As part of a very special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," on Wednesday evening the program welcomed a live audience, as well as a handful of informed, invested and influential guests, to continue a conversation on guns in America.
In the aftermath of the unimaginable tragedy that left 20 children dead within the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Piers Morgan invited both Steve Dulan and John Lott to share their perspective on the call for increased gun legislation.
A believer in the concept that firearms can promote safety, Dulan offered his perspective:
"I've had conversations with individuals who've saved lives with guns," said the Attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners. "More than one of the folks who have come through my class have saved lives with guns, and in fact, semi-automatic guns. They have protected themselves, and their loved ones, so we look at it as guns save lives, also."
As the town hall style program continued, Lott – the author of "More Guns, Less Crime" – reengaged with Morgan on a debate they'd taken up on multiple occasions previously:
"Every place, that guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up. You can not point to one place – whether it's Chicago, or whether it's D.C., or whether it's been England, or whether it's been Jamaica..."
As the man seated in the front row of the audience continued to list cities and countries, Morgan quickly cut him off:
Jumping in to cool the waters as the two men exchanged heated words, Christiane Amanpour crunched some numbers in an attempt to place things in proper perspective:
"After Dunblane, they put in these bans, they put in these punishments, fines, jail sentances, etcetera. And it's true, that straight afterwards, there wasn't a huge change," said the host of "Amanpour" on CNN. "But in 2002, 2003, until 2011, the rate plummeted, by 44 percent. That's math."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Piers Morgan and his live guests engaged in a hotly contested debate on gun control that comes as part of live, town hall style program.
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