...a note from Michael Moore
Friday, March 15th, 2013
The response to my Newtown letter this week has been overwhelming. It is so very clear to everyone that the majority of Americans have had it with how we as a country have recklessly allowed the NRA and the gun manufacturers to get away, literally, with murder.
The "tipping point" against the gun madness has taken place because of the tragic slaughter of 20 little children in Connecticut. This time, the shock and horror didn't subside after a few weeks, as it did after the 30+ massacres since Columbine. This time we haven't been able to shake it from our collective consciousness. This time -- and the NRA knows this -- this time we the people aren't going to quiet down. We are demanding real action.
In the past few days, a number of people and grassroots groups have suggested to me that we do something to use 'Bowling for Columbine' to rally thousands -- millions -- to come together and kick off a massive spring action to get gun control laws passed. I love this idea and I have agreed to participate in helping to launch it.
So, next Saturday, March the 23rd, on the 10th anniversary of the evening that 'Bowling for Columbine' won the Academy Award, MoveOn.org is sponsoring a screening with me in New York City and other groups are joining together to ask you and thousands of others to host a nationwide gathering in your homes where you invite friends and neighbors to come over and watch the movie together -- and then, afterward, I will join you LIVE, via the Web, in your living rooms to talk to you, take your questions/suggestions and decide what we are all going to do.
I am asking the nearly five million of you who receive this email, plus my 1.5 million followers on Twitter and my nearly 800,000 Facebook friends, to set aside next Saturday night , March 23rd , and invite people over to your home to watch my movie and have a talk with me and others who will lead this mass movement for gun control action.
Over the next few days I will send you more details, but I just wanted to get the word out today, after so many thousands of you have written me via email and Twitter, and ask you to hold the date for next Saturday and start to get the word around to your friends and family. I'll let you know the easiest ways to get a copy of the film for free or nearly free so you can show it in your living rooms. And I'll let you know how to "beam me in" when the movie is over. By the end of that night, my hope is that we will have a peaceful but fierce army of millions making their voices heard to those who represent us on Capitol Hill. We will, instantly, vastly outnumber the NRA and the gun lobby.
And for the sake of our children and the future of this great country, we will win.
Let everyone know -- next Saturday, March 23rd , we're all getting together to watch 'Bowling for Columbine' in thousands of "house parties" across America, and I will be there with you, thanks to the wonders of 21st century technology.
See you on the 23rd in your living room! Now is the moment to make this happen.