Get To Know Piers Morgan

READ about Piers Morgan's long career in journalism here.

Thank You

Thank you for watching "Piers Morgan Live" over the years. See below for your favorite memories from 2011-2014.
November 26th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Willie Nelson on the arms debate: "A lot of guns ... there's no need for civilians to own those ... those are for military"

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan sits down with legendary musician and songwriter Willie Nelson for a primetime exclusive interview that covers everything from pot to politics.

Two weeks removed from the 2012 general election, Nelson admits that he didn't make it to the polls, but is happy with the choice America made:

"I'm glad he [Barack Obama] got reelected. I think he has a lot of things in his favor the things that he has ran on. The women all believe in the things that he's talking about. The blacks and the Hispanics and the women. And if you've got those three things on your side, you're going to win," says the author of "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die." "I really felt like Obama was going to win, that he didn't really need one more vote, that he had already had it sewn up."

Five months from his 80th birthday, the man with more than 60 studio albums to his credit says he grew up around guns and has no problem with hunting. In his mind, however, high-powered assault rifles are an entirely different discussion:

"I don't know what I would do with a gun that would shoot 100 times," Nelson tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "I don't agree with that. I think it should be more regulated. I think a lot of guns - there's no need for civilians to own those. Those are for military."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview with a man who doesn't identify with one particular political party, in part because, as Groucho Marx said "I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me in there."
-–
» Follow Piers Morgan Tonight on Twitter

Post by:
Filed under: The Piers Morgan Interview
soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. Tom J.

    Perfect example of what smoking DOPE will do to you.

    November 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boo

      At least he doesn't feel the need to be armed with some military weapon....maybe all of the NRA members and gun junkies should smoke a little weed. They might not be so angry and paranoid.

      November 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Minuteman

        Boo, you obviously approve of having people's Rights taken away from them, so why don't you move to England and take that insufferable Brit snob with you? Then you can live in a police state where people don't even have the Right to a jury trial anymore.

        November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • billybob

        Well Willie, what are you going to do when the blue helmets beat on your door?

        December 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Cobb

        Boo, an AR is a semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine that is molded to look like a rifle that is found in the battle field. Period. The one that will be found in the battle field has a little selector switch for short burst or full auto. Also, where in the 2nd amendment is the word need located.

        December 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • RJB

        The UK a Police state are you really that stupid...The Police in the UK don't carry guns....

        January 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • kim norris

        he wants to talk about people dont need guns ask him about his problems he is a drug head hell hes been pulled over 2 times on his bus and the police found drugs on his bus.he dont need to talk about others owning guns

        February 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sd

      You're the one called Tom "J", so who are you kidding??

      November 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • wykehamrd

        I have read a number of posts that seem to equate gun regulation, waiting periods, background checks and the elimination of "military" style weapons and ammo clips holding 30 to 100 rounds with the Second Amendment. Yes, many people have a right to own a firearem (not an assault rifle), but that right comes with an asterisk that points out that only "qualified" (read sane, non-felon and trained) individuals can exercise that right. Why do blind gun proponents automatically feel that their right to bear arms is at risk if there is a ban on military grade weapons. An individual has a right to bears "arms" not machine guns, bazookas, morters, etc. The discussion here should be adult enough that they recognize that problems exist with the proliferation of guns in the wrong hands. Steps to insure that only qualified individuals have access to guns does no more mean "abridgement of second amendment" than the laws governing the right to own and drive an automobile. No qualified individual has ever been denied a drivers license or car ownership because of the process needed to own and drive. Give the second amendment a rest – an overwhelming majority of the NRA membership favors stricter control over gun ownership. None of those folks see the "phantom oppressor" taking away their rights as you apparently do.

        December 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Tom J : Not all dope smokers are as shameful as Willie. You don't vote don't complain( this is from local elections all the way to President).

      November 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • bczu

        Shameful? Please explain. You obviously dont have a problem with him smoking. He said people should be allowed to own guns. Except when you start talking about automatic rifles. Theres no need for citizens to own them. Shameful?

        November 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ronnie

        Not one shoot was fire in New York City , Ok City , question how many went up in smoke when that bomb went off , or those planes crashed in to those buildings ! It's no the guns that is the problem it the owners , any taking of a life with a military weapon or the participation in take a life with those weapons should be a punishment of death , and if a person is found insane , they should be committed until found mentally Compton and then once that happens the should serve the rest of the life inn a prison and throw away the key !!!!!!!!!!

        December 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Guns are not for hunting. Guns are to protect the people from oppression.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • heliocracy

        Do tell us about the last time you were oppressed and needed a gun to fix it. Sounds like an interesting story.

        November 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Buzz

        That's why gun owners burst into crowded theaters to fight oppression?

        November 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Terrance Wod

        If you live more than a femtosecond, on a cosmic scale, you'll have experienced oppression. Yet, some corruption is less magic, and more of a tragic fail, than others. And who needs to hunt for feed, indeeed? Let's all get on our knees and plant some seed. The enemy can breed as we go; while we get fat and slowly smoke weed. Here there is no true enimity between me, this tree, and our master; that derned steed. Now there is no need which complacency would not heed. Where it believes then too does its freedoms bleed. So smoke if you see, especially if you don't–even one toke. That's how you could know how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck should chuck wood.

        November 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        Wow... Some great responses I'd like to address as well. Thor, in principle, I agree with you. So does the law (for now). So did our Founding Fathers, who knew, particularly after fighting the most powerful nation and army on the planet at the time, that citizens needed to always be able to protect themselves, in case the s** ever happened again.

        Guns, or any other weapons are necessary for self preservation, in the event of being attacked. I personally believe there should be no laws governing guns, or any other weapons that may, or may not, exist in the future.

        Now, I also feel compelled to comment in reply to others who have so gratiously done so. 1) helio.- Obviously, you have never been audited by the IRS!, 2) Buzz – Didn't you see the ticket prices? That's oppressive! and 3) Terrance.- What a masterpiece! The only thing I can say is I WANT THE STRAIN OF THE S*0) YOU ARE SMOKING! I definitely want some of that! None made up either. I want to grow it too.

        November 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • algol

        Thor,

        Can I assume that you would agree that the people living behind the Iron Curtain were oppressed? They tried armed rebellion in the 40's and 50's – got them nowhere but dead. The Wall came down NOT by guns, but by the power of the people – peacefully protesting the state. Read Ghandi.

        November 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        @algol:

        The wall did not come down because of guns? Of course not! No Soviet citizen had a gun! "Strong" gun control policies were what prevented that. Not that it stopped organized crime in Russia from having firearms. Odd that lawbreakers didn't care about the law.

        Also, the wall didn't fall because of "peaceful protest." The wall fell because the Soviets LOST. They didn't have the money or influence to keep their empire under control any more, which allowed the people to finally succeed at rebellious action, despite being disarmed.

        Also, I believe Ghandi once said, "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look on the act of depriving a whole nation of firearms as the blackest."

        November 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        @heliocracy:
        The claim that one has not yet been oppressed is not a valid argument against the possibility of oppression. I'm sure the colonials of 1726 didn't think that those of 1776 would be waging a war against England or facing the oppression that came with it.

        now we can argue all day if allowing people to own guns is the best protection against potential oppression or, even if it is, if that protection outweighs the dangers of firearms in the times when not being used to actively fight oppression, but snarkily claiming that the argument is a stupid one because people here are not currently being oppressed is a weak and essentially meaningless retort to the actual claim being made.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        @algol
        The fact that *some* armed rebellions failed does not inherently make the concept of armed rebellion a false option. There are many armed rebellions that SUCCEEDED, too. Don't pick and choose anecdotes to support a pre-chosen bias because there are just as many to support the other side's claim as well.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        @Buzz:
        Your anecdote of individual abusers of the right to bear arms does not actually counter the claim that gun ownership would be a good or valid tool to fight potential government oppression (which is the entire reason WHY the 2nd Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights–because the people just came off fighting an armed rebellion against government oppression).

        December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darly314

        A WELL ARMED MILITIA; yes, I am familiar with Heller, and not just the condensed NRA 'summary'.

        December 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • wykehamrd

        "Guns are for protecting people against the oppressor". Hey pal, that particular stance is not how the Second Amendment is written – it speaks of a well armed militia – look up militia in the dictionary and you will find no mention of groups of individuals self-appointed who are the last bastion of freedom. If the government wants to oppress you by using military force your little wienie firearms will be swatted away like a gnat. Get real. I'm sure you have a secret room with food and water enough for 6 months so that you can "hold out" against tyranny". The government has been adept at attacking the people without having to resort to the military, why would they bother. Please send me your address so that when the government invades its own country I can come live with you for a few months and feel protected.

        December 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        The 'argument' that guns would not be effective against government/military tyranny is not true. Look to what's happening in Libya – AK47's and pickup trucks against jets, bombs, tanks and all kinds of government military power...look who's losing. The goal of disarming the populace is the same as it has always been – no real means of resistance against the government.

        January 8, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Brewtowner

        Uh Tom
        The only reason the rebels wo in Libya is because they had the assistance of a American/Eurpopean coalition that used their modern aircraft & military to enforced no fly zones on the very limited airforce that Qaddafi had. The rebels also got tons of rocket launchers & miltary weaponry from outside. Now who from the outside is going to assist the gun nuts who think they may have to rise up some day against the US govt?

        January 9, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Yes, DOPE will do great things for you. Allow you to put out 60 studio albums (which is insane), write beautiful music (which not any ol' Joe can do) and just be an all around decent fellow.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bee

      Right on, Tom J.! I couldn't care less why this old coot didn't vote. Why does he think anyone cares WHAT he does? I have not read the article or watched the video and do not intend to. I stay as far away from this POS as possible.

      November 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tobiedenney

      Tom, maybe you should try it and we will see if anything intelligent flows from those lips. Apparently not smoking it hasn't helped you.

      December 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gene Brown

      I really don't care what Willie Nelson thinks about gun control! What makes his opinion any more important than mine?

      February 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Roostah Katz

      Tom J YOU are uninformed

      March 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mary graham

    Shame on you Willie! There are millions of people world-wide who give their lives every day to have the choices we Americans take for granted.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • freethinker321

      You mean like the choice to speak one's own mind? Shame on you for calling shame on Willy for exercising his God-given rights.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • PraiseTheLard

        Which "God" did you have in mind? There have been so many...

        November 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • rico

        If the Government can take away the 2nd Amendment.. then the 1st Amendment doesn't matter much either.. so so much for his or anyone's opinion

        January 11, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Freedom to vote = freedom NOT to vote.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • SkipperSam

        Willie

        You should have voted

        Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Herb Party, Something

        Just having President Obama on your mind, does not count.

        Go back on the road !

        November 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela Hunter

      Americans have rights.... and Yes and he has the right not to vote.....

      November 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Washington John

    Ah, Willie....I'm disappointed. At least you could have voted for the green candidate.....

    November 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lisa

    Good for you Willie.

    Yes - one of the last of those icons the NRA likes so much liked automatic weapons too. Using one of those, he killed his ex-wife, her daughter, her daughter's boyfriend, and their 16 month old baby.

    J.T. Ready, a former Marine, was running for Pinal County sheriff and was a member of the U.S. Border Guard and the Minuteman Project, according to The Arizona Republic, which described the groups as anti-illegal immigration organizations. The paper said he also belonged to the National Socialist Movement, a group with white-supremacist views.

    Friends don't let friends buy automatic weapons.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      So he wouldn't have been able to kill those people with a non-fully automatic weapon? Right... He could have killed them with a knife. Should we ban knives as well? Bad people kill, not guns. They could do so with anything.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pritka

        A knife is not nearly as efficient as a gun and semi automatic weapons are even more efficient at killing folks than say a revolver. Banning semi automatic weapons is one step sane voters can take toward trying to slow down crazy mass killers in their pusuit of infamy.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • glab

        Lousy argument Shane. Cowards who commit mass murder prefer automatic weapons. With a knife they would have to get close to and face their victims. Look back in history of the cowardly reclusive rejects who have commited these heinous acts. Automatic assault weapons made it easy for them.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • heliocracy

        Nobody ever got mad while drunk and shot someone when there was no gun around. Period.

        November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • thomporter

        How far would James Holmes have gotten in that Colorado movie theater with a non-automatic firearm? Do you think just as many people would have died?

        There is no logical reason for civilians to have automatic weapons, and if banning them means that less people die in these crazy shootings, then banning them is the logical thing to do.

        And yes, I know guns don't kill people, people kill people, but our rights to own automatic firearms are not nearly as important as our lives.

        November 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        @pritka:
        Semi-Automatic: A firearm that fires one bullet per trigger pull, and utilizes some form of automatic charge (recoil operation, gas operation, or double action). A double action revolver (most modern revolvers) is semi-automatic. Additionally, modern revolvers tend to be chambered for magnum rounds, which prove effective at short range against unarmored targets. "Assault rifles" are chambered for rifle rounds, which are, if utilizing military ammunition, designed for long range engagement against armored targets. This actually reduces their lethality due to the non-deforming nature of the bullet.

        @thomporter:

        Holmes did not have an automatic weapon. He had a civilian model AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .223, as well as a 100-round Century magazine. The 100 round magazine actually lowered his effectiveness compared to a standard 20 or 30 round magazine, as the notoriously faulty model of magazine jammed after 17 rounds.

        I would also like to hypothesize that the shooting would have been less lethal if he infact possessed a select-fire rifle. First, automatic fire from such a rifle increases the chances of jamming, especially with faulty magazines. Second, if he jammed on the same round as before (17), he would have had less than a second of sustained automatic fire; too little time to sweep anyone with it.

        Holmes was actually very silly about his firearm selection if he wanted to cause the most loss of life. Everyone is always scared of the black rifle, but .223 is not a high lethality round comparitively. Multiple shots will usually be needed to kill a human sized target. However, Holmes also had a 12-gauge pump action shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot, as well as 2 Colt M1911 Semi-Automatic Pistols loaded with .45 ACP. Both of these can cause massive cavitation and bloodloss with only one well placed shot, and a 12-gauge 00 buckshot actually puts out 8 or 9 projectiles, each about the equivalent of a .33 pistol round.

        In fact, the whole idea was a mess. He stepped in front of the theatre, popped smoke, fired a few rounds in the air, then attacked. He was a wide open target for a good 3-5 seconds; plenty of time to draw a weapon, chamber a round if necessary, acquire a sight picture, and squeeze the trigger. It seems the only "smart" part of his plan was to attack an area where law-abiding citizens were told to disarm. Hmm.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • trapmaster21

        You guys are idiots, James Holmes Never used nor had access to an automatic weapons. please learn about somthing before you try and argue against them. If someone calls them a 100 round "Clip" again I might passout from laughing so hard it makes them sound so stupid and uneducated. I have no problem discussing issues but i will at least research the opposing arguments before hand.

        February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Lisa,

      You can't buy automatic weapons in the US, only semi-automatic. An AR-15, which is the most commonly referred to "high powered" assualt rifle is actually relative "low powered", It is a .223 caliber. Most deer rifles are much more powerful, e,g., .270, .308 calibers are very common. If you are to complain about guns, please try to understand the issues. Most people who are against guns, have had absolutely no exposure to them, live in a city and watch Piers Morgan. Have you own opinion, but make it an informed one.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ben

        I do believe you need to learn gun laws. You can buy automatic weapons. My uncle, who works as a civ for the navy owns several. You basically have to sign your life away to own them, but you can.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stafford

        Mike In the state of Utah, for $300 bucks you can buy a permit to own and purchase a FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPON!

        Just sayin............

        November 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leo818

        Converting a semiauto to full auto is a felony besides being difficult to do.
        As for hunting vs military rifles, virtually all rifle designs originate with military weapons. Bolt action, semi-auto, whatever it has a military history somehow and thEy can all fire 100 times. You just have to pull the trigger for every single shot.

        I have been a fan of Willie's music for years, but I think his use of weed and his politics are not good choices or examples.

        November 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • susan

        What you fail to mention is that there are AK 47's and every other kind of automatic/assault oriented gun AVAILABLE on street corners and in a neighborhood near you... I don't know where you live, but I live in Cincinnati where there are shootings almost every day! Do you really believe that your gun "regulations" have anything to do with all the guns the criminals have? ANYONE can get ahold of these military grade weapons, and they're being used somewhere in our country right now (one young man shot while shooting at police, another the day before during a home invasion – both now dead in the last few days) It's not the people who follow the rules that we have to worry about!

        November 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • DMG2FUN

        Go to the atf website and do some reading on what is legal to own.

        December 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Guns are not for hunting. Guns are to prevent the police and the army from oppressing you. The only reason the people were not given the specific right to own a machine gun was because they did not have them in 1776. ...but... keep in mind, civilians could own cannon. So tell me again .... why should the government be the only ones to own guns?

      November 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pritka

        Really? You think guns are to protect ourselves from our own government? WE are the government in this Democratic Republic. That means that you are really talking about those of you who do not agree with the government (or the rest of US)... whom you intend to murder with semi automatic weapons if things don't start breaking your way? So what you are really planning for is a civil war which history teaches us destroys ourselves. No thanks, we need to ban those semi automatic weapons, the sooner the better and you need to educate yourself on what being an American really means....you lose some, you win some but we are all in this together.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steven

        And you somehow think that some assault rifles are going to protect you from the government if he ever decides to go after you ? What planet do you live on ? Have you checked what kind of weapons the government has to face you ?

        November 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Greg

        Prikta

        Actually civil war is the only reason we have the United States of America and we arent ruled by someone else

        November 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Makito Raton

        So basically, with that philosophy, does that mean everyone should or have the right to own a nuke too? Or any other weapons of mass destruction. I mean, let's don't stop at cannons!

        December 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ralph

        They're not going to nuke your house. Too much collateral damage to infrastructure.

        Ground troops with M4s? Yup. Ergo, that's the baseline for what we should have.

        The whole nuke straw man argument is retarded, has no bearing on the subject and is parroted by all liberals thinking they're clever.
        You're not clever. You sound like broken records. Shut up already.

        December 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobn48

      Semiautomatic weapons. Automatic weapons are not sold without a specific license and are tightly controlled

      November 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • glab

        And semi auto assault weapons are very easy to convert to full auto. Either way auto or semi-auto, assault rifles are designed to kill people. You don't assault the dear you're after. You hunt them.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • reality check

        Beg to differ, there glabby. Off-the-shelf semi-automatic weapons rrequire structural and cooling modifications for safe operation during the full automatic cycle. I strongly suggest you not attempt something as stupid as your comment suggests.

        November 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        @glab:

        Truly, most semi-automatic civilian models of popular "assault" weapons aren't used for hunting deer. Take the AR-15 for example, the gun Holmes used. Due to the small size of the bullet (.223), it's really not very effective against something as big as deer. It will do in a pinch, but that's not what it's for.

        .223 and the AR-15 shine as a varmint solution. Often used against small pest animals (that may or may not still be good eating), the .223 combines a relatively long range with a high velocity, and is large enough to handle most varmints such as prairie dog, coyote, and squirrel. The AR-15 allows a relatively stable platform for semi-automatic fire (if more than one shot is needed), as well as being small enough to bring to bear on a target as a reflex.

        Try shooting one. They're actually pretty fun, and very useful. I tend to prefer something chambered in 7.62x39mm, but to each their own.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Frain

      Lisa, I just read several accounts of Ready's final rampage. Not one mentioned the weapon used. Had it been an automatic rifle, I'm sure that would have been prominently mentioned.

      Please show us at least a couple of verifiable sources for your information. If you can't, a retraction is in order.

      Thanks. Have a great day.

      November 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rico

      then I guess semi automatic weapons are ok... right?

      January 11, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JiminAlabama

    Senile old fk, we need to have the exact same weapons the military is using so that we can defend ourselves when they try to herd us into FEMA camps

    November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bczu

      Have fun shooting down a drone, helicopter, missile, tank etc with your high powered rifle. Idiot...

      November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • freethinker321

        Outstanding point, BCZU. Watch some of the shows on the Military Channel and it becomes abundantly clear that no redneck militia armed with AK-47s would stand a chance in Hell of surviving an engagement with US troops.

        November 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thor

        We can bring them down without rifles... although it IS possible .... other ways.... are much easier!

        November 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • disengaging from you lunatics

        Rednecks couldn't bring down a drone eh? I guess all those gun-totting rednecks in the Middle East just gave up when they saw the Mission Accomplished banner go up. The second amendment has nothing to do with the right to go hunting. It was a protection against an oppressive Government. While it is terrible there have been loons that have gone into theaters and schools killing innocent people, it's much less of a tragedy we shall face when the public is disarmed. As the 2nd goes, so shall the 1st amendment follow.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • qanerd

        Hey BCZU: So you really think that weapons in the hands of the citizenry cannot defeat a government? You have obviously never heard of Viet Nam or Afghanistan or a hundred other places where determined militias and rebels have kicked government @$$. What an uninformed dolt.

        November 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steven

        qanerd: Vietnam and Afghanistan had terrain for them : either dense foliage or mountaineous terrain.

        So yep, I'm sure you'll be able to free Alaska and a few mountains in Colorado from our evil government's hands. Good luck doing the same in California, NY, Washington, Texas, ... where the open terrain will turn rebels into easy targets.

        November 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        @Steven:

        Really? California? Open space?

        Sure, there's some in California... but your concept of terrain advantage seems to only apply to mountains or jungles. I live in the frozen north, which applies its own terrain advantage. The swamplands of the southeast are a massive terrain advantage. And California is home to some of the biggest cities in the U.S.; if you don't believe urban terrain can be pressed as an advantage, you're sorely mistaken.

        Likewise, you assume we'd be fighting the entire military. At least 50% of the armed forces, from enlisted to officers, belong to an organization such as the Oathkeepers or the Three Percenters. These organizations believe in the military's role to defend the country against all threats, both foreign and domestic. They also recognize that the limiting of civilian ownership of firearms in any way is a potential threat.

        Remember, we have the most advanced military in the world, and we have been stopped dead cold by goat farmers using weapons that date back to the 1930s.

        November 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • rico

        I think I'd have a better chance than using a rock or a stick.. what do you think genius?

        January 11, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Exactly, all civilians should be given tactical nukes...

      November 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rico

        better than being a slave

        January 11, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. halo117

    Proof that WEED FRY's your BRAIN.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      Funny, I just had a bunch and still noticed your spelling/grammar mistake....

      November 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • qanerd

        Oooh aren't you smart??

        November 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jules

        Thanks J for your eloquent reply to the insanity of people like Halo117!

        November 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • rjt

        @qanerd...Don't know how smart he is. But, he IS smarter than you.

        November 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Opa

      * fries

      November 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • ritmocojo

        no apostrophe

        November 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen

    In my opinion, our country is founded on the basic principle that people should be free to do whatever they want so long as it doesn't infringe upon the freedoms of others. So, while I am not a gun owner, I cringe at the concept that a law-abiding citizen should have to justify their need for owning a rifle.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      I whole-heartedly agree with you! My mother once said, "You have every right in the world...but your rights stop at the end of my nose." My firearm selection is just that...MY SELECTION. No one should have the right to stomp on mine simply because they don't like it. I have a clean record, no mental incapacities, and am a productive member of society. Why should anyone be able to tell me what I may or may not purchase. Why should anyone be able to tell me what I may or may not own?

      January 22, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Literati

        Any reasonable person would acknowledge that there are some weapons not for public consumption, such as nukes,RPGs and bazookas, tanks or flamethrowers, while BB guns and shotguns are likely OK.
        The thing is, who draws the line and at what. I assume if my neighbor has an AR 15 with a large clip, I should be able to have one

        February 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JMorcan

    You're in the wrong country, Willie.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alan Degolmon

      @JMorcan,

      WIllie Nelson is free to say whatever he wants to say, and vote or not vote at his own discretion. If you suggest that this is inconsistent with Willie Nelson's civil rights as an American Citizen, then YOU are in the wrong country. What's wrong, JMorcan? Did Willie say "wrong things" about the election's outcome, and the rights of citizens to own automatic weapons? Yeah, he shouldn't be allowed to say those "wrong things" here in the USA. "America – love it or leave it.", Jmorcan

      November 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Corwin7

    I agree with everything except the not voting...you really should vote Willie.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ritmocojo

      Isn't Willie a convicted felon? Tax evasion or something? If so, he can't legally vote anyway.

      November 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Good Point

        Excellent point. Not only is a convicted felon ineligible to vote, a convicted felon can not legally own a fire arm.

        November 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    I love guns. I love to shoot them. I don't hurt people with them and I would not want to ever hurt anyone as long as no ones life is threatened. Hell if I knew all someone wanted to do was steal my money or my car I would just let them have it. But now days they not only want your material things but they want your life. I'm torn on this issue. I love AR-15's .223/s and other assault rifles. I love shooting them but I have to be honest I don't really need them. My .380 and .357 pistols will pretty much protect me from anything but a government assault and well if the government wants me they got tanks, and fighter jets and .50 caliber machine guns and, well, you get the picture. So as much as I love my assault weapons I don't need them. My hunting rifle does for big game. Good Day.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim in Frankfort

      Hey Joe, maybe you can help Willy out ... how many rounds is the maximum number that can be fired on a single trigger pull by an assault rifle which is legally sold on the consumer market in the US? I believe the correct answer is either 1 or 3, but nowhere near the 100 rounds Willy implies.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JJ Swiontek

        'Only 1' is the correct answer. Anything more requires a tax stamp and paperwork.

        November 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      Thank you for this comment

      November 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TonDef

      Your comments are truly refreshing, Joe. I'm torn on the issue of the assault weapons ban too, and I'm not a gun owner. I believe in upholding the second amendment, but it has to be taken into consideration that when it was written, these weapons didn't exist and the population was much smaller. Most gun owners are responsible law abiding citizens, and yet there are some weapons, like grenade launchers for example, that nobody advocates legalizing. I think what you and I have in common, Joe, is that we're both independent thinkers who realize that some issues are too complicated to simply choose a side and dig our heels in. On just about any subject, most Americans are all too willing to have their so called minds manipulated by those with one political agenda or another. It's much easier than thinking for themselves.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Freefall1250

        When the 2nd amendment was written. the people had the same firepower the government had. So it would be my understanding that as time progressed that the firearms progressed. Hence if the military has m16A1's that the legal and responsible gun owners should have these available to them in the case we become oppressed again.

        January 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim in Frankfort

    There is not a single legal weapon in civilian hands that will fire 100 rounds on a single trigger pull, so what is it that Willy wants more regulated?

    The single greatest threat to the future of this country is ignorance. ...don't vote because something sounds cool, go out and figure out the reality and vote accordingly.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bczu

      Ha, hes talking about high capacity magazines. "A gun that can shoot 100 times" Learn to read and comprehend before talking about ignorance......idiot.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ben

      I believe you are the ignorant one. You can legally purchase an automatic weapon right now. Expensive and a ton of regulation on them, but it is possible to own one as a civ.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Fabjan

    Oh sure, take the assault rifles away from the general public, so when the day comes that the public has to defend itself FROM UN troops on US soil, they'll be disarmed and unable to fight back.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      You do know that "UN troops" do not actually exist, right? As in, the UN has no military, when the UN wants to put troops into an area they ask states to contribute national troops. The only major combat operation fought by UN troops was the Korean war, and the large majority of "UN troops" were American.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rico

        Prove it

        January 11, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Pritka

      How many U.N. troops do you think Europe would give the U.N. to invade the USA? Zero, Zip, Nada. You are ill informed.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mercury32

      Somebody saw Red Dawn and didn't realize it was fiction.

      November 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Heeksy

      And you genuinely believe that will happen?

      December 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • rico

        and can you guarantee that it will not..someone didn't read world history

        January 11, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. philly

    Willie, like clint, has earned the right to have an awkward opinion. As for voting, it only matters in a close district or state. Id only be mad if he lived in Ohio or Florida. Otherwise, voting is like recycling – it only makes you feel good.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joe

    Let me clarify one thing. I support lawful and responsible gun ownership and would never vote for anyone who did not respect my right to own a gun. However I do believe their is a difference between protection and sport shooting and military grade assault rifles. Sorry I just think their is a difference. I love shooting assault rifles but most are not good for any practical purpose but killing people. Most assault rifles are either to powerful for most game hunting or to inaccurate. I use a .223 or 30/30 for dear hunting. Sure you can hunt with any gun but I don't know to many folks who hunt with assault rifles.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Free Willie

      Where does the 2A say anything about sporting purposes? A military assault weapon is select fire, a politically defined assault weapon is semi automatic only. There is no difference between a semi auto Remington hunting rifle and a colt AR15, except one looks more dangerous to liberals.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thor

      ...the second amendment does NOT protect your right to hunt. The second amendment protects your right to BEAR arms. ARMS! Not restricted to just pistols, or rifles, or semi-automatic weapons, or even just machine guns... the wording is very clear: ....the right to bear ARMS shall not be infringed....

      November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Free Willie

      The AR-15 is chambered in .223/5.56, the ballistics of an AK 47 are roughly the same as a 30-30. Next?

      November 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ralph

      Shall not be infringed. Period.

      The 2a speaks of the security of a free state, not the security against criminals or murdering deer. With the exception of my .22, every gun I own was designed as a tactical weapon.

      You Fudd's need to read the 2a and learn the spirit of it, it has nothing to do with killing Bambi. It's to keep a balance of power between the people and .gov and to repel invading forces. US code supports this.

      What you fail to understand is that if they take away the semiauto 'assault rifle', the next will be the semiauto pistol. You'll be down to a revolver to protect yourself in public. Then pump shotguns... Who could ever need 5 shells?

      You fools keep accepting the intrustion into our rights, we'll be in single shots and muzzle loaders again before you know it. Draw the line in the sand, knock it off, and don't throw my rights under the bus unless you're willing to lose yours, too.

      November 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. lmnop

    Who cares whether or not Willie Nelson voted for anything?

    November 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alan DeGolmon

      Imnop,
      Who cares about your opinion about this article?

      November 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. BillK

    A lot of us fought wars so Willie could set on his butt, smoke dope and blather. He is over. Let the old bag of wind have his say.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alan DeGolmon

      @BillK,
      A lot of us fought wars so you could set on his butt and blather about Willie Nelson. You are over. Let the bag of wind have his say.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • qanerd

        Whaaaa??

        November 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. joao de Barros

    ...and then there were all those Venezuelans who didn't go to the polls in 2005 resulting in an overwhelming vote for that great Presidente Hugo Chaves.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Jackie

    Exactly right Willy.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Bob B

    If you smoked all the weed Willie does, you shouldn't have a gun.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Griff.

    "Glad he got re elected?' Don't kid yourself, it isn't over till it's over!"
    "here's another guy who chose to go a beidge too far na won't last much longer.." Quote: Egypt's Leader Said to Agree to Limit Scope of Judicial Decree

    By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

    President Mohamed Morsi agreed Monday to scale back a sweeping decree he had issued last week that raised his edicts above any judicial review, according to a report by a television network allied with his party Unquote.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. chill

    Why would I care?

    November 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alan DeGolmon

      @chill,

      Why would you care enough to read the article and post a comment about it?

      November 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. moose1

    Just what we need, advice about guns from a guy who is legally barred from owning one!! Habitual drug users can not own firearms. It is a felony for them to be in possession of them.

    Yep, some people should not be allowed to own guns: Willie is one of them!!

    November 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Thor

    ...and bye the way Willie: I don't think you EVER actually delivered a cow, dug a fence post hole, cured a sick cow, mended a lame horse... you just wear that drugstore bought cowboy hat like some old senile fool in a Thanksgiving day parade to make potheads hold you in some glory position. Who ever heard of a pigtailed cowboy anyway?

    November 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Free Willie

    Well you know Willie's brain has been fried on drugs for such a long time that he cannot remember the founders put the 2A in the bill of rights so the citizenry could throw off a tyrannical government who would most likely try to use an army to put down the rebellion. Like they did in 1776.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Bill From Long Island

    Let's be real. The Second Amendment is not about hunting or target practice. It's about defending yourself and your community from government run amok. No longer any need you say? That's the bleating of sheep.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J100409

      You still can't do that with assault rifles. You would need anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles at a bare minimum. Since most people can agree that private individuals should not be able to get those, the "defense against government" argument works poorly for assault rifles for private citizens. If you want to argue for a return to the days of "well regulated militias" and that those militias should have enough weapons to combat a professional military, that's a different story. Tthat's what the Second Amendment is really about.It's "the people's" right to keep and bare arms, not "each person's" right.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Free Willie

        You have not been keeping up with the decisions from the Supreme Court. Also the militia is defined as every able bodied male between the age of 17 and 45. Tanks, planes trains and everything else has one weak link they are manned by humans. Very easy to defeat humans they have to leave their protective cover some time. The weapons that come out of the ordinary household is all that is needed. The best weapon the fighting man has is his brain.

        November 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ralph

        DC vs. Heller affirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms.

        US Code defines any able bodied adult male citizen as militia.

        Next topic you'd like to be wrong on, and schooled on? Or are you done spouting fallacies?

        November 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • EM

        your rant means nothing, Simple fact; we based this country with the ability of an average citizen having the right to defend themselves from oppression from the government by the right to bear arms. We can't suddenly change this because of a few soft hearted, weak minded people that live off the government and expect the gov to take care of all their problems, grow up and be self sufficient. If now, you want to change the rules of the game, we aren't up for discussion on it, it was decided when we had a Revolution from Britian if you don't like it go to another socialist country and have a great time but we formed this country on the guise we have the right to bear arms if you aren't comfortable with is so sad too bad. "those that would sacrifice a little freedom for a little safety deserve neighter and will get neighter" Benjamin Franklin. Ever wander why Switz have never been attacked and been able to stay neutral all this time its because every famly is required to own, maintain, and know how to use an automatic weapon, and oddly they have one of the lowest crime rates. Its really the guns right??? its society.

        December 15, 2012 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  26. bluedogboy

    I thought hilbillies only voted for republicans?

    November 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thor

      hillbillie does not equal pothead.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Lord Toronaga

    How many violent gun based movies did this alcoholic pill popper make ? Plenty. He doesn't have an assault rifle or needs to vote because he has a felony conviction. Go back to sleep Willie.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. rockysfan

    Didn't vote? Your duty as a citizen of this country is to vote! Period! Don't care about your reason, it's irrelevant.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. dennis

    Like fifty years of drug abuse had not screwed up his tiny mind! Just another pathetic stoner!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. John Armstrong Citizen, III

    Piers Morgan and Mr. Piggy Tails deserve each other. If you don't like our Bill of Rights, why don't you move to England?

    November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Elaine Connelly

    Willie Nelson is a sad example of a man who has lost his mind and his sense of morality. I own a gun and if someone comes to do me or my family harm, it will be used.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brad76

      Wow lol. You're saying WIllie lost his morality but you're talking about riddling people with bullets? All you need to protect yourself from intruders is a longarm rifle, you don't need all these crazy semi-auto's. Get real.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tesla

        Wow lol. You're talking about him riddling people with bullets and you don't understand the nature of firearms at all? All you need is the correct tool for the situation, which is variable based upon the threat, number of attackers, engagement range, terrain, number and nature of bystanders, and many other things, not just a "longarm rifle." Get real.

        P.S.: All rifles are longarms. Longarm in a modern usage defines any firearm that requires 2 hands to properly use. Many longarms are semi-automatic. Learn the definitions of words before you just throw them around.

        November 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Please grow up

    I know why you didn't vote. You are a fool. My great grandpa, my grandfather, my dad and I volunteered for the army to protect people's right to vote. This is like crawling across a minefield to give a spoiled kid his birthday present. Then the little clown says he doesn't want it. You know what, Willie? You are that spoiled kid.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. TheLoneStar

    Willie was probably to high to find his polling place.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. derp

    Willie didn't vote because he got really high and forgot it was election day.

    Now he is just making excuses.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Franky

      Ithink he said no excuse i just didn't, dude are republicans deaf? Furthermore, the candidate he wanted to win, won.

      November 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. ruth

    I want on my gravestone..."they did not DESERVE my vote"

    November 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Donald in CA

    Man listen to the Willie haters when he speaks the truth. The right wing haters should smoke some of Willie's stuff to calm them down.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobloblaw

      It is a myth that only the GOP supports the 2nd amendment. Congressman John Dingle-D use to be head of the NRA

      December 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Brad76

    For those of you putting down WIllie: There isn't anyone more American than WIllie Nelson!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Free Willie

      Keep telling yourself that. I would stack up any uniformed service member against him any day. What has Willie done to secure the blessings of liberty?

      November 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mercury32

        So, you would stack up the uniformed service members who urinated on corpses? You would stack up the ones who have been convicted of murder? You would stack the ones who forwarded pictures of unlawful torture? Do you remember Abu Ghraib?

        Really? I'd rather spend the evening with Willie. Even tho' I don't care for country music. I like Willie. There are also many US service members who I think are fine people, but 'ANY'? I think you are forgetting history, very recent history.

        November 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are you serious?

      Seriously, Willie (a tax evading pot head) is what you consider a good American?

      November 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tobiedenney

      thank you Brad!

      December 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tevo

      See John Wayne

      January 11, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. native

    I am a law abiding citizen Willie, I will keep my AR-10 thank you. I used to like you until I heard this crap fall out of your mouth. Keep smokin' your dope!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Patrish

    INot a Nelson fan – while he's in my age group, I don't like country western music. Just because he made millions selling music doesn't impress me; neither does the fact that went bankrupt as he owed 16 million back taxes to the IRS. So why should I care what he thinks or says?

    November 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jj

    The Obama campaign was not completely sure of victory. They could have used your vote, Mr. Nelson. They certainly got mine.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. jusme101

    Boy didn't vote, he doesn't get an opinion.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Bill S

    He didn't vote because convicted felons lose their right to vote, and to bear arms.

    And, technically, assult weapons fire a cartridge LESS powerful than a hunting rifle.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      He is NOT a convicted felon, you idiot. Where do you get this drivel? He has been arrested for pot possession and never have the been more than a slap on the wrist. The prosecutor recently asked that his punishment be that she sing a song in court in lieu of a fine. What the hell are you talking about.

      November 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. trublue007

    Say whatever you Willie haters about him, he's a very down to earth person according to a friend of mine in Chicago when he ate in a restaurant he managed.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Broken Patriot

      That's cool, my second cousin's aunt said Bob Hope was really nice when he bought some gas at her service station.

      January 9, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Silly Willie

    He didn't vote because he ate his ballot.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. USMale

    Kudos to Willie.. he's got brass ones to tell it like it is...

    November 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Good Choice

    I have no problem with Willy not voting. I wish more O supporters had made the same choice.

    November 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Don

    Not voting makes no sense at all. Tell what like what is? The fact is that he did not vote, but complains. Makes no sense and he still have no voice. Moving on. Patrish...good point. He is a tax dodger, and I don't like his mentality or music, either. However, I do like some country music.

    November 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. ExWilsonFan

    "The women all believe in the things that he's talking about. The blacks and the Hispanics and the women. And if you've got those three things on your side, you're going to win," - these "three things" you are not Mr. Nelson.

    It sounds like they believe the president ... and you don't. This would be ok with me, but I would have expected you to have the courage of your opinions. I've respected you much more before this interview.

    November 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Bayley0402

    Who care if Willie didn't vote. Millions of others didn't vote either. What makes him special?

    November 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Ralph

    Quit printing this garbage. If you're going to make an all-out assault on our rights, you're going to have no defense to the 1st Amendment which allows you to blither this tripe.

    Stay out of our gun cabinets, and you won't have to worry about us going after YOUR rights.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. slightly confused

    Lets see, the guy who doesnt follow the laws on using illegal drugs thinks we need more laws on guns. Does anyone else smell something funny here? Maybe if people followed the laws on illegal drugs we would have fewer law enforcement people KIA.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. fog of smoke

    ok, we got the official opinion from a pot head. How about tomorrow we get someone from the methadone clinic and see how they would have voted. day after, never mind, I'm going back to pulling hair off my back.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. blake

    Willie Nelson. Great country singer. Zero credibility about politics. Why is this considered news worthy by CNN?

    November 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. carl

    Willy Nelson is why I voted against legal weed. Look what it does to your brain.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LI_Bri

      Legal OTC drugs kill more people than illegal drugs. Nobody has ever OD'd on pot.. And let's not even talk about what alcohol could do to someone. But I bet you're OK w/all that.

      November 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Beekermeepmeep

    Willie, if you don't vote then you have no right to complain.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Franky

      He's not complaining the guy he wanted to win, won????

      November 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Jerry

    What do expect from a Tax Dodging, Dope Smoking, Know it All.
    Has a great talent but that doesn't make him or any of the other talking head entertainers experts.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. dscon

    I I think Willie is PO'd at Texas busting him for pot a while back.........

    November 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      PO'd? The prosecutor asked the judge to sentence him to singing one song in the courtroom as his "punishment". I don't think Texas is against Willie Nelson. They have a Willie Nelson Day, which is the 4th of July.

      November 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. The Ripper

    And now that he's blacklisted in country music for saying things that go against what most country music is about... lol.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      You are a fool. The CMA just did an honorary lifetime achievement award for Wilie Nelson. Where do you get the stupid idea that he is blacklisted by the country music genre? Idiot.

      November 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Bob Knippel

    If you do not know the difference between a machine gun, an assault rifle and a semi-automatic sporting rifle; or understand the difference between an M-16 and an AR-15, which look identical; or do not know the 2nd Amendment was as much intended to protect citizens from their own government as from criminals or any other threat; or think any easily carried firearm packs 100 rounds of ammunition, then you should keep your opinions regarding firearms to yourself, as your ignorance regarding firearms is profound, which prevents you from making any kind of intelligent statement or decision regarding firearm ownership and firearm laws in this country. You'd do as well performing brain surgery.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH

    IF YOU GIVE RESPECT WHERE ITS NEEDED IT WILL BE GIVEN BACK

    November 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. someone

    Wait, if you don't agree with any of the candidates... why would you vote? That doesn't make sense. I did not vote because I didn't agree with either of the two. I'm not going to vote for someone just to say I voted, that takes away from the purpose of a democracy.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LI_Bri

      Others were running. Wasn't just them two.

      November 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. CommonSensed

    Guns, pot and country musak. What a hoot 'n hollarin' good time on Piers!

    November 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Penny

    You are all completely and utterly misinformed. Willie Nelson has voted almost every election and "didn't get to the voting booth this time". He has voted both Democrat and Republican. He has been a life long smoker of pot but doesn't drink any longer. He is not a convicted felon and can therefore vote like you or me. He has written some of the most long-lasting standards in the industry (most recorded by the likes of Patsy Cline and Frank Sinatra). He gives to charities and does a major fundraiser every year, for years and years, to raise the awareness of the plight of the American farmer. He donates to animal cruelty causes. He is not a cowboy, doesn't claim to be. He believes very much in a "live and let live" philosophy but he, like me, don't see where anything in the 2nd amendment would include the thought that some day, everyday citizens would need to have semi-automatic weapons or clips containing hundreds of rounds. If you can't do some research on people, please don't comment.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. RBSG

    Imagine if everyone exercised his philosophy that he felt (so and so) was going to win and didn't need one more vote.
    I nominate Willy Nelson for jerk of the year.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. bibleverse1

    Not voting is unAmerican. Someone who has made money from Americans.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nathan

      How is not voting unAmerican? Seems the right to choose not to vote is included in the right to vote. Not voting can be a valid expression of will, as well.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. reader10

    Look what drugs did to this man.As long he get his drugs it is ok with him.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Paul

    Right on Willie, voting is a privilege and all you really need is a bolt-action rifle to do some hunting.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Walter Johnson

    It is fortunate that enough other Americans chose to vote that one vote wasn't missed. And, frankly we don't make it easy for people always on the road or otherwise traveling to vote in elections. He should move to Washington state, which has easy vote by mail (or drop off at a designated ballot collect box) that doesn't even require advance registration for an absentee ballot because everybody votes by mail. The voters I worry about losing are those that have to move between the last day to register to vote and the election day and could be excluded from an election only because of not knowing the final address they will have by election day so they don't have a registered correct address.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Jeff S

    I'm pretty sure almost every gun made can fire 100 times. I mean shooting a bullet was what they were made to do. If they can't do that, and repeatably, then it is useless.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. rare_earth

    Willie Nelson is a hero for the disparaged, the poor, and the working class.
    I'm 51 years old, work my butt off and smoke weed. So what.
    If more Americans emulated Nelson, we'd all be a lot better off.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. LI_Bri

    I want all the weapons technology can provide. Never know who you might be fighting someday. It wasn't home invasions and liquor store robberies they were thinking about when they drafted the 2nd Amendment.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elaine P

      Best people to push forward the gun debate. Do we really think the founding fathers actually thought people, without gun training or who had never shop a gun, should have access and possess semi-automatic riles and assault weapons. Really? Go Piers! Cerainly no one in Washington will touch it so they can protect their salaries. Speaking of - how can WE control how much Congress makes. I am paying for their salary. Shouldn't I be the one giving them raises?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bobloblaw

        There are 300m guns in the USA. Probably more than 1/2 are semi auto types. You think we can ban and confiscate semi automatic weapons?

        December 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  72. LI_Bri

    Would love to burn one w/Willie someday. Love his music too.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  73. pat1010

    I'm confused.

    How does the view of Willie Nelson garner more attention than the person next to me in the bar after 3 beers?

    Sure...great music.....great drugs....great beer......but.....

    Well run for president Willie.

    We as a society are becoming MORONS.

    Shouldn't the majority of votes (GOP or Democrat) determine how we get "BIG" things done on the next 4 years?...Not whether Willie (or Waylon) can smoke dope? (like this will change the country or the world???)

    Patrick

    November 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  74. Jimmy

    No he's not a politician, he's just a music legend having an interesting conversation with Piers. It's a talk show, not just a news show so I don't know why everyone is so uptight about it. Some of these comments are just intolerant. Live and let live.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  75. the_future

    Good thing this stupid senile old man isn't the voice of a nation.
    I won't be happy until I can own rocket propelled grenades and I'm faced with a ban on new automatics.

    Such a sad state for America.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  76. the_future

    I feel like I need to post again there are so many people arguing over the internet....

    Good thing this stupid senile old man isn't the voice of a nation.
    I won't be happy until I can own rocket propelled grenades and I'm faced with a ban on new automatics
    implemented illegally by filthy Democrats in 1986.

    The Hughes amendment to FOPA never passed.

    Such a sad state for America.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  77. furianxo

    Those belong to the military.... funny. We as a country of power don't realize that almost all of our Special Forces grew up with guns. What do you think would happen if we take them away? I don't know, but I bet they will be missing certain parts of being "special".

    Anyone that thinks that taking guns away from the civilian population, and leaving them in the hands of the government (military, police) is one step closer to being ruled, a pawn, or a subject to dictatorship.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  78. Kanageloa

    Unfortunately Nelson is getting old and soft. I think his brain is smoked up and his liver is shot. He'll probably live to 100 or more.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  79. royalstar05

    I like Willie. He has been active for a long time and he has seen the world like 99% of us havent. We dont have to agree with our elders all of the time but i think we should at least listen to them. I dont want to judge Mr Nelson. None of us should really.

    November 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Rondele

    nicely put

    November 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. knock,knock,knock Penny

    For all of the people on here ripping Mr Nelson for being a pothead with no brain, come on the guy is 80 years old. Show some respect you losers.

    November 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Rondele

    I am only interested in the book Willie is selling, not what Morgan is.... Period

    November 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  83. Woody W Woodward

    FYI – Willie Nelson is a veteran (USAF) I believe he has earned the right to vote, or not, as he sees fit and to exercise any other unalienable right as he sees fit. I do not agree with his opinion as to firearms, but he does have the right to state his opinion as do I. There are many items of personal property that are not necessarily "needed" (more than one guitar maybe) but neither you, nor I, nor Willie have any business telling another what he should or should not possess.
    [W3]

    November 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*qb

      Woody, with all due respect when the public well being is at stake , we do have the right to control what people can have in their possession. ie , nuclear weapons, chemical capable of mass killing, and any number of others, l know these are extreme but you see my point. There has to be a line drawn , Nelson feels it is automatic weapons. I don't know where we draw that line , but it has to be drawn.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nathan

        Historically speaking, at the time the Const.itution was written, the line was "arms." And, at that time, that term had a pretty clear meaning–an extension of the arm, essentially. Guns, swords, knives, etc. Things like canons, mines, and other things that went "boom" were dubbed "ordinances." So in the modern context, things like nuclear bombs, fighter planes, etc would not fall under "arms" anyway. Granted, the arms themselves have become more powerful than what Colonials could have conceived, but that's why no one is realistically having an argument for personal nukes (or even hand grenades) and we are haggling over personal automatic weapons.

        December 6, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  84. Indiana Minuteman

    Color commentary from a pot-smoking libtard to a Redcoat collectivist snob... Epic Fail!

    November 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  85. Alzheimers Alert

    The media just loves it when some senile fool parrots one of their favorite positions. No Willy, those guns aren't just for hunting. They are to insure our freedom from a tyrannical government. Kinda like the one that is just around the corner. Kinda like the one that cleaned you out with taxes.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  86. Name*qb

    Attacking Mr. Nelson personally, because of his opinion only shows your inability to form cognitive thought. If you disagree say why, otherwise shut the hell up!

    November 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  87. Jory

    So was Willie Nelson stoned when he gave this interview too?

    http://boingboing.net/2010/04/16/willie-nelson-is-hig.html

    November 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  88. Trust me

    Trust me. Better citizens keep your guns. i live in former soviet Union, and mafia overtaking everything. Even politicians can't do anything. if we would have a guns, we could use them to chase them and bring to justice. Now, people are helpless.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ralph

      Thank you for your perspective. We in the USA are very bad at using history as an example of what not to do here, and also suffer from the hubris of 'It will never happen here'. Look at our venture into socialized healthcare, after the system in Europe is falling apart.

      Trust me, we're keeping our guns. They can make as many laws as they want, there's 268 million of them - AT LEAST. More than half are semiautomatics. GOOD LUCK ROUNDING THEM UP, WILLIE!

      November 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Antipacket

      Nobody is saying take all the guns! The debate is over military, semi-automatic weapons. Most Americans believe in the right to protect yourself. the gun fanatics are causing this controversy and conspiracy over nothing.

      January 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  89. JLP

    Dude, when you are dropping your show and going back to UK? You have no business over here. Your ratings are dismal and I can see why. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/usa/9361012/Piers-Morgan-brings-worst-ratings-to-CNN-prime-time-slot-in-21-years.html

    November 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  90. rocker

    if a woman can kill her unborn baby i can smoke weed and if the feds could arrest god they would throw him in jail for growing a plant

    November 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  91. rocker

    most weed is grown in the usa and every dollar there is taxes are paid any time that dollar is spent here in the usa get over people

    November 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  92. rocker

    you anti weed people are mostly drunks, crackheads, and just losers i smoke and make 90000 a year and i pay taxes i have smoked since 1973

    November 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  93. rocker

    i dont know when i will die so let me live my life free ,free of dumb laws

    November 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  94. rocker

    smoke on people they cant throw us all in jail screw the dea

    November 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  95. rocker

    GOD BLESS WILLIE NELSON

    November 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  96. rocker

    this is for the dea go find something better to spend our money on like every 19 mins someone dies from govt appoved drugs not weed you morons listen up DEA

    November 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Literati

      I always notice the side effects they acknowledge when pushing pharmaceutical on TV. Pot can't possibly be worse, and would be as good a source of revenue as booze.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  97. rocker

    for all you dumb fools out there alcohol is the gateway drug and always has been

    November 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  98. rocker

    just look how our govt parties on our money the secret service , the gsa i could on and on just think about the ones we dont know about but weed is big problem with the govt they need to clean their own house before they come too mine

    November 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  99. rocker

    but people you buy as many guns as you can you just might need them one day too fight your govt

    November 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • antipacket

      Are you anti-American? Our country thrives on success not fear. Stop working your self into a frenzy and enjoy what we have as Americans. Your government isn't after you unless you are a convicted criminal.

      January 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  100. rocker

    BUY YOUR GUNS

    November 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  101. rocker

    THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY WITH YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS donot forget about your civil rights take a stand donot back down

    November 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  102. rocker

    lets drug test all govt workers congress fed judges any elected person lets drug test and see how many smoke weed

    November 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  103. rocker

    thats right they make the laws but dont have to live by them just us sheep

    November 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  104. DMG2FUN

    "there's no need for civilians to own those ... those are for military""
    Spoken like a true leftist aka progressive socialist.

    December 1, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  105. M. T.

    Willie? I've loved him and I have disliked him....I find it hard to listen to his liberal opinions on gun control or any other issue. He is a great songwriter and an entertainer, but his opinion on issues such as these is completely null and void. In other words his opinion is no better than mine. (which, btw are opposite his....) He has a platform, a good stage presence. Keep writing songs. and SHUT UP AND SING....

    December 4, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nathan

      Wouldn't that make your opinions null and void there, too?

      December 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  106. Tim

    You will take my guns from my cold dead hands.
    Sure maybe Americans do not need AK-47's, but they should have the right to own them if they choose.
    All you anti gun nuts need to just shut up and deal with it.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  107. Nathan

    "I think a lot of guns – there's no need for civilians to own those. Those are for military."

    I think the historical argument from the Const.itution (remember, that Amendment was written on the back of a revolution against a government viewed as abusing its power unduly) is that while there is no general need for civilians to own guns that powerful, the one legitimate remaining need for civilians to own such hardware would be to defend themselves FROM the military. And while a lot of people don't want to believe that is a realistic possibility, I'm sure the Colonials didn't want to think they'd ever need to take up arms against England, either. I'm not promoting rebellion or anything va.guely like that, just playing Devil's Advocate on why some people think such weapons should be available to civilians. And one of those reasons is so that the military cannot totally out-gun the populace.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  108. the dude

    Poor guy has been baking his brain in stupidity for a good long time. Screw the limey gun graber and the senile diaper waring fool. Not even going to debate their stupidity. Bottom line you can ever have my guns and if you try to take them be prepaired to die in the process.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  109. Frank

    I may have missed it, but when did it become the Bill of "Needs"?

    December 11, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  110. Doc Collier

    "he grew up around guns and has no problem with hunting. In his mind, however, high-powered assault rifles are an entirely different discussion"

    I would rather be shot by an assault rifle or even a light machine gun any day than a hunting rifle. This guy has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to calibers and ballistics. Hunting guns are made to KILL, modern military weapons are made to WOUND.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  111. sid jones

    Winning Willie. How can he even be worth a say in the matter. Prob.doesn't even know how to shoot...Smoke some more Willie.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  112. greg

    go back to your pot and leave the gun problem to those who aren't senile. How is that "Short Man Complex " working for you?

    December 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  113. Broken Patriot

    Nothing like getting a lecture on legal control of an item from someone who has been illegally using drugs for decades. No credibility. He really is a scruffy useful idiot.

    December 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Antipacket

      Getting a lecture on peace from a tree-hugging, hippy is exactly what our Nation needs. Don't forget a big part of the American culture is born of the hippy movement. It is as American as Apple-Pie.

      January 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  114. Elaine P

    Perhaps I should proofread before I submit.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  115. Bobby

    I own a couple guns, a couple guitars and I am a Disabled American Veteran! Freedom of Speech-Go Willie! Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! Give ya 10 expect 5 get 2! Light 'em up put 'em out!!!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  116. Suzy

    And, that's another example of why we listen to Willie for music but not for anything requiring thinking abilities.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  117. Bobloblaw

    The guns used in the CT shooting were not military. In fact the police often have more power hand guns than the type used in the CT shootings.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  118. kaina

    Where are all these civilians with personal firearms when you need them? A crowded theatre, an elementary school, not one of these people were carrying a gun to take down these psychos, and even if there were dozens of civilians carrying their guns and they opened fire on the gunman, it would be a blood bath (how would you know who the shooter is when everyone's got a gun?).

    December 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ralph

      All you with the weak argument of "where were the concealed carry people to stop these things?" With the exception of one, all mass shootings in the last 25 years have been in a gun free zone.

      The answer to your question, which is weak at best, is they were probably there, only since they were law abiding citizens, they didn't bring their gun.

      There you have it. Someone like Holmes could have EASILY been neutralized by a remotely trained CCW holder. However, they followed the law and were unarmed.

      Guess I should stop listening to the law and carry everywhere illegally just in case, to appease you morons that don't understand that a failure in law doesn't mean a failure on the part of those of us that would gladly have it otherwise.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  119. cristo52

    Hey Willie:

    Sing, smoke your dope, play the guitar, pay your taxes on time, otherwise, zip it.

    December 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  120. ZEKE

    Willly, your living in a dream world! A pistol, a rifle used in WWI was an assualt rifle or pistol and they were ALL single shot. Assualt weapon is ANYTHING used to kill an individual. Whats going to happen next, are we going to loose our steak knifes, our forks, etc?? More people are killed in DUI or DRUG related accidents then killed, regretably, in incidents such as in CT. Lets not rule with our emotions but with our common sense. I feel great saddness about what happend but lets not get out of hand. Any country with dissarmed citizens is a DICTATORSHI[!

    December 16, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  121. Jessica

    Celebrities like Willie Nelson can babble about gun control for the masses all they want, but that won't change the fact that their own bodyguards are packing, and packing heavy. Nobody really values their opinions anyway. Shut up and sing.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  122. John

    That's not Willie...........sorry nice try.....anybody notice how nervous He is in answering the questions? I'll bet they got something over Him or there is a taser attached to His balls under the table. Wouldn't put it past the Establishment Media to try something like this. After all they will try anything...I mean anything to rid us our rights to protect ourselves from the Tyranny.

    December 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  123. Elena Ollivier

    For those claiming Willie never lived the way of life he speaks of, you have no clue what you speak of. That man hunted on my Grandfather's property. Today's celebs may sit in Hollywood & Nashville all year, but when people like Willie were young, they continued their lives just like everyone else did. Yes the man smokes pot, does that have a lick of anything to do with this topic though? No.

    This is the first sensible interview I've seen. Hopefully there's a few more I haven't seen yet.

    December 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  124. movarth

    Thank goodness this old guy doesn't speak for the nation.

    December 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  125. ray

    willie drug addict pot head does not know the difference between FULLY AUTOMATIC(military version) and semi automatic fire arms 1He is a political crony for Obama!

    December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  126. DENNIS

    Set the dope down Wilie, and come to your senses....You have been stoned way to long. It is a different world out here now!

    December 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  127. T. De Santo

    An Assault Weapon - the US M-16 - is a firearm that is capable of "FULLY AUTOMATIC OPERATION."

    The AR-15, Bushmaster, and the M-16 look-alikes are not capable of fully automatic fire - they will only fire semi-automatic; that is, one pull of the trigger and only one bullet is fire.

    Weapons capable of fully automatic firing were outlawed to the general public by the Gun Control Act of 1934.

    Automatic weapons are not available for sale to the general public at a typical gun store. Automatic weapons classified as "collector items" like the Thompson Sub-machine Gun, are available for sale to general public after a thorough background check and a federal fee of $200, plus the cost of the gun which most likely will exceed $25,000; yes, $25,000.00 dollars. IIt is the high capacity magazines that need to be band.

    But you know, more people die from automobile accidents than guns - do we ban those cars that are capable of exceeding the 75 mile speed limit?

    December 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George Washington

      Great points....The second amendment...why was it written? Anything to do with the fact that America had to fight a war to free its self from oppression, it would not be because they wanted to be able to fight the "Power/Gov" ???? so would you not need the same weapons as the "Man" to keep him Honest? Just a pondering point not suggesting anything but to me it makes an even stronger point of allowing semiautomatic weapons, not with out a little regulation, a waiting period and background check but that is as far as I feel we need to go.

      December 23, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  128. RedneckRuss

    American Citizens,

    Being a non citizen I have no right to tell you folk what to do. Obviously Gun control is a real point of contention. A suggestion, get the pollies to put some sensible (military grade restrictions) control conditions together and then put it to a citizens plebicite. If it passes or fails all sides accept it and get on with life. Loved seeing Piers get taken to peices by Platt the other day.

    Regards

    RussR

    December 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  129. George Washington

    Mr Morgan here is an news release about your England (highest violent crime rate in Europe) and other "Gun Ban" EU nations........http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/5712573/UK-is-violent-crime-capital-of-Europe.html Don't you think you should know your facts before entering and Attacking a host???

    December 23, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  130. Stormin Norman

    Why do any of you even listen to the moronic blather of Piers Morgan? Deport the idiot.

    December 24, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  131. John Manning

    I note that some members of the NRA would like to have PM deported. Well, if it interests them I have started a campaign to have NRA members banned from travel to Europe on the grounds that they are dangerous and often unstable individuals who would endanger the public in Europe. Visa requirements for US citizens should be reinstated immediately by European nations to enable us to protect our people fro these idiots

    December 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brain Washed libtard

      Do you have any evidence of how dangerous these people are? Or is it just the way you lie and pervert the truth to push your anti-freedom agenda? Seeing how these people pass FBI background checks they have a cleaner record than you! Maybe the Dr needs to up your fear of black metal things meds?

      January 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  132. Harold USArmy

    When the second amendment came into being, muskets were the state of the art assault weapons. When bolt action rifles first appeared, they were military weapons. Semi-automatic weapons were first developed for the military and were assault weapons. Modern hunting rifles that are semi automatic are now referred to as assault weapons. It was the founders of our country that wanted to assure that weapons were available for Americans if the need arrived. The shootings of children are not acceptable. But neither are the solutions presented to date.

    December 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  133. D Artagnan

    Instead of never ending debate and inaction, why not ask the people ? ...hold a referendum and ask whether any person should be allowed to possess a firearm

    December 25, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ralph

      Because it isn't a privilege, but a right. Shall we hold a referendum to see how many people think you should be able to speak?

      December 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  134. Robert Ducros

    It beggars belief that that the majority of citizens in a "so called developed" civil society do not understand that freedoms go together with the duty to care for the rights of others, including the right to life and the right to free speech. We are living one hundred and fifty years after a time when carrying a gun in the street was considered necessary as a personal protection in the USA. Can we justify this now and allow 20,000 people a year to be killed and murdered and to consider this as a feature of a civilised society. It's time for Americans to wake up and join the twenty first century. The US gun lobby sound more like fascists than democrats and are a million miles away from Christianity or any other religious ethic.
    If this view doesn't make sense, I cannot understand why America got so upset by 9/11 when only 2,500 innocent people were murdered. I would never in the present climate, even consider visiting such a country and put my life or freedom at risk. I am not a religious person but I say – God help America and protect us from your ignorance and folly.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobby

      Please get your facts straight. Surely you know that almost half of the "death by firearms" statistics released every year are suicides. I think the American public would give up their firearms as soon as celebrities and politicians gave up their armed personal security guards. What arrogance of them (and you frankly) to think these people deserve more protection than the average citizen and their family does.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  135. Sharon Lampert

    Gun laws are not the issue.
    The failure to enforce the guns laws is the issue.
    Guns are sold without background checks to minors.

    http://www.ThisBookSavesLives.com
    WHAT ALL PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
    Somewhere in America, a New Massacre Will Strike
    Send Your Teacher a Lifeline
    THE SILENT CRISIS DESTROYING AMERICA'S BRIGHTEST MINDS
    This brilliant book has a new dedication to Principal Dawn Hochsprung who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and I quote: "Educators need to reach out early to troubled children." This book will bear witness to her message and empower educators.
    Interview: (212)772-0326
    5 Stars: Book of the Month, Alma Public Library, Wisconsin

    December 27, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  136. Brent

    Piers take yourself and Willie to Britain now. No need to wait for them to not repeal the Second Amendment! You are not American so voluntarily deport yourself now. No need for you to unnecessarily have to participate in the freedoms we enjoy and you do not have back home.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  137. Kenneth Lecco

    I am a fan Piers .... But if one more night I tune in and see another program of repeat interviews I am probably gona loose ya .... Its too much .... get some new stuff too do . Its BORING daily to watch these same interviews ! come on !

    January 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  138. auntmia

    Willie is a great artist, and deserves his own opinion as a US citizen, but is obviously brain-damaged from too much weed. Piers Morgan should be deported for subversion back to the surveillance state that is known as England!

    January 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  139. Resist Tyranny

    I watched a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List

    January 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  140. GLORIA SANFILIPPO

    Piers, bravo to you taking this issue of guns in America .It is a shame that there are people who disrespect you and quite frankly seem to be a bit unblanced. I stand behind you and applaud you for your talking out with clear facts in a very respectful way.

    January 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  141. Raven

    Is he still around ? Well willie if guns are for the Military what is Marijuana for old farts ?

    January 8, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  142. JJfool

    Seems like it is impossible to speak rationally to a gun lover. Ever notice that all the ones who speak in public turn out to be really weird or psychotic? If I was in a movie theatre and you told me someone was coming in with a knife to try to kill every single person in there I wouldn't be scared. If you told me he had and automatic weapon I would crap myself. Go ahead, point out the difference between automatic and semi-automatic, single action whatever. Who cares! You guys need your guns to feel like a man. Admit it. You dream about being that guy in the theatre, or the school who heroically pulls out his handgun and saves the day and gets the chick. Maybe everyone in the theatre should be armed you say. All teachers should be packing! Maybe you never thought that the average American mom doesn't want to carry heat in her purse so she can take her kid to the movies. Maybe everyone would like to be able to go to school without being shot simply to protect a law that is waaaaaaaay out of date! Teachers might like it if no one had assault rifles instead of being forced to keep an assault rifle beside the blackboard. Go ahead, point out a tiny flaw in my statement and you will be victorious in your limited views. Wait and see when you attend your five year olds funeral who was massacred on a bus, or in McDonald's, or at the zoo, by some equally ignorant fool who bought an assault rifle at gun show and got bored of target practice as well as life, so he took your kid with him. See if you're as comfortable with Arming everyone. Maybe, just maybe, in today's day and age, disarming might, maybe, possibly, have some merit. Or wait until next month when some half man, bushMASTER, rips apart 30 people at Disneyland. Sadly that isn't an exaggeration.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rickey Douglas Love

      J.J. your name fits, Yes, Willie was right only the Military needs Auto/Weapons, Unless of course they are hunting You, to drag Your @zz to a FEMA Camp or kill You ! Then what are You and the Ol' 80 year old Stoner going to do ? ? ? dig Your own grave probably ~ Offer them a Doo-Bee, the American Indians did,.,., Smoke Um' Peace Pipe,.,., see how that works out for Ya'~ Morons both ~

      February 20, 2014 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  143. johnny

    Willie Nelson is not anyone to be trusted on anything.He lost his manhood years ago to dope and is so brain addled i would not trust him if he said the sky was blue.DON'T GIVE UP MY RIGHTS BECAUSE YOU DON;T WANT YOURS,MILITARY PATTERN GUNS WERE EXACTLY WHAT THE FOUNDERS WERE PROTECTING WILLIE.DUHHHH SMOKE ANOTHER DOOBIE YOU DUMMY.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  144. Pam

    May God Bless you Piers for all that you are doing. It is time for people to respect the power of guns. It is time for them to realize that "With great power comes great resonsiblity" and guns are wonderful tools but are now more than ever being used for the purpose of evil. When the law was written for the right to bear arms – guns had to be manually loaded and could not penetrate a cement building. So we need to consider the time it took one to load and shoot a person back in the 1700's vs. loading and using an assault rifle today, which can kill hundreds of people in the same time frame. The law worked well in its day but now private citizens have the privilage of using assault weapons,the laws need to change with the technology. Citizens should keep their privilage of the right to bear arms (but certain arms) and look on it as guidelines to follow instead of a disciplinary action. This makes you the bigger person protecting your fellow man from others with not so good intentions.

    January 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  145. DENNIS

    Why has no one tried to ban fertilizer and racing fuel? Timothy Mcvaigh killed 168 people inwitch 19 were children and injured over 800 others. He destroyed a fedral building and damaged more than 300 buildings and he NEVER FIRED A SHOT? Come on people, guns don't kill poeple, but people kill people!

    January 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • L Carlos

      right on brother

      January 17, 2013 at 4:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JB

      There is no need for the public to have weapons capable of extreme death.
      Do you assert that you should have the right to have a machine gun?
      And if so, why?
      Your implicit argument makes no sense, unless you want to be a killer of other humans, and I do not
      want that type of behavior in my society.

      Kill yourself, not others.

      January 27, 2013 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  146. Liblab Itis

    Willie is "your brain on drugs" ... a degenerative cognizance condition know as liberalism which is nearly 100% irreversible.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  147. Gabo

    Hi Mr. Morgan,
    I agree that no one has answer your question <> Another good way to grab the audience might be to ask <>

    January 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  148. L Carlos

    Piers, you do know you are so hypocritical and ill-informed about the issues in our country. Yes, our country is no England, and it will never be. you need to get your terminology straight and understand the meanings. Very few Americans own an actual assault rifle/machine gun but none owns an assault weapon. if u want, please discuss on your show the meaning of such in a fair discussion with someone who is knowledgeable.... i know you won't.

    January 17, 2013 at 3:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  149. Broken English Brazilian Grace

    Americans don't seem to realise how violent their country is in comparison to other developed countries. In the EU there were just over 400 deaths from guns in 2008, in the US it was over 19,000. An inadequate mental health care and the ability of anyone to buy automatic weapons is bound to lead to carnage.

    There is no logical reason for civilians to have automatic weapons, and if banning them means that less people die in these crazy shootings, then banning them is the logical thing to do. LEAVE THE POWEFUL ARMS TO THE PROFESSSIONALS. IF YOU NEVER SERVE IN THE ARMY YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE ONE.

    THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BE BLAMED, BECAUSE WHEN THE 2sc.AMENDMENT WAS CREATED automatic weapons DID NOT EXIST and non restriction was created to follow with the advances of technology in leaving the powerful weapons to be used only by the professionals in the war combat & trainning fields.

    Thank you Pierce Morgan for having balls (3) and stand up for what you believe, truth, conviction, and right. I feel so luck to watch you on CNN. I loved Larry King but you are the "BEST" YOU MAKE CNN PROUD AROUND THE WORLD.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  150. GooseGal

    I agree with Willie Nelson on the arms debate: "A lot of guns ... there's no need for civilians to own those ... those are for military"with Willi Nelson. As you grow older I love you more Willi, and
    I love you too Piers Morgan . Gabby

    January 17, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  151. dave a

    “We the people” ask that you hear our voice. As responsible, taxpaying, law abiding citizens like you, we the people of the US are asking that our collective voice be heard. We understand your responsibility is complex and you are under enormous pressure from the public. Understanding the root cause of violence in America and “gun Control” is a key element. The root cause of the problem is derived from violent movies, violent video games and the media sensationalizing violence. Video game violence is a major factor if not the principal root cause of the criminal murderous behavior we are subjected to in the last several decades. Parents allow their children to play many violent video games for thousands of hours, thus desensitizing their emotions, retarding their social growth and glorifying gun violence. By the time a person is 21 they probably have seen 21,000 murders on TV.

    An emotional reaction to a tragedy does not warrant implementing additional illogical firearms laws in addition to what we already have in place. More importantly, emotional reactions by law makers do not prevent crime but logical laws and an improvement in the justice system improves the safety of the people.

    We, the good and responsible citizens, should not have to pay the price because of the actions of terrorist and evil individuals. The guns do not kill people. The bad and evil people kill people.

    As firearm enthusiasts and many war veterans of the United States of America, we are concerned that our rights as legal and responsible firearm owners are being infringed upon. Additional laws and regulations will only have an effect on the good people complying with the law, not the criminals.

    January 18, 2013 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  152. Nopinion

    I came here to voice my opinion on the matter then I realized that everyone has already made up their mind on the issue. Also ANY comment I submit will almost assuredly be distorted, misinterpreted, or "disproved" by a completely nonsensical argument. Someone will likely bring up England and then someone else will likely bring up Switzerland. More than a few people will bring up solid "facts and figures" from a poll conducted behind a walmart in North Dakota by a girl scout troop 20 years ago. All of this will be pointless because few people arguing on either side of the issue are logical enough to be persuaded by reason or sound arguments. So instead of wasting my time voicing my opinion or responding to others in order to show them how insanely wrong their opinion is and how obviously correct mine is; I decided to waste more of my time writing this paragraph. I guess I fit right in.

    January 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  153. DENNIS

    Looking Thru The Smoke Screen!Why is there a law banning guns in and near our
    schools? As I reported a few weeks back, it was to try and make stronger the
    punishment for the war on drugs. This law did not work! All this law did was
    leave our children defenseless. It made them sitting targets for any psychopath
    that wants to go out in a blaze of glory. This law certainly did not stop the
    war on drugs!
    Now our president is using some of the childrens' letters to reach the bleeding
    hearts in order to get even more gun control. Have you stopped to think that he
    and his children are protected by guns, many guns, everywhere they go. Yet our
    children are unprotected and he does not even want us as adults to have guns for
    our own protection and the protection of our children? The NRA was even slammed
    for telling the truth.
    We, the people, need to look beyond the smoke screen and realize that more gun
    control is not the answer. History is a good teacher. We would do well to think
    about the past and learn from its teachings. Back when there were guns in our
    school, our children were not being shot at their desks. Maybe we should look at
    our judicial system. Criminals do not serve the time handed down to them for
    their crime. One can commit murder and yet get out for "their good behavior".
    What ever happened to tough judges that were not bleeding hearts or
    "politically" inclined?
    Timothy McVeigh killed over 168 people, nineteen of whick were children, and he
    injured over 800 more. He also destroyed several buildings and did property
    damage to over 300 other structures – all without firing a shot. Why are the
    bleeding hearts not trying to ban fertilizer or racing fuel? More smoke screens
    from the government as they are the ones who trained him.
    Speaking of more smoke screens, what about mandatory insurance – Obamacare? Did
    the major insurance companies pay for his campaign? Really makes you wonder! I
    think folks are really going to be surprised with this new law! Especially when
    the big insurance companies just get bigger and the small business owner goes
    out of business. We are forced to have insurance but that does not mean that we
    will be serviced by the insurance company. As an individual, we will have to
    have an attorney to even try to get service. I have recently witnessed this
    first hand so I know this to be fact! So who does that new law support –
    certainly not you and me, the taxpayers. Corruption only breeds more corruption.
    What has happened to our society – we allowed God to be taken out of our
    schools, we allowed guns to be banned from them, what next? I heard today that
    50% of Americans are for more gun control. Can this be true? How many of these
    could pass a history test or is this just knowledge that they left behind when
    the left school. Do they really want to give up their right to bear arms? If
    they cannot remember their history maybe they should consider their future! What
    are they willing to give up next?
    Quite frankly, I do not plan to give up my guns and quite frankly if guns are
    going to be used to protect the president, his children and his political
    friends, then I feel I have that same right.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  154. tony

    God given inalienable rights
    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Those children in Newton were denied all three. 2nd Amendment you lose.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  155. cat

    ok - in honor of the Second Amendment–everyone line up - your personal 8-foot MUSKET, with instructions on how to make the lead balls to go in it and your damp leather bag of gun powder and no special site for aiming is ready fory ou - should take you 1-3 minutes to load it each time so you can attempt to get venison or turkey for the dinner table.
    Might want to have your fishing pole handy for an unfrozen creek.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  156. Jim Mapes

    Willie got this one wrong. Semi-auto rifles, and even full auto (you have to pass additional checks for the class III stamp) have direct bearing on the 2nd Amendment right as they are the weapons related to militia use. George Mason, co-authoer of the 2A stated that the militia was defined as all citizens capable of bearing arms for defense.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  157. robin lee compton

    Yea, That really means alot coming from this fine example of a Human Being ! LoL

    January 24, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  158. West

    Where is the outrage and ban for the number 1 killer in the US? Between 29 and 31,000 a year over the last 20 have died as a result of a gun in the US.(murder, accident, suicide, law enforcement and self defense) Over 440,000 a year die from cigarettes and almost 50,000 die from second hand smoke, adults and children in the US. That does not include the millions that are hospitalized or become ill from smoking or second hand smoke.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  159. Jon Brodziak

    "I don't agree with that. I think it should be more regulated. I think a lot of guns – there's no need for civilians to own those. Those are for military."
    ~ Willie Nelson
    Williie speaks the big picture truth, there is no reason to have a gun that can kill dozens of people in a few minutes.
    Let's pray that this common sense becomes our USA operating procedure.
    The current USA standards allow for mass execution and need to be revised.

    January 27, 2013 at 7:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  160. Jon Brodziak

    What a bunch of morons.

    Americans posting on this site have no idea of what rational discussion is and assume that their opinion is fact without any rational verification.

    This lack of rational thinking is why the USA is in a bad economic situation despite strong resource advantages.
    Our people are mostly idiots, and are arrogant to boot. Pitiful, cowardly and destined to be surpassed by other nations.

    January 27, 2013 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • OrygunOkie

      @Jon – you don't get anywhere insulting people in mass like this. And, it's completely illogical to group a country of 300 million together and say we're all morons based on what a few people you disagree with say on a chat board somewhere.

      There are good reasons to protect the essence of the 2nd amendment, which concerns a right to bear arms and defend oneself. If you go back to the founding fathers, that means a pistol or a rifle. That's what the 2nd amendment was describing – that freedom that was set in that context.

      It did not however foresee the rise of automated weapons, shoulder-held rockets, etc, and should not be extended that far. If you take the radical NRA argument out to its logical extreme, they would probably protect the right of individual citizens to own nuclear weapons, which is of course absurd. Obviously there's a limit. And, I think the limit is the ability to own a handgun or a rifle, but no more than that.

      Anyway, that's my opinion. I'm not a moron for having it. I think it's a moderate, sane position. I don't agree with those on either extreme away from my opinion, but I don't think they are morons for having those opinions. Calling people names is also going too far.

      January 30, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  161. Mark Palmer

    Piers...YOU are not going anywhere...you are phenominal, brilliant and kind. You ARE and always will be a Part of THESE United States, My friend.

    January 27, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  162. ubdumb

    Hey Willie. Shut up and sing or be quiet and roll a fatty. Nobody except the chubby brit cares what your opinion is on the second amendment.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  163. The democrat that has guns.

    Here we go ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! The great Willie Nelson sitting upon his throne telling you what you cannot have, addressing the millions of americans who safely and legally handle their firearms, shame on you for being such law abiding citizens! Shame on all of us who don't blast our Aks and ARs at innocent people! Just because he is famous does not mean he can tell us what we can or cannot have, what a communist Willie Nelson is.

    January 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  164. lynn

    willie nelson is nothing but a wore out pot head that has never been able to sing and all he would know how to do with a gun is smoke pot through the barrel so go interviewa real singer named hank williams junior and then tell morganhe ain't never gonn get our guns down south

    January 31, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  165. JE

    This is what happens when a mentally deranged person goes on a killing spree in countries with sensible gun laws.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/01/bc-vancouver-stabbing.html

    Notice the difference in the death count?

    February 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  166. Don

    Looks like Willie Nelson can't make up his mind. Not 2 months ago he was interviewed with Jesse Ventura and he sang a different song about "sporting" rifles and Obama... he didn't have much good to say about him.

    Willie, you're a turncoat, son. Shame on you.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  167. C Lamb

    Two points – Dumb and dumber. Piers is so stupid, he uses the same Saul Alinski tatics over and over.
    Rule # 5 Ridicule your appointment and Rule # 3 “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

    February 20, 2013 at 2:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  168. NCHoward

    My American son in law, an ex-marine living in Chester England, owns guns and makes a valid point. The reason that many guns are accessable to be used in mass killings is that they are left lying around to be used . He tells me that he pays a fee which is used to facilitate inspectors to visit his home to inspect the security iof his guns. He is happy with this inspection and sees it as a major difference in gun control between his home in Pa and his home in chester England

    February 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  169. Libertarian

    That's great, Morgan gets a celebrity to come on and echo his anti-gun rubbish...notice he didn't have Charlie Daniels, Chuck Norris, or Jesse Ventura sitting there with Nelson to contradict him.

    February 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  170. Libertarian

    Willie is looking a little peeked these days...does he have Parkinson's or something?

    February 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  171. Steve

    So Willie Nelson, an avowed user of illegal drugs, a person who has been found guitly of tax evasion, a man who has no respect for the laws of this country when it comes to him, is suddenly going to lecture everyone else on the importance of being law abiding citizens? What makes Willie Nelson an expert on anything other than getting high and writing crappy country songs?
    I have a great idea. Piers Morgan, Willie, almost all of Hollywood and the media, get the hell out of the country if you don't like it here.
    Expecially you PIers. You are not even an American citizen. This is none of your business. You tea drinking sods tried to take away the guns from honest citizens at another time, and you know what it got you. Get out of the country. We don't need or want you here.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  172. Cap GK

    WILLIE AND PIERS TWO MORE OF aMERIKA'S FINEST WHO HAVE OVER DONE THEIR DRUG ADDICTIONS.

    Send piers back to his turd world.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  173. Malik Handville

    Before leaving on your hunting trip, prepare yourself well. Never go to an unplanned location or take off on a spontaneous hunting trip. Let others know where you are planning to hunt and when you will be returning. If necessary, leave detailed directions to your hunting grounds with friends or family that will be staying home in case an emergency arises and they need to direct medical personnel to your location. Try to return home as close to your planned time as possible. If you are late checking in, your contact person can then know to set out using your directions to see if you need assistance. ^..:*

    http://healthwellnessbook.comMy personal blog site

    May 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  174. MIKE JACKI

    KEEP SINGING WILLIE... STAY OUT OF THE GUN DEBATE

    June 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  175. Donnie

    That's just the bong water talkin'

    July 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  176. bob

    maybe he could use that gun with a hundred rounds to wake up his coma induced pot smoking ass!he`s obviously so stoned,he doesn`t remember we have a second amendment and that guns like that aren`t military!

    July 26, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  177. georgevreelandhill2010

    Gun control or guns will continue to control us.
    Adults and children die in their homes, on the streets, in stores, workplaces, schools, playgrounds, and on and on from gun use.
    Being armed yourself does no good.
    Neither do background checks.
    America is out of control when it comes to violence.
    Guns only add to the problem.
    We need gun control now.
    The NRA and other gun groups never had an answer to the problem of gun violence and the causes.
    All they ever do is hide behind the Second Amendment for their right to bear arms.
    The Second Amendment is outdated and has nothing to do with the America of today.
    The Second Amendment must be amended.
    It is time to stop people from owning guns.
    The only right in this matter is the right to be free from gun violence.
    I am,

    George Vreeland Hill

    July 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  178. Texas TopCat

    "high-powered assault rifles are an entirely different discussion" is a stupid statement. The ar-15 223 REM is much less powerful than most deer rifles. "Assault Rifles" are full auto or select fire, AR-15 is not, one trigger pull one bullet.
    So, maybe he has been around guns, but he certainly did not learn much. I suspect that he is more singer than anyone who had ever done anything meaningful.

    July 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  179. UNIT 14 KVCT

    Fully automatic-a gun can be fired until the magazine is empty. One trigger pull alone will do this act. Fully automatic guns require a Class 3 federal firearms license to legally own. since 1934. Semiautomatic-one trigger pull only does one shot. There is no federal license required to own or use semiautomatic weapons.
    AR-15s, Mini-14s, M1 carbines, SKS carbines, FALs, HK-91s, UZIs, and high capacity 9mm handguns are not fully automatic weapons.
    A pump action shotgun is NOT a good home defense tool. Since 1934, federal law requires that all pump-type guns have a disconnector. A disconnector is the stick out button that you have to push in every time you pump the gun before each shot. This leads to short stroking, which will jam a gun in a stress situation. This nearly got my Aunt Sharon killed in 1970.
    However, for reliable home defense, the pistol caliber carbine[PCC] is the best choice. When loaded with expanding -type ammunition, it handles as easily as an AR-15, but without the over penetration risks. Thirty rounds of 9mm JHP[jacketed hollow points]from a kel-tech SUB2000 with demolish a home invasion crew easily. Save the AKs and ARs for riots and like heavy emergencies. But if you must use a semiautomatic rifle for defense, use expanding-type ammunition and stick to .30 carbine, 5.45x39mm, 5.56mm[.223]. and 7.62x39mm only. Expanding-type ammunition is the following. HP[HOLLOWPOINTS], JHP[JACKETED HOLLOWPOINTS], SP[SOFT POINTS], JSP[JACKETED SOFT POINTS]. If any hollow point variant has a gray circle around its front hole, it is good for home defense usage.
    Most people whom use HDRS[jhome defense rifles]cannot afford a hyper-customized $3,000 Wilson Combat Shotgun. Also, many people with orthopedic, heart, lung, seizure, and chronic pain cannot handle a shotgun's kick. However, they can handle an HDR or PCC, due to its reduced kick.
    The most important home defense item is to build a home defense that works for you personally. Your mind is the ultimate weapon.

    February 20, 2014 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  180. Spacebeam

    Love you Willie!!! You are one of my favorite people on this Earth.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  181. advocatusdiaboli

    So uckermanf, go on and slither back in your festering hole of self-loathing and worship of a seriously-flawed celebrity.

    November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  182. John

    WOW!!! Speaking of verbally defecating!!! And you've got the nerve to call someone else vermin? I suggest you get back under your bridge before the clouds break and the sun hits you...

    November 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  183. Alan DeGolmon

    @uckermanf,

    It's news because it causes people like you to make comments about other commenters like you did. You took the time and effort to read the article and comments and post a response. In other words, it causes the VERMIN to expose themselves–to slither out from under the rocks where they reside and start verbally defecating all over the place because they don't have enough common sense to shut up.

    I hope that makes you realize that you did exactly the same thing he did, but I'm sure it doesn't, as you are too stupid to understand anything that doesn't originate in the echo chamber of your vacuous head.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  184. hoofleau

    You just commented didn't you.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  185. Rob

    Actually, the vermin here is you.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  186. DaveOgilvy

    #potkettleblack

    November 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  187. sam

    You're all a bunch of whiny tools.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  188. Jon

    Yep, we should all emulate him. 60 studio albums? That's a hard working man, my friend. And they say pot makes you lazy! HA!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  189. Minerva from Los Angeles

    I could not agree more! Willie Nelson, the Vote Dodger, has the temerity to share opinions when he does not engage in the most basic of civic duties, the obligation to vote. Voting is not a privilege, it is an obligation! Refusing to do so is the most unpatriotic act you can engage in. Why are we spotlighting this weasel? He has no right to discuss civic affairs from the side lines. And yes, one vote does count. Get this moron off the news page! Nobody wants to hear his hot air! It has no credibility and showcases a weasel who benefits from the system, opinionates freely, but does not have the balls to be a man!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  190. Alfonzo Bolla

    It isn't news, but you clicked on it for the same reason I and everybody else clicked on it. Because we were curious, and we wanted to be entertained with a nice little easily digestible tidbit of infotainment.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  191. steve pentecost

    A Tx. Man not voting because he knew without doubt Tx. would go for the lil GOPer is no reason to get your lil panties in a wad. Maybe smoking weed is illegal. but it doesn't kill. Willie is a truly American icon regardless of the haters, and lil GOPers are in denial because they just got their ass waxed. the POTUS was re-elected for a number of good resaons. He has started no wars, ended one, and is ending another one. The Prez is wrong headed to stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2014. Considering what Shrub did to the country and the Middle East we are in good shape. I would like to see some Wall St. thieves in jail though.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  192. Indiana Minuteman

    Add to that the fact that he's talking to a Redcoat (oops I mean a lefty collectivist snob Brit), and we fought a war 230+ years ago to insure that every able American had the Right – and from that the means – to keep and bear Arms for the purpose of deposing tyranny. The exact sort of tyranny that gives rise to Tea Party protests, End the Fed protests, and much more. There are tens of millions of Americans that – if you even TRY to disarm America, will use their privately held Arms for the very purpose that gave rise to the 2nd Amendment – because it ain't about duck hunting!!

    November 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  193. Jason

    Voting is a privilege, indeed, but not an obligation. Those who do not vote do not lose their First Amendment rights. Not voting is often as important as voting. In some countries they actually keep track of those people who don't vote. Both major parties would like everyone to vote, obviously. Do you have to vote for every candidate, every proposal, every judge, every item on the ballot? Can you think of all the pluses of everyone voting? Now think of the minuses of everyone voting.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  194. sam

    You forgot to call him a dirty hippie. Are you suffering from the vapors? Do you need some smelling salts?

    November 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  195. Darryl Phillips

    I agree that everyone has a obligation to vote....at least in theory. In practice it is truly different. Willie lives in Texas which was going Romney regardless. Willie could have cast 100 votes, or 1000, or 10,000 and it wouldn't have made any difference. So it is understandable why many Willies don't vote.

    Once the National Popular Vote passes in a few more states then everyone's vote will count...including Willie's.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  196. carpenterman123

    I didn't vote either and have every right to complain about who's in office and the job they do. The politicians have stolen the power of the people and sold it to the highest bidder. We the people don't matter as much as a big money donor. You don't have to look any farther than the fact that cigarettes are legal to see that.

    November 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  197. Jimmy

    Minerva, it's plenty obvious he's not happy the president won. What's disappointing is the fact that he does not have the guts to say it. I find something patronizing in his "blacks and the Hispanics and the women" voted for Obama, and he has no clue about the white men's votes. This is another example that the number of albums is just one aspect of who he is. I did not like the Willie I saw in this interview.

    November 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  198. TNPatriot

    What you fail to acknowledge is that Nelson lives in Texas. His wife, in interviews just before the election stated clearly that they BOTH supported Obama. Because of the Electoral College system, their votes mattered not one iota.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  199. NYEducator

    I agree. Not voting is the largest insult you can give to the Stars and Stripes and those who defend her for our right to do so. Shame on you, Willie Nelson.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  200. wordsnorth

    I voted, but I think it is true that in a larger sense it often doesn't matter in Presidential elections. I live in Alaska, and have never had the chance to vote before they had already announced the winner due to the time zone differences. I still vote not because of the Presidential ballot, but the local issues that are on the same piece of paper. I think they should not be allowed to announce any results until the last polling place is closed. It is not a fair system.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  201. Polopoint

    "not voting is often as important as voting"? that's got to be one of the most ridiculous posts I've ever seen, Jason.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  202. Rock Reynolds

    I couldn't disagree more.
    I consider it my duty to God and country, to NOT vote.
    I don't buy the "lesser of two evils" argument. Bad is bad, and if I show support for the lesser of the bad, it's still bad.
    More importantly, our voting system is extremely corrupt. The reason trhat ballots are secret is so that people can cheat. Open up the ballots and I'll reconsider my non-voting stance.
    Bottom line – I am not about to show support for a sham (voting) system by participating. Instead, I let my government know that I am not fooled by the illusions presented at the ballot box.
    Rock

    November 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  203. Mark Camann

    It was a foregone conclusion that Romney was going to win Texas, so Willie Nelson's vote for Obama wouldn't have mattered much. But what about the rest of the ballot? Weren't there any other races that mattered? Senator from Texas? State Supreme Court? Local races? What a pitiful example you set, claiming that your vote wouldn't have mattered,

    November 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  204. Billybob

    One vote does not count, that is where you are wrong. I live in a state the ALWAYS votes for just one party. If I vote for the other party, my vote really doesn't matter as the one party always win. If I vote with the party then they win by my one vote. So does my vote really matter? Nope it doesn't.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  205. Elena Ollivier

    Voting is not an obligation, it's a right. I didn't vote this year either because I didn't like either one of my choices. Does that make me unpatriotic? No, it makes me someone that didn't feel like choosing which one I disliked the least. I don't like lies, and both of them lie. I don't vote for local elections because our career requires we move locations too much and I don't know enough about the community or the candidates to feel confident on a choice in those short periods of time that we live there. Therefore the only elections I ever vote on are the presidential ones. This year I didn't like my choices, so I didn't bother. And for the record, I felt the same way last time too.

    And Willie is 79 years old. For all you know he didn't feel well that day.

    December 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  206. Jon

    Calm down, we know where you are.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  207. John Doe

    Willie Nelson is one of the greatest country music artists of all time. His past does not define the man he is. I think it is a shame to attribute the main part of the interview to drugs ir alcohol, because there is more to Willie Nelson than that, and we all could have learned from his wisdom. His way of life, my way of life, is a forgotten life, and people are beginning to frown upon hunting, fishing, or harvesting from the land. We have gotten used to someone doing it for us.
    -"think for yourself or be thought for"-SOJA
    Peace....

    November 27, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  208. stevekoko

    Neither of you seem to know what an assult weapon is. Most assult weapons are made to hold a bannet on them. I haven't heard of anyone being stuck with a bannet. Hunting rifles come in semi automatic and single action just as military weapons do military. So They are the same other then a bannet. Let Willy know so he can get it right the next time . He is such an outstanding American that he didn't have time to vote. To much weed I guess??

    December 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  209. C M A

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control under Joseph Stalin. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1928, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, Christians, gypsies, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1935, China established gun control. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were unable to defend themselves and were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1964, Guatemala established gun control. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1970, Uganda, under Idi Amin, established gun control. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1956, Cambodia established gun control. From 1975 to 1977, one million "educated" people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    It seems like people don’t learn from that past.

    We need sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices because "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

    WE NEED GOVERNMENT CONTROL, NOT GUN CONTROL!

    January 4, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  210. bob davis

    With all the scandals UK media is facing right now, a British news caster is akin to a catholic priest at this time lol Piers Morgan has no credibility here.

    January 11, 2013 at 4:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  211. RoscoeDude

    Nelson probably got $100,000 off of his way overdue tax debt to say that on CNN! Heck, CNN probably paid Nelson an additional $100,000 to appear and say that stupid statement on CNN. "CNN, we are a progressive NEWS service that is out to get (the Second Amendment) the NEWS.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  212. Ya Right Willie

    Stick to what you know...MUSIC , THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP... next time just stick to singing.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  213. Jerry

    May not have made him lazy but sure the hell made him stupid

    November 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  214. Polopoint

    Sure – someone to emulate, law-breaking, tax-evading, non-voting . . . sure, something to emulate . . .

    November 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  215. Franky

    And rich, I thought you worshipped the rich?

    November 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  216. BEAN

    If your so smart, why aren't you on the show

    November 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  217. Steven

    Bill: Well, Willie Nelson is a pothead, and he sure has paid way more taxes in his lifetime than you ever will, so stop making a link between smoking pot and paying taxes, the two are unrelated.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  218. Literati

    The time for Willy, and everyone else, to have made their case for banning assault weapons was before they got marketed legally. As liberal leaning and anti gun violence as I am, I think it is my right to be as well armed as anyone else in the general public. If the government continues to be this enept, for any length of time, it won't be the deer and the antelope we have to worry about. Making laws while cutting funding for first responders, homeland security and the military is an even better marketing tool than the NRA's foolish position of filling every elementary school with armed guards. Why not just give your 5 year old his college fund and drop him at the candy or toy store?

    February 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  219. Terrance Wood

    If there were only thieves that only stole on Wall-Street, rather than from it, life would be a lot more simple. A society of thieves cannot exist.

    November 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  220. Ralph

    He's never lifted a rake or shovel in his life. He sings about a way of life that he doesn't even practice. He's an entertainer, not a frontiersman. He's as detached from that life as he is from the gun culture, and that's obvious by his statements.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  221. Shawn riley

    I agree with legallizing weed everywhere it would without a doubt it would make the country a USA a big economic boost if I could legally get it like all them other states are Texas would came out way ahead on funds that is a
    Market and I personally know that alcohol is way way worseall the folks that I know all the people that smoke are responsible good people

    November 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  222. Nathan

    @Ralph:
    You should do some research before opening your mouth and proving yourself unknowledgeable. Willie spent summers as a boy picking cotton for money and raising pigs for the FFA. His high schoola nd college jobs included saddle-making, tree-trimming, and other manual labor type jobs. He was even a door-to-door salesman and joined the air force for a stint. He may not be living a life of paycheck-to-paycheck manual labor now, but you shouldn't assume that he never did.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  223. Darly314

    So only junkies can discuss firearm addiction? No, too many American have been maimed and killed because of the junkies, and a few rational firearm owners who made ONE LITTLE MISTAKE. Talk to the parents of a five year old who found a parent's 'toy', and 'played' with it........fatally.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  224. James

    Quote: An inadequate mental health care and the ability of anyone to buy automatic weapons is bound to lead to carnage.

    Before you start stating facts about a country you don't live in maybe you should actually do some research and make sure you know the "facts" first. Now your first point I agree with we need more mental health care for people and they should not be able to get their hands on a firearm but well HIPAA and other regulations kind of make that hard.

    Now your second statement is the one that is just plain out FALSE. First I ask you do you know what the difference between a automatic weapon and a semi-automatic weapon is? I'm guessing not which is not your fault I just ask that you do some research before spreading around false statements. Not anyone in america can buy a automatic weapon, for one newly made automatic weapons are banned and can not be purchased by civilians. Now yes you can buy older automatic weapons, but it will cost you $10,000+ and will take months and piles of paperwork to get. Also felons are not able to own firearms (Doesn't stop them since they buy on the streets anyways and we have such week punishment for this).

    Also about the statistic about gun violience in the UK vs USA. Now you have a point that gun deaths are lower in a country where people can't own guns (Duh?), but you also don't mention that your crime rate for other violent crimes with knifes, burglaries, muggings and others have all skyrocketed. You can ban guns but it won't stop the crime, criminals will always get what they want (Our war on drugs ring a bell?) no matter if there is a law against it or not. So in effect if you ban guns all you are doing is taking them out of law abiding citizens hands which means they can defend their selves if they so choose. It is your right to not like guns if you want I won't argue that and I respect your decision but when you start saying I don't have the right to have my own feelings on the issue and I don't have the right to own a gun because YOU don't like it that is when there is a problem. So please respect my rights and I will respect yours.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  225. Texas TopCat

    Shawn riley

    "the folks that I know all the people that smoke are responsible good people"
    Not sure what a "responsible good" criminal is?

    July 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  226. Daniel Alfredsson

    It is spelled bayonet from the French word baionnette. Obviously you are totally out of touch with the guns now issued to the modern soldier. If Willy is lacking knowledge then you are a Neanderthal with your post.

    December 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  227. Tom

    An 'assault weapon' cannot be had by most civilians. An assault weapon is fully-automatic and those have already been banned from civilian acquisition. Feinstein's 'assault weapons' ban is simply for guns that look 'scary'. Remember, the 2nd amendment is not to guarantee duck hunting; it's to guarantee the other amendments are enforced and to protect a tyrannical government. A sei-automatic is no more of an assault weapon than is a baseball bat or knife.

    January 8, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  228. Elena Ollivier

    You don't speak for every veteran. Myself and many of my veteran friends chose not to vote this year. There was no good choice. So we didn't waste our time. When someone finally steps into the running that tells the truth and offers true solutions that people actually want, then a much stronger showing from the military voters will be seen. This past couple elections though, many of us just sank down and accepted that little or nothing is going to change. And we've been right. The outcome wouldn't have been much different had Obama lost, and we knew that.

    December 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  229. D Artagnan

    yes, completely agree....the system is outdated.....basically, 50% of voters are happy with election result and the other half dissatisfied....but, most importantly, everyone is subsequently unhappy with the way the country is run....because they run the country through their own personal agenda, criminally forgetting their promises (a breach of confidence which is an unlawful act !) they made to really make things better....I think it is time to use the technology we have to be directly and continuously involved in deciding what is best for us, the town, the state, the country....

    December 25, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  230. Libertarian

    It's too bad that deployed military people cannot (or I imagine it would be very hard to) vote in the primaries, the Republican party had a great presidential candidate in Ron Paul, but the establishment pols (in both parties) made sure he did not get the Republican nod, he is a true patriot and would have given us a real choice instead of "Tweedle-dee vs Tweedle-dum" ...

    February 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  231. Big DaddyG

    If you really think your current gun is any match against weapons our military has access to, then you're sadly disillusional. I've never heard of a us citizen owning a daisy cutter bomb. Hell, even a cluster bomb. That part of the 2d Amend. is archaic. And as for the "I've got to protect my family and my home" argument, leave protection in the hands of the experts, i.e., law enforcement officials. Having lived abroad for many years, when I visit the states I always feel uncomfortable knowing the guy next to me in line, the guy in the car behind me, and strange looking guy sitting next to me may have a gun. Other countries have learned "the rights of many out weigh the rights of the few." an old Spock quote.

    January 5, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  232. Josh

    hell yeah brother!

    January 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  233. mike

    All correct,but you only need to look for one country that has gun control (no civilian ownership) and only the military and criminals have the guns and have the highest per capita death rates and it's our closest neighbor – MEXICO ! So how's that working out ?

    January 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  234. volks

    @Big DaddyG, while our military is very powerful it doesn't exactly fare as well when fighting an asymmetrical war. examples: Vietnam, Iraq (2003), and Afghanistan. Our large bombs, drones, aircraft and ships isn't having the affect we thought it would. We made head room and finally got out of iraq after buying off the insurgents. We won with money not bombs in Iraq. We have been warring since 2001 in Afghanistan and we are no closer to winning the war since 2003. While i am certainly against the idea of a revolution here in the U.S. I don't think we should under estimate what can be achieved by small arms.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  235. Kiss my Willy!

    Well put. FACTS! Then you have an OLD, WORE OUT, POTHEAD pontificating about how he does not know what he would do with an ASSAULT RIFLE. Well Willie, either do I, because only the military and a few folks that pay the extortion to the feds can have assault rifles. Assault rifles are fully automatic weapons. You again show your clouded mind...

    Secondly, under federal law, YOU SIR, can NOT legally buy ANY weapon because the BATFE form you have to fill out askes you if you ever smoked pot. Will you pergure yourself? You say in public you smoke pot?

    You have just made a LIER, and a fool of yourself Willie.
    Kiss my ass.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  236. mathpop

    hmm i think arming them would have caused more deaths... the people killed were obviously outnumbered

    January 9, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  237. Dave

    @Big DaddyG
    Do you honestly think, if a large group of US citizens were to rise (not just a few handfuls but many from every state) that the military would use those bombs or much of anything else? If you do you are disillusional yourself.

    "And as for the "I've got to protect my family and my home" argument, leave protection in the hands of the experts, i.e., law enforcement officials." Law enforcement in many areas have a 5 minute or more response time. Where I live, it would be more like 15-20 minutes. I would prefer to defend myself (as the Supreme Court has already ruled that law-enforcement has no duty to protect me personally). I am sorry if you feel uncomfortable that I have a firearm to defend myself, then either be uncomfortable or just not be in the US.

    [Other countries have learned "the rights of many out weigh the rights of the few." an old Spock quote.]
    The quote is incorrect...it is the NEEDS of the many outweigh the NEEDS of the few. You have no "RIGHT" to take my rights because of feeling uncomfortable.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  238. OrygunOkie

    @mike – you and many others point out Mexico as an example of the problems of gun control, little seeming to realize that guns proliferate there thanks to the ease of buying guns in their neighbor the USA, which is 1/2 of the drug trade that is fueling the wars there.

    Take away the USA and its large flow of guns to Mexico, and the whole thing would likely slow down and eventually grind to a halt. Actually Mexico is just a huge, shining example of why the easy purchase of assault weapons in the USA needs to stop. And, given the strong connections between the USA and Mexico, it's only a matter of time until the drug-gun war comes across the border.

    January 27, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  239. lord of war

    So, answer me this
    If we were to just blink and get rid of all guns in the USA, is it even remotely possible that Mexico could get guns from South America?? Hmmm, what countries down there that have a lot of guns?? Guatamala borders Mexico and has a very high gun ownership rate. I wonder if Columbia could get some guns up into mexico?

    Cartels are going to get there guns from somewhere, and that basically just reinforces the argument that some places where guns are illegal to civilians , really ARE crapholes!!

    January 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  240. Ory

    You're overlooking that the USA has a 2000 mi porous border with Mexico, and that countries like Colombia and Guatamala are like a wart on the hogs butt of the USA in terms of arms manufacturing. Simply no comparison. And, probably even more importantly, this is a trading situation. We in the USA buy drugs from Mexico, and Mexico buys guns from us. Colombia, on the other hand, is an exporter of drugs, like Mexico, and not guns, like us. Guatamala is too small, in terms of gun manufacture, to worry about.

    The Mexican cartels didn't just appear out of nowhere. There's a reason they exist, and we're strong part of it, whether it comes to buying their drugs or selling them guns.

    The point is simple. It's fallacious to use Mexico as an example what happens to a country when individual gun ownship is illegal. First, everyone knows laws are not enforced well in Mexico, so the ban isn't even very effective. Second, there are guns everywhere there thanks to the supply they have from here. Again, if anything, Mexico shows what CAN happen to a country when you have a huge supply of guns available.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  241. James

    You say mexico's drug wars are because of Americans sending guns over the borders. I can agree with you on that to a point. First I would just like to point out one thing that is true yes we are supplying the Mexican drug cartels with guns, even our administration is doing (Fast and the Furious anyone? oh I forgot we just forget about that). Anyways who do you think is sending all guns across the border? Is it the law abiding citizens that fill out all the forms and then just give the gun to a drug running to bring to mexico? I doubt it. More then likely it is the criminals that don't give 2 cents about the law that are doing it to make some money. So instead of talking about banning "assault weapons" (by the way there is no such thing), why don't we concentrate on the laws we already do have and actually enforcing them. Do you know a person that has a unlicensed gun and is concealing it only get a slap on the wrist? It's true for first offenses it will be probation or something along those lines. Since you hate guns so much wouldn't you want to punish these people more?

    Banning guns will not stop anything (How is the war on drugs going now days anyways?) criminals will be criminals they don't abide by the law. So stop trying to come after other peoples RIGHTS just because you don't agree with it.

    It is a slippery slope if you destroy the 2nd amendment you might as well kiss the 1st and all the others goodbye because the 2nd amendment is the one that is protect all your other rights. So once again please respect my rights and I will respect yours.

    PS to whoever say the wishes of the many outweigh the few (Or something along those lines). Well then you agree with me on this because over 50% of households in america own a firearm.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  242. Isaac P. Pearson

    Brilliant. That's the crux of the issue and it is increasingly timely as the U.S. government gets more and more powerful and autocratic.

    July 5, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  243. thomporter

    That was a moronic comment. Do you even think about what you/re typing before you submit it? Shame on you.

    January 11, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  244. Robin Lee Compton

    Well said my friend...

    February 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.