February 5, 2013 > Violence and Keeping Our Children Safe
Violence and Keeping Our Children Safe
The senseless killing of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 has again fired up the national debate over violence in our society, safety of our children, and gun control.
One the one hand, there is renewed impetus for banning assault weapons and tightening background checks prior to weapons and ammunition purchases. On the other hand, the National Rifle Association is now calling for armed guards in every school. Others raise alarm about violent video games and the need for different approaches to handling mental illness.
What is missing from much of this debate is the widespread social alienation in a society which becoming progressively less social, and where families are nuclear and all too frequently broken.
Tri-City residents will have the opportunity to review the issues raised after previous mass shootings, such as the one at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999. Michael Moore's documentary film "Bowling for Columbine," produced in 2002, delves in America's culture of fear, bigotry, and violence. Moore seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
A discussion following the film will be led by staffers from the offices of Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski and Bill Quirk. They will also provide updates on legislative initiatives in Sacramento. Audience participation is always welcomed.
Screening of "Bowling for Columbine" is part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series, and is sponsored by Tri-City Perspectives, Niles Discovery Church, and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.
Bowling for Columbine
Saturday, Feb 9
Niles Discovery Church
255 H Street (enter on 3rd Street), Fremont