Michael Moore Releases Colorado 'Dark Knight Rises' Theater Shooting Statement
The documentary filmmaker says he fears that "anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply say we were a violent nation."
In the wake of the shock shooting at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater that has already claimed 12 lives, Michael Moore, the documentarian who won an Oscar for his examination of the Columbine school shooting and the nation's gun laws, released a short statement on his website.
"Having spent much time in the Aurora/Denver/Littleton area over the years, I am too sad about this most recent tragedy to comment at the moment, other than to say this," Moore wrote. "I fear anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply say we were a violent nation, at home and abroad, but in due time human decency won out and the violence ceased, but not before many, many more died and the world had had its fill of us.
He continued, "Thoughts, prayers, and whatever comfort can be found for the victims and their families..."
Earlier in the day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid down a challenge to both President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney to more clearly state their position -- and take a firmer stance -- on gun laws.
"You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country," Bloomberg said. "And everybody always says, 'Isn’t it tragic,' and you know, we look for was the guy, as you said, maybe trying to re-create Batman. I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop. And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, OK, tell us how. And this is a real problem."
Obama released both a statement early on Friday and spoke about the shooting at an appearance in Ft. Myers, Florida.
"And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile," he said. "Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another."