Four days since the shocking murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a trio of guests charged with adding their insight and expertise to the ongoing debate of gun control in America.
Joining the program live, Carol Roth defended the rights of people to own firearms without restrictions, drawing a unique parallel to unrest in other countries:
"What it boils down to is the ability to protect yourself, Piers," began the "New York Times" best-selling author. "If you look at what is happening right now in Syria with the threat of chemical weapons, the only reason why they're not going to use it is because somebody else has a credible threat, such as the U.S., of using a similar weapon."
On December 1st, the 25-year-old Belcher used a firearm to murder his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before ultimately driving to the his team's training facility and killing himself.
Earlier Wednesay, Roth took to Twitter, suggesting that weapons aren't the concern, but rather, it's those baring the arms:
Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) December 05, 2012
Speaking live on the program last evening, she stood by her digital statement, insisting that given Belcher's state of mind, the tragedy would have occurred regardless of any restrictions preventing him from owning a firearm:
"As a gun owner, you want to be able to protect yourself. If you are somebody who is so damaged, who is at a point where you don't care about life enough that you are willing to take somebody else's life, then what that comes down to is that that person is not going to obey the gun laws."
Joining the debate out of Boston, Alan Dershowitz did not concur with Roth's Syria analogy:
"That is so ridiculous," exclaimed the Harvard-educated lawyer: "The implications of that is that every American should have access to chemical weapons, to nuclear weapons. It is just so absurd, it will result in an escalation of weapon ownership."
Comparing the United States to other nations in Europe and Asia, Dershowitz argued that America's reasonably lax gun laws have contributed to unnecessary deaths:
"We have the highest murder rate in the world, it hasn't protected us. It has resulted in arguments that should have a consequence of maybe a slap in the face, resulting in a bullet through the heart. It resulted in a double murder in this case. A murder-suicide. Guns just don't protect."
The third member of Wednesday's debate, Abby Huntsman took a position that fell somewhere in between that of Roth's and Dershowitz's, as she referenced her own social media jab that she'd tossed at the host on Wednesday afternoon:
Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) December 06, 2012
"I think what's so important, though, is to make sure that we don't disrespect our Constitution. Our Second Amendment right, which was put in place because of - as I said on Twitter, the crazy Brits like you, Piers Morgan, that they were - wanted the American people to feel protected from the British at the time," joked the host and producer of HuffPost Live, and daughter of 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr.
"Times have changed since then. I don't think the founding fathers intended for assault weapons. For AK-47s to be walking around the streets. I don't think people should be able to go online and be able to buy guns. There should absolutely be rules in place."
Watch the clip, and listen to the arguments, as Wednesday's three guests debate the need for stricter gun laws in the United States.
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