"That's the rub"
and you have put your finger on the magic spot... the point where you realize that the problems in the USA are caused by guns, but the USA doesn't think guns are the problem. <<enter scapegoat>> you name it, we've heard it: the violence in movies, the computer games... It's not the fact that people in the USA are so obsessed with their self protection that they own guns... and for that matter are prepared to use them if they feel threatened (note feel... no threat has to exist), no, that is not the reason, it is violence in movies.
The USA has repeatedly show that they as a people, and a country will respond with deadly force to the inference of a threat.
proof: The man that was shoot at a costume party because he was dressed as a cowboy, complete with toy gun. The police where called to the scene on a noise disturbance, and the guy thought they where party guests, waved the toy gun in the air, and was shoot 6 times by the attending officers. (I'm not sure if I got the details of this correct, but the general story is correct)
As Mr Moore states in Bowling for Columbine, the day the columbine tragedy happened, the USA dropped more bombs on kosivo then at any other time during that confrontation, but that didn't make the papers did it? (I'm not sure if it was kosivo... I find it hard to keep track of everybody the USA drops bombs on)
I would now like to apologize for how off topic I am... this about Alert Status Red. Unfortunately, I like perl, have loose type checking ;)
In reference to ASR though, other than the clips from columbine, what else in the video suggests columbine. Or are we drawing columbine, because at the highest level of abstraction, the song is about the overriding social issues in North American (USA). It would then follow that columbine is a true example of these overriding social issues.
We could also take the lead that ASR is a result of the social issues, that are directly descendent from those that cause columbine (it is a circle). i.e. that the US attitude that caused columbine also caused the anti-american attitude present in a large number of groups around the world, this in turn causes threat to the US, and therefor ASR.
Well... that's about all the pseudo intellectual drivel for now,