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wWednesday, September 22, 2004

BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE COPS: Here's the start of the story in which I look at the lowdown from Littleton. (Stop me before I alliterate again.) Turns out the local cops put in a less than exemplary performance:

"Columbine" used to be just a high school in Littleton, a quiet town in Jefferson County, Colorado. On the morning of April 20, 1999, two black trench coat-clad students, armed with assault rifles and sawed-off shotguns and acting in concert with timed explosives, changed that. By killing 12 students and one teacher before turning the guns on themselves, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made the school into a national Rorschach test.

Gun control groups started shouting almost before the blood had dried. Allow children to be around guns and this sort of thing was bound to happen, they argued. It's no coincidence that Michael Moore's 2002 anti-gun mockumentary is titled Bowling for Columbine. The family values crowd grabbed hold of the pair's obsession with violent video games and faux Satanic music to use as a stick to beat Hollywood over the head with. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson had to cancel concerts in the face of loud, angry charges that his music had contributed to the massacre. [more]

posted by Jeremy at 12:17 AM