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December 14th, 2012
03:10 PM ET

From Arizona to Aurora, Piers Morgan and guests react to various gun incidents

As America deals with the most recent in a series of shocking and tragic gun deaths that have devastated the nation of late, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" will air a live edition of the program, covering every facet of today's horrific school shooting in Newtown, CT.

Dating as far back as the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords that left six others dead in January of 2011, and the April case of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, firearm legislation has been a polarizing and divisive issue for Piers Morgan and his various guests.

Below, a timeline chronicling various episodes of "Piers Morgan Tonight," during which experts, analysts, and news makers share their various insights and perspectives:

May 19th, 2011: Ted Nugent on guns, America: "Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead."

February 28th: Bill Maher on guns in America: "This is a gun culture, we love guns."

April 13th: Cory Booker on gun laws: "What really infuriates me is the level of violence that we have in America that's preventable."

April 18th: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on Ted Nugent's "off the wall" comments and the Trayvon Martin shooting.

July 20th: Piers Morgan on gun control: "I'll tell you the day to debate it, it would have been yesterday, to prevent this from happening."

July 23rd: Mayor Michael Bloomberg on gun control: "Across this country, mayors in every city have to address the guns on the street issue."

July 24th: Michael Moore speaks out: "I am not going to come on another one of these damn TV shows either, after the next one of these shootings."

July 24th: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz on the research of author John Lott Jr.: "Junk science ... paid for by the National Rifle Association."

July 27th: Mitt Romney on gun legislation: "The effort to continue to look for some law to somehow make violence go away is missing the point."

August 10th: Montel Williams on America's relationship with guns: "Violence is a part of our society."

November 8th: Mark Kelly on facing Jared Loughner in court Thursday: "It was tense, especially when he walked into the room."

November 26th: Willie Nelson on the arms debate: "A lot of guns ... there's no need for civilians to own those ... those are for military."

December 6th: Carol Roth compares gun laws to violence in Syria, Alan Dershowitz disagrees: "That is so ridiculous."

December 10th: Bob Costas on the NFL's gun message to it's players: "It's infinitely more likely that something bad will happen if you’re armed, than that something good will happen.”

December 14th: Piers Morgan on the Newtown, Conn. school shooting: "How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, 'we want less guns, not more.'"

Watch the clips, and review the interviews, then tune in this evening at 9 for updated news and reaction following today's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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  1. Sad day in America

    How many more innocent people have to die before gun law is passed?

    December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • williamssite

      Piers, we watch you every night and are 100% with you that we need to control guns–assault rifles et al should be banned. Your British perspective is an additional strength to remedying this madness. I was an educator for 35+ years & have had poor college students nearly coming over a desk at me when I ran financial aid programs, but nothing as horrific as what has been occuring recently in the USA (and Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, etc.). Keep up the excellent work!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • lou

        PLEASE PIERS, LAY IN ON THE IDIOTS IN CONGRESS WHO ARE IN BED WITH THE NRA. OUR DISFUNCTIONAL COUNTRY IS AT IT'S .WORST PLEASE NAME THE NAMES OF THOSE CONGRESSMEN AGAINST GUN CONTROL. WE MUST EMBARRASS THEM. HAVING A GUN DOES NOBODY ANY GOOD, AS MOST SHOOTINGS ARE SURPRISE ATTACKS. YOU ARE THE BEST VOICE. AND WHY HAS THE PRESIDENT NOT CHIME IN ON GUN CONTROL. THIS HAS TO STOP NOW!!!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mary Ann

        U r so right

        December 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LuAnn

        GUNS don't kill people, PEOPLE kill people!

        December 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jan

        How much does the violence in our entertainment industry affect people? These mass shootings are a fairly recent phenomenon. Guns have been around for a long time, it's the violent culture that is promoted by Hollywood that is different.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darren Potter

        Piers Morgan "Nothing happened after Aurora. Now it must."

        Agreed, it is past time for us to deport Liberal Imports like yourself.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • byrnsd52

        Piers morgan is an idiot and don't understand america. He needs to go back where he comes from....He won't let nobody answer his questions. He constantly interupts everybody. He wasn't born here and needs to take his ass back home if he don't like america but he won't because he knows he can't make this much money over there. He just needs to shut up about telling us how to live when he wasn't born here....

        December 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Greg Stone

        Just to let everyone know that Piers comparison of the UK with the US is totally off base. The state I live in is bigger than the UK so trying to compare a country of 330 million people with one of about 5 million people and smaller than the state of Missouri is assinine. Gun laws will not stop any of the violence. Criminals will get guns regardless, even if they are banned., I donot personally own any guns but I think that everyone who can pass a background check should be able to own as many as they want.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Todd

        Piers how pathetic are you! You don't even give people a chance to grieve before you have a yelling match about gun control on your show. You have spent more time blaming guns then the sick people behind these acts. How do you not put more blame on the real problem; the loss of family values, faith and holding people accountable in this country. If you feel so strong about gun control, get OUT of this country and go back to where you came from because I hear they have all kinds of gun control for you.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frank shaw

        NRA membership 4.4 million vs American public opinion population 130 million.
        This should be no contest unless the powers that be think they might lose something in Washington if they are perceived as being against the NRA , like political funding etc.
        Time to put your cowboy boots and spurs away!
        You got more than a fiscal cliff to worry about.................

        December 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • LARRY DUFF

        You see the word assault rifle and jump off the deep end. It was found IN THE CAR! He did not use it! Yes he had control of it but a better question, why did his mother purchase them, or brtter yet have them im a houst with an idiot sicko of a son? Lets see if she has some blame in ths aweful event. Also if you have to be buzzed in, why let someone in just because his mom works there without looking just a little further and seeing he was geared up for other intentions. And I agree if you take my guns away the police can't be there all the time to protect my family, Ihope your family never never needs protected and the police are out chasing a speeder! And Morgan, if you want to live in a gun free society, GO HOME! This will just happen with a U-HAUL TRUCK and a bomb like Timmothy McVey did on the FBI building on a friday before a football game, how many would get killed then?

        December 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • LARRY DUFF

        lou, you are the IDIOT THAT NEEDS TO GO TO BED THE GUN HATERS AND COME OUT WITH SOME COMMEN SENSE!

        December 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • gnot

        The doors were glass.

        December 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • rumf

        Pierce Morgan< HOW DARE YOU TO TELL ME OR US LAW ABIDING CITIZENS HOW TO LIVE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY AND PUSH YOUR TYPE (BRITISH BS)LAWS AND GOVERNMENT onto us for sake of your own false sense of security . If you don't like it here pack your bags and don't come back you "stiff a.r.s.e British a.r.s.e.h.o.l.e!". FukkkU!! this is USA not your British swill we once ran out of here!

        December 16, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        20 children were murdered, therefore it's a very sensitive issue and your insensitive profane language is disturbing.

        December 16, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Sarha Colorado

        Todd, wow we're u misinformed?! Turns out he did use it. Bet you wish you would've kept your comments to yourself.

        December 20, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Alice S.

      I am so saddened by the shootings that have been occuring more often and especially today with innocent children. I believe access to guns should be more controlled but I don't think it stops there. There is so much violence on TV, the Movies,and in the media that is glorified. Many people have become desensitized by this constant exposure. The moral climate in America as seen in Wall Street, Politics, Sports etc. has brought the standards for decency and ethics to new low. I pray for our country.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        So true. We also have an abundance of violent video games, which make it seem fun to "kill" mass numbers of people. Will these gun control advocates call for media control as well?

        December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anne Phillips

        I tried to post a comment about violence in the media There was a McCain/ Leiberman bill addressing it in 1999 . That disappeared. I got a message that I had "already said that" So I am silenced. After Columbine the talk shows were filled with discussions about it .. Now, nothing .. I asked Piers to do a show on that. There are a lot of $$$ being made on it.

        December 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • CKM

      Morgan is an uninformed idiot. Guess his ratings have slipped to the point he has to get more ink from the "progressive" media.
      Fact: UK stats: gun crime in England and Wales soared by 35% last year.

      Stats: "Criminals used handguns in 46% more offences, Home Office
      statistics revealed.

      Firearms were used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the 12 months to last
      April, up from 7,362.

      It was the fourth consecutive year to see a rise and there were more than
      2,200 more gun crimes last year than the previous peak in 1993."

      So, I guess we should also ban knives since 22 children were killed by a crazy in
      China. Wake up people. The fact that there is no respect for life is one big
      cause.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Rick

        CKM - I'm not sure what your point is, but from what you say it seems if guns were much harder to obtain, crime and murder would be reduced. And shifting the focus to knives as a rationalization for why we needn't be stricter with guns is hardly persuasive. There is a problem with guns, knives and idiots. So let's pick one to remove (guns) since it's the easiest.

        December 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony Keogh

        Lets get on with it, we need action now to get rid of the guns before it happens again

        December 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • LOU

        CMK, YOU TOTAL MORON, YOU BELIEVE PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE , NOT GUNS. YOU SOUND LIKE A TWELVE YEAR OLD, LIKE TED NUGENT. TWO TOTAL MORONS WITHOUT A CLUE

        December 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • carmenmccain

        emm, you say 22 people were killed with a knife in China. That is incorrect. 22 people were wounded by a knife. None of them, to my knowledge, has died. 26-28 people HAVE died in Connecticut today, though, of gun wounds....

        December 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug G

        I just watch Piers and have to say that I've never heard anyone so ignorant on a subject as he is on gun control.. Sure, ban guns...bad guys are still going to have them and kill people while we watch. Ban nukes too while you're at it if it makes you feel better. Im sure N. Korea and Iran will stop making them right away... Hey, ban cars too. Those evil cars kill way more people than guns. Im sure bad and drunk drivers and have nothing to do with that. There are always going to be evil people that kill other people using a gun, ax or maybe a bomb... Why aren't we talking about the real problem...evil people... Just ban evil people. Piers is an idiot.. I'll never waste my time listening to his nonsense again. Go live in Chicago Piers, Guns are banned there..... It's a very sad day for everyone. Lets not try and blame anything for this evil other than the person that committed this evil crime..

        December 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andree Bodemann

        well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • RLJ

        As is typical with you people who support the NRA you've gotten your facts wrong. 22 children in China were "injured" by a knife weilding lunatic not killed.
        Seems that two "legally" obtained hand guns did a great deal more damage than a kitchen knife.
        I totally agree with Piers and thank God I live in Canada!

        December 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • robby52

        i totally agree with you,morgan comes on each night and throws in our faces that (his) country would never allow this to happen but fails to realize that this is our country,but if he had his way he would dis-arm every one of us "legal" gun
        owners.having said that,i spent 20 years in the military and have a great respect for firearms but i also understand that a gun could never kill anyone without a human finger on the trigger.
        i am physically and emotionally affected by what has happened but i am also damn tired of morgan bringing people on his show and then cutting them off whenever he chooses.
        it is perfectly fine to become passionate about tragedies such as this and i certainly do not blame him for that,but morgan refuses to understand that if guns were outlawed then only outlaws would have guns.
        again,my heart hurts for these families and agree also that the sale of firearms should be more strengent,but i'll be damned if someone like piers is going to tell me that dis-arming all of us is the answer.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        Lou, people DO kill people. The guns used today did not walk into that school by themselves. Like most everyone in this country my heart goes out to the children and their families, and it angers me that our world is coming to this. If we do what you and like thinkers want (eliminate guns) it will not change the fact that the one's committing these crimes will not stop. They will find other means and I think that is what CMK was eluding too. What we have to do as a nation is address the root cause of the problem, which is the mental thinking of the people that commit these types of crimes. We need to focus on the real cause. For example, in this case if laws were in place and this murderer did not have access to them, I agree he would not have killed all these children with guns, but I do think that he would have found other means. Now, I am a peaceful and mild mannered person but I do own guns. I have owned them my entire life and even when I was at my worst, I never considered using my guns to solve my problem, but there are those out there who do. We have to change our culture and behaviorial habits. For example, we do not need the media, i.e. movies and television romanticizing the act of killing. I see it everyday on TV, yet the media is quick to criticize guns. Maybe Piers Morgan and the like need to take a look in their own backyard.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robb

        I understand you views as a Brit but Americas already have guns. You can NOT undo that. We already have gun control. We already have laws in place. The problem is that they are not enforced. If you have a mental illness it is illegal to purchase guns. If you have a criminal background it is illegal to own guns. If you own guns it is a felony to give access to the mentally ill and to criminals. Hundreds of thousands of criminals and mentally ill people attempt to purchase guns. This is a felony. The number of those who have been prosecuted is ZERO!! These laws need to be enforced. We DO NOT need new laws taking guns away from responsible law abiding gun owners. That would in effect make the criminals the only ones with guns. Legally armed Americans are the eighth largest armed force IN THE WORLD. Our forefathers gave us the legal right to defend ourselves.
        PIers, you just need to look back at the history of the World in the middle of the century when Hitler bombed your country. He took the weapons out of the hands of his people before turning on them, then the rest of Europe including your country. The reason America has never had a land invasion in the history of our country is that AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE THE EIGHTH LARGEST ARMED FORCE IN THE WORLD!
        I understand your frustration and your tunnel vision, but NEW gun control is NOT the answer.
        And BTW, please don't invite guests on your show if you are not going to give them the opportunity to speak. It shows you are bias which as a reporter you should not be.
        If you let your guest speak he would have shared a true statement that every country who has enacted NEW gun control has had an increase in violent crime.
        Chicago is the murder capital of the country and has the toughest gun control in the Nation. I wonder why that is?

        December 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Piers,
      I applaud you for taking on these anti gun control thugs by their horns. A subject that no politician dares to oppose because of the political fallout, you have so rightly brought focus upon. The service you render to this great nation by bringing the gun control into national focus is indeed laudable. I have a feeling that with the current spate of madness in gun related killings, the public opinion would finally tilt towards curbing the menace that is breaking up our society. And, if that happens, I say with full sincerity that would deserve the next Nobel Prize for Peace from the world, and from the grateful Americans – the Congressional Medal of Honor. Keep up the fine work and God Bless.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        How about some media control as well? Why not some control on an entertainment industry that glorifies and glamorizes violence?

        December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony C

      As a combat veteran, aside from the sadness and grief for all the families involved, it feels like we have been betrayed. The sole purpose of our being on foreign soil was so at night, our families and fellow Americans can rest assure that they are safe to sleep in piece without fear of being in harm’s way and to that end we all were willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. But, the one thing we could not accomplish was to protect us from ourselves. We did our part and now it’s time for those on the inside to do their part…The balls in your court NRA.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • KoolK

        Tony. I'm a combat vet myself. I agree assault weapons have no place in normal society with regular citizens. Some gun control lobbyists want all guns taken away. I don't think that is the best solution. Perhaps real implementation of current laws on gun purchases, stronger efforts to take away illegal weapons from neighborhoods, higher penalties for illegal gun use and illegal acquisition of illegal weapons, are some of the things that the federal and local governments need to focus on. Another commentator touched on paying more attention to mental health efforts. That probably includes better funding and more thoughtful legislation. The adage, people kill people, still rings true. As a combat vet, you know that we can kill with a gun, a knife and even our bare hands.
        I was watching Piers Morgan earlier, and I think he lost control. As a host, he should be the one who can keep more thoughtful discourse and discussion about the topic. Not berate a guest. That's the last time I watch him, and will certainly dissuade anyone I know from watching this out of control host. You're welcome to go back to Britain Mr. Morgan.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick De Fiori

      I proposed that this is the thought process of people who think gun control will prevent mass murder from taking place goes: A mass murderer walks into a gun store and buys a gun. He gets the gun home and says to himself “What should I do with this?” A light bulb goes on in his head and he tells himself , "I know, I'm going to shoot skill a bunch of innocent people!"

      He then spends days (if not months) figuring out how to commit his crime by gaining knowledge about security and how to avoid it, how much ammunition he’ll need, what he’s going to wear (of course), what people he’s going to shoot, where and why and what’s he’s going to shoot those people in that place, the best time to kill as many people as possible, etc. You see, it’s the gun that made him do it.

      That’s pretty naïve. A mass murderer has a motive and a plan first. If he’s brazen and crazy enough to plan out his crime getting a gun is the least of his problems if there was gun control.

      The only thing that gun control would do is prevent me from by a gun and shooting him right between the eyes!

      December 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Byron Nagazina

        You are making some large assumptions. Lets look at the last three events – Newtown, Clackamas, and Aurora. Newtown, the three weapons were owned by the mom making for easy access, If the assailant planned the attack he would look for maximum casualties. however, in this case he only stays in one area of the school. committed suicide. In Oregon, the gunman stole a gun (which should have been in a gun safe) and didn't plan his attack over a long period, otherwise, he would have known how to clear a jammed weapon or would have acquired more than one weapon. committed suicide. The Aurora attack WAS well planned. the assailant was very smart, but unstable. Planned for maximum casualties, carried multiple weapons, wore protective gear and booby trap his residence. He did not kill himself. He would have acquired the weapons no matter what.

        With Gun laws and regulations, the first two events could have been avoided with simple rules such as gun locks, gun safes, making anything other than hunting rifles restricted or banned.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • LuAnn

        I agree!!

        December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • matt

        Piers,
        I understand your passion but you are a journalist and you have been acting as a bully on the topic of gun control. I feel sorry for your guests because you ask them a question and then do nothing but serve up your opinion and rhetoric and quote "your facts" without recognizing that you are wrong on many counts. Your behaviour is becoming the issue for many of us.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        Nick,
        I too think guns are simply a means. Restricting or controlling them will not prevent this type of incident. The truth of the matter is our culture and behavioral tendencies are leaning more and more toward violence. We have to change that trend. Let's say for example, we do control or eliminate guns. That's all it means. We will no longer have the right to own guns, but it will not stop someone from committing these types of crimes, they will simply find another means or acquire an illegal gun. Violence is present in our society, brought to most of us via, television and movies. Electronic games also play a huge part. Violence has been romanticized and our culture has been lost to it. We have raised an entire culture on violence, we have made it look "cool" and "tough" and if you want to be in the in crowd you have to fit that image. Well, don't blame the guns, blame the one's who have created this culture. Piers Morgan doesn't have a leg to stand on. His profession (the media) is one of the leading factors in why our culture is the way it is. If he truly feels like he says he feels, then how can he work in an industry that contributes to this violent culture. Make a stand Piers – Voice your same concerns too your boss and the industry you work in and do it publically on your show.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • df

      I'd like to see another interview with the idiot who wrote "More Guns Less Violence".....How's that working for you America??

      December 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • dave Keyston

        You obviously have not read the book, as Piers did not read it either. Ignorant reactionary liberals have a real hard time with facts...they don't seem to align with their emotions. Both have their place. It is just that if this country had been founded by such thoughtless knee-jerk thinkers we would all be slaves to tyranny about 1780. Fortunately, it has taken about 230 years for the degradation of our freedoms and liberties due to unthinking and careless people that have give up liberties and freedom for a little bit of perceived safety, that by the way is never fully realized. Ignorance can be fixed. Stupidity seems to be forever.

        December 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Before we pass one gun control bill, let place a "value of llife" bill so everyone from the right or left, or wherever they may lean will understand you don't shoot people for the hell of it, you use drugs or booze when pregnant, you get a job and don't expect a government hand out for sitting at home watch t-v all day.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Byron Nagazina

        Do you really think that lowly f your fellow Americans? that would be a massive waste of law makers time. I may be a crazy Canadian, but I think much more of Americans than you do. I believe they all want to work, have decent shelter and food, be healthy and to enjoy life in a safe environment.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregory Brown

      I have been a police officer for 27 years in an urban city in Canada, including 8 years investigating homicides. The American obsession with the 'right to bear arms' (from an era in which the assault weapon was not even able to be envisioned) is a contributing factor to these tragedies that should no longer be a taboo point of discussion. Piers, you have it exactly right, military and law enforcement weapons have no place in broad civilian circulation. Mayor Giuliani is simply wrong and speaking out of political expedience when he asserts that because there are alternative means to commit mass murder the banning of assault weapons is not really of concern. No civilian needs an assault rifle nor a high-capacity magazine for sport shooting or hunting. The first step to limiting these mass-killing tragedies is an absolute prohibition on the weapons that enable them ! It is just that simple (sometimes the right answer does not have to be complex)! I mourn for the victims and pray that these all-too-frequent tragedies in America come to a stop!

      December 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Effie Drogaris

        I absolutely agree with you Mr. Brown. And I am thankful to Piers Morgan that bring the subject on . I am sick of the NRA. I hope our president ant our elected politicians wake up and do something before more little children are killed.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Miller

        You got to be kidding Sir...I too wore a badge and the main problem here is "Government Control"..which started the Civil War..Another problem is the wording...the use of the term "assualt weapons" seems to be mixed in with..and up with...the difference between FULL Auto and Semi Auto...and with Idiots like Pierce Moron who actually wants to confiscate all guns..As you well know a lock will only keep a honest person out...as with a drug trafficer has no problem sending weapons along with the drugs...I have no problem with the large high power auto's being regulated...but there has to be a clear line where the ban ends and what will be controled...I served in the military and worked the streets for a total of almost 30 years and yes..I taught my family )kids included) to shoot..and gun safety..Also as you well know from experience..a weapon has to have a person using it..there in lies the problem..the people..Chicago ..which has some of the strictest gun laws in the US has a epedemic murder rate which is commited by gangs and there seems to be no end..Did the gun laws stop that..no..Washington DC and Detroit also have these laws and as we all know Washington has been know for years as the Murder Capital of the US...did the laws help...NO..Laws are NOT the answer..Gangs,,,,Jobs...and Education and enforcing what we have on the books now is the answer..elimanate the gangs..put people back to work and change the drug laws and teach kids better...Mama and Daddy teaching the kids at home and stop leaving the schools and teachers to do the job they should do..If a kid learns self respect at home and has manners taught to him ..he will not turn to gangs and crime for what he should be getting at home..

        December 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori Miller

      I find it interesting that Congress protects themselves by not allowing anyone to enter the U.S. Capitol building with a gun (or much else for that matter, including liquid of any kind). However, many of them think that any type of gun control is a violation of the 2nd amendment. So it's okay for the rest of us to be vulnerable to all the crazies, yet not them! I think they should put their money where their mouths are and allow anyone to go into their place of work carrying any kind of weapon they want. Why, if everyone in the the Capitol carries a weapon than they would all be safe, right?

      December 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Opinion Watch International

      If our elected official care so much about guns, why don’t they allow people to bring their gun to the US Capitol, and House and Senate floors? That is, if these guns are good for our schools, malls, churches and other public places, why would the 2nd Amendment deprive Americans their cherished right in a public place like the State Capitol? May be if these guns gets so close to our elected officials, may be they would see the threat for what it truly is – UNACCEPTABLE!!

      December 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Janet MacDonald

        The profound helplessness I've been feeling watching events unfold today was also evident on the faces of reporters and broadcasters all over the world. I'm a Canadian living in San Diego, with two children in elementary school. The barage of recent tragedies is terrifying. I couldn't agreee more about allowing guns on the House or Senate floors. These are the people fighting to demand guns everywhere. The overt hypocracy of these bought politicians shouldn't be surprising. The pendulum has swung and it's time for The People to be heard. The elected officials need to know that the people who vote believe that more guns is not the answer to making us safer. Support for the young men of this country, especially those who reveal anti-social tendencies, and other emotional issues is as important as gun control. These are two things that will make a difference if implemented.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wale A.

        If our elected officials care so much about guns, why don’t they allow people to bring their gun to the US Capitol (House and Senate floors inclusive)? That is, if these guns are good for our schools, malls, churches and other public places, why would our elected officials deprive Americans their cherished 2nd Amendment rights in a public place like the US Capitol? Maybe if these guns get so close to our elected officials, they would see the threat for what it truly is – UNACCEPTABLE!!

        December 15, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Davis

      Piers, I don't want to take the guns away from "gun huggers", but I do want to know what their solution is to this problem. If they don't have a solution, then they don't see it as a problem. If they don't see it as a problem, I want to take their guns away. Do not let them whine about "you want to take my gun away". I want to know their solution.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        Change the violent culture in this country.
        Chicago has bans on guns. How's that working out for them?

        December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint Ward

      Too bad no one here applys the same standards to alcohol as they do guns. amd I cannot see where alcohol has ever done anyone any good except if you don't have clean drinkiing water. .Guns at least have allowed some women, children and men to defend themselves. Where gun laws are relaxed crime goes down. Alcolhol related traffic deaths this year will be around 25,000, 71 per day 500 per week . Number 1 killer of 16 – 24 yr. old. not to mention other alcolhol related deaths. Lets hear what Piers says about that. " I can drink responsibly, you should too" Hypocrite

      December 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tm

      Piers just interviewed Alex , supposed ex classmate. She really didn't even know him. Shoddy journalism both piers and your lady looked like a fool. Last knew him in middle school, give me a break, chick didn't even knowmthe killer, what a foolish interview.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • gnot

        Well, apparently there is no one else. He hasn't had any friends since then.

        December 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Day

      So you ask yourself why people are going into schools, theater and malls and killing many. I can tell you the answer it is very simple no funding to Mental health and Mental retardation, state hospital and a lack of psychiatrist. They say take guns away but they don't look at what makes people lose total control that they would kill innocent beautiful children. Remember there must be mental health services at early ages to help with the mentally ill. People who are medicated and in long term therapy don't usually want to kill another. Unmediated psychotic people have no commonsense and don't know any relief other then to kill themselves and are to scared to die alone. Remind you state and federal representatives that they have to fund Mental Health and Mental retarded services. God Bless those lost and injured, mentally or physically.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Effie Drogaris

        But if guns were no so accessible those mentally ill person won't kill all those people and the innocent little children
        in this tragedy in Conn. today. At the Tucson shooting that young man who looked very normal, went that morning and
        bought the gun and all the ammunition at the Walmart. It is really insane to be able to buy a gun or a semi-automatic
        where and you buy your groceries. I want to know what that kindergarden teacher wanted with 3 guns ,one semi-automatic in her home?

        December 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob danyalij

      How dareyou place a mother and a child that survived this shooting, how do you thinkmit makes the parents of decesets children. My wife andi changed the channel after the motherof this young girl was gleefully talking about how her daughter was ok.
      We will never watch your program again again and perhaps not even go to CNN for news!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • T

      Ct has one of the toughest gun laws.If someone wants a gun badly enough, they will get one. This is a tragedy, but all accounts, say the guns were registered to the mother... If he did have a mental illness, i would not have guns in the house... As the doctors said, we have let our mentally ill fall to the wayside. In Ct, they shut the state hospital years ago, it has sat and deteriorated and where are the people that needed that facility. On the streets, in group homes..they have not received the help they need. Something triggered in this kid, we may never know what? I had a brother with mental illness, but he was the opposite, He trusted everyone and thought every one was his friend,,, He was also a very very smart person... Unfortunately, he trusted the wrong people.. Two years ago, he was beaten, tortured by friends he thought and thrown in a river.... The person that did this, only got 2 yrs. He is out walking..The prosecution, judge at the beginning just let him get away with murder... This happened in 2010.... I feel sorry for the children and teachers that were lost today, there family and friends and if this kid had mental illness , I just wonder what triggered such violence... My brother had this for 26 yrs. he was in the state system medical care.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jonathan From Connecticut

      Listen Connecticut is one of the leaders in Gun Controls, and now one of the worse massacres in recent history. Pierce UK and Scotland and France and Germany have strict gun laws has that stopped school massacres? Maybe we should focus on the unfunded mandates, lack of Mental Health funding, the cuts in law enforcement. How about the fact that it is easier to get into public schools than to get into Fenway Park or any court or city building in the country. These things happen its tragic, its horrible, we have family in the area, Nadler our laws in CT are more strict than yours. The fact that the mother had weapons legally is not the issue.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Effie Drogaris

        Yes the strick gun laws in Europe keep the gun deathe very low. According to Piers Morgan they have 35 gun killings in Britain and we have 11,000. per year. Is that tell you something?

        December 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • pablo222

        Piers Morgan is one of the biggest Liars on CNN. But then CNN loves to have liars as hosts on their shows. The stats he gave are not correct. Britain the Island had almost the same number of gun crimes as the US. Scotland had around 126 in 2010 which was the only stat I could find. But then Why not compare say North Dakota or Idaho, or Montana to Scotland. Those states have more population than Scotland but would be closer to compare. Why not compare Conn to Scotland over a 5 year period. That would be interesting. Both Conn and Scotland have heavy gun laws.
        If there is a new law that needs to be put into motion, then make it a law for a mental psych report to get to purchase a gun. Secondly, make it mandatory for gun owners to secure their guns in a mandatory gun locker, or cabinet when storing a gun or when not at home. In this manner, children do not have easy access. I have a gun cabinet that you just can not open without going through a lot of trouble and massive amount of effort. Those are for guns not carried on my person. As for gun control, there is already enough laws on the books. Mental illness has been the primary cause of these things in the US. Abroad, Islamic extremism is the primary cause of these kinds of things including another school massacre where more than 50 were murdered by Islamic extremists within Europe. That is a truth CNN and Piers the Liar is hiding.

        December 15, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      What a jerk – Mr. Morgan brings on "guests" he already knows he disagrees with, and then talks over them and yells at them rather than having a civil discussion. Don't ask, "why the hell would you..." and then not let the guest answer WHY. You know WHY we allow American citizens to purchase and own firearms? Because we don't believe in law-abiding citizens having their rights taken away to accomodate those who break the law.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cheryl

        Wrong. It's about the money. Soo much money. Gun makers, sellers, users. They have the power to intimadate and buy our congressmen. Not hard to figure out. It's always about the money. That's why we will still be talking about this when the next school is an easy target.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • No name

      Americans when you all learn. I say give'em all guns and send them to the OK corral.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Annmarie Maynard

      Pierce, Saw your show this evening at 7:30pm MST. Thank you for being angry. I agree – we need to change something and it needs to happen quickly! Thanks for spearheading change! I am not being silent either.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        How about being angry about those millions of children who have been killed by their own mothers via abortion?

        December 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bernie

        Amen Jan ! From my experiences, I think its a little ironic That the people who support gun control also support abortion (liberals), and the ones that are against gun control are also against birth control

        December 15, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Bernie

        Ops ! did not finish the above statement right. the end should say > do not support abortion (conservatives)

        December 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Wow, while today was extremely sad in the worst day ever in America for god sake, Peirce, let the guy who has an opposing opinion speak his mind!!! Gun cotrol to a certain degree is probably needed but all guns are not bad. I believe like many that if more responsible people carried guns more of these tragedys would be prevented potentially.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave Keyston

      Piers,
      Why are you so insecure, downright rude and talking over your guests when it is patently clear you are resistant to truth of the statistics in those cases where gun control has failed dismally? You cannot handle the truth of what actually happens when more qualified people have guns (a la concealed weapons permits, etc.) in violent situations; the crime is curtailed, sometimes even prevented completely. Your irrational unthinking liberal bias destroys any meaningful dialogue and people see you for the fake you really show yourself to be. Pity.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Teacher in Wisconsin - concealed weapon state

      Pierce you are so right it is about corporate profit not about saving lives - it's time this country stood up and said enough is enough – stop the madness! The gun lobbyist convince people that they need to have a gun to protect themselves and the statistics show that having guns doesn't stop the violence. When will this country wake up

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diana Putkovich

      Just watched Mr. Morgan yell over his guests, seriously limiting their chances to respond. There will always be unbalanced people. There will always be evil people. Please google the Bath School tragedy of 1927......

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jayaraman

      Piers – BRAVO!! I just heard your program. I am shocked that people can even support NRA. Keep up the good work!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Bailey

      Keep going Piers. Share your frustration at the stupidity of the gun lobby. As a Brit culturally I think the only people that should have guns are the army. The rhetoric from the NRA must assume that people are morons. I would make the lobbyist stand in front of the kids that survive and explain why!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathleen Super Prendergast

      Piers, you are the ONLY seemingly brave enough to attack the absurd gun lobby. Thank you! Keep at it!! Why on earth does anyone need the semi-automatic rifle? No one outside of military should be allowed to purchase them. I cannot believe the stupid gun lobby makes a case for these. Don't back down. The gun lobby are absolute morons. Not only eliminate the purchase of guns, eliminate the production and sale of them. Make it harder to purchase and make the penalty for owning one EXTREMELY harsh.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Helen Tomlinson

      Very proud of you tonight Piers for standing up to these idiots who try to convince you that two wrongs make a right.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MML

      I agree that we have to substantially curtail the ability to purchase or otherwise obtain guns, but I think there's more to this pattern of recent tragedies. I'll explain:

      I am a lawyer in Texas who has spent the last several years working on several cases against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. This case is based on a very popular antidepressant/anti-anxiety drug that belongs to a class of drugs called SSRIs. Although our cases have focused on birth defects caused by the mother unknowingly exposing her fetus (mother takes drug before she realizes she is pregnant, but because organogenesis occurs so early in pregnant, fetus is already irreversibly damaged) to the drug-which substantially increases the risk of cardiac and other birth defects-we learned through the company's internal docs that the same drug also resulted in a statistically significant, and substantial, increase in suicidal ideations and violent behavior in adolescents and young adults who took the drug.

      I'm writing this because, while I vehemently agree with gun reform, I think the precipitous increases in these horrendous and violent crimes is a result of both gun prevalence and the failure of the FDA to scrutinize clinical trials and prevent drugs with devastating side effects (e.g., increases in violent or suicidal behavior, birth defects, etc.) from either entering the market or being prescribed to a class of patients (like children, adolescents, young adults), who are more likely to experience and/or are the most susceptible to the devastating side effects.

      In our case, we learned that although the drug company had repeated internal studies confirming that the drug increased suicidality in adolescents, they promoted the drug (through doctors-adolescent psychiatrists-paid to speak highly of the drug at continuing medical education events and medical articles ghost written by doctors and published in highly regarded medical journals) as the only effective SSRI for adolescent depression. This is the exact opposite of the truth: all other SSRIs in that class were much safer than this one.

      I realize this departs from the general theme of gun control, but we have to look at all the causes and do whatever we can to stop these tragedies from becoming commonplace.

      It is my opinion that to do that, we have to limit access to guns through federal legislation and seriously examine what types of medications were behind these unspeakable and inexplicable tragedies.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Eveadam

        Interesting angle – the pharmaceutical industry is another that for all the good they potentially do, appear to put profit before safety. As long as there is money to be made, they are prepared to hawk anything even to the detriment of children! They forget that producing dangerous, addictive drugs negatively impact all of us, especially if those who take them are adversely affected and can kill or injure innocent people in car crashes (when impaired), in acts of violence or suicide (where entire families are devastated too). Morality, ethics anyone?

        December 15, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
      • headude

        Amen to this insight regarding drug side effects. There is much to be examined about the behavior from these dangerous drugs.

        December 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        If we stop damaging children's brain with childhood vaccinations, we would not need medications.

        December 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I appreciate the conversation, and I would love to hear a real discussion instead of people interupting and not allowing each other to complete a thought. I would like to consider both points of view to develop and come to my own conclusion. It is a bit disturbing to hear Pierce bully people and not respect each other to discuss differing views. This is the problem we have all over the nation. Poeple dont know how to discuss issues without becoming arrogant and putting others down. Try having a respectful discussion between inteligent people with differing viewpoints. That would be a great example. Stop the rhetoric.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Thank you Piers for speaking the truth. We are infatuated with guns in this country and should use this tragedy to finally enact some reform. Enough about the second amendment. I would love to see our founding fathers come back to life and confront some of the intimidation and lies spewed by misinformed gun enthusiasts. What the $#%^ does a well-regulated militia have to do with disturbed people getting their hands on semi-automatic weapon? Enough already.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • brian myers

      idiots against guns need to look at texas anyone that can pass background checks can carry guns and wait the last and only mass murder thing that happend there that i know of is waco hmmmmmmm nobody knows who has a gun and who doesnt to a point stupid people dont do stupid thing like shoot up public places and there crime rates are some of the lowest in us

      December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • byrnsd52

      Piers morgan needs to get the hell out of the united states and go back to his country. He does make a point but I can't stand when hes asking somebody to answer questions and then interrupt him and won't let him answer everytime... piers needs to shut the hell up and let them answer.. He don't understand america......

      December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Irena

      Piers push more for gun control Why we were asked about everything – gay marriage, casinos you name it why not carry a referendum on guns it sickens me as a mother and a grandmother it has to stop

      December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lucy Joy

      You are my hero! You have the balls( excuse me) to say what you think! I think you are the only one on CNN who is so honest, straight forward and passionate about what you do and what you say!
      We need people like you here in the USA! I loved the way you jus destroyed these pro gun lawmakers tonight!
      Bravo!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Catherine D

      Piers,you are 100% right. A ban on guns is what this country needs. Can somebody please start the NARA (National AGAINST Rifles Association)? I know a lot of people, including myself, that would be thrilled to give money to an anti-NRA organization to try and pry our politicians from the control of those irrational NRA loonies and their lobbyists.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • SD in Texas

        What will you ban once the guns are gone? Are you going to send soldiers door to door to collect them or just expect all honest people to turn theirs' in and not worry about criminals anymore?

        Banning cars, trucks, and motorcycles would prevent driving while intoxicated and save many more lives each year than banning firearms.

        Self defense is a right and driving is only a privilege.

        Being prepared is not the same thing as being paranoid.

        December 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tazi

      Piers,

      I give you cudos for pointing fingers to those unruly, cruel, stone hearted people, those unfortunately make rules for rest of us! Why don't we get to vote on something important like this? Let the people raise their voice against the madness ...

      We don't need to have guns to protect our families against another gun! My point is why is "hunting" still a sport in this country?.. Why can't we bann this killing animal sports??

      What would these politicians do if one of their children or gran children where killed today? How would they feel??
      Just wonder if their moral conscious would change, if that we're to happen!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boris

      Thank you for inviting the most stupid people on the planet when it comes to guns and more guns and 2nd amendment and so on. Each time we have the same scenario on TV: tell me what you see, what was it like inside the school, let' pray for the victims, bla , bla ,bla, but no fundamental questions about the law and why we have people able to buy automatics, rifles, etc, (sorry I am not an expert in guns). This is outrageous. Guns are money and only money. People having guns have a major pathos and we should invest in Education instead of guns. And if we had more educated people here we should not need guns,. How many lives will be taken by the NRA lobby? (psychologists are really needed here). What happen today is terrible and any person related to NRA is a murderer for me .

      December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Catherine

      Thank you, Piers, for voicing what so many of your American viewers are thinking. How dare the NRA say anything after such an atrocity. To insinuate that more guns are the answer? It is ludicrous. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered such an impossible loss. At the same time, let their deaths not be in vain. Let this be the day that Americans take a stand to treasure life more than guns. Thank you, again.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • pablo222

        Where were all you people crying for gun control when a person with a license to carry saved dozens of lives? You act like those events never happen or could not happen. The case where a guy shot a pedophile trying to get into the bedroom of an 11 year old and had was less than a minute from raping and murdering the girl. That happened. I shot a Muslim Man who came to a church to kill every christian inside. He left a video in case you are interested but other than local news it never made national. And it goes on and on and on. The problem is this Criminals can get a gun. In places where guns are banned violent crime is out of control. There are places in the US that allow open carry and those places have zero violent crime since open carry was allowed. Criminals there say they are scared to get shot. This day is a tragedy. But banning guns is not going to be the solution. Russia has one of the most severe gun bans and gun control in the world. They had armed muslim men break into it and kill almost 30 kids. They picked the school because of the shock value. The point is that bad people do bad things. Gun control will never prevent this type of thing no matter how many liars CNN parades on TV.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Vogt

      I very much appreciate Piers Morgan's ire at what is going on with all these gun shootings. I have lived in the Philippines the past two years and these incidents do not happen here. Why? There are armed security guards at every school, shopping malls, banks and any place of assemblage. There are metal detectors everywhere. We in the U.s. need to undertake the same strategy and place both security guards an metal detectors everywhere. The cost? What is the cost of this versus the cost of life? Lets get moving and take action! Keep up the great work Piers! Thank you!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      I am a gun owner and I support reasonable gun control laws. We can do more but we know that will not stop the killing. However, I have lost all respect for Piers Morgan as a journalist. Why does he even bother to have guests on as he did tonight and last ngiht then never stop screaming his personal opinion and passion. It is an embarrassment to watch this unprofessional behavior. If you want to rant, do have guests on, just sit there and rant. I would have more respect for you. He did nothing but scream disrespectfully at his guests. I will not watch him any longer because he has lost credibility as a journalist and CNN should terminiate him if they cannot rein in his ranting.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        He has a bad habit of doing that by spewing his liberal ideology and talking over guests he does not agree with.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Please keep the pressure on regarding changing our country's ridiculous aversion to strengthening gun control. There are simply no excuses for the NRA to have the power to prevent change in the laws. We also must offer mental health programs that are accessible and affordable for families. We began to see a dismantling of public mental health programs during the Reagan administration...and we are paying a big price for this now with too few resources.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry Marsh

      Piers if you don't like our gun laws. Take your ass back to the U.K. We have the right to bare arms. It is terrible that these shootings have occurred. But if you had a teachers or other employees in that school that who were legally allowed to carry a firearm. Lives would have been saved. Nothing will stop these wackos from committing theses murders. If guns are banned criminals will still have guns, They don't care about gun bans or they will find another way to kill. Don't push your tight ass British ways on Americans. The Brits tried that once before and it didn't work.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Petra

      There should definitely be stricter regulations in order to obtain a handgun. But the real heart of the matter comes from our society eg. violent video games, lack of parental supervision, lack of discipline in schools...We should control the madmans tools, but address why these people are popping up more frequently than ever before....

      December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • byrnsd52

      Piers morgan needs to take his ass back to his country...He constantly condemes what americans do and out life.. When he asked someone to answer a question he constantly interupts them and won't let them answer it.. I can't stand him...He is an idiot and if he don't america go the heck back to your country.....

      December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cheryl

        Finally someone is not afraid of the NRA. Does the NRA exist in England? I think not.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petra

      There should definitely be stricter regulations in order to obtain a handgun. But the real heart of the matter comes from our society eg. violent video games, lack of parental supervision, lack of discipline in schools...We should control the madmans tools, but address why these people are popping up more frequently than ever before.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kathleen schofield

      My heart is so hurting for the families who lost little ones today.
      I don't think this terrible loss is due to guns. The issue is mental illness and the appalling lack of help and attention for the mentally ill. The policy of pushing the mentally ill out to cope as best as they can is dangerous and heartbreaking for the ones who suffer from it. Yelling about gun control is obscuring the issue.
      Put the attention where it is due.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • William

      Crazy sad day. I don't agree with most of what you say, but as an outdoorsman, parent, and grandparent, I think assault rifles should be highly regulated. Though, it seems in todays instance anyway, as well as the incident in Portland the other day, more regulation would have not helped at all. The persons in both cases who did the killing, obtained the guns from someone else. A kindergarten teacher would likely be one of the safest people in the world to allow to own a firearm of any type. Her mental son should have had no access to those guns whatsoever. I honestly believe more should be done and enforced when guns are bought and sold, but I think that treating this as a psycological issue needs to be the fore thought. Just my opinion, dear God this is sad. Mass killers will kill, if not by gun, then by many many other means. Address mental illness.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl mcraven

      Piers, Thank You so much for not being afraid of the NRA. The only purpose of a gun is to kill. How can anyone defend having one? I have survived 66 years without ever owning any kind of gun. I have never thought having a gun would make me safer. America needs to get over the love of the gun and grow up. It's a deadly TOY.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FormerUSMarine

      Piers,

      We used guns to eradicate your countrymen and your ideals, over 236 years ago. It makes me sick that we've ALLOWED your kind to return and fill our airwaves with your rubbish. We've allowed you to attempt to impose your beliefs on us once again; put one of our fellow Americans down on national television for standing up for a RIGHT we hold dear because of YOUR ancestors. Today's events were incomprehensible, indeed. However, If you don't like it, GO BACK! We sent your forefathers there centuries ago. You are merely a GUEST here and in my opinion, DO NOT have a say in our way of life! I watched your show for the first time tonight, it will surely be my last!!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • tatonka

        BRAVO!!!!! Excellent statement.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andree Bodemann

        Deport the turd.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      With all of the mass shootings that have happened over the last 20 plus years, and there have been many. Why have we not heard about even one of them being stopped or even attempted to have been stopped by by someone else who had happened to have been there with a gun? Fact is, that reasoning is completely ludicrous. The US has more than 300 MILLION guns and not one has EVER deterred one of these massacres! Maybe 300 million more guns might do the trick? I agree with Piers, when are we going to wake up and realize it's NONSENSE!!!!!!!!! Don't stop Piers, Please?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan Jakubowski

      Piers, way to call out the pro gun guest on the show tonight. I feel your emotion, and it is in alignment with mine, and a majority of Americans. Thanks for being genuine. All of us who are proponents for tougher gun laws need to stand up and make our voices heard.And yes, all of us need to check our inner spirit. it is up to each one of us, each day, to chose to do good , or not. Love & Respect for others is contagious as well. I pray that we all keep the faith, and not let evil win.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      I tuned in to your show late this evening while you were in the midst of the shouting going on between your four guests. Unfortunately, I didn't catch their names except for the Democratic Congressman from New York but the gentleman that was seated across from you, on the far left, is representative of the problems the nation faces in regards to gun control.

      I was raised around guns. My family firmly believed in the right to bear arms and that belief transferred to me. Slowly but surely my thoughts and beliefs regarding gun control have swung from one extreme to the other. I'm a school teacher and coach and the Columbine tragedy forced me to reassess my beliefs. The tragedy that happened today is so maddening because it's just another in a long line of similar tragedies and it won't be the last. I have come to believe that there is absolutely no excusable reason for owning assault weapons or pistols. As many know, the only purpose of the pistol is to harm other humans. That is their only function so why are Americans, regardless of background, allowed to purchase them? It's completely asinine that our government, in office to serve, allows the continued manufacture and purchase of handguns and assault weapons. The ONLY people that should be allowed to carry a pistol are law enforcement and military.

      This has to be the end of the madness. It must stop. When my children grow up I want this country to be safer than it was when I was a child. If something drastic is not enacted then this type of tragedy will continue to occur.

      I have a license to carry and own a pistol. Like so many others, I became certified to carry because I was concerned about MY safety. I would be willing to give it up right now as some kind of initiative to rid this country of these weapons.

      I apologize for the long winded rant that really says nothing more than what millions of others are feeling but I have to vent. I live in Texas and when I heard about this it was a gut shot that really got to me. I'm tired of these events. When will we wake up and fix it?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Anthony Keogh

        You fix it by taking action. Be proactive, call your Congressman, take any and all actions available to you in your daily life. Let people know that you want this to change. Dont watch violent TV and dont let your family watch violent TV.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pablo222

      It is incredible the number of liars like Pierce Morgan who come out of the woodwork each time there is a tragedy like this one. 1st. Stop the Euro comparison. The US is larger than any country in Europe by a significant amount. Like comparing Apples and oranges. Scotland had a gun ban for years before they restricted it more. What the liars do not want to tell you is the complete numbers by percent of population of violence. It is greater than it was before the Ban. Compare say North Dakota to Scotland as the populations would then be about the same. 2nd Stop using examples where gun control was in place. Why not report on the good examples of guns saving lives. There are many many examples. The case in Texas where a guy with an Uzi who was an illegal alien was shot after firing 3 rounds saving dozens. The is some open carry cities in the US that have zero crime violent crime. 3rd the issue is not the gun but the laws concerning mental illness and the reporting and evaluation of people who need to be off the street. The actions of an extreme few most of which is mentally ill does not make the whole bad. I am all for passing a mental exam before you get to buy a gun or license and then having to pass it again with the renewal of a license. That is a better solution than the stupidity being spewed by morons of ban all guns now. I have saved my life and at the least 30 others from a Muslim man who wanted to kill all Christians in a church. I saw him pull a gun. I pulled mine and he got off only 1 round that luckily hit no one.
      Please stop the campaign of the liars like Pierce Morgan against guns. Police react to crime most of the time. They are almost never there to protect. And in truth, I have found private licensed gun owners to be several times better shots than law enforcement officers most of whom only practice when qualifications come around every couple years. Where as license people often practice at the very least once every 3 months.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Piers your missing one thing in all you screaming and ranting. You are not addressing the main point it isn't the guns it's the people. You keep wanting guns taken away. I have 3 kids and a responsible gun owner, adult and parent know what gun control is. Your making government that you do not vote on or have any say push for reform....How is it in the country that your from where gun ownership is not allowed still have issues with shootings. Address this issue also not that all Americans are bad. Be right in your own house before casting stones. I feel very sorry for what happened and do not condone the actions by the person. So in. A simple form go after the owners if they are stupid for how they keep and store their guns......people kill people Guns are an inanimate object and do no harm when kept and stored properly.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • brandon

      Piers, its idiots like you in America that dont realize that issue isnt about a gun its about the wrong people using them thats the problem. There does need to be a mental screening, but you can pass all the gun laws you want but there will still be guns.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken Meyer

      Piers -

      I was totally appalled at your insufferable, sanctimonious totally rude treatment of the gun defender on your show tonight. The bottom line is that, if you invite someone to participate in your show and he/she is not cursing up a storm, you need to shut the f up and let them present their cases. There are things that can be done to address gun violence, but I'm damn sure not going to give up mine, because home invasions are not that rare around here, and I anticipate that this society may well dissolve into anarchy at some point, and the inevitable marauders are not going to take me without a fight. Legit gun owners are as appalled as you are - arguably more so because these events reflect badly on us - about these tragic events, but your shouting your invited guests down is not a rational alternative to any attempt at a solution.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tim

      I feel for the people involved in this terrible incident. The common denominator here in all these recent shootings is the age of the people involved. Our country has lost it's moral values and the up bring our children have now is not the way it has been in the past. More gun control is not going to change anything look at Germany when Hitler took all the guns if you that believe no more guns is good , then I suggest that you watch the movie on line called " The Agenda" this is where we are headed if the anti gunners get there way. Communism or as you current government calls it "progressive " watch the movie "The Agenda" it will open your eyes to what is coming,not the end of the world but the end of FREEDOM!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Pierce...
      Please keep up the fight for the innocent and do not give the NRA a voice!
      Aa a parent to a 3 year little girl, I feel priviledge to be able to kiss her goodnight; however, 20 parents are not so fortunate!
      If people can not control themselves, then the Govt has an obligation to act. The only logical solution is to reduce the number of guns – not only limit the availability, but the total numbers of firearms. How can the US society accept the NRA`s solution (including pro gun activist) that more guns is the solution – would anyone accept that teachers and others carry weapons as a meand to reduce violent crimes. Guns are meant to kill!!
      As a citizen of Canada and the world, the US may be the "land of the free"`but at what price! My heart is with those 20 parents who`s kids are not coming home tonight... what a tragedy.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eveadam

      I'm so frustrated!! Piers, like you, I moved here from England, though originally from W Africa and lived in other European countries. Nowhere have I seen so much violence! In a class in college here, I raised the question of the abundance of guns here and almost got attacked in class for attmepting to question the 2nd Amendment! As I said then and still maintain, the founding fathers did not envision a society of assault weapons and the Amendment refers to 'an armed militia', not each other. They were smart men who would welcome a revisit of what they wrote if the times have changed. A few years later, I wrote to Oprah asking how many times we were going to have vigils and change NOTHING!! After that was Columbine, then since then countless mass shootings, countless individual losses of lives due to gun violence and we are still afraid to even discuss a change??!! Are we so afraid of the NRA and the gun lobbyists that we are willing to take the chance that this won't one day affect us or someone close to us? Piers, I hear you frustration and know how people think you can't possibly understand because you are not American-born and that somehow you are anti-American or disloyal. It is precisely because we care, that we speak out. Maybe having a different perspective can be a good thing. Having so much gun violence and so many people locked up in the US is indicative of a systemic problem and burying our heads in the sand of acting like we can never learn a new way is naive and/or arrogant. I walk the streets at all hours in London and feel relatively safe; don't see armed guards in banks, shops, schools and even fast food places! We have to be bold and MAKE a change! How many more innocent people will die before we DO SOMETHiNG! Gun control is a start, there are definitely other angles such as the proliferation of violent movies and games. We desensitize our youth with all this violence and the breakdown in respect for each other, especially for our elders. Lets stop merely talking and make a change!!! We are better than that; we don't need guns to make us a strong nation. It is respect that makes you great, not just force.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pamela Stewart

      Why can't anyone ever consider amending the 2nd amendment, updating it ? Why is it considered holy ? Honestly, I don't come close to getting it. With no guns allowed in this country, within a decade this murdurous situation could be turned around. " Guns don't kill people, people kill people" . Have you heard enough of that ? How could this shooter have done what he did to all these children in one fell swoop without a gun. . A knife? Probably not. A rope? Probably not. A gun distances cowards. No school, no courthouse, no airport can keep these mentally unstable maniacs away. Changing the 2nd amendment can. Where is our courage as a nation ?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Heather

      Piers – Thank you for your passionate arguments on behalf of gun control. I did a great deal of research on this issue when I worked as a legislative aide in our state legislature and there's no question that stronger gun control laws and better enforcement of these laws is instrumental in preventing individual gun deaths and massacres that are now commonplace in this country. Too many pro-gun lobbyists and their members lie/pontificate/intimidate/interrupt/shout down, etc. anyone who refuses to accept the illogical and increasingly deadly argument that more guns promote fewer gun deaths and injuries. I'm glad you challenged him – too few people in the media challenge them when they obfuscate the truth and prevent any discussion of the facts or opposing arguments. I hope this terrible tragedy and the memory of so many others stiffens Congress' resolve to pass and add include resources to enforce more stringent gun control laws and ban sales of assault rifles, etc. to the public.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Johnny Cakes

        Be honest. Please do some research. Wherever guns are banned – criminals thrive. Chicago, New York – guns are banned yet they break record crime levels each year. They banned guns in Australia – violent crime has increased by 300% since implementation of the ban. I want you to think about this... Right now... two men break into your home,,, they are bent upon robbing, raping, and killing you. Can the Police help you at this very minute? No. If you had a gun, could you likely stop these things from happening? Yes. If you didn't, you are at their mercy. Please, think about it. You may wish to let these things happen to you. But don't call for anything that prevents me from protecting my family.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • KoolK

        Well said Johnny...

        December 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Cakes

      Who in the hell are you to tell me what I need, or how I should protect my family, friends or property? Your complete ignorance of the 2nd Amendment is made manifest and completely laid bare. The 2nd Amendment wasn't created only for defense against criminals. It was designed to allow citizens to protect themselves from tyranny. "Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defence of the country, the over-throw of tyranny, or in private self-defense." – JOHN ADAMS You're overly emotional reaction to the acts of a mentally deranged individual shows a lack of self control on your part. Lastly, do you ever notice that these shootings occur in places where firearms are banned? Why is that? Could it be because the criminal knows that nobody will be there to stop him?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Heather

        That's not what the Second Amendment says. Try reading it.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • pablo222

        Heather, Why not look up the definition of militia and its definitions applied in the late 1700s. You may be shocked to learn that the poster is more correct than you realized.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      Piers, I wish you didn't enter into a shouting match by speaking over your guests during your interview with the pro- anti- gun folks... I really wanted to hear what both sides has to say.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patricia Littlefield

      Piers, I agree with you completely, and thank you for speaking up on the issue. I believe that the 2nd Amendment was meant to guarantee the right to maintain a militia. I think in another generation, it will more difficult to defend. I hate to put this way, but if we all boycott these shopping malls, we might gain some wider conservative support when the wheels of commerce are threatened by the free-wheeling commerce of guns. The gun lobby responses are not very logical nor do they demonstrate much empathy, It's rather disturbing.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Heather

      I have to disagree with Pierce's view on gun control because if evil people are willing to break the law and kill someone, they will break the law and acquire a gun...or build a bomb...or run them over with their car... or stab them...or poison them...or just about anything else they need to do in order to kill. It is not the guns. Holy crap, get it through your heads...The people are crazy. Pierce, brought up an incident involving where someone had gone to a school and stabbed a bunch of children....he said at least those children were just injured. Well, hypothetically, if it were reversed and the gun laws were stricter, who's to say that instead of a gun, that kid wouldn't have just built a bomb? It seems trivial to fight about gun control when the real issues should focus on finding out why these seemingly "normal" people snap. (Of course, we all know they aren't normal, and I after everything always comes out, I always wonder how the people around them couldn't tell something was wrong with these individuals....but...that's how it goes.) Gun control should be the last thing on anyone's mind, and if the media is going to blast this all over the place then their focus should be on useful ways of helping people, not debates to draw ratings. I understand, of course, that is the only thing really worth worrying about, however, I could really use a little less stupidity in my tv viewing. By the way, no, I am not a republican, and no, I don't like them at all...just thought I'd throw that out there too.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • KoolK

        Well said... mystified...

        December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Thomas

      I cannot imagine the pain and grieve all these victims families are currently going through. My prayers go out to all the victims families.
      The world in general is just shocked with this horrible news. Someone needs to do something in Congress, as all this violence needs to stop and now.
      Pierce, please keep on pressing the gov though your program, so we can get some sort of gun control law approved.
      The sad thing is that we usually see that people get motivated in order to press congress, only when these type of events happen.
      Lets take action now and prevent something like this happens again.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chris78

      gun laws are great for law abbiding citizens,but for criminals it doesn't matter. as the NRA has said, and stands true, you can take all the guns away from gun owners and guess what? the criminals are still going to get them. it is called the black market- that is where criminals get their guns & their drugs, you know something else that most people do not use, but is yet still here. and did i mention drugs are illegal & have been, but once again they are still here. illegal guns (about 99%) are used in more shooting then legally owned guns (about 1%). so it is pointless to say gun control it the overall answer, because it is not. it is just restriction for people that do not use their guns illegally. i guess we should get rid privately own pools because kids & adults drownd in each year. lets get rid of cars because people drink, then drive & kill innocent people each year. how about knives, no more kitchen knives because people die each year from being stabbed- yes this means your favor steak knives too, so when it is time to cut your steak, turkey, ham etc you will have to just pull it apart with your hands. if you can't oh well. guns, cars, knives or anything else doesn't kill people themselves, people kill people. and for piers, they said in the report that the bushmaster .223 rifle was still in the car, not in the school as piers stated as he argue with the guys he was talking too. i think if you see something that is not right or you don't think is right about someone, you should report it. if they have mental issues they can use anything to hurt or kill anyone, maybe it might be a baseball bat, you know the all american sport item that people have use to beat & kill people with. so are you going to make it illegal to own a baseball bat too? i would love to see that debate for piers to stand behind that debate.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Smith

      Piers I think pointing fingers as you do, and blaming guns is the wrong thing to do during these trajic times. I am a gun owner and have a child in the house, but all my weapons are locked up at all times and are only available to me. I think in this case the mother knew her son was mentally ill and should not have her guns available to him at any time.
      REGARDLESS, how does the government keep these crimes away from airports, court houses, and many other public buildings? The same way I do in my own home, SECURITY. The same type of security and technology we put in these public airports, and buildings should also be installed in schools, because our children are just as important. Why are you not discussing this on the air instead of trying to put the blame on guns. So many guns already exist on the streets and will not be going anywhere. Lets figure out a solution to the security of the schools.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian in Canada

      I watch your show every day and enjoy it. I have one BIG OBSERVATION re the guests/specialists/lobbyists on your recent shows on firearm control. Seems the Pro-gun guests become loud, rude, very intrusive, interruptive and they butt-in and raise their voices when your other guests are trying to express an opposite opinion in healthy debate. If you can't legitimately out-debate a person I suppose their logic is to out-shout them.Their behaviour doesn't do their cause any good. Rather it makes them look like... well whatever.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve Baggett

      First and foremost , I am a sworn Law Enforcement Officer, and a Democarat on most social issues. But I sometimes feel I am repoblican on issues of Crime and Justice (Totally disagree with the N.R.A). I believe in the death penalty and locking them up. But I want to plant something in peoples mind and ask a question. I live in Illinois and we just became the last state to be forced by federal appeals courts to put in place have " carry conceal rights" and now have to put the law in place in 180 days. We have had many mass shootings all over this country , no state is safe. With all these people talking about and demanding that they be allowed to carry conceal weapons , where are you all when these mass shootings happen. Arizona, outside a strip mall or a movie theater in Colorado , etc. They want to carry a weapon but they don't want the responsibilties that come with it like sworn officers. Sworn Certified officers have to submit to background checks and months of situational training. You tell me that in all of these mass shootings , there was nobody with a carry conceal permitted weapon that could have possibly lowered the death counts. ARIZONA , what come on . A super crowded movie theater at midnight in Colorado. This person could have been the Biggest National Hero. I can Read the headlines now, "Private Citizen Using his Carry Conceal Permitted Weapon to Stop what could have been a Mass Shooting In a Colorado Movie Theater" !! I'm sorry but you have to pose this question , if not think about it. And N.R.A , since when do people need a 50 round capacity magazine to hunt or even sport shoot. If somebody breaks in your house, and you cant hit somebody with 10 rounds surrender your house and property to that robber as his prize !

      December 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tim

      Those of you that hate guns and want to ban them should watch "Agenda the grinding down of America" it is on the web. If you want to live in a communist country that is where we will be if you get your way. The reason we have not been invaded is because we have the right to bear arms. If you think that " Red Dawn" was just a movie then keep walking around with your head in the sand. There is going to be some really bad crap happen in the next four years. When that time comes you will wish that you had guns to protect your family .

      December 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Irene Merlin

      Why is no one reading the Second Amendment in its entirety and recognizing that the right to bear arms refers to those in a well regulated militia, which today is the National Guard, Reserve Military, Active Duty Military and Law Enforcement. Gun ownership is tied to being ready to fight for your country at a moments notice regardless of age or physical condition as was the case in the Colonial era, and early days of the US. If you are not a member of a "militia" the right to bear arms does not apply to you.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • tatonka

        Yes!!
        Try reading ALL of it!
        THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Piers, I find you and all the other people who think all problems will go away when gun laws are changed just narrow minded and hollow between the ears.
      I am very saddened by what happened today, it brought me to tears. I could not imagine the horror of what happened in that school. I am a father that would have gone crazy if it happened to my boy.
      I just understand that if someone wants to kill, they will find a way to do it. Are we going to stop the sale of fertilizer since Oklahoma City? Should we not allow gasoline sales into hand held containers? Should we not allow cars? All of these can be used to commit mass murder. You have got to realize that guns are not the problem, it is far deeper than that, but the narrow mindedness of your quick to blame reaction has you believing it is the problem.
      If you want to banish firearms or try to limit the current laws, go find another country to live, it’s not a coincidence that the right to bear arms was the 2nd amendment of which our founding fathers believed.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • david sattler

      piers,
      here in America WE have something called the Bill of Rights we will not give them up for crack pots like you.Sure this shooting is a damn shame to say the least,But I won't give up the right to keep and bear arms because of it. That is the only thing that stands in the way of what YOU have in England.Without the second amendment the Constiution is only a idea.. I certainly don't need you that bows to a Queen to tell me what I can have. Who are you tryining to kid? In your country only the aristocrats can have firearms. Thats one reason we got rid of the english. So please take your red coat and go back to England and kiss the queens butt where the people have no rights but to do that.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wade

      thank you Piers for voicing tonight what so many of us are feeling...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Piers is the biggest fool on cable news, first he knows nothing about America and its laws and he wants to bring his british laws to America. There is a reason why CNN is dead last in cable news ratings. Left wing buts like piers and the fool named ted turner. I prey for those fools and those who follow the two demons.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • eric deppert

      Once again, Piers Morgan should be fired from CNN. Audiences don't need to be lectured or watch an irrate host
      scream over the opinions of his guest in order to drown them out. Piers was accused of jumping to conclusions by a psychiatrist in an earlier segment, saying that Piers had one particular viewpoint and that it was simply unknown and inaccurate for Piers to perpetuate his beliefs. He's guilty of the same thing again, here. He believes that if guns did not exist, that the world would be a peaceful place. BULL! Sick people exist everywhere. They'll find whatever they need to massacre people, whether it's a home-made bomb, a box cutter, an airplane, toxic gas, etc... CNN should not be in the business of having their shows deliver polemics. It will backfire on their ratings. I TURNED OFF his show and probably won't watch for several weeks.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • e jensen

      Piers should be leading and handling the program and leave the talking to his quests, giving every person his time slot.He lost control and his temper and are unprofessional with his one sided view......He also attacked his quest integrity by telling them to come back "after they changed their minds", he ended up doing all the talking making sure his own view is given...typical English.... truly I don't know what CNN is doing with unprofessional anchors of that caliber on its payroll....put him back on some game show where he can slam underage kids with his English sarcasm.

      The main problem is the American society and school system with their State programs of dishing out isotropic and psychotropic drugs to 99% of children....and adults, relating to a mental sick community....and again somebody is laughing to the bank on the backs of these deaths....it is not guns that should be controlled but the drugs and people dishing it out following it up with all kinds of excessive violent electronic games and play stations...

      If all guns are taken away these sick people will kill innocent people by other means...like mass poisoning or something....get of your marijuana box cart and regulate your drug administration and you would see the difference even unbiased people like Piers Morgan will then be able to grasp where the problem lies.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • PryoutofmyhandwhenIamdead

      Piers, if you are so dead against guns then why don't you go back to England and live in harmony. America was founded and won it's independence with the use of guns. America thwarted Britain's attempt at recolonization in 1812 with our guns. America saved Britain twice from the Germans with our guns. Like everybody, I abhor the senseless deaths of innocent victims of any type of violence but your argument falls on death ears here. Until the day comes when the Adam Lanza's of the world are unable to obtain guns I have no intention of ever surrendering mine.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Francis

      What gives Piers the right to spout off about anti-gun material ,when he isn't an American? Look how great the anti-gun laws work in his country.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • NK

        Francis so you call your self an American, where did you come from? Who gives you the right to question Piers this way? No Piers is not an American so what? He is not only right he is questioning what is wrong in America. That's a good thing. People like you are to root cause of this decline in America. Get of your pompom ass and start seeing and feeling what's wrong in America today. Then go fix it instead of bulling and calling names to people.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • NK

        Oops! Francis so you call your self an American, where did you come from? Who gives you the right to question Piers this way? No Piers is not an American so what? He is not only right he is questioning what is wrong in America. That's a good thing. People like you are are the root cause of this decline in America. Get of your pompom ass and start seeing and feeling what's wrong in America today. Then go fix it instead of bulling and calling names to people.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Friends of RC

      Sad day indeed. My heart weeps for every single family and friends of this horrific tragedy that took place at the school. My heart weeps even more because we the silent majority in America have been kept blinded by our media from what we are to see or not. US made wars have been killing innocent babies, children, teachers, mothers, aunties, old and young alike. They have killed them in there homes, they have killed them at wedding, in open fields, in villages and now they now kill them using drones sitting thousands of miles away far away from our media, far away from cameras and our local media. They call these innocent unarmed people terrorist.... We don't see there faces, we don't see there fear, we don't hear there cries. Wake up America our hands are soaked in blood and we the silent majority still walk away. Look what happening in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and soon to be in Iran?
      How many of you saw faces of little kids named Husain, Zanib or Amina and hundreds more killed in Gaza by US made guns and ammunition? Why did you stay quiet?

      December 15, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hemyola Shantini

      And how many more prescription drugs be given to kids and adults, whose side effects are violent killings?
      I am all for living without guns and without mind altering and dangerous drugs.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • headude

      Piers, there is so much more to this issue than passing another gun control law. That is perhaps the LEAST effective measure. We have plenty of gun laws. Let's think about: 1) the culture of violence in our young people's lives; video games, horror movies, TV violence, drugs (medications and recreational), etc.; 2) the lack of involvement by many parents (both, or one or the other) in their children's lives that could serve to instill better values than the culture in "1" above; 3) intelligent solutions from an American perspective (sorry, most Brits, Canucks and Euros...you just do not seem to understand the nature of a country that has at its foundation, the principles of liberty and freedom and the NECESSITY of our second amendment). By addressing these perspectives perhaps an intelligent DIAlogue can be engaged in. This does not mean talking over your guests simply because they do not have a viewpoint that harmonizes with your own. You are the rudest talk show host I know, right up there next to Whoopi Goldberg and Roseanne, truly myopic, unthinking and biased in your pretentiousness to engage in any degree of fairness. A boor and a sham!

      I have spent most of my adult life in the alternative health and healing profession. I truly yearn for the national, state and local environment of mutual respect, appreciation and laissez-faire, due any citizen in a responsible society. Yet, I understand that in a strictly AMERICAN society not all people will abide by common sense laws and respect and love one another. If you had listened to the guest you had on your program concerning the right to carry concealed weapons you would have learned something valuable, even more if you had indeed read his book.

      I propose the following to secure our schools (patterned after comments by Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-OR):

      This proposal is applicable to any state (note, not a Federal program) that has “concealed carry” permits for handguns, or any state willing to enact legislation to allow residents of that state “concealed carry” authority for handguns. If this premise is true, then, any state could enact legislation to require one, or allow both, of the following:

      — (Option 1) Allow any qualified school administrator or teacher to voluntarily take appropriate training for a “concealed carry” permit who is willing to act in the event of an appropriate school situation. Upon proper qualification that school administrator or teacher would agree to carry securely or lock in an easily accessible area a loaded handgun that they alone can access in the event of an appropriate situation that develops on school grounds. Any number of school administrators or teachers willing to fulfill this role would be allowed to qualify. The school district could determine if those willing to participate in such a program would be compensated in a manner that would augment their normal compensation (hourly, weekly, monthly, etc.), or allow the individual to provide this service gratis, if they so desired, or, if they would be compensated for their action as the situation evolved, in a manner determined by the state or the local school district (pre-determined amount or special award/bonus, etc). If no one is willing or able to volunteer for such an added responsibility in their school, then;

      — (Option 2) Failing the above, every school district could budget and have at least one armed and trained security person at each and every school during all school hours that would respond to any needful situation. This is a less desirable option as any malevolent individual bent on such an act as has occurred in past school situations would likely target a known security person first. Not knowing who had a weapon, and was willing to use it (as in option 1), would deter many more such acts in our schools than a hired security person (option 2).

      The above would be a template appropriate for other areas of concern that need security, such as malls, theaters, restaurants, any business or public place where violence has or could occur, though the cost may be borne by private enterprise in some instances, rather than the public purse.

      In fact, exactly this did occur in the situation in Clackamas, OR. After the first two shots were fired, an individual with a concealed carry permit, who had his gun on him, pulled it out. The bad guy saw it (while and as he was having a malfunction in his weapon), and while the good guy did not shoot him (there were innocent people just behind the bad guy who could have been shot should he not hit the bad guy), it was apparently enough that the bad guy ran into a nearby stairwell and the next shot he fired was to kill himself. In that situation it is hard to imagine a better outcome. Especially when one thinks about the fact that every single attempt at mass killing in the last 10+ years (save one) had been in an area where guns were not permitted.

      No law will keep the lawless from committing a crime. And, the police cannot be everywhere at once. Qualified individuals that may be carrying a legal firearm (re: concealed carry permit) can serve as a deterrent like no other. This has been proven time and again through statistics in every case, if you are willing to look honestly, unbiased. (Crime goes DOWN when there is concealed carry; see Florida and Alabama as examples. On the contrary, crime rises when guns are confiscated or turned in or outlawed; Australia is a perfect example.)

      December 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin Lewellyn Sr

      The sensless shooting in Sandy Hook definatly puts a black cloud over the holiday season. It is saddening and sickening. This, along with the other senseless shootings that have become all to common anymore will certainly ignite the gun control debate in the United States. As Americans we need to address this issue and try to find solution that we can live with. I am a gun owner and support the 2nd amendment right to bare arms. I know that other Americans are dynamically opposed to guns and wish them banned. We as AMERICANS need to debate this and not allow aliens within our boundries to influence our decisions.. I find it troubling that people like Piers Morgan are trying to influence this debate when they are not citizens. If he and other non citizens are not comfortable with our right to bare arms then they should return to their homeland when firearms are banned. This debate is for "We the People of the United States of America" and not foreigners.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Do not be fooled. "We the people", we do not have a voice. Our Politicians make the decisions based on big contributors We the people, are been terrorized from Shopping Malls, Churches, Safeway Parking Lots, Movie Theaters and we are educating our elementary school children that for the love of guns 20 children to spend the night at their school in a puddle of blood. The Second Amendment is terrorizing and is been abused, therefore it's time for change. The Amendment is outdated because it was enacted prior to the Civil War at which time, not all States were free States.

        December 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tarwine

      American gun owners grieve just as much as non firearm owners when children are senselessly murdered; and we sympathize as American families who hate violence (gun-related or not) just as furiously as those who refrain from gun ownership.

      I am a gun owner and a member of the NRA. I am also a father who is sorely grieved at my stomach for these families as any family man in America would be.

      Sadly there is much dis-information in the news on the character & motivations of gun owners during time like these and too much angry slander towards those of different opinion on how to solve the same problem of preventing mass murder. Some media vilify gun owners as less loving or careless people who condone or enable violence against our families. This tragic event which should be uniting our country against crime and violence has unfortunately been used to divide well intended people with different opinions on gun rights or how to prevent mass violence.

      Why was the heroic principal of the school who lunged at the attacker with her bare hands (or any qualified adult at the school) not legally enabled to defend her school children against an armed gunman?

      IRREFUTABLE FACTS:
      1. You CANNOT take ALL guns from BAD guys who get their guns illegally simply by restricting legal gun sales.

      2. You can't take guns from law abiding Americans w/o creating mass fear, civil unrest, and potentially violent resistance from normally peaceful citizens, this would create violence needlessly and not resolve the issue with fact 1.

      3. If the principal lunging with her bare hands or one of the teachers/staff were armed & shot back, the tragedy could have been mitigated & possibly prevented. Law abiding owners voluntarily leave their guns at home in places with false sense of security with signs declaring guns banned. A fully armed Aurora shooter would not had as many victims if bullets were flying back at him & properly aimed pistol could have easily knocked the shooter down despite his extensive body armor.

      Let teachers & principals carry guns if they are registered permit holders. Allow employees to carry their legal firearms concealed where no armed guards exist. Of course courts and airports have massive security, and if a school has a large police presence, then fine don't allow there, but there is an alternative present protective force.

      We all want the same thing: Peace & Security in a non-violent world. But there are villains and police react – Law enforcement cannot be everywhere at once.

      There is a historic reason guns have been called Peacemakers over the years. So pray for peace for these families and peace in this country between all of us as we work to resolve this problem.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • headude

        Well said.

        I pray for this nation, that it truly thinks things through before acting impulsively and simply reacting (through additional gun control) in a manner that will not serve or solve the problem, and at the same time destroys or infringes upon their overall freedom, protection and liberty. American people PLEASE think about the consequences of tragic situations like this and look at what WORKS, not at what emotion cries out for and which never truly resolves or addresses the real issue.

        December 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Splummer

      First and foremost I would like to say how sad and sickened I am about what happened in my home state. I am a father of two middle school children ages eleven and thirteen. I have seen on many news programs people wanting to ban certain weapons, and magazine capacities. People ask why someone would need a ar 15 or assault rifle? Why would someone need a corvette if all you need is a Honda civic to get back and forth to work. People say that the assault rifle is only used to "kill people". If that was true then how come I haven't harmed anyone several years ago when I began collecting? Ask yourself how many people that you know personally lost their life from assault rifles and how many from automobiles, cigarettes and alcohol?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Splummer

      Piers,
      Mexico their are only 5000 registered firearms in the whole country, yet there where 47000 firearm murders in the years 2009-2012. Look it up. Also, had the Jews had owned assault weapons, I am sure that there would have been less dead during Hitlers time in office. Read a book.
      Splummer

      December 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • casualsuede

      I'm not a gun advocate, heck, I've never even held a gun. I am terribly saddened when I see the faces of the 27 killed. However, Piers Morgan's behavior at this "town hall" is beyond rude. This isn't a town hall, this is the arrogant jerk holding court.

      How CNN sees this as objective journalism, or even a "conversation" is beyond me. These is no "conversation" going on here, just someone's agenda.

      December 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cheryl

        I think it says a lot that the person least afraid of the nra is not from this country.

        December 22, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        The only way to control guns is to require all gun sales to be made at gun stores. If someone wants to sell a gun they would need to sell it to a gun store. If someone has a gun that's not registered they would need to pass a background check or have the gun confiscated.

        December 23, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • headude

        Cheryl, controlling guns is NOT the problem. You only have to go back and look at the history and statistics to see that the facts illustrate that it is mentally deranged people that may get ahold of a weapon. Why punish the law-abiding while destroying freedom and liberty by approaching the problem with a solution that is proven not to work? I fail to understand that mind-set. Good, effective solutions might center around 1) better mental evaluations; 2) allowing concealed carry volunteers in places such as schools, malls, theaters, etc. (again, PROVEN to reduce deaths in situations like Newtown— see http://dailyanarchist.com/2012/07/31/auditing-shooting-rampage-statistics/); 3) have at least one qualified/trained armed security person in every school (again, PROVEN to reduce the carnage in situations like we have recently seen). THINK these things through with EFFECTIVE solutions. I wonder, are you an American? Do you understand what it means to be an American? Are you familiar with history? Do you know what happened to those people who relinquished all their firearms just before WWII in Germany, the ones that ended up being herded by the MILLIONS into concentration camps? PLEASE people, please do justice to the tragedy that just happened (and others like it). We want to reduce and eliminate such instances in the future. We MUST do that with EFFECTIVE solutions (and we have all the history, facts and statistics to bear out what exactly is effective, if we are willing to take the time to look).

        December 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        Apparently people are unaware there was an armed security guard at Columbine who was unable to stop the gunman.

        December 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        I'm 66yrs old. I've lived in L.A. , Denver, and Phoenix. I've never purchased or owned a gun. Never thought it would make me any safer. Protection is just another excuse.

        December 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        I'm concerned that your paranoid. Do you take drugs? You should seek help.

        December 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheryl

      It's like a dangerous intersection that they don't fix until "X" number of people are sacrificed. Civilization has not progressed that far from the days of sacrifice.

      January 11, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Yanush, Canada

    More mass shootings…
    The massacre of the children should be blamed on… not enough guns. Yes, simple. The problem is that in US children are left defenseless at schools.
    The massacre at Sandy Hook school could have easily been avoided if every child in the school had a semiautomatic rifle (like AR-15) with a handsome supply of ammo and grenade launchers were positioned at the school yard.
    Being sarcastic? OF COURSE I AM.
    How could I not be sarcastic after listening to all these twisted justifications for more guns in US by deranged morons arguing the more guns, and the more powerful the guns are, the faster the rate of fire, the safer they are…
    Just like an argument, that have there been more weapons brought to the cinema in Aurora, Colorado the tragedy would have avoided.
    Brace for more as there’s still not enough guns in US…

    December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • howler9443

      I fail to see how more gun laws will disuade CRIMINALS from carrying out mass murder plans. If not guns, then I am sure they will create their own IEDs or use a knife (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/12/14/china-knife-attack-school.html)

      Personally, I would like to see one or two well trained and ARMED security people in the schools. How many lives could have been saved if some adult in that school had a concealed weapons permit, and the training to use it?

      We don't need more laws. Let's be realistic, a criminal does not obey the laws, hence they are a criminal. People can argue the side of, "If we did not have guns none of this would have happened" well, I'm sorry, but the innocent people killed, would simply have been killed by another means.

      My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Byron Nagazina

        You should actually read the article before you quote it. You are comparing a man who hurt 22 people with a knife, in which 7 had to go to hospital and ZERO were seriously injured to 26 people KILLED. If my children were in these situations, I would hope it would be the man with the knife.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • howler9443

        And I NEVER quoted the article, I REFERENCED it. Perhaps you should learn the difference before going off on someone.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Byron Nagazina

        You are correct, I was mistaken in my quote. I apologize. However, my question still remains as to why you for reference an article to defend your position? 22 hurt by a knife does not compare to 26 killed by a gun.

        Forgive me for not seeing the logic in your argument.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        "I'm sorry but the innocent people would be killed by other means"... it's logic like this that prevents real change from happening. How asinine to assume that if that freak didn't have access to pistols and semi-automatic rifles that he would still have been able to mass murder 26 people in a school. Having instant access to weapons that can kill dozens in seconds makes it alot easier to make a sick fantasy a reality than not having access to them. We can all jump to conclusions (even illogical ones like the one you made) but the facts are that these sick acts of mass murder in schools are ALWAYS done with guns so I'll jump to the conclusion that if you remove access to weapons then you stop school mass killings.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • howler9443

        My conclusion was not illogical, quite the contrary. If someone is determined to kill a lot of people, there are other methods available to them. Case in point, the 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, and even 9/11. Guns were banned on airplanes...and the only people who had guns where the BAD GUYS. There are many in on this discussion who would gladly give up their rights. I am not one of them. If you are one of them, I refer you to this quote from Ben Franklin.

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
        Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
        US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 – 1790)

        Yes, I agree, what happened today was a horrible and heinous act, and when I heard the news, I couldn't help but think of my own elementary aged children. But, let's not make knee jerk reactions here. My understanding is that the shooter had a mental disorder (obviously), why not actually fund mental health? People with mental issue should NOT have guns, I agree with that as well. Its also not for people who are not US Citizens to attempt to dictate our laws to us, just as we should not attempt to dictate laws in other countries.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Triza Schultz

    Hello Piers,

    My heart is sickened and my soul is heavy....After reading about the Connecticut elementary mass murders today, I believe we need to quickly develop a new value in our culture of not reporting the "real name" of any non-political mass murderers in the news. These people, as deprived as they are, need attention and "news star" notoriety is what they crave, it seems. Even the ones that kill themselves, surely believe they'll go down in history, and indeed we give that to them. Why not take that away from them? I believe in the 2ND Amendment, and I also believe it only common sense and wise to restrict these "weapons of mass destruction" – semi and automatic weapons that have no place in the daily lives of a civilized community. Thank you ~ Triza Schultz

    December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Concerned

      No, guns did not cause the tragedy. A man did. A man who had no value of life.
      Wake up!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Your opinion is evil as evil as guns. People kill, not guns. We are giving people legal ammunition to kill.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lanre Sobo

    Today pierce another tragedy in Connecticut and in America at large. It's sad how guns have brought tears to many of faces in this our great nation. I know you will begin your show tonight to debate this sad story today but please pierce don't just get psychology and behavioral specialist to your show, get people like us Men and Women of God who have answers to this plaque that has crept in this our society. I am avaiable to give you details from scriptures exactly what happened today and solution to this great nation. Pastor Lanre Sobo (RCCG Household of Faith) Arlington Texas.
    817.793.4140

    December 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Michael

    Piers,

    You are in a unique position to continue to hammer on the gun control issue. The great U.S. of A. is broken!!

    "There are none so blind as those who will not see"

    Regards,

    Michael
    Cape Breton Island – Canada

    December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Brent Marshall

    Piers, I live in New Zealand and we have similar gun laws to the UK and very few (almost 0) gun related deaths and I fully support your position re guns.
    When you are discussing this issue with those who have an alternative view I hope that you won't continue with the 'O'Reilly' tactic of shouting down and abusing any giuest who doesn't agree with your view, your petulent display on thirsday with the gun guy and you presonla abuse of his was a disgrace and did nothing to gather support for your view.
    You keep saying you 'don;t get it' ...well you never will if you are not prepared to listen and seek some understanding of these peoples position.
    I can't imagine how the US has got itself into this position and it is a blot on their much heralded country and beggars belief that they have been so slow to address it.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Morten Andersen

    Dear Piers, This will never end! The love for guns is larger than the life for humans, but continue your admirable quest for gun control. But I fear that you won't win ón this battlefield called America. BW Morten Andersen Denmark

    December 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      Guns are larger than life in America. Just look what the Americans have been doing all over the world, killing innocent little kills daily. It's about time we need to wake up. Guns are hurting us all.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nancy

        Oops! Innocent little kids.

        December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brad Langdon

    What occurred in Connecticut today is beyond comprehension. So is this story from Indianapolis: A man shoots his mother to death over an argument about taking out the trash. http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-police-man-shot-mother-after-fight-over-trash-duty-20121210,0,2671829.column

    December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ms. Lin McKenney

    I just saw on TV about the shooting at school...God Help US! Those kids will not be the same after being around this tragedy today...looking at their faces, GOD can't everyone see we need to do MORE to help PREVENT ths with guns! I worked in Mental Health and it's not receiving enough funding and HOW many more must die and suffer??? PLEASE pray for all those involved and may our country WAKE UP! Thanks Piers for your honesty and trying to bring AWARENESS!!! Back in 1982 when I began Nursing, they said THEN, "Mental Health" was so important...can you even IMAGINE today and especially with vets returning after 2-3 deployments!!!!????

    December 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Diane Mason

    When are we going to wake up to the fact that we in the U.S. live in a gun culture? A cultural mindset of guns. What happened today is what arises from that. We must change it. Thank you Piers Morgan for your outspoken attention to this issue.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Anthony Keogh

    It really is amazing that Americans dont seem to get this problem. In short guns kill. If you ban them they wont kill. How complicated is this?

    December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Nana

    The shooting in Newton, Connecticut and is tragic beyond comprehension. My thoughts and prays are with all the family and community. I am sick and tired of all our leaders who support the gun lobby. The gun lobby is holding our leaders and country hostage. These are the terrorist terrorizing our country in temples, movie theaters, university, play grounds and schools. These murders have to stop. Each gun lobbyist and gun manufacture should be lock up for each gun crime and lets see how quickly things will start to change. Shame on all Americans that support the gun lobbies.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. James Erickson

    Please keep speaking out about gun control, and please help us hold our politicians accountable. The NRA and the gun lobby are the terrorists among us, insisting on arming lunatics with automatic weapons capable of wiping out an entire Kindergarten class. They have the blood of children on their hands.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Gloria Nixon-John

    While this is about guns, it is about a lot more as well. I just published a novel based on the true story of one of the youngest Americans to have served on death row. He killed his young neighbor with a knife. My books looks at what led this young man to become a killer. His neighbors, teachers, friends, all ignored the signs that he was ready to do something violent. We need to control our guns, bur we also need to watch for the signs, to become a watchful village.
    Gloria Nixon-John author of The Killing Jar based on a True Story.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Iris.

    Piers keep on reminding Americans that they have a duty to protect their children. surely this is more important than their right to carry a weapon ,all of their guns could not help the sweet little children who died today , our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their loved ones.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Robert & Sallie Laing

    Piers, please don't ever get disheartened in your effort to rally the nation behind sensible gun control. We need to change the terms of the national dialogue on this issue. I saw your interview with the NRA goon after the Portland shooting, it is hard to argue against an irrational person. He looks precisely like the mental profile of a person who should not be allowed to buy a gun. The President is in tears, we are in tears but The saddest fact is that no one in this country will do anything about it. Keep up the good work, we live in hopes someone will raise this issue and implement sensible gun control..

    December 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Diane

    Saddened beyond belief. Why don't you ask the NRA supporters why, if guns are not the problem, other countries don't have as many murders as we do just with other kinds of weapons. The 2nd amendment is not a valid reason. The people were the military then (militia). There was no Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Border Patrol, or State and City Police. They did not have these type of weapons then either. Since it is doubtful that Great Britian will invade and the people will need to respond, the NRA had not one leg to stand on. We need a ban on all assault weapons and multi-round clips.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NK

      Was any NRA supporter children or family killed at this school?
      Guns are killing innocent people. I am sick and tired to hearing mentally disturbed person took so many lives. What medication were they on needs to be evaluated. I am sick of parents being blamed for there mentally disturb child behavior. Society and laws has gaged parents from getting help. This man gets away by being labeled sick & deranged. I am sure his mother did try getting help for him. He hated her for just this. Parents become the scape goats for every ill there child does by Therapist and society. We as a community need discuses this in more depth. Every 4th child has some mental issue in America. What's wrong ?

      December 15, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Childhood vaccinations is causing people brain damage and our Government is covering it up instead of using taxpayer's fund to research the problem.

        December 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. John

    When is America going to wake up? We need better gun laws! It makes me sick to my stomach every time I see a politician on TV saying gun control laws won't help. I would like to see one politician who has lost a son or daughter to a shooting say the same thing. Those ignorant politician who claim better gun control laws won't help probably haven't lost a relative to gun violence.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Friend of Rachel

      John, our country has killed million of innocent people world wide with some pretax or the other and told us lies. This include babies, pregnant mothers, old and young people. Our media does not give it the same coverage as this school is getting now. Yes, you are right we need to wake up. We need to see through the eyes of all those million killed..... Our country is terrorizing little kids world word. Where are your cameras Piers Morgan?

      December 15, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Lynne Morgan

    Dear Piers,

    I'm English like you. Me and my husband love your show. I live just outside of New York and have a child in first grade. This makes me want to move home after living here for 10 years. It feels like nothing is going to ever get done with regards to gun control and I'm scared.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Anthony Keogh

    This nonsense keeps happening and nobody does anything about it. Its on TV then something else comes along. All talk no action. How can we get something done to stop it. How long before Americans get angry and take action?

    December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Anthony Keogh

    Go look at CNN now. They are just making a show about it. People are talking about how horrible it is. WHERE IS THE TALK ABOUT STOPPING IT.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. John

    Piers, the majority of the country is behind you 100%. I have admired your point-of-view on gun control laws for a while now. I think you are in a position where you can be this country's voice of reason. Please don't give up the good fight. I hope one day this country will wake up and realize how wrong it was.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Rick

    Piers - I hope you (and CNN) would consider trying to make a real change and turn up the heat on this topic much more than you've already done. Given your unique position as a Brit with a mic looking in on a broken piece of U.S. culture, you have an opportunity to possibly provoke the reactions needed to cause change, in addition to merely discussing it for a night (or a few) and then dropping it. I doubt CNN would support such a stance, but what a wonderful legacy that would be.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sailorjon1@verizon.net

      Well said Rick

      December 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ninja

      Thank you Rick. We need more people like you in America. I am sick and tired of all those who stay silent because we don't make a difference. The good Jew thought by keeping silent things would improve in Germany, the good Muslims thought the same away. Today there children are being terroriesoed by our guns in Iraq, Afganistan and Gaza and soon to be Iran. We need to start getting truthful. Who is funding these wars? 9.99 percent of people on earth have the same views and needs. When will Americans wake up?

      December 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Bob Franco

    This shooting is a manifestation of a much deeper problem in our country than just that of gun control. There is little optimism in our country today. In many homes young people see despair, anger, resentment, and pessimism in their parents faces. The emotions raised in losing jobs, homes, and self respect is something not lost on young children and teenagers. How can we control disturbed angry people when our leaders can't even get along on the most basic issues? We all see our leaders fighting and purposely polarizing us. They're more concerned with their jobs than us. To congress – keep cutting education and social programs that do take care of the most vulnerable of our citizens and see what happens next. Stop spending so much money overseas on military purposes and take care of the people here before chaos takes hold. People are the nations most valuable asset. Take care of us and the country will get back on track.

    December 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Byron Nagazina

      Excellent response. I think you identified the core issues. Need to return to a country that used to focus on the "greater good" of the community rather than the "me first" that has become more prevalent.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        I agree 100%.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Gambo Raymond

    Piers is just so sickening how Americans persistently deny the fact that something has to be done to deal with the rising rate of violence in America due to the unchecked possession of guns and other deadly weapons, yet majority of Americans wake up every other day to be greeted by the death of a family member or loved one as a result of gun violence. Its unfortunate that these innocent children have to be caught up in this unscrupulous evil yet insanity. i have followed closely your show and especially your debate on Gun Violence. I think its time President Obama take a strong stand on this issue before many more innocent children are deprived of bright futures through sudden deaths and lost of lives. its time for Americans to accept that Gun Violence is a real "Crises" and set prioritize on it equally as the "Economic Cliff".

    December 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Greg

    How many people will die before we get a "War on Guns". Why not tell the truth on your currency notes "In Guns we Trust"
    May all of you find peace in your hearts and love for your fellow men.

    December 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Griff.

    "He hasn't even been sworn in for his second term, and the Obama curse has started already!"

    December 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gambo Raymond

      Griff you seem to be speaking from the Republican point of view. by you attributing the recklessness and abuse of guns by Americans as Obama's curse is outrageous. America is not a dictatorship but democratic nation its time for Americans to stop blaming President Obama and take responsibility of their actions and seeking solutions. America has to embrace the Gun Control Act for a safer America.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Kelly

    Stop saying "we" and "us". You are not an American. You never will be an American. So please stop trying to govern our country with your brit BS. Your country is far from a standard. Just leave and take your friends and family with you.

    December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Kelly - You would be wise to take a lesson from others who do things better than we do.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Caleb

    Why is no one offering possible solutions other than BAN ALL GUNS or KEEP ALL GUNS? Here are a couple options that might be reasonable. http://creeve.blogspot.com/2012/12/gun-control-what-can-be-done.html

    December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Real

    it looks to me that in genersl american are like drunks that cannot recognize the have an alcool problem. As long as they refuse to see they have a gun control problem, nothing unfortunately will be done. And in this case politicians are cowards.

    December 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Opinion Watch International

    If our elected official care so much about guns, why don’t they allow people to bring their gun to the US Capitol, and House and Senate floors? That is, if these guns are good for our schools, malls, churches and other public places, why would the 2nd Amendment deprive Americans their cherished right in a public place like the State Capitol? May be if these guns gets so close to our elected officials, may be they would see the threat for what it truly is – UNACCEPTABLE!!

    December 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Veritas Lavinga

    The first act of the new world order will be to remove guns from peoples homes, this has started with more mind-control shootings instigated by evil forces within the United States Government. The globalists will take over, the only question is when.

    December 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. thaNorthStar.com

    prob w guns piers, is nobody has them. ur n dreamworld if thnk u cnt gt killd netime by ne1 w any weapon, even bare hands . if u think u can rely on some1 else to save then u havent learned the most important lesson from these massacres

    December 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. claude roussel

    congrats for your stand on gun control in america. after todays events every body should accept.keep up the fight.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Brad Meyer

    At the risk of being simplisitic, Why not restrict ammunition and it's component parts? I don't believe the Second Ammendment specifically states the right to possess ammunition. It would be an interesting argument to see just how far the courts would rule in this area.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Tom Norris

    My heart is with the families. May God bless and keep them always, and may they stay, Forever Young.

    TAKEN OUT OF SCHOOL
    18 children were taken out of school,
    and with 8 adults, makes 26 in the pool.

    A lone gunman, now we're being told,
    Was all it took to end their lives, but I think their lives were sold.

    Who is there amongst us, who doesn't clearly see,
    The madness all around us that made this come to be.

    We need more guns, the lobbyist say,
    We could have shot him down,
    If every boy and girl today were packing in that town.

    We need more guns politicians say,
    Every man has a right,
    To buy and sell assault weapons,
    And children , young and bright.

    We need more guns, the senate says,
    It's not us should make a rule,
    To take away those super guns
    From every crazy fool.

    We need more guns, the Congress says,
    It's written in the law.
    It's not our fault, these kids lay dying, calling for their Ma.

    We need more guns, we know this, from the NRA,
    And any politician who doubts them
    Ohhhh, dearly he will pay.

    The NRA, it owns them,
    The politician has been paid,
    With re-election money,
    And children so afraid.

    Guns don't kill, it's people,
    These wiseman always tell.
    Won't you buy a gun from me,
    Before I burn in hell ?

    So now I finally get it,
    Not guns, but people kill.
    Boehner, McConnel, Cantor,
    To name a few, if you will.

    Ohh, and Mr. President, I can't say your hands are clean.
    I've voted for you twice now,
    But my eyes see how it's been.

    "Now's not the time " you said to us
    When Gifford was sadly shot,
    Do you think that maybe now's the time
    You can start to make a fuss.

    My hands are clean, says Cantor,
    Mine too, Boehner shouts out.
    You need us re-elected,
    Is there any doubt ?

    We have no blood on our hands,
    These children , WE didn't kill.
    Why should we do anything,,
    Why should we pass a bill.

    At the hands of politicians,
    It seems we've all been sold
    For even less than Jesus
    By Judas Iscariot of old.

    Oh, and me as I am writing,
    Just noticed my bloody hands,
    For silence, more than guns, 
    Has destroyed so many lands.

    And how many times must the canon ball fly,
    Before they are forever banned?
    I think I'll copyright that line
    Before Dylan shows his hand.

    Certainly, our forefathers ,
    Knew this day would come.
    And wanted us to protect
    The politicians, not the young.

    My thoughts are with the families ,
    No parent should lose a child,
    Especially from lack of laws
    That clearly should be filed.

    And to the young survivors,
    A day you won't forget,
    Forgive me and all adults,
    For something that we let.

    I'll steal some words from Dylan,
    It's me he'll probably sue,
    But he has so many,
    He won't miss just a few.

    "May God bless and keep you always,
    May your wishes all come true,
    May you always do for others,
    And let others do for you.
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung
    And may you stay
    Forever Young"

    And now I'll ask Piers Morgan ,
    The bloke's been speaking out,
    Can you turn that Limey voice more into a SHOUT?

    I feel like Dylan's Mr. Jones,
    As I sit chilled to the bone
    Hearing all the talking heads,
    My God, am I here all alone ?????????

    December 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • michèle bouvrette

      you have said it all, lets hope they will listen.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Beautifully stated.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Greta Meyer

    So more calls from the whiny, spineless, liberal nanny state-loving leftists to ban guns. The first thing that crossed my mind when I read the news about this school shooting is "the anti-gun people are loving this story–another tragedy tuned into a victory for them" . Reactionaries who can't wait and the chance to jump out of their sofas waving their spindly finger in the air preaching about the evil nature of guns. PUKE!!!! You guys are so predictable and so opportunistic! Pathetic!

    Laws – especially laws that are part of our rights as American citizens should not be proposed amid tragedy, anger, and despair. Taking advantage of a tragedy like this to push your personal agenda is sick insensitive and low. I feel sick reading all these comments.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brad

      And what of the dead?

      December 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sailorjon1@verizon.net

      makes you sick reading all these comments...........20 dead children make ME sick

      December 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • FormerUSMarine

        What makes me even sicker??? 6 million Jews executed during the Holocaust.... ALL unarmed.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • vicky

      20 angels were murdered with guns and 20 families are grieving their losses. It makes me sick. I am glad I am not one of the grieving parent. Your statements are that of a psychopath.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Kim Sheppard

    I am not one who is brought to tears easily but today as I heard the report on CNN of the horrific tradgedy in Connecticut I cried for the loss of all of those innocent children and teachers that lost their lives in such a senseless and preventable tragedy . As a Canadian living here in a country that does have gun restrictions and registration I am appalled at the ignorance of so called civilized USA that would allow themselves and there children to be slaughtered by their second ammendment. Shame on you . The only other countries in the world that I am aware of that allow their people to shoot each other at the rate of the USA are those countries that are battling wars. God bless America . Heaven knows you need all the help you can get.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sailorjon1@verizon.net

      BRAVO....Kim

      December 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lucy

      Agree with everything you said!!! yes shame on them!!! and yes children and adults are unprotected!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. tony vu

    the gun debate is moot. americans love guns. we romanticize and fetishize them as tools and symbols of our strength and freedom, of our manifest destiny and the indomitable american spirit that built a nation.

    no number of dead children will change that because we won't change. when president obama and the rest of us hug our children a little tighter it's with the thought that thank god it's not my kid.

    the parents of colorado, wisconsin, oregon and connecticut have our thoughts and prayers, but never our guns.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. securitiesfraudattorney

    The Second Amendment is not a quick word about hunting in between nine other rights that limit government powers. The Second Amendment is about human nature. Power naturally corrupts, and to remedy that, instead of concentrating power with the few in government, it distributes power to all the people. It is “necessary to the security of a ‘free’ state.” As horrific as this tragedy is, our armed society deters the holocausts, genocides and dictatorships in which millions die, that the rest of the world experiences every few decades, but American does not. The Second Amendment is the reason. I hope those with open minds will understand.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Jaaker, Dublin

    Dear Piers,

    I sent this piece to many news websites (including I think, your comment page) when the Aurora tragedy earlier in the year, may I request you reprint this comment, because “nothing has changed”. Thank you.

    Aurora sentinel 21/7/2012
    Guns are America's biggest enemy; when will Americans get this into their minds & ban them? As for those saying it's not the guns, but the finger of the one who pulls the trigger that is to blame, that is a ridiculous statement – to make. For the simple reason a persons mind can snap at any one time & if this person (the gunman) has a legal gun/guns then they become killer guns on more innocents. So stop trying to make excuses & start being responsible citizens, or you'll be talking about other such killings after this one & after that one again & again & again.

    If there is not the availability of guns then peoples lives will be saved in the future, if you do nothing then you can look forward to seeing more obituary's in your newspapers from time to time & the sad fact of the matter is that those named – may be you or you or you or you – or anybody reading this in America.

    Yes, I may sound cruel, but sometimes you have to be cruel to be "Kind". So think on...& prevent more killings rather than invite more death on the streets of your cities & towns. Now, you the people of your country have to make that choice, & don't be putting it off till you're blue in the face blaming everything & everyone & making the umpteenth excuse when the next tragedy & the one after that one occurs. Stop these senseless killings & stop further death on the throw of a dice. You the American people have to make up your minds whether you want your right to carry arms to live on, or you want future victims to die? That the decision facing you – now are you ready to make the right call? That is the "Question"?!

    Sadly 30 people including 20 of the most innocent, (your children) died today (Frightful Friday) because the status qou hasn’t changed regards the guns in your society!

    My sincere condolences (RIP) to the victims of this (another one of these) hideous heinous shooting crimes.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wanda pirani

      Drugs are illegal but there more drugs on the streets than guns. But something must be done about these rifles. But it all startss at home. I grew up.with several guns hanging on.the gun rack but knew that I was not suppose to.touch them and I never did because I knew that my butt. would be beaten so bad I would not have been able to set for a month. PARENTS IT OS YOUR PROBLEM NOT GUNS.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. sailorjon1@verizon.net

    As good as I think it would be, banning guns completely will never happen in america but banning hand guns, any & all automatic weapons and their clips should go into effect asap. This sadlyt will also never happen as long as the NRA keeps pumping endless fundsinto politicians coffers. Lets face it, if politicians truly were concerned about the health & welfare of americans....we wouldn't even have to ask them to ban the automatic weapons. Its like all the rest of the greed in america now.....money talks........all the rests walks.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Ben

    As a real American with BIG testicles or ovaries, what do you fear for? fear for a demoncratic system in this country that makes you to carry gun? If you fear for someone knocking you down at home, then keep your gun at home for your self protection and I have no problem with that. The gun law should be like that: if you carry a gun out of your property without a permit, you should be in jail.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Jaker, Dublin

    Well if he had a mental illness he was well aware to put on a bullet proof vest...your expert is trying to put it on mental illness rather than the fact that he had guns on him. Yous are all trying to duck the gun issue (except you, Pier) but the rest even the other broadcasters & your other doctor on today...never mentioned the guns that were legal belonging to his mother by accounts from the police!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. CYFM

    Along with a meaningful discussion about access to guns, a general heightening of respect for human life needs to be advocated by leaders – political, social and religious.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Brendan

    PEIRS:

    TELL THIS GUY GUNS ARE BANNED IN SINGAPORE! POSSESSION IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH! This did NOT in anyway increase the number of guns or gun related deaths, and Singapore has 1 or less death by gun per year. Singapore has shown how to do this, as owning a gun there is seen as such a morally reprehensible crime that no one would think to own one. Stuff like this doesn't happen there. TRUE STORY.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris Worrell

      Have you even been t o Singapore? It is a police state. If you like that, go live there.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. joseelr

    Unfortunately, it is the American DNA... guns. It will never change.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Chris Worrell

    Peirs, be quiet and let your guests talk! BTW, guns will never go away. You cannot stop them, even in the UK.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Nevin

    More guns is not the solution. It might be just me, but I don't want to live in a country where I have to have a gun to keep myself protected.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • howler9443

      Its certainly your right to move. I would encourage you to move to a country where you feel that the government will protect you as soon as you can. Best of luck to you.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Andree Bodemann

    Morgan is a total idiot!! PS, Morgan, the rifle was left in the car!!! When will America deport this clown!!! And why the heck is that clown in America if the UK is such a great place. Time to stop this Britsh trash tell Americans how to live!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. snorcross1

    YOU ARE THE BEST, PIERS!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Ruth

    Piers: watching your show now. Keep being mad, frustrated and vocal. We need you. Don't give up. We are with you and I'm going to get vocal myself!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. zack

    You're an idiot piers!!! How about you try having an intellectual conversation and let other people talk instead of rambling on like you're looking for ratings, and about something you obviously have no idea about. Grow up!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      The same as Piers. We all have the right to ramble and be angry. 20 innocent children were murdered.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • zack

        This is true... But not all of us utilize tragedy as opportunity to debate on gun laws for ratings. Morn the children and their families. Quit with the BS about gun laws. First the Kansas City Chief player, then the Oregon shooting, now this. All of this utilized as an attempt to state what he feels is right and without allowing others to voice their opinion. Isn't that what news anchors are supposed to do? Get all sides of the story?

        December 15, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  54. Cath

    Great job Piers! It's about time someone stood up for common sense. Gun control now!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Jan

    If only Piers would work himself into the same frenzy when it comes to the millions of children who's lives are snuffed out each year by their mothers via abortion.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • zack

      REALLY!!!???

      December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jan

        Yes, really.
        many on the left are just fine with children being killed, as long as they can keep their "right" to an abortion.
        It seems that there has been an increase in these mass killings that coincides with our culture losing it's respect for life and it's obsession with violence in our entertainment media.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • gnot

      How many HIV positive born addicted to drugs minority babies have you adopted lately Jan? Fewer than one? If you don't adopt unwanted children, you have no right to be anti-abortion. Walk the walk.

      December 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Stan S. Green

    Piers,
    You have a true moral compass and I applaud your clear thinking and determination on this issue.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Will

    Thank you Piers, for passionately but logically stating what many of us believe: it's time to do something about gun control.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. H Long

    I sm all for the debate, but I just witnessed Piers Morgan misrepresent the truth in his assertion that an assault riflewas used today. The authorities have said that it was recovered from the shooter's car and was not used in this terrible crime.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Elizabeth

    Oh wow, I had to turn the channel. All it was, was four grown men talking over each other. This is the first time I have watched since Larry king stepped down and am so disappointed. He has zero control over the conversations. I am watching for information, not to listen to yelling. The host should not be yelling over everyone, if I wanted to listen to that I would turn on bill o'reilly. Terrible, pierce Morgan.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Dar

    Piers, Thank you, Thank you, for standing your ground on guns in USA. You are so right in what you said, but sadly I think Americans will keep their heads in the sand.....For the life of me, I cannot understand their reasoning

    December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Chris Worrell

    Peirs, if you hate everything about the USA go back to that hell hole you call the UK. YOU ARE APPALLING!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andree Bodemann

      Well said Chris, this Brit seems to forget that he is a guest in the USA!!!. Go back to that hell hole where you came from, we all remember how well the Brits treated the Irish, and I'm sure they did that without guns!!! Ya , right!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. solsunset

    I think that they all are kind of idiots. There should not be more guns on our streets and we not outlaw them all together. A gun is only a tool. Guns do not kill people, people kill people. What we need to stop these incidences is just that, people. We need police officers in our schools or people who are trained to respond to these kinds of active shooter incidents. We need people who our trained to spot warning signs and will look for them. We need people.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      Your statement is incompetent and evil.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Stu

    Fully support piers challenge of gun lobby and demand for assault rifle ban.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      This guy did not use an assault weapon.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darren Potter

      Guess what Stu, an Assault Weapons ban would not have done one bit of good. Thus far the reports show the adults and children at the school were shot with pistols.
      For the record, Assault Weapons are an anti-gun politically created term, that the Liberal media promoted. See Wikipedia.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. mario

    right on piers congrat

    December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. CYFM

    More guns are not the answer. Enforcing, and improving, the regulations and requirements to buy a gun will not hurt, but certainly will not help immediately. Reports indicate that today's shooter did not buy the guns himself. How the lack of respect for human life displays itself in the United States is not being addressed in the media.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Christine

    Huge thank you to Piers for slamming the idiotman who was defending the gun lobbyand the NRA tonight who in the face of 20 dead children still want to own assault weapons and other ridiculous guns which can only be used to kill people. Piers you have showed courage to not just speak out but shout out Enough Enough!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Sumit DasGupta

    Hello Mr. Morgan, I am sickened by what has happened in Connecticut today, and even more by the defense of gun rights by the member of the NRA on your show. Your spirited admonition of this individual and demand for better/stronger gun control must rise to a crescendo so that the NRA's resistance can be washed away and we can achieve stronger gun control and as a result become a more civilized nation at the end.

    You have earned your salary for the year with this single performance. So, thanks a million!

    SD

    December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Jan

    The worst school killing occurred in the 1920's in MI when a guy used bombs to blow up a school.

    We've had lots of guns around for a long time, and it is only recently that these mass shootings have occurred. Perhaps we need to look at why that is versus the method used. Could it be the culture is desensitized to violence due to our entertainment media? Video games show how easy it is to kill mass numbers of "people". Our movies and TV are filled with violence. Maybe Piers should lobby Hollywood to ban the violence in their entertainment vehicles. After all, we are told that simply seeing a cigarette ad will cause kids to smoke. Imagine what seeing graphic violence over and over for years in video games and movies does to kids. Somehow I doubt that Piers will be as quick to call for some changes in Hollywood as he is when it comes to guns.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Karen Cooke

    I was so discussed by your program this evening. Today is a day for prayer and not politics!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. brett

    Piers,

    I normally don't find much value in your show, and typically watch something else.
    However, you are very much the best show tonight. I'm very proud of your position and approach today.
    Please consider taking a more human stand on what actually matters (like today) instead of larry-king-like low/no value celebrity noise as in past shows.

    Keep this up, please. We need this.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Hope Gilliland

    It makes me mad to even think I watch your program, why are you and so many others wnating to take our rights awya fromus, as an American Citizen, it seems your so clled interviews and wanting action on taking the rights to bare arms, inrages the anger in many to do what they do. It is not the Guns that is the problem, it is the one or one's holding the Gun, the Gun you want to take from us, made us who we are,America, those who fought with guns to give you the rights you have today peirs old buddy, you and others like you make me sick to the pit of my stomach that you are even allowed to voice your opion's. you dont have anything to talk about, and half of what has been said today on the [ NEW'S }

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gnot

      No one is going to take your guns away Hope. They are going to ask if you would like to voluntarily give them up, like the good people of Scotland did when their children were shot at an elementary school, as anyone with a heart would do after seeing the innate and uncontrollable risk an excess of even legally aquired guns can cause. How many guns are worth a single child's life? Maybe they'll offer a buy back program, like Australia did, or maybe they'll just do what other countries do and require a significant time and monetary commitment for those who would like to own them. Maybe they'll up the price of ammunition, and track it's use. Maybe you'll have to buy insurance, like you do on a car. Maybe you'd have to justify your gun ownership by actually having a real reason to need to wield deadly force on a daily basis. For everyone who has access to those weapons, not just the registered owner. I'm sure you'd be ok with all of this, because you'd get to keep your guns, and fewer children would die. Right?

      December 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Name*Barney Berryman

    Why does Piers Morgan bother to ask questions of guests when he does not intend to allow an anwer? Regardless of his view, he is disgusting as an interviewer.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andree Bodemann

      So true, deport that creep!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Bruce

    Education is the only answer. No way can you keep gun from criminals.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      So true. Chicago bans guns, and we see how well that is working out for them.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • kh

        so what if Chicago bans guns ....you can go pretty much anywhere else in the glorious US of A and buy all the guns you want and bring em back....the domestic gun culture has to chill out my friends. The British aren't coming anymore. Your 2nd amendment which was written in a time when people needed guns to supplement and aid a vulnerable militia isn't valid anymore. Your military has more than enough weapons to blow the planet to pieces, so change it to read "bare arms"

        December 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Brian

    I appreciate the conversation, and I would love to hear a real discussion instead of people interupting and not allowing each other to complete a thought. I would like to consider both points of view to develop and come to my own conclusion. It is a bit disturbing to hear Pierce bully people and not respect each other to discuss differing views. This is the problem we have all over the nation. Poeple dont know how to discuss issues without becoming arrogant and putting others down. Try having a respectful discussion between inteligent people with differing viewpoints. That would be a great example. Stop the rhetoric.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Gregory

    All banning guns will do is invite criminals into our homes and businesses with no worry because they will be the only ones with weapons.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gnot

      Strange how that didn't happen in countries when they enacted stronger gun control laws.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Get a dog, an alarm system, or a stun gun.

        December 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Dogs Alarms Stun Guns are not gonna help you when there is a bullet in your head and your laying in a pool of your own blood.

        December 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        Not if guns are outlawed. The mother was murdered with her own gun that she purchased for self-defense.

        December 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        To outlaw guns will never remove guns off the streets, like making drugs illegal and its very easy to get drugs, just like prohibition alcohol did not remove alchohol in the 1920s and 30s. Left wing crazies like you think there is some magic fairy that will solve everything by passing laws and to outlaw things. Its a shame left wing wackos will never learn.

        December 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        Evil has invaded America. The Second Amendment is been abused and is been used to terrorize the Country. We are not longer safe because too many people own guns. When the Amendment was enacted, we did not have the modern technologies that we have today, such as alarms, cameras and etc. Also, the Amendment was intended for military and it's outdated because it was enacted prior to the Civil War at which time, not all States were Free States. It needs a big revision. First graders should not be exposed to gun nuts. Would you like the same for your year old?

        December 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Evil been around since mankind was first put on earth, The 2nd Amendment is not being abused, infact it has been revised many times with strict gun control laws. As it may seem that gun violence is higher today then in past, the FBI reports violence been going down every decade.With this school it had all the modern technologies you talk about but that did not prevent what happened because it was a "gun free zone" which means no one is allowed to protect the staff and children. And for me I was exposed to guns at early age and I was taught it was a tool and not a toy and to respect guns. If more parents took thier kids hunting instead of making excuses for them, today's culture might change for the better.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        Hunting would be a much more of an interesting sport if people used bone arrows rather than guns. I am against guns because too many innocent people are been murdered. Also, they are been used to terrorize people.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        I take it you never been hunting, as you can not use arrows for large game as it not kill them but just hurt and torture them. Guns do not terrorize people, people terrorize people.. You need to ask yourself this question....Will passing a law outlawing all guns prevent murders?? of course not !! Do you really think criminals going to throw away there guns?

        December 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        The loophole of guns do not kill, people kill is a very incompetent and insensitive loophole to the parents of the 20 children that spend the night on the floor in a pool of blood. If guns were outlawed, then there would be no guns to murder children with. Guns are been used to terrorize people in America and taxpayer's funds are been utilized to fight terrorism in other Countries. If we are to keep guns legal, then we need to utilize taxpayer's funds to protect the public from public places, such as Safeways, Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters, Churches and Elementary Schools. Also, we need to spend more taxpayer's funds for medical researches because childhood vaccinations is causing people brain damage, which is the reason for so many lunatics in America.

        December 16, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
      • CG1828

        Well said Rob. Apparently some people live in la la land. Guns will never disappear and that's something everyone should understand. What is wrong with you people? You need to be realistic here. If you were held up at gun point and Someone pulled out their gun to save your life.. What would you say to that? Everyone has the right to bear arms. We should be able to protect ourselves and others.

        December 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • CG1828

        Here's the deal lady because I don't think you understand what I'm saying. If my son was in a school during a situation like this, I would want someone, whether it is a trained teacher, security guard, librarian, to protect my son and the rest of the children. Students, of course, should not be informed of guns in schools only those trained Individuals. That way when something tragic like this happens they are prepared. Preparation and awareness are key words. I would want that security guard or teacher to have protection and if need be... Shoot the shooter. Either way in a situation like this, children will already be exposed to a gun. Because the shooter decided to pull out his. my husband and I, without a doubt, will introduce guns to our children. And teach them the proper way to handle them and when to use them. We are not cowards. So did you figure out if you'd want to be saved if you were held up at gun point and someone had a gun on them to protect you? because you didn't answer the question.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        Good luck with getting armed security in schools. Taxpayer's funds are been utilized to fight terrorism in other Countries and forget about our Country.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Paul

    Piers, I watched your show tonight and I whilst I imagine there will be some that will critize you for losing your composure you did exactly what was needed. There's a time and a place to lose your cool and you are the right man at the right place at the right time. Good on you for having the guts to break convention and confront this life and death issue with such vigor. Keep the heat on these gun lobby morons.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      I thought he was brilliant. And to those writing that he did not let his guest speak, he did, more than I would have! I was screaming profanties when that paid spokesman from the NRA said we need to have fewer gun laws, that's the problem! Is he $#@&ING kidding me?!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  77. GB, Connecticut

    Piers, congratulations on fighting the gun lobby. It is time and government has to STEP UP. Do something! move your ass and change. Those in washington not doing something have their hands covered with blood. Congratulations. I hope you are proud of what you have achieved while families are broken forever. IT IS TIME TO CHANGE NOW!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  78. LL Barber

    Thank you, Piers, to pushing the need for change in gun laws. I don't believe any hunter needs an assault rifle to go hunting.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  79. Diana

    I tuned in a little later, but was a little frustrated that the people Piers was talking to could not get a word in. I always believed an interviewer was suppose to interview, not shout over the people on their show. I see this so often on his show, I've lost respect for him as an interviewer. Regardless of what the subject s, an interview is not a shout over!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. zack

    Yes, he stood his ground... because he is a coward and refused to let anyone else get a word in, in an attempt to appose his seemingly outrageous claims that if guns were banned, there would be no more gun death!!! No s**t dumby... because guns would be banned. But people are still going to find a way to kill people, with or without guns. You are speaking without common sense Piers and without though. Use your head and act like a professional for god sakes!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. David Miller

    Pierce..
    Do you really think more laws will stop the shootings...Listening to you..you sound like you want them all confisicated ...That aint happens Dude..In ever case it wasnt the gun..but the person doing it that was the problem..YES ..I live in the SOUTH and am a PROUD gun owner..my whole family including my 80 year old Mom has a gun ..I taught me kids to shoot at 10....including my daughters..I agree these shooting are a bad thing..but taking away gun rights olny makes it easier for the criminals...Every load of drugs that comes in has 50 to 100 guns with it...and I intend to defend my home and family no matter what..The laws you applaude so loud would only limit the good citizens from owning and carring weapons and would do NOTHING to atop the ctiminals and to think it would only tells me the person who thinks that is some kind of special idiot..ooo and by the way..I wore a badge for almost 20 years too..I would NEVER surrender my wapons no matter what..I served in the military and earned the right to have my weapons and to say what I want to..My answer is for anybody who wants to live in a gun free country...they make planes and ship to go to other countries every day..we keeping our guns and the South SHALL rise again Brother...

    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gnot

      The South has the highest rates of gun violence in the country. Wonder why?

      December 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Erik

    At last someone has the guts to say what needs to be said about gun control: NO MORE GUNS IN PRIVATE HOMES. In Europe you need a shooting license to own a gun (A GUN) and it needs to be locked up in a safe when the owner is not out on a shoot/hunt.
    Guns for sporting use only, to people who have the proper shooting skills and license. No driving for unlicensed people....no guns for unlicensed bearers.
    Thank you Piers.
    Erik

    December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • zack

      and people who don't have licenses still drive every day!!! Open your eyes!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  83. Fred Padget

    Piers: Let your guests talk, over time you’ve tended to take over the show. If you want an opinion show call it that, don’t invite guests. If you have guests let them talk. I gave up on MSNBC, Fox and shortly CNN if they/you don’t get the message. A waste of my time.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  84. Haaryc

    Could someone please tell me who the guests are or where I can find out?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  85. Gerri

    Each time we have another horrible incident, I hear an angrier and angrier tone against guns... my fellow citizens you are so missing the mark. It is time for us as a nation to take action about our MENTAL HEALTH situation in America...not the instruments for the people need help. Yes all of these recent incidents have "guns" in common but the also have disturbed, young adults in common. So do you really think that everything will be ok if we just take the guns away and let disturbed, angry, violent people walk among us? Get real....

    December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gnot

      1) Crazy people aren't more violent than non-crazy people.
      2) Pretty sure the people who do these things aren't the type to get help from anyone much less a shrink. Especially this guy.
      3) It's not the system so much as the stigma and the social, economic and personal cost of getting real effective treatment. We teach men not to get treatment. We teach them their problems are other peoples fault (we teach women it's their own fault). Inpatient men are there involuntarily (ie commited a crime) vs. women who generally self admit or are an ER admit. As far as disability, etc goes, we don't have and will never have the kind of generous socialist type system that would effectively care for people like this guy, where social interaction and personal sense of well-being is valued over whether or not people are employable.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        You must be talking about our leadership.

        December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Sherry

    Piers, why do you have guests? You won't let them talk! You are getting as bad as the girls on The View! I turned you off because you won't let your guests speak their opinions! It isn't "all about YOU!"

    December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  87. Donna

    I don't agree that guns should be banned. My father was robbed a few times while living in NY. You people need to understand something if someone wants to cause harm, they are going to do it. With or without a gun, did anyone see what happened in China where 22 students were stabbed. Hello, you all need to wake up. If guns were allowed, people who want to do harm will think twice because they don't know who is armed and who isn't. Piers Morgan I understand your frustration but don't have guess on your show and then not let them speak and yell at them. You can express yourself without making yourself look like an ass.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  88. Nellen

    The NRA is funded by people who profit from gun sales. They put their profits ahead of our safety, and they have the audasity to claim that laws restricting gun ownership cause these incidents!?!
    I would love to see a class action law suit against the NRA, I think Aurora Coloroda as a city should consider it.If profits are what they are after, then that's the language they speak.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      I agree, I think that every parent that lost a child today should sue NRA.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  89. Allie

    Piers, your enthusiasm and passion for gun control is infectious. I truly enjoy watching you go after the droning fools who live in denial, believing that everyone who owns a gun is sane.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JB

      To play the other side, not all gun owners are crazy, or even irresponsible. To treat every gun owner as a potential mass-murderer would simply be unfair, both in social terms and in legal terms.

      I'm not going to deny that some people that get a hold of guns are truly, deeply disturbed. I've met some... I guess "eccentric" gun owners as well, with some unusual takes on current events and politics. But my personal experience is that the truly dangerous, irresponsible, and crazy ones are by far the minority.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  90. Bobby

    Peirs, we are ALL frustrated in this mess but when you invite guests on to your show you need to be a journalist and control yourself and let your guests speak. Speaking for myself I wanted to hear what all 3 of your guests had to say and unfortunately because of your constant interruption of each of them I could not hear what they had to say. I applaud your passion however, your job in my opinion is to inform and educate the public......... Here I sit knowing for the most part only your opinions.........

    December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  91. Kimberley Chute

    THANK YOU, PIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  92. t

    It is shameful to see Piers and his guests act in such an uproar . It is true that you guys are frustrated but come on what example are you setting the world is watching.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darren Potter

      t "It is shameful to see Piers and his guests act in such an uproar"

      Piers like all Socialists/Liberals abuse Tragedies to pursue their political agendas. Al Sharpton jumped all over the Trayvon Martin shooting to make it about Race, even though facts showed otherwise. When Cathy Giffords was shot the Left immediately claimed the shooter was a right-winger when in fact the shooter was closer to a radical Leftist. And then there is Obama's Fast & Furious, a total abuse of power and trust. With Obama's instigating of F&F for the political purpose of needless calling for gun control.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  93. Rafal

    Piers, I am not a gun owner, I do not like guns, but the way you are talking tonight, and the crap you are saying, is just crazy. You sound like a total dumb a**. The people who do these type of acts will always find a way, you can pass 1000 laws, and they will find a way. The rights are here for regular people to be able to protect their family from nuts like these. Stop working for ratings and show some honesty.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  94. Qwerty

    Drugs are illegal, but I can go downtown and buy some right now. Let's face it, even if something is illegal and banned from the US it will still find its way in. Getting rid of guns or certain types of guns isn't the answer. Gun education classes and very thorough background checks are needed for the purchase of any weapon. No, that's not going to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but at least there will be fewer people able to purchase a gun legally if they can't pass the class or a background check. Gun education classes will also educate people of the importance of proper and secure gun storage. The guy a few days ago stole a gun from his friend, now this kid steals guns from his mother. Education is key.

    Apart from that our society needs to be overhauled. Parents shouldn't be scared of the CPS if they punish their kids. Teachers shouldn't be punished for punishing bad behavior in children. What can you expect when kids grow up without consequences? If they don't learn that there are consequences for their actions they will do anything they want. When I was a child I was scared to be 'bad' because I was scared of getting in trouble with my parents.. so guess what? I was a 'good' kid. I made good grades in school, didn't get into trouble, and am now a functioning member of adult society. Our morals are crumbling. Our culture is all about me me ME! That's the problem.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  95. JB

    I'm all in favor of gun control. Completely. 100%. But let's face it, both sides of the argument are going to editorialize, and both sides are going to shout each other down at every opportunity, even THE SAME DAY that twenty children were murdered. Piers' coverage of this most recent tragedy today as well as the Oregon mall shooting which immediately preceded it have shown us that much.

    Before we can stop our friends, our family, our coworkers, and our children from dying like this, we need to remind ourselves what we're really trying to do. We shouldn't be trying to win debates, or score political points. We need to put all those thoughts and all the anger behind us. Only then can we actually begin to talk rationally, decide on an effective strategy, and maybe even make some actual progress for once.

    I enjoy shooting for sport, and I value my ability to use and be around such dangerous and increasingly common tools safely and responsibly. I also abhor violence against any human being of any kind, with firearms or anything else, though I recognize that in some cases self-defense with lethal force may well save an innocent life. I don't have an answer for how to stop people from being senselessly murdered, or how to balance the "right to self defense" with how efficient modern firearms have become. But I also don't think shouting at each other or editorializing all of our arguments and claims is ever going to produce an effective solution.

    I just wanted to get that off my chest.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  96. Anne

    Bravo, Piers. I too am so sick of politicians who are so afraid of the NRA that they won't stand up for the poeple of this country. shame on them. They can't continue to ignore the issue or let the threat of their future election keep them from acting. I think they all should have to pass through the school before those babies are removed. Then maybe they'd do somehting. Shame. shame.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  97. Jeff from Wisconsin

    Piers,
    I have to say that you are like so many media people today that are more interested in "making" news than reporting it. It is the media who feeds this frenzy. When people who are already suffering from some type of mental illness watch these telecasts about slayings of all kinds. it spurs them to try the same thing.

    This country needs to back off the media blitzes and report on more of the positive things about people. Children learn what they live and when they are bombarded by news programs showing nothing but the worst that people have to offer, what will they learn?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  98. mike

    piers.... you cannot simply remove all guns from America.... honest people will turn over their guns, but criminals absolutely will not do so... I am forrmer military and own guns from hunting to an assault rifle. In my opinion there needs to be federal law enacted that registers the guns you own to the owner and absolutely no one else... no trading or selling to unregistered personel. And stiff penaltys for being caught with one not registered to you. There are responsible people out there who own guns and do not lash out at civilization with violence. Yes, something needs to be done but what and how. I am a father and I cannot imagine this in my hometown, this truly a horrible incident. This isn't Afghanistan or Iraq, so how does a government fix a problem like this?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  99. Bern

    Piers....did you go to school to be that stupid or did it just come naturally. It's clear that it is your show and you try to maintain control, and it's also clear that when you know you are wrong you do your best to talkover those who know you are wrong. if teachers and faculty staff who have had an extensive backround check and carried weapons to school would prevent the higher number of deaths for every uncontrolled kid whose parents should also be arrested and accused of any charges brought forth for not properly secureing their weapons. You were a looser on AI and you still remain a looser and really cannot see why CNN even gave you a timeslot.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  100. Roland medeiros

    Piers Moron never presents facts, he only shouts down those who attempt to use reason. Piers is a child intellectually. the recent shooting is a prime example. America has appropriate laws on firearms. But as usual Piers has to shout down those who would present those facts.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      Misinterpreted and invalid laws.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  101. web513

    In addition to the horrible tragedy at the school today we have the disgusting use of the event as a ratings booster by Morgan. If he can't stand the laws here they have plains returning to the UK every day.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  102. Andree Bodemann

    Hey Piers, the Queen just called, and she wants her village idiot back!!! Go home Brit!!!! She wants you back!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Helen Tomlinson

      Your comment is disgusting!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Andree Bodemann

        Thank you!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • kh

        seems Andree is callous and lacking empathy. the next shooter? should he be checking himself in somewhere?

        December 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • grateful

      Yes. Your comment is disgusting.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaker, Dublin

      I agree with you, Helen, but then NRA people have very little sense to talk about much in the first place, except about their "Love Affair" with "Guns"!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  103. Justin Thoennes

    The AR-15 was found in the suspects car and was not even used in Newtown killings. Piers Morgan I wish you would contact me, please so we can have a sensible debate for gun control I promise that if you listen to what an informed person has to say you would calm down and focus on the root of the problem with this particular threat to citizens. I believe alot of your arguements have valid points but you are dead wrong on many facts. You are on national television and should not have the wrong information to mislead americans. Please e-mail me if you have any interest in being informed. Ranting about with the wrong infomation makes you sound ingenuine like the show you put on tonight. Your points were invalid and your upset behavior for show was very fake, I saw right through it, please dont fake sympathy for your ratings just get the facts right. If you want to talk to a calm, sensible person e-mail me.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andree Bodemann

      Piers and his left wing nuts won't let the facts stand in the way of their B____it!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • khillman

        yeah, ok, lets arm everyone, let everybody blast away....wild west....last psycho standing wins ....how can you right wing rednecks believe that's the way to go?

        December 15, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaker, Dublin

      What is he (Piers) wrong about? Because I don't see anything wrong with anything he said. The only thing wrong is that tonight there is 26/30 people who have died at the hand of a gunman today & most of them were children, who were alive yesterday, & the only thing prominent in their minds (the children's, that is) is what present they were going to get this Christmas from Santa. So if you can make an informed argument for that to be the outcome every now & again for guns in abundance to be available in your society that kill? Then that will not be much of a very informed argument, even before you start

      December 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  104. joslarn

    On a night when at least civility should have been shown to each other all I heard was screaming at each other. I had to
    quickly turn to something else. We have become a people who instead of setting an example of love and compassion
    for others we spew what sounds like hatred because we disagree on an issue. Everywhere our children turn they hear the same lack of politeness one to another. Why can't we treat other with respect even in disagreeing especially tonight on a talk show. So disappointed!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  105. Steve Toronto

    Yet another 'happy ending' to the classic (routine) tale of mass shootings in the U.S. because of a love affair with their Second Amendment.

    Wake up, America!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  106. History101

    Piers,
    1. Who fought the largest army/navy the world has ever seen? We did. 1778
    2. Who fought you again in 1812 and won? We did.
    3. Who Lend/Lease your guns and tanks? 1939 We did.
    4. Who is the World Policeman? We are.
    5. What country/Superpower drug us into these wars... You did.
    6. I learned it from you dad, I mean the old English Empire

    Dont bust our balls on gun control when your tiny Island nation taught us how to fight. You tear us down for gun control, I must say that you sir, are lucky you are not speaking German.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tim

      History 101 I am new to this computer stuff but I couldn't agree with you more. Have you seen the movie " The Agenda grinding America down" it is on the internet ? If you have not I suggest you do and forward it to all you know.This is where we as a country are headed.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  107. LordTek

    More gun laws require criminals to actually follow the law. Not gonna happen
    Truth – most crimes involving guns are by people with criminal records
    Truth – most mass killings are by people with no criminal record

    Less guns mfg. or a total ban requires Americans to be so stupid they could not make their own. Not gonna happen.
    Truth -the plans for a fully automatic ak-47 and its ammunition can be made by a teenager with a lathe.
    Truth -new technology is getting to the point where you can 3D print a gun or rifle undetectable by metal detectors.

    Reality – if someone(s) had a weapon(s) in the batman movie theater could have taken that nut job out
    Reality – Principal and 2 staff who were in meeting down the hall went to investigate. Only the principal comes back a couple of minutes or so later bleeding.

    If Piers or any one else can tell me that if those three staff members had been trained and armed that that gunman would have been able to go into the second class room after they rounded the corner and confronted the gunman I will gladly concede to less guns.

    Unfortunately you can't; because if they had been trained and armed less lives would have been lost and that is undeniable truth. More people died because the police (who have guns) can not be everywhere to protect us.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peter

      How many mass-killings in the US have been stopped by a member of the public who was armed??? ZERO! (that's right, all of the 29 or so school mass-killings have all been stopped by law enforcement, not by a gun carring member of the public).

      How many of the mass killings was the killer legally able to own the gun, about 5 to 1. So how did they get the gun... Just walk into the corner store and buy one... That's got to change.

      How many children are accidently hurt or killed by having unsecured firearms in the house? countless... far too many to count.

      I don't think anyone seriously thinks outlawing guns is a workable solution, but stopping selling high power and semi-automatic / automatic wepons is a good start, as is more tighter controls on who can buy them.. And have the police follow up every x years to ensure they are still fit to own guns.

      Isn't the murder rate by guns in the US similar to that of South Africa?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • headude

        Well, oops, you're wrong:

        http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html

        December 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Name*Sam

    Other television anchors, please learn your lesson from Piers Morgan. He cares two hoots for anyone but to his principle of gun control. Why can't others be as gutsy as Piers?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • grateful

      AGREED. RARELY DO YOU HEAR A JOURNALIST SPEAKING HIS MIND, AND IT IS REFRESHING. THANK YOU PIERS.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • KoolK

        Dude... Those who speak their mind like he did, are commentators. Don't call him a journalist. He isn't...

        December 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Rafal

    Do you really think that the Gangs in the city or the everyday shootings that go on in our cities and young kids getting killed, or small children geting caught in a drive by or something, do you really think that these are the cause of not having tough gun laws? These people will get guns one way or another, to look and to blame is (seems) to be the american way. Did people stop thinking and just react when something happens? Kids get killed everyday in Syria, and other countries, how do you think these people feel. What about the parents of kids who get shot in a drive by everynight? Do you really think that better gun control laws will stop the people who want to do harm will stop them from getting a gun? You people are shallow and react only when something happens. I don;t even own a gun, and I never even held one, but people have become so shallow and nerrow minded, and expect big brother to take care of us at all times.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  110. Gaye

    Sending Piers back to the UK will not solve the problem that you have in the USA. I live in Canada where we have sensible gun control and registration. Piers knows what he is talking about because he comes from a country with similar laws.No ordinary citizen needs assault rifles , nor do they need to buy rapid fire repeater ammunition. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those tragic victims,

    December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  111. Jan

    Guns have been around for years. These mass shootings are fairly recent. What has changed? It seems to me it's our culture which has deteriorated into not valuing life and the glorifying of violence in our entertainment media.
    Maybe Piers needs to have a discussion about that.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • grateful

      WELL, MAYBE ITS BECAUSE NOW ANYONE CAN OWN AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON????? YOU CAN KILL ALOT MORE PEOPLE W/ THAT THAN THE OLD 22 OR PISTOL THAT FIRES ONE SHOT AT A TIME

      December 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  112. Eddie Mills

    More than gun control we need people control. Too many idiots in the public view are showing us with their behavior that we don't have to be reasonable, if you don't agree with something then just yell louder and don't let them talk. There are unfortunately many who will allow themselves to be worked up into an almost constant state of aggitation until something finally snaps. Maybe you could let those idiots on another network realize they are the problem. It obviously isn't anything you or anyone else on CNN would tolerate.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FormerUSMarine

      Well spoken. "Hello, my name is Piers, welcome to my show. If you disagree with me, you're an idiot! I will just yell louder because it's my show!"

      December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  113. grateful

    THANK YOU PIERS. For laying into those frigging idiots you had on you program who support gun access. It's about time someone said what you said the way you said it. I couldn't have done it better. Please keep it up. You have the public face and respect we need to speak out forcefully and directly to the people who promote owning these kinds of guns. And WHY do they always save that automatic rifles are needed for simple hunting? Really? Has hunting become a sport w/ the focus of destroying as much of a living creature as possible????? It just doesn't make since to me. THANK YOU PIER, PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LordTek

      I respect your opinion but those people you call idiots are the same ppl you will wish was around when you or one of your family members or friends are staring down or running away from the barrel of these disturbed people commiting mass murder. Unfortunately the majority of people are left waiting for the police or military to arrive while someone guns them down. I do not like guns but I am strong believer in its better to have it and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sarha Colorado

      I agree we need to come together & get what needs to be done, done!

      December 15, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  114. Neil

    Piers thank you for having the courage to stand up against the gun lobby. Hopefully some our political leaders- if they truly are leaders- will show the same courage !

    December 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  115. Mystified...

    Piers – thank you for your inquiry on guns in America. It is mystifying when people suggest "more" guns are the answer to these gun massacres in America. It is mystifying that people turn a blind eye to the increasing trend of such gun violence. It is mystifying when people resist any conversation on reasonable gun control. Of the victims and relatives of the recent gun massacres - do any of them think "more guns are the solution" / "Guns do not kill people, people kill people"? I'm guessing the "spin-meisters" will be working hard to deflect (albeit, with great sympathy) the impact of such gun proliferation.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  116. Just wondering Piers

    Could you comment when the UK bombers killed 500,000 people in Dresden when the war was essentially over?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Magician

      The war was not "essentially over" until Germany surrendered, however the bombing of Dresden helped achieve that end. You also seem to forget the Blitz.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  117. hop

    'guns do not kill people. people kill people.' this needs to be revised: 'guns do not kill people. people WITH GUNS kill people.'

    December 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      Welcome to planet Earth. Where Goverments with guns kill even more people Beer kiils people. Alcohol related deaths due to car crashes are about 25,000 a year. The number one killer of 16 – 24 year olds. 71 a day or about 500 a week because you have to have you beer. Have you ever seen anyone defend their family with a beer can. These deaths are only the ones that involve automobiles, 250,000 deaths related to alcohol in the last decade and you worry about gun control.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  118. Greg

    Although it is very sad what happened. If guns were banned there would be so many jobs lost in the manufacturing and selling of guns, ammunition, gear and hunting. you could possibly almost even get rid of the F in ATF that would cause a massive decrease in law enforcement. if we could just fix mental issues in people we could fix alot!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  119. Gordon

    Piers Morgan thinks he has all the answers. He won't listen to his guests unless they agree with him. He thinks that guns are the problem WRONG. Next he wants box cutters and fetilizer banned. Morgan wants to take the right of good sound minded people to defeat themselves. We have more cops at airports than schools and 911 was the last time there was a hijacked plane. Morgan, you need to know all the facts before you voice your opinon. CNN needs to drop you for not letting your guest reporting the facts. Your say your sick of hearing Gun sellers saying more guns is needed. Well, I am sick of you twisting there words.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andree Bodemann

      with any luck, Piers will go home now that the Bristish have lifted their ban on village idiots!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • David Miller

        hehehe...Larry King..where are you when we need you...OOO by the way Pierce..as I write this..SC is in the process of redoing the law that requires citizens to have a permit to carry concealed weapons..anyone can carry anytime..just not on places that are posted...

        December 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  120. grateful

    MENTAL HEALTH. We need to be talking about mental health. I work in the medical field. Over the past 20 yrs, mental health services are the first thing to be cut when the economy gets rough. Even before the bad economy, provision of mental health services have never been valued in this country. Many people w/ mental problems are unable to work. Medications to treat these disorders are expensive. So folks who were maybe getting treated int he past, maybe they had a job, w/ health insurance and could afford the medication that kept them safe and functional, now are unmedicated and unsupported. Having breakdowns they cannot control. We need to do more. We are all paying the price. We can do more, but choose not to. It's very discouraging.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      Mental Health is good but no one needs a psychiatrist or if you will, the ones who really do will say they don't. How do we recognize the warning signs and get them help? Alot of these people are loners with not a lot of social interaction

      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • A mother

        There is a member of the family who shows warning signs every single day. Who has made threats, stalked people, made huge scenes, has put himself in the position to hurt him self and others. 911 has been called multiple times. He has went through the 3-6 day trial. A judge has been contacted begging to have this person in long term care. What has happened, nothing! Until the changes are allowed to be made in mental health, warning signs do not matter.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KoolK

      So true grateful...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  121. A mother

    My heart pours out to the mothers and fathers who have lost their babies. To the family members, siblings, friends. I agree that there needs to be a change! But, while the change for gun control needs be I also believe that the rights that a mentally unstable person has also needs to be adjusted. These people have the "right" to refuse medication. These people have the "right" to refuse any sort of treatment. These people who are sick have family members who try to help them. These sick people go to the ER, get evaluated, some stay as an inpatient for 72 hours, and then are released into society again because long term care facilities are hard to come by because the government don't want to fund them yet because of this, our society is what it is. Do the research on what rights mentally unstable people have and the options that their family members have out there to keep these people from hurting others. You will be shock!!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  122. jbgood

    Piers, Let others on your panel speak. Don't be a verbal bully. With only a windowed door to protect the children, they and the staff are defenseless. The door will not stop a shooter. The school became a SAFETY ZONE for the SHOOTER and he showed no mercy. Most criminals have illegal guns and when guns are outlawed the bad guys will not turn their guns in. Then ALL of us are defenseless. NOT MY CHOICE. Thank you for your time.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  123. Justine

    I found Pier's comments to be quite offensive, especially when he was discussing the mother of the shooter. He held up a photo of three guns that she owned and was almost yelling "Why did she need to own these guns?" He gave the impression that she was responsible for her own murder, which was very insensitive, especially on the very day of her murder. Many of the young victims have supposedly not even been identified by their parents. It would have been better for Piers to hold off on the political rants.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MikeOhio

      Agreed, we may ever know but she may have been trying to stop him. To shoot your own mother!???? How crazy is that...

      December 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        I know of people that torture their mother to death and our Politicians use such criminals to terrorized their enemies.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  124. 02somz28

    Piers you are an idiot, go back where he came from, if the USA is such a bad a place.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  125. *susan

    I am watching your program currently and am so frustrated at you all as you attempt to bring up gun control. The issue is this child had mental issues and due to our legislature laws we can't do anything until the sick act out towards others or themselves. The mother bought the guns. A teacher, kindergarten teacher that you trust your children with daily. You are all off the mark tonight. Although I Am against automatic weapons, you did not discuss the issue we are dealing with concerning All these school killings... Mental issues!!!! They and their families need assistance in getting help!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  126. DW

    I am an advocate of gun control. My husband, on the other hand, is an avid sport shooter and is licensed to carry a concealed weapon in public. Although we do not agree on public policy, we listen to and respect each other's point of view. We understand that we both care deeply for the safety of our nation and our communities. That being said, I was profoundly disappointed in Piers’s discussion with the gun rights advocates tonight. One does not win an argument simply by asking one’s opponent a question and then shouting them down before they can answer. I’m ashamed to say that Piers acted just like Ted Nugent tonight. The inability of people of differing opinions to sit down and have a rational conversation without resorting to shouting and name calling is what is really wrong with this country, and until we can get past that, we will never be able to solve our most pressing problems.
    There is no one solution to this problem. We need to fix our mental health system. We need take an open and honest look at our gun laws. We need to do more to secure our schools. We need to look at the way our society glorifies violence on TV and in movies, video games and music. But most of all, we need to respect one another and teach our children to respect one another also.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      We need to have an honest and open look at gun laws. Sorry but I hate that sentence. It is just code for lets ban them all. Why is it that so many people act as if they have never opened a history book in their lives. Goverments on this war loving, testoterone pumped world are always killing their own people or those of a neighboring coutntry constantly. If defines us a humans. Why will you people never consider that you can't make everything the social panacea that the hip media personalities seem to demand. How do you "control" guns when over the last decades and billions of dollars "drugs" are still available. Why does someone saving a life with a gun not count. Then look up alcohol deaths. Such hypocrites, 25,000 a year as dead as if by a gun because we just can't be as 'responsible" as we should. 500 a week and that is just the auto related deaths People killed people before there were guns, right, think tutsie and hutu. 800,000 with machetes. Please use your head and think a little bit. Sure I say get rid of guns, when you disarm all the armies of the world and take away their assault weapons, rockets, and who knows what else, and we learn to live together in peace. When the politician and the economist are all honest. sure

      December 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  127. Helen McDonald

    I'm Canadian and I do believe in Gun Control. USA is doing it's best to control guns. They have addressed the issue of Mental Health, which is truly a global problem which does need to be talked about. BUT the one thing, that through out this whole TRAGIC incident that I have not heard talked about is the issue of VIDEO GAMES. Why do parents let their children spend hours watching, and learning, and practicing HOW TO SHOT PEOPLE!! Fantasy does eventually become Reality. This is a generation of children who have grown up learning how to KILL people, WIN a game and have FUN doing it!! WHAT DO YOU EXPECT!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      You bring up a good poin. He probalbly played HALO 3 hrs. a day. Please just think of a bullit as a small rock with more velocity that a large heavy rock. After you get you gun control wishes you may have to keep this in mind when you go to search for that perfect. rock to throw at that guy trying to break in through your back door. then also remember that the U.S. military use just those games to train it's soldiers, them gives them awesome firepower and unleashes them on whoever they think is misbehaving. Of course there will be civilian casualtiew it is regretable they will say. then google alcohol deaths and really do something for everyone.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  128. karen

    first and foremost my prayers are with the families of this tragedy. i am a 64 year old who has been around guns all my life. i have a concealed weapon permit. i do not carry my gun all time but when we go on vacation and am in areas i am not familar with i have it with me. one instance comes to mind where a lady and her parents went into a fast food resturant to get a bite to eat. she had a gun but left it in her car because this chain had a policy of no guns. so she had to lie there while this gunman killed her parents who threw themselves on top of her to protect her. this was the mcdonalds massacre. could she have made a difference i do not know but she lobbied for her right to carry and won. i do not own an assault weapon nor do i intend to. i have a shotgun for protection in my home because i do not want to miss...more gun laws maybe gun ban no. will not ever watch piers morgan again not because of his stand on guns but because of his inability to control himself. who knows what would have happened if he had a gun. you have to be responsible.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  129. vicky

    Terror in America. Guns are terrorizing us from the enjoyment of Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters. Safeway Parking Lots, Churches and now we are been terrorized with our Elementary Schools children. Shame on America. We do not need gun control, we need a ban on guns. People own gun for protection against those that own guns. Stun guns can be used for self protection and they do not murder. Bone arrows can be used for hunting. The Second Amendment is been abused, therefore it's time for change. Also, in my opinion, it was intended for Military use and the Amendment is outdated because when it was enacted, it was intended for the protection of the free States. After the war all States became free states. Too many people in America are suffering mental problems so it's time that we do some research on childhood vaccinations as the cause.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  130. vicky

    Good job, Pierce

    December 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  131. Helen McDonald

    Sorry people but I feel I must respond. I also grew up as a Canadian with guns...to hunt ducks, partridge, deer, moose, etc..
    Today, KIDS play VIDIEO games which teach them to shot people! They aren't in the forest with their Dad's learning to shot ducks!! Kids today spend most of their time sitting in front of X-box, Play Station, or whatever making a game out of killiing PEOPLE!! It's a game. Who wins? Parents need to take these games away from Children. If they can't spend time with them, then at least don't allow them to play all these violent video games. Bugs Bunny never killed anyone but a willing Coyote!

    December 15, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      You are right video games are training the brain to kill with no emotion. Problem is when our kids grow up they may end up in the military which puts them back on vidieo games so they can go kill those nasty humans over there somewhere. When all weapon and I mean all weapons military also. disapear. then maybe we can change. But really drug control, gun control, drug control gun control. same results people will get them, the wrong people. then you better be a good shot with an bow and arrow. As I said the real killer is beer.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  132. Jim Broadway, MSgt, USAF, Ret.

    Piers, PLEASE, PLEASE, GOD PLEASE, don't let this argument go unheard. No matter what the "Gun Fanatics" think or want, it is going to change! I usually don't have too much to say about the horrific things that happen in this world because as an individual I have always thought that my opinion would be just a whisper in the breeze and not worth much, however my whisper is about to become a "Magnified Scream" for the world to hear.

    I think I need to say here that I may alienate myself from many of my friends and even some of my family members for what I am about to post but after today I refuse to be a by-stander any longer!

    I do not have the capability of researching the information but I would like to know which of our politicians in DC (both Democrats and Republicans) who accept political contributions from the NRA. When and how did the NRA and other nut cases become so powerful that they control the common sense and the actions of our elected officials.

    I must explain here my reasoning on what I am about to say and suggest. Even though Newtown, CT is on the opposite end of the nation from me, Clackamas, OR is not. My Daughter and Granddaughter have visited the Mall there many times in the past few weeks when visiting with family in the area. Not just that but my Son-in-Law is an Elementary School Principal as well as a High School Vice Principal. I too, now have a vested interest in what has transpired in the last two weeks with both shooting sprees.

    I am making a personal plea to all "reasonable minded" gun owners, (the nut cases like Ted Nuggent and the three or four fanatics you have interviewed the last couple of days will never be convinced) I beg you, join with me and force our elected officials to put a stop to the killing of innocent children in our nation. It is time for a "COMPLETE" ban on "ALL" auto and semi-automatic weapons in this country.

    I enjoy hunting as much as many of our citizens do, however it has never taken me more than one shot to bring down my deer, elk rabbit or squirrel in the last 52 years of hunting. If you require a semi-automatic weapon to hunt deer or any game animal you should not be allowed the privilege of having a hunting license.

    In today's times with the economy the way it is I hate to wish for the demise of any profitable business but it is time for the Gun Shows to go the way of the Dodo. I don't care how many billions of dollars the industry is worth to this nation. It is not worth the cost of one more child!

    For all the members of the NRA (which I once was a member) I want you to think about the following. What does the NRA actually do for You personally as a member. You get a magazine/newsletter, a sticker for your vehicles window and maybe a baseball hat with their logo, other than that what is you membership cost used for? All I can see is that it is used to buy politicians support in (through lobbyists) putting more weapons on the street so that the nut jobs can continue killing our children. Heaven forbid that your child is next on the hit list of the NRA. Yes, I blame them, their members and all the political asses that support their cause for the deaths that took place today. Any of them may as well have pulled the trigger themselves and I hold them just as guilty as the young man that did do it.

    This is not about taking away the Second Amendment or anyone's right to own "A" firearm for the purpose of protecting their family "in their home". But no one should have the right to carry a firearm to a Church, Mall, Theater, School or a public gathering of any type. It is time that every parent who loves their children to stand up, step forward and put an end to the needless killing of the ones we love!

    Piers, I have some thoughts on how to get many of these weapons off the streets voluntarily but I would need your help and the help of many across the nation to do so. Please contact me so we might have a discussion on it and if what I am considering would even be a possibility. Thanks for listening to me vent.

    May the Lord comfort and ease the pain of those who have lost what we as a Nation can not replace, "A CHILD"!

    December 15, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      I too used to be an NRA member. Each month there was a full page of stories of people defending themselves with guns. According to you these don't count. The 120 pound 35 year old woman is supposed to get just one shot according to you, better make it good. What about ww2 when our weapons disuaded the ememy from attacking the mainland, what about all those guns we had to ship to Britian becuase idiots like Piers had destroyed all of their. Make everybody in this weapon encrusted world play nice and I will listen to you, and I say hand over that beer right now.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        If you own a gun, you should know how to use it.

        December 15, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • vicky

      Well stated.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Clint

        Absolutely agree guns and parachutes you better know how to use them

        December 15, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  133. John

    Piers thanks for having the balls to raise this subject at such a sensitive time, and thanks to those representing the gun lobby who unadvisedly agreed to appear on the show to look rediculous.
    I extend my condolences to all hurt by the tragic events that unfolded at the school.
    Is it not totally obvious that guns kill?
    Were I faced with a mental problem and my mother lost her job and went on, and on, and on about it and then took her own life, perhaps I would have been tempted to do something, and with guns in the closet ... who knows what might happen? But, itn't it obvious that without guns at hand the result would be far less likely to be fatal.
    My point is that the ready availablity of guns is the problem. There will always be crazy people, though not all normal people remain normal, and not all those crazy people remain crazy. The only thing that can be done is to restrict gun availability, and for the police to ask all guns owners ... Why do you need a gun? and to issue permits only when the answer is satisfactory and checks out.
    Please keep on going on.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      Hmmm, why do I need a gun. Well first off because I live on Earth, That planet fittest murder the unfittest, so they can have their money, food or wife. Where people think war is gloriious and Christian and makes a great romantic backgroung to that love story. where they will torture you for fun and entertainment, kill you for sport and it never ends, sometime the leaders are crazy, sometimes the murder 10 or 100 or 1000 so they can 10,100,1000 times the money, food and wives, Think Ghengis Khan – half the people in the country contain his DNA, then think how silly the notion is that you can "control" guns, Like as easy as controling drugs,probably easier. Maybe we can just go back to broadswords. The women may not like this but human will be humans. 250,000 in the last decade from alcohol related auto crashes. The number one killer and I don't hear a whimper. You can't take away my beer.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  134. Larry Minson

    You, Pirce , are a fool with your radical, sociialistic views on gun ownership. GUNS don't kill. BAD peoe do. Guns protect good people against bad people. You will NEVER take guns away from good people, I promise you.... Never!

    December 15, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  135. to

    Desensitized young men. If any adult has played one of these assasin/shooter games will realize that these young men have a few things in common, depression and playing high definition killing games. Wake up and take responsibility for letting these young men get so involved in these games.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  136. Sue

    Next time ask the lobist who pays his salary. He is exactly why we are where we are and I would venture to guess he couldn't pass a psychological exam to procure a gun permit.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  137. steve

    I cant believe how stupid people are, starting with piers. its a waste of mine, or anyones time here to explain how gun control will cure this! All knee jerk gun control laws will do is start a civil war.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  138. Izabele

    Pierce, Thank You for tonight's show!!! I am angry as you are. Enough is enough!

    December 15, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  139. corina28

    Piers, you should keep your mouth shut and let others speak. There are reasons for both sides. My family owns a gun and my husband will teach our children to shoot. WE have to protect ourselves. And I will carry a gun in this crazy world we live in. Because if someone dares to touch or point a gun at my child I will shoot him. Guns will never go away. Therefore, we need to be AWARE and be PREPARED.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      Perhaps, it will be your child next. Will you be at school to shoot back?

      December 15, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • corina28

        Way more ignorant people than psychos, but it's close to the same thing.

        December 15, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
      • corina28

        My prayers go out to all those families. I can't even imagine the pain they are going through. I would hope that my child will go to a school with enough security. Security with guns. that way they can shoot a psycho like this. and not allow him to walk into classrooms. he walked, not ran. We need Protection because guns aren't going away.

        December 15, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  140. Sarha Colorado

    Yeh it's too bad you weren't directly affected by one of these tragedies.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      She was. It made her very insensitive to the pain of others.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • corina28

      I don't think you understand what I am saying. Insensitive? ok, now i know you have nothing else to say or nothing to defend your point. I'm against gun elimination.. And I'm for eliminating the mentally ill.. This is a FREE country last time I checked.. I want LESS government control! Not more.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarha Colorado

        I would think that in a ( FREE) country that the mentally ills rights would be more important then a gun. After all they are actual living beings. Maybe if there were more people interested & moved by the growing epidemic of mental illness then weather or not they get to keep their guns things would change in America. Until then I think anyone that believes they could've actually prevented this tragedy by having more guns should loose their right to own one. Look at the stats; more innocent people die in America due to guns then anywhere else like us. Have some true patria ism & dare to think differently for the sake of our children.

        December 20, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  141. SD in Texas

    The right to keep and bear arms was one of the high powers delegated directly to citizens by the sovereign convention that created our government. The supreme court recently ruled that it is an individual right. So what do we do?

    In a free society, you can write laws to keep honest persons honest, but you can't do so to keep sane people sane.

    As I sit here writing, I'm thinking about those Christmas presents under the tree tonight that won't have a little kid there to open them on Christmas morning.. I am also reminded of August 1, 1966 at the age of 7, I was directed to lay on the ground next to the house because sniper Charles Whitman was up on the University of Texas tower shooting at people for no reason. He had already killed his wife and mother the night before. Almost a ditto of what was witnessed today. They told us kids that he had a brain tumor. I have no idea if that story was true or not, but it helped us kids cope.

    Our founding fathers were brilliant indeed.

    That's why the catholics, baptists, methodists, etc, etc. don't control our goverment and why we don't have phony elections and such.

    After all, book burning and gun control are both just wishful thinking.

    I am an honest, successful, and free American. So don't expect me to turn my guns in over this.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  142. Gun Owner

    What I believe needs to be done is:
    1. Put armed security guards in all public places....
    2. Train personnel in public places and schools to use firearms to defend themselves against these maniacs...
    3. Lock up the crazies who are out there and whom we know could snap at any given time...
    Stricter gun control laws now that we have millions of firearms out there are simply not going to be effective... They will only start a huge black market for guns and "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns"...
    After 9/11, pilots were told to arm themselves... Armed air marshals are flying with us on our planes... Until the day when guns are COMPLETELY BANNED AND TOTALLY UNAVAILABLE TO THE WRONG PEOPLE, we need for others who could potentially be in harm's way and who are responsible for the well-being of others (like small children) to be proficient in the use of firearms, so that they can defend themselves and the others they are supposed to care for... Until we do away with guns altogether, there is nothing else we can do. The only way we can stop someone going on a rampage with one or more guns is to simply shoot him and the more law-abiding citizens do the shooting, the better the odds that he will be stopped in his tracks as quickly as possible... It's a sad situation, but it's real...
    What happened in Aurora, CO would have had less tragic consequences if half a dozen or so armed, law-abiding citizens could have had the chance to fire at the shooter... Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will make it easier for all the crazies to kill dozens of people at a time... How about finding ways to help the mentally ill and allow doctors to decide if they are a potential danger to society, so that we can pay closer attention to them before they snap and/or put them away until they are no longer a potential threat????
    I want to keep carrying my gun so that one day I don't have to stare at the wrong end of a gun barrel and not be able to do a thing about it... Take away all guns in America and I'll gladly get rid of mine... Until then, I have no alternative but to keep my gun and carry it to protect myself and my family, obviously hoping to not ever have to use it... I did not create this state of affairs, when it comes to guns in America, but I do have to live with it... Let's be logical, practical, and realistic... By the way, I do not own an assault rifle and I'm not a gun freak, but I will not willingly give up my guns knowing that there are thousands of bad people ready to use one against me at the drop of a hat because they are criminals or because they're mentally ill and their meds against their mental illnesses suddenly made them snap....

    December 15, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • corina28

      @gunowner You couldn't have said it any better. Well done.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patty Masse

      I disagree about putting armed guards in public places. I heard someone mention that on the radio earlier. It's unrealistic. As sad and horrific as it is, bad things happen and you cannot stop it. Armed personnel did not stop the Tylenol killer nor could it stop anthrax. If someone intends to do bad, they may succeed. Let's focus on mental health and putting the money for armed personnel in public places towards helping these people and their families.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  143. Rob

    I wonder what nutt head piers morgan gonna say about this headline that happened 20 hours ago "Villager slashes 22 kids with knife at elementary school gates in China" now wacko freak piers wants to outlaw steak knives???

    December 15, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Not even a close comparison young man. First not one child died from their slashes from that knife. Second, they are not lying on a cold concrete floor in Connecticut (supposedly your own country) stilling waiting for the moment that their Mother can see them one last time.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • vicky

        Sssssooooo sad. A mother's worst nightmare.

        December 15, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  144. Sarha Colorado

    Piers we love you. Every one posting awful things on this subject are just scared. America unfortunately has instilled fear & hatred into their people which is also what contributes to these types of tragedies. Not to say it hasn't happend else where but significantly more here. Maybe we should all relocate & let the NRA & supporters reap what they soe....

    December 15, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Who is we??? are you speaking for everyone? what a loser you are. If everyone loved nasty piers morgan maybe his show would not be dead last in ratings and all of cnn would not be dead last in cable news ratings, I feel sorry people like you.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jim

        Rob...for someone who appears not to like Piers very much you seem to be an avid watcher of his program. If I were he, I wouldn't take the time to hail you a cab or toss you a bone. So on behalf of Mr. Morgan, I thank you for watching his show and helping to improve his already great ratings.

        December 15, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Numbers show the proof that piers and cnn suck at the ratings from tvbythenumbers this week, like I said I do watch losers like piers on events like today as I enjoy making fun of fools like him and ted turner.

        Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
        FNC 1,855 266 721
        CNN Piers Morgan Tonight 519 115 196
        MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show 1,313 390 658
        CNBC CRUISE INC. 330 129 172
        HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO 208 98 114

        December 15, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Sarha Colorado

        Don't. I am a gun free woman who apparently is braver then you a supposed man. Good luck hiding behind your guns all your life!

        December 20, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  145. Patricia Koza

    Dear Piers,
    Has anyone explored the following tactic? Michael Moore joined the NRA to research "Bowling for Columbine". What if millions of Americans who believe the NRA's position is outrageous join as well, and then force out the leadership? After all a majority of NRA members do not oppose further regulation. Registration is only $35 and can be done on-line; apparently there are no restrictions. Of course this would have to be carefully researched first - we wouldn't want these fees to be used to simply boost their radical lobbying efforts. The goal to infiltrate and replace the leadership would have to be realistically attainable.

    December 15, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  146. George

    You know, there are not that many countries where people have the right to bear arms. And I think in a modern civilized society it is not necessary.
    A lot of civilized nations have evolved over the years and did find other ways to express there opinions and to bring change into government if necessary. But this country here did not evolve from the time where Natives where killed and people where thrown from their land. This country is still unbelievable violent and the behavior of some people is closer to that of primates than to human beings. So gun nuts are right, guns don't kill, but guns in the hands of primitive people who don't understand how to communicate with each other and deescalate certain situations do. This country has to educate people in how to live together without killing each other.
    Whereas civilized people have arguments and discussions about facts or different opinions and do learn how to tolerate each other, Americans often pull a gun, mentally still in the "first shoot, then ask" era!
    So even if the NRA thinks different!
    G u n s are not necessary for our daily life anymore!

    Go ahead Piers go for the NRA and Gun Control!

    December 15, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  147. Rob

    Its funny listening to the left wings nutts and say America needs gun control, what those left wing nutts do not know is that America does have very strict gun control already in place. Since WWII every single mass shootings taken place in America occured in a "gun free zone" . Those gun free zones only means law abiding Americans can not have a gun to protect themselves or in this case, the lives of liitle children. criminals do not obey the stupid gun free zone laws and they know they can shoot at will with no one shooting back. You left wing nutts are very evil demons like Adam was.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sarha Colorado

      It is pathetic to listen to just how uneducated you are! Do the world a favor & just be quiet!!!

      December 20, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  148. Anne Phillips

    You wouldn't post my comment about violence in the media .. the 1999 McCain/Leiberman bill about Violence in the media. You said I had already said that. Have looked thru the list, two other Annes but the are not me .. Why? Anne Phillips

    December 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  149. englishpub

    As a Brit living in Canada, I am astounded at the large number of pro-gun comments on this thread which are void of any rational or educated arguments. If this representative of a large segment of your population, you are indeed in trouble, since these unhealthy minds are probably armed to the teeth.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      Remember ww2 when the americans armed to the teeth had to ship our weapons to you because you had none. I guess some people never learn. Than said, I hope you will remember that armed to the teeth is more representative of the militaty, rocket launchers, tanks, jets, ships, subs and to top it all off Nuclear weapons. We spend a very large portion of our budget on way to kill humans. Getting along is not an options, it would be better to nuke the world. Great place. And Mr. pub your beer is more dangerous than my gun. Today 71 people will die on the roads due to alcohol.. That is just the roads. You live in the Zoo cage where the amimals are just distracted right now with television. What about hollywood have you seen a movie latiely. Guns are the best thing that every happened to hollywood. and the people eat it up. Anyway on this planet with more weapons and hate than any planet should have. I can only say when that guy rings my doorbell at 2:30 am like he did, wearing the ballcap to hide his face and it talkes the county sheriff over an hour to get there, who are you to tell me how best to protect my family.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  150. Reel Lime

    I like that Piers waited until about his twelfth tweet on the subject to actually mention the children who were murdered. Just make it all about politics Piers! Way to go parasite!

    December 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  151. Joe

    "Gun Control"

    Another bunch o kids in a bloody mess
    Another maniac killin innocents
    Analyst and experts on CNN
    Explain away the pain on a day so grey

    Without the dark the stars can't shine
    I pray to hope through the hard times
    What things could change to save more lives?
    I think you know

    Why oh why do they second guess
    Gun Control
    My my my what an ugly mess
    Bless their souls

    I don't wanna hear about his troubled past
    There's a million little freaks with a past like that
    People sayin' there was something wrong with his head
    If he couldn't get a gun there'd be nobody dead

    Why oh why do they second guess
    Gun Control
    My my my what an ugly mess
    Bless their souls

    Without the dark the stars cant shine
    I pray for hope through the hard times
    What things could change to save more lives?
    I think he knows where its at

    Freedom to take other peoples freedom away
    Is this what has become of the U.S.A

    Why oh why do they second guess
    Gun Control
    My my my what an ugly mess
    Bless their souls
    Why oh why do they second guess
    Gun Control
    My my my what a f**en mess
    Bless their souls
    Bless their souls
    Bless their souls
    Bless their souls

    The Trews 2007

    December 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      Ellie May home alone, They all said she should have known, she awoke startled at 2;00 am only to wonder what that might have been. She called 911 they said they'd be there. though things were busy at the county fair. She looked aroung what could she do. She peeked down the hall for a better veiw. A shadow large just stood there seeming as if there was not a care. She slammed the door and chedked the wall, for a weapon long ago taken for the good of all. They told her it was a danger and wasn't fair. Now she lies lifeless beneath her flowing blond hair.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  152. Connie

    Piers...

    I agree with your position around gun control, recent mass school killing. Totally agree. I don't own a gun and never would.
    Even guns for hunting makes no sense. Shooting animals in the name of "sport" is cowardly. (I thought a sport is when both parties know they are in the game!)

    That said....your respected, high profile role on your interview show is compromised by your apparent inability to listen to others who differ from you. The show lately has turned into a shouting match. You step over the lips of your guests who offer an opposing view point. So at the end of the day, what's the point.

    Are you using your show as a platform to spout off your anger and frustration. To do that you don't need guests, do you?

    December 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  153. David Miller

    Thats crap and you know it Bubba..most of the gun violence in in the NORTH..open you eyes and brain..

    December 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  154. TOM RAYMOND

    PIERS. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT GRAND OLD ENGLAND WITH NO GUN RIGHTS. ENGLAND HAS BEEN GOING DOWNHILL SINCE 1900 AND HAS BEEN A DEFUNCT COUNTRY SINCE WW11 DON'T COME OVER HERE PREACHING TO US ON HOW TO HANDLE THE GUN ISSUE. IF WE ALTER ONE RIGHT. WE RUN THE RISK OF ALL BEING COMPROMISED.
    YOUR TREATMENT OF GUESTS LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED. HAVE ENOUGH RESPECT TO LET THE GUEST RESPOND AFTER ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS. YOUR BEHAVIOR IS BOORISH!!

    December 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  155. j shattuck

    We need to offer prayer and support to the victims family’s. The press needs to move on and allow these people time to heel, not pursue this story endlessly for ratings. Sadly enough, despite what Piers Morgan thinks, the most stringent gun laws will not stop a disturbed individual or any group of. We learned that on 911 when we were attacked with razor blades and aircraft. Jim Jones used poison. Twisted evil individuals find a way, you can only hope to recognize and stop them before they do it.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      It's not only Piers who continues to report the same. Sometime, it may good for the victims because it helps them feel not forgotten. You are correct, guns are not the only problem in America. Poison is also been used to maliciously cause people cancer and ultimately death and criminals are escaping prosecution because of the loophole of cancer. It's a silence murder because it's been covered up and many people are been murdered. We need to fear a beverage or a dinner with a friend and be poisoned/caner. When President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez announced that America gave him cancer, he was correct. He was poisoned. It's been covered up, however that the truth will eventually come out.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  156. Shattuck

    Piers is welcome to move back to Britain where he says the streets are safer, no one is stopping him. Listening to his condescending tone, it is obvious that he feels that he is superior. We want you to be happy Piers, so go home. We will somehow persevere without you.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  157. NOtaUSCitizen

    The entire world doesn't need gun legalisation and it will stay this way.

    why does America have to be so special?

    Is there a bloody need to own a gun seriously?

    I for one, have never even touched a gun in my life

    December 16, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      I'm 66 yrs old. I have never purchased or owned a gun and can't figure out why anyone needs something that's only purpose is to kill.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarha Colorado

        I'm am pleased to hear this. I believe you are one of the most intelligent people posting comments!

        December 20, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • clint

      Guns are weapons, humans have always had weapons. Guns are just the newest and most efficient. 400 years ago you would if you could blog be talking about our love affair with the longbow or sword. Humans have never got along. they always find a profit in taking advantage of one another. If you want to talk about weapons talk about nuclear submarines and start talking loud before we all kill oursielves for good. If you are a pacifist and would rather you or your family perish than harm another person, then state that. If not tell use how you would defend yourself. don't expect me though to follow your lead I do not want to be left with a knife in a gunfight. You cannot control millions of smart, clever humans and alcohol and drug prohibitions have shown. Goverments that can do this by being far worse than the criminals. The have total license over you. So what you need to do is to help find a solution other that rendering defenseless men, women and families in this violent world where history says the greatest offenderers are rulers and goverment. Iraq was a tradgedy, a tradged involving much greater weapons leaving hundreds of thousands of orphans and dead innocents. So please get a perspective. If not on this then put your efforts at another try for abolishing alcohol. drunk drivers in the U.S. kill 25,000 people a year. what do you think about that American obseccion

      December 16, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  158. SimplyRED

    Americans are an ignorant lot.

    They live in their own world.

    Perhaps they should travel more and experience other cultures in other countries.

    Its quite pathetic this gun culture thing. Absolute hogwash.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      I agree. But I think what it really comes down to is "MONEY". Gun makers, dealers, NRA fuel this with fear tactics to those who "love" their guns. Plus kids are trained to love guns at an early age. I would bet most of the children killed played with guns at one time or another with no consequence of what happens with real ones.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • clint

        I don't own a gun because I love guns. I wish nuclear weapons and tanks and all that did not exist. We could one day wipe ourselves out and render the world uninhabitable. because we simply cannot get along. The fact is though that unless a goverment is totally ruthless and creates so much fear in people guns will always be around. I only have to sight alcohol and drugs to bolster my point. So i who would have everything to loose would be there with the knife trying to defend my family and children against a paolled convict who has nothing to loose and might not ever mind being sent back with the gun he bought on the black market. You would render defenseless women who may see a gun as a panacea against the stronger male and please don't try to tell me that guns are never used in self defense. you can go look in that magazine from the organization you hate any month and find a page full of case stude. People defend themselves with guns all the time. Then go find a history book sometimes and see how benevolent and kind heartet goverments can be. Stop talking about weapons and just tell me how we can all get along from this point in history

        December 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • vicky

        Start with our ruthless leadership and wake up because they are murdering people to silence them.

        December 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Clint

        About 12 years ago my doorbell rang at 2:30 in the morning. You wake up and wonder what? We go to the door and look through the peephole and there is this guy standing there with a navy windbreaker and a navy ballcap pulled down over his eyes. I ask what he wants and he says he was looking for a trailer park somewhere near. I told him I couln't help him and turns and wanders off to the side yard. we live at the end of the road and don't have a neighbor for 150 yrds. I call the sheriff because we are in the county and they don't come and don't come. All this while my mind is playing tricks on me peeking through the bathroom window I mistake our truck for possibly his car. Though later I believed him to be on foot. After 45 min. I call the sheriff and they say their guy is 20 mins away a will come soon. After more than an hour the sheriff dep. shows up talks for a few minutes and leaves. Now what if my wife had been home alone. I have had night jobs from 11 – 7 and he heard a female voice at the door then after 20 of no one coming decides to try the door again. What would you suggest them? And why does this seem so otherworldly to you like it is not a factor in any of your calculations and is somehow irrelevant. Then The goverments. Hitler passed gun laws just before you know what. The American Revolution began and the British were marching to confiscate the local militia armory. Why does none of this register with you. Do we live on the same planet.

        December 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  159. TOM RAYMOND

    ALL YOU PARENTS OUT THERE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, LISTEN UP !! LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES ANY WAY THEY WANT. BUY THEM THE VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES THEY WANT AND LET THEM PLAY THEM FOR HOURS. AFTER ALL, THE OTHER PARENTS ARE LETTING THEIR KIDS DO IT. AND DON'T YOU GO GIVING THEM TOO MANY CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE AND SEEING TO IT THAT THEY DO THEM, BECAUSE THEY MIGHT RUN THE RISK OF BECOMING TOO RESPONSIBLE LATER IN LIFE !! I COULD GO ON AND ON , BUT IT MAY MAKE SOMEONE THINK IT'S A BREAKDOWN OF SOCIETY AND NOT A GUN PROBLEM!

    December 16, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  160. diirk latenstein

    The USA is lost. lost because so many complete idiots own guns legally.
    I will never again set a foot on this dangerous soil.
    (luckily I am from Europe !!!!!! )

    December 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      I do not blame you. Money is more important than people.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom Raymond

      Dirk, you're not as happy as I am that you're from Europe !

      December 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  161. Danny White

    I watched the interview or crufiction of the gentlemen Fri. night on gun control. I have never experienced a more rude or pompous ass than piers morgan. He would not let anyone that disagreed with him answer a question or make a statement. This limey needs to get his sorry ass back to his home turf and quit trying to make judgements on the American people. Yes, I agree that the Newtown incident was a tragedy. However, the guns used were purchased in one of the states with some of the toughest gun control laws...Banning guns will not stop violence..Maybe getting rid of some of our foreign influence will help..Boycott piers morgan..

    December 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  162. RONALD D. SCHENCK

    i AM 80 YRS. OLD. GREW UP IN THE FARMING COUNTRY OF OHIO DURING THE DEPRESSION AND WW2, IN A FAMILY WITH 9 BROS', 7 SERVED IN WW2. STAUNCH REPUBLICANS!! SERVED 4YRS. IN THE USN DURING KOREAN WAR. GI BILL-OHIO U.: STANFORD LAW-JD 1962. BEEN AN INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE SINCE NIXON DEBACLE! CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE- OREGON. HAVE HUNTED SINCE MY DAD TOOK ME HUNTING WITH HIM AT AGE 6. HE BOUGHT ME A DOUBLE BARREL BB GUN AT AGE 7 AND A REM. 22 RIFLE AT AGE12. I HAVE OWNED A LOT OF GUNS -ALL FOR HUNTING BUT NEVER A SEMI AUTO EXCEPT FOR A HANDGUN. I HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK PUBLISHED LAST JUNE-"PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY OR DESCENT INTO OLIGARCHY". BELONGED TO THE NRA FOR YEARS UNTIL THEY BECAME SO FAR OUT I ACCUSED THEM OF BEING A THREAT TO THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. IN A CHAPTER IN MY BOOK I AMPLIFY THAT CHARGE AND CALL LA PIERRE AND THE NRA THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS THAT EXISTS. I REVIEW THE SUP.CT. DECISIONS AND MUCH MORE . ALL I WANT TO DO AT THIS POINT IS TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO PASS ON TO MY GR. CHILDREN AND GREAT GR. THE FREEDOMS I HAVE ENJOYED. I THINK WE HAVE A GENERATION OR TWO OF PAMPERED BABYBOOMERS WHO HAVE NO REAL IDEA OF THE SACRIFICES MADE TO PASS ON THE FREEDOMS THEY ENJOY.!!

    December 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  163. TOM RAYMOND

    F.Y.I. THE WORST MASS KILLING IIN THE NATION INVOLVING A SCHOOL WAS IN BATH MICHIGAN IN 1927. LOOK IT UP. THE NUT CASE RESPOSINLE USED EXPLOSIVES. IF THESE IDIOTS CAN'T GET THEIR HANDS ON A GUN, THEY WILL FIND OTHER WAYS!!
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A ONE HOUR T.V. PROGRAM DEVOTED TO FIREARM EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE GETTING ALL THE MISSINFORMATION ON THE NEWSCASTS. THE .223 CAL. RIFLE USED IN THIS LATEST TRAGEDY IS A PEASHOOTER COMPARED TO SOME OF THE MILLIONS OF HUNTING RIFLES OUT THERE. A SHOTGUN FIRING BUCKSHOT AT CLOSE RANGE IS AS FEARSOME A WEAPON AS YOU CAN GET. THE POINT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS WHERE DO YOU STOP WITH ANY TYPE OF BAN. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THIS TRGEDY AT THIS TIME. HOPEFULLY WE CAN WORK TO TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS TYPE OF HORROR.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • k hillman

      Simple, just ban guns...you don't need a gun..hungry?..there's a supermarket down the road..angry, disturbed? for sure you don't need a gun...people with guns kill people

      December 18, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • khillman

      the fact is there are too many violent incidents with guns so in lieu of everyone having a meter on their forehead that signals with flashing lights when they've gone off the deep end, keep the guns out of the hands of unstable people by banning them outright. You dont need an assault rifle with 40 round clips. You don't need semi auto handguns. The argument about taking on a government gone bad is ludicrous, maybe not 240 years ago but today, c'mon folks give your heads a shake. You want to play with guns, try paint ball.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  164. Shelley Wooldridge
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    • vicky

      A once in a lifetime incidence.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  165. Griff.

    "So Mr Morgan you're getting involved??? How??"
    "I left England in 1977 and most things seamed normal. Then Diana was murdered in France. 9/11 happened in NYC.
    Iraq happened. Tony Blair was put on trial by the BBC to save the BCH, I could go on, but it wouldn't get printed, maybe this won't?? But what the hell do you know, when you just moved here, and only for a wage-packet!":

    December 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  166. Griff.

    "I went back to England for the first time in 1995, and I couldn't get in any government/council controled building for Security desks? All airports in England were being patroled by armed guards, no luggage was allowed in the building after the last flights out. I had to sit outside because i arrived early for my flight?? Now they re elect a Muslim in charge of a Super Power??? If Tony Blair can't be trusted in England, what would you do wikth an Obama??" "

    December 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  167. Griff.

    "When the USA controle another legal election, in one years time. Then and only then will ther be peace on this planet.
    By then this Idiot will have done enough damage, and we can all move on!"

    December 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  168. Griff.

    "A Merry Christmas you poor suckers at CNN, started out just right agen. One of our own was also shot in the crazy USA, A real Hero some might say." Quote: http://youtu.be/yN4Uu0OlmTg Unquote.

    December 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  169. James

    Get out of our country Mr. Morgan, you will never understand our culture. Try to remember who came begging for courage and weapons when the boogieman was at your door. I wished I would have been on your show, you would be healing for sometime to come for calling me a name.

    December 20, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  170. Murry

    Piers, thank you for tough it out tonight with that complete IDIOT from the NRA. I personally apologize for these uncivilized so called "Americans" who can't even have an intelligent and open conversation about gun control. We have the best armed forces in the world and nobody can reasonably explain why they need assault weapons at home. Thank you for speaking for most of us Americans who are unable to bring the type of impact as you can.

    January 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      Thank you for your response. It's so nice to read something I totally agree with after the scary interview. I'm glad I'm not alone. Have a peaceful night.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  171. David Miller

    Hey...That Limey Idiot has never had a decent interview on his show YET..I am a Nam Vet and a retired Southern Cop..I taught my kids gun safty and shooting at 10 to 12 and don't give a damn who dont like it..I think they need to classify Morgan a "Terrorist" threat and ship him to Gitmo..He does NOT speak for me or hundreads of people I know..I have no intention of giving up my guns to anyone...now or anytime..Morgan or anybody else not born in the US has NO BUSINESS even discussing how we live...and if they don't like it...get the hell out..we didnt invite him anyway..He came here..Live with it or Leave..Go back home and change things there..

    January 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      My husband was a Nam Vet. He passed away nine years ago but we never owned or purchased a gun or needed one for protection. I'm so grateful to have Piers speak for me and all the people who don't have a Rep in Congress who's not afaid of the NRA. We need sensible gun controls and Piers is giving the Brady people and others who have good ideas a place to be heard. Apparently your guns are more important than innocent children.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • David Miller

        The person holding the gun did the killing..and the question is..our FREEDOM..and the Taking away there of..Nothing more...it's what your husband and I fought for..Morgan the Idiot doesn't know a gun butt from his own butt..People who knows NOTHING about guns..should not discuss guns...drunk drivers kill...Doctors who makes mistakes kills..many thinks kill innocent people..you want to ban them all..??? I detest Morgan...I will NEVER stop trying to get him fired and deported...If it was the Civil War era..I would challenge him to a duel..Hewas fired from The Mirror for lieing and making up stories..and HE wants to tell us how to live when he wasn't even born here......No..That dog don't hunt...He came here ...so..him and anyone else who wasn't born here that does not like our laws..Live With It or Leave...

        January 8, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        My husband was against the war and only went because he was made to. I'm thankful someone had the good sense to end the draft. It's angry people like you that makes it difficult to have a sane conversation. I hope you seek anger managment help before you hurt someone.You mentioned the civil war. You should go see the movie Lincoln to see how a Republican managed to end the war. Have a peaceful and loving day with your family, friends and neighbors.

        January 8, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      David... the arguments you make against 'foreigners' coming to the US of A when they aren't invited struck a chord with me. The US of A has been going into other countries and for decades and telling the citizens of those countries how to live their lives but when the Americans go in, they kill with real guns and real bullets. Piers only has his words. Why are you afraid of words? Could it be that you know that words are more powerful than your bullets?

      January 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sumit

        Well said, as if shipping Piers back will undo what happened in Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or.....

        January 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        I don't remember the Iraq people inviting us to kill thousands of innocents.

        January 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        Really David, you should read some history books.

        It sounds like you're all about 'Power to the People" so please name me one war in the last century where the Americans were invited in by the PEOPLE of the invaded country. Europe pleaded with the USA for most of the second world war until you finally came in and then you took all the credit for a lot of battles that were actually won by other nations. It's like you believe that the only war worth fighting is a war the Americans thought up themselves.

        General Wesley Clark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw

        January 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Miller

        I won't discuss History..it's usless to;and I don't really care what you think..I think the way I do...live the way I do..fought for what I believe..and will continue to do so...and really don't care what anybody else thinks or likes..I will pretect my family and property and my rights to the death...it's just that simple..I choose to live a Southern way of life and live free..at any cost..you Sir..may chosse however you heart tells you.."Bless your Little heart"...and if your know anything about the South...you know what that means...

        January 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        Dear David, I truly hope you seek help for your anger issues before you hurt someone. I hope they reccomend you not be allowed to keep weapons for your familys saftey.

        January 11, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • David Miller

        Cheryl....did you sneak out past the men with the white coats..you state that I need help..Did I need help when I was in Nam...did I need help when I patroled the streets for 20 years...Hell no..just because I dont agree i need help huh...you about a total idiot and are one of the main reasons I fight to keep my guns...We dont need people like you running this country..

        January 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • cheryl

        I'm afraid you've been speeding to much time listening to Alex Jones. You seriously need help and I hope for your familys sake you seek it.

        January 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Miller

        "Bless Your Little Heart"

        January 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Miller

        Thats a damn lie...The only time we went in was to help defend people that ask us to come..Did yoiu change your frilly underware this morning...Believe what you want...BUT Morgan is single handed egging on the 2nd Civil War...because we will fight before we give up our rights to have arms...

        January 10, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  172. TOM

    WELL NOW,HOW BRAVE OF YOU, PIERS. YOU OFFEND THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND THEN GO ON AN ASS KISSING LAP TO MAKE AMENDS. YOU ARE PITIFUL. YOUR RUDE AND UNPROFESSIONAL TREATMENT OF YOUR GUESTS TURNED ME OFF FOR GOOD. GOODBYE NEVILLE.

    January 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      We have the right to be angry. Twenty children spent the night in a puddle of blood. You are fortunate that one of the children was not one of your loved ones.

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    • cheryl

      I'm not offended and have lived here all of my 66 years without ever needing to purchase or own a gun. You must have played with guns as a child and haven't grown up like all the other unreasonalble gun owners.

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  173. MAVIS

    YESTERDAY, A DRUNK DRIVER RAN A STOP SIGN AND KILLED A 2 YEAR OLD GIRL IN THE COUNTY WHERE I LIVE. SHE IS JUST AS DEAD AS IF A BULLET HAD KILLED HER. IF WE ARE TRYING TO STOP NEEDLESS DEATHS, LETS TALK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS CAUSED BY ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO. DEATHS BY FIREARMS PALE IN COMPARISON, SO WHERE IS THE OUTCRY? IF IT'S ABOUT NUMBERS, THEN LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! WE CAN TALK IT OVER WITH A RUM &COKE OR A BEER IF THAT DOES"NT MAKE US FEEL UNEASY.

    January 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      We have laws about drunk driving, drugs and a millon other things. Why is it so hard to have laws about guns. You must have loved playing with guns as a child and havn't grown up.

      January 11, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  174. TOM

    CHERYL, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY BE A GRADE SCHOOLER. THERE ARE MANY GUN LAWS ON THE BOOKS NOW, WITH MANY NOT BEING INFORCED AS THEY SHOULD. DAVID GREGORY WAVED A 30 ROUND AMMO CLIP AROUND ON HIS SHOW TWO WEEKS AGO TO MAKE A POINT. TROUBLE IS , IT WAS ILLEGAL TO POSSESS, WITH A $1000 FINE AND UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL. POLICE "INVESTIGATED" AND BROUGHT NO CHARGES AS "NO GOOD PURPOSE WOULD BE SERVED" WELL HOW ABOUT DETERENCE? DO YOUR HOMEWORK, CHERYL AND YOU'LL BE FINE.

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    • cheryl

      Speaking of 30 round ammo clips the nra accepted 7 mil from the largest manufacturer. Maybe that's why they don't want them banned.

      January 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cheryl

      I've been thinking this over. The best solution would be to make it mandatory that everyone in the US over 18 carry a gun at all times. No exceptions. Preferably a Glock with 30 rounds to level the playing field.

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