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December 4th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Katie Nichol on the royal pregnancy; Gun debate returns on heels of Belcher murder-suicide

As news of a "royal baby" spreads from the continent and back across the pond, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed author Katie Nicholl to share her insight and perspective on a pregnancy which will presumably produce the newest heir to the British throne.

Hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidum, the clinical term for "acute morning sickness," Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to be off her feet for the near future, as she battles a condition which presumably takes quite a toll:

"It is serious and the word you use - it's very debilitating. She's going to be confined to her hospital bed possibly for several days," explained the correspondent for "The Mail on Sunday." "Prince William was there this afternoon. He left early this evening and I suspect he will be back there first thing tomorrow morning. He's obviously very concerned, as are both the royal family and, of course, the Middleton family as well. This is going to be a first grandchild for them. So yes, there is concern."

In addition to the general interest which would surround any pregnancy within the Royal Family, the baby of William and Catherine has brought even more excitement, as the expected passing of a new law will guarantee that this child will one day rule over England:

"The Queen raised this in her address to the commonwealth last year and since then, it hasn't been made legislation," detailed Nicholl, who wrote “William and Harry: Behind Palace Walls." "But it will be and I expect it will be made legislation very quickly now that we know the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby because, as you rightly point out, this legislation will mean that should this baby be a girl, she will be an historic girl because she will be queen regardless of any male heirs born after that, the firstborn, if she were a girl. So she would be an historic child."

Meanwhile, with the NFL still reeling following the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher, Piers Morgan welcomed a pair of experts on opposite sides of the gun debate, encouraging a fiery conversation on firearm legislation.

With Morgan insisting that the genesis of the issue is centered around too many guns being available too easily, David Kopel began to laugh, and the host asked his guess why:

"Because you're so out of touch with reality," answered the Denver University law professor. "The number of guns in this country per capita has about doubled in the last three decades, and at the same time, the homicide rate in the United States has fallen dramatically. There is no relation scientifically in social science between the number of guns and the homicide rate."

"What a load of claptrap!" exclaimed the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to calm the waters, Josh Horwitz jumped in and offered an alternate perspective:

"There's some new polling by Mayors Against Illegal Guns that show that huge majorities of gun owners and Americans believe that we should have background checks on all gun sales and let me tell you, states that do that save lives," said the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

"We know that in America if we do things like background checks on things like better tools for psychiatrists, we can stop these killings. Not all of them, because countries in Europe that have these types of things, countries around the world and states that do this just do a better job of stopping gun violence."

"We do not have to accept these types of terrible tragedies," Horwitz continued. "We can't stop all of them but we can stop a lot of them. We need to do that and we need to do that today."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Morgan welcomes a collection of experts and news makers all with the background and knowledge to discuss Monday's most-talked about stories.
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  1. Frank In Spokane

    PIERS sez: The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high powered handguns and assault rifles. Fact.

    FRANK sez: Just like the 1st was devised with quill and ink and moveable type mind? (Not high powered PCs and cell phones?)

    It's about THE PRINCIPLE Piers, not THE TECHNOLOGY.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • emenot

      Hey Piers, if they have assault rifles back then do you really think they would had use muskets? LMFAO...SILLY BOY!

      December 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Grandma

    Help save the babies

    http://www.fosna.org/

    December 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Curtis Jones

    RE: Gun Control
    I would highly suggest Mr. Morgan go to http://www.guncite.com and do some research. He and other Lefties might be surprised. Of course, it doe require an open mind.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Larry

    Our second amendment means more for our national defense then our military. Military stategest in history have not invaded the United States becasuse of this amendment. I know that many people have grown up in this wounderful rule of law society and they do not see the need. Switzerland gives everyone automatic firearms

    December 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. iShoot

    Guns dont kill people.. its people who kill people.
    If not gun then it could be a stone, a brick, a baseball bat or even poison.

    Well yes.. agree to above justification.

    Hey...eureka... this statement has provided us a solution to our money issue.
    We are in debt and a lot of debt and we have a very heavy defense budget too.
    As per above justification, lets sell all the guns and send our marines without weapons to war fronts.
    Right? - Its not guns .. its people kill people! .. right? So it could be a stone or a brick or......

    December 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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