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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Remember Bowling for Columbine? Little film about guns? Critics loved it:
The brunt of the picture scrutinizes American firearm owners. Seventy million Americans own at least one gun; firearms kill 35,000 people annually in the U.S …
Moore’s foray into Canadian gun culture is the finest segment of the film. In Windsor—a stone’s throw across the Detroit River from the Motor City—locals admit, to the astonished Moore, that they don’t regularly lock their doors.
“Why?” responded one woman, at a neighborhood pub. “What do I have to be afraid of?”
Oh, I don’t know … Michael Moore’s gun-toting bodyguard, perhaps?
Filmmaker Michael Moore’s bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York’s JFK airport Wednesday night.
Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York. Burke was taken to Queens central booking and could potentially be charged with a felony for the incident.
Moore’s 2003 Oscar-winning film “Bowling for Columbine” criticizes what Moore calls America’s “culture of fear” and its obsession with guns.
Culture of fear? What does Moore have to be afraid of?
UPDATE & CORRECTION. The Moore story is wrong. A note sent to Moorewatch from Patrick Burk’s employers follows:
Fox News has now removed the link for this story from their home page; their original story contained several errors. We want to be certain you are aware of the appropriate corrections.
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Please correct the errors in your story below as soon as possible, because, as you are aware, the errors reach an ever-widening audience with each passing minute – and will predictably be picked up by other news agencies.
Our full-time employee, Patrick Burk, is not “Michael Moore’s bodyguard.” Accordingly, the headline in the Fox News Web site story is false and misleading.
If you believe Patrick Burk was ever assigned to protect Michael Moore, or any number of other public figures, you might accurately report that “A bodyguard who was once assigned to protect Michael Moore … “
You could as accurately say “A bodyguard that was once assigned to protect President Clinton,” because Patrick Burk has also been assigned to protect President Clinton in the past – but you wouldn’t be accurate if you said “President Clinton’s Bodyguard.”
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