Michael Moore said on Piers Morgan Tuesday night that the founding Fathers would have omitted the right to bear arms from the Bill of Rights if they would have known how much guns would modernize in the coming centuries.
Ironically maintaining that "guns don't kill people, Americans kill people," Moore began by saying it must seem "odd" to people in other countries how we view our Constitution as being written "through some sort of divine intervention or whatever," and that "because what they thought was right in 1776 to 1789 ... that is the way we have to live today in the 21st century."
Here is a clip of his subsequent remarks, via the Washington Examiner:
... when [the Founding Fathers] said, the right to bear arms...you know, the "arm" back then was you could -- you could only fire one shot at a time. You had a little -- a little ball bearing-like bullet. You had to stuff it in the thing and then you had to do this, and the gun powder, and, you know, took 15 minutes before you could fire one shot.
Now, if the Founding Fathers could have looked into a crystal ball and seen AK-47s and Glock semiautomatic pistols, I got a feeling they wouldn't -- I think they'd want to leave a little note behind and probably tell us, you know, that's not really what we mean when we say "bear arms."
...I wish we would just live in this century. I think they'd want us to do that. [Emphasis added]
This isn't the first time Moore has made wild assertions about the Founding Fathers. In January, he said that the United States was "founded on genocide and build on the backs of slaves," while in December of 2010 he claimed the Founding Fathers would have been Wikileakers.
Here's a "brief history of America" as Moore apparently sees it, from his award-winning "Bowling for Columbine":
Piers Morgan added that he has been "angered" by Americans' reaction to the Aurora, Colorado massacre, and how there has been a significant rise in gun sales in the area.
Moore agreed, responding:
I mean, I just really want to say to people, you're not living in a movie ... So let's say you have a gun on you and a guy is there. He lets off a tear gas canister. There's gas everywhere. People are crawling over, running over everybody, there's total chaos, you're going to somehow very quickly, because he's -- remember, he's got a semiautomatic gun, so he's popping people very quickly every second. You're going to somehow get your gun out and you're back in row 15 and you're somehow going to find that guy in the gas and shoot him and take him down. I mean, really?...
Moore concluded by saying he refuses "to live in a country" like this but, to the chagrin of many, obstinately declared that he's "not leaving."
He concluded: "It's got to change. And I invite Americans who feel the same way as I do -- and I believe it's the majority -- to help me change this, help everyone change this...Rise up now."