On Friday, filmmaker Michael Moore used his Twitter account to criticize the National Rifle Association’s “National School Safety Shield” program. While Moore has a problem with an armed guard protecting every school, he doesn’t seem to have a problem with an armed guard protecting him.
The filmmaker, who rose to prominence with documentaries like the anti-gun Bowling for Columbine, often travels with a bodyguard, which is reasonable, considering his level of celebrity. That decision, however, led to an awkward situation in 2005 when his bodyguard was detained at JFK Airport in New York – for carrying a gun.
The story has again resurfaced as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has made gun control an issue again. Moore himself stepped into the fray by posting various anti-gun messages on Twitter. “Armed guards in schools? Hmmmm… Oh! That’s why the 2 armed guards that were at Columbine HS that day were able to prevent the 15 deaths?” he tweeted Friday. On Tuesday, Moore tweeted the following statement: “Guns are for hunters…and cowards.”
There have been those who claim the 2005 story is untrue, but they are only partially correct. Initial reports that the bodyguard was arrested were not correct. The bodyguard was not arrested, and did declare to a screener that he had an unloaded handgun, which he had a permit for. However, he refused to check it into luggage, and insisted he be allowed to carry it with him on the plane. After being briefly detained to argue his case, the bodyguard was reportedly not allowed to carry it on his person. The fact that he does carry a gun to protect Moore is still true.
It isn’t the first time an anti-gun liberal has been caught being a hypocrite. California Senator Diane Feinstein has been critical of those advocating for increased concealed handgun access, but she admitted to having a concealed handgun permit in 1995.
After saying the National Rifle Association doesn’t care about children killed by guns, but only for “white, Republican life,” it was revealed that Rosie O’Donnell’s bodyguard carries a gun. She angrily blamed gun rights supporters for spreading the truth only to shame her.
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