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  •  Segment 1 transcript 7:33 - 9:45 (11+ / 0-)

    Moore: it's not any of the stuff were talking about. There is something wrong in the American character, and until we ultimately get to that, as to why we believe, as a society, and officially as a government, that violence is a means to an end. That violence is okay to solve our problems.

    If we think somebody might have some weapons of mass destruction it's okay to invade their country and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians. If someone has committed a crime, we are one of the few countries left, I think it's North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, that still have the death penalty. If somebody has committed a crime, we are one of the few countries left that believe it's okay to kill a human being who has committed a crime.

    We believe, societal wise, and our gender wise, that it's okay to strike a woman. A woman is hit, is physically abused, every 15 seconds in this country. That's where we live Michael.

    And, you know, as I said in my last movie,I refuse to live in a country like this, and I not leaving. Stuff I'm not leaving, something has got to change.

    Dyson: let me ask you. Let me ask you this. It's very powerful. Obviously, the session with violence has marked America in a way that it does not characterize other societies, in terms of the impact and consequence. In the difference is, that we have guns, and we have ready access to guns, and those guns flood our society, and those guns have big magazines and big drums, big clips, it were able to shoot a bullet into a person, and kill them, and kill masses of people.

    Whereas in Britain, as you talked about with George Harrison, a knife attack was far less likely to result in murder. What is it about America? You talk about the character of America, but what is it about us that makes us so dogged? So insistent about having guns as in the second amendment? Worshiping it? We act like it's second commandment instead of an amendment. So what is it about us that makes us willing to see this as a necessary sacrifice of millions of lives, to possess those Michael guns?

    Moore: FEAR


    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:22:51 PM PDT

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