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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:
"This country needs to realize, that we need to make sure, that these guns are not in the hands of those who shouldn't have them," said Hoover, whose nephew AJ Boik was killed in the July Colorado theater shooting. "An AR-15, or an M-16 – same weapon, just a different designation – needs to be in the hands of the military, or police only."
Watch the clips and listen to the interviews, as Morgan continues to direct the emphasis of his show towards a topic he feels is critical to the overall health of America.
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