Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is no stranger to controversy. But the horrific events in Las Vegas on Sunday have led him to make his most head-turning comments yet.
If your guess was this is going to be about guns, you’re right, it is.
On Wednesday, Moore took to his Facebook to voice his outrage over the Second Amendment to his millions of fans. He took things further, though, with a proposal for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
First, Moore tweaked the language in the Second Amendment and added his own twist.
His version reads:
A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.
Then, Moore made it crystal clear as to who can own firearms in his idealistic world:
I, Michael Moore, along with all who support an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment (which was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented), and replaces it with a new 28th Amendment that guarantees States can have State militias (a.k.a. State National Guards which are made up of citizen-soldiers who are called upon in times of natural disasters or other State emergencies), allows individuals to use guns for sport and gathering food, and guarantees everyone the right to be free of, and protected from, gun violence (i.e., the public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun).
Moore wasn’t done there.
He called for the complete ban of all semi-automatic and automatic weapons and for any clip that holds more than six bullets.
Then, the filmmaker listed off the qualifications one would need to own a firearm. From Moore’s view, men would need a waiver from their wife and ex-wife, if applicable, to own a gun. He also wants the trigger to recognize the fingerprint of the gun owner.
“To activate a gun for it to be used, the trigger must recognize the fingerprint of its registered owner. This will eliminate most crimes committed with a gun as 80% of these crimes are done with a stolen gun,” Moore said.
Yet, if you were thinking you could use your weapon to defend your family if an intruder tried to get into your home, think again.
“One’s guns must be stored at a licensed gun club or government-regulated gun storage facility. Believing that having a gun in your home provides you with protection is an American myth. People who die from a home invasion make up a sad but minuscule .04% of all gun murders in the US,” Moore remarked.
In addition, he is calling for a complete repeal of the Second Amendment to be replaced with his version.
Strangely enough, Moore does acknowledge we won’t eliminate all murder. But it’s anyone’s guess as to why he won’t acknowledge that criminals who are determined to take lives frequently use whatever means necessary to carry out their atrocities.
While Moore’s proposal will always remain a fantasy, it still provides helpful insight into the major disconnect with how some of Hollywood sees the gun control debate.
You can read Moore’s full Facebook post below: