• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Bowling for Columbine

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Bowling for Columbine In the recent film "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore claims that fear drives people to violence; a short animation clip is also used by Michael Moore to depict the history of the United States in the documentary. The animation brought out a number of issues that set people thinking. Issues on race, fear and violence are also discussed in the documentary (as well as the interview of Oprah Winfrey and Michael Moore.)It is shocking to realise how people have got involved in the culture of fear, and violence. The discrimination of the blacks in America is also discussed in the film. Having watched this documentary, I was totally appalled. Thoughts went through my head, and questions were left unanswered. Are people treated justly and equally? It seems to me that the answer is no. The world did not seem safe anymore, and an example of that being that bullets were made easily available in stores such as "K-mart". "It's an American tradition; it's an American responsibility to be armed. If you're not armed you're not responsible." is a quote given by a militia member. It seems to me that the Americans are caught up in their own world only worried about themselves. There is some form of self-obsession going on in the country, as people only care about their own well being, and another example is a quote given by a female militia member "Because, being a female, for one, I felt it was important to be able to protect myself with the best means possible. ...read more.

Middle

It seemingly appears to me that people are blinded by fear and sunk into the culture of killing. The shocking issues is that the public has irrational fear of things that did not matter as much, for instance , instead of being worried about issues such as poverty and how to overcome it, people are more self-centred and paranoid. A quote by Arthur Busch demonstrates what I have said: "The American people are conditioned by network TV, by local news, to believe that their communities are much more dangerous than they actually are. For example, here in this community crime has decreased every year for the past eight years. Yet gun ownership, particularly handgun ownership, is on the increase." The media also played a huge role in fear-provoking the citizens of the United States, the quote provided by Professor Barry Glassner "... I did discovered that the murder rate had gone down by 20%, the coverage, that is how many murders are on the evening news, had went up by 600%". This issue bothered me as it gives me the impression that people are becoming frightened of the wrong issues and the ignorance of the world out there just made it seem more terrifying. Violence is also one of the major concerns in American, the quote supporting this statement "I just think the States view of everything is fighting. ...read more.

Conclusion

It makes people wonder what our world has turned into. A breeding ground for more violence and discrimination? Probably. On the other hand, there are also those who believe that the issues of violence and ownerships of guns are appropriate. They are the NRA. Although they claim that guns are only used for self defence, there are also those who have stolen guns for other purposes other than self defence. The misuse of gun could be avoided if they were made less available to the people. Innocent lives are sacrificed due to a misuse of guns, for example the killings of student in Columbine. In my opinion, "The biggest problem has been the gun possession by these adolescents in suburbia." The six year old boy killing his classmate as the gun was of easy accessibility. All of these could have been avoided if fewer guns are involved. And with fewer guns, there would be less violence, more peace and security for the citizens of America. Thus in conclusion, I believe that more effort could be put in to stop all the issues of fear, killings and discrimination. Most of the issues could be avoided if people stopped being so paranoid and self-centred. I believe that the issues on killings and violence can be resolved peacefully without the involvement of guns. If people were to trust each other more, the world would be a much better place to live in. ?? ?? ?? ?? MCD- LANGUAGE IN THE MEDIA NAME: SARAH LIN YIWEI 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Morality of War section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Morality of War essays

  1. Fist stick knife gun, Geoffrey Canada (1995) - Violence and Youth in America

    theories of violence causation. Canada's (1995) essential thesis on violence causation is that violence is a learned response to the realities of a harsh environment. Canada (1995) utterly rejects any consideration of the possible genetic or biological roots of violence: There is no way that I can buy the theory that humans have some genetic predisposition to violence.

  2. Domestic violence.

    In this triennium 45 (12%) of women whose deaths were investigated self reported a history of domestic violence. The figure is likely to be an underestimate of the prevalence of domestic violence, as it appears that none of the 378 women in this report had been routinely screened antenataly for domestic violence.

  1. Domestic violence is a complex issue, which affects the whole of society.

    domestic violence. However women who have lived in an abusive relationship have such a low self-esteem are programmed to think that the police and such agencies will not believe them. Many women who have lived with repeated abuse start to loose the idea of what is real and what is

  2. How does Michael Moore make his arguments in 'Bowling for Columbine'?

    The material discussed is not easy to take. It focuses in on our major flaws and accepts no excuses. There are many images of death, including September 11th footage. That the film leaves the viewer informed and not suicidal is a testament to Moore's virtuosic presentation. On leaving the theater, I found myself thinking that if everybody in

  1. Free essay

    The Role of the Accident Compensation Corporation in the Prevention of Family Violence in ...

    for All New Zealanders or Te Rito: New Zealand Family Violence Prevention Strategy. The Cost of Family Violence to the Accident Compensation Corporation The costs to ACC of providing treatment and entitlements in respect of assault (excluding sexual abuse) cannot be easily identified, particularly as many claims are processed through the bulk funded emergency departments of public hospitals2.

  2. Gandhi did not claim to be a prophet or even a philosopher. "There is ...

    When Czechoslovakia was black-mailed into submission in September 1938, Gandhi suggested to the unfortunate Czechs: "There is no bravery greater than a resolute refusal To bend the knee to an earthly power, no matter how great, and that without bitterness of spirit, and in the fullness of faith that the spirit alone lives, nothing else does."

  1. Non-violence is an effective answer to prejudice. Do you agree?

    wiped out to achieve this. I believe that non-violence is usually the best answer to not only the larger problems that Ghandi and martin Luther King faced, but also smaller problems for example in school. When I was at primary school I was picked on for a few reasons.

  2. Why has American society developed so violently?

    Furthermore Brown argued that the Indian wars "furthered our proclivity to violence"[3] and formed a trigger happy nation. Violence became "our national nemesis"[4], too often resorted to when other means were available. What most people think of when they consider American violence is violence between whites and blacks, dating from slavery into the 20th century and the civil rights movement.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work