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Michael Moore: ‘Fear and racism’ drives Americans to cling to their guns

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On MSNBC last week, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore was asked by guest host Michael Eric Dyson why Americans were so obsessed with the Second Amendment and their right to own guns.

“Fear.” answered Moore shortly. “Fear and racism.”

Moore explained that America was a culture that turned to violence to solve their problems, similar to the historically violent cultures of Germany and Japan.

“(W)e are an afraid people, and we have been an afraid people for some time,” Moore said, citing historical violence against Native Americans and African American slaves to prove his point.

Moore added that over 90 percent of America’s weapons were owned by white Americans living in the suburbs and rural areas.

“What are these white people so afraid of in the suburbs?” Moore asked. “Are they thinking little red-headed freckle-faced Jimmy down the street is going to kill them, mug them? I don’t think so.”

Moore explained that although he was a supporter of gun control laws, they wouldn’t be effective in preventing gun violence in America.

“I don’t believe that the gun control laws that we want to pass – and I want them passed and I am fighting very hard for them – that’s not going to really going to change the problem,” Moore explained. “Nobody on our side really wants to say that.”

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