Gun control advocate Michael Moore thinks that Americans should only be permitted to own muskets, a stance that would instantly criminalize nearly 100 million firearms owners. His message for everyone else? "If you are worried about your safety, get a dog."
The maker of Bowling for Columbine was asked by We Are Change's Luke Rudkowski what his stance was on the argument that Americans should have the right to own firearms in order to protect themselves against criminals, who will always find a way to get guns no matter what the law says.
"There's nothing wrong with the second amendment, as written, and as intended at that time - I think everybody has a right to own a musket," said Moore as he smirked and laughed.
Of course, the word "musket" does not appear anywhere in the second amendment.
"I think if somebody really believes they need a gun to protect themselves they should have a right to do that," said Moore, before dissuading people from doing so by referring to statistics which he claims show having a gun in the house raises the likelihood of someone in the house being harmed.
"If you are worried about your safety, get a dog," Moore concluded.
Despite his reservations about Americans having guns in their homes, Moore admitted in a 2008 Larry King interview that he owns a gun and also relies on armed security.
Despite his draconian advocacy for strict gun control, Moore routinely surrounds himself with armed bodyguards. Addressing a story about how one of his bodyguards was arrested at New York's JFK airport for carrying an unlicensed gun, Moore dismissed the issue as "propaganda put out by the right, by Fox News," claiming the bodyguard did not work for him.
The film maker argued that the bodyguard, Patrick Burke, was on his way to California to protect Arnold Schwarzenegger, and that the bodyguard was probably only hired to protect him by a film studio company. However, the Burke's gun was licensed in California but not New York, meaning that his crime of carrying an unlicensed weapon was most likely committed while protecting Moore.
In a separate interview, Moore warned that Obama's passage of the NDAA and his administration's drone assassination program represented the "early baby steps" towards tyrannical government, but refused to acknowledge that gun control was part of that process.
Moore denied that gun control was part of the Nazi move to dictatorship, arguing, "That's like saying Hitler and the Nazis invented the Volkswagen….so?"
Although gun control advocates have claimed that Hitler did not disarm the German people and that the 'Nazi gun control' argument is a myth, the facts show that Hitler did take existing gun control laws and make them more draconian with the 1938 weapons law, which prohibited Jews from "acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons," and ordered them to turn in all guns and ammunition to local police.
Historians like Israel Guttman have also outlined how the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis was hampered by the fact that imprisoned Jews did not have access to adequate arsenals of firearms.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, Moore called for "strict gun control," labeling the event a "tipping point" that would lead to the demise of the National Rifle Association. However, in the three weeks following the incident, the NRA gained around 100,000 new members.