I finally got around to watching Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine. I think that the most telling comparison in the film is between the US and Canada. Residents of the two countries watch the same violent films and play the same violent video games. Both countries are well supplied with firearms. However, the homicide rate in Canada by firearms is much lower than in the US. One possible reason is that Americans live with constant fear and Canadians generally do not. Fear sells and in fearful situations, Americans react with their guns, shooting first and thinking afterward. Canadians do not.
This election year, Republicans will be using fear to sell us their candidates. We must avoid buying what they will be selling.