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  1. stephen defty

    Dear Piers, thank you so much for so passionately telling it like it is. Keep it up. You are saving lives. I am proud to be American, and with 5 children, II am glad I don´t live there anymore. I got involved in the anti-gun movement the night John Lennon was insanely murdered. I am going to redouble my efforts now. This is the moment for Mr. Obama to take a stand, too. A great chance for him to truly become a great president. A huge majorita of Americans want to fight this insanity, and its time to stand up against these insecure idiots and their merchants of death. There is no way our founding fathers wanted this situation. You don´t think we can stop you, NRA? "Yes, we can."

    December 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Connie Holloway

      I, too, am an ex-pat. It gets a bit old trying to explain to people here in the UK why Americans do not get the connection between guns and dealth by shooting.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john

        Give me a break. Guns don't kill people people kill people. Don't you understand a gun can kill no one with out an operator. If you don't pay taxes here you should be able to make policy.

        December 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SanPedroShooter

      You ready to go door to door? House to house and take guns?

      At least do that. Dont send the governement to do your violence for you.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barbara

      This is how it is: If someone in the school had a gun the madman would NOT have made it to the children! You people are pathetic!!

      December 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ann-Marie Poli

        Can't people disagree without being offensive? There's enough grief around right now. Everyone just wants to figure this out so no other child suffers.

        December 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Thanks for having the balls to get the gun control debate heated up. I'm flabbergasted that people are still spouting about the right to bare arms, what about the right to life that those 27 murdered people had.....where are the right to life groups now? It is about time real gun control was introduced...the guns used were registered, were allowed in the state of Con everything was legal and above board and obviously absolutely useless. How about holding gun owners responsible, if their gun is used in a murder then have the gun owner on trial for murder....maybe then they will act with more responsibility and lock them up and not allow anyone else to use their guns. Change the guns by using fingerprint access, then only the registered gun owner can fire the gun. Sell guns only in state controlled stores, similar to alcohol, get them out of the various sport stores and Walmarts etc. Ban tactical weapons, have simple guns for home ownership and hunting rifles and unless a locked gun cabinet is installed in the gun owners home then the guns should be stored at police stations or rifle ranges. Greatly increase the cost of ammo that might cut down on the number of senseless killings.
      The gun control laws we have right now are obviously not working or enforced, drastic changes are needed to protect the people in this country....how many more senseless killings of little six and seven year olds do we have to grieve over before we treat guns as deadly weapons. It's easier to buy a gun in America than it is to buy a bottle of whiskey. Those twenty babies who were murdered surely had the right to live a longer life than they did, I chose life over arms every time.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • father of 4

        Tina with your words of wisdom you leave nothing left to say. All guns kill,sick people kill,and gun owners who are ignorant on how to safely secure a weapon of such force kills.. I am all for the second amendment but I am also for stricter policies, and more aggressive background checks as well. And I don't think i need to say my position on assault rifles but I will, ALL assault weapons needs to be melted down and recycled cause no one needs them except military and law enforcement. All of these massacres could've been prevented if red flags were raised in every case. But all the seller saw was money. Like for instance Holmes shouldn't of been aloud to buy 1000 rounds of ammo tactical gear tear gas,etc without raising flags. If I was selling all this and one person has these orders coming in back to back I would notify authorities cause something ain't right with that person I don't care about the mighty buck cause no amount of money can bring those beautiful babies back. I am a father and I stay alert rather its guns or knives. I don't buy my kids toy guns. And when I do get another SMALL caliper hand gun my kids won't know I have it and yes my safe will have the finger print lock. 2nd amendment is for the responsible gun owners not the ignorant ones.

        December 18, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Al

        father of 4. Responsible gun owners don't need to have weapons taken away or their rights limited. How about focusing on the irresponsible ones. The mentally unstable ones. The one who committed this terrible crime was an individual. Where is the personal responsibility and accoutability.

        I am in the military, know how to handle a weapon, and enjoy owning my military style assault rifle. My heart aches for the children and families affected, I have said many prayers. I will not be made to feel guilty for simply owning something I enjoy, would never harm someone with, and use in a completely legal manner. It is not the law abiding, stable, and positively contributing members of society that have to be worried about.

        As much energy is being expended blaming guns and gun owners, I hope an equal amount is being spent on alternatives that deal with at risk individuals.

        December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Charles Kelly

        Excellent ideas, Tina. All of your ideas should be adopted.

        December 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        Guns don't kill people ..... people kill people I know of no gun that can shoot by itself. Education is the answer not Gun control.

        December 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        Exactly and this education needs to be a a very young age such as the world doent owe you anything, do the right thing always peoples stuff is not youres so dont take it violence is never the answer ect. And as a parent it should be youre respociability to educate youreself on youre child and what they are or are not doing. Look at it this way if you couldnt get to a doctor quickly we have a resouce called web md. if your child had a physical symtem thta concerned you you would either take them to a doctor or hostpital or web md. and if it was a long term illness or some mental illness you need to be youre best addvocate. Why dont i see more people pushing that issue

        December 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        and it should be noted thats what you teach youre children is violence is never the answer. They are not mature enough to understand the duallity of life. If we accept tho shalt not kill is a axsium, then why do we need police and military but for duallity.

        December 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        to tina and father of 4 a few things. In the case of the shooter in arizona and the one in colorado there is a law on the books that reqires them, if the individual shows obvious symtems or they belive a individual should be barred from owning a weapon, NOT to sell that weapon. Now this is tricky because alot of psycopathics are hard to diagnose but by professionals. The real problem is not the guns but the mental health care system in this country. and i think one law that could be updated is a short term ban when a mental health professional belives a individual could be a harm to themselves or others. Then they must be refered to a court for for judgment of there ability to own or posses a weapon
        do you know the problem here they prob wont do that because of the cost. call me cinical but most everything come down to what it costs. Ask your selves except for enforcement,, which current gun laws are underenforced, what does a weapons ban cost our gov

        December 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • oksana

      Thank you! You are absolutely right! I agree with you.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Here is a great idea for a new company–"mydrone.com." This new company will manufacture personal drones. There is surely a big market as every family in America is a potential new customer for one or more of these weapons. We will also make money by inviting families to practice flying their drones together–mothers and sons–at special "ranges" that we will also provide (for a fee). The "cool" factor would be off the charts for enthusiasts, survivalists, and other early adopters. We will defend our freedom to conduct this new business by pointing to the second amendment. If, by some misfortune, one of our customer families uses one our arms to blow away a school (and the surrounding community should it be armed with our large optional warhead), we will advise that the school should have protected itself first by buying one of our drones or, alternatively, our follow-on anti-missle technology. Tragedies though they are, these misfortunes will provide an extraordinary informational and selling opportunity that will, of course, make our business model even more lucrative! Should naysayers argue after any such a tragedy that our drone business should be halted, we will win the debate by explaining that "drones don't kill people, people do."

      December 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Williams

      Anyone who believes that banning guns will stop this kind of violence is delusional ! The root cause of violence is the lack of discipline and personal responsibiliy ! Ethics can't be discussed in school ; well what did we expect ; virtue ?

      December 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JJ

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223193/Culture-violence-Gun-crime-goes-89-decade.html

      If you read the article in the above link it looks like England has quite a gun problem as well.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hal

      NRA full of BS. Other countries have violent movies, games, etc. Only US has the gun play

      December 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        ok again where is the anger over gang violence, illegal guns on our streets..your thinking is if we have less legal guns will fix the problem with gun violence how many kids have been killed by illegal guns. If you want further gun control how about doing something with the illegal guns. Mark my words if the left doent embrace the fact that NRA is offering a 0 cost initial proposal no gun ban of anykind will pass. those on the right that have been talking about the possabitlety of looking at a possable ban on ar-15 they will not vote to ban

        December 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • cASPER

      GOOD LUCK

      December 22, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. June

    I hope you mention the other victim–Lanza's Mother No one else is
    No candle burns for her No tree No mention at all her name never appeared on the list
    There is 27 NOT 26 victims

    December 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lori722

      You are so right, June. And yet many people have been brainwashed to believe that the mother is always at fault whenever her child does anything reprehensible. I am wondering if the whole story will ever get out. Thanks for making this important point – no sympathy for her.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • RO

      Not that I have no feelings for the loss of his mother, my only question is why Iin the world would a mother purchase guns knowing that her child has a disorder, someone please answer that!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • MaryAnn

        Ro, great question. She knew he had issues. Did she lock up those guns? Apparently not.

        December 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Ayen

      you have a very valid point. I'm impressed you are kind enough to think of that. Best

      December 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dodie

      Nancy Lanza does not deserve any recognition. The President said "26 remarkable persons" leaving her out. She is just as much to blame for her own demise as her deranged son. Why did she have several guns and loads of ammo in a house with her obviously sick son? Something is not right here. She does not get my sympathy. My sympathy is for the 20 children and six adults senselessly murdered. I don't want to hear her name or see her face just as much as I don't want to see or hear or son's name.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doris

      Nancy Lanza does not deserve any recognition. The President said "26 remarkable persons" leaving her out. She is just as much to blame for her own demise as her deranged son. Why did she have several guns and loads of ammo in a house with her obviously sick son? Something is not right here. She does not get my sympathy. My sympathy is for the 20 children and six adults senselessly murdered. I don't want to hear her name or see her face just as much as I don't want to see or hear or son's name.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Williams

      Excellent point ! The mother of the shooter IS indeed a victim as well ; she is a victim of political correctness run amuck ! Our children can not be taught morals or personal responsibility in school ; that might poison their delicate minds ! So what exactly did Liberals expect ? A better society ? Well DUH ! It will continue to get worse until we recognize that we are chasing the wrong culprit -guns – and focus on accountability !

      December 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. carlingfordcastle

    Sixty five years ago Jewish Irgun terrorists massacred hundreds of defenseless Muslim women and children. Now we pay tens of billions of tribute to these terrorists. Irgun and Lanza both displayed depraved mental illness and it is this mental illness that permeates our society. Fifteen hundred engineers proved the towers came down from controlled demolitions – not just Building 7 – another example of mental illness being unleashed upon us. Guns are not the problem it is the ever expanding mental illness of our culture as we deny God and replace love with hate in all of its forms.

    December 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barb

      http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2012/12/17/lets-have-that-conversation-about-guns-n1468596

      December 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Gary Wells

    a disscussion means from other viewpoints. I have been trying ever since the school shooting in ct.
    I am a 20 year army veteran. I got out in 2001 and am very familiar with the "evil" weapon he used. if you asked a military weapons expert for what he did the m-4 would be the last weapon they would use. and by the way there is much diff from the military weapon then the civilian. and my quetsion is how many kids would it take before it bacame such a outrage. Mark my words if we dont fix the root problem we will only see it get worse

    December 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. gary wells

    we really do need to disscuss this but with out emotion guiding us. You really should have a military expert on. you would find you are very missinformed mabout the weapon he used

    December 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOANN S.

      SOLUTIONS: You want to practice target shooting? Leave the guns at the target range. Want to hunt? Leave the guns at the local police, sheriff, state police station... where strict control and monitoring would exist. Want self-protection? Then take the toughest psychiatric 5-hour tests and interviews to get a gun license, not an empty useless background check. I suspect that even these logical compromises with the gun "lovers" will not be enough because guns are not just firearms to the hunters, collectors, hobbyists... Guns represent power, control, domination...which is entwined with the male ego; they want their guns in their homes. And to those owners it seems as if the barrel of a gun represents an extension of one's manhood... hence the extreme "out of my cold, dead hands" Charlton Heston mentality with too many gun owners. They will not flex. I just ask them one question: "Do you love your guns more than you love your children?" Then choose, because those who don't have the stain of innocent children's blood on their hands.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        The prob with leaving your guns with the police ect is that actually exists in the military. A service meber is required to put there weapons of all kinds in their unit armory. None in there house, and the military can inspect you living quarters at any time without prior notice. So how did the major at FT hood at the most restricted area get one in to shoot others

        December 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        again i ask you why dont you adress the oklahoma federal building bombing how many children did he kill. The problem is the people who justify killing anyone ecept self defence

        December 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • gary Wells

        You are right about one thing controll. Controll over protecting there loved ones, protecting the food they have stored for them. God i hope im wrong and we will never need them but what if

        December 17, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • dave

        You are a very twisted individual. !st off, it has nothing to do with your manhood. 2nd, it was a woman who bought these guns. So that part of your arguement is null and void. Who are you to tell me where to leave my property and when I can use them. I will take my firearms out and shoot them as I please when I want to without getting permission from somebody else. You need to get job or something to occupy your time. Your are idiotic at best. Don't make writing your profession because you lack common sense and wisdom.

        December 17, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gary wells

    They would prob tell you of all the weapons it would be the last they would use to kill many targets in a short time. And the other question is how many kids would it take to be an outrage

    December 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Gary Wells

    Remember thgat oswald used a old bolt action rifle to kill Pres. Kennedy from a distance and a moving target.. the disscussion really needs to be in what world is it ever justified to kill 20 kids or even other inoccents. if we dont fix this we can ban forever and it will still happen

    December 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. maoriora

    Good on you, Piers and God bless. "Blessed are the peace makers."

    December 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Piers is anything but a peace maker. He is a verbally abusive individual who is not willing to keep an argument on an intellectual level. Just watch his show. Any time someone disagrees with him he insults them personalty and vehemently. Heaven forbid you have statistics and facts (there's a difference) on your side. Then he really gets angry.

      December 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CASPER

      PIERS IS AN IDIOT AND A BULLY

      December 22, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JOANN S.

    There is an illusion that there's one mentally unstable person that pops up in our society every now and then. The truth is there are plenty of these people in our society who are a danger to themselves and others. The reason why they are able to fly under the radar are easy to understand: families are in denial, families don't have the laws on their side in order to help the dangerously mentally ill, the "anti treatment & hospitalization" movement (including civil liberties union lawyers), the health care insurance that has a too high threshold "hoop" that needs to be jumped through in order to get loved ones hospitalized and into treatment... the list is long and the majority of Americans are clueless.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JOANN S.

    Dear Piers: Please deliver this message on your show to the NRA, the gun lobby, Ted Nugent and the very dead Charlton Heston: "Better YOUR cold, dead hands... than my child's...."

    December 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I wish i could but i live in eastern Wa. This is too important bnot to have all voices. we live in a time when some believe that its ever justifyed to kill young children. untill we fix this problem then all the banning will not stop this. Also some think that mentally ill people is a product of 20th and 21st century. President lincoln suffered greatly from wht we today would call sever deppression. the prob is a MORAL one, and yes there was obviously some mental illness

      December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        So here's the big question: Why do men "love" their guns?

        December 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernie

      Many of us has no idea of all that goes on around us. Before we are so fast to ban guns ask questions as you have a right to know. Just saying..........

      http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/2011-national-gang-threat-assessment

      There are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and OMG gang members comprising more than 33,000 gangs in the United States. Gang membership increased most significantly in the Northeast and Southeast regions, although the West and Great Lakes regions boast the highest number of gang members. Neighborhood-based gangs, hybrid gang members, and national-level gangs such as the Sureños are rapidly expanding in many jurisdictions. Many communities are also experiencing an increase in ethnic-based gangs such as African, Asian, Caribbean, and Eurasian gangs.

      Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis. Major cities and suburban areas experience the most gang-related violence. Local neighborhood-based gangs and drug crews continue to pose the most significant criminal threat in most communities. Aggressive recruitment of juveniles and immigrants, alliances and conflict between gangs, the release of incarcerated gang members from prison, advancements in technology and communication, and Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (MDTO) involvement in drug distribution have resulted in gang expansion and violence in a number of jurisdictions.

      December 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        Not all but most Gang activitie could be curbed by one thing, A review of our countries drug policies. At the least legalize pot I dont know the statistics but i would bet i funds most of gang/terroists activities with drugs. Again im not saying it will fix all and needs a complete review. After all when you fight a war for over 40 years and are loosing maybe it time to reasses your tactics. i wonder what % of gun murders are linked to gangs

        December 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOANN S

    Spare me the "Guns don't kill people" b.s. If guns don't kill people, than NOBODY needs to own guns for self-protection because "Guns don't kill people...." Right? How delusional can you get?

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

      I didnt say that i said if we dont talk about the thing thats behind this the nothing we do will help. you only have to look to the oklahoma bombing to see this point. How many children did he kill. Gun are only the tool. and as it is the weapon he , the ct shooter, used. I am a 20 yr army veteran so i knoiw this weapon. In fact we where actually lucky the guy in oregon used it. It has a bad habat of jamming why the army wont let soldiers use high capacity mags. One of these idiots will prove the point and blow themselves up.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I wonder with all the statistics how many are killed with automatic weapons which only criminal civilians can own. Look at Mexico and how many deaths there. some of the weapons supplied by our gov

      December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al Harshman

      How damn stupid can one person get. Take a look at Mexico, where all guns are banned but yet Mexico is the highest country in the world with gun murders because the outlaws have guns and no civilian is capable of defending their family. Look at the OKC Bombings. Timothy Mcveigh didn't use guns, but he killed more children than anyone else, but you can still but deilsel and fertilizer without a permit. Pull your head out of you ass.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • uh-yeah

      Joann is a misandrist and not rational. Please don't argue with her. She is likely to go on a violence streak and abort a number of babies. Just mark her items as abusive.

      December 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JOANN S

    DEAR NRA, TED NUGENT, THE GUN LOBBY, AND THE VERY DEAD CHARLTON HESTON:

    "Better YOUR cold, dead hands.... than a child's..."

    December 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      and i partially blame the mother becuse she should have known the danger of letting her son have access of any gun. Thats what responciable gun owners do restrict access. She did pay with her life. I do agree at the very least it should be manditory for gun saftey and respocible gun ownership training

      December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        You can blame alot of people, but blame doesn't change laws or open's the closed mind. Recognizing mental illness can be very difficult, if not impossible sometimes. Often, family members are confused or in denial. This involves getting the entire nation up to speed on mental health laws.

        December 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Australia got rid of all their guns for the globalist. Now Armed Robbery is UP 69 %, Assaults ts with guns UP 28%, Gun murders UP 19%, and Home invasions UP 21 % Sounds like that is working out real . What all you mioptic emotionally controlled people can't see is that you can't separate isolated incidents from the overall picture on planet earth.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JOANN S

    So apparently there's alot of country out there that has wild animals roaming like in Montana.... lions and tigers and bears.... Oh my! So I'm sure those in Montana would have no problems taking a 5 hour psychiatric test, interview and profile in order to have self-protection from those nasty bears and coyotes. In the good old U.S.A., we call that a C-O-M-P-R-O-M-I-S-E although I don't believe the gun "lovers" know anything about compromise.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      We're not "gun lovers" we're family lovers, Unless you are ready to say you are a total pacifist you are a hypocrite. When and if someone threatened the life of your family you would be fine to just let them have at it. Alcohol is killing 25,000 people a year on the roads. The number one killer of 16-24 year olds. "control" didn't work for alcohol or drugs so if you're not using history, statistic, or precident where are you people coming from

      December 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        If you're a family guy, then learn to sacrifice. Sacrifice the guns instead of your children. Guns are an extension of one's ego: Those drawn to guns are drawn to "power, control and domination" Otherwise, why hunt, kill, shoot guns? Come on! Who are you kidding?

        December 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      Yoiu are right about Mental health issues. Do you know how many people are turned away because of low mental health funding. That would be the very first place to go. if you do not all the gun laws in the world will not help. But its easier to talk about taking away anything dangeriuos than spending the money need to address this prob

      December 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        Yes - I happen to know about mental illness very well. But you can't fix this problem of deadly mass shootings without working both issues at the same time; they intersect each other for the "perfect storm". It's about sacrificing for the good of the whole. Something gun owners apparently find offensive and horrid... like they'd die if they had to flex or sacrifice. Old Chinse saying: The tree that doesn't bend in the wind, breaks in the wind.... When you're a parent, you sacrifice W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R I-T T-A-K-E-S to save your children. Now this gun issue is no longer about adults being massacred; it's about helpless children being murdered.... Which side will you choose? Our children or the guns? This is about being a decent human being: sacrificing your personal needs (guns) for the good of all. If experts told me I had to sacrifice my "hobby" or "pastime" in order to save just one child in this country, that's exactly what I would do.

        December 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      I keep reading this "gun lover' stuff and I really don't know what you are talking about. What I think it is, is a fallacy designed to disqualify us. I would never want to be on either end of a gun. But let's open a history book why don't we. Oh my humans have been killing humans since the beginning of time. Imagine that. A gun is just the newest weapon. I would gladly give up for peace. Peace though would mean evreryone would have to get along. Have you seen the size of the U.S. military. I don't think they are planning on getting along or peace. We have created hundreds of thousands of orphans in Iraq. over false pretenses. Why don't you talk about that.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        I am a child of the late 60's early 70's so grew up with peace on earth good will towards men not just at christmas time. Unfortunently we have discovered that we alone cant believe that. How many people around the world are let me take what you have

        December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOANN S

        It's time this country put the gun owners under a microscope and looked at them on the mental health level: owning a gun is all about "power" and "control" and "dominance" and "ego." Wow! All the traits that create violence and war instead of peace in this world. The barrel of a gun is an extension of the male ego and it's need to have power, control, dominance. Funny how no gun "lover" talks about that facet of owning guns.... But lucky for gun owners, that's about to change....

        December 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      Have you read the 1968 and lkater gun laws on the books. You can find it at atf's web sight. The biggest prob is enforcement of the law and some stupid actions to make it look like they are trying to keep you safe

      December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      Why do you have a problem with hunters. Most hunt for the meat, so if you are not a vegian, where does you beef come from. Also do you, know where most funding comes fror wildlife managment The HUNTERS
      . If you are a vegian good for you but that should be for a health reason. also are you aware of what a feedlot is like. you want to get sick go to one of them

      December 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      This is planet Earth. We are not the smartest species in the universe seeing how we could totally destroy our planet by "mistake", I don't know how you have the all seeing eye so that you know who ego is doing what. Yes guns are power, power I would rather have than being powerless. I know you think this is "for the children". Sad to say it this is a very violent planet and the tragic event of last week will not even make a blip in the long term view of tradgedy. Power, control and Domination , what you're talking about here are politicians and central bankers. I don't hunt and really don't like killing animals.. I pick up spiders and set them outside sometimes. Australia no guns – armed robbery up 69% assualt with guns up 28%, gun murders up 19%, Home invasions up 21%, really helping the children there . Want to tone down the violence and weapons, start with U.S. military funding

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      You're problem seems to be more with power, ego dominance. Just because I live on the violent planet where the history of human kind is defined by war and killing. you get to paint me any way you want. I guess because I am male and choose some attempt at self defense, this is somehow evil. I think you start with a premise are and emotional person who can't think spacialy and refuses to back down or look at the full context for prides sake

      December 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        HEADLINES I HOPE THAT WILL APPEAR ON THE NEWS:

        NEWTOWN CITIZENS DEFEATS THE GUN LOBBY.....

        December 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOANN S

        You can do any self-defense you want. You want a gun for self-defense? Submit to an intensive 6 hour psychiatric examination, a psychiatric interview and a profile, then you can get a license for a gun. Please see my previous comments 'cause I already said this.... again.....

        December 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      ok thats not a bad way to go either dont think it would take 5 hours tho. But i can bet ive been thru that much BTW diagnosed in 96 monthly psyc visits left army in 2001 for failing a physical fitness test.(altho my nco exam says suffering from obvious physical disabilities that hinders preformance NOT phsycological).
      so i was in the army for 5 years while being treated for a phsycological illness. Trust me they would have taken my m-16 away if they thought i was a problem

      December 17, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        you have to slow walk some gun owners. Have you seen the old red dawn movie. There are alot who see that as reality( and not saying it couldnt happen). Gun lists can be scarry. But most have resigned themselves to the fact they exist.But that is the mentality you have to deal with and not a unfounded one. See n korea. imn sure they would love to at least take alaska. most people never here all the crazy stuff they do

        December 17, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • CASPER

      JOANN S PLEASE STOP THE IGNORANT SMART SARCASM. IT IS REALLY SHOWING YOUR MENTALITY. GO TO SLEEP.

      December 22, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Gary Wells

    please read the 2nd ammendment and read it thru the eyes of the founding fathers. I maintain if we no longer need the 2nd ammendment then we no longer need the 1st. It was put there to protect the first. Read the writings of the founding fathers

    December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Gary Wells

    If we belive we no longer need armed citizens then we can trust our gov to never restrict our 1st ammendment rights

    December 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Gary Wells

    And if we accept that our gov would not restrict our freedoms then what about N Korea, or Iran or yellowstone erupting or a major eaerth quake of the west coast. Our gov couldnt possiably get overwhelmed

    December 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Gary Wells

    in that was to happen you would run to a place for protection that had no guns?

    December 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Mark

    I belive that the gun issue is this American generations emancipation issue that Linclon faced two centuries ag

    December 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      Your are talking about semi auto rifles. Think rocket launchers, morters, flame throwers, grenades, surface to air and surface to suface missiles, emp weapons, field artillery, tanks, aircraft , naval vessels, submarines and enough nuclear weapons to destroy the planet 3 times. Emancipate that

      December 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. JOANN S

    I can only hope that Piers Morgan's Town Hall has alot of highly intelligent Americans who want to debate intelligently and in a civilized manner and who make this world a better place rather than the selfish, self-centered, egotistical, uneducated, kill-or-be-killed, me-first, I-haven't-a-logical-argument-in-the-world type of American who doesn't know how to spell the word "self-sacrifice for the highest good of all....." Come on Piers! Help us change the world where our children don't have to worry about being gunned down in their classrooms.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gary Wells

      WOW I cant belive you went there. I would bet you i am nmore intelligent than you are. unless you tested in the top 2 %. so that means anyone who doesnt hold the same opion as you they are uninteligent. You listen to my arguments and the only thing you can do is demean me and not answer?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        You apparently think my comment was directed at you. Please note that I left my comment on the general area and not in response to ANYONE's comment. Why do you feel it's directed to you? Hmmmmmmmm.......

        December 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Trying to disquallify someone because they spell words wrong is an old flallicy/trick. to avoid meaningful discourse. I am pretty sure the only "civilized" "intelligent" people will be those who think like you. Name calling, me-first, You will have to do better if you really want to talk about it. You live on a planet where the people inhabiting it have not caught up to the technology. including guns. insanity is nuclear weapons in my view. You really need to try and see the whole picture instead of trying to win by disquallification.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        i couldnt agree more and has been my argument from the first. In what world is it justified to kill children.Thats the problem

        December 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary wells

        i agree with you about the nuclear weapons. I spent most of 10 years training for that and other threats from the soviet union. assured mutial destruction. what an oxymoron. And most people do not know just how close we got many times i could tll you stories that would make the hairs on the back of yoiure kneck stand up

        December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Al

        Joann. You are a judgemental, rambling extremist that wouldn't know how to have a civilized conversation. Your highly charged emotions are evident in your posts.

        I agree with the individual that called you a hypocrite. I hope you are living green, not eating meat, and supporting every other cause that is causing human harm. Maybe your life needs to be examined for six hours to make sure you are not causing harm.

        I grew up with guns, as did everyone in my family (including the women – let me know how that fits in the male ego). We hunted to eat. So have the millions/billions of human that have gone before us. I am a law abiding, civilized gun owner, that would venture to say has done far more to help the environment and my fellow humans than most, including yourself.

        I serve in the military, and of course would pick up a gun to protect your right to idiotically ramble, with my life if necessary. So by all means, keep posting.

        December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      again i gave yo a logical argument in general why wont you answer it

      December 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Clint

        She won't answer it because logic is not in the equation. there only two things in the equation, murdered children and the guns that killed them, nothing else. You are going to have to give a person like this "time".

        December 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Don't worry, When the Central bankiers own the world and rule through U.N mandate and drones enforce the "laws" you will most likely get what you want. I just don't think It will be everything you hoped for.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        And if you dont buy the human threats what about the natural threats like i said i bet the first place they would run to for safety would be someplase without guns. unless they want to be part of the marauding hordes

        December 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Gary Wells

    i keep trying to have a inteligent disscussion cause i do not agree with you and am trying to help you see the other side. Like i said please explian to me how dening easy access to weapons work when there was the ft hood shooting. Name me a more secure place and harder access to weapons are than on amilitary base

    December 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Gary Wells

    because there are only 2 on here disagreeing with you. if the comment wasnt ment for me i appologise

    December 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Gary Wells

    you do know that the military can at anytime for no reason inspect servicemembers quarters. One of the things they look for is weapons not in the unit safe. so to protect our children we should allow local police forces to inspect citizens houses for any reason to make sure they dont have weapons

    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Gary Wells

    that is the same standard the major on ft hood was subject to

    December 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Gary wells

    Again i dare you to find a more secure place than most military posts

    December 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. JOANN S

    What's funny on this post is that nobody is apparently reading clearly and hearing my words. That's why god gave us 2 ears two eyes and only one mouth.... Let me try this again....

    I said in a previous post "... who can't spell the word "self-sacrifice" as a figurative point. It has nothing to do with whether someone does or doesn't know how to spell.... so please pay full attention to what you read because you misread my post....

    The words I used in a previous post: selfish, self-centered, egotistical, etc., is what I've been posting on all the other 200 blogs and social media I've been writing on because I have personally been in the "trenches" of both a violent gun attack which someone almost lost their life due to an illegal gun as well as caring for a paranoid schizophrenic person for the last 20 yrs. so I have a unique experience and perspective that many people don't have. My feet are planted firmly within both topics: mental illness and gun control. And now, as a mother, I've seen the horrors of Newtown, and a door has opened in this country that WILL NEVER CLOSE AGAIN... The elitist gun lobby has the politicians by the throat (or should I say wallet?) and they're realizing that the Newtown horror had opened the floodgates of people, by the people and for the people.... (Not For the gun lobby....) But "For the people.."

    December 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      Thank you.
      We are a bigger voice now than the NRA. Please keep on blogging. Our children need a safer and more truthful America.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Clint

        So a safer America may be like a safer Australia where Armed Robbery is up 69%, Assault with guns 28%, Gun murder 19%, and home invasions 21%. Knowing this country the statistics will be worse. You can't separate humanity and weapons, espeicially when our goverment is at it's lowest on the "truthful" ndex and spending Billions on weapons.

        December 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      I too come from a unuiqe perspective. I am100% service connected for Major depressive dissorder. i fought for 5 years to get that rating. I tried hard to get help on the outside world, none available. It took me 3 years to get any treatment except medication at the VA. Because my doctor asked me if my wife would be better handling my finaces than i ( im kindav a spend thrift) and later administrative decision of incompitency(but only finacial) I have lost my second ammendment rights. The really funny part is a social security judge found me compitent at about the same time. That is your gov at work trying to protect you. Agian i can enter contracts sign for everything except my va paycheck( i get my social security in my name) and i would gauanty i would be founds competent to stand trial

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JOANN S

        So then you, of all people, should know that the mental health insurance parity in this country (U.S.) is broken. This is why President Obama wanted to initiate the new health care laws. So nobody would be left out and unable to get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, like millions of those who are mentally ill do. Remember that as of now, health insurance companies are allowed to decline people who have mental illness as a pre-existing condition. That will change in 2014 thanks to the President. Have you ever had the problem of not getting insurance because of a mental health condition? I do know because I've had that experience as a caretaker. Obama-care forces the insurance companies to cover the mentally ill, regardless of their diagnosis.

        December 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Garyn wells

        No i have not because i started service connected was first diaganosed in the army in 96. so left the Army with the health care but lived a long way from the Huston VA. But i can also tell you that the biggest problem the mentally ill have is the pregidus(sp) they have with alot of people. Thats where we must first start is getting them to understand. I am not sure if you post for peirs on twitter but one of his posts was ALL people who have or are being treated for mental illness should be barred from guns. This shows a lack of understanding mental illness

        December 17, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        i would say that at the very least we MUST have gun safety and the respociability of gun owner training manditory. that would be a good start. the most important thing is getting mental health for all who need it. You dont have to look any farther than the andrea yates story. ShULD make all mad

        December 17, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      What i mean by your gov. Is the VA decided unsolicited to give atf the list of all servicemembers with a administrative decsion of imcompatent( understand that the vas decision is only for va monies nothing else). So how they are helping is taking thoses dangeriuos veterans who most would never be incopitent to stand trial from having weapons. Your gov at work

      December 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      and it should be noted that you prob would bring experience that most gun owners would welcome in their commuinty if something wrong happened and you needed them. This is the way most(not all) gun owners thinkl

      December 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clint

      I don't have to have an "unique" experience. That is just another attempt at elitism. I have lived long enough to know that humans are animals. We are not visiting the zoo, we live in the zoo There was that time though about 12 years
      ago when our doorbell rang at 2:30 in the morning. I go to the peephole to see a guy standing there with a navy windbreaker and navy ball cap pulled over his eyes. He says he is looking for a trailer park somewhere nearby. I say no he wanders off to the side yard. Our closest neighbor is 150yrs away. we call the sheriff because we live in the county. My mind starts playing tricks on me. I think our truck is maybe his car. 45 min later I call the sheriff again. finally after over an hour they show up talk for a few minutes and leave. make of that what you want. anyway people are animals

      December 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        I am glad you dont. not a path i would wish on my worst enemy

        December 17, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      also again what about the ft hood shooter they have exactly what you want. Everything except totalyt no guns they have in the military. If what you said would work why was he able to kill all of those people

      December 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary wells

      also i should reiterate that the military has the right to go in there houses to look for weapons or other stuff anytime for no reason. So should we insttute that also

      December 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I understand just how dangeriuos they(the N koreans) are . I lived with it for a year stationed in s Korea 97-98. We here in the US dont see 1/4 of what goes on there.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Gary Wells

    and thats the point for most its the what if, and if the what if happened what would you be willing to do to protect and fead those that you love

    December 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Gaby Hartel

    If there is such issue on how to ban weapons,, I believe there should be an attempt in stopping the sales of ammunition and bullets first The sale of ammo and bullets could be .. for example... done via an police station.. I also think the amount of ammo should be limited and one should be held accountable for the use of ammo. By this I mean if one shoots at a club... you buy 80 rounds you shoot 80 rounds and that should be tracked. Is there any oversight on the sales and use ammo in the US? Also, during hunt, amateur marksmanship contribute to terrible animal suffering.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Andrea Renee Hall

    Blessing and love for all the beautiful victums who now rest in our Creator's Arms.
    A Gun is designed to kill. Not to protect. By many of the comments I have read so far, so many do not understand nor do they comprehend the loss that continues to take place in this country at the end of a gun. The fact that gun laws are not enforced, and are not changing fast enough to protect the innocent is the crime. As long as a gun is available to someone who goes off the deep end, no matter the cirsumstances, there will be death.

    May there be a lesson here today learned. Ms. Nancy Lanza was murdered by her own gun by her own son.
    She had assult weapons in her home, promoted both her children to use them. To know how to use them. And she knew her son Adam was was not well. So why would she keep these weapons avaliable to her boys?

    If she would have lived, she would have been looked upon by many as an accomplice. Gun ownership is basically too much of a responsiblity for most to understand when something like this occurs. Gun enthusists and owners are the ones who espeically need to promote GUN CONTROL.. Or they will loose thier rights as well.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOAN

      The only thing possible that could have stopped those bullets from reaching those children and adults was the actions of good men and women to stand up to the bully lobbyists who've got the politicians and "law makers" by the balls. The "evil" of greed, corruption, arrogance, power and fear helped to murder innocent children. Apathy kills. The gun manufacturers are pure evil when they put their profits before the lives of children and that is exactly what happened. How do they sleep at night? How do they live with themselves?

      December 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Alice

    Bowling for Columbine was released 10 years ago. It is haunting that a decade has gone past, and yet the same terrible incidents are happening. Who needs a gun? The primary school involved had a protocol for this, and I'm certain most other schools and establishments do as well. What a scary place to be living where everywhere has a protocol in case someone with ill intent enters with a gun. Guns are terrifying. This is literally beyond my comprehension. It's not about gun control but about gun elimination.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mary

    My admiration for Piers Morgan grows by the hour. His passion for gun control in the U.S. is beginning to resonate with parents who are trying to reassure their young children it is safe to go to school when they themselves are not sure. I admire his stance on the subject despite the fact that there is still so much objection to his point of view. He is not anti-America, he is pro-America. He wants to save lives of Americans instead of reporting another horrendous crime by someone determined to take his own life and who wants notoriety in death.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Ayman Sotari

    We need to change the gun laws immediately. Time for action

    December 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. JOANN

    250 million guns in this country.... The NRA says "arm the teachers.... and the librarians.... and the priests in church.... and the checkout girl at the food store..... and the gas station attendants.... and the Salvation Army Santa Clause... and the....???????? Do these gun lovers not even see the assinine stupid impractical obscene insane lack of common sense in this "pseudo-solution????"

    You stop major problems by killing off the root to the problem. You don't try and stop the flow of a flood by using buckets to bail out of the flood! You stop the flood at the source. And the source in gun massacres is STOPPING GUNS. If that means if you Mr. Gun Lover has to "give up" or "change" the way you use your guns then it's high time you learned that when you live in a country, you must sacrifice for the country. AND THAT IS WHAT BEING AN AMERICAN IS ALL ABOUT!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Brett

    Piers I admire your passion around gun control, but think it is time that we begin to censor are children from violence in video games. Obviously gun control may prevent indivduals from executing horrific acts against humanity; however, video games such as "Call of Duty" and other roll playing games plant the seed of terror in the minds of our youths. I believe these virtual worlds created by video games alters the thought process in individuals and clouds their ability to understand reality vs. imaginary. If we are going to make changes, then lets change and focus on the root of the problem.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. JOANN

    YOUR ROCK PIERS MORGAN! It's ironic that Piers, a British citizen, is the only strong voice talking about the "elephant in the room" because all the other American politicians don't have the cajones to smack back the greedy and corrupt gun manufacturers, gun lobbyists, NRA, and gun lovers...

    DEAR NRA, TED NUGENT AND THE VERY DEAD CHARLTON HESTON: "Better YOUR cold, dead hands... than my child's....!"

    December 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. J. Dobber

    As said in the comments I also notice the media is forgetting the 27th victim and with yesterday memorial we notice the people of Newton do not and name her. I hope indeed the media will start doing the same.
    From this side of the world our thoughts are with you!
    In case of the gun control laws. We did see the movie bowling for Columbine with the truth about gun control and hoped people will learn its lesson. But as mr Obama said last night it is almost like getting a habit. We got a shooting, we sympathize, discuss about gun laws and then move on. I understand Piers Morgan's emotions if it concerns in case of gun laws. How many kids must be killed? As it has been said it is like a habit. A habit to have much guns, to show off and to teach the children.
    I am on this side of the world seeing programs on National Geographic and Discovery Channel about families ,about how they create guns in such a positive way that it is like a normal thing to have and hold in the houses.
    It is amazing to see this kind of addiction and my opinion is that it should be stopped seeing as an addiction. As a drug like alcohol or drugs in general. Unfortunate I understand in some parts guns are needed for some protection. But it should be used indeed that way. Like the rules you have in some fight sports. It is all about protection not to show off and to have as many in the house! There for my opinion is that the habit, the addiction to have a gun should stop! Stop the programs as we see on National Geographic or Discovery Channels. Let those channels also take a stand! And as alcohol and drugs DO NOT USE IT as it is bad for health in this case in takes lives. But if needed use it as it is for what it is.. do not show of like getting drunk or getting high! Stop this gun addiction do not commercialize on tv as we see now on these channels.
    Have stronger forces in how much a person can have. Leave the guns in lockers on shooting schools and have one if protection is needed in area's and specially have small ones. Again stop the addiction! and honest from my point of view just do not have any it all. Many countries with strict rules and still many people survive better and have hardly these lunatic shootings.
    It is clear guns supposed to be for protection of the kids but it does not protect the kids at all......

    December 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Janice

    Wouldn't it be great if a independent firearm drive were all Americans can hand in at least one firearm in memory of the victims of newton a drive took place in Manitoba Canada. Not that long ago it was very successful Janice Wpg Manitoba Canada

    December 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brett

      At the same time ask children to turn in all movies, books and video games that exacerbate violence. I agree guns are an easy target, but not 100% to blame.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Marcela

    What about energy drinks that the kids can buy without any restriction? That makes them doing crazy things too.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Hilary

    Only in America, God help u

    December 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. JOANN S

    What's unbelieveable about so many gun owners is that they think they're Clint Eastwood as "Dirty Harry" and they'll be able to "fire back" at whatever crazy gunman comes at them..... Are they delusional? The Newtown shooter had a protective vest on. There was the element of surprise. He had enough ammo to kill everyone in the school. He was using a automatic gun that fired (how many bullets???) a second? Do gun owners really believe they'd suddenly turn into John Wayne and have the ability to "shoot back" when they'd be outgunned???? There's obviously a disconnect in their neuro-biology circuitry there.... (That's a scary thought in itself.)

    December 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tony petres

      So Joann, your answer is to not fight back? Just take it? Maybe that's your take but given a choice, anyone with brains (and a gun) would have shot this miserable sick kid in the face-hell, a 22 caliber might have ended it.

      I guess our country is divided into the "just lay there and die" crowd, and the larger, "fight back like there is no tomorrow" group. If your wondering which line i'm gonna be in it's gonna be that long mother, you can bet on that!

      December 19, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        Thats the thing Most of "us gun lovers" arent that stupid. We have no desire to be dirty Harry or john wayne or any other movie hero they would get killed dead in a real firefight. First thing they teach you in basic training "dont be a john wayne

        December 19, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
      • CASPER

        I WILL BE IN THAT LONG LINE WITH YOU TONY. SOMEONE HAS TO BURY THE HELPLESS ONES THAT WON'T TRY AND GIVE UP.

        December 22, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Wells

      hello again I know how sencitive you are about gun violence but if your willing i have a poinjt for you to ponder. It is listed at the bottom of this page and uses the rifle oswald did to Kill JFK. Just a little execize to say only banning semi-automatic guns wont help

      December 19, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. JOANN

    Every single American must remember that gun control and changing mental illness health care is EVERYONE'S BUSINESS because there are others out there like the Newtown shooter and his bullets may have YOUR name on it. Whose name? Nobody knows.... therefore, every American needs to do at least one thing, however small or big, to change this nightmare murdering our children!

    December 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I couldnt agree more and i am working on it with my local congressman. Its not the main thing you are looking for but is one thats dear to youre heart

      December 19, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. JOANN

    I think CNN and Piers Morgan should do an investigative report on the gun manufacturers since somebody's got the politicans by the cajones... (That's Italian for "tennis balls").

    COME ON PIERS! Show the guts you Brits have over we wussy Americans!

    December 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      Please try to remember are interested in getting re-ellected. Not a bad thing since they are supposed to work for us. Imagine if they said I dont care what you think i will do what i want. well they wont be back next term. The thing is there are alot more people than i think you are aware of who belive in the second ammendment who arent in the NRA

      December 19, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      The thing is he can rant and rave all he wants and be argumentative with others who dont think like he does. He needs to do what i have been trying to do. Try to educate. My mother used to say the first one to yell looses the argument. And i have seen himyell and talk over his guests. And why is it he doesnt ask for more moderate poeple to come on and give their arguments? i mean calling the gun he used like a ferrai insensitive and stupid, armming everyone in public places again stupid. having properly trained people, by properly trained i mean the same training police get in the use of deadly force and trained in the weapon in this incident may have helped

      December 19, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. JOANN

    Am I waking up to a nightmare in my United States of America or am I hallucinating? Do we Americans allow the gun manufacturers tell us what to do and our children are sacrified? What's wrong with this picture?

    December 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. JOANN

    Who has the blood of those innocent children on their hands????

    The gun manufacturering company executives and owners
    The people who work in gun factories
    The people who ship the guns
    The people who work in gunshops
    The people who sell guns at gun shows
    The people who buy guns at gun shows
    The people who help block laws that protect the rest of us... Sickening. Just sickening.

    All these people have those children's blood on their hands.....

    December 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      again if we accept that guns are here to stay then lets look at gunshows. Do you know why the so called gunshow loophole exists. There is no mech on the federal lvl to stop it. In most states, washington for sure you can not buy a firearm in a gun show without doing the paperwork thru a licenced dealer. a simular law or our govment should make the firearms purchase form available to all private owners. I am sure they havent done that because iot would cost too much. It seems most things our govment does other than the feel good stuff comes down to cost

      December 19, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      Do you want to get really angry cannot remeber the year but recently The VA spent like 120 million on one conference in orlando. I forget but 120 milion would buy alot of thoses forms

      December 19, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      im not sure but i would bet alot of good programs could be implimented if they took out all the waste in gov, and thats maybe without raiing taxes much if any fraud waste and abuse is a huge part of our countries ills. That and stupid polocies like for every dollar a person on afdc recieves 1 dollar of benifit check reduced. Whats the insentive. i am not sure if you understand how your gov works but it is and has been broken for a long time

      December 19, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      Let me tell you Joann your only responsible for yourself and your actions you can not take responsiblity or blame for the actions of others.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CASPER

      WHATEVER JOANN

      December 22, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Kim

    In Norway, where last year 77 mostly school age children were gunned down in cold blood, it is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for a private citizen to obtain and own a firearm.... In Mexico, where roughly 12,000 GUN MURDERS occur annually, gun laws are VERY RESTRICTIVE.... And, notably, here in the U.S., the scenes of many of these shootings turn out to be GUN FREE ZONES.... We are about to engage in a FIGHT FOR OUR LIBERTIES.... The liberal leftists in our government WILL NOT waste a crisis–so they are COMING AFTER OUR WEAPONS... After our RIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES AS WE SEE FIT... They will seek to PUNISH LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS for the crazy, deranged act of a LUNATIC... They MUST NOT SUCCEED... These shootings are a CULTURAL PROBLEM, not a gun problem... An armed society is a POLITE society... PERIOD.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Ray

    If you google the causes of preventable children deaths and injuries in this county, a death by firearms is WAY down the list, but all the liberal media wants to talk about are guns. If they cared about the children like they say they do, then they would focus on the issues that kill the most children. Gun control won't help the majority of killed and injured children.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JAS

      All you gun "lovers" keep talking, because you demonstrate your lack of intelligence and logic with your feable arguments. And I'm addressing this comment to everyone both on this blog and every other one.

      THE NRA: COWARDS AMONGST COWARDS!!!!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JAS

      Wake up cowboy! We are not "liberals" or "democrats" or "republicans" - We are the united mothers of this United States. And hell hath no greater fury than a woman whose children have been killed. And the one thing you guys don't get is that every mother in this country feels that those innocent children who were massacred were also "our" children. So don't even try to come up against us! DROP THE GUNS AND GROW YOUR MANHOOD SOME OTHER WAY. HUNTERS: GET ANOTHER GOD DAMN HOBBY!

      December 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        are you a meat eater. If so attacking hunters is hypocritical. Have you ever seen a slaughterhouse, or feedlot. alot of people have no clue of what the procces is. Huners do

        December 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • tony petres

        Hey JAS, If your gonna kick my ass, I guess you will have to go thru my wife and daughter-both are NRA trained in handgun tactics and are both damn good shots, That's right, you have hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of female gun owners in the US. I would recon most will fight your attempts at disarmament. Sorry 'bout that.

        December 19, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        LOL i guess they dont know what the real power behind the NRA is. It like saying AARP has power because of all the retirment homes

        December 19, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
      • tony petres

        Hey JAS, If your gonna kick my ass, I guess you will have to go thru my wife and daughter-both are NRA trained in handgun tactics and are both damn good shots, That's right, you have hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of female gun owners in the US. I would expect most will fight your attempts at disarmament. Sorry 'bout that. Also, for the millionth time, the kid didn't use "an automatic weapon" Full auto machine guns are outlawed, and have been since the 1930's. Semi auto means one pull, one shot. Most deer hunting guns are configured this way. My guess is you must live in a big city, and watch Piers Morgan for your news. The kid was mentally deranged, feared being committed, and snapped. That's the whole damn story. Most gun owners just want not to be persecuted by people like you and the government. Do you drive a car? You could kill someone (or yourself) tomorrow. Why don't you check that out?????

        December 19, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  46. Allan

    Piers why bother having guests on your show, you consistently talk over the top of them leaving us with only your view point unless it serves you agenda.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. JOANN

    GUNS = POWER, DOMINANCE, STATUS, CONTROL. This gun lovers need some mental adjustments to their paranoia, hysteria and lack of basic intelligence.

    ATTENTION GUN LOVING MEN AND THE NRA: As your "buddy" at the NRA once said.... Now here this boys: "Better YOUR cold, dead hands.... than a child's...."

    December 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      Joann Guns don't kill people .....People kill people The NRA killed no one.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      how many saw the peirs show tonight. When i belive it was corry Booker said to him the real prob i have is with illegal guns he just ignored it and went back to talking legal ar-15's. WEhere is the outrage for that the illegal guns. Its much easier to talk about baning a gun from legal buyers than fixing the big problems

      December 20, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. JAS

    I wouldn't trust you yahoos with an electric pencil sharpener, let alone a gun!"

    NRA WEBSITE HAS CLOSED DOWN, JUST LIKE THE COWARDS THAT THEY ARE. CHILDREN HAVE BEEN MASSACRED AND THE NRA DISAPPEARS.

    HEY GUYS: THE BARREL OF A GUN IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF YOUR MANHOOD!!! MAN THE FUNK UP!

    December 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. jas

    COWARDS, ALL OF THEM! NOT SO TOUGH WITHOUT THEIR "TOYS" AKA "GUNS" NOT ONE OF THEM WITH ONE SINGLE INTELLIGENT ARGUMENT AS TO WHY THEY NEED THEIR GUNS SURGICALLY ATTACHED TO THEIR HIP.

    GROW UP! OR AT THE LEAST, GROW A BRAIN! OR GROW YOUR OWN DOPE - PLANT A GUN MAN

    December 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      Hello, i just wanted to say that not very many respociable gun owners are surgically attached to their guns. In fact most of there life,the guns, stay locked up in a place that no one else can access without their permission.
      Also it should be noted that the villinzed weapon almost 99 % of all legaly owned ones are used for target practice and stored just in case. what i mean is like a major earthquake and psunami of the west coast or a nation like s Kores was to put well placed nukes in this country. That is why law abbiding people own them

      December 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JAS

        Not one of you gun lovers on this sight has the guts to answer my question:

        WHY IS THE BARREL OF A GUN CONSIDERED AN EXTENSION OF YOUR MANHOOD?

        IF YOUR GUNS ARE TAKEN AWAY, THEN IS YOUR MANOOD TAKEN AWAY TOO? GUNS ARE ALL ABOUT DOMINANCE, CONTROL, STATUS, POWER. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR GUNS AREN'T THERE TO SUPPLY YOU WITH DOMINANCE, CONTROL, STATUS AND POWER? That's why these gun lovers are in hysterics over somebody taking their guns away. They are all positively paranoid....

        December 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Joann. You are a judgemental, rambling extremist that wouldn't know how to have a civilized conversation. Your highly charged emotions are evident in your posts.

      I agree with the individual that called you a hypocrite. I hope you are living green, not eating meat, and supporting every other cause that is causing human harm. Maybe your life needs to be examined for six hours to make sure you are not causing harm.

      I grew up with guns, as did everyone in my family (including the women – let me know how that fits in the male ego). We hunted to eat. So have the millions/billions of human that have gone before us. I am a law abiding, civilized gun owner, that would venture to say has done far more to help the environment and my fellow humans than most, including yourself.

      I serve in the military, and of course would pick up a gun to protect your right to idiotically ramble, with my life if necessary. So by all means, keep posting.

      December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      has nothing to do with my manhood. it would be nice if we lived in a world where it was all peace and love. Im a member of that generation but we have grown up and realized its just a dreamworld. There are people even more so in the us that will want to take what i own and they dont care if they hurt me and mine in the proccess. thats the civilised america we live in. if you have found a better america let me know. I will tell you right now for me and mine there is nothing i wont do to protect them. and if you say differently you are either a liar or sometings wrong with you. Again what wouldnt you do to protect your children?
      the other thing i see is pure hypocritical. on tonights show peirs had i belive corry booker on he told peirs the real prob he had was with illegal guns peir ignored it and went right back to the legal ar-15. wheres all the outrage for the illegal guns on the streets of america

      December 20, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Stefan Stefansson

    Consider this:
    * What's the ratio of criminal gun killings to how many 'defend' themselves w/a gun?
    * How many small kids accidentally kill/injure themselves or others with unsecured guns?
    * How many are killed/injured with their own gun after being disarmed or by accident?
    * How many are killed with guns during road rage, family, friend, neighbor and work incidents?
    * How many times have guns been stolen/taken and used in deadly crimes (as was the case in Newtown)?
    * Do 100% of gun owners keep their guns secured 100% of the time?
    * Who is most likely to take a gun w/out permission? (children, family, friends...)
    * Sane people today can over time become unqualified gun owners – Is there an ongoing/regular system to see if people remain sane.
    Basically, with guns around, chances are they'll cause harm, not safety.
    The 'People kill, not guns' is bogus; it takes less courage and is easy to mass kill with automatic guns; the killer doesn't have to get in the victim's personal space. They can quickly kill themselves when cornered. It would take a long time to take out many w/out guns and the killer is vulnerable during the spree, can be subdued.
    PEOPLE – just destroy your guns voluntarily by the masses and it will lead to more overall safety.
    If Adam's mom would not have owned guns, he at least might have raised alarms while trying to get guns/ammo. Then again, his mom should NEVER have let him shoot guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Michael Shelton

    Piers, you're my newest hero. Your interview of the Virgina guns rights "wacko" on Monday evening was brilliant. As a former police officer and civil rights lawyer, I find your voice very refreshing when compared to the indifference of so many Americans.

    Keep up the good work and don't let them get away with a thing. This includes Sen Fienstein – why not make the ban retroactive and force a government buy-back? If the original ban had stayed in effect, Lanza's mother could not have bought the rifle and his chance of finding another one to steal would have been substantially reduced. The end result, maybe 10 dead – not 27. Every politician who supported ending the ban in 2004 is covered with the blood of 20 children today. I hope they wear it well.

    I am beginning to believe we need to write the Queen a very polite and remorseful letter telling her this whole experiment in democracy has been a dismal failure and we would, very respectfully, ask to come home. Maybe you could sponsor our request! If nothing else, think of how many children might live past the age of 6.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • gary wells

      i bet there are enough people who would gladly buy you both one was plane tickets., If you dont like our democracy no matter how messy it may get. then by all means move back

      December 18, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      you could also apply to move to china remember the stabbings there. Im sure the reason he didnt have a gun was an administrative foul up

      December 18, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. D Parrish

    Thank you for leading this debate which will hopefully result in meaningful changes to our gun laws. I watched your show and believe our society is in need of a major adjustment. I do not own a gun and have no desire to own one. Quite frankly I have never seen the need for it. But I have to admit that as a single person the thought has crossed my mind recently that there are so many more violent situations occurring it might be a good idea to get some form of protection. I am 62 years old and this is the first time I haven't felt safe in my own home, and neighborhood. This has got to change!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Will Simson

    I have never been more proud of any CNN correspondant than I have of Piers Morgan these last several days. He is pointing out to the rest of us the the emperor has no clothes, the emperor being the NRA and assaulty weapons, big clip supportors.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      you are being lied to. the m-4 civilian mdel has little in common with the military one. I bet nra's big announment maybe to ban the 100rnd mags. they are not needed and actually dangerious to the opperator. I would like to see mags no larger than 20 thats what the military uses. allso the ammo the military uses is more powerful and different design than the civilian ones

      December 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Al

    Joann. You are a judgemental, rambling extremist that wouldn't know how to have a civilized conversation. Your highly charged emotions are evident in your posts.

    I agree with the individual that called you a hypocrite. I hope you are living green, not eating meat, and supporting every other cause that is causing human harm. Maybe your life needs to be examined for six hours to make sure you are not causing harm.

    I grew up with guns, as did everyone in my family (including the women – let me know how that fits in the male ego). We hunted to eat. So have the millions/billions of human that have gone before us. I am a law abiding, civilized gun owner, that would venture to say has done far more to help the environment and my fellow humans than most, including yourself.

    I serve in the military, and of course would pick up a gun to protect your right to idiotically ramble, with my life if necessary. So by all means, keep posting.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I have tried to rationally explain and educate others here.
      they seem like my father my"my mind is made up dont confuse me with the facts". And it should be noted that he is on the VERY far right

      December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. mattdeancole

    The availability of Colt AR 15 style rifles for sale to the lawful public is not the problem. It is the lack of regulation surrounding the the sale and possession of these weapons that is the problem. I live in Canada where these type rifles are available to citizens who have firearm licence. Yet, these rampage type shootings do not occur to the same extent and frequency in Canada. There was a shooting at Concordia University in 1992 where four women were killed and another wounded.

    So what is the difference? In Canada citizens who wish to purchase firearms obtain a license called a PAL, much like a driver's licence. A background check is done prior to issue of the license and then the individual is pre-approved to purchase and possess firearms. Semi-automatic rifles are limited to 5 rounds per magazine (handguns 10 rounds). There are no concealed carry permits for the general public. Storage of firearms must be stored in a secure location i.e. safe and away from ammunition.

    A popular argument of the gun lobby in the US is that most gun crime is committed by guns obtained illegally. Hence, there is no point in disarming lawful citizens. That would make them less safe. And while this is true and more needs to be done to curb the black market sources of firearms, the regulations surrounding the legal obtainment of firearms needs to be dramatically revised in the US, in particularly more states than in others. The Virginia Tech shooter purchased his firearms legally, and who was clearly mentally ill. Guns purchased at gun shows do not require background checks – a dangerous loop hole. The Connecticut shooter was able to obtain his mother's firearms and ammunition, hence they were not safely stored. And there was a disturbed person living in the residence.

    It is unfortunate for Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the long gun used in the Connecticut massacre and the Washington DC sniper shootings, has suffered backlash – including that from it's investor group. It is not the fault of the manufacturer of the firearm, it is the lack of regulation implemented surrounding the obtainment and possession of such firearms that lead to Connecticut massacre and others like it. Many firearm manufactures beyond Bushmaster produce clones of the Colt AR 15/M4 type rifles.

    Nuff said

    Matt Cole
    Msc., CSCS, Kin

    December 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      i am not sure you understand why the 2nd amendment exists, maybe you do, but it is a mistrust of government. we began that way. and in case you or others fell it is unjustified Look back to benjamin Franklin. Prob the most famious person in the world when he went before the privey counsel of England. He was treated so bad like a second class citizen by them. If he couldnt be treated with respect then no American could. He walked in the privey counsel a britian walsked out an American. So you understand If 95 % of americans wanted to take out the 2nd amendment they could not its forbiden

      December 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      and i wish people would quit calling them high powered rifles they are not. They are only a bit more powerful, at least the civilian version. The ammo the mil version uses is more powerful but illegal for civilians to have. a good compromise would be what the army is issued 20 round mags. still not the same as the army but at least a fighting chance with any, ie North Korea, army

      December 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      ment to put in alittle bit more powerful than a .22 lr. .22 LR has 45 grains of gunpowder the .223 has 50 grains and a 30-30 which is the first truely high powered rife is 150 grains

      December 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • DANIEL K

        Are you Seriously comparing a .22 long rifle to a .223 rifle round? You better do some reading before you spout off comments like this. I was with the Police Forensic unit for over 30 years and bullet damage is not measured by bullet weight. It is determined by mass X velocity. Firearms experts will better explain what foot pounds mean.... If I throw a bowling ball at your chest at 10 feet per second it will kill you. If I throw a piece of Kleenex at you at 10 feet per seond you won't feel it.... Look at these images and tell me they are the same.......

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

        I was not comparing bullet weght i was comparing gunpowder in the casing. A .22 LR is for hunting small game. A 30-30 is the smallest( i belive but could be wrong is the same as a 7.62) recomended round for humane killing of large game like deer again the force that pushes the bullit is the gun powder. now while a center fire compaired to a center fire may have some velocity effect and inform me if im wrong it is the gun powder that determines strenght.
        Also will you be willing to admit that the ammo the mil uses is diffent than what a civ can legally buy.
        again the gun powder in a .22 lr is 45 grains, the gunpowder in a .223 is 50 grains and the 30-30 is gunpowder of 150 grains.
        if i am wrong please tell me

        December 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        Am i wrong that gunpowder is not the determining factor of the force a bullit travels?

        December 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        also i must state that i am very awaer of this weapon spent 20 years in the army. I dont have the tech information in front of me. But was required to know that weapon inside and out.. it is not Just mass x velocity. that is the finale equation but the important factor is force which is determined by the explosive nature of the propellant use to push the bullit. That is also why there is a max range and effective max range which detirminse how far a cetetain bullit should travel

        December 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • campinnfool

        the foot pounds of energy released at 100 yards from a .22 is 1017 and the foot pounds of energy released from a .223 is 3240..... over three times as much killing power. I tried to attach some other web pages but this site deletes them. To compare the two is not logical. If you spent twenty years in the army with a .223 rifle and you don't understand the difference to the .22 long rifle, I no longer consider your opinion as having any relevance... You need to go back to bed so you can get up to early enough to deliver your papers in the morning.

        December 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        ok are we using civilian legal .223 again from what i have read and looked for in sporting goods stores there doesnt seem to,be ball ammuntion( mili grade bullet) and have seen on atf downloaded pdf. the ammo used by mili and police are not the same .I could be wrong am not perfect. just for my edification what is the 30-30?

        December 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        And yes i do understand the diff fro military grade ammo and the 22. I would think i they are the same i cant see why they wherent outlawed show me the difference between the two. and if i am miss informamed about the power i am more sure about the shooers danger in using this weapon for rapid fire because there would be bigger carbon build up in the chambor. that is what happened with the org mall shooter

        December 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        and why did you feel it was nessisary to talk down to me. That is why you wont get people to change thier mind when you abuse them. Like i said i am fallable and again the argument i have been making is the civilian weaapon is not the same as the military one

        December 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        and what causes the annomilly is the ceterfire cap that ignites the gunpowder that much create such difference.if its the weapon then why do they need m-60 machine gun(7.62). also it should be noted for conservation of ammo and accuracey and less chance of jamming and double feeding they have g=created a 5.56 squad automatic weapon.

        December 19, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        Please convince me they are the same mil and civilian

        December 19, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary wells

        also convince me the 9mm clock he carried is less effective at 25 yards than the .223. a10 rnd mag is very quick to change

        December 19, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        I OFFICALLY EAT CROW. I was wrong in my assuption of the .223 and 22 LR. I however have learned some good things from my needed research. You can google ea search term to find out youre selves. I will also be telling my fello gun enthusiests to not worry about this gun. much new research has been done on the military 5.56(which is different than the .223) but just as noteworthy. as a purly protect your community in the end of the world senarios. I will not go into the details but if interested google then go to wikki may not be exactly acurate but very close to what campingfool said. Again as with anything a littl knowledge may light your way

        December 19, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  56. Mark Lorence

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, ".

    The Tranquility of our nation, our cities and towns and our hearts has slowly been slipping away.. I hope we can get it back again soon.

    We, as a nation need to turn the mirror around and find answers inside. It just means do the right thing. If we reflect on the silent night that is now Sandy Hook, how could we not bring honor to our forefathers intentions and to all the families suffering from senseless and preventable violence?

    If we stay numb to the declining moral direction our country is heading, is it any wonder our hearts shrink in the same direction?

    December 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gar Wells

      I have been saying this ever since the shooting. We dont have a gun problem we have a moral problem. When i grew up we didnt have these things going on. We need to look at our collective Moral compass and fix it. I do not mean Morals as who is sleeping with who but the really important ones like dont steal dont lie dont murder( which is the most important but also justified at certain situations) How could it ever be justified for any reason to kill kindergarteners

      December 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. daniel k

    I'm a Canadian that's following this in disbelief! American teachers carrying guns as part of their teaching responsibilities? I hope your also going to teach them "hand to hand combat" and other ways to kill as well. I don't quite understand the Second Amendment. Can I build a nuclear bomb in my basement? How about buying a fully armed tank and pointing it at my neighbor? Where does the right to bear arms end? Can an American buy a little Plutonium and where would he/she buy it? Maybe from the NRA....

    December 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      if you would go to atf web sight and download the 1968 gun laws updated in 2005. all the things you are talkinjg about are and will remain illegal, in fact much smaller things are illegasl to include amor piercing, exploding and specific amoo ment for mil and police. this also includes the ammo they use in m-4 5.56 or .223

      December 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. adolfo

    Thank you Piers! for having the courage and the ability to voice the opinion of those of us who have no voice and the ones who no one listens to. Thank you for putting the civil in civil discourse and debating those who try to impose their idiotic and distorted sense of reality and views onto the rest of us... attempting to brain wash everyone to believe we are too ignorant to know what is right for us...

    it is hard to believe that a country that spends so much money on aiding children and people in other countries is incapable of protecting their own right here at home...and I don't mean arm the teachers...we don't need idiots trying to brain wash everyone that teachers must carry a gun to protect our children ....this is a sing of an under developed brain ....guns are not the answer.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      I am not saying that we need to arm teachers they have enough to worry about. But in this instance If the principal had the same training the police recieve on use of deadly force had a high powered pistal and the training to use it and a lock box(small arms ammo safe) why wouldnt she be as well equiped as a police officer stationed at the school. Again how many principals after this would say either i wont do this or authorize someone to after last weekend. Where will you stop to protect our kids. weather you belive in guns or not they are here
      Just to illistrate my point oswald used a single action bolt rifle to get off 3 shots in about 6 sec. and did this to a moving target

      December 19, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      figure this. a bolt action that can be fired at 2 rnds per sec.( i wont get grewsome except to say we all know what that bullit did) so one round every 2 sec with 10 round clips.3-5 rounds to break the front glass.now we are into 10 sec. figure he carried 10 10round clips and took 1 sec ea to change so now we are to 20 seconds. 5 min for the police to get there. 300 sec from start to finish so now we are at 280 seconds left 280 divinded by 2 is140 rounds fired
      The part thats nuts about this is before last friday how many of us could even talk about a senerio like this no matter what weapon. Thats the problem this should be unfathomable but now it isnt. Please lets get back to where its unfathomable. Or at least fight trying

      December 19, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      coorection 1 rnd every 2 sec

      December 19, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Dan in VA

    Don't come to my country and tell me to give up my rights.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. USAUSA

    Go home Piers, you are not needed here.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. john

    If you don't pay taxes here don't try to make policy here. The right to bear arms is clearly evident in the second ammendment. Guns don't kill people .....people kill people. I don't think there is a gun made that will shoot without an operator. Education is the answer.

    December 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      So John, guns don't kill people, people do huh? Ok show me one human being capable of killing twenty six people in less than five minutes....even a trained killer would not be able to walk into a school and kill six teachers and twenty babies in such a short time. For sure that murderer would never have even attempted it without the gun, stolen, from a responsible gun owner ....his mother. His mother was a "Doomsdayer" she had six legally owned guns and considered herself a responsible gun owner, as did most of her friends.....how do we determine who is responsible and who is not? Are we certain these responsible gun owners will not snap one day and shoot up another school or movie theatre? Do these responsible gun owners lock them in a gun safe or are they on the shelf in a bedroom closet? Do the families of these responsible gun owners know where the guns are, if so everyone who knows had better be mentally stable......seems pretty impossible to know all this info for sure.....so, how do we determine who is responsible?

      December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. AdrianName*

    I think the school staff should carry a taser gun and protect the kids

    December 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      Don't think the taser would work, the staff would be shot before they got close enough to use it.

      December 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Susan Patterson

    Piers if the U.K and Australia are soooooooooooooooo great maybe you better take you butt back there and get out of our country where you are making loads of money.

    December 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      I agree with you Susan, obviously he's not reading these comments. should find out his address and send him a postcard

      December 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. bharatish

    Piers,
    You should allow others to talk without interruption irrespective of their opinion. You should not appear as if you are pushing your views on others using CNN forum. Otherwise you are going to alienate open minded viewers. You alone can not change anything. Your must try to mobilize the opinion of the people in support of your valid views . You should appear positive and be less argumentative/combative. Expressing views and trying to promote a healthy national debate is as patriotic as anything else. Thanks for that.
    Rights of the people to live normally without fear is more important than anything else. All other rights have no meaning without this right. Some people have compared vehicles on roads to guns in causing the deaths. The main purpose of vehicles is transport the people. Accidents cause deaths. No insane man has ever used vehicles to cause mass murders. Vehicles carry insurance for any damages and deaths. Similarly should not guns be required to carry insurance for damages and deaths?

    December 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. Babs

    To those who keep telling Piers to go "home" will you all please post a "Grown Up" answer to this Horror of a problem WE have in this country. Stop the school yard bully answers to his, mine, others opinions.
    Susan, John, Dan...READ the 2nd Amend. Please! You are NOT a militia...you do not need military weapons. You want to misuse the 2nd, fine I will buy you a musket...will that make you happy...no because you are so insecure you need a weapon of mass destruction...that is sick.
    How are you any different than those Murdering children/women in the Congo? We are Not any different. All the Civilized countries on this planet have changed their laws and NONE have a murder/gun killing rate above 75per year...why do you think that is? You can't be that stupid that the #'s don't tell you all something.
    We are the laughing stock of the world, people think we are stupid and do not care about our own children. We get credit for being generous for other people in trouble when a disaster happens on another part of the planet...but they think our stupid politics of guns and greed is laughable and do not take us seriously.
    Any terrorist can buy a gun in this country....why doesn't that bother you?
    It is obvious you all have not traveled, you need to go abroad and you need to hear how others see us and you need to listen...just listen...open your mind to other ideas...it's worked for other countries and it can work here too.
    I and a few friends had to tell people we were from Canada when last out of this country...we got tired of hearing about "Dubya's" stupidity in the Middle East and OUR love of war...gad.
    Please get your head out of the bubble you are leaving in....this is NOT the 1850's...the wild west is over, we won the war...there is no invasion planned....get over it.
    Our children's future is at stake, our place in the world stage is at stake...I'm tired of being #1 in gun related deaths on the planet...yes, we are #1...excluding those countries involved in a bloody civil war.

    December 20, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      Maybe we should deport him, let UK have this idiot back

      December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      HMMMM so stupid and yet everyone still wants to come here,ever wonder why? or maybe you're just as stupid as Pierce and should pack up and leave. UK maybe?

      December 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Kevin Shank

    Hi Piers,
    The next time you have an idiot on your show that wants to arm our teachers say...well instead of arming the teachers why don't we provide all our students and faculty with body armor? We'll have sizes small, medium, and large available to all students and faculty and when they get to school they can adorn their armor and at the end of the day they can hang it up until the next day, but of course they're on their own for the weekend. When everyone is finished laughing calmly say...now do you see how stupid you are?
    Keep up the discussion and we gun haters will win. Thanks, Kevin

    December 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al

      Gun hater, exactly. And that is where your focus is. Not on keeping every option open and on the table to protect our children.

      What do first responders do? They respond to incidents and eliminate the threat if necessary (as one of their duties). Would it make you feel better to have a first responder in the school? I am sad if we are at that point however if that is necessary to save or protect children (mine included) so be it. That fact that a first responder could act in seconds from within the school as opposed to minutes, depending how far they have to drive from, could and likely would make a world of difference on how many are wounded or killed. As well, having more than one trained first responder would increase odds on survivability.

      There are many teachers capable and willing, unless you are questioning their abilities, to perform the duties of a first responder. Are you questioning their abilities? Capabilities? Commitment to protect students?

      Sure it would be nice to eliminate the threat all together, but unless you can identify every unstable killer out there, that is an unachievable fantasy. Like it or not, we have to come up with solutions in reality, that being the world we live in.

      December 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Alex

    Always knew but wasn't 100% sure, now I know Pierce is not only an idiot but actually pretty "STUPID"

    December 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. robert

    there r millions legally owned n purchased weapons in the us, including Ar 15s ,that r not used in evil ways .do i have the right to b able to protect myself with whatever weapon i purchase legally ? the only thing i shoot is targets.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      Sure, go ahead, own a lethal weapon to use for target practice.....ever thought of installing a home security system, this is much more of a deterrent to home invasion than owning a gun that said home intruder has no idea you have!!! Unless you hold a concealed weapons permit your very expensive toy, that was made to kill not to play with, is no good to you outside of your home. If you want the right to own it then the rest of us Americans should have the right to hold the gun owner responsible for murder if your gun was used to kill. Did you know 500,000 guns were stolen last year....so much for responsible gun owners.....but who cares, as long as you have the right to own the gun, and I and the rest of America has the right to prosecute you for murder...let's just go on playing at GI Joe while innocent babies get killed.

      December 21, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary Wells

        ok people who legally own weapons can use them any legal safe way they want,but speaking as a military trained person the target practic is used to become proficient with that waepon. as far as the security system how long are they good for when or if the power goes out for a extended peiod of time. most who own or want to own a high powered rifle is not about safety in youre house but for either hunting or for area or comminity protection. some are bought for hunting. and where did you get your figure for 500,000 weapons stolen. it doesnt make sence to me but then again how many people in fl bought pythons when they where young and cute they get big then people release them into the everglades. People need to take resposibility for more in their lives

        December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        I have a compromise that could work
        1 have every person who buys a weapon must take a maditory safety course for ea general type of weapon like stunguns high poowered rifles and handguns to name few.
        2. every weapons owner take a manditory gun responciability course.
        3 every weapons owner before purchace be required to sign a form that say you will keep it safe and secure
        4 every weapons owner have limited liability for weapons that are used to do nondefensive hram to another person.

        December 21, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary Wells

        the above perspective, but as peirs in fond of saying, its a good start. that would take care of most legal weapons violence. the oroblem is that we live in a society that many think its ok to take other peoples stuff. And the stuff part doesnt bother the weapons omners as much as it the danger they pose of physical harm to them and their families. usually home protections best weapon is a shotgun. a highpowered rifle is for the protection of those around you when a disater strikes look at katrina how overwhelmed where the athourities and how bad did some in the area get for looting and physical harm. how long was there places that even police didnt want to go in for quite awhile.

        December 21, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  69. Bill Smith

    Get this zealot off the air or I will never watch CNN again. He is not worthy to be on your network.

    December 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Janak Vora

    Does anybody know How many people in the USA have saved their lives or protected themselves last year because they owned guns?

    December 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Monty Newborn

    I'm 100% behind everything Piers has said on this subject. I cannot praise him enough for his efforts. If CNN is looking for heros, he should be at the top of the list. It takes courage to take his position. I, however, have two recommendations for him. (1) It would be better if he left proponents on guns on his show to effectively hang themselves on his program by giving them leading questions that led them to reveal their total stupidity on the subject. It is much better to make them look like fools than to have to argue the case as he does a bit to much. And if they don't hang themselves, (2) it would be better if Piers have someone else on his show to counter the arguments with a cool hand. Piers gets a bitt too excited in his attempts to show the stupidity of the gun proponents.

    Guns should not be possessed by anyone but those in the military or law enforcement. However, as a minimum, gun owners should be required to register their weapons annually and pay a tax for ownership as do those who own automobiles. In addition, they should be required to insure their weapons. This revenue could go a long way to solve some of the economic problems faced by the government!

    December 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al

      Monty. Ok genius. You sound extremely intelligent insulting all gun proponents. Some of the most intelligent people on earth are gun owners.

      As I am a gun owner and military, how would you like me to deal with my personal weapons. Am I only qualified to carry them when on duty?

      December 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary Wells

      ok monty, heres the deal. If you think that the 2nd ammendment needs a yearly tax then what about the 1st. The argument that only military and polkice should possess is a huge misunderstanding of why the writers wrote what they did. A simple examination of what caused the revolutionary war tells you that the writers felt that the british had muskets there for the americans should hav at least muskets. I keep asking people what exactly where the british looking for when they marched on lexington and concord. Read your history they where after cannons, gun powder stores as well as amunition store. These where ment for the defence of ea town they where NOT looiking for hunting rifles

      December 25, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Sue Gilmore

    Thank you Pierce for being so eloquent in your stance against guns. It is refreshing to listen to
    a well educated indivdual.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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