In the aftermath of Friday's shocking school shooting in Newton, Conn., on Sunday "Piers Morgan Tonight" hosted a special live edition of the program, welcoming a series of guests tasked with adding insight and perspective to a tragedy that left 26 people dead.
With 20 children, ages 6 and 7, murdered inside their Sandy Hook Elementary School, Steve Dulan and Dan Gross engaged in a thoughtful debate about measures to be taken in hopes of curbing gun violence:
"Our group is a single issue, non-partisan group. We have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents on our board and in our membership, and most of them are elected officials," said Dulan, the Attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners. "We've got the National Instant Criminal Background Check in place."
"Right, but that only applies to 60 percent of gun sales," clarified Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Do you agree with covering the other 40 percent of gun sales with background checks?"
"It's literally impossible," claimed Dulan. "We have a lot of guns in circulation on Earth and in the United States. We know that guns pass across borders ... national and state borders."
Noting that the three most-recent mass shooting incidents have all featured a variation of the same firearm – "an AR-15 rifle, aided and abetted by high-capacity magazines" – Piers Morgan asked Dulan why he approved of such guns being sold in mainstream stores.
"We did actually try from 1994-2004, we tried the so-called 'assault weapons ban,'" he told the host. "It had no impact on crime that anyone could measure whatsoever, and the truth is, sometimes these guns are used in very positive ways to save lives."
Joining Morgan in studio, Gross got the final word:
"This is totally disconnected with what the American people want, and the conversation that's happening out there, and that's what gives me inspiration to continue to have conversations like this," he said. "The American public knows that we are better than this. We don't want to live in a society where violence leads to more violence, and guns leads to more guns."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Dulan and Gross each offer their opinion as to why firearms should or should not be more heavily regulated.
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