On Tuesday, in a live, emotional interview, Piers Morgan invited John Engel to share his memories of his younger cousin, Sandy Hook victim Olivia Engel.
Though Olivia's parents have chosen to stay away from the extensive media coverage, John reported that they feel the love pouring in from people around the country and the world.
"They've said 'this is tremendously supportive for us to know that we are not alone,'" Engel described.
Engel family friends have reached out with support by creating a Facebook page to support the family as they deal with their six-year-old daughter's death.
As those families impacted by the Newtown, Conn. tragedy attempt to move forward, America has intensified the conversation on firearms. On Tuesday, Engel offered his stance:
"I was uncomfortable with guns before I joined the military," Engel noted. "I slept with an M-16 in my sleeping bag for six months in Iraq. I came away from the war no more comfortable with that weapon, and I have to say that I don't think anybody ever gets comfortable with those weapons."
Engel couldn't leave the program without sending a strong message to all the families watching "Piers Morgan Tonight":
"Despite what I say about guns, and we should perhaps not have these guns available to us, I think the real way to keep this from happening again, is if everybody puts down the remote and they go and hug their child, kiss their child, their 20-year-old child. That 20-year-old child might have come out differently if he had had the warm and loving family that Olivia Rose has."
Also as part of Tuesday's show, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Larry Pratt – an outspoken voice in the effort to defend against stiff gun legislation – to share the perspective of those on that side of the issue:
"The fact of the matter is, with guns comes safety. If the guns are in the hands of the good guys. And when you say the good guys can't have guns, the bad guys have a monopoly, and horrible things such as the shooting at the schools take place," suggested the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.
"America is not the Wild West that you are depicting. We only have the problem in our cities, and unhappily, in our schools where people like you have been able to get laws put on the books that keep people from being able to defend themselves. I honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. It's incomprehensible."
Failing to agree with Pratt's perspective, Morgan exclaimed: "You're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you?"
To watch where the discussion went from there – and to hear more from Engel as he honors his cousin – watch the clips, and listen to the interviews.
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