Interview between Moore and Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson attempts to contrast this with the attitude prevailing in Canada, where (he states) gun ownership is at similar levels to the U.S. He illustrates his thesis by visiting neighborhoods in Canada near the Canada–U.S. border, where he finds front doors unlocked and much less concern over crime and security.

In this section, a montage of possible causes for gun violence are stated by several social pundits. Many claim links with violence in television, cinema, and computer games; towards the end of the montage, however, the same people all change their claims to

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson’s responsibility. Following this is an interview between Moore and Marilyn Manson. Manson shares his views about the United States’ climate with Moore, stating that he believes U.S. society is based on “fear and consumption”, citing Colgate commercials that promise “if you have bad breath, people are not

going to talk to you” and other commercials containing fear-based messages. Manson also mentions that the media, under heavy government influence, had deliberately asserted his influence on the acts of Klebold and Harris as being far greater than that of President Clinton, who ordered more bombings on Kosovo on April 20, 1999, than any other day during his Balkans campaign. When Moore asks Manson what he would say to the students at Columbine, Manson replies, “I wouldn’t say a single word to them; I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.”

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