On Monday, Piers Morgan welcomed attorney Alan Dershowitz and author John Lott Jr. for a lively and emotional gun control debate that came in the aftermath of Friday's deadly shooting in Aurora, CO.
As the nation mourns the loss of 12 lives, the famed Harvard law professor pressed for stricter firearm legislation, dismissing claims that guns can have a positive impact on society:
“There’s no evidence that I’m aware of that guns protect liberty. There’s no evidence that I’m aware of that guns reduce crime,” bellowed Dershowitz, who openly supports repealing the Second Amendment. “The likelihood that somebody in the family will be killed if there’s a gun in the house is much higher than that the person will use the gun to protect his family.”
Lott, who has held research positions at some of the country’s greatest institutions, fired back: “You’re not a statistician.”
He was interrupted, however, as Dershowitz called his research “junk science…paid for by the National Rifle Association."
Enraged by this accusation, the author of the controversial book “More Guns, Less Violence” implored Dershowitz to revoke his statement:
“The NRA hasn’t paid for my research,” said Lott, whose work was published by the University of Chicago Press. “That’s simply ridiculous.”
The contentious altercation came to a halt only when Piers Morgan interjected, asking Lott to explain the premise of his case to the victims in Colorado:
“The police can’t be there all the time to protect you,” Lott said.
At this point Morgan jumped in, classifying the authors entire visit as a case of his guest “talking absolute nonsense.”
Watch the clip, and listen to the discussion, as two men on the opposite side of the gun control debate emotionally attempt to make their case.
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