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July 23rd, 2012
08:38 PM ET

Tuesday: Michael Moore returns

On Tuesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore for a candid and revealing gun control discussion that comes on the heels of Friday's deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO.

Joining Piers Morgan for the full hour, tomorrow marks a return visit for the outspoken Michigan native, who in the past has shared his perspective on everything from Osama bin Laden to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

On Tuesday, Moore will address similar themes to those he focused on in "Bowling for Columbine" – his 2002 documentary film exploring the causes for the massacre at Columbine High School – and in advance of his visit, we want to hear from you!

What are the real reasons behind the largest mass shooting in American history? Could stronger laws have prevented the tragic deaths in Aurora? What have we learned in the decade between Columbine and Aurora?

What questions do you have for the 58-year-old Moore?

Please send a tweet to @pierstonight or leave a comment on our "Piers Morgan Tonight" Facebook page.

Then tune in Tuesday night at 9 p.m. for what promises to be a fascinating conversaton on one of the most polarizing issues facing America today.
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  1. Ray winter

    Should MadshellBachmann be allowed to buy an assault rifle any Tim in the future?
    Can he predict the next shooting?
    Is this the price we pay to train people for the next GOParanoia war?

    July 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The unemployed 45%

      People have to realize in this country that things need to change and the only way to affect change is to stop believing and start thinking and the only way to think in an intelligent way is to ASK QUESTIONS and that what gun control debate and or any debate is about asking the tough questions to find answers closer to the truth. Liberalism is about asking questions to determine the "truth" about the natural world in which we live, and responding to that evidence of truth no matter where it leads us, not becoming socialist.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • keri

      I would not be surprised to hear that the killer at the Colorado theater was told he needed to be on antidepressants before the shooting happened, doctors are pushing mind changing drugs that are labeled: could cause suicide and other acts of violence. The teenagers who killed the at Columbine were on psychiatric drugs. I know 5 people who would of never killed themselves if they had not been put on psychiatric drugs. When is the public going to see how much these drugs are the cause of irrational behavior. Read Toxic Psychiatry or Reclaiming our Children by Dr. Breggin. Be educated so that you know how these drugs are showing up in so many deaths. Do we want to ask for more drugs for people, there is a deeper root to disturbed people, drugs do not get to the real cause, they just either make you to not feel as much or can trigger irrational behavior. I know the billion dollar pharmaceutical companies are very happy to push the drugs. And billion dollar gun industry is happy to lobby for more guns. Strict gun laws and no psychiatric drugs given like prescribed so quickly is the solution to a safer country.

      July 25, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kellyw

    So what you are saying is we will have to ban pick up trucks? 13 people died in a pick up truck yesterday do you think we should ban trucks? I love my rights don't take them away

    July 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vania

      The matter is not the pick-up truck unless it'll be found out a mechanical problem, but the condition of the driver who provoked the accident.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joetheplumber

      Cars and or truck are not designed to kill people assault rifles are solely designed to kill people plain and simple ...if you want these weapons you want to kill ..thats it ,,plain and simple ,,,BAN ALL ASSAULT WEAPONS .period end of story ...banning assault weapons does not voilate the 2nd ammendment at all ..if one can still buy a handgun for personal protection .

      July 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jullian

        You should be ashamed of yourself saying " Ban all assualt Rifles" it's a honor and a privilege to own a assualt rifle, I have much respect for them, I will always support the right to own Guns and Assualt rifle, it's a right you should honor too!!! what they need to ban is Alcohol, cigarettes this 2 products kill thousands and thousands of Americans everyday in the United States!!!!!

        July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Myk

        I guess that i have been wrong for all these years that I have owned my weapons.... I have wanted to kill???? I really do not remember that sticker on any of the weapons that I have bought.

        Joetheplumber, you sir are an idiot, please do not speak again.

        Myk

        July 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • gus

        @Jullian. You should not have the privilege to kill people with an assault rifle. I don't mind you having the privilege of using a water gun or even a paintball gun just so as long as you don't have the ability to commit mass murder. You should not have the honor of owning a mass murder weapon so you can "have fun" with it.

        July 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        Joe, It is highly misconceived that assault weapons are trully the problem in both this case and in all violence cases. Most people chimming in both for gun control and against gun control know absolutely nothing about guns. The AR-15 (semi-auto) or M16 (full auto variant) is a military application rifle yes that is true. But more precisely the caliber of the weapon 5.56 Nato or .223 is not intended to kill. The sole purpose of this round was developed to wound not to kill which is precisely why there was such a high wounded to killed ratio. 58 wounded to only 12 killed. Most people do not realize that perhaps the best thing that could have happened in this scenario is for Mr. Holmes to have used the assault rifle. The 5.56 Nato round is intended to pass right through a victim injuring him so that it takes two soldiers to care for him. In warfare one shot rendering three soldiers useless is the intent of this round. You have a very small in diameter full metal jacket bullet going at a hyper rate of speed meant solely to pass through the victim as fast as possible with minimal expansion and internal trauma. Had Mr. Holmes used his shotgun more or .40 cal glocks there would have been far more deaths as the .40 cal round is intended to mushroom and expand at a high rate causing massive internal damage and death. In fact the vast majority of the time it is not assault rifles used in gun violence related crimes it is the handguns. Banning assault rifles while sounds good will actually do nothing to crime rates. If anything the handguns are at higher risk of being used in a crime. What most people also ignore is that you dont need to compare the US to other countries as far as gun related viloence goes but rather inside our own united states. For instance two of the largest states in the US Texas and California. One has very strict gun laws and the assault weapons ban as well as the limitation on magazines to only allow 10 rounds and the other has minimal gun control laws. Which do you think has the higher gun violence rate? That is right the one who bans assault rifles and limits the magazines to 10 rounds. California has significantly in fact almost double the gun related crimes as does Texas. You can use these two examples to see that gun control laws will no increase gun related crimes nor will they decrease them. The true problem is in fact the people. We are very lucky that Mr. Holmes obviously knew very little about guns as he made a very poor choice in his assault rifle weapon choice and the use of the 100 round drum mag instead of lets say four 30 round magazines. The 100 round drum mag almost always inevitably jams as any avid gun user would know. Why the news media lets completely uninformed and ill educated people like mayor bloomberg talk about gun control and the specifics about weapons is beyond me. Why not have people like the ATF and FBI who knows the most about the technical issues. Lastly Virginia Tech and Ft. Hood and almost all other mass killing did not use assault rifles but rather HANDGUNS!

        July 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tony

        If I was Michael Moore, I would buy an assault rifle and shoot myself in the head.

        July 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        Cars and trucks don't kill people you are right, it's the persons behind the wheel and when that person behind the wheel doesn't take the responabilty of driving it correctly the it becomes a killing machine. I don't know if you drink alcohol or not , but you need to check the statistics on alcohol related deaths and you will see they are far greater than gun deaths in any given year. If you do drink and do it responsibly then you wouldn't fall in that catagory of irresponsible people. So would you want me to ban you from driking because of someonelse's actions. So I don't think you should say that if you own what you so call an assualt weapon that they want to kill. As for the 2nd ammendment it is the right to bear arms so when you go banning one weapon it is like a journey of a thousand mile it begins with one step that would mean one gun today then other tomorrow until one morning you would wake up and they would be gone along with a lot of other rights.

        July 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Hah. I love that argument. Almost as much as I love the "guns don't kill people" argument. For God's sakes, wake up America! You really do have a problem here, you know.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • tim

        It's an honor and privilege to have an assault rifle, and we should exercise that right ? Wake up you stupid hillbilly, those weapons are used to take away lives. If you were attractive enough to have a wife and had a family, you would realize that people die due to your love of have assault rifles. moron

        July 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • gus

      You're an idiot... Cars and trucks have societal value. It is a means of transportation. Guns don't. Why do you need a gun?

      July 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rodney

        I like that grenade point. If these idiots think it's their right to own an assault rifle, then why not grenades, and other weapons ? After all, they have a right to bear arms ! Or does that fight only work when it's easy for you to use as an excuse, nra dimwits ?

        July 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil

      Can we instead ban stupid questions comparing a truck which is intended to get you from 1 place to another, with a gun which is intended to take away human lives ??

      July 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jim

        WOW!!!! you people are something else. I own guns. I hunt deer and turkey. I have never shot at or had the desire to shoot at a person. Do I have assault rifles? no. But, if I were to own one, I still would not have the desire to kill someone. The problem lies within society. If one were so inclined to look at statistics, they would find that countries with tight gun control kill more by other means than by fire arms. It is not the owning of a gun that triggers killing. I could kill more people with my truck if I wanted to kill random people.

        July 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • jim

        I must also add, I have a friend that hunts deer with an assault rifle...he finds it a challenge. He has never killed anyone. So, I guess they aren't made only for taking human lives.

        July 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • ken

        You are right you can't compare a truck to a gun, A gun in the hands of a responsible person is nothing more than a gun. You don't get the point. You are like a lot of other people we are saying when a drunk driver or a irresponsible person gets behind the wheel it becomes something that can kill.Just like the gun if the wrong persons uses it incorrectly it becomes a weapon to kill. Just check out the number killed by drunk driving you will see the number killed is far greater than gun deaths.So you tell that to a mother that has lost her only child or several family members to a drunk driver that it isn't the same. The loss is the same they are still gone from there lives.

        July 25, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. nana

    Please google : "Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country"

    July 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • think again

      Do that very same search and remove gun. Do another one for violent crime and robbery you will see that all of them are highest in the states/country's with the strictest gun control. They are the highest in places that ban guns all together. You cant change Human Nature no matter haw delusional you are. Gun control is PROVEN NOT to work.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        Where are guns banned altogether? Show your evidence about all the factors that lead to crime, such as extreme poverty Let's see your analysis before you start trying to call anyone besides yourself delusional.

        July 24, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
      • john_willow

        Ever heard of the Western European countries? They blow your theory to bits (No pun intended). You haven't got a leg to stand on, nor is there any logic in your thinking.

        July 24, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        I'm fortunate enough to live in a country where buying a firearm is a really lengthy and serious process. And even if you manage to buy one, you're limited to certain types of firearm (for example, the possession of a handgun is forbidden by law). Most deaths here occur in traffic, and not by the hands of an assailant.

        So there. Theory proven.

        July 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Please google "homicide rates by country"...It isn't the guns.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jill

    To Michael Moore-What sort of regulations do you think should be put in place? Should regulations lean more towards gun control or taxing gun accessories such as bullets?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. J. Wynn

    What does Mayor Whatshisface, or any other political official know about the lifestyle of a middle to lower class U.S. citizen? He knows only about statistics the views of the opposing political party. Does he really care? No. This new found concern of his will fade.

    I like the comment about the pickup truck, kellyw. Here's another one for you. Should we ban flying? Should airplanes be banned? Maybe, just maybe, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 could have been prevented if the only realized the dangers of airplanes as weapons.

    Hey, Bloomturd, you're a joke!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vania

      The problem is who uses airplanes//trucks as weapons to kill others willingly or carelessly done.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      There's a reason the United States has twice as many gun owners per capita as Switzerland and 166 times as many gun homicides. Huge rich-poor gap, an inequitable system that ramples disadvantaged people, generalized paranoia about everything, especially government, and of course the availabilty of heavy weapons and ammo to anyone with a system of lax restrictions. Thanks to the reprehensible NRA, which is nothing but a front for gun manufacturers, cowardly politicians who are afraid of the NRA, and thousands of fenceposts like this poster who swallow NRA propaganda whole, the U.S. carnage will continue.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. JJ

    Piers Morgan is a hack and needs to return to England. He needs to stick with his light wieght tabloid issues, judging crappy talent shows and out of US political issues. CNN need to get him off prime time.

    Piers keep your non citizen opinions to yourself.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vania

      Isn't this a so called "free country"?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ben

        Yes, it’s a free country, that is why we are free to voice our opinion to tell him that he should get the hell out and not come back.
        Free speech is a double edged sword. It works both ways.

        July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ma

    piers, i agree that there needs to be a major overhaul in gun laws. i was interested to hear this interview and hear all sides because i am usually completely confounded how someone could defend an assault rifle. but you need to shut up so your guests can speak. how can we have an intelligent debate if we don't let those who may disagree with us express themselves. i still want to hear his argument so it can be intelligently countered. hopefully, i will find it on another show. you simply made those of us for gun control look like badgering fools.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill

      What they are calling assault weapons are not. What they want to eliminate is all guns. There have been semi automatic pistols, rifles, and shotguns since about 1910. And no unusual attention made to them until lately. An Assault weapon is one that is used in the military for assaults. In to days armies, that means, selective fire. Semi auto, and full auto. No full auto weapons are available in the United States without strict control on ownership and storage of same. What they are calling 'assault' weapons, and what is pictured in most news stories are semi automatic guns. The latest of which, are sometimes in a military stock of plastic or wood. These shoot the same cartridge as many deer hunting rifles and are limited to one shot per trigger pull. Same as hunting rifles. The only difference is the looks. And in most states, these guns are widely used for deer, hog, turkey, squirrel, coyote, and other game and non game animal hunting. The wide variety and use of these for hunting, is largely overlooked by the non gun and uninformed public, and the wild stories made up by radicals, politicians, and anti gun promoters, lead to misunderstandings and grossly dumb judgement calls of what an assault restriction means to the average family. An elimination of assault weapons–as they define–means you cant sell own or hand down your treasured grandfathers bird hunting automatic shotgun. The next step they intend is to eliminate all guns. The second amendment was not about hunting, or bowling, or any other sport. It was about family, and national defense.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        The second amendment was about a "well-regulated militia." You obviously don't understand what that means. We're not talking about the current self-styled militias made up of anti-government kooks. We're talking about citizens organized and armed in the service of their country during wartime. That definition certainly doesn't apply to you or the many malcontents and lunatics, like the Colorado killer, who can obtain military-style hardware with no problem. You do not need semi-assault weapons.

        July 24, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
      • jullian

        well said Bill, these people saying "ban all assualt rifles" have no clue at all what they're saying!!!!

        July 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • jim

        Back in the day...a well regulated militia was the idea of grab your gun that shoots 1 bullet with a lengthy reloading time, and come fight the enemy (foreign or domestic.) Today, if you show up with that muzzle loader you would last about as long as it would take to pull the trigger. So, now firearms are semi-automatic (not ideal for fighting for your life, but better). I hope I never have to "grab my gun", but if it becomes necessary, I want one that will do the job. This whole idea of "guns kill people" is stupid. It is a social problem, not a gun problem.

        July 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Well said...he doesn't know how to stop running his mouth when he disagrees with someone

      July 24, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dory

    Damn... I wish Piers goes back to UK because he is not FAIR to his guests, he kept disrespecting this guy on the panel. I don't care what his opinion is but Larry King would never interrupt a guest even if he disagrees with the guest. Piers needs to treat his guests fairly and he does not! Calm down Piers and keep your emotions to yourself!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      I agree!

      Piers, you are only heaping mockery upon yourself when you invite someone on your show, knowing that that guest's opinion is opposite to yours, asking that guest a question and then not having the common courtesy to hear the answer. I am surprised he didn"t get up and leave and say something like "When you develop your listening skills, please have me back!" I was embarrassed just watching you and your total disregard of respect. Smarten up.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Free lancer

    NRA is should declared as a terrorist organization preaching weaponization of entire peaceful society.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JBS

    Piers, your guest Lott might be a morron, but if your going to ask him a question, at least let him respond... what was the poin tof inviting him on, when you never allowed him to get a word in edgewise. Please watch the tape, and I think you will agree that news reporting needs to remain open for the viewers to decide what is sensible, and senseless. I agree with all of your points, and that of Alan Dershowitz, BUT, if your gong to ask a question, let the guy make himself look foolish; Americans are smart enough to recognize the difference.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Davy Crocket

      Although I heartily respect Pers Morgan and his producers for allowing the gun control issue to be aired, I fully agree with JBS that he invited this guest to be on his show and it reminds me too much of Fox News to have the host not allow the guest to have a chance to give his opinion without interruption. Let the viewer decide whose point is the most sensible. (And I agree with Pers!!)

      July 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Vladimir

    Piers, You need to stop interupting your guest when they are about to prove a point that discredits your view.
    The last segment on gun control law was over the top.
    Have your network do a measurement on how much time you spoke vs your guest. Your emotion and partisan views are showing and you do not want to go the way of CBS and their ratings.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      You are correct about Piers. He acted as though he was afraid to let his guest speak. This is a bad habit of his. And it just gives ammo (no pun intended) to the loopheads posting here who think "furriners" have no right to voice their opinions in this country.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Craiger

    This interview is the most unprofessional and ignorant I have ever seen. Piers, you should be ashamed of yourself. Your liberal insanity is bleeding through. You have traded reason for emotion. You my friend are also dangerous to the public and freedom. Are you even a citizen of this great and free country. If its soo bad here, go back to Britian.

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Grier

    Is Piers Morgan the best you can do to replace Larry King. I just watched Piers grill a pro gun guest to the point that he would not let him answer questions. He was on the receiving end of a sermon about gun control from Piers. All the while, Piers allowed Allen Dershowitz (sp?) rant on about how he thought 95% of all US guns should be confiscated without ever interupting him once. Do we have to have this Englishman on our airwaves every night telling Americans how we need to live and enact our laws, regardless of your views? Piers is why I do not watch CNN except on very exceptional times.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Shaun Salberg

    Piers Morgan is an IDIOT!!! Last time I checked, criminals do not follow laws, THAT'S WHY THEY ARE CRIMINALS!!!! If more people had conceal and carry permits, there would be so many fewer casualties and victims from thus tradgedy!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      Of course, you have proof for this statement, right?

      July 24, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • dean nelson

        To John Willow, FYI, John Holmes did pass a background check, had no run-ins with the law except for a speeding ticket, and was highly educated. Not a single red flag during a check. We can't foresee someone's actions, unless you want to join an even more liberal world and move on to the Minority Report. Check your facts before you start spewing ignorance. What about the hundreds of people that save their own or families lives with a legal firearm? What are you going to tell them....wait for the police. They can only respond to catch the crininal in most cases, after the fact. Most people demonize large guns like the .50 cal. Guess what, the .50 cal club in the U.S. is comprised of higher income, college educated, and alot of retired military and law enforcement. You telling me they can't go out and enjoy some high performance shooting? Are they a "threat" now? With that reasoning, might as well take away all those corvettes and porsches guys like to take out on the weekend. Legal gun owners don't buy guns to kill, they do to enjoy the sport of shooting.

        July 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jane

    Dear Piers Morgan, when you have a guest (John Lott) on your show please let him speak and finish his points otherwise what is the point of having him on the show. It is amazing to see Piers Morgan and publicity lover Alan Dershowitz no less arguing and bullying John Lott like 2 year old children.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Fred

    I was watching your show regarding the shooting tonight tonight, and you just wouldn't let your "guest" respond period. I finally got so disgusted with you and that ignorant attorney that I had to turn your program off and take a walk. You are obviously not well informed nor do you want to be. You will never win an argument with your lack of information and your ridiculous questions.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • L.A.

      I too was angered to the point of turning the show off and walking away. I am a lawful citizen of the USA and do not understand why i should not be able to buy certain weapons. While i do not currently own an assault rifle, nor do i expect to have a need to own one i do not see why i should not have that right. Maybe people should have to go thru a gun ownership program that would include a safety course, background check, and mental evaluation before each purchase. We need to be less politically correct and make the punishment fit the crime.

      July 24, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        The NRA doesn't want people to go through background checks. And the Colorado killer didn't. Do you not grasp that?

        July 24, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Tom

    Piers, I agree 200% with you! Why do we need these high powered guns?? There is NO REASON why someone needs to shoot 100 bullets per minute. Even hunting, it takes the sport out of it. Hunting is a sport and should be at least a little challenging!! We need to find brave Americans to run for office that are brave enough to take on the NRA!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Davy Crocket

      I am a 65-year old member of 3 generations of Americans, the first of which immigrated from Europe. None of these 3 generations have found a need to have a firearm in their home. I served in the military and took basic infantry training, as did my father, and fired weapons during wartime, but have found no reason to have weapons in our households and have never missed having them. I totally cannot understand the mindset of those who HAVE TO HAVE deadly weapons in their households!!

      July 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Judy

    I am a liberal Democrat who is very pro gun control. While I appreciate Piers Morgan's passion on this subject, I was disappointed in his interview with the pro-gun speaker he had on tonight. It was very unprofessional and as much opposed as I am to the NRA, I do believe that "interview" means you let your guests answer questions and speak also. To listen to an interview where the interviewer and Alan Dershowitz spoke loudly and at the same time as when the NRA person was talking did not help the anti gun cause. Whether we consider the NRA's and the speaker's views as nonsense, I believe there is value in trying to understand where others with different views are coming from.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. James

    Mr. Morgan is rude and disrespectful to his guest. Mr. Morgan does not have to agree with his guest; he should respect them. Further, he did not interrupt Alan D. Mr. Morgan usually loads his questions to those he disagrees with a lot of presumptions that are not necessarily facts. Surely, Mr. Morgan, you cannot believe that you gave Mr. Lott a fair opportunity to respond to you. At least Larry King (who would lob softball to liberals and pointed questions at conservatives); he would let them give a full response. It is little wonder why the CNN audience is shrinking...

    July 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Rod

    Piers is the most arrogant host ever to air on cnn.. He is a disgrace to the united states.Whats the point of having a guest speaker when he deliberately trys to humiliate and talkover without giving his guest a chance to voice his opinion.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Davy Crocket

      Apparently you have never watched Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, in particular. He regularly talks over his guests who have differing opinions...

      July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Eick

    I have always enjoyed Pierce's interviews and they have been insightful. I am on the fence regarding gun control and thought focusing on this interview may be insightful. However, I merely wasted my viewing time witnessing Pierce disrespect his guest and not allow his views to be expressed. He needs to remember he is an INTERVIEWER not an expert. If he wishes to perform a monologue he should do just that. I was disgusted over the way he disrespected his guest and his viewers not allowing the expression of alternate viewpoints and sharing information. Now I have to buy the book. Shame on you Pierce. I was a fan.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Ron

    Piers, I can imagine how frustrating it must be to even carry on a conversation with you. CNN was never a tabloid network to this level before. How can you ask a man on the show a question and then cut him off in mid sentence as many times as you did on tontines show. I imagine the average person listening to a news channel this hour of the evening is more informed of events and most likely a bit more intelligent than the Jerry springer crowd that waits for arguments and confusion to begin....I actually stepped away from your program because to was so childish.......you must have taken guest interview techniques class from Nancy grace or someone of that speed.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. PBS

    Piers, you should let you guest speak. You completely verbally bullied this guy because he has a different opinion than yourself. You were completely unprofessional tonight.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Janice Sabey

    I really want to hear both sides of the gun control discussion, but as usual Piers Morgan cannot stop talking and interrupting. So frustrating...

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Jeff

    Piers, you might as well just talk to us as it seems you have your own agenda and the points you give our just yours, you surely don't let the other opposing guests speak their point and you are self anointing in your prospective of opposing thoughts. Shame on you....you are too bias in your views

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Scott E. Birchfield

    I will tell everyone I know to tell ten people and and that ten to tell ten to NEVER watch your so called interviews. You should talk to yourself in a mirror. Any guest with an opposite view is NEVER allowed to even speak on this massive waste of time called Piers Morgan ( I talk the ENTIRE time) Tonight. First and LAST time this trash will ever be on my television. I may never watch CNN again....almost as bad as propaganda news such as FOX and MSNNBC.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. River

    Ummm, we need to have a conversation on the gun situation-–however, maybe you could let the guy answer the question you asked repeatedly. Allen used the phrase 'junk science' but would not let the guy explain. Pretty weak comparing England to the US-–I like Erin and am trying to watch CNN but sometimes the viewer needs to hear the guest.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Peggy Baker

    Now is the time to stage an anti gun rebellion. The feeling is different this time around; like an abused woman, we are now ready to make the break.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. S. Taylor

    Piers, What was the point of having the author on if he can't get a word in edgewise. Both you and Allen D.
    talked over him every time he tried to speak. You were rude and biased. You would have a bigger following if you would just SHUT UP! If you don't want a "Guest" to speak, don't invite him. However, if you invite someone to defend a position, Let Them Speak!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mike

    Stop the interruptions!!! The guy is right! More guns less crime is right. If you would keep quiet you may learn something.. The US problem is that we have to keep them concealed. Do you think this idiot would have walked into a room after seeing ten or twenty armed people and attempt this tragedy? No , that is like walking into a shooting gallery and you are the duck. Don't harp on gun control unless it's allowing more ease of carry and exposure

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      Sure, buddy. Let everyone open fire, kind of like a gang fight. No one would be hurt in the crossfire, of course. The guy was wearing a bullet-proof vest. You think some sharpshooter would have been able to hit him in the face in the blink of an eye? Come out of your cops-and-robbers fantasyland and look at the statistics for the U.S., a country whose yearly gun homicide numbers are superseded only by those of countries where there is either extreme poverty or a large presence of drug cartels.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott E. Birchfield

        Hitler took the guns first...

        July 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        John, I don’t believe there would be a wild shoot out. People that carry concealed weapons legally, usually train and practice so that wouldn’t happen. Ask yourself this question: if you were in that theater that night, would you want someone there that was carrying a weapon so that they could at least attempt to bring that idiot down, or would you rather wait until he run out of ammo?

        July 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  31. William Carroll

    I've just witnessed the worst TV "interview" in history. Piers Morgan had the author of "More Guns, Less Crime" on his show and would he would not let the man finish a sentence. Morgan went on an enldess hysterical rant every time the man tried to open his mouth. Why on earth was he invited onto the show in the first place? Whether you agree with the author or not, he was obviously a intelligent man (his book was published by a university) with a cogent point of view. Why don't you let people on both sides of the gun control issue express themselves so that the American people can make intelligent conclusions. As the author rightly pointed out, an interview show in which the host does most of the talking is not an interview show! Does Morgan really consider himself a journalist? He should apologize to this guest and have him back to express his opinions without being accosted.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. RS

    Although I agree with Piers Morgan about gun control, I feel that his behavior on his TV show tonight (and on the other nights that he "discussed" gun control) was unprofessional to the point of bullying. Even if I wouldn't agree with Mr. Lott, the man who wrote the book, "More Guns, Less Crime," he deserves a chance to be heard. He is a guest, not a punching bag. Piers M. constantly interrupted Mr. Lott, not giving him a single chance to speak about his examination of the issue. In a democracy, we must be able to hear opposing views, do our research and come to logical and well-founded conclusions. Alan Dershowitz is a respected law professor and lawyer, but he also did not give the man a chance to reply. Unbelievably, he said, "Now let me finish. You've had plenty of time to comment." To what conversation was he listening? Mr. Morgan, you do not impress those of us in the viewing audience who know how to think independently. Your manner completely alienates me as a viewer, and I will no longer watch your show.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Disappointed

    I have been watching this show consistently since Mr. Morgan took Mr. King's place. Generally, I have enjoyed the debates and commentary. However, after watching the piece on Gun Control, I am very disappointed in Mr. Morgan's handling of the segment. I was hoping to hear from two persons presumably perceived as experts or they wouldn't have been invited to share their views. I genuinely wanted to hear the strongest arguments on each side of the issue. Mr. Morgan repeatedly interrupted Mr. Lott and would not let him articulate his points. Then accuses him of not offering sensible responses. If you're going to invite someone to speak, let them speak. If you simply want to express your views then do an op ed segment after the debate. But, don't demean yourself, the show, the venue or the viewers by suppressing the speech of someone you invited.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Ernie Hanson

    Piers has made such a fool of himself! An AR-15 rifle is no different than a normal deer rifle or any other semi-automatic rifle. One pull of the trigger equals one round fired. Just because you have a 100 round drum does not mean that you can fire all 100 rounds in 60 seconds. You should let your guest answer and you might learn something.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Mark K

    Mr. Morgan, your cowardly verbal assault on your guest was very disturbing. I am really surprised at you, surprised and dissapointed. Your interview with Robert Blake was great, what happened to you?
    The sad part is, you turned from journalist and interviewer to a whiny little girl that let their emotions cloud both their professionalism, wit, and gravitasse towards a very real and emotional subject.
    You and Dershowitz needlessly pounded that guy, why not bring on someone who is prepared to pound back. Robert Blake had handguns, you didn't pound on him, instead you let him roll over you.
    Mr. Morgan, instead of carpet bagging and jumping on the bandwagon of whats wrong and not listening or even trying to listen to opposing points of view, why don't you shut up and listen and you may get where your GUEST is coming from.
    Anytime you would like to go toe to toe, I would welcome you as an adversary with a voice that needs to be heard not squashed the minute you open your mouth.

    After that interview, I can honestly say, I will not watch your show anymore.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Kay

    What a fool Piers Morgan made of himself tonight. CNN needs to get this idiot off the air. If I had been his invited "guest" that he treated as rudely as he did this guy tonight by stepping all over him every time he opened his mouth I would've walked off the show and told him that since he wanted "insist" on having a one way conversation, have fun! I cannot watch this fool... CNN I refuse to watch " your" Piers Morgan. He needs to go back to London!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. JBS

    Piers, obvioulsy I was not alone in my perception of the Lott interview response.
    Whether we are fans of Michael Moore, or not, I am hopeful that your opposing guest (to Michael Moore) will be allotted an opportunity to respond; and perhaps you should allow them to address each other, and see how the exchange and conversation progresses.....you can always chime in at the commercial break.
    (I generally enjoy your show, but your emotion was a ' bit much' this evening.)

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Dolph Printz

    Although I am sympathetic to reasonable restrictions on gun ownership and ammunition purchases, I was appalled at Mr. Morgan's hysterical non-interview of Mr. Lott. This guest was in no way allowed to actually answer questions; rather, he was blasted with Mr. Morgan's and Mr. Dershowitz's tirades. This was very shoddy treatment of Mr. Lott and the audience.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Kevin

    I typically like Piers but I don't ever remember an interviewer interrupting a guest so much in my life and I'm 56. I don't watch interviews to hear the interviewers opinion.You blew it tonight Piers.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jane

    CNN please bring Larry back, and while you're at it can you bring down the overly sentimental sanctimonious tone your channel is developing. Thank You.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. dick

    When you can't pound the facts, pound the table ?) , between you and your long nose big eared hollywood liberal lawyer you failed again,-looking for answers, exposing children to 10K hollywood murders, violent video games and Dersh buddy trying to end the death penalty for mass killers is the problem. Please go back to England were things are so much better. Chicken Noodle News used to be respectable many years ago but has for sure sunk into the myriad of junk media talking heads with flaming minority viewership.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      "long nose big eared hollywood liberal lawyer"

      Coded anti-Semitic remark.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Billy Boy

    Shame on Piers for such rudeness toward your guest. You should go back to your country. You have forgotten the history of when we Americans got the word to send our extra guns to help the British against the Germans, because the British had no guns and needed them to defend their homeland. I guess he forgot that bit of HISTORY and is ready for everyone else to give up their defense. Besides he is probably like Rosie Odonnell, he don't need a gun for protectopn, he has an armed BODYGUARD.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Name*TonyD

    I'm a big fan of Piers but his treatment of guest Lott the author was rediculous. He rambled on, asked multiple questions and never gave his guest a chance to answer any. I know everyone's emotions are running high after the Aurora tragedy.

    But obviously Piers knows very little about guns. The suspect could have had one magazine holding 100 rounds in his AR or 10 magazines in his pocket for a hunting rifle. The damage could have been the same given the suspects level of proficiency with either weapon.

    As everyone else, my heart goes out to the victims and their families of the massacre. But to Lott's point, just imagine how many less shots would have gotten off by the suspect if just one other person had happen to be carrying on their person that night in theater 9.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Marcus

    Piers, number one, you're not fair to your guests. Number two, of course you don't like people owning guns, you come from a place that the police don't even have guns!!! Number three, you are so liberal it's not even funny, and now you're getting the most liberal man I've ever seen to come on your show to discuss a single event, committed by a mad man. Number four, this was an isolated event, (as i said before) so why discuss it any more then we need to??? And for my final point, i would rather have one good guy, that knows how to operate and control his weapon, in a theater that happens to have a 1911 night hawk in his holster with me when the crap hits the fan and he has to use his weapon. (which any good guy with a gun never wants to do, just saying.) one final quote, " Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns" i take this in the most serious way, i live in Canada and am down in America for vacation, and i feel that what we have done up in Canada with the guns, has disarmed a lot of good men that could have defended themselves and family. yes, even with our strict gun laws, we still have quite a few, gun shot victims and massacre deaths in Canada. We just had one in Toronto.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john hollow

      Might want to ask how many rounds a Seal that killed Bin Laden shot in a pop up room before we arm everyone in a theater pretending he/she could identify then shoot a person in a dark room. In broad daylight, a policeman in Colorado Springs missed killing the shooter. Our local budgets can't provide munitions and training time for our policeman let alone every citizen to stop this shooter. Best consider alternatives.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      I live in Canada too. We haven't got even a tiny fraction of the gun deaths in the U.S. Massacres here are very rare. And the Toronto incident was not a massacre and you know it. It was people caught in the crossfire of a gangfight. I have to make sure you don't misinform people here. And of course right-wing Tories have dismantled the gun registry here against the advice of practically every police chief in the country. But we have a long way to go to match the insanity of the American free-for-all.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott E. Birchfield

        THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING....Stay in Canada..

        July 24, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  45. let the man finish a sentence...please

    After listening to Morgan overtalk his guest repeatedly, and making assertions that clearly point to his complete lack of knowledge about firearms, I just turned the channel and moved to a more intelligent discussion on another station. Piers has a subject matter expert on his program and then his ego kicks in and he refuses to let the man answer a question or even finish a sentence....British tabloid journalism at its worse. I expect better of CNN. CABLE NEWS NETWORK . . . Maury has a more responsible show and his is a circus. This type show might attract some viewers but it is far below the normal high standards I have come to expect from your station. This program offered opportunity but delivered nothing to forward a responsible discussion around the subject of firearms in this country and our continued unwillingness to look at the problems faced by families who have members with mental health issues. Such a wasted opportunity...

    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. JSabey

    My husband and I used to enjoy watching CNN with Larry King,,,it is impossible to watch Piers Morgan because he never stops talking, why does he even have guests? We can rarely watch anymore. What a dissappointment.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Gabrielle

    My husband and I have enjoyed watching Piers Morgan Show in the past (until tonight – the first portion of tonight's show.) Tonight we were upset that Piers Morgan mis-treated his guest, Mr Lott. If one agrees or disagrees with someone else's opinion, there is no need to be so rude, especially in a live show where the viewers want to listen to different arguments and opinions from various guest, it is a disrespect not only to the guest but to the viewers the way Mr Morgan reacted.

    I want to note that we never heard of Mr Lott in the past or read his book and at this point we can not even have an opinion on anything he tried to share about his research and book because he was not allowed to reply completely any of the questions.

    Perhaps Mr Morgan should apologize to his guest for not allowing him to express and answer any of the questions he asked him and to his audience.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Roger

    I concur with Fred...to invite a guest who authored a book "More Guns, Less Crime" and follow with knee jerk reaction questioning and no opportunity for the guest to make his case, leaves me wandering if the guest was setup for a lot of angry ranting from Piers and Alan...having watched Piers since he took over from Larry King I've admired and loved his interviewing style and interaction with guests ...sorry Piers I think your anger got in the way of a rational interview...I had to look twice thinking I was watching the Fox crew O'Reilly, Hannity etc.!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      I agree. In fact, I think he hurt the gun control cause by being ignorant with his guest. Without allowing the guest to actually answer one question, he didn't allow a "free" discussion and debate! Talk about freedom! I thought Pierce was better than that. I guess I was wrong.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. John E. Fuge

    Only recently started watching Piers Morgan but never will again. Most childish thing I ever saw. Why would you have

    July 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. sarah

    What happened tonight on CNN was a new low-double teaming and overvoicing a guest for ratings? There is a reason why your show and CNN in general has exerienced plumeting ratings for years, and tonight's theater is why. Jewish layer should be last on earth to support gun control, must be beak in name only-holucost survivers horrified to hear his unraveling nonsense. Host (Peirs) is worst host ever, can't you find a job in England or were you fired thier for incompetance? Time for you to join the unemployed and let a real interviewer take the riegns. Never watch again and will post endlessly to get others to boycott CNN and this show.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      If you're going to do endless posting, better start doing spell-check.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. John E. Fuge

    a debate and not let one party speak? Talk about kindergarten journalism.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Marisue

    Very frustrating to watch Piers Morgan. I am much in favor of gun control, but Piers was so rude. He could have let Mr. Lott talk about the possibility of a dozen concealed handgun owners in the Aurora theater. Then he could have made the point that the gunman was so well protected. Then he could have pointed out the darkness of the theater and the tear gas. Having a concealed handgun is not enough. Are we supposed to all walk around night and day in full body protective gear as well? In our homes, do we have time to get our guns, which are stored safely away from young children, and confront a burglar? It might not be easy to take guns off the streets, but getting them off the streets beats an environment where we might be shot anywhere and anytime by a stray or a deliberate bullet.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Lorne

    Tonight was the second show that Piers conducted his own agenda by bullying a guest (operative word) by not allowing him to answer a question. Somewhat cowardly and very unprofessional from what is in my mind a very professional network. All other anchors are focusing on the victims while Piers is using this tragic incident to get his newly adopted career a boost. His job is to facilitate conversation and respectful debate. Each guest should be able to share his / her opinion and expertise fairly and equally. How else can a viewer challenge their own perspective on the subject matter?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Steve Cranch

    You made a mistake tonight. You said that america was part of the civilised world. WRONG ,places like New Zealand ,Australia,and the like are civilised. We care about what happens to our country, community, and our neighbors,,and on occasion we even say no to the USA. When our troops arrive to help in a disaster, they arrive with trucks, bulldozers amd shovels not guns. Yes we have guns -which in order to purchase, you need to pass a background check -and pass a gun safety course much like one does for driving that other lethel weapon called a car . Yes, we we do have crazies and crime but a lot less death as a result because of the effort one has taken to prove that they have made the effort to be responsible gun owners. They do not what to lose the privlage that they have earned.Like so many things in life if one earns a privilege ge or a right, they don't abuse the right but when it is passed on down they dont seem to appreciate the cost or effort that came with obtaining such. Let's hope tommorrow brings more sense to future generations.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      I hope people will read your post and think about it, Steve Cranch, but I don't have a lot of faith in average Americans' ability to think logically through issues or their capacity to listen to anyone but themselves.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott E. Birchfield

        Obviously.. you let the talking heads do the thinking for you.

        July 24, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  55. Free lancer

    Conservatism is a modern confederacy, we all need to defeat it. NRA is really a National Republican Army for republican party. there is no rocket science to understand their agenda.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dis Appointed

      I am NOT a republican, but do belong to the NRA. I belong because I am a hunter, and have taken many safety courses to hunt. I do this to provide food for my family. I do not agree with the statement that the NRA is some kind of republican organization. I think that is a stero-type. I am intersted in facts only!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. ted tuner

    Your fired-and take the big loud mouth lawyer with you!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Eick

    Since Piers would not let his guest answer his first question perhaps I might take a shot at it. No pun intended. The question was why would an ordinary citizen need a weapon like a semi=automatic. Well perhaps he might be sitting at a theater when a lunatic walked in with firepower of this caliber. Perhaps that ordinary citizen could has the need to spare many lives. Piers, you are rude and in this area lack insight. Next time let the experts talk. Interview or shut-up. You are penalized one month of my viewing. I have better things to do. Maybe I will tune back in next month.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. second amendment

    In every facet of freedom there must be a degree of trust and respect that comes with responsibility. Why have cars that go 180MPH on roads with 55 limit? Why allow wallstreet gangsters to raid elderly pension funds and then have Deresherwitz defend them in our tax payer funded courts? Thank God for the NRA, it is the only civil rights organization that actually does what is necessary for a free state to remain free- Peirs and his liberal cronies would have only wealthy, poloticians and other elites have guns and the rest of the dumb stooges be unarmed and ready for thier version of Amerika" Some day read up on what the Britsh di to the sudan in Africa during WW1 and then lets talk about guns and life and liberty you hipocrite.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Dis Appointed

    I am so disappointed in what CNN calls good journalism/reporting. As an American I believe that we have every right to discuss and debate the issue of gun control. We also have to right to a free speech. What I also thought we had was the responsibility to be respectful to all persons, regardless of their beliefs. Piers Morgan's show is a prime example that repect is not universal. Piers asked a guest to come on to his show to discuss his book about the issue of gun control, and opened fire at his guest, not even letting him get a word in edge-wise. His alternative agenda and bully-like ways only prove that CNN is a disappointment in the world of non-bias reporting. I will be tuning in to a different news source for a non-bias reporting of important events.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Dan

    Piers: As I understand it, you are a resident of the the U.S and at least at this time, not yet a citizen. Therefore you are a guest only. Until you become a member of the "team", you should keep your own personal opinions to yourself. As a U.S. citizen having lived and made my entire livelyhood in Canada since 1980, I long ago decided that unless I join the "team" I no right to an opinion (politically). Therefore, I became a dual citizen so as to attain that right. The tragedy in Colorado cannot be denied. However, I found it offensive when you and your anti-gun guest so aggressively attack the pro gun supporter. I also clearly recognized alot of inaccuracies and overstatements made by yourself and the anti-gun guest. It might be best if you paid a little more attention to the reasoning of the 2nd Ammendment. After all, it was put into place because of the Revolution against England. Also, it might be helpful to absorb some of the fact in the book presented by your pro-gun guest.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      A country is not a "team." It is an administrative district. And everone has the right to express their opinions there. We certainly welcome that in Canada. You didn't get your ideas about muzzling free speech up here, that's for sure. You're just bringing your American baggage into the equation.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dan

        And I'm sure you speak for ALL Canadians?

        July 24, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  61. Dar

    Larry king where are you? This was the poorest example of journalism that CNN has allowed on it's network! Even though I don't necessarily agree with Mr. Lott, I would have liked the opportunity to listen to what he had to say! Instead all I heard was Piers grandstanding. I think Mr. Lott should have walked out of the interview, although I doubt Piers would have noticed through his ranting. CNN ... You should be ashamed of allowing this circus act on your network!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. Kick'em Back Across the Pond

    Piers Mor(e of me)gan and Michael Moore(of me) at the same desk. Completely unwatchable. As a matter of fact I turned off CNN for good after hearing that. However I may tune in briefly to see him allow a guest to speak for once. Did CNN even look at his resume before hiring this chump? "News of the World"? We used to pick that up for laughs when we were drunk in our 20's. Sad to see CNN become a tabloid.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Rich Killingsworth

    Piers, I am deeply disappointed that you would be inviting Michael Moore to discuss such a sensitive topic as gun reform. Michael pretends to be from Flint, Michigan, a city consistently ranked year-after-year as one of the most violent cities in the nation; however, Mr. Moore has done little to nothing to curb the violence and bloodshed in a city begging for leadership and help on this and many other issues. Michael Moore, like most Hollywood elite pretend to be informed and concerned about what plagues this nation. If he truly does care then he needs to make an commitment to change the city he pretends to hail from. Piers, I beg you to bring in real people who are doing real things to inform and empower citizens to use guns legally and effectively. Twitter: r_killingsworth

    July 24, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Gina Marie Schofield

    Enough with the so-called "gun control."Gun control has become increasingly more strict over the past several decades, while violent crime rates have increased. Why is this? Because criminals DON'T CARE if guns are illegal! They can get them anyway! What happens is that you scare innocent law-abiding citizens away from responsible gun use, while criminals become bolder about arming themselves. The end result is a population of 90% disarmed innocent bystanders, and 10% violent criminals armed to the teeth with no opposition.Let's say you are an armed criminal looking to rob someone at gunpoint, so you single out an old lady as a victim, drag her into an alleyway and put a gun to her head, and tell her to give you her purse. Why did you go about it that way? Because you're pretty damned sure she's not packing a gun, that's why!Now, let's say that you go into the same situation knowing there's a 50/50 chance that little old lady might be packing a 45 caliber HAND-CANNON? Are you still gonna be so gung-ho about taking her purse? Hell no, you're not.Criminals don't look for a fair fight. They look to take advantage, and guess what? They HAVE the advantage, because while the rest of us have been disarming ourselves (and one another), they've been buying more guns.Remember, criminals DON'T CARE if guns are illegal. They'll buy them anyway.Wake up, people. Shaking your finger at violent criminals and saying, "You can't have guns / drugs / etc" just makes you look like a doofus. And it can very well get you shot, for being a moron. p.s I live in Aurora, CO

    July 24, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  65. FedUPWithLiberals

    PM IS RUMOURED TO HAVE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH BARNEY FRANK! ONCE A TWINK ALWAYS A TWINK! YOU'RE A COMMUNIST PM! ALWAYS HAVE BEEN ONE AND ALWAYS WILL BE ONE! GO BACK TO ENGLAND AND BEND OVER FOR YOUR LIBERAL BUDDIES!

    July 24, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Kevin Konopacky

    I am totally shocked at how Piers Mogan interview went with the man who wrote the book on more guns, less crime. Piers was one sided, and rude. The way Piers kept a guest from answering was not the way he should treat a guest on the show. The other guest was just as bad, and he should have been brought into check by the host. His person views should not be so vividly expressed. I will now have a personal problem watching his show or using products advertised on his show.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Name*Richard Bell

    I read all comments and must say that Mr. Morgan's employer (cnn) should think seriously about replacing this host with someone who will listen and honestly debate his guests instead of bullying them and waxing poetic on his progressive, liberal views. And Dershowitz had absolutely no facts to back his opinions up. The founding fathers thought that the right to bear arms was critical enough to make it the second amendment. They knew that if government got to intrusive, that the people had the right to raise up. Read Thomas Jefferson.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  68. AlexSD

    Now, wait a second! Isn't Virginia Tech the largest ever shooting massacre in the United States history?

    July 24, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  69. John Nazelrod

    Very unprofessional of Mr. Morgan to invite Professor Lott on the show and not allow the guest time to answer questions.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. P. W.

    You don't like the way things are done here Mr. Morgan might I suggest you take your prissy puss back to Ole Blighty as soon as possible. The last thing we need here is more of your ilk tring to convince us colonials that we made a mistake when we kicked your red coated butts out the first time. Go help the Islamists take over the U. K. Shouldn't take much longer after Parliament outlaws cricket and baseball bats.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. aaron

    u don't need a AR-15 or AK-47 to protect yourself and 6,000 rounds of bullets. u just need a handgun and some bullets to protect yourself

    July 24, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Aaron, in your opinion, what will you need to protect yourself from a criminal that has an ILLEGAL AK-47 or AR-15? Regardless, you heard what Dershowitz said: “We should ban virtually every weapon”. Banning those weapons will not stop criminals from obtaining them. It will only stop law abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Matthew Johnson

    Piers go back to making kiddie newspapers in the UK and hacking phones.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Nick2

    Piers,
    Whiel I'm on your side on gun laws. why did you have to lose your rag on that nutcase author you interviewed last night? You made him lool almost measured and reasonable!
    The obvious get back at ingrates like him, is to postulate what his position would have been if 100 people in the movie theater had pulled guns on the Joker and how many more people might have died.
    Isn't that the position of him and the NRA ?

    July 24, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  74. SW

    If CNN wants to save the network, Morgan must go. I will start to watch CNN again the day Morgan leaves. As an American
    I do not need this idiot English man tell me how American should behave. Does anyone really care about your opinion, Morgan?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Anfdrew MacVicar

    Gun control opponents often use the self-defense argument. Do we have any stats on the number of people who have successfully defended themselves with a gun? How many "bad guys" have been shot by an innocent citizen in the name of self defense in the last year? I would be interested to see if there are any stats backing up the "self defense" argument.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kim

      You are welcome to leave the defense of yourself, your family, and your home to the police.

      As for your self-defense questions, can YOU tell ME the name of any western nation where gun control works? Criminals are criminals because they break the law. What makes you think criminals and psychopaths will obey any gun law that may be passed?

      July 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • dan

        I'm sure there are some. I know of one where in Dade County, Forida, a number of years ago, where crime was getting out of control, there was and advertise program training house wives, in that community, in the use of firearms. I don't recall all the stats, but as I recall, crime drop significantly in the the community after the public announcement of the program. Might want to look into this one. I'm sure there are others. The point is, criminals are usually not stupid. They don't like taking unnecessary chances, like anyone else.

        July 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. cornell

    CNN is such a superleft network that it cannot abide having a neutral or rightleaning guest speak. It deserves to be put into the ash heap of history.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  77. scootarded

    A country can have as many laws as they wish. unless the punishments for crimes are harsh and quickly enforced, this reactionary idea will not work. I suggest we start to really look at ourselves as both individuals and a community to learn how to "PREVENT" these types of crimes and work to educate ourselves and our children about violence and the reprocussions that follow violent acts. I am discouraged by the lack of interest in truly working to prevent these horrible acts from happening. We as a culture have taken to reacting and screaming at the sky "why, why" as opposed to embracing the concept of learning from these tragedies and working to change the way we live together on this shrinking planet

    July 24, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Dead ON! This is not a gun issue. It's a social issue; starting with the family in building moral, social and work ethics and being held responsible, as adults, for the choices we make in life.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  78. BillyNC

    Obesity kills lots more people than guns and costs us lots more money too. Maybe Mr. Moore should be so outraged by his own poor choices and lose some weight. When he gets diabetes (assuming he doesn't already) and works his insurance card ragged, it costs all of us. I guess outlawing guns is an easier target.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  79. Kim

    Why do any of us care what Michael Moore thinks?

    July 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Barbara Rankin

    In all the horror of recent and past violence with and without guns it is mostly ignored that these horrific acts are largely the result of untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. This is a tradegy for all. In an effort to protect individual rights we do not have an adequate mental health system with followup. Funding dollars go to prisons rather than treatment to avoid these terrible acts. As an advocate for the mentally ill there has been a great increase in knowledge without correspondning improvements in treatment and laws.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Kim

    Posts not getting through

    July 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. hassy

    So I click on this video labeled "michael moore on gun laws" and I get this crap about the 1 percent? wow cnn, how does a megacorp like you make such terabad mistakes to pu this on the front page of your website and not even have the content correct.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  83. elainee

    selling automatic guns should be outlawed. Obama and Romney won"t ever address this gun issue because of NRA huge influence and they want votes. So, idealistic views is not part of this government .

    July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin

      No... Obama won't address because of "Swing States" like Ohio and Pennsylvania.

      July 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  84. tcat6040

    There is no way to determine who's the next killer unless you can read someone's mind. It is now so easy to get a gun and than sell it to someone else did you know that, as long as they pay the money there is no paper work required. I joined the NRA but have changed my mind due to seeing so many people buying guns because I hear that Obama will be taking your guns away and that hasn't happen and I don't think he wants to. I beleive everyone should have the right to protect themself.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  85. MedullaPancreas

    Ban all _________ is a euphemism for: kill all living people. It ignores the root of the problem and instead addresses the instrument of choice. If you ban one inanimate object today the human will eventually be killing people as it did in the stone age – with a rock and bare hands.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  86. Kevin

    In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver (most of it texting, cellphone related) An estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. NOW LETS BAN CELLPHONES and CARS! Drunk drivers kill an estimated 28 people a day. BAN ALCOHOL and CARS!

    Piers is a British twit who can take his Socialist/Globalist agenda and shove it up George Soros's rear end.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  87. Kevin

    How come no one has addressed the issue of this guys addiction to very violent video games and online role playing sites?

    Ahhh the fruits of the "grand theft auto" generation is upon us.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  88. Robert Woodroof

    Piers,
    We don't need a brit telling us about our gun control we are not rich like you and most likely you have a body guard, we have to protect ourselves ( WE DON'T TRUST THE POLICE!!!!!!!!! BESIDES THEY ONLY COME AFTER THE FACT) so what good are they.

    thanking you in this matter
    Robert A Woodroof

    July 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  89. Scott

    Amen Piers Morgan! Wake up America! When will you people wake up and swallow your pride? Having a handgun in your home to protect yourself is a far cry from cruising around with an assault rifle. You couldn't pay me to live in a country that allows the legal purchase of assault weapons. You do ban the purchase of Kinder Eggs though! Hilarious! WOW interesting priorities!

    July 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • robert watson

      so you live in england, eh? could you please invite morgan back home? soon

      July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seans

      I admit, I had to Google kinder eggs. I think its ridiculous that they banned those as well. LOL I want one! You are correct, we are proud of individual rights in the US, especially when it comes to gun ownership. It is absolutely tragic and horrific what happened, but he probably would have killed a lot more people with a couple of crowbars, some gas and a match. Or perhaps given his background a neurotoxin. What then? The overwhelming majority of assault rifles owners are responsible tax paying citizens. The man that committed these heinous acts will soon answer to God and his country for his crimes.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kennylee

      Why is right to bear arms excluding rockets, and tanks, etc ? The stupid NRA can just say a tank isn't to blame, it's just a tool. It was the guy that drove the tank that shoudl be blamed. He was just exercising his right to bear arms.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cooper

      I won't pay you nor pity your absense. We are FREE Americans! You can find another country to pay so that it can tell you how to be a responsible human being. The biggest rewards often come with the biggest risks...FREEDOM is our reward.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  90. robert watson

    piers morgan and his buddy allen douchafit were both arrogant and ignorant. easy to see why rating have declined. piers, how about shuting up and letting your guests talk a little? whats wrong? afraid?

    July 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • todd marlin

      ya, and the NRA rep was brilliant ? That gun toting toothless hillbilly would've taken up the entire hour with one of his low IQ sentences. I'm sure piers is afraid of falling asleep why the moron from NRA makes yet another stupid point about how guns and grenades don't kill people, people kill people.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  91. Lou

    Michael Moore = the white Jessee Jackson, giving opinions no one is interested in.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  92. Michael

    It is highly misconceived that assault weapons are trully the problem in both this case and in all violence cases. Most people chimming in both for gun control and against gun control know absolutely nothing about guns. The AR-15 (semi-auto) or M16 (full auto variant) is a military application rifle yes that is true. But more precisely the caliber of the weapon 5.56 Nato or .223 is not intended to kill. The sole purpose of this round was developed to wound not to kill which is precisely why there was such a high wounded to killed ratio. 58 wounded to only 12 killed. Most people do not realize that perhaps the best thing that could have happened in this scenario is for Mr. Holmes to have used the assault rifle. The 5.56 Nato round is intended to pass right through a victim injuring him so that it takes two soldiers to care for him. In warfare one shot rendering three soldiers useless is the intent of this round. You have a very small in diameter full metal jacket bullet going at a hyper rate of speed meant solely to pass through the victim as fast as possible with minimal expansion and internal trauma. Had Mr. Holmes used his shotgun more or .40 cal glocks there would have been far more deaths as the .40 cal round is intended to mushroom and expand at a high rate causing massive internal damage and death. In fact the vast majority of the time it is not assault rifles used in gun violence related crimes it is the handguns. Banning assault rifles while sounds good will actually do nothing to crime rates. If anything the handguns are at higher risk of being used in a crime. What most people also ignore is that you dont need to compare the US to other countries as far as gun related viloence goes but rather inside our own united states. For instance two of the largest states in the US Texas and California. One has very strict gun laws and the assault weapons ban as well as the limitation on magazines to only allow 10 rounds and the other has minimal gun control laws. Which do you think has the higher gun violence rate? That is right the one who bans assault rifles and limits the magazines to 10 rounds. California has significantly in fact almost double the gun related crimes as does Texas. You can use these two examples to see that gun control laws will no increase gun related crimes nor will they decrease them. The true problem is in fact the people. We are very lucky that Mr. Holmes obviously knew very little about guns as he made a very poor choice in his assault rifle weapon choice and the use of the 100 round drum mag instead of lets say four 30 round magazines. The 100 round drum mag almost always inevitably jams as any avid gun user would know. Why the news media lets completely uninformed and ill educated people like mayor bloomberg talk about gun control and the specifics about weapons is beyond me. Why not have people like the ATF and FBI who knows the most about the technical issues. Lastly Virginia Tech and Ft. Hood and almost all other mass killing did not use assault rifles but rather HANDGUNS!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J. Wynn

      Has no one seen the movie "Rampage"? It looks like a training video for what occurred in Aurora! Let me tell you where to point the finger of blame... The media. People never thought this kind of stuff up before they we're given the idea or inspiration. Now, bad news and bad ideas travel at light speed from one end of the Earth to the other. How about banning bad news? How about that Mr. Morgan?

      @j_a_w_s1984

      July 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • J. Wynn

        *were

        Sorry for the typo. Smart phones? Yeah, right.

        July 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • econobiker

        Hollywood has no problem glorifying guns but then wants to outlaw/control them.

        July 25, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  93. jweaver

    Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize and even he didn't know why. What about Michael Moore? Is it that he just makes people too uncomfortable? Peace...

    July 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  94. Cooper

    First I'd like to aplaud Piers on one point only....that using the Treyvon Martin case to propel your anti-gun rights agenda is much more satisfactory than the tradegy in Colorado. Second, I will no longer support Michael Moore in anything he does! His ability to exagerate makes his arguments impossible to swallow and leave the listener to wander if its just hype he's looking for. Shotguns somehow = plutonium? What the hell are you talking about? Quit watching you and Piers in the mirror and realize that TV is for drama. Those of us who responsibly own guns should have the freedom to do so. That doesn't mean we're looking to gain access to plutonium! Please make responsible arguments....its getting harder and harder to support the side in which I lean with such absurd arguments. Please try to forget you are trying to be a TV drama program!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  95. KatieBoyle

    What is the problem with America! I have lived here for 25 years and love you all but I cannot understand your complete lunacy on the gun and healthcare issues. You would think Kindergarten teaches us that if you leave dangerous objects around and the little kids get in a fight, THEY WILL USE THEM, duh !!! That's the reason the UK and the other European countries have restricted the ownership of dangerous weapons and if you must use a weapon, you have to go through stringent checks and get licensed.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  96. Beverly

    Michael, you ask what makes this country different when it come to gun killing? We are groomed to be an individual, to only think of oneself. I lived in Europe and Asia and there is much more an idea of you are part of a community. Here we are taught to make it on your own in life. So, alone Americans feel they need to defend only themselves, it's a very selfish act and it works great for a capital society, for consumerism and spreading fear when you do not think of the community first. Or the you don't understand how to have a community have your back. This is the base to this disturbing characteristic of Americans who can not see gun laws are needed! And yes, it does not help to be a part of a society that the youth's heroes are in very violent films, television is so violent, commercials are so violent, internet games are so violent, these are considered are heroes because it's an american industry that makes money and American equate heroes with money makers.. Ask yourself, how much violence would you see in your life if you never watched TV, films, internet? Other countries find literature and historical figures that are educated as role models.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  97. KatieBoyle

    p.s. I want to applaud Piers, Michael Moore, Alan Dershowitz, et al for supporting gun control. Just reading the vitriolic scary posts in response to your show unfortunately demonstrates the cowboy gun-totting obsessed mentality of a large minority of America.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • @j_a_w_s1984

      Well, since you applaud these men, why don't you applaud the shooter as well? Or, maybe you should applaud the lack of defense that the seventy one victims had while they shielded one another with their own bodies and ran for their lives.

      If anyone deserves applause, I applaud the Aurora County Police. You know, the ones who showed up with weapons to finally end the massacre. Get a freaking clue!

      We must fight fire with fire!

      July 25, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • dan

        As one of the "many minority" (who and where's the majority?) I don't know where you came from 25 years ago, but obviously you were part of a flock. In the past, most (and barely so today) Americans have been individualistic in their thinking which HAS set them appart from most other countries and especially European ones. Guns can hurt people if miss used and not stored properly; as can matches, household cleansers, scissors, etc.(you get the point). The U.S. is fastly becoming a Nannie state, probably much like the one you came from. If the U.S. wishes to retain it's unique and enviable possiition on this earth, the citizens need to focus on the social degredation of this society which is sound family fundamentals, hard work, respect for others, responsible for ones own decissions, etc. Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (no gurantee it's going to happen–this is a matter resulting from choices you make) are all possible due to the freedoms that exist(ed) in the U.S. (but rapidly disappearing). A State with more government control is not the answer. The answer is to promote personal social ideals that due not negatively affect other individuals, and that there are consequences if they do. Things do not hurt people; people hurt people. Lastly, No law will prevent a criminal from obtaining any firearm they wish in this world today. Gun restrictive laws will only disarm the law abiding citizen, not the criminal.

        July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • @j_a_w_s1984

        I am not certain who your "what country you're from comment" is directed towards, but I was born and raised here in the "Home of the Fee, and the land of the brave", the United States of America. Perhaps your assumptions should be left out oddities communications in order to preserve your dignity.

        July 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • dan

        to j_a_w_s1984-sorry if my statement was confusing. I was actually agreeing with you. My comments were directed at Katie Boyle and her original and follow-up comments of yesterday. I too am of Ms. Boyle's minorities (or is it really a majority that she does not want to recognize?).

        July 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • @j_a_w_s1984

        My apologies, thank you.

        July 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. econobiker

    Michael Moore posed the question:

    "How do you stop an insane person?"

    With hugs? Or do you have to be more forceful?

    Most police try to use non-lethal force (taser and superior numbers) but will use lethal force ( GUNS!) if their lives are threatened.

    Simple enough.

    Why can't law abiding citizens have the same option? When was the last time a police officer in uniform was mugged for his wallet? We all don't live in a huge mega city with police response 3 minutes away from us after a 9-11 call.

    All citizens (including anti-gun people) should be required to take a gun use and safety course. And all law abiding citizens should be required to own, maintain, and possess a legal gun unless this conflicts with their religious belief.

    An armed society is a polite society.

    July 25, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  100. KatieBoyle

    Thank you Dan,

    Your gracious response, expressed in the Queen's most imperfect English, completely validates my argument. You doth protest too much. Of course the United States is the most FREE. The most "Free Country" to kill and murder each other with the world's HIGHEST rates of deaths from firearms, violent crimes, AIDs, poverty, the list could go on ad infinitum.

    BUT, I have to admit you have some really LOW rates too. In the Top 25 World Rankings for Students in Reading, Math and Science, the United States DOES NOT even make the list. The nanny states do; the government-controlled states do, and England, the first country to gain a parliament in1066 by Magna Carta does too. I needn't remind you that your so-called FREEDOM loving country only awarded complete freedom, civil rights and suffrage to Native, Black Americans and minorities until comparatively recently. Some people would argue that there is still inequality in America.

    Please forgive me if these facts have brought up any unpleasant memories, that was not my intention.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dan

      Thank you Ms. Boyle for pointing out the harsh realities that are only expanding within the U.S. I believe that your comments only lend to the facts that there is a social degredation within the U.S. We can all have an opinion, and rightfully so. Mine just happens to be that it is not any material thing, i.e. guns, narcotics, etc. that are the real problem. Targeting these itens via restrictive legislation are only band-aid attempts to resolve the tragic affects of their misuse. I believe (and have witnessed many cases) that the resolve begins in the home. That there has to be more accountability for one's own actions. Life is full of choices and we've all made poor ones. This is just part of life.. The sooner that we learn that there is a penaltiy for making poor choices, the better off each of us are. It is my opinion that
      "nannie" states offer only tempory solutions while pushing the greater problem to the sidelines.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Phillip

        Way to go, Dan. Right on the mark.

        July 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    For those of you posting to voice your desire to preserve your right to own an assault rifle, quit wasting your breath. The gun control lobby (and their minions on this blog) really don't care what you, or I , believe. No one seemed to care when the US government sold millions of surplus Model 1911 semiauto 45 cal pistols, millions of 30cal semiautomatic carbines, many with 30-round clips, and millions of M1 Garands (you can still get these at the Civilian Markmanship Stores), which were all assault weapons used in WWII and Korea. These weapons have been around for decades. Many of us grew up shooting them and still own them. The difference now relates to the preponderance of gun violence in the entertainment media, and the lax way in which the last two generations have been educated and disciplined. They also don't care that assault weapons are banned in Mexico, where a citizen can only buy a 22 cal rimfire weapon, and that gun crimes are literally off the charts there. Interestingly, their President supplied a small cache of assault weapons to the drug cartels there, and is now obfuscating his knowledge of that program. He and his attorney general have indirectly killed more people with assault weapons than James Holmes.The upcoming election is so important, our very freedom and liberty are on the line, and with the voter fraud that's currently going on creating voter rolls, freedom and liberty may lose. There are enough voting members of the recipient class, and enough remaining members of the liberal white-guilt voting bloc that our gun rights could evaporate. But those guns won't go away. It will take a big, big effort to confiscate them all. They'll get some, but not all.

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