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As America hits the one week mark since an unthinkable school shooting shocked the nation with the harsh reality of 20 dead children, Piers Morgan spoke with Sen. Richard Blumenthal Thursday night. The Connecticut senator proposed a "multifaceted approach" to reforming gun policy beginning with, as he told Morgan, "with a ban on assault weapons, stopping high capacity magazines, better background checks."
"And of course better enforcement of all these laws, not just existing laws but more support and resources for the federal agencies like ATF and the local and state police to protect our children."
Blumenthal also noted the "seismic change" in the attitude towards policy change for gun regulation "almost tectonically as people react to the horror of beautiful children, babies, really, slaughtered en mass and the teachers and other professionals who came to their aid."
"I think that a nerve has been touched and I think that Newtown will never be the same but neither will America. And so I think that kind of nerve hitting will be reflected in what happens here in Washington."
Also on the program, television and film writer and director, David Chase joined Morgan in-studio for a sit down interview. The creator of the Emmy Award winning series "The Sopranos" responded to the perspective that violence depicted in film and television directly affects the mentality of the viewers.
"I wonder if - people talk about, these depictions of violence have made the world a worse place. I just ask myself the question, has Mary Poppins made the world a better place?" asked Chase. "Where's the data on that?"
"I'm not being glib when I say that, I mean it," continued Chase. "Have all the happy movies made this a better planet? How do we quantify this stuff?"
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Piers, keep telling it like it is. I love hearing you stand up to the fanatic gun advocates. This country has gone insane with the culture of violence. As for the 'guns don't kill people, people kill people' argument, I have never heard of anyone storming an elementary school and bludgening 20 people to death with a hammer or their fists. Access to guns make these situations too easy. Or maybe as Chris Rock once said, "let everyone have guns, just make a bullet cost $1,000.00; then you'd really think about who you wanted to shoot".
Google 22 students attacked with knife at school and then read on please. Or stay Mis informed if you would like. Up to you.
The second google result has many more related school attacks, kindergartens. Weapons used include, knife, meat cleaver, ax and a box cutter story. People kill people
Actually, in China a guy stormed a school and stabbed a lot of kids there. You don't need a gun to hurt people. Lets just say all guns were banned. The only people who would have them would be the police, military and criminals. How long do you think it would take for the criminals to start breaking into homes more than they do now. Please someone tell me this,,, Someone kicks in your front door, your family is there (wife, kids, etc.) would you rather have a weapon to try and defend yourself and your family or would you prefer to have a phone.
Some here say Morgan is overbearing and not letting his guests talk and I would agree with you there to a certain extend as it can sometimes be annoying however on this particular subject and issues I believe he is trying to make people understand and at least try to stop having this violent mentality in their heads as there is far too much violence in America increasing the amount of guns in america is ridiculous.
Trying to at least make an effort for change would be of a great start, banning all weapons and leaving it to just the Military and the Police would be fantastic taking weapons away from criminals as much as to the civilian sounds like a good idea. The only reason people say its not going to work is because they don't want it to work they don't want to get rid of there guns because they believe that holding a weapon in their hands will protect them from the criminally minded, when you take away guns from everyone that includes the criminals themselves not just the few, not just the selected then this would be wouldn't this be great. The Military, Police and Government Officials should only have it corrupted government officials should be weeded out an new changes in government also should also be changed.
I would at least try to make an effort to make some sort of changes to reduce the amount of access to weapons that people have in america wouldn't you, guns should be a privilege to have nothing more than that, guns were only designed from the very beginning of human history to kill it is a weapon of destruction not a weapon of peace else it wouldn't of been invented in the first place would it. If humans wanted peace in the beginning they wouldn't of needed to create such weapons of any sort in the beginning.
Gun Control of some sort is needed and should not be otherwise, try to at least make some effort to help the people of america to come to grips that violence doesn't solve everything, peace is the main objective here an to stop the mass killing of innocent children as the children is your future because without them there is none, more guns is absurd.
You are as stupid as Piers the plucky Brit!
I never blog or use the internet to rant publically. However, I have been so disgusted, heartbroken and devastated by this latest tragedy that I, like so many Americans, am riveted to the TV and the discussion on gun control. This is a conversation that has needed to happen for a long time and CNN has done a great job of taking it on. It took the killing of innocent children for this country to wake up and have the guts to talk about it. I have never been so proud of any journalist as I am of Piers Morgan. He is equally as outraged and appalled at the gun violence in this country and is not afraid to hold the people who come on his show accountable. Assault weapons and large clips should be banned along with many other types of guns. Piers has been relentless in pursuing the truth and opening an important dialogue. He has also been informative about what happened in Britain and Australia when there were school shootings and they banned certain types of guns. Why can't we follow an example that has actually worked? He is to be applauded for his candor and his guts to stand up for what he believes is crucial for us to live in our society. The people who want him deported are just scared self- serving individuals who care more about their own personal freedoms being revoked and the possibility of potential financial losses for those in the firearms industry then the overall good of the human condition. Shame on them!
Peirs is a joke! He wants a " debate" about guns but yells at anyone who doesn't agree with him. Calling someone an "utterly stupid man" is completely unprofessional. He interrupts constantly and will not let people answer. Who the hell gave him the right to lecture any one is this country about anything? A know it all bag of wind.
Piers Morgan is absolutely right on the gun control issue.
The real 'assault weapons' are the liberal media.
If Lanza's mother would have kept the guns locked up the results may have been different. 1st rule of gun ownership is to keep them locked up. Educating people about total gun safety will be easier than trying to restrict gun ownership in any way. As far as P. Morgan making comments about a US citizen's views on a subject in which Morgan has no say whatsoever, is ludicrous and offensive in that he feels that he has the right to speak to a US citizen in that manner. He's a hired media hack with a catchy in vogue accent, no more no less. He comes from the same talent pool as Nancy Grace, need I say more. Piers Morgan can kiss my American a** yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I agree, Christina! Thank you for standing up against gun violence in America! We should be ashamed of ourselves.
It’s time for people to stop saying the AR-Semi auto rifle is an assault weapon.
An assault rifle is one that has the ability to select fully automatic fire, via a selector switch, and shoot multiple rounds-(in bursts), with one pull of the trigger. The AR Semi-Auto Rifle is not this type of firearm as it can only shoot one shot at a time!! Machine guns are assault weapons and are highly regulated and very limited in number within the U.S.
Numerous strict Federal regulations have been in place since the 1930’s regarding these very distinctive assault weapons.
Every American who loves freedom should stand against those who are trying to blame our right to possess firearms as the cause of the tragedy in Newtown. Let's not permit anyone to get away with using false statements about firearms to scare the public who may not know one type of firearm from another and thereby divide Americans in the process. This misinformation needs to be confronted with fact and logic, not emotion that is being used to manipulate the public into becoming utter weaklings.
Additionally, it is the rifle and the pistol that are defined as being essential in securing Liberty by George Washington and to which the 2nd amendment, in essence, applies. Tanks, rocket launchers, bazookas, and weapons like these are properly controlled items and are not necessary for the public to possess in order to secure their freedom.
Surely, semi-auto firearms should never be banned and are the sufficient tools for the public to own if Americans are to remain a free people.
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." – Albert Einstein
GUN IS THE ISSUE!
I guess the NRA has determined that it is okay to have one or two gun deaths rather than 26! Well, they seem to miss the point as most gun deaths in this country happen to involve one or two deaths at a time, and averaging about 34 gun deaths per day. The idea for GUN CONTROL is to prevent gun deaths in the first place, whether one, two or 26!
And their proposed solution – arming our schools “because the banks are armed,” is even more ridiculous. Just as some have suggested that we arm our teachers and other school personnel as a way of avoiding discussing gun control as an option, the NRA wants us to placed armed personnel in our schools. Is the NRA going to vouch for the sanity of every gun trotting personnel assigned to our school? In this country, we have seen our share of work-place violence as well. So, what stops an argument between school personnel from turning deadly? After all, when gun is available, some people often resorts to gun as a way of resolving their (domestic) disputes! We got about three of those this month alone.
So, whether we like it or not, GUN IS THE ISSUE! Not mental health, not arming our teachers, and not anything else. That is, let say we have two equally disturbed people who are both suicidal and wanting to kill others. However, one has a semi-automatic weapon capable of firing 100 rounds per minute, and the other has no gun at all. What do you think the result would be? Maybe the one without gun would have access to some other weapons (some have suggested bombs, knives and so on). Yet, a conclusion can easily be reached that the one without gun would have to work harder to achieve his killing goal!
And again, some gun lobbyists have gone on the television to compare guns to automobiles – “cars are also dangerous, but we don’t ban them”. This is actually a welcomed comparison, and despite the fact that it is absurd to compare a car (a necessity for most Americans who work and want to go places) and a gun, let’s place similar restrictions to gun ownerships and use as we do on our automobiles!
Should we start by establishing a federal agency, or require each state to establish an agency that will regulate the sale, ownership and transfer of guns and firearms. We could call it the Department of Gun Control (DGC)? Should we require all gun owners to register all guns in their possession (whether purchased or inherited), and inform DGC within 3-10 days of transfer of ownership of possession of the gun or firearms? Should we require all sales of guns and firearms to be reported to DGC by both seller and buyer with 10 days?
Then, all gun owner should be required to undertake a pre-licensing use, safety and/or competency test by demonstrating that each licensee has the ability to use their weapon properly and ensure that the weapon would not fall in the hand of an unlicensed individual. Each owner should be required to buy insurance covering things like accidental deaths and injuries! Also, why not give the licenses in classes (e.g. A, B, C)? After all, the risks posed by a handgun (6-8 rounds) are different from the one posed by Bushmaster AR15, or those with high capacity magazines. The Department of Gun Control should be able to levy fine, suspend and revoke licenses just as the DMV! You should not be able to have access to your guns after having more than two drinks in an hour, and of course, access to guns by minors should be regulated as well, just as it is done with cars! Thus, I think we should regulate guns just like we regulate our automobiles!
Cars are used to drive around in. Guns are used to kill! So that is a lame comparison. If you want to stop the killings of innocent people than you have to do something about gun control. If not, it will continue. Wake up NRA and smell the coffee. More guns equals more violence!
Prescription drug overdoses kill more children, are the drugs necessary? Not all are good, one could say they lead to more mental illnesses and instability, the real issue. Maniacs will always find a way. China has stricter gun policies than us. Google "22 students attacked with knife" the second result has related stories of kindergarten attacks, weapons include a knife, meat cleaver, AX, and a box cutter. People are the problem, mental health is the problem .
Anybody using the comparisons "cars are dangerous" simply are muddying the waters and believing that the average adult is dumb enough to fall for it – again! Enough marketing crap!
No, they aren't the same thing at all! Cars, unfortunately, are a necessity in today's world. Too bad that they are but that is the reality. Guns are not, and especially the military-grade weapons that are the topic of these discussions. Nobody is advocating getting rid of firearms altogether (can you imagine the whining then?) but rather an intelligent and coherent system that includes background checks, longer waiting periods, restricted access to handguns, and so on. That is only a responsible AND reasonable way to deal with the problem.
You drive my point home very well. In 2010 there were 4.25 million registered motor vehicles and presumably trained drivers with 17,352 deaths from drunken driving alone. There were 300 million registered guns with 10,700 "gun related" deaths. If you really want to tackle a problem, count all the "vehicle related" deaths and stop/reduce them. You will save more than triple the deaths. Don't people know how to drive and use a vehicle? Tell society how to fix that, or better yet ask Piers to, since he refuses to listen to me, maybe he will you. What if drivers decide to cross the yellow line and never stop at crosswalks? It would be mayhem. We as gun owners as a whole are far more responsible than vehicle owners are as a hole. 20 people just died in a bus accident, do we need to limit how many people can ride on a bus? Do we need to restrict bus drivers to only ten on their bus at a time so fewer will die in an accident that someone decided to drive too fast for conditions? Please tell me where government by legislature will be more productive than government by people doing the right thing. If you think more laws are the answer re-read the statistics above.
Someone PLEASE HELP ME! Someone explain this to me? The pro-gun faction in the states uses only one central argument for their stance. And that is that “we need guns to protect ourselves – in some cases even semi-automatic assault rifles” But isn’t this whole argument completely false or wrong for 2 solid reasons: #1 It’s a completely circular or ontological argument because the only reason anyone needs a gun to protect themselves is because all these nuts in the gun industry have sold guns to 90% of the freakin population. If you ban all guns – then no one needs a gun to protect themselves dummies. More guns is not the solution it’s actually the problem in the first place #2 If a father or mother buys a gun and keeps it at home with their family and children, the statistical probability or likelihood of that gun being used to shoot someone in that family FAR FAR OUTWEIGHS the likelihood that the gun will be used in any fashion to actually protect the family from let’s say an intruder. Case closed. Ban assault weapons and hand guns/
I really am curious what kind of sheltered, wonderland you live in. A criminal doesn't care about ANY law you think you can come up with. They will break it. That's why they are criminals. The shooting that happened a few weeks ago in the Mall where 2 people were killed. The shooter shot himself in the head when he looked up and saw a citizen with a concealed carry permit drew down on him an was about to shoot, the coward took his own life. Just like most of those other punks they took there own lives rather than face a jury and the public to stand accountable for their actions. I understand that you gun haters need something to grasp on to and feel like you are doing something, but you all can't seem to understand that there are lots of bad people, evil people in this world. When and if they want to do harm there is no law that will stop them. All you can do is put yourself in the best position possible to defend yourself and your family, if one of those fools decide to come to your door. The police can not be everywhere. A courtroom is a gun-free zone, why can schools, malls, and movie theaters be also. I have kids and I have no with teachers and/or administrators getting proper training and having a weapon at the school. Those administrators didn't have a chance all they could do was throw there bodies at the gunman and he shot them. If they where armed, as soon as he shoot out the glass and walked in they could have ended this right then and there.
You are a classic example of being a victim of this fear that gun manufacturers and advocates spread regularly. Gun advocates will always remind you of the danger of being victims of crime anytime, anywhere. Gun manufacturers welcome the fact that their products get into the hands of criminals. This in turn justifies selling more guns to civilians so they can protect themselves. It's a cycle that gun advocates and profiteers wouldn't want to disrupt. It is the culture of fear that gun manufacturers propagate. Who needs the cops? Let civilians defend themselves. Every man for himself.
GUN IS THE ISSUE! (UPDATED)
I guess the NRA has determined that it is okay to have one or two gun deaths at our schools rather than 26! They seem to miss the point. First, News Flash NRA, most gun deaths in this country happen to involve one or two deaths at a time, and averaging about 34 gun deaths per day. So, the idea for GUN CONTROL is to prevent gun deaths in the first place, whether one, two or 26!
The solution offered by NRA is irresponsible unacceptable. Further, arming our schools “because the banks are armed,” is ridiculous. Just as some have suggested that we should arm our teachers and other school personnel as a way of avoiding discussing gun control as an option, the NRA wants us to placed armed personnel in our schools. Is the NRA going to vouch for the sanity of every gun trotting personnel assigned to our school? In this country, we have seen our share of work-place violence as well. So, what stops an argument between school personnel from turning deadly? After all, when gun is available, and some people often resorts to gun as a way of resolving their (domestic) disputes! We got about three of these this month alone.
Further, the NRA seems to suggest that we should not care about deranged gunmen showing up at our schools, so long as we have a policeman or an armed guard placed at the school to kill the gunman! Well, I guess that’s all good and dandy!! The gunman shows up at school, fired a couple of shot (maybe killed one or two students), then the hero – the armed guard or the police placed at the school killed the gunman. Yeah, we all feel safe now!!
Even if you have an armed guard or a police officer placed at the school, you would still have one or more deaths! This should still be unacceptable. First, whether at a bank or other places, criminals often target the person with the gun first, so it is questionable whether placing an officer at a school is as important as keeping guns out of the hands of the unstable. Secondly, any killing taking place at our schools should be unacceptable. Therefore, even if the armed guard at the school is successful at killing the gun man, the school would still have undergone a life-changing event – with psychosocial and psychological effects on the students, especially on young ones as the Newtown, CT students. Clearly, gun fights at schools that the NRA seems to be offering as a solution to epidemic of gun violence in America is not the answer.
So, whether we like to accept the fact or not, GUN IS THE ISSUE! Not mental health, Not God at schools, not arming our teachers, and not anything else. That is, let say we have two equally disturbed people who are both suicidal and wanting to kill others. However, one has a semi-automatic weapon capable of firing 100 rounds per minute, and the other has no gun at all. What do you think the result would be? Maybe the one without gun would have access to some other weapons (some have suggested bombs, knives and so on). Yet, a conclusion can easily be reached that the one without gun would have to work harder to achieve his killing goal!
And again, some gun lobbyists have gone on the television to compare guns to automobiles – “cars are also dangerous, but we don’t ban them”. This is actually a welcomed comparison, and despite the fact that it is absurd to compare a car (a necessity for most Americans who work and want to go places) and a gun, let’s place similar restrictions to gun ownerships and use as we do on our automobiles!
That is sure alot of typing to not say anything. You are clueless to the results of taking guns from citizens. Do some research what happens when the government takes your only form of self defense, many countries have had to endure the results of this moronic idea to take guns. Drugs are illegal, but they continue to flow like water. Guess they are benefiting someone with all that black budget off the book money. The government can't even handle a tropical storm that hits a coastal area. You think they can take care of you when the criminals are the only one's that have guns? Hell no they can't.
Every child needs our protection may they be yours or mine, in our country or outside our country.
Obama is giving Biden the responsibility to solve the "gun" issue!! Wait! Isn't this the same president who didn't know we were involved in Fast and Furious where they had NO idea how and where OUR guns came from and ended up in the hands of the Mexican cartels? And he is the same president who didn't know how the gun from the USA border guard ended up in the hands of Mexican killers killing our border guard and some other people. Good luck, Biden. You will be able to get in line with Mrs. Rice and Hillary Clinton as being set up for failure in the Obama administrator.
When David Chase said something to the effect of there not being any evidence that Mary Poppins did any good, I changed the channel to see what was happening on The X Factor. I can't tolerate such belligerantly stupid remarks. The other reason I changed the channel was because I had heard David Chase interviewed on a Canadian program the night before. I never watched one episode of The Sopranos...toxic, violent programming is something I avoid like the plague it is...but I was interested in what he had to say. Given David Chase's (and Quentin Tarantino's) position that violent programming doesn't have a negative impact on society, it is incredibly ironic that David Chase said in the Canadian interview that James Gandolfini, who he described as a teddy bear, found it very difficult after a while to go to "that dark place".
Sounds to me as though David Chase, like so many others, has an undiagnosed case of the most prevalent kind of mental illness.
The NRA's response to Newtown is a disgrace. Armed guards in every school? What about the kindergartens and day care centres, the petting zoos, malls, theatres, churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques? And why just one cop? Adam Lanza murdered twenty kids in the time it would take one cop to go to the bathroom. Just one door, too?
Are Americans to raise their kids in a police state so that people like Mr. LaPierre can keep their hundred round clips and assault rifles? There is usually some rational common ground in any debate, but there is none under the feet of Wayne LaPierre. Sometimes people just get it wrong. Completely wrong, and in this case, morally wrong.
NRA is a business – a very large and very profitable business. It's four million members have been lobbying in Washington for years dictating to the other 326 million people. The sad part is a significant number of the larger population either don't know or don't care they're being manipulated by (yet another) business...Take the NRA out of Washington politics and gun legislation will pass.
I am sickened at Piers's interviews. He is rude and overbearing to his guests and audience. What is more disturbing are the number of people that "enjoy" his rhetoric. I have tried to tune in and get a different point of view but I am done with his and the people that treat peolple like he does.
Watching the NRA response and their way to protect our children today,they missed a few more steps like:
Armed good men on school buses !!!
Armed good men on school stops !!!!
Armed good men on school field trips !!!!
Armed good men on school sport's events !!!
Armed good men anywhere and everywhere from pre k to high school and colleges !!!
Armed good men to make sure the first armed good men will not go off to do what bad men do !!!
THEN we can repeat the same for all the malls,super markets,movie theaters ,and ..etc,etc,etc
That is for sure a better way than having gun control,
Everyone talking about gun control, and bans. My question is are we going to ban all items that kill? Household products that are used to make bombs, knives that are used for cooking, hammers, hatchets, etc. I work at a trauma center and seeafeedlot of horrible attacks on people you also see which is not mentioned those that were used in self defense. The number given on agun related deaths in America do not state weather it was done in self defense or if it was an actual shooting. Pierce Morgan talks about the gun ban in England and yet there are over 2000 gun homicides in England this year alone based on internet search of gun violence over there. I understand the need for the conversations of guns to continue and some changes to be made. However to ban my self defense option against the people who own them illegally or with mental problems what are not going to abide by the laws that are already in place is ridiculous. The ill minded and criminals will still find away to kill many people at a time, even one person and without my self defense I become a victim rather then the chance to be a survivor. When police take 5 tp ten minutes to respond many people can be injured with any item. We as Americans have a right to defend our homes our families and ourselves .
You need to go in the opposite direction to that which the NRA is proposing.
One of the sadder images from the coverage of the school shooting, was the image of the school's sign which, in addition to the school's name, read "1956 – Visitors Welcome".
You cross the line when you lock the door and force people to be "buzzed in". You're saying, "We accept, or at least acknowledge, that we're living in fear. We don't trust you, and we're defending against you."
You need to take the bars off the windows, and unlock the doors (at least during the school day).
Why not take the position: "We are not naive. We understand that there is a very small, but real, risk that someone may attack the people in the school (with guns), but we will accept that very small risk in order to live in a dignified and reasonable way. Behaving as if someone is coming to kill us every day is neither dignified nor reasonable."
There are many passive ways for teachers to prepare to respond (buy some time) in the rare event of an attack.
Piers, your arguments are pathetic and weak, quit interupting guests and lying about stats. Have you ever even shot a gun? There are no 'assault weapons' in public hands, only if they pay a very expensive tax stamp, and they are very low numbers. A 'fully automatic weapon' costs in the tens of thousands of dollars at the least. A 'fully automatic assault weapon' that you keep harping about is only on the battlefield in the hands of military men and women. The only weapons that are available are semi-automatic weapons. Educate yourself, your ad hominem arguments would be easy to rip apart in a debate. Most of the congress have concealed carry permits which I'm sure you know, but fail to tell your audience. Are you brittish or english? Violent crime goes up when guns are taken from the people. Check the real stats and stop the strawman arguements. You are morally obtuse. You are well educated, but you raise your voice when you are caught and try to switch the game up. You commit logical fallacies right on air constantly. Learn what an 'assault weapon' really is tart.
Vaccines kill more than guns ever will.
You are just a mouth piece of the anglo saxon control freaks. Learn about noahide law and its resulting enforcement. The jews are a diverson of the anglo saxons, they have to have someone to take the heat. The 'queen' incest nest and the 'pope' dictate world policies. Where is the olny place on this planet that citizens can have personal firearms legally? America, and americans need to beable to protect themselves from the sociopathic and psychopatic individuals that want to disarm them. If Obama hates guns so much, then why has there been 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition purchased over the last few years by government agencies alone? It sure isn't for target practice. You don't target practice with hollow point rounds that are designed to kill. Why does nobody say a thing about the mass killings of children in the middle east by drone strikes with hellfire missles? Double standard is in full effect.
I first thought of this when I heard about the operation know as fast and furious. I thought that the government had the idea to place GPS tracking in the guns and to slowly let the guns lead them to criminals. Why not put smart-chip GPS in all Assalt riffles sold in the U.S., That could also be detected by an App on all smart phones. That would give every American the choice if they wanted to be around those guns or not. For example, If may phone app say there is an AR-15 moving up & down MLK Blvd. I may want avoid MLK.
Melvin, Your first thought I totally agree with. Good idea; however go one step further with it. In todays society one can figure out how to disable smart chips very easily. I am not saying your idea will not work, put the chips in the assault rifles and make it impossible for someone to disable them... Excellent idea Melvin..........Bill
Keep at it Piers. Often you miss on American issues because you're not from here. Right now you're spot on for the simple reason that the pro-gun folks dominate the discussion. There are many more people who agree with you than agree with the NRA. There's no reason, none, that ordinary people need automatic weapons (including pistols) and on this issue the NRA is an absolute shill for gun manufacturers. Hunters don't use them and it's insane to think that ordinary people should want to engage in shoot-outs with them in defense of themselves or their families. Please do us all a favor and have Washington Post editorial writer Ruth Marcus come on and discuss her idea for the creation of a gun control Super Pac to counter the political spending of the NRA. Were one in place right now, it would be flooded with donations. The NRA loves force (in the products it promotes and in its political spending) and it should be countered in a realistic way by spending for politicians who are too scared to counter its bulliness.... Keep it up. John
Few media stories have explained the difference between true fully automatic military assault rifles and the politically labeled, so-called "assault rifle." A true assault rifle - the M-16 and AK-47 are examples - is a fully automatic military weapon capable of continuous firing as long as the trigger is depressed, like a machine gun. Automatic firearms were severely restricted from civilian ownership by the 1934 National Firearms Act. By comparison, the politically labeled so-called "assault rifle"– the AR-15 is an example - looks like its military counterpart but functions only as a semi-automatic, firing just one round with each pull of the trigger, similar to many deer rifles and shotguns used to break clay targets. These semi-automatic rifles can be purchased and owned by civilians who pass the standard FBI background check. Although it has a modern military look, the semi-automatic rifle's operation is very different from a military machine gun and, in fact, is based on 100-year-old technology. It is NOT a "machine gun," but those who would ban it would have you think so.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
~ Benjamin Franklin~
We should ban the high capacity school bus. Thousands of kids are killed or injured every year in these high capacity vehicles. In 1976 28 children were killed in one incident. The only logical way to prevent such tragedies is to limit the capacity of the bus. Have the bus only hold 6 children. This way the bus has to discharge the 6, then return and reload with 6 thus preventing mass death and injury. It only takes one fully loaded school bus in the hands of an unstable person to kill many children. We must ban high capacity weapons of mass destruction like the school bus.....we must do it...for the children
Why does a major american news organization hire someone like Piers Morgan?
Imagine the reverse-an american anchor hosts a primetime time slot on the bbc and proceeds to lecture British citizens about the moral shortcomings in their country,and how and what to do to improve it,
CNN is a farce.
Watch what happens when Guns are banned in Australia . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8RDWltHxRc
I believe the real issue is mental health and the fact that a person if you have a pyhsical injury you can go almost anywere and get help, even if you dont have any money to pay. an emergency room by law cant turn you away. Do no harm? Do you know what it takes to get a person in to get help for a mental health issue ( emergancy ) ? From my expierence in the past with a family member. we have a place in my community were we live were they do mental health services, mainly they do worthless mandated stuff for the court system because that is a steady paycheck for them. Now when my family member actually had an emergancy, having a break down and curled up in the corner, having a real problem? It took me two weaks to get them to see us, I fallowed the rules and called the emergancy number on the back of my insurrence card and it took them two weaks to get it arranged in my area, oh the place was a block and a half away from our house! THE PLACE WOULD NOT SEE US UNTIL THEY KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO GET PAID!!!!! Then when we went in before we even filled out papers the secretary asked for my out ragous CO-PAY since it was out of network. Now keep in mind I had to miss work for all this time while they decieded if we were worthy to get help! I had to watch the person my self until they new they were going to get PAID. I ended up loosing my job because I couldnt go to work. But we finally got help and their answere was to dope her up so she slept 28 hours a day, no real counsleing no real effort on their part, BUT THEY GOT THEIR MONEY. and 6 months later we stopped the medications because sleeping 28 hours a day is no cure, come on man. In the end of this expeirence we recieved verry little actually mental help, but the place made a good chunk of change and the pharmacy made a bunch.
Ma be some of these people that go on shooting rampages and kill people would not have done it if we had a better system in place for mental breakdowns???
What if we had emergancy rooms at the hospital for mental health issues were the focus is on helping someone even if its short term and secondly lets not make money the issue, they could just bill you like an emergancy room does if you cant pay??? !!! DO NO HARM.
I believe that ma be half of the major shootings in the past many years would not have happend if there was some were a person could go and get some help even short term help. on a emergancy basis.
Im sorry it might take little children getting killed to finally fix our mental health system, but these people were determined todo what the did and if they couldnt get guns to do it from a leagle gun shop, they could just go to their freindly neiboehood gang banger street gun shop on the corner or ma be they would use a bow and arrow or swords or a baseball bat.
Piers morgan this is to you. Are you going to push to outlaw all of the above or just guns?? Or could you push to to force the hospitals to help people with mental issues and breakdowns, many of these sensless shootings could have been prevented if the main focus on health care and especailly metal health care was not about GETTING PAID!!
Also piers morgan I dont like the fact that you use your position to narrow mindedly push your personal agenda on the
300 millon good citizens that fallow the laws and rules and are good responsible gun owners. I think you abuseing you position of power and I get tired of turning on you show and all you want to do is push to take my gun away from me. I have done nothing wrong... Further more I dont think you really care about the victoms of these shootings but you will uses it to push your agenda, as long as you get what you want!!!!
You know I dont want to say go back to england if you dont like my country and the laws we have but it is still a free country and if you want live in a gunless society there are many of them to choose from.
Please stop using the kids sensless deaths to push your personal agenda, Please. Lets focus on getting emergancy care for people having a mental break down at the time of the break down.... Not a couple of weaks later after everybodys made sure that that are going to GET PAID...... Thats the real problem....
I know that's right Brad. This country's psychiatry professionals could care less about the patient if he cannot provide them with that overpriced visit payment. If you do provide payment for the visit, you are just put into a catagory or given a diagnosis that is premanufactured in a book that they use as their 'bible' so to say. Psychoactive and psychotropic drugs are prescribed that have side effects that are worse that the symptoms that they are said to 'control'. It is one big schematic process that only favors the providers and has no benefits to the patients.
If the NRA believes the only way for them to offer a product that doesn't kill kids is for police to be stationed in schools surely there should be a levy on bullet and gun sales to pay for this cost. Why would an organisation that is about freedom ask government to pay.
In 1995 E_R_I_C H_O_L_D_E_R_ said that 'we' need to 'brainwash' peoples outlook on guns. His tree has no fruit.
Piers, keep up the great work on gun control, don't let the crazies get you down. Thanks for all you are doing.
Hooray Piers. For what good it would do, invite that 'idiot' to spend time watching, first hand, autopsies and don't let him leave til he's totally through vomiting!
Why don't you take a tour of a hospital and a graveyard in the middle east filled with innocent children that are killed or maimed by drones that rain down hellfire missles daily. This is a tragedy for the children and their families that are involved in any shooting. How do you explain the massive increase in gun and ammo sales? Who in their right mind would hand over their only protection from any and all threats?
The Founders did not want to create a Bill Of Rights because they thought that we not should not enumerate or limit the people's rights. They felt that government should be limited on what it could do. Eventuality they came to the consensus that the the passions of the people or the treachery of the government would allow openings for limitation or the removing of our rights, that are bestowed to us through birth and natural right. Guns are dangerous and so are cars, knives, hammers, bar b ques, fire.... As in law motive is what makes things illegal. A few select troubled people have committed atrocitys such as what we saw in Newtown. What they did is illegal. They are murders and criminals. They decided that they want to commit these disgusting crimes. We must look at the true cause of crimes. A gun on table does not commit a crime, we humanity, with our motives do. In the fifties we had archery and rifle classes in school. What's different? We as Americans should see that these murderers have slipped through the cracks of society. Can it be the disintegration of our societies roots? Just ta king the 2nd Amendment away does ngot fix the root cause of these shootins. It is a disastrous attempt to qui k fix a serious social problem.
I wish more Americans had the guts to speak up as non US born person does. Piers-keep talking! I for one, watch CNN more often because of your comments and I agree wholeheartedly that this situation is way out of hand.
Don't let these idiot gun lovers intimidate you, we don't need assault rifles in our streets, you are smarter than these Americans that claim to love our country.
'Assault weapon' is a catch phrase created by the lamestream idiots. The public were denied access to fully automatic weapons when they were banned in 1934. The only guns that are available to the public are semi-automatic. If you cannot comprehend this, you need much de-programming from the tell lie vision. Guess you lack a clear knowledge of what happens when the public is stripped of their last means of defense. Catch up on your government genocide history in other countries when the same thing was implimented. When someone is breaking into your home at 3 AM, you will wish that you had that semi-automatic gun for protection for you and your family.
Sounds like some people believe the 2nd Amendment trumps the 1st Amendment.
Piers is just sore that we are no longer British slaves.. What an idiot.. I'd hate to be him in America when the SHTF!.. wow!
More education less lead! Piers we support your sanity...what does patriotism has to do with guns?. None what does guns have to do ith liberty? None. Lets make America safer and more civilized,....Neanderthals walking around with guns! Lets make America safe!
The gun industry in the US has grown into a monster that is out of control and threatens the very stability of the nation. The arguments out forward about the second amendment are really a smoke-screen for the real reasons behind the drive to defeat any ban on weapon control. The real reason, of course, is the multi-billion dollar gun industry that drives the countries most powerful lobbyist sector.
It is an extremely difficult issue and is one of the side-effects of the US policy on the free-market is always right. The only way I can see through this is if the US government nationalises the gun manufacturing industry. If you remove the profit motive behind the drive to put more guns on the street, it will give the country the chance to start to gradually get control over the huge number there are in circulation.
§ 1 With firearms shall in this Act:
a weapon with gunpowder or other propellant, or a mechanical device can fire bullets, shot and other projectiles,
b weapons or devices for launching or distribution of explosives, gas, flares, rockets, etc. (Including flame throwers).
c weapons imitations and the like relatively easily be converted to live ammunition can be fired.
A weapon is nevertheless not a firearm if it is rendered permanently unusable. The same applies if the weapon because of age or construction can not be used as a firearm nor relatively easily repaired or adapted so that it can be used to shoot with.
Amended by Act of 23 June 1978 No. 69
§ 2 With parts of firearms (firearm parts) shall in this Act breech-closing mechanism and beeps. Innstikningspiper considered but only as part insofar as they can be used in firearms mentioned in § 5
The King may decide that Act in whole or in part also apply to other weapons parts.
Amended by Act of June 5, 1998 No. 35
§ 3 With ammunition shall in this Act:
a cartridge consisting of projectile, case, propellant and detonating.
b projectiles of any kind intended for imposition or transmission of the mentioned in § 1 firearms
c sockets when they are fitted with batch or detonating,
d grenades, bombs, rockets, mines and the like
e light, fire, poison and tear gas cans,
f toxic and tear gas for use in § 1 above firearm or ammunition referred to in this section letters a, b, d and e
Amended by Act of 14 June 1974 No. 39
§ 4 This Act does not apply to firearms, firearm parts or ammunition intended for or belong to the military or police. Neither the Act applies to ammunition destined for or belonging Explosives Inspectorate. King lays down the provisions applicable to the use of military munitions.
Amended by Act of 14 June 1974 No. 39
Piers Morgan doesn't deserve to get deported over his gun views – that's just silly. However, it Does appear to me from what I've read of quotes from the infamous gun interview, whiich I didn't see, that he deserves to get fired for being extremely verbally abusive to a guest on his show. There's just no excuse for that. Abuse is the refuge of people who can't summon a rational argument to support thier views. IMO, Piers Morgan did abuse his position and his power, and not in the name of gun control, either – in the name of a really rapid egoism. He'll get fired. That's my prediction.
Piers has no knowledge about guns and what he is talking about. I know why doesn't he have on the dad who shot 3 men braking into his house while his daughters where having a sleep over with friends and they guys where there to rob the place and maybe hurt them. Tell me his gun did not save them and help put one of them in the ground and 2 others in the hospital and in jail.... Lets get some people on who know what they are doing with guns and have saved lifes. Piers remember if it wasn't for this country that you seem to bad mouth and hate so much you would be speaking German cause of WWII
My son has a fantastic idea. He said, let's replace all metal bullets with rubber bullets. This should apply to all civilian-owned guns and police. Only the military can have the usual bullets that kill people. I'm not familiar with the existence of rubber bullets, but they should be able to incapacitate, but not kill, any criminal activity. Just like a tazer gun.
1911 – Turkey disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians.
1929 – Russia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1929 – 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians.
1935 – China disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1948 – 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese.
1938 – Germany disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1939 – 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews.
1956 – Cambodia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1975 – 1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people.
1964 – Guatamala disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1964 – 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians.
1970 – Uganda disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1971 – 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians.
Love the lack of coherence in nearly all the pro-gun lobby's arguements. The stats above are referring to guns as used by the military, NOT as used by civilians.
Correct! Don't have much of a grasp of what is being put into action do you? Clueless you are.
There is a single and simple solution. Outlaw guns.
Then only domestic and foreign terrorist will obey the laws too, right?
Go to Netflix, Hawaii Five-O, Season 12, and watch #7. A whole show on how a gun falls into different hands and kills, etc. wait until the last few minutes when Jack Lord does his take on "guns do not kill people do". His response "bull". He states back then in the late 70's there are 66,000 guns out there. And here we are 2012 and look at the stats now!
Alester Crowley's daughter or whatever she is, Candy, made sure that the 'RPG's' that were shown on the communist news network were turned so that they didn't show the big word 'TRAINER' on the side of those so called rocket launchers. They are TRAINING DEVICES for the military men/women. The real ones are only good for one use anyway, they shoot them and toss them, no reloading possible. Scare tactics are useless, been played out.
“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Mohandas Gandhi
1st: The only deterrence towards gun violence is harsh and stiff penalties. LIfe Sentences for the following:
Use of any firearm during the commission of a crime (Life)
Discharging a Firearm during the commission of a crime (Life-No Parole)
Wound someone with a firearm (Life-No parole)
Knowingly sell a Firearm or ammunition to a Felon (LIfe Sentence) Make it a Federal Crime
Aggravated Assault with a FIrearm (20 years) "Pointing or aiming at someone"
Felon in possession of a FIream (Life Sentence) Make it a Federal Crime
Any person in possession of an assault style weapon who is not a permit holder (3rd Degree Felony)
2nd: Require all assault style firearms owners to register as gun permit holders and renew annually with background check requirement. That is any weapon capable of high capacity magazines and which has or is in use by military forces.
3rd: Handguns are exempt and limited to a magazine capacity not to exceed 15 rounds.
Plea bargaining should not be allowed in any firearms case. Prosecutors need to pony up and do their jobs and stop playing shell games in down-filing charges. There is one emerging pattern that cannot be denied. The majority of gun related killers were no-filed, released or not even charged by prosecutors countless times before they committed the gun offense. The cowardice of prosecution builds a criminal's courage to act without care, concern or fear or getting caught. Priofle the criminal background of gun related killers and you will see a long list of criminal acts that never saw justice in trial. How can someone be arrested over 10 times for multiple offenses and not get prosecuted once? Oh, but that would stigmatize the lawyers. Don't be fooled; the greatest danger to this country are the trial lawyers. They manipulate the law, our politicians, hike our insurance rates and taxes through manipulative legislation and bribes and then force their 33 1/3 or 45% of the take on the victims, businesses, compaines and corporations. You think war is a racket. The American Judicial System is the biggest failed sysltem to ever exist and is hedged on lawyers getting their fees.
Don't forget to add that Child Molesters get castrated on site and a life sentence. The bigger the difference in the age of the 'molester' and the 'child', the bigger the difference in the dullness of the blade to be used in the castration process.
On Sunday December 17, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend.
After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater.
The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming.
It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant!
Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting?
There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone.
So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened.
Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you’d like to know.
You don't get it yet do you? The 'media's' job is to give 'facts' that are so skewed, that they have swiss cheese like tones to them. They take it that you, the listener/viewer, will not check their so called 'facts' that they spew each and every chance they get. The old saying about 'say something enough, and everyone will believe it', is being applied to each of you everyday of your life. Don't take anyone's word about anything until you have checked the information out for yourselves. Check and check again those so called 'facts' that the media monopoly is spitting in your face.
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In a clip taken from a 1995 episode of 60 Minutes, Feinstein is seen and heard making the startling declaration that the only reason she didn’t pass a full-scale gun ban is because the votes in Congress simply weren’t there.
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them…. Mr. and Mrs. American turn em all in. I would have done it.”
Now, fast forwarding 18 years later, Feinstein is set to introduce new legislation that includes the banning of over 800 firearms and the registration and fingerprinting of millions of American gun owners.
How can these men (republican) get elected. They makes excuses that if my children were to tell me I wouldn't even bluff it . I would laugh and laugh. They would know that I knew the difference. It is discraceful that grown men can talk like they do, straight face and think that the American people don't know the difference.
The people of Newtown kicked out the media becaues they knew that they were only being used to push an agenda.
I wonder why a semi-automatic AR-15 is harmless, yet an AR-15 automatic is too dangerous - or illegal (assuming you don't get government permission to own one after they sniff you down to the bone)?
President Franklin Roosevelt campaigned vigorously to regulate the automatics market, famously saying in 1934- "Federal men are constantly facing machine-gun fire in the pursuit of gangsters." .... The result of FDR's impassioned effort was the creation of the National Firearms Act of 1934. ... why is this not a violation of the 2nd Amendment? Maybe automatic weaponry being outlawed without strict permission is admitting that a gun, in and of itself, is not harmless.
Why is it that the state of AZ has made it illegal to have personal possession of nunchucks? They can't hurt anybody on their own. They are also illegal in CA, NY, and MA. (not to mention many countries)
Take a look at "automatic knife" laws (aka "switchblades") on wikipedia – both federal and state laws. What would our Founding Fathers think if they heard future US government would prohibit owning a knife? Why can I buy an AR-15 at a local store, yet not a knife? If I lay a switchblade down on my porch, even if I put 500 switchblades on my porch, I can wait till the cows come home, and not one is going to stab a human. They're every bit as well behaved as an AR-15 (or nunchucks) :-)
Yes, brilliant idea, take the guns from americans, while they give weapons to zibgniew brzezinski's creation 'the base'.
In 2011, the World Health Organization stated that cell phone radiation may have a carcinogenic effect, and a Swedish study has found that 10 years of cell phone use leads to an average of 290 percent raised risk of brain tumor development. Guess we better outlaw those damn iq reducing location devices too.
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