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On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to continue his crusade towards stricter gun laws and an overall increase in firearm safety:
"Another gun, another senseless loss of life," began the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, as he introduced his viewers to Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old from Wetumpka, Alabama.
Early Saturday morning Collar, a University of South Alabama freshman, found himself "naked at the window of the campus police station," where he "began banging loudly."
At nearly 1:30 a.m., things turned ugly, as an officer stepped outside and engaged the teenager:
"The man repeatedly rushed toward the police officer, and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance," explained Keith Ayers, a University of South Alabama spokesman. "The officer with weapon drawn ordered the individual to halt. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation. The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner."
Despite standing only 5'7" tall, weighing merely 135 pounds, and being naked – thus clearly unarmed – the law enforcement official felt he was left with only one option:
"The officer apparently concluded that the only course of action available to him was pull out his gun and shoot Gilbert dead with a single bullet to the chest," detailed Morgan.
Those close to the late Collar are struggling to make sense of his death:
"He's not the kind of guy that people knew him and said he would do something like this," said Colgan Meanor, a high school classmate of the deceased.
Admitting that there are various facts still missing from the story, including whether or not Collar was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the host has come to a few of his own conclusions:
"I do know this. A naked 5'7", 135 pound, 18-year-old college freshman does not pose a sufficient risk to a police officer to justify being shot dead."
While the incident won't generate a response equal to that of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater incident, or the killing of Trayvon Martin, Morgan has taken notice:
"It got my attention because my eldest son has just started as a 19-year-old freshman at his British university, and is I'm sure getting up to all the ridiculous things I got up to as a freshman."
"Only in America," concluded the host, could some short-sighted collegiate whimsy cost a teenager his life:
"Gilbert Collar could have been my son, he could have been your son," notes the host. "He may have been a silly boy, a disturbed boy. We don't know. But he didn't deserve to die."
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