Michael Moore Touts Mayor Bloomberg's Gun Control Campaign: 'It's Wonderful!' | New York Daily News

Michael Moore Touts Mayor Bloomberg's Gun Control Campaign: 'It's Wonderful!' | New York Daily News

By Joanna Molloy | May 7, 2013

Michael Moore isn't known for his high praise of politicians, but when asked Tuesday about Mayor Bloomberg's gun control crusade, the filmmaker gave him a shout-out.

"It's wonderful!" an exultant Moore said to the Daily News at the groundbreaking of the nation's first documentary-only cinema, which will be built in Downtown Community Television Center's 1896 firehouse on Lafayette St. "Bloomberg is a huge threat to those guys in Washington. He's on a tear, and I don't think we've seen one-tenth of his wrath.

"I think the United States Senate has made a huge mistake going against the will of 90% of the American people. The only things that have polled at 90% [according to Public Policy Polling] are Abraham Lincoln and Jesus. Not even baseball, Mother Teresa, or apple pie polls that high. So it's just background checks, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesus that Americans approve of at that level. And the Senate voted against them."

Moore, whose Oscar-winning documentary "Bowling For Columbine" got Kmart to stop selling guns, added, "It's 12 years later now, and it's frustrating for me as a filmmaker. I'd hoped that things would have changed. It only got worse. How many massacres have there been since Columbine?

"But Mayor Bloomberg, and I, and a very disparate group of people are coming together and we are going to remove them from office. And the rest of them are going to be so frightened that their votes will change, and we will have gun control, real gun control, in this country."

Moore joined DCTV's founder, Jon Alpert, whose documentaries he said inspired him as a youth. "Jon had a show on NBC at 1 or 2 in the morning from places like Nicaragua and El Salvador where he would be the cameraman, the soundman, the editor and the narrator. I saw that you could do it as a freelancer."

Alpert, who teaches filmmaking to 13,000 low-income kids a year with wife Keiko Tsuno, helped two of his students make "Bullets in the Hood," which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Director Morgan Spurlock, who also showed up to praise Alpert as a mentor, said he is currently shooting an episode of his CNN "Inside Man" series on "the gun lovers of America."

"I grew up in West Virginia around guns; I grew up hunting. Guns were a part of my life as a child," Spurlock told The News. "There are communities in this country that you're never going to be able to take guns away from. So how do we realistically deal with the problem? The fact that the Senate didn't pass background checks when 90% of Americans approve of them shows that they voted with their wallets and not their hearts. You can only hope that there will be some sort of backlash against those politicians."

Moore, Spurlock and "Redemption" director Matthew O'Neill had only smiles for the New York pols launching the yearlong construction of the 73-seat, 3D interactive digital theater.

Attendees included Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilwomen Margaret Chin and Gale Brewer and city Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin. Also turning out weresupporters at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.; Housing and Urban Development; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Samuel Rubin, Rockefeller, Hyde & Watson foundations; HBO; and SONY.

An obviously trimmer Moore also praised Spurlock, whose fast-food documentary, "Super Size Me," had been an inspiration, he said.

"In Michigan," Moore said, "I look like Twiggy."

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