Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has released a statement on the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Colo., early Friday.

I believe anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply conclude that we were a violent nation, at home and abroad, but in due time human decency won out and the violence ceased, but not before many, many more had died and the world had had its fill of us, he wrote in an email to The Wrap.

Earlier Friday, Moore had tweeted that he wasn't ready to talk. Too sad at the moment to comment.

Moore won an Oscar for his 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine. The film attempts to uncover why so many Americans die from gun related deaths each year. It examines the effects of violent films, explicit music, and video games and concludes that the country's fear inducing media may be to blame.

While shooting the film, Moore interviewed survivors of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and even worked diligently with them to stop the sale of bullets at K-Mart chains throughout the US and succeeded.

On Friday a lone gunman, James Holmes, opened fire on a packed midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb. Twelve theater goers were slain and as many as fifty have been reported injured. Holmes was apprehended at the scene. His motive for the killings is not yet known.