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January 8th, 2013
10:19 PM ET

Former marine on gun ownership: "We can't give up our rights because we are afraid"

On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" continued its focus on the issue of "Guns in America," inviting a former marine to explain why he objects to registering his personal weapons.

A veteran of Afghanistan, Joshua Boston recently drafted an open letter to Dianne Feinstein, the U.S. Senator from California, in which he says he will refuse to reveal what type of arms he owns, even if a ban on assault rifles is passed.

Joining host Piers Morgan for a live interview, Boston explained why he's against such a bill, making a case for the merits of owning assault weapons:

"The American people aren't as gun-happy and trigger-happy as they're being painted out to be by the media. They are smarter than that. They know when to hold their fire. They know when to fire," said Boston. "We can increase the chances of success for these people that get caught in situations for their survival by education. We've got to stop making this a taboo subject to everyone because it's scary. We can't give up our rights because we are afraid."

Citing concern for seeing his family disarmed, Tuesday's guest emphasized the value of guns for safety, maintaining that Americans should be permitted to own firearms as a fundamental means of protection: FULL POST

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January 8th, 2013
03:01 PM ET

Tonight: Piers Morgan continues the discussion on "Guns in America"

Tonight at 9, on the heels of Piers Morgan's heated confrontation with radio host Alex Jones, "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues the discussion on gun rights and gun control in America with pro-gun advocate Joshua Boston.

The former United States Marine and Afghanistan veteran recently wrote an open letter to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, saying that he would not register his weapons with the government even if a ban on assault weapons is passed.

Also on the program this evening, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof responds to Jones' statements on last night's program, and expert attorney Gloria Allred, Huff Post Live host Abby Huntsman and author Brad Thor will weigh in as well.

Watch the clip as Jones airs his opinion on Morgan's stance on guns, and then tune in tonight as Morgan and his guests continue their discussion on this polarizing and controversial issue.
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January 8th, 2013
02:36 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Arizona sheriff mobilizing a posse, Uncle of Aurora victim calls for stronger gun control

On Monday evening, as part of the show's continued emphasis on "Guns in America", "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Sheriff Joe Arpaio to share his plan for further arming citizens in Arizona:

"I'm taking immediate action. I have a volunteer posse made up of 3,500 armed, well-trained - 100 hours of training. We just finished another program at the malls. Very successful," explained the Maricopa County sheriff. "So why not utilize and mobilize a posse, which a sheriff can do, in the perimeters? I don't believe in putting the posse in the schools, but protect the kids and teachers by outside patrol, visible deterrents and keep these bad guys out of the schools."

As Morgan listed various mass-shootings such as those that took place in Columbine, Colo. and on the campus at Virginia Tech – he explained that those locations boasted armed guards.

Arpaio though, maintained the thinking behind his approach:

"You never can say everything is perfect. But you sure can take action, try to deter any operation. Don't surrender. Don't just talk about it, that every politician seems to be doing. Get something done, so that's what I'm doing."

Providing a contrary view, last night Piers Morgan welcomed Dave Hoover, the uncle of an Aurora shooting victim who's calling for stricter gun control in the wake of such tragic events: FULL POST

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How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Alex Jones
January 8th, 2013
02:31 PM ET

How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Alex Jones

On Monday, radio personality Alex Jones joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" for a live interview, during which he spoke candidly with Piers Morgan, explaining why he's petitioning to have the host deported, and why he feels so strongly about the right to bear arms.

In a riveting and combative conversation, the host of the "Alex Jones Show" yelled his way through Morgan’s questions - ranting about everything from the Second Amendment to his theories on 9/11.

But on the heels of yesterday's fascinating sit down, how did the rest of the media world react to the interview? FULL POST

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January 8th, 2013
12:52 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Alex Jones on his petition to deport Morgan; Alan Dershowitz on Jones being an "exhibit"

On Monday evening, as part of a program that has garnered wide-spread attention, Piers Morgan welcomed Alex Jones for a spirited exchange on gun control, and more specifically, the official White House petition created to deport the British television presenter for his outspoken views.

Returning to his host's chair, Morgan sat quietly and respectfully, as the "Infowars" personality launched an energetic tirade, defending his right to bear arms:

"The gun doesn't kill people. Do you understand you're not going to pull on America's heart strings? They know your script. You're not going to get our guns."

A co-creator of the document which has now reached more than 106,000 signatures, Jones explained why he feels so passionately about the petition, and his responsibility to protect the Second Amendment:

"We did it as a way to bring attention to the fact that we have all of these foreigners," said the radio host, when asked why he wants Morgan deported. "The Russian government, the official Chinese government – Mao [Zedong] said 'political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,' he killed about 80 million people because he's the only guy who had the guns. So we did it to point out that this is globalism."

Following Jones' energized appearance, Morgan later welcomed Alan Dershowitz to offer his reaction: FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Alabama wins its third BCS title in four years; Cyanide linked to $1 million lottery winner's death
January 8th, 2013
09:56 AM ET

Need to Know News: Alabama wins its third BCS title in four years; Cyanide linked to $1 million lottery winner's death

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 8, 2013 – Alabama wins its third BCS title in four years, cyanide linked to $1 million lottery winner's death and Gabrielle Giffords and husband launch anti-gun violence site...

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