The Staggers 22 July 2012 Guns don't kill people - Americans do, says Michael Moore The Bowling For Columbine director responds to the Aurora shootings. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up In the wake of the shootings at Aurora last week, many have been waiting to hear from Michael Moore, who has long spoken out against the effects of high gun ownership and relatively lax gun control in America, combined with what he has described as a "climate of fear". Today, Moore has responded with a series of thought-provoking tweets. Total # of gun murders in Japan each year? Somewhere between zero and 7. Guns don't kill people - Americans kill people. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 22, 2012 Of all the gun murders in the 23 richest countries combined, just ONE of those countries is responsible 4 80% of them. Who kills ppl? We do. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 22, 2012 So what is it about US? Yes, gun laws would help. But there'd still be thousands of us still wanting 2 kill someone. Why here¬ elsewhere? — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 22, 2012 Moore then posted a link to his 2002 documentary, Bowling for Columbine, saying it was "his answer" to those questions: He added on his Facebook page: 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: 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. Thoughts, prayers, and whatever comfort can be found for the victims and their families... › Why is Plan B wearing a neo-nazi band's T-shirt? Michael Moore. Photo: Getty Images Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!