On Friday evening, in the tragic wake of the Connecticut Elementary School Shooting, Piers Morgan dedicated the evening's program to the subject of gun control. Joining Morgan on the program was John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Dan Gross, and Steve Dulan, attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners.
The night's discussion reached a boiling point when Morgan exclaimed, "It's a load of total hog wash," in response to the argument that the best preventative measure to gun violence is to have more individuals carrying firearms.
"He didn't go to the movie theater with the largest screen," argued Lott and referring to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado a few months earlier. "He went to the one movie theater that banned guns."
To which a strongly disagreeing Morgan responded, "More people would have been killed in the mayhem that erupted."
Also on Friday, Morgan spoke to Alex Israel, a former classmate of the shooter. Israel expressed her shock over the realization that her childhood friend was the perpetrator. "I don't know if you can ever predict something like that would happen," she said. "You never think it's going to happen to your school, somewhere you live and you've your whole life. But I don't know if I could predict it."
Israel did however recall that "there was something off about him."
"He was a little fidgety, a little uneasy sometimes if you were just to look at him," recalled Israel. "I think he was just socially not really into going out there and making as many friends as everyone was really doing in elementary school and middle school. He was just - he preferred to stay to himself."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues our coverage of this tragic event and the ongoing discussion of gun control.
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