Regrann from @michaelfmoore - 15 years ago tonight, on the 5th night of the Iraq War, my friends and I won the Academy Award for "Bowling for Columbine." https://youtu.be/M7Is43K6lrg We made this movie in the hopes that Columbine would be the first -- and LAST -- of this kind of mass school shooting. We thought people would listen, would rise up to make sure domestic gun massacres would not become the norm.
That did not happen.. We've had massacre after massacre since then. And in the 19 years since the killings at Columbine, nearly 600,000 Americans have been KILLED due to gun violence at school, at work, at home. No other country on Earth can (or would want to!) make such a claim. Shameful and disgraceful, we let the NRA have their way, we re-elected the puppets they own in Congress, and as long it doesn't happen to a loved one of ours, we’ve turned our heads the other way.
For the majority of these 19 years since the Columbine (10 of them), a Democrat has sat in the White House. Nothing has changed. Even when 20 first graders in Connecticut have their heads blown off or their internal organs disintegrated by a weapon of war, President Obama tried to get the tinniest of gun laws passed -- and couldn't do it.
Tonight we prepare to march on Washington and all over America (and the world). I believe that tomorrow will be historic. I believe that hundreds of thousands -- millions?! -- of Americans will finally show up in the streets, to demand an end to this madness. I believe tomorrow is the beginning of the end of the NRA.
Because the adults of this country have failed to do their simplest of duties -- keep their children safe -- the children have now risen up. The teenagers of Parkland, FL, have decided to fight back. They've organized this massive protest, both in DC and in 800+ cities around the world. As one of the Parkland students said to the older generations of the US last week: "We accept your apology for the eff-ed up world you've given us. Now get out of the way so we can fix it." Powerful words. These kids are full of rage and refuse to live in a country that allows this insanity of violence, with 330 million guns in our homes.