face a slight distraction--speaks the clearest of truths in a film where most everybody else is lying, mainly to themselves. When you are young, ignored, and powerless in America, sometimes you kill. Because in America, you can.

Ed Spivey Jr. is art director of Sojourners.
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Title Annotation:Bowling for Columbine.
Author:Spivey, Ed, Jr.
Publication:Sojourners
Article Type:Movie Review
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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