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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

He’s All Class
by Lee

A number of readers have written to me with a rumor than one of the Columbine shooting victims is going to be writing a book about his experiences.  While this would be an interesting enough read on just these merits, what makes it a must-buy is the author, Mike Taylor, who is quite unhappy with the way Michael Moore used him for BFC.

I am completely against him (Moore). He screwed me over,” said Mark Taylor, who with Richard Castaldo was featured in the Kmart segment that resulted in the removal of bullets from the retailer’s shelves nationwide.

“He completely used us to make a buck.”

Taylor contends Moore wasn’t upfront about his intentions when the three visited Kmart’s headquarters in Troy, Mich. Taylor said he was led to believe the visit would involve a talk with the chairman about enforcing policies on selling ammunition to youth and improving gun safety.

Even with bullets still lodged in his body from the April 1999 shooting, Taylor remains supportive of gun ownership. Moore made it appear the opposite, Taylor said.

“I had no idea what Moore’s agenda was. And he had an agenda. He had it all planned out, completely,” Taylor said. “I believe that every American has the right to have a gun. We should have the right to protect ourselves.”

Ouch.  An article I came across in the Rocky Mountain News has more details of the book.  It doesn’t mention Moore at all, and seems to be more of the story of his spiritual awakening during the event.

Deagle is writing a book about Taylor’s experience. He intends to call it, Mark Taylor, a Prayer for Columbine.

Taylor’s mother, Donna Taylor, told the audience—which took up a collection to help the family with rehabilitation costs—that the experience tested her faith in God. But it also strengthened it.

“I was questioning God. I said, ‘Why me, Lord?”’ the mother said. But then she remembered a passage from Scripture about “all things coming together for good. I said, ‘Lord, all things?’ and he said, ‘All things.“‘

“I’ve changed a lot,” she said. “I used to not listen to the Lord until it was pounded into me.

“When God speaks to me now, I just do it—no questions.”

It would be a real shame if this book came to print and it does not include an accounting of Taylor’s time with Moore.  Mikey has used Taylor’s image and person to advance Moore’s anti-gun, anti-American agenda, and I would like to read, in depth, Taylor’s side of the story.  I would also like to hear Mikey’s response to the mother of one of the Columbine kids to the way they were treatec by Mikey.

A capitalist wolf in creep’s clothing

Recently, a co-worker asked me if I had seen the movie Bowling for Columbine yet, I told her absolutely not! My answer surprised her, given the fact my son, Matthew, was one of the 13 murdered during the deadliest school shooting in our country’s history. I explained to her that prior to the public release of the movie the families of the injured and dead were invited by Michael Moore to attend a preview screening. How thoughtful.

Our family and others considered attending because we were genuinely interested in his message to the public regarding gun control and school violence.

However, once we discovered he was going to charge us admission we refrained from doing so.

It’s laughable that Moore attempts to portray himself as an anti-establishment liberal who is the voice of the common folk, when in fact he is no better than the greedy capitalists he shuns. Maybe now that he has made millions of dollars off the blood of our children he could toss a DVD or two our way to view.

Ann M. Kechter

So, Mikey lies about his intentions to that he can capitalize on the misfortune of a couple of Columbine shooting victims, then charges the parents of those victims a fee.  This is the man of the people, fighting for the little guy?  Give me a break.

I just hope Taylor’s book covers not just the shooting but the subsequent media barrage, as well as his time with Mikey.  I think that would be quite an enlightening little read.

Posted by Lee on 02/15/04 at 01:44 AM (Discuss this in the forums)


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