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Bowling For Columbine Script



The National Rifle Association

has produced a film



which you are sure

to find of great interest.



Let's look at it.



It was the morning

of April 20th, 1999.



And it was pretty much like

any other morning in America.



The farmer did his chores,



the milkman

made his deliveries,



the president bombed

another country



whose name

we couldn't pronounce.



Out in Fargo, North Dakota,



Carry McWilliams

went on his morning walk.



Back in Michigan, Mrs. Hughes

welcomed her students



for another day of school.



And out in a little town

in Colorado,



two boys went bowling



at six in the morning.



Yes, it was a typical day

in the United States



of America.



- Can I help you?

- Uh, yeah,



I'm here to open up an account.



Okay, what type of account

would you like?



Um, I want the account where

I can, uh, get the free gun.






I'd spotted an ad

in the local Michigan paper



that said if you opened an

account at North Country Bank,



- the bank would give you a gun.

- You do a CD



and we'll hand you a gun.



We have a whole brochure here

that you can look at.



Once we do the background check

and everything,



- it's yours to go.

- Okay. Well, all right,



well, that's the account

I'd like to open.



We have a vault, which

at all times we keep at least



-     firearms.

- Five-hundred of these,



- you have in your vault?

- In our vault.






We have to do

a background check.



- At the bank here?

- At the bank,



which we are a licensed

firearm dealer.



Oh, you are? You're a bank

and a licensed firearm dealer.



What do I put for "race"?

White or Caucasian or...?



- Caucasian.

- Caucasian.



I knew you were gonna make me

spell the... Cau-ca-sian.



- Is that right?

- Yes.



I don't think that's the part

they're gonna be worried about.



"Have you ever been adjudicated

mentally defective



or have you ever been committed

to a mental institution?"



I've never been committed

to a mental institution.



What does that mean,



"Have I ever been adjudicated

mentally defective"?



It would be something

involved with a crime.



So if I'm just normally mentally

defective but not criminal...



Yeah, exactly.



- There you go, Mike.

- Okay. Thank you very much. Wow.



- I had one personally--

- That's a nice tension.



It is and it's

a straight-shooter,



It's a straight-shooter,

let me tell ya.



Wow. Sweet.



Well, here's my first question:

You think



it's a little dangerous,

handing out guns in a bank?






Each gun makes lots

of battle sounds.



Just press the trigger,

and listen.



That sounds like a gun battle.

Over there.



- Is it real?

- Looks like real!



Hey, it sounds like real!



Right! The Sound-O-Power

military and western rifles



by Marx!



This was my first gun.



I couldn't wait to go outside

and shoot up the neighbourhood.



Those were the days.

"I was born



"in Michigan



"and I wish and wish again

that I was back



"in the town where I was born"



By the time I was a teenager,



I was such a good shot



I won the National

Rifle Association's



Marksman award.

You see,



I grew up in Michigan,



a gun-lover's paradise.



And so did this man,



the Oscar-winning actor

and president



of the National

Rifle Association,



Mr. Charlton Heston.



We come from a state

where everyone



loves to go hunting.



- Hah.

- Even the dogs.



There were actually

two of the hunters at camp.



They thought

they'd get a few pictures



of the dog dressed up

as a hunter



to kind of just have some fun

around camp.



And one of the guys

had the idea that,



"Why don't we sling a rifle

on the dog's back



to make the pictures

a little more interesting.



The victim was kneeling down

in front of the dog



when the weapon slipped.



The one round went through

the victim's shin,



the right part of his shin,



and came out through

the back of his calf.



Was the dog hauled off for any

period of time by the police?



No, it wasn't. No.



Um, in Michigan,

the law basically states



that people can commit crimes

that animals



aren't some... form of,

uh, you know,



whatever that can

commit a crime.



An animal cannot commit a crime



or be charged with a crime

in this state.



- Exactly.

- Is it possible that the dog



- knew what it was doing?

- That, I don't know.



I really wouldn't be able

to tell you that.



The dog was cute

dressed up as a hunter,



there's no doubt about it.

I mean, it was a funny picture,



um, you know, to look at.



It was... it was kind of neat.



Yup, this was the kind

of place I was from.



A box



- of    s.

- Coming up.



- There you go.

- Perfect.



Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.



Sorry about that, sorry.



So I've been discharged.



You don't need no gun control.

You know what you need?



We need some bullet control.



We need to control the bullets,

that's right.



I think all bullets

should cost $    .



$     for a bullet.

You know why?



'Cause if a bullet cost $    



there'd be no more

innocent bystanders.



Every time



somebody get shot, people are,



"Damn, he must've

did something."



See, they put $     's worth

of bullets in his ass!"



And people'd think

before they killed somebody



for a bullet that cost $    !



"Man, I would blow

your fucking head off --



if I could afford it."



I'm gonna get me another job,



I'm gonna start saving some

money, and you a dead man.



You better hope I can't

get no bullets on layaway.



Not far from where

Charlton Heston and I grew up



is a training ground

for the Michigan Militia.



Why do you use the bowling pins?



From a self-defence or

whatever tactical standpoint,



it's a small target,

which also represents



the vitals on a...

on a human being,



if you ever had to shoot at one.



The Michigan Militia

became known around the world



when, on April   th,     

two guys living in Michigan



who had attended

Militia meetings,



Timothy McVeigh

and Terry Nichols,



blew up the federal building



in Oklahoma City,



killing     people.



The Michigan Militia

wanted everyone to know



that they were nothing

like McVeigh and Nichols.



This is an American tradition.



It's an American responsibility

to be armed.



If you're not armed,

you're not responsible.



Who's gonna defend your kids,

the cops?



The federal government?

No, none of them.



It's your job

to defend you and yours.



If you don't do it,

you're in dereliction of duty,



as an American. Period.



We're here to let them

know we're here to help.



We're not the bogeymen

we're made out to be.



We're here to help and defend

the people of this country.



I'm sure you guys

are the kind of people



that people would like

to have as their neighbour.



If somebody's in need,

you're there to help them.



Pretty much. We're all normal

people. We all have regular jobs



and this is what we do

on our time.



- What kind of a job do you have?

- I'm a draftsman.



- How about you?

- Unemployed right now.



Frank, what do you do

for a living?



I work for

a heat trading company.



- I drive a truck for 'em.

- Okay. How about you?



- I'm a real-estate negotiator

- Real- estate negotiator!



White collar all the way.



You don't bring that with you,

though, do you,



when you're negotiating

the real estate?






Where do you live,

in suburban--



- Westland.

- So what do you have



- in your home?

- Smith & Wesson  -millimetre.



- Nine-millimetre?

- Yeah.



- And how about you?

- With hollow points.



Twelve gage.



- Twelve gage at home?

- Yeah.



- How about you?

- M-  .



- At home?

- Yeah.



- At the ready.

- I don't agree with that,



'cause you gotta worry about

where your arms are going.



I know where they're gonna go

when I aim and shoot.



Whose idea was the calendar?



That'd probably be Christian.



A picture's worth      words.

A) it demonstrates a level



of sophistication that you

wouldn't expect out of Militia;



B) you know,



- we're people too.

- Right.



And we have a lot of fun

with it.



- Right.

- There was a fundraiser.



It showed, um, that we're not

so serious, you know.



We're not these conspiracy nuts

who wouldn't want our pictures



to get out. The idea...

it was a fundraiser, you know...



I've had guns, um...



pretty much since

I was old enough to...



to have them. And I learned

how to use them, um...



You're silly!



Uh, because being a female,

number one,



I felt it was important

to be able to protect myself



with the best means possible.



And one of those means

is having a gun.



When a criminal

breaks into your house,



who's the first person

you're gonna call?



Most people will call the police

because they have guns.



Cut out the middleman. Take care

of your own family yourself.



If you're not going to protect

your family, who is?



We're not racist,

we're not extremist,



we're not fundamentalist, we're

not terrorists or militants



- or other such nonsense.

- We're citizens.



We're just concerned citizens.

We have a desire



to fulfil our responsibilities

and duties as Americans,



and armed citizenry

is part of that.



- What do you grow here?

- Right now, there's tofu beans,



soy beans. Tofu-soy beans.



- You're a tofu farmer.

- Yeah. Yeah, food farmer.



- I'm a food farmer.

- Food.



I grow food for people to eat.



No herbicides, no pesticides

on that stuff.



- Right. All natural.

- Right.



- Yeah. Better.

- Certified organic.



- Uh-huh. Healthier.

- Yeah.



Basically, yeah.



This is James Nichols,

the brother of Terry Nichols.



James graduated from high

school the same year I did,



in the district next to mine.



On this farm

in Decker, Michigan,



McVeigh and the Nichols

brothers made practice bombs



before Oklahoma City.



Terry and James were both

arrested in connection



- to the bombing.

- U.S. attorneys



formally linked the Nichols

brothers of Michigan



with Oklahoma bomb suspect

Timothy McVeigh.



Officials charged James,

who was at the hearing,



and Terry, who was not,

with conspiring



to make and possess

small bombs.



Terry Nichols was convicted

and received a life sentence.



Timothy McVeigh was executed.

But the feds



didn't have the goods on James,



- so the charges were dropped.

- I'm just glad



to be out and free,

so I can get on with my life.



Did Timothy McVeigh

ever stay here?



Yes. Yes. He stayed here

several times.



For the longest period, about

three months or so, I dunno.



But, uh, he was a nice guy.



- Decent guy?

- Oh, yeah.



They didn't find anything

on this farm.



As to what,



- bomb-making material?

- Any kind of explosives.



Uh, yeah, I had blasting caps,

dynamite blasting caps,



dynamite fuse, black powder,

you know?



For muzzle loaders and...




Diesel fuel, fertilizer, but,

uh, that is normal farm stuff



that is no way connected

any way whatsoever to, uh,



the Oklahoma City bombing

or bomb making.



Them people - law enforcement,

if you wanna call 'em that -



were here and they were shaking

in their shoes.



They were physically shaking.

Scared to death.






Because they thought this

was gonna be another Waco.



Because certain people...



namely my ex-wife

and other people,



said I'm a radical,

I'm a wild man,



I got a gun under every arm,

down every leg and every shoe,



every corner of the house.



You say anything to me,

I'll shoot ya.



If the people find out how

they've been ripped off



and... and enslaved in this

country by the government,



by the powers-to-be...



they will revolt, with anger,



with merciless anger.



There'll be blood

running in the streets.



When a government

turns tyrannical,



it is your duty to overthrow it.



Well, why not use Gandhi's way?



He didn't have any guns,



and he beat the British empire.



I'm not familiar with that.



Oscoda has a bad habit

of raising psychos.



Bad habit of it.



This is Brent.



And this is his buddy DJ.



They live in Oscoda, Michigan,



across the bay

from the Nichols farm.



Eric Harris,



who would later go on

to commit the massacre



at Columbine High School

in Colorado,



spent part

of his childhood here.



Eric lived on

the air-force base in Oscoda,



where his dad flew planes

during the Gulf War.



Twenty percent of all the bombs

dropped in that war



were from planes

that took off from Oscoda.



I asked Brent if he remembered

anything about Eric.



I never knew him,

but I knew of him.



He left here before I got here.

I've only lived here seven years



- off and on.

- He was about the same age



as you, so you must have people

in your class--



A friend of mine knows him,

he was in class with him.



He's lived here all his life.



I went to school with him

and it shocked me to hear it



on the news.



That especially a kid from here

would be doing that.



I didn't last too long

in high school.



I got kicked out,

I got expelled.



- Why was that?

- I had a run-in with a kid



one time and I pulled a weapon

on him, I pulled a gun on him.



- What kind of gun?

- Nine-millimetre.



I could've made a mess

out of that situation.



- Could've been worse.

- Could've been a lot worse.



- Could've been Eric Harris.

- It could've been.



- So they kicked you out?

- Yeah, they kicked me out



for     days or     days,

whatever a full school year is.



For the longest time, that's

what my plan was, to move out



- to Colorado.

- Colorado?



'Cause I've got family

out there.



Matter of fact,

one of my uncles is a janitor



for Columbine School.



- Really?

- Yeah.



After Columbine,

what was it like here in Oscoda?



My name was second-highest

on the bomb list,



because of the reputation

you get in this town.



Why? You mean

they did a list of--



- Of suspects.

- Of students who potentially--



- Yeah.

- ...would call in a bomb threat



- after Columbine?

- Yes.



And you were number two

on the list?



I was second or third

on the list, yeah.



- Why is that?

- Because the whole fact is,



like I said, this town

really gets people down.



Yeah, but why

did they single you out?



- Because I was a troubled kid.

- You were in trouble in school?



Oh, yeah.

Why did they put you



number two on their list,

after Columbine,



of the students

that could be a threat?



- Come on, there must be a reason.

- Well, okay. The thing is,



I have a thing, it's called

the "Anarchist Cookbook."



It shows you how to make bombs

and stuff like that.



If there's anything

that went wrong,



they're gonna come to me first.



- And I don't need that.

- Just 'cause you owned a copy



- of the book?

- Just because I own a copy--



- Never made a bomb yourself?

- No. Oh, I've made 'em.



It was nothing big; it wasn't

even as big as a pipe bomb.



It was just... some make it

like a little tennis- ball bomb



or something like that.



Out of the "Anarchist Cookbook,"

the latest thing I built...



I think, would have to be...

I think I made it, like,



about a good five-gallon drum

of napalm.



You know, homemade napalm.



Kids knew that

you were doing this?



- Yeah.

- So you were number two, then,



- on the list.

- Right.



- Who was number one?

- I don't know.



They never told me that name.

Which kind of made me mad.



'Cause I didn't make it

to number one.



I know it's kind of silly,

but I guess



it'd been kind of an ego thing,

knowing that I was number one



at something in Oscoda, even

if it was a bomb-threat list.



Do you believe it was right



to blow up the building

in Oklahoma City?



- I'm not saying you did it.

- No. No, no, no.



- I'm just saying: was it right?

- Why was it "blowed up"?



That's a good question. Why

was that building "blowed up"?



- And who blew it up?

- But if someone did it,



- it would be wrong.

- Yeah.



It is wrong to take the lives

of those people.






I use the pen. 'Cause the pen

is mightier than the sword.



But you always must keep a sword

handy, for when the pen fails.



I sleep with a .   Magnum

under my pillow.



Come on...

That's what everyone says.



- Is that true?

- It's true.



- If we were to go--

- The whole world knows that.



...look under your pillow right

now, would we see a .   Magnum?



- Yeah.

- Honestly?



Would you take us and show us?

Right now?



He took me into his bedroom,

but told the cameraman



to stay out. Sure enough,



there was a .   Magnum

under his pillow.



There it is. Okay.

Is it loaded?






Okay. I believe you.



Don't do that!



- You put the gun to your head.

- I know!



- Jeez!

- I'm not gonna get hurt!



- This is loaded.

- It's loaded, it's safe.



You've got to pull the trigger,

pull the hammer and shoot it.



- Mm, put the hammer back.

- No one has a right to tell me



that I can't have it.

That is protected



- in our constitution.

- Where's it say a handgun



- is protected?

- No, gun. We should...



- Every citizen--

- It doesn't say "gun"!



- It says "arms."

- Arms. What is arms?



- Could be a nuclear weapon.

- It's not these-- That's right,



- it could be a nuclear weapon!

- You think you should have



the right to have weapons-grade

plutonium here on the farm?



We should be able

to have anything--



Should you have

weapons-grade plutonium?



- I don't want it.

- But should you have the right



- to have it if you did want it?

- That should be restricted.



Ah! Ah, so you do believe

in some restrictions.



Well, there's wackos out there.



"Happiness is a warm gun



- "Bang bang shoot shoot"

- The town of Virgin,



Utah, has passed a law requiring

all residents to own guns.



Cary McWilliams

proudly displays the target



he used to pass

his shooting test.



But the thing is,

he can't see it.



He's blind.



Cary has had a love affair

with guns



since he first got his hands

on an M-   as a teenager.



I'm actually most comfortable

with assault rifles.






This is a great place

to raise your children.



A really great place

to raise your kids.



Very close-knit community

we have here.



Everybody looks out

for everybody.



- Good people.

- Good people.



This just happens to be

a place where two young men



made very bad,

very wrong decisions.



And there's been international

notoriety as a result of it.



Other than that,



I don't know that Littleton

is a lot different



than a whole lot

of other suburban communities.



Economic Development P.R. Video



Good morning, Mr. Edwards,

members of the board.



I'd like to report that

I've found the perfect location



for our new corporate office,

South Metro Denver.



You can see,



I don't need these.

Because South Metro Denver



has about the same amount

of sunshine and precipitation



as Southern California.

It's so incredible,



you're just gonna have

to see it for yourselves.



How's this look, Mr. Edwards?



Denny Fennel

Home Security Consultant



We're south of Denver,

in a community called Littleton,



and this house is pretty much



your average middle-class

suburban home.



The burglar or the rapist

is still here



in the neighbourhood somewhere.



And so citizens

sometimes think that...



I have people tell me

all the time--



Where exactly is the burglar

or rapist right now?



If I was to try and stab you

through this, right here,



you're gonna have to be

really close. Right?



And here's the bottom line

on this.



What if I had a spear?



Now, downstairs is where

the safe-room was constructed,



and this is a solid-core door,

a very heavy door.



And now, the criminal

has to break through this door,



so you've created

another barrier.



- An axe would do it.

- An axe would do it.



I think that Columbine

did a couple of things.



One is that it changed how

we talk. That's the first thing.



- How's that?

- Well, for instance,



if I say "Columbine,"

everybody knows what it means.



I don't have to explain to you

that Columbine...



- Is... What's wrong?

- Nothing, I just...



- What's wrong?

- I-- I just...



sometimes Columbine bothers me.

I'll be fine. Just a minute.



- That's okay, that's okay.

- Um...




there's something, um...



something overwhelming about

that kind of... viciousness,



that kind of predatory action,

that kind of indiscriminate, uh,






World's Largest Weapons Maker



This facility,

where we're located right now...



Evan McCollum

Lockheed Martin Public Relations



and two other major facilities

where our employees work



are either in

or very near Littleton.



So we have over      employees

at these facilities,



quite a number of whom

live in Littleton,



many of whom have children who

attend Columbine High School.



I suppose in one way you could

say that what happened



at Columbine High School

is a microcosm, uh...



of what happens

throughout the world.



You know the signs

that we see around here,



the ones that say:

"We Are Columbine,"



is that how you,

Lockheed Martin, feels,



that you're the biggest employer

here in Littleton,



you're the biggest weapons-

maker? "We Are Columbine."



I think we probably

embody that spirit,



that, yeah, we're all members

of this community



and that it behoves us to help

one another and to reach out



to assist one another, yeah.



He told us that no one

in Littleton,



including the executives



at Lockheed, could figure out

why the boys at Columbine



had resorted to violence.



Why would kids do this?



Uh, some of the root of that

probably has to do



with their anger

about various issues



and we became aware of a program



that provides

anger-management training.



And so we made

a $       contribution



to the Jefferson County schools

to use this training



in the schools. We hope to help

both teachers and students



learn alternative ways

to deal with anger.



So you don't think our kids

say to themselves:



"Well, gee, Dad goes off



to the factory every day

and, you know,



he built missiles." These

are weapons of mass destruction.



What's the difference

between that mass destruction



and the mass destruction

over at Columbine High School?



I guess I don't see

that connection,



that specific connection,

because the missiles



that you're talking about were

built and designed to defend us



from somebody else who would be

aggressors against us.



Societies and countries

and governments do things



that annoy one another.



But we have to learn

to deal with that annoyance



or that anger or that

frustration in appropriate ways.



We don't get irritated

with somebody



and just 'cause we're mad

at them, uh,



drop a bomb or shoot at them,

or fire a missile at them.



Oh my goodness!

Oh my word!



Oh my word!



South of Denver in Littleton,

on the grounds



of the U.S. Air Force Academy,



there sits

an actual B-   bomber.



The plaque underneath it

proudly proclaims



that this plane

killed Vietnamese people



on Christmas eve,     .



It was the largest bombing

campaign of the Vietnam War.



Just outside Denver

is Rocky Flats



the largest plutonium-

weapons-making factory



in the world,



and now a massive

radioactive dump.



A few miles away,

buried inside a mountain,



is NORAD, which oversees

our nuclear missiles,



many of which dot



the Colorado landscape.



And once a month, Lockheed

transports one of its rockets,



with its Pentagon payload,



through the streets

of Littleton,



passing nearby

Columbine High School



on its way to an air-force base



on the other side of Denver.



The rockets are transported

in the middle of the night,



while the children of Columbine

are asleep.



Largest one day bombing by U.S.

in Kosovo war



Twenty-two NATO missiles



fell on the village

of Bogutovac near Kraljevo.



Deadly cargo was dropped

upon the residential part



of the village.



We're striking hard at Serbia's

machinery of repression,



while making

a deliberate effort



to minimize harm

to innocent people.



On the hit list were a local

hospital and primary school.



We all know there has been

a terrible shooting



at a high school

in Littleton, Colorado.



I hope the American people will

be praying for the students,



the parents and the teachers.



And we'll wait

for events to unfold



and then there'll be

more to say.



Jefferson County,    .



There's some boy at Columbine

High School, someone killed...



Do you know

if anybody's injured?



- Yes.

- They've got pipe bombs,



pipe bombs...



- You're shitting me.

- I'm not.



Student hit in the spine

at Columbine.



- Okay.

- We've got...



- He's shot in the head.

- He's shot in the head?



- Deputy cashier's office.

- We have automatic weapons,



- okay?

- Yes.



All right. Can you get us lots

and lots of paramedics?



- So he's still under an attack?

- Yes, sir, the school is.



We got a couple of kids

out in the hall that are shot,



so they're trying to get to

them. Do not let anybody else in



- until we tell them.

- Jefferson County    .



Hi, it's Izzy Povich

at NBC News.



We're calling about

the school shooting.



We're on the air live

right now on MSNBC.



Can you-- Is that something

you could just, literally,



patch through to my desk,



or you could tell us on the air?

I could put you through



- right now--

- I understand that...



Now they said he's gone

to the library;



he stayed in the building.



He's gone into the library

and he's in the building.



Hi, this is Stephanie Gold

from Dateline. How you doing?



- Good, how are you?

- Fine, thanks.



- I love your show.

- Oh, I'm so glad. Thank you.



- I watch it every night.

- Thank you.



- Jefferson County    .

- Yes, I'm a teacher



at Columbine High School. There

is a shooter here with a gun.



- He just shot out a window.

- Has anybody been injured?



Yes! And the school

is in a panic



and I'm in the library.

I've got students down.



Under the tables, kids!



Heads under the tables!

I saw a student outside!






I was on hall duty, I saw a gun!

"What's going on out there?!"



He turned the gun straight at us

and he shot, and my God,



the window went out.



The kid standing there with me,

I think he got hit.



We've got help on the way,




- Oh God!

- Stay on line with me.



Oh God!



I think he's shooting

in the library right now.



He's firing shots

from the library.



- Firing shots in the library.

- ...our way.



Do we need to leave?

Okay, hold on.



...inside the cafeteria



I'm gonna have to try and get

outta here and call you back.



I called in before,

trying to find out



where I'm supposed to go

and they put me on hold



- for freaking ever!

- Hi, it's Wendy at CNN still.



Hi. We're just taking names

and numbers for the press.



Fox has somebody from

your office on now--



We've talked to

a bunch of people



and we can only do so many,



we got so many more calls

coming in.



I gotta get to my daughter

at Columbine.



I've been trying for an hour, I

can't get anywhere near there...



Sir, okay, calm down, okay?



I think we're entitled

to information as parents



- on where our children are!

- We have a lot of units



- out there right now.

- I can't get anywhere near it.



I wanna find out



how to get in touch

with my daughter.



How do I get information

on my daughter?



I don't have that information

right now--



Why in the hell not?

It's been over an hour!



My son is Eric Harris,



and I'm afraid

that he might be involved



with the shooting

at Columbine High School.



Involved how?



He's a member of what they're

calling the "trench-coat mafia."



- Have you spoken to your son?

- No, I haven't.



- Have they picked up anybody yet?

- They're still looking



for suspects. Your son

is with who? What gang?



They call them the "trench-coat

mafia". I just heard that term



- on TV.

- Stay low, because if you try



to leave, I don't want you

to get shot.



Stay very low and quiet.



Low and quiet...



Everybody just stay quiet.



When the shooting was over,

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold



had killed    students

and one teacher.



Dozens of others were wounded

by the over-    rounds of ammo



that were fired. It is believed

that the guns that they used



were all legally purchased

at stores and gun shows.



And many of the bullets

were bought



at the Littleton K-Mart

just down the street.



Harris's diary also detailed

ideas about hijacking



an airplane and crashing it

into New York City.



Some may characterize that

as fantasy...



In the end, they turned

the guns on themselves.



And then he came

into the library,



shot everybody around me,

then put a gun to my head



and asked if we all wanted

to die and...



We started hearing shots

in the hall



and then they came in

and they all told us



to get under the desk

and we all got under the desk



and then they started coming in

the library and opening fire...



I just started screaming

and crying and telling them



not to shoot me.

And so he shot the girl,



he shot her in the head

in front of me.



Then he shot the black kid,

because he was black.



I have only five words for you:



From my cold, dead hands.



Just    days after

the Columbine killings,



despite the pleas



of a community in mourning,



Charlton Heston came to Denver

and held a large pro-gun rally



for the National

Rifle Association.



- Good morning.

- Good morning.



Thank you all



for coming and thank you for

supporting your organization.



I also want to applaud your

courage in coming here today.



I have a message

from the mayor,



Mr. Wellington Webb,

the mayor of Denver.



No, no, no, no, no.



He sent me this,



and it says: "Don't come here.

We don't want you here."



I said to the mayor,

"This is our country.



As Americans we're free

to travel wherever we want



in our broad land."



Don't come here?

We're already here.



I am here today...



because my son Daniel

would want me to be here today.



If my son Daniel

was not one of the victims,



he would be here with me today.



Something is wrong

in this country...



when a child...



can grab a gun...

grab a gun so easily...



and shoot a bullet...



into the middle of a child's

face, as my son experienced.



Something is wrong.



But the time has come

to come to understand



that a Tech-  semi-automatic

  -bullet weapon



like that that killed my son,



is not used to kill deer.



It has no useful purpose.



It is time to address

this problem.



We have work to do,

hearts to heal,



evil to defeat

and a country to unite.



We may have differences, yes,



and we will again suffer tragedy

almost beyond description.



But when the sun sets

on Denver tonight,



and forever more, let it

always set on we the people,



secure in our land of the free

and home of the brave.



I, for one, plan to do my part.



Thank you.



Or like when they had

their convention in Colorado,



a week, whatever,

the month after Columbine,



that was just stupid.

Just don't do that.



Of course you have "the right

to," but what are you doing?



Upsetting a whole city full of

people, why would you do that?



This is Matt Stone.

He grew up in Littleton



and has fond memories

of Columbine.



Yeah, Columbine,

it's just a crappy school



in the middle of a bunch

of crappy houses.



Matt and his friend

Trey Parker



found a way to take out



their anger of being different

in Littleton



and turn it not into carnage,

but into a cartoon.



"Just another Sunday morning

In my quiet...



"Mountain town"



"You can see your breath

Hanging in the air



"You see homeless people

But you just don't care



"It's a sea of smiles

In which we'd be glad to drown



"It's Sunday morning

In our quiet little



"White-bread redneck

mountain town"



Columbine is a normal

high school--



- Yeah.

- a normal suburb--



- Yeah.

- know, basically.



Yeah. Painfully, painfully,

painfully normal.



Just absolutely, painfully,

horribly average.



Littleton in general is...



I remember being in sixth grade

and I...



had to take the math test

to get into Honors Math



in the seventh grade.

And they're, like,



"Don't screw this up.

Because if you screw this up,



you won't get into Honors Math

in seventh grade.



And if you don't get in

in seventh grade,



you won't in eighth grade,

then not in ninth grade.



And   th and   th grade

and you'll just die poor



and lonely."

And that's it, you know?



You believe, in high school -

and a lot of it is kids,



but the teachers and counsellors

and principals



don't help things.

They scare you into conforming



and doing good in school by

saying: "If you're a loser now,



you're gonna be a loser




So that with Eric and Dylan,

people called them "fag."



They're like, "You know what?



If I'm a fag,

now I'm a fag forever."



And you wish someone just

could've grabbed them and gone,



"Dude, high school's

not the end of...



A year, a year and a half,

was it? I don't even know.



- You just move out--

- No, no, they were two weeks



- away from graduation.

- Yeah, you're done.



It's amazing how fast you lose

touch with all those people.



They just beat it in your head

as early as sixth grade:



"Don't fuck up.

'Cause if you do,



you're gonna die poor

and lonely.



You don't want to do that."

You're, like, "Fuck,



whatever I am now,

I'm that forever." Of course,



it's completely opposite.

All the dorks in high school



go on to do great things

and all the really cool guys



are all living back in

Littleton as insurance agents.



Almost person to person,

it's completely that way.



If somebody

could've told them that,



maybe they would've

have done it, but...



I guess we'll never know

why they did it,



but one thing adults

should never forget:



It still sucks

being a teenager.



And it really sucks

going to school.



What's your view

on high school?



Uh, I love it.



Uh, I learn, I get picked on

by bastards who hate me,



and the principal's a dick.



All right.

What causes school violence?



Uh... him.



- Him?

- Yeah.



Yes, and after Columbine,

it really sucked



being a student in America.



Since last spring's shooting,



at Columbine High,

schools nationwide



have extended

zero-tolerance policies,



suspending and expelling

students for all kinds



of behaviour considered unruly,



or warning signs

of violence to come.



This second-grader in Illinois

was suspended for    days



for bringing a nail clipper

to class



"That's a weapon,"

his school said.



An elementary school

suspended a first-grader



for pointing a chicken strip

at a teacher in the cafeteria.



The eight-year-old

was fooling around with a friend



at lunch last week when he

pointed a breaded-chicken finger



at a teacher and then said:

"Pow pow.



He pointed a folded piece

of paper shaped like a gun,



and told his classmates

he was going to kill them



during a game

of cops and robbers.



If this isn't a warning sign,

then what is it?



This Virginia high-school

student spent a month



out of classes,

originally sent home



- for dying his hair blue.

- A high-school honour student



from Michigan could be expelled

later today



in a school-board hearing.



Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Hicks

wore a Scottish



bagpiper's outfit to his junior

prom that included



a plaid kilt, a feathered hat

and a traditional knife



known as a "skein dhu."



This T-shirt



landed a high-school student

in court.



She wanted to start

an anarchy club.



The little time-bombs

that are out there ticking,



waiting to go off. And there are

many of them in every community.



Students in at least seven

different states



have been suspended or arrested



for talking about or planning

plots of their own.



It's almost

like guerrilla warfare.



You don't know

from which direction



the enemy will be coming.



Having a well-conceived

and strictly enforced dress code



can dramatically improve

the safety of a school,



and can ensure a positive

learning environment



for everyone.



As this student's appearance




having a lax policy about dress

makes it easy



for a student

to conceal a weapon



and makes it difficult

to identify intruders on campus.



A dress code can reduce

weapons violations,



relieve tensions between gangs,

reduce disciplinary infractions



and generally improve

the atmosphere of the school.



Our policy requires that

students tuck in their shirts,



making the beltline visible

at all times.



Our students may not wear

baggy pants



or colours or insignias

that are commonly associated



with gang activity.



This policy

was a collaborative effort.



Yes, our children were indeed

something to fear.



They had turned

into little monsters.



But who was to blame?



All the experts had an answer.



Angry, heavy-metal subculture.



- Where were the parents?

- Violent movies.



- "South Park."

- Video games.



- Television.

- Entertainment.



- Satan.

- Cartoons.



- Films.

- Society.



- Toy guns.

- Drugs.



Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.



Marilyn Manson.



Marilyn Manson has cancelled

the last five dates



of his U.S, tour out of respect

for those lost in Littleton.



But the singer

says artists like himself



are not the ones to blame.



This is perhaps

the sickest group ever promoted



by a mainstream record company.



"I'm not a slave



"to a god



"that doesn't exist"



After Columbine, it seemed



that the entire focus

on why the shootings occurred



was because the killers



listened to Marilyn Manson.



Two years after Columbine,



Manson finally returned

to Denver.



The Oz Fest

at Mile High Stadium



brings shock-rocker Marilyn

Manson to Denver tomorrow.



There were protests

from the religious right.



But I thought I'd go

and talk with him myself.



When I was a kid growing up,

music was the escape.



That's the only thing



that had no judgements.

You can put on a record



and it's not gonna yell at you

for dressing the way you do.



It's gonna make you

feel better about it.



Some will be so brash

to ask if we believe



that all who hear Manson

tomorrow night



will go out

and commit violent acts.



The answer is "no."

But does everybody



who watches a Lexus ad

go and buy a Lexus?



No. But a few do.



I definitely can see

why they would pick me,



because I think it's easy

to throw my face on a TV,



because I'm, in the end,

sort of a poster boy for fear.



Because I represent

what everyone's afraid of,



because I do and say

what I want.



If Marilyn Manson can walk

into our town and promote hate,



violence, suicide,

death, drug use



and Columbine-like behaviour,



I can say, "Not without

a fight, you can't."



The two by-products of

that whole tragedy were, uh...



violence in entertainment

and gun control.



And how perfect that

that was the two things



that we were gonna talk about

with the upcoming election.



And also, then we forgot

about Monica Lewinsky



and we forgot about...



The president was shooting

bombs overseas,



yet I'm a bad guy because I sing

some rock'n'roll songs.



And who's a bigger influence,

the president or Marilyn Manson?



I'd like to think me, but I'm

gonna go with the president.



Do you know the day

that Columbine happened,



the United States dropped

more bombs on Kosovo



than any other time

during that war?



I do know that and I think

that's really ironic,



that nobody said, "Well, maybe

the president had an influence



on this violent behaviour.



Because that's not the way

the media wants to take it



and spin it

and turn it into fear.



'Cause then you're

watching television,



you're watching the news; you're

being pumped full of fear.



And there's floods,

there's AIDS, there's murder.



You cut to commercial,

buy the Acura, buy the Colgate.



If you have bad breath,

they're not gonna talk to you.



If you got pimples,

the girl's not gonna fuck you.



It's a campaign of fear

and consumption.



And that's what I think

that's it's all based on,



is the whole idea that:

keep everyone afraid,



and they'll consume.

And that's really as simple



- as it can be boiled down to.

- Right.



If you were to talk directly

to the kids at Columbine



and the people

in that community,



what would you say to them,

if they here right now?



I wouldn't say

a single word to them.



I would listen to what

they have to say.



And that's what no one did.



- I'm Nicole Shleif.

- And I'm Amanda Lamontagne.



- And you went to Columbine?

- Yes.



And you were with

Eric and Dylan?



- In their class?

- Yeah,



- we were in their bowling class.

- In their bowling class?



- Yes.

- What's bowling class?



Just an elective you can

take for a gym credit.



Where's the educational value

of this, though?



Um... I guess

there isn't really any.



No, there's not.



I learned how to bowl a lot

better, that's for sure.



What were Eric Harris

and Dylan Klebold like?



- Weird.

- Yeah?



I mean, not very social.



I didn't really know

who they were.



Not very social, just

kinda kept to themselves.



How good a bowlers

were Eric and Dylan?



When we played them,



all I remember is they

were just, like, crazy.



- They would just chuck the ball.

- Chuck it down there.



Throw the ball down; didn't

really care how they bowled.



Yeah, they didn't really

care about their scores.



Deputy Sheriff Steve Davis - What were

the suspects doing the morning of attack?



I told you that I'd heard

that they were bowling;



that's the only thing

I'm aware of.



So did Dylan and Eric

show up that morning



and bowl two games

before moving on



to shoot up the school?



And did they just chuck

the balls down the lane?



Did this mean something?



Um, I guess they went

to their favourite class.



Why wasn't anyone

blaming bowling



for warping the minds

of Eric and Dylan



to commit their evil deeds?



Wasn't that just as plausible

as blaming Marilyn Manson?



After all,



it was apparently

the last thing they did



before the massacre.



But wait a minute. There's

lots of bowling going on



in other countries.



And don't they listen

to Marilyn Manson in Germany,



the home of sinister

Goth music?



Some Gothic festival.



Don't they watch the same

violent movies in France?



Most of the violent video

games are from Japan.



Many people in America believe



that it's the break-up

of the family unit



that's caused so many wayward

youth to turn to violence.



I'll save you the trouble.

I'll run away and kill myself!



How would you like that?

You can't keep me here!



But statistics show



that there are more

broken homes and divorce



in Great Britain

than in the U.S.



It's official:

Fergie's marriage has ended.



Liberals contend that it's all

the poverty we have in America



that causes all this violence.



But the unemployment rate

in Canada



is twice what it is here.

Of course, most people say



it's because we Americans

have a violent history,



a violent past.

Cowboys and Indians,



the Wild West,



a history of conquering

and bloodshed.



Well, if that's all

it takes to end up



with such a violent society



like we have in America,

how do you explain this?



Yet in spite of all this,



how many people are killed

by guns each year?



In Germany:



In France:



In Canada:



In the United Kingdom:



In Australia:



In Japan:



In the United States:



But that, to me, brings up

an important question:



Then what is so different

about Americans?



Tom Mauser

Father of Columbine victim



Are we homicidal in nature?



Because in Europe and Australia,



most other free-world countries,

they don't have this.



They don't have people who snap

and go on murderous rampages.



Well, no, they're just like us.

They have the occasional person



that snaps and kills

a lot of people.



How about a British soccer riot?

Those aren't Quakers there,



Every time that

I bring up comparisons



with other free-world countries,

what I hear is:



"Oh, our culture is so

different. We're so different."



And as you said, they have

violent video games,



they have violent movies,

they have alienated youth,



they - like us - don't have

prayer in schools.



What is so radically different?

What is it about us?



- What is it?

- What is it?



- What is it?

- What is it?



I don't know.



Now, it's time for...



Hi, boys and girls.

Ready to get started?



Once upon a time, there were

these people in Europe



called pilgrims and they were

afraid of being persecuted.



So they all got in a boat

and sailed to the New World



where they wouldn't have

to be scared ever again.



- Oh, I'm so relaxed.

- I feel so much safer.



But as soon as they arrived,

they were greeted by savages.



- They got scared all over again.

- Injuns!



So they killed them all.

Now, you'd think



wiping out a race of people

would calm them down, but no.



Instead, they started getting

frightened of each other.



- Witch!

- So they burned witches.






they started killing the

British, so they could be free.



And it worked.

But they still didn't feel safe.



So they passed a  nd amendment,

which said every white man



- could keep his gun.

- I loves my gun, loves my gun.



This brings us to

the genius idea of slavery.



You see, boys and girls,

the white people back then



were also afraid of doing any

work. So they went to Africa,



kidnapped thousands of black

people, brought them to America,



and forced them to work

very hard for no money.



And I don't mean no money like:



"I work at Wal-Mart

and make no money."



I mean zero dollars.

Nothing, nada, zip.



Doing it that way made the USA



the richest country

in the world.



So did having all that money

and free help



calm the white people down? No

way. They got even more afraid.



That's because after

    years of slavery,



the black people now outnumbered

the white people in many parts



of the South. Well, you can

pretty much what came next.



The slaves started rebelling.

There were uprisings



and old masters' heads

got chopped off



and when white people heard of

this, they were freaking out.



They going: I want to live!



Don't kill me, big black man.



Well, just in the nick of time

came Samuel Colt, who,



in      invented the first

weapon ever that could be fired



over and over without

having to reload.



And all the settlers were like:




But it was too late.

The North soon won the Civil War



and the slaves were free to go

chop the old masters' heads off.



Then everybody was like:

Oh, no, we're gonna die.



But the freed slaves

took no revenge.



They just wanted

to live in peace.



But you couldn't convince

the white people of this.



So they formed the Ku Klux Klan

and, in     



the same year the Klan became an

illegal terrorist organization,



another group was founded:

the National Rifle Association.



Soon, politicians passed

one of the first gun laws,



making it illegal for any black

person to own one.



It was a great year for America.

he KKK and the NRA.



Of course, they had nothing

to do with each other;



it was a coincidence. One group

legally promoted responsible



gun ownership; the other shot

and lynched black people.



That's the way it was till

     when a black woman



broke the law by refusing to

move to the back of the bus.



White people just couldn't

believe it.



- Huh? Why won't she move?

- What's going on?



Man, all hell broke loose.

Black people everywhere demanded



their rights. White people had

a major, freaky-feel meltdown



and they were all like:

Run away! Run away!



And they did. They all ran

fleeing to the suburbs,



where it was all white and safe

and clean. And they went out



and bought a

quarter-of-a-billion guns.



And put locks on their doors,

alarms in their houses,



and gates around the




And finally, they were all safe

and secure and snug as a bug.



And everyone lived

happily ever after.



Because if you turn on

the evening news,



America still seems

like a pretty scary place.



Who is he? Is he dangerous?

What's he up to?



What are you trying

to pull, man?



Remember all the Y Kscares?



Weren't we told that our very

society was about to collapse



because somebody forgot



to type in a couple of digits

on the computer?



There's gonna be mass

chaos and confusion.



Tonight, the countdown begins.



All day, store director

Rick Smith



- watched consumers get Y K ready.

- Batteries sell extremely well.



The lamp oil, generators.



After sending the country

into a panic,



the clock struck midnight...



And nothing happened.



Or how about those killer bees



that were going

to attack America?



We're almost certain

they'll arrive this year.



Schmidt expects the Africanized

bees to reach Texas this year,



cross into Arizona in about

two to three years.



He's concerned because the

killer bee is overly aggressive.



They will follow you

for half a mile.



The bees never came.



Remember the first time

you heard



that someone had hidden a razor

blade in an apple at Halloween?



Before long,



kids were not permitted to go

out in the dark on Halloween



and go trick-or-treating

at strangers' homes.



Many people say they won't give

out candy treats on Halloween.



It's too dangerous

and they're too scared.



Well, guess what?



There never was any

razor blade in the apple.



In fact, only two kids



in the past    years have been

killed by Halloween candy.



And both of them were poisoned

on purpose by relatives.






It was like

a scene from a horror movie.



This man was mowing his lawn

when a fox darted out



of the woods and attacked

his riding-mower.



A warning about a popular

weight-loss supplement.



What you don't know

may kill you.



You ride them every day,

but in an instant,



an escalator can mangle you

or a loved one.



We reveal why you may be

riding on stairway to danger.



You might want to take

some extra precautions:



keep a low profile,

don't go around dancing



with a bunch of Americans

in the streets.



Make sure that you don't draw

a lot of attention to yourself



and the fact

that you're American.



Nation's top doctor says

one in five Americans



suffers some form

of mental disorder.



The surgeon general David

Satcher pleads with people



to seek help now.



The media, the corporations,

the politicians,



have all done such a good job

of scaring the American public,



it's come to the point

where they don't need to give



any reason at all.



Today, the Justice Department

did issue a...



a blanket alert.



It was in recognition of a

general threat we received.



Uh, this is not the first time



the Justice Department

have acted like this.



I hope it's the last.



But given the attitude of

the evildoers, it may not be.



I just love these boulevards

down here, though.



You don't get this

in most of L.A.



South Central

Los Angeles



How come whenever

I'm out here, though,



I turn on the   -o'clock news

and I hear, you know:



"Tonight in South Central,

drive-by shooting."



Or: "Tonight in South




Prof. Barry Glassner

Author, "The Culture of Fear"



...this, that or whatever. I mean,

they're not making that up, are they?



No, they're not making it up,

but they're choosing



what they're covering. If you

turn on the TV, on the news,



what are you gonna hear about?



Dangerous black guys, right?

Unnamed black guy who, you know,



- accused of some crime or...

- Right.



You're gonna see pictures

of black guys doing bad things,



and hearing stories about black

guys doing bad things.



And we've heard this

our whole lives.



Now, the suspect is a black

male in his twenties.



We are told he has

a large afro, sideburns,



he was wearing a

silver chain at the time.



Police say the suspect

is a black man.



Six foot one,     to     pounds,

about    years in age.



Suspect is a black male,

age    to   .



The suspect is




- Police believe--

- Police say--



- The black man--

- Suspect--



- The suspect is a black male

- A black man.



A black... black... black...



A black man.



Susan Smith drowns

her two children.



- She tells people a black guy...

- Correct.



Stole the car

and stole the kids.



And everyone, at first,

bought it.



Some guy jumped into her car,

with her two kids in it.



Then he took off.

That's a black guy, she says.



- Black male?

- Yes, Ma'am.



And I told them I loved them.

I hollered I loved them



And it's just a tragedy.



The anonymous urban -

which means usually black -



male, comes by and does this.



It's the excuse

for all kinds of things.



Charles Stewart,

a lawyer in Boston...



- Right, exactly.

- ...kills his pregnant wife,



says a black guy did it;

everybody buys it.



The suspect described as a

black male about six feet tall.



Chuck and Carol Stewart

were robbed at gunpoint



as they left a Lamaze class.



It seemed the ultimate

urban nightmare.



You know, the thing I love

about this country of mine,



is that whether you're

a psychotic killer



or running for president

of the United States,



the one thing you can

always count on



is white America's fear

of the black man.



We've heard the stories

on the news and in the papers



and they have killed people.



Killer bees, also known



as "Africanized" bees.



I'm scared. I'm really worried.



Rose Shipley never expected a

nest of Africanized killer bees



to shack up across the street

from her.



But I'm terribly allergic

to them and so are my grandkids.



They're originally from

southern and eastern Africa.



Dr. Warrick Care brought some

to Brazil in     



and tried to mate them



with the European bee,

the kind that we're used to.



But they got loose and moved

to the southern United States.



The main difference between

a traditional honey bee



and an Africanized bee is

the bee's aggressiveness.



If I was to do this

to an Africanized bee's hive,



I could have several hundred

stings in a matter of minutes.



Danny Self raises the kinder,

gentler European bees,



and he's done the research.



The only way that you can tell



the two of them, is doing

measurements on the body parts.



Quite frankly,

the black community has become



entertainment for the rest

of the community.



Meaning what?



The entertainment being

that the crime of the day -



you know, "If it bleeds,

it leads" -



gets to be the front story and

then that becomes the perception



and the image of

an entire people.



Which couldn't be further

from the truth, in my opinion.



In fact, you'll find, I think,



most African-Americans are quite

adverse to gun possession.



In suburbia, I think,



there's some notion that there's

going to be an invading horde,



come from either the city

or from someplace unknown,



to savage their suburban




To me, not only is it bizarre,

but it's totally, uh...






And these pistols,

curiously enough,



weren't being taken off kids

in the city of Flint,



but were being taken off of kids

out in the out-county area,



in the suburban communities.




I didn't think that's

what you were gonna say.



I thought you were gonna say

that it's all these black kids



in the inner-city schools

that had these guns.



No, that's...



We've never really had many

problems with guns in the city.



Not to say that we haven't;

we've had some.



But that's never been

the biggest problem.



The biggest problem has been

the gun possession



by these adolescents

in suburbia.



How'd you get a gun?



I stole mine. I stole it

from a friend of mine.



His dad owns a bunch of guns.



What we're you doing

with the stolen guns?



We went down to Detroit

and started selling them.



'Cause I can get, like, a buck

fifty a pop for a  -millimetre.



Oh, really. Who were you trying

to sell them to?



Anybody that would really want

'em. Gangs and stuff like that.



- Gangs in the city of Detroit?

- Yeah.



- Black?

- Uh, predominantly. Yeah.



Yeah. So now you're out now,

you're okay.



Yeah, I'm free now.

I'm completely clear.



- You can keep selling guns.

- I can't keep selling guns.



It's getting too risky.

Everybody knows me up here.



People want guns, drugs or

alcohol, they come to my house



and that's just too much.



- Yeah, too much hassle.

- Yeah.



My favourite statistic in all

the research I did discovered



that the murder rate had gone

down by   %. The coverage -



that is, how many murders are

on the evening news -



it went up by    %.



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.



Crime rates have been

dropping, dropping, dropping.



Fear of crime has been going

up, up, up.



How can that be possible?

It doesn't make any sense.



But it makes perfect sense

when you see what we're hearing



from politicians and seeing

in the news media.



So we're, uh, we're right here



on the corner of Florence

and Normandie.



It's kind of Ground Zero

for the L.A. riots.






You know, if a couple

of white guys



would go down and walk around

South Central,



they're gonna get killed.



Which I can tell you

is a common perception.



The odds that something's

going to happen to us



are really, really slight.



- Minuscule.

- Right. Okay.



But you know,

if you look up there,



you get a different symbol

of the Hollywood sign.



It means something

very different



than the corner

of Florence and Normandie.



For most Americans

and most of the world,



it means glamour and Hollywood,

except that we can't see it.



I can't see the Hollywood sign.

Where is it?



Right. You can't see it because

of something that's probably...



much more dangerous for us

right now,



which is the stuff

we're breathing.



The pollution that's blocking

the Hollywood sign,



we're breathing this.



That's far more dangerous than

all the other stuff the media's



- telling us to be afraid of.

- Right.



As we left the corner

of Florence and Normandie,



I noticed that a number

of helicopters



had appeared in the sky.



Within seconds, the news media



- started to arrive.

- So what's the story here?



I'm waiting.

I thought you would know.



No, I don't know anything.



The Sergeant just told me

there's a guy with a gun.



But they're not sure.

That's all they told me.



Since there's no action,

I'm not getting my camera down.



I just happened to see the

chopper, going to another story.



- What story are you going to?

- It's a near- drowning.



- It's a drowning?

- A near-drowning.



How about a story

about how you can't see



the Hollywood Hills

because of the pollution?



Could you maybe do a story

on that tonight?



Pollution, that's rather good.

I find that good.



You can't see it. You can't see

anything around here.



If you have to choose

between a guy with a gun



and a near-drowning of a baby -

you could only be one place--



- I go with the gun.

- You go with the gun, always.



Is it all over, here?

It's all over? All over?



- Not yet, not yet.

- Looks like it.



Just wait for these sergeants

down here to come down,



'cause they got all the details.



Okay. Hey, I was

just wondering -



I just got here to L.A. today -

I can't see the Hollywood sign,



down on the hills there,

down Normandie.



You can't see the sign

'cause of the pollution.



- Right.

- Is there anybody you can arrest



- for polluting up the air?

- Absolutely not.



- Nobody?

- No.



Why is that?



Why is that, Sergeant?



He's fighting!



For over a decade,



there has been one show

on American television



that has consistently brought

black and white people together



in an effort to reduce

our fears



and celebrate our diversity.



That show is Cops.



I went to see a former

producer of "Cops"



and executive producer



of World's Wildest

Police Videos:



Mr. Dick Herland.



Look "liberal" up

in the dictionary



and I think my picture's

in there somewhere,



So then, you know, why not be

compelled to do, you know,



a show that focuses on, you

know, what's causing the crime,



as opposed to just chasing

the criminals down?



Because I think it's harder

to do that show.



I don't know what

that show would be.



Anger does well, hate does

well, violence does well.



Tolerance and understanding

and trying to learn to be



a little different than you were

last year does less well.



- Does less well in the ratings.

- Oh yeah.



Maybe because we,

in the television business,



because we tend to demonize

black and Hispanic people,



then those watching it at home

are going:



"I don't want to help

those people.



I'm not going to do anything

to help them.



Because I hate them now,

because they may hurt me."



- You know what I'm saying?

- I know what you're saying,



I'm not sure that's

what we're doing.



I'm not sure we're demonizing



black and Hispanic people, uh...




I don't think we show

black and Hispanic people



as being criminals.



I'd like to say not more often,



but probably

they are more often.



But I certainly don't think...

We're certainly not trying



to demonize black

and Hispanic people.



We show them on the news,

we show them on TV,



as pretty scary people.






And I agree. I'd like

to see that reversed



as much as possible. I...



- Start tonight.

- Well, the thing is,



I don't know how

to start tonight.



I don't know how to tell

that story.



If I was smart enough

to do that...



- I'll pitch you one.

- Okay. All right.



Um... um...



Do a show called not Cops

but Corporate Cops.



"Corporation man

Hey Corporate man



"We're coming out to get you

better run while you can



"We're coming out to get you

better run while you can"



Uh... I love the idea.



I don't think it would make

very interesting reality TV.



Unless we can get those people

to get in their SUVs



and drive really fast down

the road away from the police.



But I'm telling you,

everyone in America



who's got just your basic,

everyday job



is gonna love watching the boss



being chased down the street

with his shirt off,



thrown to the ground



and a knee to the neck. I tell

you, that is gonna get ratings.



Yeah, I'm with you. And if

I can find a police outfit



that would prosecute corporate

criminals appropriately



and would go after them

appropriately... In other words,



what you do to a man who's

just stolen a lady's purse



with $   to it,



than you need to do

an appropriate response



to a man who has just stolen $  

million from indigent people,



then, boy, we're gonna be

out there filming that.



But as a matter of fact,

when police go after the guy



who's just stolen $   million,



they treat him like he was

a member of the city council -



as he may or may not be - and

it's not exciting television.



If you could get that guy

to take his shirt off...






Yeah, and throw his cellular

phone at the police



as they come through the door,



try to jump out that window,

then we'd have a show.



You watch violence on TV

in a place like Canada



and you know it's not happening

next door.



You watch it here, and you know

it is happening next door.



- Right.

- I think that's...



I don't know what

the difference is,



- but there's a big difference.

- Yeah, but why isn't...



Why isn't it happening

in Canada?



Why aren't there, you know,

      murders a year?



I don't know, but I want

to go to Canada to retire,



or something, 'cause it sounds

like where we want to be.



I'd like to find out what that

difference is. Wouldn't you?



Yeah. Yeah, I'm trying

to find out.



Where are you supposed

to be right now?



- School.

- School.






Aren't you worried about

what you're not learning?



Nah, I'm mostly helping

everybody else in the class.



- Then I barely get to do my work.

- How about you? You're not



- worried about your education?

- Well, I've got the textbook.



Why do you think

we have so many, uh...



- gun murders in America?

- Uh...



I have no idea. People must hate

each other or something.



Oh, you mean Canadians don't

hate each other?



Well, we do but we don't go to

the point of shooting somebody



- just to get revenge.

- What do you do?



I don't know.

Tease them, maybe.



- Make fun of them, ridicule them.

- Throw eggs at them.



How many gun murders

in Sarnia this year?



- None.

- Last year?



I believe we had one,

at the time.



The year before that?



I can't recall what we had

in the way of--



Maybe one in the last

three years?



- Probably, yes.

- Mm-hm.



Very low. Very low

for this city.



Well, of course,

there's no murders here



because there's only




and it's the kissing

capital of the world.



So I went down the river

to another Canadian city



that was five times

as large as Sarnia:



Windsor, Ontario, just across

the river from Detroit.



I was sure there'd be

more murders in Windsor.



Ever hear of anyone being shot

by a gun in Windsor?



No. No.



You remember any murders here?



Uh, there was one

a long time ago. Probably--



- How long ago?

- Oh...



- In your lifetime?

- In my lifetime,



probably around       years

ago, there was one murder.



In fact, this Windsor

policeman told me



that the only gun murder



he could recall in Windsor

in the last three years



was committed by a guy

from Detroit,



who had a stolen gun

from Minnesota.



With nearly        people

in the Windsor area,



there were simply no Canadians

shooting other Canadians.



I thought it might be time



for some fun facts

about Canada.



I hit the streets of New York

to find out what



the average American thought

about our friendly neighbour



to the north.



Canadians don't watch as much

violent movies as Americans do.



That's wrong.



Hordes of young boys,

all throughout Canada,



eagerly await the next

Hollywood bloodbath.



Then one of the guy gets

his leg taken off.



- Oh, wow!

- And there was a lot of girls,



- and naked at one point.

- I like that stuff.



- What movie did you see tonight?

- Sixth Day.



- With Arnold Schwarzenegger?

- Yeah.



Did it make you want

to come out here



and play this shoot-'em-up game?



Well... yeah.



There's no poverty in Canada

like there is here...



in the States.



Wrong again.



Mayor Mike Bradley

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada



Actually, we've also had

a much higher unemployment rate.



When Michigan rate was running at  %,

we were still at  - %,



We seem to have an institutional

unemployment rate.



I think there'd mostly be

white people in Canada.



Hmm... that's strange,

'cause when I'm in Canada,



I see black people everywhere.



And yellow people,

and brown people...



and   % of the country is




So the Canadians are



pretty much just like us. And the

reason that they have (Toronto, Canada)



so few murders has to be

because they've got



so few guns.



- What kind of guns do you own?

- Uh, I hunt.



I own rifles and shotguns,

and I own pistols.



- Mm-hm. So how many guns total?

- Uh... Probably about seven.



- Seven guns?

- Yeah.



- Do you have a gun?

- I have a few.



- How many guns do you have?

- Half a dozen.



You could name how many people

that own guns, that you know?



- Two, three, a dozen?

- More than that.



There's a tremendous

amount of gun ownership.



We're a large country




We grew up with hunting and

fishing being a tradition.



In Canada, with a population

of just around    million -



there's about

   million families -



and the best estimate is

somewhere in the region



of seven-million guns.






Canada was one gun-loving,



gun-toting, gun-crazy country!



- Where can you get a gun?

- Uptown, any time I want.



I see you're a Glock owner.



Where can I get a Glock

in Canada?



Most gun stores'll sell 'em

to you



if you have the proper

permits and stuff.



In fact, despite all

their tough gun laws,



take a look at what I,



a foreign citizen,

was able to do



at the local Canadian Wal-Mart.



- Where's the ammunition at?

- Where's the ammunition?



- Yeah.

- Back here.



- What kind are you looking for?

- You know, like, bullets.



That's right.



I could buy as much live

ammunition as I wanted to



in Canada.

You take American?



Do you lock your doors?



- No.

- Are you afraid of anything?



Sarnia, Canada



- Nah, not really, no.

- Do you lock your doors at night?



- No.

- You don't lock your doors?



- No.

- Well, what do you...



- Are you afraid of anything?

- Not really.



- Have you ever been broken into?

- Yes, I have. Yeah.



- What happened?

- They broke into my home.



I wasn't there. They broke in,



they stole some booze

and cigarettes and they left.



So I figure it must've been

some teenagers



out to have a little bit of fun.

That's all they took, though.



Just some booze

and some cigarettes.



Have you ever been

a victim of crime?



- Yes.

- What kind of crime?



Uh, I've had people walk in

while I've been sleeping



and vandalize my home

and steal from me.



And that didn't want to make

you lock your doors at night?



No. No.



As an American with

three locks on his doors,



I found this all

a bit confusing.



Even here, in Toronto,

a city of millions,



people just didn't lock

their doors.



So you don't lock your doors but

we, Americans, do. Why is that?



You must be afraid

of your neighbour.



Do you ever leave your doors

unlocked at home?



- Yeah.

- Yeah, you do?



- Where do you live?

- Right around here.



- Toronto?

- Around here.



- You leave your doors unlocked?

- Yeah.



You'd think, as Americans,



that the lock is keeping people

out of your place.



We, as Canadians,

see it more as, uh...



when we lock the door, we're

imprisoning ourselves inside.



You don't want to do that.



Not really, no.



We don't want to... No.



I decided to go unannounced

to a neighbourhood in Toronto



to see if this unlocked-door

thing was true.



Oh, hi. I'm sorry.

Just checking.



Oh, hello!



- Oh, hi.

- Hi.



Nobody locks their doors.



Nobody locks their doors

in this town.



- You want to lock?

- No, no, no.



- Do you like living here?

- I like it very much.



- Yeah? And the T-shirt?

- The T- shirt too.



This door was wide open.

And you're not afraid?



- Should I be afraid?

- I don't know. You live here.



- I don't think I'm afraid.

- You're not, are you?



- Thank you very much.

- All right. No problem.



- I'm sorry about the intrusion.

- No, no problem.



- Thank you for not shooting me.

- No problem at all.



- Bye-bye.

- Okay.



As an American,



I gotta say this all

seemed kind of strange.



Until I looked up at the TV



in the bar and noticed

what they watched



for their evening news.



They're friends of ours.



We'll certainly listen to them

courteously and carefully,



but you don't just make war

just 'cause someone says so.



The Canadians weren't being

pumped full of fear.



And their politicians seemed

to talk kind of funny.



Mayor Mike Bradley

Sarnia, Canada



...making sure they have good daycare,

assistance for their parents



when they're elderly and need

to be in an old-age home,



that they have proper

health care that insures



that they won't lose

their business or their house



because they can't

afford their medical bills.



That's how you build

a good society.



No one wins unless everyone

wins. And you don't win



by beating up on people

who can't defend themselves.



And that's been the approach,




that's been spreading with some

of the right-wing governments



across North America.

They pick onto people



that can't defend

themselves and at the same time,



they're turning around and

giving financial support



and tax breaks and tax benefits

to people that don't need them.



Where are the indigents in

the city? Where do they live?



Uh... indigent... uh...



You act like you've never heard

the word before.



There's... We don't have that

problem here, really. It's...



So I asked him,



"Could you at least take me

to a Canadian slum,"



and well...



this is what a ghetto

looks like in Canada.



Is this the same mentality that

says, with Canadians, if someone



gets sick, they should actually

be able to have health care?



- Yeah.

- Oh, definitely.



- Yeah.

- Yup.









Human rights. Everyone's got

the right to live.



You just came out of

the emergency room?



Yes, I did.



How much did you have to pay

for your treatment?



The bill is covered

by our hospital plan.



You're telling me you didn't

have to pay anything?



No, I don't.



I have family that lives

in the States.



They used to live in Canada

and moved over there.



- And it's so different.

- They get afraid more easily.



Oh, yeah.



Yeah, very much so.



'Cause everybody reacts

over there just like that.



They don't stop and think.



First reaction is pull the gun

out. "You're on my property."



You know, like...



I don't know. It's just

different over here.



- Where do you live?

- Detroit.



Come over to Canada here

for the night?






People are more open-minded

here, a bit more welcoming.



Feel any difference when

you cross over to this country?



Be honest, now, come on.

- It's a lot lighter.



The segregation over there

is definitely much more--



- In the United States.

- ...more intensified



- in the States, yeah.

- Yeah.



So you can... You can feel it.



Almost like they just

let you be.



That's Canada for you.



Every time I turn on the TV

in the States,



it's always about a murder here,

a gunfight, hostile position...



I just think the States, their

view of things is fighting.



That's how they resolve




If there's... there's something

going on in another country,



they send people over

to fight it and...



They are the most powerful

country in the world, though.



Canada's more just, like,

"Let's negotiate,



let's work something out."

Where the States is,



"We'll kill you and that'll be

the end of that."



Um, if guns were...

If more guns made people safer,



then America would be one of the

safest countries in the world.



It isn't. It's the opposite.



I heard that     call,

you know, on TV someplace.



It was horrible. It was just...



'Cause he kept asking,

"Where's the shooter?"



She said, "He's gone.

I need some help."



The little girl was

in there too?



She was on the floor, yes.



And the police and

the medics came, or...



By the time the medics

were here...



The medics had just come in

and I remember him stepping in



and taking over the room.

He said, "You have to leave."



- All right.

- And then when the meds come in,



when the police come in,

you're no longer in control.



- They take over the building.

- Was she still alive then?



Her lips had become

totally blue.



Back in my hometown

of Flint, Michigan,



a six-year-old first-grade boy,

at Buell Elementary,



had found a gun

at his uncle's house,



where he was staying because

his mother was being evicted.



He brought the gun to school

and shot another first- grader,



six-year-old Kayla Rolland.



With one bullet that passed

through her body,



she fell to the floor

and laid there dying



while her teacher called    

for help.



No one knew why the little boy



wanted to shoot

the little girl.



As if the city

had not been through



enough horror and tragedy



in the past two decades,

it was now home



to a new record: the youngest

school shooting ever



in the United States.



On the morning of the shooting,



it only took the helicopters

and satellite trucks



a half-hour to show up.



They check in the truck.



You know, we're doing one

in    minutes again.



This evening,

about seven o'clock,



will be a public memorial

service. Hundreds of people



will mourn the loss of little

Kayla, a tiny little girl



who loved pizza, teddy bears,



and who was taken away from us

much too soon. Gina?



Good morning, Christine.

The funeral home now passing out



tens of thousands

of these pink ribbons



to support the young

girl's family.



Today will be an emotional day

and has been already,



remembering little Kayla.



Jeff Ross, Fox-  News.



Nice job.



Yeah, Michelle, we're having

technical problems, okay?



Well, don't talk to me about it,

call our sat truck.



I need a haircut, man.



I'm a pig. A rug.



Here we go.



Some too choked up

even to speak about it.



There's a memorial service

scheduled here



for seven o'clock tonight.



We're live in Flint, Michigan,

this afternoon.



Jeff Ross, Q-   Reports.



- Thank you.

- Thank you.



Want some hairspray?



- I kind of need it, don't I?

- Yeah, you do,



I got some...



I have some. I just didn't put

it in. I didn't have a chance.



I have hurricane-proof hairspray.



This man prayed for Kayla

then let the balloon go.



I say we have

the colour picture,



not the black-and-white.



Plenty of media here

that covered Columbine.



You know, there are

some networks, especially,



that go from, unfortunately,

tragedy to tragedy.



And, uh, I feel bad for them.

Because that's all they see...



The tragedies.



We're just trying

to crunch right now



for the five and the six.



Today, we're feeding

CNN and Fox, so...



The national media had never

visited Buell Elementary,



or the Beecher school district

in which it sat,



or this part of Flint

ever before.



And few, if any, of these

reporters bothered to visit it



even when they were here now.



If they had ventured just

a block away from the school



or the funeral home,

they might have seen



a different kind of tragedy

that, perhaps, would contain



some answers as to why

this little girl was dead.



For over    years,

this impoverished area,



in the hometown



of the world's

largest corporation,



had been ignored as completely

as it had been destroyed.



With   % of the students

living below



the official poverty line,



Buell and Beecher, and Flint,

did not fit into



the accepted and widely

circulated story line



put forth by

the nation's media.



That being the one

about America



and its invincible economy.



The number-one cause of death

among young people



in this part of Flint was

homicide. The football field,



at Flint-Beecher, was sponsored

by a funeral home.



The kids at Beecher have won



   state track championships,



but they've never had



a home track meet.



Because around

the football field,



all they have is

this dirt ring.



Years ago, someone here

named the streets,



in this part of town, after

all the Ivy League schools,



as if they had dreamed

of better days



and something greater

for themselves.



The children are doing well.



The faculty and staff

are doing well.



But we don't forget.



We don't forget.



Just don't want this happening

to anybody else, you know?






I know.



I know. I don't want it to

happen to anybody else either.



- Hmm...

- It's okay. It's okay.



It's okay.



It's okay.



- I'm sorry.

- That's all right.



...from my cold, dead hands!



Just as he did



after the Columbine shooting,

Charlton Heston showed up



in Flint to have

a big pro-gun rally.



Freedom has never seen



greater peril nor needed

you more urgently



to come to her defence than now.



Before he came to Flint,

Heston was interviewed



by the Georgetown Hoya

about Kayla's death,



and even his own NRA website

talked about it.



We wanted to let the NRA know

that we haven't forgotten



about Kayla Rolland.



How could they come here?

To me, it's like they're rubbing



our nose in it. I was shocked



and appalled that

they would come here.



Heston was asked by a local

reporter why he came to Flint



after the tragedy at Buell,



and what did the NRA

have to say



about six-year-olds using guns.



We spend $   million every year



and then we teach you...

to five and six-year-olds,



we say, "If you see a gun,

don't touch it,



leave the room, call an adult."



And then Moses himself

showed up.



Right here in the city

of Flint?



Right here in Flint.



Were there people that wanted

you to try this child,



Arthur Busch

County Prosecutor, Flint, Michigan



- or even try him as an adult?

- Oh... Oh, yeah.



There were people from all over

America that wrote and called



and sent mail and...

It was amazing to me, um...



groups that were affiliated

with the NRA -



groups, you know, people

that I call "gun nuts" -



writing me and telling me

what a horrible thing it was



that I had admonished homeowners

in our country



to be careful about bringing

weapons into their home.



They wanted this little boy

hung from the highest tree.



I mean, there was such

an undercurrent of racism



and hate and anger.



It was ugly.



That's a picture that

the little boy that was involved



in the Buell-school shooting...



Once he was brought back here

to our office,



about    minutes after

the shooting took place,



I gave him some crayons to kind

of occupy him a little bit.



Michael Caldwell

Police Detective



He came over and drew

that picture for me.



Because at the time, I had

pictures right behind my desk



that my children had drew for me

and he wanted to draw me one.



This is what he drew for you.

What did he say this was?



That's him at his house.



That's him at his house,

right here.



And why did you decide

to hang on to it?



Because of the gravity of the

situation and what had occurred



and he asked me to hang that

behind my desk,



so I put it in a frame

and that's where it'll stay.



Tamarla Owens was the mother

of the six-year-old boy.



In order to get food stamps and

health care for her children,



Tamarla was forced to work as

part of the state of Michigan's



Welfare-to-Work Program.



This program was so successful



in tossing poor people

off welfare



that it's founder,



Gerald Miller, was soon hired



by the number-one firm in the

country that states turned to



to privatize

their welfare systems.



That firm was Lockheed Martin.

With the cold war over



and no enemy left

to frighten the public,



Lockheed had found

the perfect way to diversify



and the perfect way



to profit from people's fears,



with an enemy

much closer to home:



poor black mothers



like Tamarla Owens.



We've got a one-parent family and

the mother's travelling    miles.



Sheriff Robert Pickell

Flint, Michigan



An hour, an hour and a half

away to go to work



an hour, an hour and a half

to come home.



How does that help a community?

But that's part of the state...



you know, making parents

responsible, making them work--



- Welfare to work.

- Welfare to work.



That's a program

that ought to be stopped



because it really has no merit.



I think it adds more

to the problem



than it does to solve it.



- Really?

- I do.



You're the sheriff

and you feel this way.



I do, I do. I wish I could put

two parents in every home



and make every parent

equally responsible,



but I can't do that.



But we're not doing anything

by taking one parent



and putting them on a bus

and sending them out of town



to make $ .   an hour.



This is the bus that she was

forced to ride every day



in order to work off

the welfare money



the state had given her.



She, and many others from Flint

who were poor,



would make the   -mile

round-trip journey every day,



from Flint to Auburn Hills,

in Oakland County,



one of the wealthiest areas

in the country.



Tamarla would leave



early in the morning

and return late at night,



rarely seeing

her young children.



What's the point in doing that?

Where does the state benefit?



Where does Flint and Genesee

County benefit from that?



We have a child dead.

I think that may be, in part,



part of the problem.



We drove the one parent out.



Now, you or anybody else

that can tell me



that that best serves

the community,



I shake my head and wonder why.



How long you been riding

the bus?



I've been working here



- just about three years now.

- About three years?



Yeah. My brother...

I got my brother working here,



half of my neighbourhood

works out here.



Just about everybody I know

personally works in the mall.



In Flint, doing the same thing

I'm doing now,



they only pay minimum wage

in Flint. I come    miles



to make three or four

dollars more an hour.



- How much do you make an hour?

- I make  .   now.



Is that enough

to pay the bills?






So did you know Tamarla Owens,



the woman whose son

shot the little girl?



- I think she rode this bus.

- I knew her a little bit.



- Not real good.

- Nice lady?



Yeah, she was okay. She came

to work every day, did her job.



- She worked two jobs, so...

- She worked two jobs?



She was trying

to make ends meet.



"We're going hopping

We're going hopping today



"Where things are popping...



This is Dick Clark's

American Bandstand Grill,



where Tamarla worked

one of her two jobs.



"On the Bandstand




I think she worked in this room

here, as a bartender,



fountain-person making drinks,

making shakes, desserts.



- Was she a good employee?

- Yeah, she was.



She also worked at the Fudgery,

in the mall here.



Dick Clark is

an American icon,



the man who brought rock'n'roll

into our homes every week



on American Bandstand.



Every part of your life,

you can link up



to a part of music, usually.

So, as Dick says,



"It's the soundtrack

of our lives."



Music's the soundtrack

of our lives.



His restaurant and the

Fudgery, here in Auburn Hills,



applied for special tax breaks

because they were using



welfare people as employees.



Even though Tamarla worked

up to    hours a week



at these two jobs



in the mall, she did not earn

enough to pay her rent.



And one week before

the shooting,



was told by her landlord



that he was evicting her.



With nowhere to go

and not wanting to take



her two children out of school,

Tamarla asked her brother



if they could stay with him

for a few weeks.



It was there that Tamarla's son



found a small   -calibre gun

and took it to school.



Tamarla did not see him

take the gun to school,



because she was on a state bus

to go serve drinks



and make fudge for rich people.






I decided to fly out

to California



to ask Dick Clark what

he thought about a system



that forces poor,

single mothers to work



two low-wage jobs to survive.



I'm doing a documentary

on these school shootings



and, you know,

guns and all that.



And in my hometown of Flint

Michigan, which you know,



this little six-year-old

shot a six-year-old--



Get in the car, Dave!

Watch your arm, watch your arm.



- Oop, sorry, sorry.

- I'm sorry, we're really late.



Anyways, but the mother of

the kid who did the shooting



works at Dick Clark's

All-American Grill...



- Forget it.

- Oakland County...



- Close the door.

- A Welfare-to-work program--



- Close the door.

- These people are forced...



- Dick, no...

- Bye-bye. Come on, move over!



I want you to help me convince

the governor of Michigan...



It's a Welfare-to-work pro...

These women are forced to work!



They've got kids at home. Dick!



Ah, jeez!



In George Bush's America,



the poor were not a priority.



And after September   th,     



correcting America's

social problems



took a back seat to fear,



panic and a new set

of priorities.



One way to express our unity



is for Congress to set

the military budget,



the defence of

the United States,



as the number-one priority

and fully fund my request!



We've been selling

a lot of chemical suits,



with the gloves and the hoods.



And we've been selling

a lot of gas masks.



I'm trying to get one

for myself and my puppy.



Denis Marks and his wife



have been stocking up supplies.



Weapons, ammunition...



Wal-Mart says

after September   th,



gun sales surged   %,



ammunition up    %.



In Dallas, they're

already taking potshots



at Osama bin Laden.



In the months following

the  /   attacks,



we, Americans, were gripped

in a state of fear.



None of us knew

if we too would die



at the hands of the evildoers,



or who might be sitting



next to some crazy guy trying

to light his shoes on fire.



The threat seemed very real.



Sounds a little paranoid but

I'm not gonna take the chance.



Just trying to protect

myself and my family.



Our growing fears were turned



into a handsome profit

for many.



Mike Blake has seen



a   % increase in sales at ADT



over the last month.



Most of the people he talks to

are still a little uneasy



over the September   th

terrorist attacks.



How are we afraid of all these

things, it's because



a lot of people are making

a lot of money off of it



and a lot of careers off of it.



And so, there's

vested interests,



a lot of activity

to keep us afraid.



And what better way to fight

box-cutter-wielding terrorists



than to order a record number

of fighter jets



from Lockheed?



Yes, everyone felt safer,

especially with the army



doing garbage detail

on Park Avenue.



And the greatest benefit

of all of a terrorized public



is that the corporate



and political leaders can get

away with just about anything.



I've never seen

a better example



of cash-and-carry government



than this Bush administration

and Enron.



There were a lot of things

that I didn't know



after the World Trade Center




but one thing was clear:

whether it was before or after



September   th, a public that's

this out of control with fear



should not have a lot of guns

or ammo laying around.



Well, I was shot with a Tech- .



Nine millimetre?



Yeah. Yeah, I was, uh...



I guess it was supposed

to be semi-automatic,



but it kind of seemed like

fully automatic to me,



- from what I remember.

- This is Richard Costaldo.



And this is Mark Taylor.

Both of these boys were shot



the day of

the Columbine massacre.



Richard is paralyzed for life

and in a wheelchair.



And Mark is barely standing

after numerous operations.



The kids at Columbine

had to pay a penalty.



We paid a penalty that day...

for this nation.



The way we look at it.



Mark and Richard were disabled

and suffering



from the   -cent K-Mart bullets

still embedded in their bodies.



As they showed me the various

entry points for the bullets,



I thought of one way

we could reduce



the number of guns and bullets

laying around. I asked the boys



if they'd like to go to K-Mart

to return the merchandise.



- Ready?

- You... you go.



K-Mart Headquarters

Troy, Michigan






Excuse me, will you turn

the camera off, please?



- We're here to see Mr. Conaway.

- You have to turn the camera off



- while you're in the building.

- Oh, okay, all right.



Okay, turn it off now.



- Hey, Michael.

- Hi, how are you?



I'm Mary Lorenz. I'm director

of Media Relations for K-Mart.



- Oh, good. All right, good.

- How can I help you today?



Well, I'm here today...

This is Richard Costaldo.



- Richard, nice to meet you.

- And this is Mark Taylor.



- Mark.

- And they're students



from Columbine High School.

They were shot at Columbine,



in the massacre,

with bullets from K-Mart.



You came a long way.

All the way from Colorado.



Yeah, I just...

I was thinking that...



since you stopped selling

the handguns and all,



it'd kind of make sense to stop

selling the bullets too.



Our request is that you get rid

of nine-millimetre bullets



and that you don't sell them

in the store completely.



We do carry... You probably

are aware of K- Mart -



hopefully, you're shoppers

at our stores -



that we do only carry, you know,

sporting firearms



and the accessories

that go with the hunting sport.



And we'll certainly take your

message to our chairman and CEO,



Chuck Conaway.

He's not here today.



- He's not here today?

- No. He's not here, actually,



- this whole week.

- Not at all during the week?



Do you have a limit on the

number of bullets, ammunition,



- that people can purchase?

- You know, I can't answer



these questions for you.

I'm not the merchandiser



who places those products

in our stores.



Can we speak to that person?



But I can get answers

to those questions for you.



If you leave your card, I could

get those answers for you.



We don't want to leave a card.



The reason why

we can't take a card



and come back

is because Mark here,



he's got a K-Mart bullet

just an inch away... right?



- Yeah.

- From your aorta.



- In between my aorta and spine.

- Between your aorta and spine.



I'm glad to see that

you're still able to stand.



And I told him that somebody

here would listen,



somebody here would... would...



would take the request

seriously. Not just a PR person,



but somebody who has some

authority and can answer



some of the questions

that they want answered.



K-Mart does care about this,



but I can't go any further

right now.



So until I make a call, um,



I'm gonna go back to the office



and see if there's anyone

in merchandising...



Mary went back upstairs.

And two hours later,



she brought down this guy whose

job it is to buy the bullets



for K-Mart.



- Good. Stay out of trouble.

- Yes.



We're not the ones in trouble,




Mark thought he'd show him

his bullet wounds.



- Those are his bullet holes.

- Hm.



From your bullets.



That's where the K-Mart bullets

went in.



Well, take care.



Is anybody else gonna

come down?



Is anybody else gonna come down?

Is that it?



- I'll check.

- Okay, thank you.



We waited around

a couple more hours



but no one else came down.



As we left the building,

Mark came up with an idea.



He suggested that we go



to the nearest K-Mart

and buy out all their bullets.



Just take as many of those

as you can.



Yeah, you can come around here

and look.



What else do we have over here?



You got    . Sure, I'll take 'em

all, take everything you got.



- So you're   ? You're what?

- Sixteen.






Oh, shit!



Oh, my God...



Mark pretty much cleaned them

out of their ammunition.



And the next day, we decided to

go back to K-Mart headquarters



with all the bullets.

This time,



we brought the press.



Our local first coverage

of south-eastern Michigan



continues now

with all-new stories.



Coming up here on

our six-o'clock report,



a warning to everyone this

summer to watch out for snakes.



You'll hear from a mom who was

bitten by a rattlesnake.



And also, students who survived

the Columbine massacre



are in town.

They are very angry with K-Mart.



We're here to see Chuck

Conaway, the chairman of K- Mart.



How you doing, sir?

It's always a pleasure.



Okay, uh...



They would like to speak

to Mr. Conaway.



Here's the nine-millimetres.



These are the bullets

that are in both Richard



and in Mark's body right now.



Move your group outside.



I'll have somebody here

in five minutes.



Do me a favour,

don't block the door.



Just off to the side,

if you would.



Will go outside and

somebody will come out.



My name's Laurie McTavish.



I'm the Vice-president of

Communications for K-Mart.



I'm happy to deliver a statement

on behalf of the company.



What happened in Columbine,

Colorado, was truly tragic



and touched every American.



We're sorry for the...



disadvantage to this young man.



K-Mart is phasing out the sale

of handgun ammunition.



The business plan calls

for this to be complete



in the continental U.S.

within the next    days.



Wow! Wow!



K-Mart representatives met

with Mr. Moore



and the students from Columbine,

Colorado, yesterday,



and listened to their concerns

about the product



carried in K-Mart stores.



The company committed,

at the end of that meeting,



that K-Mart would have an answer

for them within a week's time.



Well, the first thing we want

to do is thank you



for committing to no longer

selling handgun ammunition



in your stores.

And within    days--



The process will be phased out

within    days.



And after    days,

there will be no more selling



of ammunition that can go into

handguns or assault weapons.



Firearm ammunition, will be...

We will not sell it,



after    days, in our stores.



- We greatly appreciate that.

- Thank you.



Thank you very much. Thank you.

That's very brave.



Thank you. Wow!



That blows my mind. That's

more than what we asked for.



- It's remarkable.

- Yeah. Well, like I told you--



- I didn't think--

- Did you think?



- No!

- We're like, uh...



We're just getting ready to...

We're going to the airport.



The kids from Columbine had

scored an overwhelming victory



against K-Mart

and it inspired me



to do something that

I knew I had to do.



All I needed... was a star map.



- Hello?

- Mr. Heston?



- Yeah.

- This is Michael Moore.



- Yes.

- The film- maker?



- Yes, of course.

- Yes. How you doing?



Fine, thank you.



Listen, I was wondering

if maybe I could talk to you.



We're making a documentary

about the whole gun issue.



And I'm a member of the NRA.



I thought maybe we could talk

a little bit about--



Tell you what, let me look

at my calendar.



I may be able to give you

some time tomorrow.



- I have some people here now.

- Okay, well, how can I--



- Pardon me?

- Hold the phone.



- Okay, thank you.

- Okay.



I can give you a little time

tomorrow morning.



- I think that's Thursday.

- Yes.



- Let's say  :  .

- Eight-thirty in the morning?



- Yeah. Okay?

- Okay. And just come here?



- Yes.

- Okay, good.






Hi. It's Michael Moore here

to see Charlton Heston.






Hi. Good morning.



- How are you?

- Fine.



Thank you very much

for agreeing to see me.



He took me out

to his pool-and-tennis house



so we could have a chat.



I told him that I was

a lifetime member of the NRA



and showed him

my membership card.



Good for you. Well done.



I assume you have guns

in the house here?



Indeed I do.

Bad guys take notice!



So you have them

for protection?



- Yeah. Sure.

- Have you ever been



- a victim of crime?

- No. No.



- Never been assaulted or...?

- No.



No violence toward you,

but you have guns in the house.



- Loaded.

- They're loaded?



Well, if you really needed

a weapon for self-defence,



- you need it loaded.

- Okay, but why...



why do you need it for

self- defence? Because--



- I don't.

- Yeah, you've never been



a victim of crime,

you haven't been assaulted.



- No, that's true.

- You haven't been, you know...



Why would you... So why not...

Why don't you unload the gun?



Because the second amendment

gives me the right



- to have it loaded.

- I agree.



I totally agree with that.

I'm just saying... I mean,



the second amendment gives me--



Let's say it's

a comfort factor.



It gives you comfort to know

that there's a loaded gun.






Comfort meaning that it allows

you to relax and feel safe?



- Not worry about it.

- Not worry, not be afraid.



And I'm not really, but, uh...



I'm exercising one of the rights

passed on down to me



from those wise, old, dead white

guys that invented this country.



If it was good enough for them,

it's good enough for me.



But you could still

exercise the right,



just by having a gun unloaded

and locked away somewhere.



I choose to have it.



What sort of strikes me

as interesting is that,



in other countries, where

they don't have the murder rate,



the gun-murder rate

that we have, that, uh...



many people say,



"Well, that's because

they don't have guns around.



It's hard to get a gun in

Britain or Germany or whatever."



But we went to Canada and

there's seven million guns



- in   -million homes.

- There won't be very long.



- But hear me out, though.

- Okay.



Canada is a nation of hunters,



millions of guns,



and yet, they had just

a few murders last year.



That's it. A country

of   -million people.



Now, why - here's my question -

why is it that...



that they've got all these guns

laying around,



yet they don't kill each other



at the level that

we kill each other?



I think American history is...



uh... has a lot of blood



- on its hands.

- And Germany history doesn't?



- No.

- And British history?



- I don't think as much.

- Oh, are you...



Germans don't have as much,

blood on their hands?



- Uh, they do, yes.

- The Brits, they ruled the world



for     years

at the barrel of a gun.



They're all violent people. They

have bad guys, they have crime,



they have lots of guns--



Well, it's an interesting

point, which can be explored



and you're good to explore it

at great lengths,



but I think that's about all

I have to say on it.



You don't have any opinion,

though, as to why that is,



that we are the unique country,

the only country,



that does this, that kills each

other on this level, with guns?



Well, we have, probably,

more mixed ethnicity



than other countries,

some other countries.



You think it's an ethnic thing?



No, I don't. It's...



I wouldn't go so far

as to say that.



We had enough problems with

civil rights in the beginning.



It's... But, uh, I have

no answer for that.



What do you mean, you think

it's a mixed ethnicity?



I don't understand.



- You said, "How is it that..."

- That we're unique.



"So many Americans

kill each other?"



I don't know that that's true,

but, uh...



Well, no, you know that.



We know we have the highest

murder rate with guns.



It's way higher

than any other country.



The only answer I can give you

is the one I already gave you.



- Which is?

- Which is that we have, uh...



- Historically--

- ...a history of violence.



Perhaps more than most

countries. Not more than Russia,



- not more than Japan or China--

- Not more than Germany.



Not more than Germany,

but certainly more than Canada.



I come from Flint, Michigan,

and last year,



a little six-year-old boy

took a gun into a classroom



and shot and killed a

six-year-old girl. And, uh...



it was really a tragic thing--



- This was a kid, though.

- A six-year-old, yeah.



Did you hear about this?



A six-year-old shooting

a six-year-old?



- Yeah.

- Well, here's my question.



After that happened,



you came to Flint

and held a big rally.






And, you know, I just--



So did the vice-president.



Yeah, but did you feel it was

being at all insensitive



to the fact that this community

had just gone through--



Actually, I wasn't aware

of that at the time we came.



We came and did an

early-morning, uh... rally,



then went on to wherever

we were going.



You didn't know at the time,

that this killing had happened?



- No.

- Had you known, would you have--



Would I have cancelled

the... uh...



- Yeah.

- I don't...



Hard to say.



It wasn't like it was

already planned.



I mean, the choice to come there

was made



after this horrible

killing took place.



Yeah. Mm-hm.



You know, had you know that,

would you have come?



I don't know. I have no idea.



- Maybe not. Maybe not.

- Okay. Thank you.



You think you'd like to just

maybe apologize to the people



in Flint for coming and doing

that at that time, or...?



You want me to apologize...



me, apologize to the people

in Flint?



Or the people in Columbine



for coming after

their horrible tragedy.



Why do you go to the places

after they have



these horrible tragedies? I'm

a member of your group here--



Well, I'm afraid

we don't agree on... on that.



You think it's okay

to just come and show up



- at these events.

- No.



You don't think it's okay?



Mr. Heston, just one more thing.



This is who she is -



or was. This is her.



Mr. Heston, please don't leave.



Mr. Heston, please,

take a look at her.



This is the girl.



I left the Heston estate

atop Beverly Hills



and walked back

into the real world,



an America living

and breathing in fear...



In your mind,

you imagine somebody



who might break into your house,

to harm you or your family.



What does that person look like?



You. Her. Him.

The camera guy, anybody.



Could be a gun in the camera,

I don't know.



Where gun sales were now

at an all-time high...



Can shoot as fast as

Wesson semi-automatic.



And where, in the end,



it all comes back to bowling



for Columbine.



Three bowling-alley employees

shot to death Sunday night



at the AMF Broadway Lanes.



There's nothing I really know.

I really don't know anything.



- Just that three people died.

- Right.



In Littleton,

in a bowling alley.



I'm sorry.



Yes, it was a glorious time

to be an American.

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