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A Note From Michael Moore

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  • Ed Pearl
    Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 7:32 PM To: epearlag@earthlink.net A Note From Michael Moore Sunday, December 16th, 2012 Friends, I am truly beside myself this
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2012
      Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 7:32 PM
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      A Note From Michael Moore

      Sunday, December 16th, 2012

      Friends,

      I am truly beside myself this time. I tried to ring a warning bell about
      this a decade ago. The disease has only gotten worse.

      But...you feel something different in the air across America tonight, don't
      you? People have had it and the outrage is loud and visible. I'm convinced
      the majority of Americans will now back strong gun control laws. And a
      better mental health care system. And perhaps a few are willing to look at
      the deeper issue of how this country officially sanctions violence as a
      means to an end.

      The NRA, for the first time ever, has gone silent. They've taken their
      Facebook page down. They know they can't show up in Newtown next week and
      stick it to the people there, like they usually do after one of these mass
      killings. Let's face it, the gun lobby tonight is on the ropes. Now is the
      time to act. We can't let this sad moment pass without a true response and a
      president willing to be a strong leader.

      I'll send some more thoughts tomorrow, but for now I thought I'd share with
      you what I've been sending out over Twitter this weekend. (If you're not on
      Twitter, please consider it. I know � not one more social media stop,
      please! But I've found it to be a quick and easy way to communicate with
      millions. Please give it a try. <http://twitter.com/mmflint> I send things
      out on it every day and I'd like you not to miss them.)

      Here's my Twitter feed since the shootings on Friday:

      CBS News reporting 27 dead at CT elementary school, many/mostly children.

      Hoping, praying this isn't true. #schoolshooting
      <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23schoolshooting&src=typd>

      Only minutes away from pundits & politicians saying, "This isn't the time to
      talk about gun control." Really? When is that moment?

      The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free
      mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy.

      Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late. At least
      THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.

      19 years ago today was the FIRST Aurora gun massacre. Here's an essay from
      one who lived: http://mmflint.me/OOWJhi <http://mmflint.me/OOWJhi>

      Just 18 hrs ago, those Republicans in the Michigan House rammed thru a bill
      making it LEGAL to carry a gun into a school or day care center.

      RT �@Marmel <http://twitter.com/Marmel> Hey, @BarackObama
      <http://twitter.com/barackobama> - you know all those nuts that fear you're
      going to take their guns? You can take their guns now.

      RT @mat <http://twitter.com/mat> : The gun lobby already hates Obama. I wish
      he'd give them an actual reason.

      The NRA hates freedom. They don't want you to have the freedom to send your
      children to school & expect them to come home alive

      A Facebook post from Mark Kelly: http://mmflint.me/U0XlUU
      <http://mmflint.me/U0XlUU>

      This morning a crazy man attacked 22 children at an elementary school- in
      China. But all the crazy man had was a knife. Number of dead? Zero

      In addition to his two handguns, the killer in CT this morning used an
      assault rifle called The Bushmaster.

      RT �@ScribeHard <http://twitter.com/ScribeHard> @Burnman
      <http://twitter.com/Burnman> @AwardsDaily <http://twitter.com/AwardsDaily>
      I never read a headline that said "Dozens of Children Dead in Hand-to-Hand
      Combat." Guns. Facilitate. Mass. Killings.

      RT @peterbayley <http://twitter.com/peterbayley> @MMFlint
      <http://twitter.com/MMFlint> I didn't know you guys named your guns after
      presidents. How cute

      Also located in Newtown, CT: the nat'l HQ of the National Shooting Sports
      Foundation, the lobbying & trade org of all the gun manufacturers
      http://mmflint.me/Uj9IZu

      In 1996, Australia banned semi-automatics. In the 18 years before, there
      were 13 mass shootings. Since then, none.

      RT @JDillon777 <http://twitter.com/JDillon777> @MMFlint
      <http://twitter.com/mmflint> Sad to see that 'Bowling for Columbine' has
      gone ignored. Perhaps you should have directed Batman, and maybe they'd
      listen.

      Hey NRA - why so quiet? Do you hear the rumble? The will of the people
      today? Coming your way. Think fast - the majority have had it.

      From The Onion: http://mmflint.me/UIhSep

      On this day in 1791 the Founding Fathers created the 2nd Amendment. It took
      a good 15 seconds to load 1 bullet (musket ball) then

      Nation celebrates 2nd Amend. Day in past 24 hrs: Vegas:
      http://mmflint.me/ZviObI 'Bama: http://mmflint.me/U30404 OK:
      http://mmflint.me/Zv7V9M

      From The Onion 2: "'Right To Live Life In Complete, Stunned Horror' Added To
      Constitution": http://mmflint.me/RvWJaW

      RT �@RobbieGorlick <http://twitter.com/RobbieGorlick> After yesterday...
      canceling my #NRA membership. Can't support a group that costs the lives of
      innocents. @MMFlint <http://twitter.com/mmflint> @NRA
      <http://twitter.com/nra> pic.twitter.com/rs33PeMW

      RT �@TimDempster <http://twitter.com/TimDempster> @MMFlint
      <http://twitter.com/MMFlint> It must be so infuriating knowing you warned
      against exactly this. Never fear, millions agree with you... Sadly mostly
      overseas!

      Medical Examiner: Most of the dead were killed w/ the Bushmaster assault
      rifle. Fires 30 rounds a pop. Most kids shot "more than once."

      Medical Examiner: If the dead children suffered "it was not for long."

      As is often the case in these shootings, the gunman seemed to single out the
      women to kill (CNN: 18 of the dead are female; 8 males.)

      Ooooh. Some men didn't like that last tweet. So let me give u another:When's
      the last time u saw a woman walk in & spray a place w/ bullets?

      Pakistani children hold candlelight vigil for CT schoolkids:
      http://mmflint.me/UZUoE8 Ouch.

      "@jfb97n <http://twitter.com/jfb97n> : let the victims b mourned stop
      pushing ur agenda." I'm done with "mourning." Time for action. To do less
      dishonors their deaths.

      Jimmy Greene moved his family fr Canada 2 Newtown in July. Daughter Ana was
      killed Fri; son Isaiah lived. Here they are http://mmflint.me/URvGRP
      <http://mmflint.me/URvGRP>

      Saturday Night Live opens w/ children singing Silent Night in honor of slain
      first-graders of Newtown, CT: http://mmflint.me/UKUixG

      Or try this one: http://mmflint.me/WfLtRu Very moving.

      RT �@KathShx <http://twitter.com/KathShx> @MMFlint
      <http://twitter.com/mmflint> UK family moved to Newtown feeling "happy &
      comfortable" in the town - younger son died in the shooting.
      http://mmflint.me/WhBZl1

      NY Times: In past 6 months, more Americans killed by guns than COMBINED
      total of dead Yanks in Iraq, Afghan & all terrorist acts of past 25 years.

      If only the first victim, Adam Lanza's mother, had been a gun owner, she
      could have stopped this before it started.

      RT �@marlasuehale <http://twitter.com/marlasuehale> @MMFlint
      <http://twitter.com/MMFlint> obviously that argument the NRA folks have
      been using doesn't work after all.

      RT @kazic284 <https://twitter.com/MMFlint> @MMFlint
      <https://twitter.com/MMFlint> Thanks for pointing out how dumb that logic
      is. People have been screaming, "If only the principal had a gun!" Missing
      the point.

      RT @mikelondoncan <https://twitter.com/mikelondoncan> @MMFlint
      <https://twitter.com/MMFlint> Number of homicides in Detroit, MI, 2010 -
      310. Number in Windsor, ON, Canada, one mile away - 0. Same movies, video
      games.

      Some are asking me why I'm not on TV discussing this. Because I've turned
      down all requests. Here's why: http://mmflint.me/UqcM6a
      <http://t.co/6bAYPaji>

      Time for action. The debate & discussion are over. Just as no one should
      debate whether "rape is legitimate," this gun debate is effing over

      I said what I had to say about guns 10 yrs ago. Nothing's changed. You can
      watch this pirated version for free: http://mmflint.me/Jibbz0
      <http://t.co/2E1CvtPk>

      "RT @erikb1205 <https://twitter.com/erikb1205> :It's on Netflix bud" True. U
      can stream it for free there too. Don't want studio or me 2 make any $ on
      this. Pls watch 4 free

      RT @CarlBrandt <https://twitter.com/CarlBrandt> : @MMFlint
      <https://twitter.com/MMFlint> Millions of guns in Switzerland, 24 gun
      homicides in 2009... http://mmflint.me/UKV4uP

      Yes, it helps if you have strong gun control laws like in Japan:
      http://mmflint.me/UwPwTv <http://t.co/QIVqKKe4>

      But Connecticut has one of the strongest gun laws in the U.S. So, 'splain
      that... http://mmflint.me/Z9qzoQ <http://t.co/kOAURlSs>

      I guess it helps if the State of CT doesn't shut down the mental hospital -
      like they did in Newtown, CT in 1995: http://mmflint.me/Z8ZfHk
      <http://t.co/axYFr1iz>

      But the killer's dad is a vice-pres of GE Financial Services (he's in charge
      of taxes). So he had the money for excellent mental health help

      Yes we need gun laws & better mental health care. BUT even that won't stop
      the killings. Because, let's face it, America believes in killing

      A country that officially sanctions horrific violence (invade Iraq, drones
      kill kids, death penalty) is surprised when a 20-yr old joins in?

      I hate to say it, but killing is our way. We began America w/ genocide,then
      built it w/ slaves. The shootings will continue- it's who we are

      The long term solution to reducing gun deaths is to change our society from
      one of perpetual war and fear to one of peace and tolerance.

      The short term solution? A law immediately banning semi-automatic weapons &
      mega-clips. Must have license to own gun. Must pass mental exam.

      Also, end the U.S.-sanctioned policy of killing: End the wars NOW, end death
      penalty. Stop banks and insurance companies from destroying ppl

      It's all violence & it's all connected. Why does this happen only in
      America? The answer is right in front of u. And it's not just the guns.

      Yours,
      Michael Moore
      MMFlint@...
      @MMFlint <http://twitter.com/mmflint>
      MichaelMoore.com <http://www.MichaelMoore.com>


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