Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker and a lightning rod for controversy, is never one to shy away from expressing his opinion, even when it’s grossly unpopular. His 2002 film “Bowling for Columbine” explored America’s history of gun violence, culminating with a tense showdown with NRA president and spokesperson Charlton Heston. Not surprisingly, the recent shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater has hit close to home for the director.
Regarding Obama’s stance on the issue, Moore feels the President is the leader on gun control issues, and even praised his speech following James Holmes’ shooting spree. However, during his recent appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight”, Moore attempted to turn the tables on the President, asking him what, precisely, he would have done if it were his daughters who had been shot during the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”.
“And yet when he brought his own children into it, when he said, ‘You know, my two daughters go to the movies and what if it were them,’ well, I guess if President Obama is watching right now, and I say this with all due respect: What if it were them?” Moore said during the program.
He also added, “What if it were them last Thursday night? Would you stand at the microphone the next day and say I feel your pain and, you know, the existing gun laws, that’s what he said, the existing laws are enough. Is that really what you’d say, Mr. President? I don’t think so.”
Moore also expressed his displeasure with coming onto various television programs to discuss these horrific events, stating that he refuses to “live in a country like this”, and urged others to stand up and declare the same thing.
“I’m not leaving, so therefore what am I going to do? It’s got to change,” he stated.