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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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I challenge Piers Morgan to debate me, a middle-aged, married lady with guns, who, although born in NYC, no longer lives there in a secure building with a driver taking me everywhere. I think Piers would be better served defending a position where he actually knows some of the facts. I also think he would be better served by not trying to hold debates with fringe elements of the NRA. Why exactly is it that he feels he must debate the extremes when he's trying to convince even-keeled people why they should make themselves "marks" for the criminal element?
What would be the point of a debate, you have closed your mind to the issue so no matter what is said you won't change your mind. Sometimes I think gun fanatics will not be happy till the day the doctor delivers a newborn, slaps him on the tush to make him cry and hands him his hand gun
A lot of the criminal element are among you because of the availability of guns in your country, in your state, in your towns, in your villages. Get a life without your guns & a lot of yous that may be the victims of guns may live longer fulfilling lives. Yous (those that advocate for guns) are 9 cents short of a "Dime" intellectually!
Hollywood has a new movie comming out this week. It is called "Bullet to the Head" . Am I missing something? Why does Hollywood get off so easy? They line their pockets with this crap and then go on talk shows proclaiming their deep concern for social justice. Americans ought to get some real guts and boycott these hypocrits.
If any of you believe gun control by the government will improve the safety of citizens, you're fools. A prime example of why gun control wouldn't help is the parallel of prison. Prisons allow no form of weapons, or even objects that could be used as a weapon, and are staffed with guards, yet there are countless stabbings and murders in prisons. The argument i pose only refers to the theory that control of weapons in prisons (or the public) prevents violence with such prohibited weapons. If control of weapons in such an intimate atmosphere doesn't help, how can it help in society.
to TEMPLE EAST-show your ignorance more--
323 killed by "Assault Weapons" last year.
460 Killed by Hammers
649 Killed by Knives
So dont say Knives you Survive-Twice as Many Killed by Knives than Assault Weapons.......and No Background check to buy a Knife or a Hammer for that matter....
I practice regularly with my legally purchased guns and have the required permit to carry my guns. I feel safe and capable of protecting self and my grandchildren where ever I am. Regarding the debate/fight, a win is a win it doesn't have to be pretty. I thank Mr. Jones because he stood up.
to TEMPLE EAST-show your ignorance more–
NO tiny tim. Your numbers are like your quotes way out of the truth. First off. There is no assault weapons numbers because assault weapons was a name derived from a game. DORK! .. Secondly. There was more than 200 that have been breaking and entering to someone home when they made that list. DORK! The others are Criminals who do not follow our laws. DORK!!! .. The rest are suicides and accidents. Lets look at how many cars kill people and should we ban cars too DORK!!!!
Alex Jones points out what is often lost in the gun control debate: that the primary reason for citizens to own military-style fire arms is so that they can defend themselves against their own government. The text of the 2nd Amendment ITSELF gives this justification. It reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a FREE STATE, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." (Emphasis added). In other words, the right of the people to own firearms is so that they can defend themselves against GOVERNMENT TYRANNY and stay free – not so they can go hunting or defend themselves against the occasional criminal (although those are added benefits). Alex Jones cites perfect examples from history that illustrate that when guns are taken away from citizens the people suffer greatly because they can no longer defend themselves when their government goes too far. And for those of you wondering: a "well regulated militia" was understood in 1790 to mean properly equiped citizens with privately owned firearms – not to be confused with the National Guard we have today which is an integral component of the US Army Reserve system. Unlike the National Guard, the militia cannot be sent overseas.
What game was the origin of the term "assault weapon"?
I agree. This is America and American law prevails. Perhaps if you don't like the laws here you should consider moving back to the UK and thier e less of this.more 'civilized' gun laws. If children were disiplined in schools, perhaps there would be less of this.
Also, your job is to report the news, not create policy. If you want to make laws, run for office.
the last time i checked criminals don't follow laws especially when it comes to fire arms so putting more laws in effect is not the answer all your doing then is making more victims out of innocent people, and to make this clear we made the second amendment so that we would have the right to defend ourselves if are government was to start acting like that of a tyrannical government like the English in the american colonies during the revolution.
" with guns we are citizens, without we are subjects"
Which brings up the question. Are mentally ill and felons citizens? Because we do not want them to have guns at all. They do not have an American right to bear arms. I guess they are sub-standard Americans. I bet they do not pay sub-standard taxes.
Are you saying you actually WANT the mentally ill and/or convicted felons to have gun rights? If so, you are deluded. Children are citizens yet we do not allow them to play with matches. Why? Because they are a danger to themselves and others. Yes, as citizens we have rights but what you seem to forget is that there is a MAJORITY of others who also have rights and that MAJORITY'S rights trumps the right of a child or a mentally ill person to injure others.
I find your statement facetious made with the intent of confusing the issue. I have no doubt that if attacked by a mentally ill person, you would be the first on the phone calling for the police or a doctor to take their freedom.
This is not a discussion (hopefully) simply for the purpose of shooting off your mouth. It is a discussion trying to come to a reasonable solution instead of an unreasonable act (taking away our right to protect ourselves). Your attempt to confuse the issue is LUDICROUS.
No you mis read my comment
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Great! The point is that every American has the right to bear arms. That was the original right in it's inception. Through the years and centuries, the rules have been modified for the best interest of us citizens. In the interest of safety, we as a country decided to add an age requirement. In the interest of attempting to reduce crime (which did not work at all), we as a country decided to restrict felons from owning any firearms. So, in the interest of attempting to reduce mass killings (which may or may not work at all), whats the big deal if we as a country decide ban certain weapons or restrict diagnosed mentally ill Americans from owning them. I believe that we as a country should make rule adjustment to continue to show a collective effort towards reducing mass killings.
@ Scott - first of all you don't know me so the idea of you calling me a fanatic is ludicrous. Second of all, I live less than 15 miles from the Border with Mexico so I am facing a LOT of stuff you can't even begin to imagine. Third, I have wild animals roaming around my property. Fourth, I own a business that has a target on its back even bigger than a bank. So, buddy-boy, I am not a fanatic. I am an American who wants to survive. But, perhaps you think living by the Mexican Border is a joke....no, it's not. They dug 17 drug smugglers out of my in-laws' culvert....my in-laws are 80+ years old, both veterans who fought for US to have our rights and yet they were in terrible jeopardy right here in the U.S.A.
You have a NERVE....sitting there in your urban environment name-calling about things that you have NEVER experienced and no NOTHING ABOUT. I suggest you take out a map of the U.S. and look at it. The majority of the country and especially the West is NOT TAMED.
I'm not a fan of Piers Morgan but he should have ended the show with the ranting idiot who did more to hurt the gun enthusiasts by his immature screaming outrange on Piers show. The only thing he proved was that Piers was very patient while he acted like an idiot
that nut did more for your gun rights than you have or ever will. Piers yells and bullies guests so he got a taste of his own poo this time. Alex jones ignored the script and HAD TO YELL to talk over piers' 2 facts on gun violence.
Yes I agree, I am a Canadian so you know where i stand, in a safe country, but this was a monologue not a debate. I suspect ratings have something to do with it.
Well I sure as hell don't agree with Brandon. Alex Jones looked like a mentally insane person. I'm sure he is now going to be investigated in this light because of his gun ownership and I say GOOD! Piers Morgan didn't even come close to the vitriol of that fool, Alex. I don't live in a republic. I live in the United States of America. We've been misled by the gun lobbey for years. Well hell, it's about to end and you're going to have to take it where it hurts, up the poop-shoot, Mr. Poo-man.
Ranting idiot is right. That guy should never be allowed to be around guns or to own them. He's paranoid, has anger problems, and is overall out of control. Not someone who should be allowed to own a gun.
I want to recommend to Mr. Morgan or Mr. Cooper to replicate the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, with 20 mannequins, same size of the children killed, and use the same number of shoots with the same kind of gun used. I do not think people realized what that gun machine did to those little children bodies. Present it on TV and see how many defendants of gun machines we have left.
EXCELLENT suggestion "Vegas".....that would REALLY shut these human NRA "timebombs" up.....I'm pretty embarassed of some of these NRA representatives.....show some class and that "timebomb" last night would not answer Piers's questions.....not one.....he had a speech pre-written and was already "LOADED" LOL b4 he steped on the set......sad man but GREAT SUGGESTION VEGAS!!!
AMEN BROTHER JOSEPH......STAY STRONG PIERS.....you have to remember(regarding your "guest" last night), it's NOT AGAINST THE LAW TO BE STUPID!!!!! We LOVE YOU PIERS!!!!! AND YES, keep on trying to SAVE OUR CHILDREN!!!!
PEERS DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT AMERICANS ARE AFTER YOU, WE NEED YOU TO SAVE OUR CHILDREN
====Perhaps parents could start by saving their children by getting them off medication and stop feeding them poison processed food/soda.......that would be a good start to prevent them from obesity and numerours other health care issues====
The liberal Media comes out and says "Th eleading Cuase of death of 3 to 14 year Olds is Guns" Whre the hell did they come up with that age group? (Ti get the leading cuase) look at the facts: (And I see nothing about Assulat Weapons)
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among teens. Teens gain access to a weapon in a family’s home or on the black market and brandish it with someone who is hurting them, or accidentally have the gun go off while standing in front of a friend. Gangs, bullying or other forms of violence are all related to the assaults experienced by teens. Gang violence accounts for 75% of teen murders with firearms being used in 80% of the assaults leading to homicide. In some urban communities, this is the leading cause of death among teens making injury and accidents, the second leading cause.
I can reply for you sheep and libtards and democraps. This is how is it. NO ONE WAS PROTECTING YOUR KIDS> I FEEL FOR YOU> HOWEVER IT WILL NOT COST ME AND MY FAMILY AND OUR LOYAL COUNTRY OUR RIGHTS BECAUSE YOU FIND IT EASY TO BLAME INANIMATE OBJECTS OVER THE INDIVIDUAL> GET A F-in CLUE> THERE ARE SICK PEOPLE OUT THERE AND YOU YAHOOOOS THAT PUT FEELINGS INTO OUR RIGHT YOU NEED TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE WE WILL NOT PUT UP WITH IT ANYMORE> THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ABOUT SANDY? MORONS
More of a courtroom idea...or computer animated at least. However, and in no way am I advocating armed security at every school (even though my middle class suburban HS had the police at it), this was a completely easy target...couldn't Lanza have done virtually the same damage and carnage with a Samurai Sword? That would be pretty gruesome as well. What 6 year old is going to fight back against a sword...or how much chance does an unarmed principal have either? I guess the only possible defense would be to run, but walking into a classroom full of 6 and 7 year olds, the type of weapon doesn't really matter...damage and carnage could occur.
thank you for your real life post...i am a teacher OF 3RD GRADE ...my sister is a teacher of 4th grade...we are outraged at these nra heartless humans..what if theIr child was just killed in such a violent, horrific way..WE HAVE TO BRING SANITY BACK to our united states on this vital issue.
Right on Alex Jones! Giveeeee um ! Burning all the spinning wheels in the kingdom doesn't protect you from the evil of men's heart. Alex truly is an American Spirit. The world is watching and the Austrailian people, the Russian people, and the British people are rooting for us Americans to keep and hang on to our right to defend ourselves against those who want to have power over us whether they are an invading army or a corrupt domestic government. We are the second line of defense especially if our military has been sent to many nations around the world. Aloha! Gale
Give me a break. In Canada We have troops overseas and we're not standing on the beaches with semis. You are not protecting your country you are killing your own people with paranoia.
I like the saying an armed society is a polite society.
Sorry – the Australian people are NOT with you Gale. The U.S. scares us although we support the ideals of democracy, freedom of religion, etc.. The image of the U.S. via factual news, television, and other media is a society of fear and violence...not unlike societies we'd rather didn't exist in other parts of the world, although not to the same extent. Of the 100s of friends, family, associates, etc. I have in Australia, I don't know a single one who would rather a society where weapons are so accessible. None currently own any and gun related crimes are very few. You should try asking some of us. The "bad guys" nor government threaten families or friends by attacking innocent people en masse in public places with the intent to kill in our country. Those with psychological issues can't get their hands easily on weapons that can kill or injure en masse in spectacular style and other alternatives are well controlled or are not easily accessible. The socialized medical system is available to them in order for them to receive inexpensive medical help with their issues.
I love many people in the U.S. but can't wait to take my children to a safer place.
What an Aussie idiot. You count on us with our BIG guns to protect you from China. You stupid moron watching the propaganda news. Duh, if you don't have a gun to kill, then there will not be a gun related event. Does that mean that the person doesn;t get killed, not if the killer is set on killing, a different method will be used. I cannot believe how stupid people have become, this is why the NWO will succeed, stupid sheeple going to the gas chambers willingly!!!!!!!!!!!
Piers is merely driving more and more viewers to FOX. He has to go!
P.MORGAN IS A ....I CAN'T EVEN GO THERE WITH OUT USING PROFANITY !
I can tell that Piers Morgan only picks debates with people that make him look good. If he had any type of spine he would sit down with me in front of a camera and have this debate. I would let him speak freely and not talk over him because opinions like his that are based on emotional response do not hold up to well thought out logic. He is supported by people who watch his show from over populated parts of the US that have no knowledge of firearms and have probably never seen one legally enjoyed. I would love to see him go toe to toe with a real normal law abiding gun enthusiast like myself. He is welcomed to contact me if he is brave enough to debate me.
That would be the same as talking to any old mouth with a gun; what makes you think you could be more foamy than Alex Jones? In fact, I wouldn't like to be his bath for his foam would drown me!
ok...i see what is going on.
piers is only letting the responses that agree with his views be posted...other wise it is some crap like oh...we will review yor response...BLAH BLAH BLAH...REALLY???????????????????????????????????????????
Um, 22 children just died. Do you not care? Quit focusing on piers and focus on the problem. What is to understand about guns? People are dead by guns. Military weapons should only be used by trained military personnel period. You can't debate that without sounding crazy.
Televised, unscripted debate/fight would be great if it could really happen, but I don't think the companies that support televised programs will allow it. Our country is in trouble because our moral and legal compass is out of alignment, most people realize that. However, if real, and earnest debates of opposing opinions were allowed, it could be the same kind of thrill boxing use to be when televised in black and white on Friday nights many years ago. Anyway, Jones proved to be a worthy opponet for Morgan. A win is a win.
Hey Piers, if you get deported come to Hawaii, since some people still believe we don't belong to the Union..Aloha and keep up the good work in making people think...Aloha from the Big Island..
Thank you for speaking out! You are in my prayers. I really don't understand. I agree it is not rocket science. It is not political or a right being taken away. I am a American, vote Republican and don't agree with all of these radicals. We need tougher laws enforced to help all of our citizens. We also need more money for mental health services. Though shalt not kill. Why should anyone have guns in their homes. It is insane. These people who are speaking out need some counseling!
As a gun owner and a member of one of the oldest gun clubs in the country, I believe that unstable characters such as Alex Jones do not speak for the vast majority of gun owners. The legitimate debate that needs to take place was severely damaged by Jones while Piers Morgan consistently has worked for the betterment of his now American home. The truly disconcerting part in all of this is that a loud mouth bully like Jones thinks that he speaks for us. Keep up the good work Piers!
these actions were commited by mostly younger youth and as a parent if you do anything they cry child abuse adam lanza was removed by his mother because he was having problems in school by 9th grade why didn't anyone followup on the progress of him every one closed their doors and eyes and how about reformed / repeat offenders [ what is really happening is they are blaming gun owners for what the socalled dogooders have caused in public what about the last three prisoners released killed agian? why were the even released and the person that released them should be charged also so stop blaming guns....you should be blaming your selves for your justice system which has failed.
I enjoy watching your show on CNN and although I agree with basic gun laws for sportsmen and hunters, its getting absolutely ridiculous in the USA. I have to say the recent shootings of children in CT and Colorado have sparked the need for changes to the Gun Laws in the USA.
Alex Jones who was on your show last night was a freaking nut bar, I thought the guy had more brains than that but like most of the Republican Congress he is totally out into left field BIG TIME!!!
American gun owners are so nuts when it comes to gun laws. How many more guns do the average US citizens need? It's always guns don't kill, people kill it's typical it sounds like a redneck remark by a typical gun owner, Yes but if I threw a rock it might hurt but not kill on the other hand an absolute Moron could kill anyone with a gun. Maybe they should have I.Q. testing for gun owners in the USA anyone can own one or more or your IQ is 100 plus well that would rule out 99% of gun owners.
The right to bear arms does that also include tanks and weapons of mass destruction? I wouldn't be surprised in the good old United States of America? The next thing American citizens will be demanding is to carry micro nuclear weapons to protect themselves, it's absolutely nuts the Gun Laws in the USA and gun activists the head of the NRA and people like Alex Jones have just demonstrated to me what a freaking scary nut this guy Alex really is and I wont be traveling to the USA anytime soon, I'll wait until your country has an all out gun battle and your population get reduced to half your current size??
It wouldn't rule out any gun owners, but it would rule out liberals.
Shooting is a sport for some of us. Millions of us. I love my AR and many other weapons. Why don't we talk about peoples mental problems. If we really want to talk about saving people/childrens lives lets talk about other problems which kill more people than guns. 1-Like texting/talking on phones while driving 2- Alcohol/drugs 3-speed limits etc etc. Why do we build cars that go 200 mph??? Why do we have speed limits over 55 MPH??? All of these kill more than guns. Look at the stats...Please have a real debate about gun control.
It seems that a lot of those of you who are in love with your AR's are "Loopy" in that you make up every excuse to blame everything else... but your "Guns". They are killer extensions of the person who owns one. Can you not find a somewhat more appealing hobby to occupy your spare time?
I agree with you Tom. One of the many thing Jones said was, " because there are criminals, I don't lose my rights". Why will anyone give up his/her right to own a gun? I will not willingly give up the right because there are criminals.
Dear Alex Jones,
Please read the 2nd ammendment. If you are a believer in the 2nd ammendment you must support gun regulation. The wording of the ammendment states clearly that firearms must be "well regulated"!
You must not have read the rest of the amendment... the right the keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
this amendment cannot be appealed.
Have you noticed that all the killers that have these guns are ugly! Why don't we just get them costmetic surgery. Maybe that will stop this insanity!!!
If Piers Morgan does not like what is going on why don't he go back to europe??? Guns are like drugs to some people. Even if you ban them they will still find a way to get one. If someone wants something bad enough they will do anything to get it.
Thank you, Piers, Don't back down. We need your voice.
Alex Jones was great,if CNN had any brains they would offer him a show.
It's interesting that Piers has all of these liberals come on to make him feel good about his reserved and composed exchange with Alex Jones, while calling Mr. Jones childish names, yet never mentioning what a jerk Piers was to the Gun Owners Association of America's Mr. Pratt in his December 2012 interview. Mr. Morgan's calling Mr. Pratt "incredicably stupid" reflects the his immaturity and lack of journalistic ethics. Let's see if Mr. Morgan can have a true debate without his juvenile name calling tomorrow night when Mr. Pratt returns to Piers' show.
Good point, I agree. I'll be watching.
Piers Morgan I think the whole you tub Video was one side it Mr. Jones keeped top talking you. I didn't know that a rag should have went with the interview to put it in his dumn A$$ MOUTH
Piers is not the problem, the are 22 children dead in a school. Get that through your stubborn heads. How do we stop it?
And no, I am not wearing a gun in my kindergarten class.
I saw the video of Alex Jones and I'm glad Piers is staying on top of this topic. America needs to grow up. Guns are not necessary and have created a horrible and sad culture of death. Unfortunately, this discussion is one-sided because when the logical mind meets the idiot, we are stunned trying to understand, like Piers is stunned by this numbskull. But the idiot, not knowing any better, just gets louder and more illogical as if by the sheer force of emotion his nonsense will become a convincing reality without a desire to understand.
"Guns are not needed"? Who the hell are you to decide that an amendment of the bill of rights is not needed? You sicken me you cowardly dolt. Perhaps we should decide phil is no longer needed with his disregard for the rights secured by amercans blood. You are a traitor and deserve non of the rights paid for in blood by better men than you. There will certainly come a day of reckoning for unamerican filth, i hope you are still around to get your dues
To Alex Jones: 1776???? George Washington died a long time ago. After hearing Alex Jones go berserk and wildly crazed on Piers Morgan, I am more convinced than ever we should have stricter gun laws and ban all assault weapons.
Did he threaten Piers to a fisticuff? He should pick on someone his own size..say Mike Tyson. Mike can wear his black trunks and Alex in white. Rules.. no biting or use of assault weapons when loosing.
Mike would kill him. The man is a brick wall. He used to be a client of a law firm I worked for, however; Mike has lived in Arizona and he would be on the same side. He wouldn't fight him. He'd probably buy him another gun. Why? Because he knows that the entire country is NOT tamed. He knows that there are places where bears, mountain lions, and other wild beasts still roam around and still pose a very real threat.
Even Mike Tyson is not so tough or so foolish as to take on a cougar or a bear with a hand gun.
It already is on youtube, and going viral.. People love it and think Alex Jones totally pwned Piers Morgan!
I had not heard of Alex Jones before seeing him on Piers' show. He is truly nutters!
9/11 was an "inside job by the US government"?
"Obama and all the world leaders are in cahoots to create a single, one-world government to enslave the planet"?
There is something fishy about a person who acts this wacky and promotes comic book level conspiracy theories for profit.
LOTS of profit.
Piers, I am an Army veteran. I am also a sheriff's detective. I am also a gun owner. First and foremost let me say, our service members serve so that everyone here in America has the freedom to speak their opinion freely. I will protect your freedoms even if I don't completely agree with your opinions. As far as gun control, this is more complex than taking them away. True we have way too many deaths as a result of guns, but look at Mexico. They too have very strict gun control measures and yet, those that should never possess, let alone hold a weapon, are the ones that have them. The number of deaths and kidnappings there are atrocious. It is true Britain has figured this out many many years ago, sadly though we are a young country compared to Britain and are going through the growing pains of paranoia, balance of freedoms, and control of crime as well as punishment. As a member of law enforcement, I would love to not have to respond to a shooting, or worst yet, a man with a gun and then take the chance of my wife becoming a widow.
I too live in Texas, but obviously haven't consumed the tainted water that so many have here. I think the first step to gun control should be, discontinuing the ability of purchasing weapons from "individuals" at the local gun show. I can't tell you how many times I have seen gang members and convicted felons walking around the gun shows here buying guns from these individuals that don't even ask for an ID, let alone a background check.
I am happy to hear/see a rational argument regarding this issue. Fewer guns=less crime. Psychological test requirements=fewer nut jobs or criminals obtaining guns legally.
Greg, I totally agree with you. I'm here in Arizona by the Border and an Army fort and I'm well aware of the dangers of going unprotected. However, it is vital to be trained with your weapon. And I completely agree with the point you made about gun shows, swap meets, etc. We have far too many people selling guns at swap meets, etc. that are untraceable and that is a huge problem. I know for a fact that a person who has to undergo a background check is far more likely to be careful of how the gun is used. But, I would go a step further. I would deny guns to people with a history of mental illness. Most of the horrific incidents that have been in the news have involved people who were pretty disturbed if not completely insane.
I thank Mr. Morgan for being willing to hold honest talks with all sides, and I thank him for being appalled at U.s. citizns being gunned down in our sreets at will. It dosen't matter where we are born, we are all human, and should not live in a world that does nothing to help alieve at least some of the increasing gun violence we are facing. If we do nothing, no one any where will be safe. Reasonable gun control is not too much to ask! We can go to the moon, tweet across the world in 3 seconds on the internet, we cn do this without taking away gun owner rights of the second amendment. Assult weapons and extended clips are not necessary for ordinary people, early mental health service and support for parents that have a problem child, and required responsible gun ownership classes, is not too much to ask to save a life.
Jones is a moron. Morgan debated him to simply make himself look good.
As far as statistics go one can, and Morgan does, make much out of nothing. For example, in 2010 32,788 people were killed in traffic accidents in the USA (the lowest number ever recorded) and 1,850 were killed in the UK. More importantly if you look at it per captia traffic fatalities in the US are 4x those of the UK. Does this mean the US should ban driving.
Absurd. As is Morgan.
The focus on guns in the US is so far off the mark. The issues, which the dumb ranting of Jones failed to communicate (or perhaps highlighted), of untreated mental health issues and a culture of violence (in America the solution to almost any problem is a violent one) are what needs to be addressed.
As for gun statistics. Well in Switzerland almost everyone owns a gun. Every between the ages of 20-30 has an automatic weapon and a clip of ammo. Those over 30 have semi-automatic rifles. Guns are not a problem there. So compare that to the UK Mr. Morgan. More importantly, "Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: "You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?" The soldier replied: 'We will shoot twice and go home.'". No wonder Switzerland has never been invaded.
Next time you plan a debate Mr. Morgan, choose an armed (pun intended") opponent so that you don't come out of it looking quite so smug ;-)
Could not agree more!
Piers Morgan does not understand the 2nd Ammendments purpose to it's fullest extent. The right to bear arms is not only for self protection from criminals, but protection from a currupt and or abusive government. The right to revolt and protect the peoples freedoms from the government. History is a great teacher. Germany had gun registration. The registration was used to find the weapons and remove them from the populous allowing the Natzis unihibited control.
Don't be fooled into relinquishing the rights others gave their lives for.
Reading all of these comments I am amazed at all the insults! No wonder our country is so divided!
debate be damned. You cant debate the leftist anti individual liberty dregs turned out of every college in this nation. State fact to "piers" and all the leftist vermin who parrot his marxist group speak, we are done debating. We will not surrender our arms, we will not register them, and we will not turn them over to your demoshirts. If you come to take take them, their will be war of a sort you do not understand. A war for our republic. And like the founders, we may not be the "majority", but we will be the winners. Molon labe
Keep your head up Piers! Im with you all the way. I wish my voice was heard like yours. Im just sick of all the mass shootings in America. I believe the winds are changing but a little to late for some. Im glad you are here and hopefully for good. Ive enjoyed your shows the last month on gun control and i believe in you. I just wish there is more i can do but it comes down to our Goverment to fix it. Keep up the great work your doing and have a great New Year in America!! Larry
most mass shootings are done by crazies on psychiatric meds, are gang-related, or staged by our government.
seriously, can we be more stupid?
You forgot to say they own or have availability to guns! And government staged killing? Pshhh.
I agree with the crazies on meds thing. If anyone took the time to notice, the mass killings involved mentally ill people. Staged by the government? Ummmm, no. That's just outrageous. And most gang-related killings are not mass episodes.
most mass shootings are done by crazies on psychiatric meds, are gang-related, or staged by our government.
No! You're wrong! Most mass shooting in America are caused by "Guns". Period!
wow, we found the one person who like piers. google why Piers was kicked out of the UK- maybe you will agree with all the laws he broke there as well just as you agree with his attempts at subversion of our rights here.
You do realize that in a free society adults do not depend on government. The government fears and depends on us it is called liberty.
BRAVO LARRY!!! I agree !!!! Well put!!!!
You guys are crazy to think Piers is any good. He needs to get out of our Country , And you all that like him can go with him..
You are the crazy one Mike! Piers is right! People like the Idiot Alex Jones make me ashamed to be an American.
Sure Larry. Let the government fix it. You too are uneducated. Stop listening to hype. If a nut wants to kill, he will do it with or with out guns.
lex Jones belongs in a loony bin. This gun worshiping idiot is so paranoid he can't think.beyond the end of his penus. We are an insane society with people like him in it!
Thankyou again for all your help about gun control. That A Jones man that was on your show was horrible. I will not even listen to him. I never knew just how many gun control NRA people there were out there. And they seem just mean.
You know the numbers, and it seemed like he just wanted to blow some steam, Thanks again, Cindy N
Piers has few facts cindy. look at FBI stats and you will see VIOLENT CRIME DROPS when concealed carry is enacted. Yes UK has 35 gun deaths last year but look at THEIR VIOLENT CRIME RATES which have exploded since the gun ban there. So would you rather be unarmed and have your head bashed in or have a gun and potentially be shot but also potentially defend yourself? logic is lost on anti gun idiots like you.
I just tweeted this... I hope for an answer.... Talk is good... Idiots like last nights guest only help to see further the extremist and dangerous in our society. It is time for action. We have already experienced the turtle pace of our government, we have seen them bend to the NRA, we have seen their fear at the pressures from the NRA. And others. I say it is time for the people to be heard. For us to pressure them. How about if with your help and others in media and entertainment that a movement be started... Similar to the march of mothers in chile with photos of their dead child under a regime that cared more about their survival than justice. Is that not our situation... Does not our congress and senate care more about their survival than justice? Help create a movement where moms in every possible city in the US march down a main avenue demanding change in gun laws, have them march silently with photos of their dead son or daughter due to gun violence. Let mothers shame our senate and congress into action. The NRA is powerless at the power of the voice of moms. It is time to act. As a people we do have the power to demand permanent gun laws that remove from the common person weapons that do not signify or equate to hunting or even the basic right of owning a gun. Weapons that can shoot rounds of anything more than eight, should not be on sale to anyone and the purchase of as many bullets as you feel like it, is insane. Come on Piers, with your influence and network, lets begin a movement for sanity.
I agree with you. Unfortunately when you read all the comments you can determine the lack of education in this country. these people need bigger guns because they have small....brains! Idiots with guns. I agree of owning a gun for hunting but you don't need an AK-47 to kill ducks or deer is just ridiculous.
so when you read the second amendment where does it say the word hunting?? Its not about hunting but you seem too dense to get that. Its to safe guard all the other rights we enjoy including being an ignorant SOB like you.
Deport you? Wish there were several million of you. Thank you for exposing the crazies with guns who cannot even have a rational conversation.
This gun nut made an excellent case for gun control.
See, here's Mr. Morgan's problem: When he was a schoolboy, in England, he undoubtedly read that the the United States was "the land of the free", where all people were free to express their opinion on any subject.
Sorry, Piers, maybe back then, but no more.
BRAVO Piers. I am a Canadian and as appalled as you at the insanely ridiculous worship of guns in this country,. I totally support your continued efforts to discuss this issue rationally and I applaud your common sense arguments which of course will fall on many deaf ears. It is sad and very troubling that many will not even consider making necessary changes to prevent the killing of innocents. YES, I support Americans' right to own guns, for sport and for personal protection, but surely NO ONE needs to own military grade assault weapons that can KILL 30-40 people in about 5 seconds. Let us hope that some compromise can be agreed to by those who have been charged with finding some common sense, practical solutions to this very serious issue. We MUST value the lives of all American citizens over and above the rights of some to bear whatever arms they choose to have.
I hope you will not let anyone dissuade you from your purpose. Many of us stand with you. Those of us who believe in sensible solutions to this issue SHOULD NOT BE SILENCED.
Dani Pepin, SWFla and Ontario, Canada
You don`t even live in our Country. Why don`t you just shut up , IDIOT.
Well said Dani and I agree with you 100 percent! Thank you
The interview Piers did with Alex Jones is a great study of contrast between civility and idiocy. My admiration goes out to Piers for his self-control. He took the blows like a champ and emerged the better person.
Troy, Alex did to Piers what Piers did to Larry Pratt and John Lott. Nothing more.
Ithink Alex Jones needs to be deported. He's frightening and dangerous.
I am glad I dont live near Alex Jones, he appears to be one that should have a mental evaluation. I worked in the State Hospital and he seems less with reality than the ones I dealt with every day.
Could be a prime candidate for Congress or the NRA, glad to see they put him on for the world to see the looney side with his 105,000 followers. Piers well done !!!
Keep up the good work Piers. I have been a dedicated republican voter for all of my life but have come to the realization that more gun control has unfourtanately made itself necessary. Alex Jones appearance should have made it abundantly clear why gun control is necessary. There are just too many unbalanced people out there, that gun control is the only logical way to proceed.
Piers... your doing great! Keep it up! You have the support of millions of Americans who feel lucky to have you in this country bringing meaningful debate to a very tough and important subject. Too bad for Mr. Jones blowing his opportunity to get his point across by yelling, getting in your face, and mocking your accent. His actions did nothing to strengthen his argument and in fact only detracted from it. I feel embarrassed for him, but give you great credit for allowing him to present his views on the issue.
Don't give up on this! You are saying exactly how millions of Americans feel. Thank you!
I didn't see the Jones interview last night but enjoy your show regularly. I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents of support for the discussion you are hosting about gun control. I personally can't stand guns and would be thrilled if they didn't exist–in any country–but I'm a realist and understand how deeply imbedded guns are in American culture. The second amendment isn't going anywhere, and guns don't need to be banned if everyone who owns them can act like a grown-up. But that means restricting the number, type, ammo, and above all the owner, if s/he is deemed ineligible for treating such dangerous weapons with care, concern, and restraint. I "hunter" may need a few, but not enough to mow down 2 dozen deer in a minute. A "self-defender" might need one, ONE. But why is it that we need so, so, SO many? My son attends Kindergarten in Georgia, and I certainly feel he is less safe now then I did a month ago. Not because of Newtown–I am not naive about random acts of gun violence. But because there are record SALES of new guns in my County! Thousands of more guns are now presumably in my city, community, neighbor's homes? What are those parents saying to their children about guns? They are needed to arm themselves? What if a child feels the need to arm him or herself? How do I know my child is safe when the mantra of this nation is "more guns?" Enough is enough. In addition to much stricter background checks, I want important questions to be asked, like "Are their young children in your home? How do you plan on securing your firearm? Do you have any friends or relatives who have ever been involved in domestic violence, have a mental illness? This insane notion that to be a "free American" means you can get what you want when you want with no accountability has always made me sick. Its why the rest of the world thinks us so enthocentric–because as a nation, we are. Freedom and democracy comes with an important duty, to ourselves, our children, and the world. To be a nation of peace and prosperity, we must recognize when we are failing, and why. I applaud everyone in this country who wants a better nation and is honestly ready to work towards it. What an awful, awful year 2012 was for gun violence. Hopefully to never be repeated.
I watched an interview today with both Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. Mr. Kelly said that both he and Ms. Giffords own guns and are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. He went on to say that we need to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
I would like to take issue with his statements. First of all, what if, for instance, Mr. Kelly's house is burglarized and their guns are stolen – aren't they then contributing to having guns get into the wrong hands? Hopefully, their guns are stored in a secure place away from their house. But, what about all the other guns that kept in houses? Are those homeowners potentially complicit in the proliferation of guns in the wrong hands?
Secondly, the Second Amendment was written when only muskets were available to individuals. Do people actually think that if those same people who wrote the Bill of Rights would word it the same way if they were writing it today – with firearms available that are far more lethal than muskets.
A few other thoughts – there's been very little mention of suicides committed with firearms in all this discussion. If guns weren't so readily available, I would think suicides would decrease significantly.
Who exactly are the wrong people and how are they to be identified? I don't see how Adam Lanza would have been on anyone's radar. Are all people in therapy suppose to be on a list? How about the people in drug or alcohol rehab? Are these people potentially more of a risk than others? What about gun accidents? I would like to see stats of who the murderers are – they're certainly not all criminals and psychotic people.
Finally, I'm afraid there might be a racist element to all of this. Proportionally, and maybe in raw numbers, more people of color are killed with firearms and white people. If the vast majority of people killed were white, we would still be having the same kind of bitter, polarizing arguments as we are having today.
Just wanted to correct my last sentence – it should read – If the vast majority of people killed were white, would we still be having the same kind of bitter, polarizing arguments as we are having today?
Davis Wells your point about Gabby and her Husband have guns and if there house gets broken into they are spreading guns around so if my cars gets stolen and they kill someone its my fault I don't think so if the jews had guns do you think over 6 million would have died no if there was no guns in America then that would be fine but the ols saying goes you can't take a knife to a gun fight then your friends will be seeing you at your grave yes gun's cause problems in America but think about it waht happen in Germany russis China and Camboida will never happen here
Jerry – Gabby Giffords was my Representative. I completely agree with her and with you. You see, SHE actually knows what's going on out here. SHE actually knows our guns are for our survival. The fact of the matter is that there's a severe problem with MENTAL HEALTH CARE in this country. No one with a mental health issue should be allowed to have a gun. That is so obvious. But, the mental health system was castrated in the 70s. Then, there are the rest of us - people who actually need our guns. People who live in areas where they are necessary. People who live in areas where others run to in order to escape their demons back in their homes. We need our weapons for our own protection and to deal with situations that mainstream America often hears nothing about. So, Piers waving his hand and making supercilious pronouncements and judgments in a country where he is a GUEST, is insulting.
I understand that Piers had to bring this man to the mainstream media to show what a complete nut case he is, but for the love of sanity, please have him committed to a looney bin PERMANENTLY!!!
Do not think for a moment that Alex Jones reflects the opinion of all Americans. Many of us agree with YOU.
Piers, I just wanted to take a moment to applaud your efforts to make a difference. I will never support banning guns in America but I do feel as though your efforts to this end are both helpful and necessary. Mr. Jones' appearance on your show could have been a good opportunity for debate but his rage and disrespect for you made the interview seem more like a protest of you than a protest of your stance against guns. I hope that your efforts on this matter are sincere and that your resolve is only strengthened by people such as Mr. Jones. Your continued efforts could make a difference in some way and that is all that matters in the end.
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Alex Jones immediately needs to have all of his guns confiscated. As a veteran E.R. nurse I can recognize dangerous people and Alex Jones appears to be one of them. I'd hate to cut him off in traffic or rile him in anyway. He is a ticking time bomb and I admired Pierce's ability to continue the conversation in spite of confronting misplaced rage. Alex was very threatening and hope there were armed, muscled guards to protect Pierce.
I live in a reasonably affluent neighborhood in SW Missouri which is heavily Republican and I have neighbors who are every bit as wired and unreasonable as Mr. Jones. What I'm trying to say is that these nut cases are not just your southern rednecks but your next door neighbors. The NRA, Teapublicans and other paranoids and greedy special interest folks have done one hell of a job creating mass hysteria and paranoia in an attempt to promote their agendas.
Piers, I support you all the way. I am a gun owner, outdoor sportsman, and a member of NRA! I am ready to turn in my guns and cancel my membership (already done). When did common sense became a commodity in this country? Start by educating yourselves and your children people! So more Guns makes the world a safer place???? Realllly???
Fine, give me your guns. I think you're a liar and none of what you just said is true you troll.
Strongly doubt the accuracy of this post.
Because one person is passionate about his beliefs and may not speak as eloquently as other people does not make him mentally ill. Half of you people commenting on here can't even spell so back off. I can't believe you people. You don't understand what is about to happen to our country IF the types of gun laws take effect that you seem to want. Do you understand that if you give the government an inch they will take a mile? If you let the 2nd amendment be destroyed, the first may be next. Quit being sheep. Just because one person may rant and rave and get upset does not mean they are an irresponsible gun owner. This country was made what it was by firepower. How do you think we beat the British? And the laws you morons want will change NOTHING. Your safety will be more at risk because just like you've heard before, the criminals will still be the ones with the ILLEGAL weapons and paraphernalia that you are trying to ban. I've had enough of you. Good day.
Im sick of the same argument that "this country" was build on Guns! So what??? there was a time (not long before that) when people thought the world was flat!!!!
they made you wear seatbelts to make driving safer.....they made you drive slower to make driving safer....and they also make you register your cars.....after all of this..... did they take away your cars......when they made you wear helmets did they take away your motorcycles.....all of this just to make our roads a little bit safer....but in using your logic the government for sure one day is going to ban all cars because they create laws that makes using motor vehicles just a little bit safer...there will always be deaths on our roads and highways but fewer because of new laws to make them safer...can't you see that this is a paralell to restricting the types of guns and ammunition that is available....we'll never stop gun deaths, but we can certainly reduce them and make our streets just a little bit safer by amending our laws.
Thank you, Jason, for your parallel reasoning.
This is the first time anything has been done after a tragic incident. The children @ Sandy Hook should not die in vain ... this should not be forgotten ... your doing a great job Piers ... lets get those laws changed now and forever .
Piers, I watched the debate last night with Alex Jones and was horrified at the hostile and bully type behavior he displayed.
You are to be commended for remaining calm and professional.
Keep up the great work and remember that many people in America and around the globe support you in regards to stronger gun control!!
The guest last night was a joke. And I don't have much against your thoughts opening the debate about high capacity clips and gun show background checks (I don't like the database concept though). I do think that your idea to throw money at the mental health issue needs to be further flushed out (there needs to be a clear process to commit someone).
However, there seems to be as much or more ignorance on the pro-gun control side as there is on the extremist anti-gun control side. A good example would be Mike Bloomberg. I doubt he has ever handled or fired a gun. (I actually doubt whether he's actually even been outside, but that's a different matter). Bloomberg is ignorant on the issues and should recuse himself from the debate.
I am an avid hunter. I use a SEMIAUTOMATIC shotgun when I duck hunt. It is a classic wooden Remington gun that has been around for 40 years. It is not a machine gun. It is not an assault gun. It was never intended for military use. The term semiautomatic is misused by the media (not yourself) and ignorant gun control advocates. I also carry a pistol sometimes when hunting large game with antlers, claws, etc. Try finding a charging pig in a riflescope under stress and you'll know why.
On the self defense front, the best weapon is hands down a short barreled pump shotgun (pump for the sound effect deterrant). The law abiding public needs self defense weapons because as even Bloomberg admits, the POLICE DO NOT HAVE THE MANPOWER OR MANDATE TO PREVENT CRIME – THEY JUST SOLVE THEM AFTER THE FACT. Crime is prevented solely by the intended victim.
The reality is that the school tragedy could have happened anyway with or without large clips or even guns. He could have chained the doors and lit the place on fire, for instance. Who knows?
But, that doesn't mean we have to allow guns which have no realistic use. I do believe we need to contain the goverment and not allow dictatorships and monarchies like those unfortunates in fairly recent Europe and elsewhere. Our ancestors deliberately left backward goverments for a reason. I just don't think a few large clips will make a difference. Voting correctly before it becomes an issue is much more effective.
The gun control debate should be led by informed parties. Those on both fringes should be excluded by the public and media. The current problem is ignorance at most urban media organizations. They don't understand the issues. They try to paint the opposition (like you did, Piers) as reasonless nuts, like your guest last night. Why not host an intelligent pro-gun guest? Wouldn't that be more fruitful?
Extremely well-said. +1
Piers, please go on with this we need people that have the platform to get it out there.you and don lemon need to get together to have more discussions on this. bless you
Can you imagine what the US government would do it it were attacked by anything from 1,00 to 30 million unorganized gun owners on a pseudo-Minuteman killing spree? Ha ha! The Second Amendment is a historical dodo, in the main it is kept alive for hanging onto one's beloved weapons and not to exercise human rights. It is a rich fantasy of over-age underachieving malcontents, not serious defenders of the society.
Well I'm sure you'll be the first we defend when the time comes and there are no more freedoms left. Morons! FREEDOM MEANS THE RIGHT TO HAVE GUNS IF WE WANT!!! If you don't want to have guns then don't but leave OUR rights alone! Or do you think you have the right to tell the rest of us how to think? But of COURSE you do! Talk about forcing YOUR will on others? We aren't at ALL trying to convince ANY of you to have guns. But YOU want to impose your will on the rest of us freedom loving Americans. Shame on ALL of you traitors!!!
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." Quote from Patrick henry.
If that crazy wacko Jones didn't make THE case FOR gun control, nobody can.
I can only imagine what would have happened had he been allowed to carry a gun on the set.
I believe Jones was carefully selected to accomplish just that - to make the rest of us look like loony tunes. But, the fact is, I have guns. I NEED them. I live on the Border with drug smuggling illegals sneaking through the mesquite. They set the Monument Fire and I was evacuated for 9 days. Law Enforcement pulled 17 out of a culvert on my in-laws' property (right near their house). Rattlesnakes pop up on your property almost every day. Bears and mountain lions live in the Canyon where I lived. Now, living in town, I have wild pigs (javelina) charging my backyard fence to try to kill my dogs, a wolf walked up my driveway, and coyotes roam the neighborhood looking for pets to kill and eat. Oh yes, and I am a businesswoman in a business that has a huge target painted on it. So, Piers, tell me again why I shouldn't have the right to bear arms. I no longer live in a highrise in NY or LA with a driver keeping me insulated from reality. This ain't London, Piers. It's the New World - America - where everyone is NOT consumed with being "mannerly".
I also think the choice of this lunatic was by design. I guess Mr. Morgan is a strategic fellow.
• The US needs to drop the GUN CONTROL issues and Change it to PSYC MEDS BAN AND CHANGE PSYCOLOGY STUDIES TO TEACH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE AND PUT PEOPLE IN NEED OF HELP THROUGH YOGA AND TAI CHAI OR POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS NOT MEDS THAT CONTROL AND ALTAR THEY NEED TO DO BRAIN CHEMISTRY STUDIES AND USE NATURAL FOODS AND HERBS TO CHANGE THE CHEMISTRY AND PH IN A PERSON BEFORE MEDS ARE ALLOWED OR NOT. i SAY BAN PSYC MEDS NOT GUN CONTROL. HITLER KILLED 6 MILLION JEWS WITHOUT GUNS NOT TO METION THE MANY THAT WERE KILLED BY HIS GUNS. I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE A WAR ON GUNS OR GUN CONTROL. STOP THIS MADDNESS. TEACH GUN SAFETY AND RESPECT ANIMALS KILL PEOPLE. HOW WILL YOU DEFEND? HANDS KILL PEOPLE.OBJECTTS AND CARS KILL ... Weather Kils…YOU CAN'T BAN EVIL..
That dude with his temper should turn in his guns for his own good, his public perfomance showed a nut case personality!
Americans are letting Marxists destroy the best democratic experiment in history of man. I live in Brazil, and I can tell you that socialism is hell on earth. Authoritarianism, lies, corruption. There is no freedom, only the State everywhere and their friends getting richer every day.
Piers knows about this as well. Read "Life at the Bottom" from Theodore Dalrymple and see what Marxism has done to Britain. It has destroyed the most developed country in the world.
Jones is right. Your guns are your last resort against tyranny. The globalists hate this fact. Piers is paid by the globalists to push their agenda. The moment he had a different opinion, he would be fired immediately.
Please Americans, stop being so naive. Don't be ashamed to stand by your country.
Piers, You have the support of a lot of Americans including myself. I am a gun owner but those type of weapons do not belong in the hands of anyone on the street. They are not a hunting gun.
Thank you Mr. Morgan! Please keep the discussion ongoing and not let the subject of objective gun control fade as memories tend to. Chin up, you showed class. Going to DVR your program and hope you will continue to enlighten.
Why won't you let me post a comment anymore? Because I criticize Mr. Morgan?
Peirs, I just watched the interview with Mr. Jones. I only like to say that you handled yourself with dignity, honor and a patients that is superhuman. Carry on with the fine journalism.
ya piers was a calm dude with that guy in his face....applaud him for that –even though I do not support his stand I do support his right to his opinion....and his journalistic poise was well maintained.
well thanks to that gun screaming nincompoop I did a little research and low and behold the limeys are more violent than we are according to the FBI web page and the Home Office web page. Our crime rate for murder has actually dropped more than 50 percent since 1992 but funny that is not big news, I wonder why
There is no second amendment right to own a gun and never was. The only thing Jones has in common with 1776 is that the numbers add up to his IQ.
I see no difference from Alex Jones and some violent preaching Imam on a street corner.
Keep up the good work that you are doing, congress needs to hear the american people loud and clear.We need Gun Control. This individual made a strong case for more gun control. he is a lunatic.
Alex dominated a lesser man. Piers is a fraud Alex is a journalist. Piers should pack up and leave our country he is weak and not worthy of being here.
Pablo65 your wife and kids are weak and not worthy of being here, tell them to leave with Piers. Stength is not always right and if you send off all the weak and helpless and are only surrounded by the strong and tough would you not be a lonely male in a sea of other lonely males. Sounds like you have issues.
We need more brave and classy people like you in American media.You clearly exposed these group of animals,kudos to you for staying calm ,not falling into his trap.I have no doubt that president Obama fully agrees with you.I have hopes this time something will get done.Congratulations for first class program.
Piers I really liked you, and although i dont agree with all your views. I respect your educated points with Americas culture, but anyone that says the second amaendment is to pertect your familiy is'nt thinkin. Everyone hunted to eat in 1776 the amadnment was put in to protect aginst goverment. In my eyes if a privite citzen has the money to own a drone the he or she have the right to.
Please, please, please continue pushing your agenda for the restrictions on these ridiculous weapons, extended cartridges, background checks, etc. They simply should not be available to private citizens, especially those with mental issues or criminal intent. They are designed to be implements of war and have no place in our society,
What everyone has forgotten all of a sudden, England is one country of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Northern Ireland has the same gun laws as England. Every day in Northern Ireland Catholics and Protestants are killing each other with knives, guns and bombs, I suppose as it’s religion it doesn't count?
Another point you can’t compare the USA with England, you have to compare it with Europe (population and landmass), I'm betting there has been more gun deaths post WW2 in Europe then there ever has been in the USA.
For all you American gun lovers who say they need guns to retain their rights. Please tell me what rights do you as an American have that we Canadians don't have? We Canadians don't need guns to retain our rights, our rights are safe as long as we respect our fellow man and their opinion.
that's because Canada's legal system isn't controlled by lawyers. your laws work because you enforce them. Here in the US, we have thousands of gun laws but criminals usually walk because what we really need is true tort reform
"You'll know Williams is disarmed when Williams is dead." Walter E. Williams
"You'll know Holzer is disarmed when Holzer is dead." Blaine H. Holzer
How about you . . . ?
I challenge you Piers
If I was on your show last night and not that hot head. this is what I would Have said to you. Go head
Your country did not believe in using guns against its own but believed in using it against everyone else. For example, It originated with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about
************458 million people, ***********You can not tell me it was peaceful!!
one-fifth of the world's population at the time. The empire covered more than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth's total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, it was often said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire", because its span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous territories.
In fact even though the United is blamed for the crusades by the terrorists of to day it was in fact your dear England that was the blame for example Besides the People's Crusade, Urban's appeal gathered a large number of noblemen and other soldiers together. Among the leaders of the
First Crusade were Godfrey of Bouillon, Robert Curthose – son of William the Conqueror and eldest brother of the then King of England, William II of England, Hugh of Vermandois – brother of King Philip I of France, and Stephen, Count of Blois – brother-in-law of Robert Curthose.
Lets look where guns were not needed!!
domestic terrorist who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attack killed 168 people and injured over 800. It was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
McVeigh, a militia movement sympathizer, sought revenge against the federal government for its handling of the Waco Siege, which had ended in the deaths of 76 people exactly two years prior to the bombing, as well as for the Ruby Ridge incident in 1992. McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government. He was convicted of 11 federal offenses and sentenced to death. His execution took place on June 11, 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier were also convicted as conspirators in the plot.
Hijackers: Hani Hanjour (Saudi Arabian), Khalid al-Mihdhar (Saudi Arabian), Majed Moqed (Saudi Arabian), Nawaf al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian), Salem al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian).
Two hijackers, Hani Hanjour and Majed Moqed were identified by clerks as having bought single, first-class tickets for Flight 77 from Advance Travel Service in Totowa, New Jersey with $1,842.25 in cash. Renee May, a flight attendant on Flight 77, used a cell phone to call her mother in Las Vegas. She said her flight was being hijacked by six individuals who had moved them to the rear of the plane. Unlike the other flights, there was no report of stabbings or bomb threats. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, it is possible that pilots were not stabbed to death and were sent to the rear of the plane. One of the hijackers, most likely Hanjour, announced on the intercomm that the flight had been hijacked. Passenger Barbara Olson called her husband, Theodore Olson, the Solicitor General of the United States, stating the flight had been hijacked and the
******************************** hijackers had knives and box cutters. **************************
 Two of the passengers had been on the FBI's terrorist-alert list: Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.
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So please ask your self does one really need a gun!!!
I just watched these segments on YouTube (I don't even bother to watch CNN anymore - too slanted). And that third segment, featuring Morgan and Derpowitz commiserating with one another and sneering at Jones simply reminded me why I don't watch CNN. The simple fact is, gun bans INCREASE violence with guns, because they do nothing to disarm the bad guys while leaving law-abiding citizens even more defenseless against them. That's why we're seeing the upsurge in shooting sprees: with every sensationalized story on the latest tragedy, the nutcases are given the message loud and clear that these are people who are safe to wade into with guns a'blazing. And if Morgan and Derpowitz have their way, we'll ALL be soft targets.
can you ask Alex Jones or one of his friends this simple question? "If their government did turn on them, do they really believe there guns can match the full force of the american military industrial complex?"
In a boxing ring no. But little by little yes
Hey peirs look up amidsthenoise on YouTube and you will find the true stats on violent crime. And the uk and whales has 3 times the violent crime as the United States. Get that guy in peirs but I bet you won't even air his video because it tells the truth about your country and crime statistics. Go back to England if you don't like America.
Dear Mr. Morgan, thank you for taking a personal stand against the most backward part of America, that is incapable of moving on in history and leading the modern world, rather than intimidating it like a schoolyard bully. A risky stand, in fact, that very few have had the guts to take.
Jones is just crazy and any person who acts like him SHOULD NOT have a firearm of any kind!
Very good point. As this maniac can not control himself, would you feel safe him having a gun in his hands? Piers was 100% class act.
Alex Jones sounded wacky–filled with rage–a time bomb waiting to explode. Only those whose elevator doesn't go to the top would think our forefathers had automatic weapons in mind when they decide we had the right to bear arms. People with the inability to control their emotions, like Jones, are dangerous and must have guns immediately removed from their possession followed by a mandatory full psychiatric assessment. Alex Jones sounds like he has gone over the edge. To think this immature, unstable nut has 50 guns is beyond creepy. I imagine people who have deep rooted inferiority complexes own the most dangerous weapons because it helps them to feel powerful. Wake up America! Your family could be the victims of the next rampage. Don't let these NRA bullies push us around. Ban assault weapons. Keep up the good work, Piers.
Piers, please stand strong and don't let the NRA or anyone distract you from this very important public service. Stay composed and keep driving your very important message forward. When the time comes, the majority of the American people will be side-by-side with you.
Military weapons should be taken away TODAY. The right to protect yourself with a pistol or to hunt with a rifle should be preserved but assault weapons should be banned immediately. This is low hanging fruit. Let's just get it done and then deal with the real challenge.
THE REAL CHALLENGE though is dealing with mentally unstable individuals. That is a major problem in our society and for some reason we continue to ignore it.
Like I said, let's first take care of the low hanging fruit and have assault weapons banned permanently, as that will most certainly minimize the damage of any future tragedies.
Keep up the good work.
US Marine CPL Joshua Boston showed AMERICA what a real AMERICAN is. We are not the Congressmens servants or peasants. They serve us. I served this great nation as well and am very disgusted with BOTH Parties. I don't blame or think Alex Jones hurt the gun rights advocates. He is very passonate about the issue just as the men in the early 1900's were about the prohibition. I don't hear MADD getting all up in arms and demanding stricter control on alcohol after HOW MANY dui accidents claims the lives of innocent children/men/women.
All I would like of Mr. Piers Morgan is to find out the TRUTH about what happened at Sandyhook, what WEAPONS were ACTUALLY used (Not just what the coroner stated or the "media" stated), and if the assualt weapon (found in the trunk of the car) was not used, ask the question, "Why so many different stories of what was used and why the ban on assault weapons, if it was not used? Also, check the crime stats in the DC area involving weapons, the types of weapons, and WHO and How the weapons were obtained.
The coroner does have the expertise to determine they type of rounds the victims sustained in this shooting. The Bushmaster was used,,,,and there was another long gun in the vehicle. Even General McCrystal feels that Assault weapons should not be for the public. Also, LE have been victims of suspects using assault weapons. Do a google seach on the North Hollywood shooting... Assault weapons may be fun to shoot,,,,but they are used to kill people, not to have fun with
I really get the sense that the American people who are most adamant and vocal advocates for the right to bear not just arms for self-defense, but military weapons for the purpose of killing as many people as possible, are some of the least educated, least rational and most threatening of any. I would challenge Alex Jones to subject himself to a thorough and comprehensive psychological test. Watching his angry rant, with no factual evidence or rational argument just convinced me that he belongs in the same lunatic asylum as the extremists and suicide bombers from Iraq.
no evidence? he tried to say the facts and piers ignored him. And saying gun owners are ignorant psychos just shows that is what you are. The "smartest" people aka politicians are protected by guns? guess they are psycho as well? Have politicians give up armed security and then maybe the average "nutjob" will give up guns. yeesh
I am from UK. I don't like Piers Morgan but have to agree with him on having some gun control
I don't understand why automatic weapons should be held by the general public. I can see a need in the USA for hand guns for personal protection and single round rifles for hunting. I believe this still meets the second amendment.
Alex Jones did not do his cause any good. His ranting struck me as someone with a serious mental problem. I am sure this is not the case but just bs on his part to get his name in the headlines. He needs to grow up and have a serious and quality debate. Then and ONLY then could he possibly be taken seriously.
Tony – "I don't understand why automatic weapons should be held by the general public." Automatic weapons have been illegal for the general public in the US since 1934.
The term you're looking for is "semi-automatic". One trigger pull – one bullet. You should know that the vast majority of guns sold are semi-automatics.
I'd suggest learning at least the tiniest bit about what you write about – before you write about it.
Tony, you are an idiot. Read thinkingdownstream's reply. Then shut your mouth because (a) you know nothing about the topic; and (2) you are a guest in this country and don't have a vote. Just like Piers.
A suggestion for future shows. Require that your interviewees have a minimal IQ before you will interview them. That way we will never have to listen to idiots like Alex Jones again! Although it was quite interestingl to see what a nut case in complete meltdown looks (and sounds) like. Keep up the good work...hopefully sanity will someday prevail!
MODERATOR: please post my comment. don't be weak.
This is my first post or comment ever online.....I just really need to articulate my anger and discuss with people coming to America from other cultures and trying to change how we live. I have never owned a gun and never had a desire to acquire a gun. Fact is, the only weapon I ever fired was one issued to me by our government. I do believe in any citizens rights to own a gun for self and family protection. I don't see the need for anyone to own auto or semi-automatic firearms.
Mr. Morgan, any journalist worth his salt would look at any controversy from both sides. And anyone with an IQ above 50 could tell you that if guns were outlawed; then only the corrupt would have them. Then what do we as citizens do? Wait on a police force that's been depleted from budget cuts! I live in a town were people are being shot down in the streets just for the gold necklace their wearing.
I have a brother that has lived all of his adult life over in the UK, I can assure you he hasn't been running around telling the brits what they need to change. What arrogance that would take!
In conclusion please tell me this, if we have things so wrong; then why are you here?
oh, you're just being silly.
Thank you for keeping the gun control issue in the news. I have been quite amazed that the media has stopped talking about the problem we have with guns. I am French with a US citizenship and Newtwon makes me want to move my kids back to France. Please keep talking about this issue. The fact that people like Alex Jones can have access to guns is so scary, he should not be allowed to own any guns.
As a gun owner I have to admit that this guy scares me. No, I'm not talking about Mr. Morgan, I'm talking about the guy who thinks that verbally attacking an interviewer is someone I would want protecting my rights. His actions make gun restriction more plausible. If we can't have civil discussion about ways to protect our children we are walking a very slippery slope. I own guns and do not see how it is not in my country's best interest to see that these tradgic events are somehow stopped. We need civil conversation not civil war.
Why would any sane person knowingly seeking answers to serious and legitamate gun issues put a guy on like He did last night ? Because its all about selling the Media . He wanted this man to fail and show him as a National stooge for gun contral advocates !This loser Morgan should not be on the TV after a stunt like that . He is an embarressment to journalism and to Good reporting . I said it before and I will say it again . There is no need for anyone like Mr Morgan to put false reporting on ( as if Mr Morgan didn't know what type of person he was allowing on his show ) to commit a complete breakdown on National TV . He is nothing but a fraud and that they should get him off the air . He does nothing but instill hostility into people and has no real legitamate issue except for his own personal agenda . So when someone gets hurt I hope to God they sue the hell out of this news station !! Nothing but a disgusting display of pure ignorance !
Thank you Piers for keeping the gun control discourse alive. We need a revision of the guns laws in this country.
ODD: my comment regarding Piers' appalling journalism – past and present – is still being blocked?
Piers's grandparents didnt mind the US citizens sending donated guns through the "American Committee for Defense of British Homes." during WWII. We are a free people not oppressed subjects, so we had arms equivalent to the arms of our military. The ad was run in the American Rifleman the main publication or the very people he now villifies, the NRA. He is free to run his pie hole because US citizens sent arms to defend a nation they didnt live in so his relatives could fight the nazis. Winston Churchill wrote in Their Finest Hour: "When the ships from America approached our shores with their priceless arms, special trains were waiting in all ports to receive their cargoes. The Home Guard in every county, in every village, sat up through the night to receive them. ... By the end of July we were an armed nation ... ." Peirs is free in no small part to the citizens he nows try to disarm. If the British had not disarmed themselves before the war, they could have fought on their own, now he wants the US to go down that same path. Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.
For the sake of argument. If Alex Jones fear 1776 tyranny happening in America becomes true (which will not happen in a million years), no amount of semi automatic weapons he owns will be able to protect him from the most powerful armed forces in the planet which is the US Armed Forces. He could hide in his bunker 60 ft under ground with the fifty guns he own and the tyrant US Air Force will drop a bunker buster bomb on him that will blow his as# off the face of the earth. For crying out loud, the tyrant US Navy can fire a nuclear missile on his state of Texas and wipe off its entire population and no amount of semi automatic weapons will be able to defend from that.
BOTTOM LINE, you don't need semi automatic weapons for hunting and certainly it won't protect you from the tyrant US government.
Alex Jones is a total wackjob! 'The Republic will rise?' '1776 will commence again?' Is he planning to recruit Mel Gibson again to help defeat the British??
Jones simply proved why guns don't need to be available to anyone and everyone. Judging from that video, I wouldn't dare trust him with a firearm (or even an air rifle, for that matter).
i agree with taking away assualt rifles, and the machine type guns that were used in the colorado,sandy hook , amnd other shootings. BUT i do not agree to take away all guns. handguns should have more regualtions such as how many you can own and in able to get one you have to pass a mental examination, same with rifles and shotguns. i personally love guns and im going to buy guns. what we need is better exams when it comes to getting guns. criminals dont listen to the law, so banning guns will leave criminals alone, and police with the guns. and personally i dont trust the police and criminals in having the only guns in society.
Piers asks the questions " why does someone need a high powered hand gun" and " why does someone need a AR15". It's a silly question, he might as well ask why does someone need a $150,000 sports car with 350 hp. We need common sense gun laws, but to date, I have heard very little good discussion on the subject.
Piers the way the idiot you had on last night, really needs all of his guns taken away from him and seek professional help. He's crazy. What a loose cannon. I am behind you 100%.
Hey Piers Morgan, If you want gun control move back to the UK! This country founded on freedom, and my guns fought off the British. This is called sport shooting and we have the right to any guns! We have the right to protect our families! We have the right to say no to your stupid crap. We have the right to the free speech! Gun-free zones have been the most popular response to previous mass killings. But many law-enforcement officials say they are actually counterproductive. “Guns are already banned in schools all around the country. That is why the shootings happen in schools. A school is a ‘helpless-victim zone,’” says Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff. “Preventing any adult at a school from having access to a firearm eliminates any chance the killer can be stopped in time to prevent a rampage." Disarming law-abiding citizens leaves them as sitting ducks. $#^&^^!!!
Which do you think is a more severe infraction of the law; commiting murder, or, should a ban be enacted, purchasing a gun illegally? Do you think someone who is willing to murder one or multiple individuals would think twice of buying an AR-15 illegally? All a ban will do is keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens.
All of this talk about "assault weapons" is just a ploy by the anti-gun folks to get a foot in the door to take all guns away from law abiding citizens. What makes a Brit – the reason we had a Revolution in the first place – think he's an expert on Americans?
Piers said that nothing has been done to counter these tragedies involving mass shootings in America. Did the responsible parties not get arrested by the authorities, and are the ones that are still alive not being brought to trial? Since when has punishing the criminal who committed the crime not enough? I own more than one weapon with a high capacity magazine, and not a single person has been harmed by them. I also object to the term "assault weapon". Just because my AR15 has a forward grip and a 30 rd mag does not mean I plan on assaulting anything. The 4 children in my house are perfectly safe, thanks in part to the loaded 5 shot .38 revolver that is less than a foot away from my pillow where my wife sleeps at night while I am working over night. Also, in case you were wondering, its not just laying in my night stand drawer, its locked inside a pistol vault that requires a numeric combination, and lets you know if its been tampered with.
Alex Jones. What a total idiot!!!!! Does he know just how insane he looks. This guy needs help. I think he is dangerous and I would not want him within ten miles of my family.
How can you have a show about Alex Jones without inviting Alex Jones?!!! You are too cowardly Piers!
Your CNN CIA Psy-op network is so see through. Alex Jones tore you to shreads with truth. Your Globalists' will definitely continue the NWO assault on the final protection that are between INDIVIDUAL liberty and Slave collectivism. Go back and tell your Queen, she is not getting her land back.
AMEN! CNN ,for the weak minded and exploitable! CNN, always pushing reality defiance disorder! CNN, for the BIG PHARMA mind screwed drooling masses who need to be told how to feel because they cant think for themselves!
by the way, Timothy McVeigh didn't need a gun to kill 168 men, women and children. All he needed was diesel fuel and fertilizer. Crazy, deranged will always find a way to create mayhem and kill people.
I was completely open to the idea of gun regulation until tonight's show. Piers just showed his azz.
I do not understand the fascination of guns in the USA. I live in Canada in a city of 40000 just a 2 hour drive to US border cities of Detroit or Buffalo. You cannot buy guns or rifles in my city. Not because they are illegal. But because no one sells them, This includes large chain stores including Wal-mart. Apparently there is no money in selling guns in my city. Apparently no needs them.
Thanks for the great show. Profound Issue- presented thoughfully, intelligently, rationally. Enjoyed Nicholas Kristof so much. For future shows- Enjoy for his smarts, how to manage your business, and a bit of fun- Lord Sugar; and Journalist Barlett and Steele.
What is it about "Well Regulated" that the National Rifle Anarchy doesn't get??
Why can't journalists just cover the story! Now they all want to make "a difference". Let the people and the representatives have a debate and figure it out. The only thing CNN needs is ratings with theater like that. It's a complex issue, nature tends to unravel the best laws, plans, almost makes a mockery of our theories of human behavior. If the people you are trying to control don't agree with these regulations you'll end up doing nothing. It's going to be a slow process.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a note to CNN, in which I expressed my disappointment with the way Piers Morgan treated one of his guests (a strong supporter of our second-amendment rights). On this occasion he did not present a level playing field when conducting the interview. Shame on him! However, however,,,, I was extremely impressed by Mr. Morgan when I saw the way he handled the interview with Alex Jones, on Monday, January 8, 2012. Mr. Morgan showed great and admirable restraint in the line of Mr. Jones' fire and fury. I am really proud of the way he handled himself. Many people would not have been able to remain calm under such vitriolic attacks, As a by-product of this personal restraint, Mr. Morgan literally allowed Mr. Jones to shoot himself in the foot. Well done Mr. Morgan. Try to maintain this kind of poise in all of your interviews.
Regards: Ken P.
I want to say that I respect the hell out of you for what you're doing. I support you 100%
Yet another CNN staffer kissing ass.
Pierce, I'm an ex-Marine and I think that those people who own auto or semi-automatic weapons must of lost their minds. Automatic guns are used to spread fire not sharp shoot a target. When I hear someone saying that he his trying to defend himself against the government has got to be an idiot. Are they saying that they are defending themselves from the city police or the US Military which is a government organization. Your gun is not goting to go against any government or any person that really wants you dead. I can't believe that ex-marine said that he's going to pass that weapon down to his kids. Is he going to start them shooting at 6. I can't believe what I'm hearing when I hear that the gun owners are trying to defend themselves against the US Government.
Yeah sure, you're an ex-marine. Lol. I don't think playing Call of Duty in your mom's basement counts.
I am Ex military. Who can stand by while people are being killed by guns and none being saved by being armed.
As I was trained, a person who is armed is usually killed with their own gun. I recieved a safety award by getting a gun from an individual armed and trained to use it. 99% of the armed do not understand that to show a gun is to use, not hesitate or you will be the dead.
I'm not so sure about 99%.
My BIL would be dead if he did not use his gun during a home invasion. The 3 gang member gunmen shot and missed him and his son. They were there to steal money. :(
I thank God everyday he had a gun, knew how serious it was to own one and used it. One was shot and almost died. thank God he lived but he almost didn't and it would have broken my MIL's heart. I personally would have known the world would have been safer if he did die but they are in prison. Let us hope they are never allowed back on the streets. All the guns they used were stolen. The police department gave my BIL a bottle of nice champagne and took his kid on an outing with the families of officers. The police knew how very lucky they were to be alive. It happened in the state of Florida. also my BIL is not ex-military but he knew how important it was to protect his family.
I'm sad he had to use it but am so glad we didn't have to bury them for the few dollars he had in his home.
I've been trying to post something for the last half hour to add to this debate, but obviously the moderator doesn't like what I have to say.
Does it seem strange to anyone that advocates of semi automatic firearm bans like to throw out that anywhere there are less guns there is less crime. This supposed fact is dangled in the faces of 2nd Amendment activists, until the ugly truth of Chicago rears its ugly head. Piers just said Chicago is something else all together, but Rahm Emmanuel, and Daly before him have made Chicago into a liberal gun free Utopia. Stands to reason that it would be safer than anywhere else in Illinois correct? NOT TRUE!!! I live in southern Illinois and I feel much safer at home than I ever do in Chicago.
I'm surprised to see that no one has raised the fact that the mother of the killer in Newtown was a gun owner and those guns served only to get her killed, not to protect her. Furthermore, the NRA's suggestion of arming more people, aside from being self serving, ignores the fact that a killer has many advantages, including the element of surprise, preparation, a killer's mentality, and probably lots of training and time to plan, while on the other hand, even if a teacher is armed, that person may not react fast enough or have the stomach to shoot someone. It is absurd that in this country there is more control on who buys cigarretts, alcohol, and medicines than guns. The federal government should put this issue to a national vote and let the mayority of american decide what kind of country they want to live in.
Let's not overlook the fact that the MOTHER WAS MENTALLY UNSTABLE HERSELF!!! She should not have had a gun either....not with her history. So, don't try that one on.
If given the chance, I would tell him that if he wants to be taken seriously on his stand on gun control in this country, then he should become a US citizen first. It seems to me that he would be safer in England, so maybe he should return to his country.
Once again I see the apparent (or purposeful?) emphasis on the phrase "semi-automatic weapon" as though this were some horrific type of weapon. A revolver shoots ONE bullet per trigger pull. A Semi-automatic weapon shoots ONE bullet per trigger pull. A six shot revolver shoots exactly one less bullet per load than does a standard 1911 ,45 ACP semi-automatic pistol that was the standard issue to the military and many law enforcement organizations for decades. People should be educated before they speak. A semi-automatic weapon is NOT a machine gun and it doesn't spit out tens of rounds per trigger pull or worse. One trigger pull, one bullet. THAT'S a semi-automatic weapon.
Would a background check have stopped Sandy Hook? The guns were registered to Adam Lanza's mother. Was she mentally ill? Would she have had the kind of illness that would stop registration? And what about people that are health then snap a year of so later? Background checks aren't going to be enough, unless you screen everyone they know and review them every year. We need a better restriction!
Wherever you stand on gun control, regarding the Morgan v. Jones slapfight, if you care about truth, you should understand that Alex Jones no more represents conservatives than the New Black Panther Party leader King Shabazz represents liberals.
Jones is not a rational person, and Morgan knows it. By all rights, Morgan should have mopped the floor with Jones, that he didn't speaks to his inability to debate when the other guy is the bigger airhead.
This slapfight between a preening jack-hole and nutbar jack-hole is still a slapfight between two overpaid jack-holes. It has no value in the marketplace of ideas and the national discussion and debate about homicides in America.
And seriously, if you think that Alex Jones is representative of gun owners, NRA members, conservatives or Republicans and seeing him in "action" makes you feel self-righteous and validates your feeliings, you seriously need to consider challenging your own beliefs.
Bear in mind, Alex Jones truly thinks the NY mafia is trying to kill him under orders of the mayor or something... He's nuts. And Morgan insults his viewers by having him on. There are rational, intelligent advocates of the right to keep and bear arms that Morgan could have had on his show – he chose not to do so. To me, he is taking advantage of his viewers to try and increase ratings.
Jones was a poor choice of a representative of gun owners. Piers is a poor choice of a news personality. And, by the way, you conservative Republicans are not the only gun owners in this country. Stop making assumptions. I am a Dem and a member of the NRA who feels felons & the mentally ill should NOT have guns. The only way to do this is to actually regulate gun ownership. We run background checks on people and deny guns to felons but allow gun shows and swap meets to sell to anybody....what sense does that make? And, to top it off, we don't screen for mental issues before selling guns to folks who walk in off the street....also stupid.
Will somebody explain the " well regulated militia" part of the 2nd amendment. Does it mean it is the National Guard? Is it every citizen as a militia of one?
I respect that you are asking – most people *think* they understand what 2A says, but the don't. Hint: 2A does not predicate the right to keep and bear arms on a citizen being part of any kind of militia.
The 2nd Amendment is a brilliant and elegant statement – and it states clearly that: "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." That means exactly what it says. Period.
The rest of 2A describes the ultimate importance to the nation of the individual human right to keep and bear arms: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...".
The founders were oppressed by the British government who used militias as the tools of their oppression. So our founders were absolutely determined that militias could not and would not be used by the government of the USA to oppress Americans.
And they knew the only thing that could ensure the "security of a free state" was a well-armed citizenry that by its power ensured that militias would remain "well-regulated" and not become tools of oppression by the US government.
Over the years there have been various opinions on the meaning of "a well regulated militia".
None of the decisions by the Supreme Court was ever reached with a unanimous vote, thus, we will see debate after debate for quite a long time! Hopefully we can have these debates in a civilized manner. It is also quite possible that in the future this issue will reach the Supreme Court again, and maybe the decisions taken in 1791 would be examined with the realities of the 21st century!
Interesting on how much America has advanced in guns but is still stuck in the 1800 in highly important issues.
Important issues, such as the contributing factors of metal problems.
A good start could be making all gun owners update their registration every year, just as you do your car. That would help authorities learn about missing or stolen weapons, verify if the owner is still mentally fit to own a weapon, and prevent guns from changing hands without notice.
Way too logical!!!
First to all you idiots out there there is a big diffrence between and assult type rifle and a full auto or burst that the military use!!! Ok listen to this anyone against my right to own any gun in which is legal to own. you're laying down your kids are in the next room your wife is beside you I don't know maybe 3 guys break into your house to do harm to your family you pull out your handgun and you fire you neutralize 2 of your attackers by this point someone has dialed 911 now all the sudden 2 more attackers rush in to help throw in your extra mag and Fire they return fire do the same scenario again pull out your assault type firearm you have to end the fight sooner I'm not saying is the right situation but I will be damned if anyone is going to tell me that I can't protect my family Piers Morgan you know that if it came down to it you would pick up an assault type rifle and protect your family and if you say you wouldn't you are not a man
You watch too many movies time to turn the tv off. Might want to get rid of the play station too. Also, unless you are a drug dealer I don't think your family is that special. You can protect them in a rational way you are not Bruce Willis in die hard.
i am so dissapponted in cnn about the gun control issues and mass shooting i feel that cnn and its reporter need to stop get ratings and stop back and look at the big pic . cnn has back tracked on its commitments and promices just to say lets get the damn guns HEY STOP get that inpowered about the rest of the story and problem its getting old if u live in a glass house u shouldnt throw stones after this im about to stop watching cnn all to geather
I love you and thank you Piers Morgan for keeping this issue in front of America - we go from one tragedy to the next remembering and forgetting so quickly - it is a vicious cycle. Do not let the gun maniacs and extremists and Second Amendment quoters and NRA stop you - they've been controlling this issue far too long. The only people I know with guns are the last people who should have them because they are either violent, have anger issues, do drugs and/or are crazy.
I am a teacher, and classroom teachers do not need guns either. As Gloria Aldred pointed out, students are curious and always seem to know where the teacher keeps his/her supplies - there are no secrets! Teachers with guns equal an accident waiting to happen.
Piers, you are correct, we need to deal with the cause, not the outcome when it's too late.
I think it's very rude of these gun maniacs to suggest deportation just because you are speaking out! (So they like the 2nd Amendment but not the 1st). They are denying the appalling crimes that have happened lately, trying to minimize terrible tragedy. There is no need for assault rifles in our society. In fact, I hate guns! People who love guns are scary!
I am heartened that Gabby Giffords and her husband are speaking out as well. It is very upsetting what has happened to her.
Odd that my first post got Censored and not posted-So i will try again but maybe the Moderator will let is pass this time or they will continue to violate my first amendment rights and censor me again....I have a friend who is a Cop and we looked at Police Statistics and in the USA 2011 -– 323 Killed by "Assault weapons" -460 people Killed by Hammers--640 People Killed by Knives--12000 Drunk Drivers.......And yet NO ONE wants to ban HAMMERS, KNIVES, or CARS......All of which you can Purchase without a Background Check.....Just Cash and it is yours.....An Inanimate object does not kill anyone but a HUMAN BEING does....and they use a wide variety of ways to do it--SO do NOT blame the GUN --OR-– start blaming the HAMMERS–KNIVES-and CARS........
OK. My car runs out of gas and stops working......Do i blame the car?
Ok. My someone took my gun an hurts someone.... Do i blame the Gun??
So you are for thieves? If someone stole your hammer and killed another human being, we should place you in prison as well? What about your son's baseball bat? See? It's not as simple as making more laws. We have enough laws and sometimes they work, other times they don't. It is a fact of life. This is America and we are much stronger than Piers Morgan wants us to be.
Maybe we should show more compassion for people with serious mental health issues. It must be a horrible life to one day wake up and kill your own Mom then a bunch of helpless children. I want to know why there isn't enough help for people who feel so devastated they believe doing this will solve anything. It does bring fame nor does it solve their problem. I believe in God but am not sure if God will forgive such an act. Yet will God forgive us for not trying to go to the root of the problem? Something is wrong with these young people who STEAL guns and hurt others. We need to find out why and do it soon. Banning guns will only cause these types to find more ingenious ways. I wish it was so simple but it's not. Think...it may help you find a better answer.
Be kind to one another
I am a gun owner in favor of gun registration and other reasonable restrictions on private gun ownership. I believe that the requirement of owning a firearm should be just as stringent as that of driving a car/ obtaining a driver's license. I believe that assault type weapons should be controlled in the 21st century for the same reasons as ownersip of fully automatic weapons have been controlled since 1934. The NRA is just a front for the gun makers.
Thank you for your post. More reasonable, sane and responsible gun owners should speak up. Otherwise, NRA and likes of Jones become the voice of American gun owners. Public safety over profits of gun manufacturers.
GO move to China if you want Gun control! Take your family with you, you commie!
So, Sean, you're all in favor of a paranoid schizophrenic running around with loaded weapons? Is that what you're saying? If so, nothing further needs to be said - you're as nutty as they are.
I guess this means you'll call me a commie too, now. Well, before you do that, I suggest you read back through these posts because you'll see I'm al in favor of the 2nd Amendment. I have my protection but even with that, I am extremely uncomfortable with the idea of a nut job, who is likely to open fire for reasons ONLY IN HIS HEAD, being as well-armed as I may be. Allowing guns in the hands of the mentally ill is STUPID....and the COMMIES actually do that.....look at Russia, for example. It has been studied and a large proportion of their population should be hospitalized by our standards but they put them in the military with loaded weapons. So, you are sounding pretty loopy yourself, Sean. Take a deep breath and think about what you said. You're making us in the NRA sound goofy and the vast majority of us are not.
The United States of America is 3,537,441square miles.
The United Kingdom is 94,251 square miles.
3,537,441 / 94,251 = 37.5
The United States of America is a 37.5 times bigger than the United Kingdom.
The state of Texas is bigger than the UK. Texas is 266,853 square miles. Texas is 2.8 times larger than the UK.
Follow-up BASIC MATH
the USA is 37.5 times larger than UK
USA Assault Weapon Deaths -323
UK Assault Weapon Deaths---51
51 X 37.5 = 1912.5 So if they were the same size they would have 1912 Deaths compared to our 323....Wow Piers Pot calling Kettle Black there
Really? I'm bad at math and a tad lazy with it as well.
Thank you!!! I honestly did think about doing the math but the first time I tried to post, it disappeared.
Sorry so lazy but you ROCK. :D
yes the STATS speak for themselves....a Police Chief Friend showed me STATS
323 Killed by "Assault Weapons"-2011
460 Killed by Hammers-2011
640 Killed by Knives-2011
Hmmm Knives kill twice as many as "Assault Weapons" and yet no one wants to ban them and they dont require a background check......Neither do HAMMERS 460 vs. 323
There is one thing that has not been mentioned much in this debate. Historically, we have found that when we ban a commodity that a significant portion of the population desires, someone will step in to fill the demand. Prohibition of alcohol failed, the war on drugs has failed. When we can only interdict 10% of the drugs coming into this country, what makes us think we would be able to stop an influx of guns. I am afraid we would only be creating a new highly profitable line of business for organized crime.
dear piers i do thank you for trying to have a very civil debate with a red blooded american about gun control i do wish u would have picked someone who is a little more known for being calm and collective i watched the interview and i do apologize for the way alex jones acted i am a alex jones fan i do agree with what he was say and i thing more simply put look we are a country that has the bill of rights and it seems like every time we turn around one or another is being taken or changed just a little bit and there seems to be very little we can do about it why does a civilian need a assult rifle well because it not right that just one group of people get to have them and if u do take guns away these animals that do these shooting with guns they stole or bought illegally are just going to use something else to commit these crime i do ask why is it when civilians defend themselves with a gun it gets no press i understand being the thinking behind outlawing assault rifles but i also understand the side that says more guns in the right hands and there will be more people to stop these animals both have there flaws and strong point i do want to say i am not a gun owner and i 100 percent support gun rights and the rights to bare arms ultimately i just wanted to let u know as a person who listens to alex jones i do apologize that alex did not portray himself in the manner as one should for a debate i do not know much about the bad blood between you two but u did ask him on you're show for a debate and i do not feel as if that is what he did for that i am sorry and i am disappointed i do ask that u try this debate again with people who support gun rights and are known for staying on point better so people can hear the reasons for guns i highly doght u will read this but i hope you do and hope u give this all some thought just so u know i am a alex jones fan and think he does some amazing thing with the show he has
should have proof read that some more opps
alex jones and whoever listens to him are just plain brainless living in a false world. This is 2013!!! stop lying to yourselves.
When Morgan was editor of Britain's tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mirror, his paper led a ferocious and bias charge, similar to what we are now witnessing on his show, to whip up public sentiment to get handguns banned in the Britain. Morgan, and others like him, will be after handguns and our 2nd Amendment rights next, that is for sure!
Who watches this show. It is so sad. A brit that we killed many years ago comes here to debate something he cannot even understand let alone talk about to Americans. GIVE ME A BREAK CNN is for libtards and Democraps anyways.
It should be obvious to anyone from the responses on this blog that a LOT of people watch CNN - especially on a topic such as this. And isn't it a good thing that we do so we know what they're up to.
Meanwhile, I'm a member of the NRA and a Democrat. So, what exactly are you accomplishing with your name-calling? Eliminating some support for your position? GROW UP! Deal with the issues because, unlike the pap that Big Business has fed you, we have far more common interests than you think.
People have died in a historical way. People die by gunfire everyday. The question is, what efforts do we make to decrease the rise of mass killings? Either we make the effort to decrease it or we do nothing and hope it decreases. I do not like the do nothing approach.
Yes good to be informed and hope everyone reads the actual Amendment 2 and stop mis quoting it.
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While Alex Jones did come off a bit unhinged–he gave piers a taste of his own medicine. I was beginning to wonder if Sean Hannity has been coaching Piers in 1) Shouting down /dismissive treatment of his guests and 2) Picking debate partners (like Colmes) that are easily beaten. Tonight Piers' panel showed their true colors–I don't have a transcript but it went around–"who needs a semi auto?" (not just an assault weapon–but ANY semi auto)–another said there shouldn't be "clips" (as in clips of ANY kind)and another said–who needs any of it?
So we can see where this is going folks–it's NOT about "sensible gun laws"–they want a BAN. So they get rid of the scary AR–the next whacko that goes off their meds unsupervised grabs 2low capacity semi auto pistols..they ban those..then they ban revolvers because you can use "speedloaders' to quickly load them. Finally they paint the deer or single shot rifle as a 'Sniper Weapon" when someone goes off and uses one of them...
geee how can piers morgan and co, along with cnn, get away with threatening with guns????? infowars dot com/veiled-threat-piers-morgan-guest-says-shoot-alex-jones/
Today we are building cyborg armies, unmanned fighter jets and modern weapons such as atomic heat cannons that send out radiation and can make your skin feel like its burning off miles away – our rifles are meaningless against a theoretical tyrannical American Government – its purely philosophical and ideological at this point – our time is better spent figuring out solutions to other serious problems rather than defending the right to take a fly swatter to fight with a fighter jet – in the meantime massacres keep happening all so we can be prepared for a theoretical revolution that we have no hope in hell winning against a modern army – as far as having weapons that can match the militaries that we would be fighting – those days ARE history
I command Pierce for his intelligence and courage to keep the conversation on gun control going. we need more interview with idiots like jones so people can be convinced that idiots like him should not have any guns. jones is the ugly face of America, paranoid, mis informed, Unintelligent and bully.
Piers, you say we as americans do not need semi automatic weapons. What kind of car do you drive? What hobbies do you have on your free time? Now do you need to have a nice car made probably not made in the USA. Do you need to play golf? No that is the answer but you like to. Welcome to america. Where we have the right to do what makes us happy. Even if that is going to the range every so often to practice with my guns. Whats next? From what you are saying we should ban cars, because of the countless deaths they cause every day.
Is CNN shutting this debate down? I've tried to send a couple of posts and none of them have appeared? Anyone experiencing the same problem?
Yes, I'm having the same problem.
What debate? All I saw was a mindless idiot screaming at Piers, who held his own under a barrage of nonsense. As Dershowitz said afterward, Piers did a great service, exposing what we're up against in this. Kudos.
Obviously the TV interview and debate is now over. The debate CR is referring to is the continued debate between people on both sides of the issue here in this blog comment section.
Well, you saw an extremely angry man letting his emotions get the best of him, but I guess that caused you to disregard everything he said. His aim was to take what few precious minutes they would allow him and pump as much info out there to the mainstream audience as possible. He pulled a coup and hi-jacked the airtime. If you go back and read a transcript and research each of the points, perhaps you will wake up to a thing or two. Alex Jones do not really have a problem with "the government" or their calls for gun-control; he has a huge problem with the private corporate interests that in reality runs the government. Try to understand that. And I understand his anger and frustration that so relatively few are willing to look at this. We are fools if we disregard history, you know.
Jeeez! Almost all of the "discussion" is aimed at declaring those with differing view on gun-control crazy. HOW ABOUT FOCUSING ON WHAT CAUSES SO MANY PEOPLE TO DECIDE TO COMMIT MASS MURDER??????? Switzerland is also extremely armed, but you don't see these things there; how come?
Piers morgan is passive aggressive fool... constantly putting words in other peoples mouths... the marine never said theaters should have ar15s in everyones hands.. he said people should be able to carry n conceal to defend themselves.. news flash Piers, a hand gun is JUST as deadly up close as a ar15, the difference is ar15 is a lot easier for someone to see and react to.... Piers, you are using these school shootings as a ratings boost, jumping on the bandwagon... You profit off the death of innocent children, you sicken me.
You sicken me with your mindless comment.
HE had Buzz Bissinger on and the idiot wants all guns gone, basically saying without them violent crime will go away. And then he sited that England has way fewer murders by gun than the US. But when you compared murders in both countries and adjusted it for populations, England is MUCH more violent than the US, almost double.
One must remember, a gun is an equalizer, it helps a 90 pound, 90 year old woman, able to defend herself and her property or others, against a 200 pound 21 year old man.
So let us take away guns (and assault weapon is a made up designation created by anti gun radicals) or make it difficult to obtain or carry. Then let us make a list of names of the anti gun people. Someone gets murdered, one of the people at random on that list is executed: or a victim of a violent crime happens and a random person on the list loses 75% of everything they own. How fast will they want gun rights back and look at preventing or drastically reducing the reasons of violent crime.
God Bless Alex Jones.
There is something fishy about a person who acts this wacky and promotes comic book level conspiracy theories for profit.
Im not a fan of Alex Jones, but i have to agree. Pack your bags and go home Pies Morgan
Piers' ability to remain respectful, professional, and appear calm during such an over-the-top, paranoid tirade was unparalleled. Thank you for speaking out and continuing to explore gun control issues in the US!
I occasionally forget how extreme some people's views are re: gun control, etc. Jones certainly reminded me. Whether his motivation for his words is personal belief, profit, or something else entirely, he and his "followers" are still a frustrating, tragic reality in this discussion. Keep up the good work, Piers!
I have been enjoying these gun control debates but its clear Mr. Morgan is stuck in his views. The reality is that there are good points on both sides. On the one hand it is clear that we need to improve our screening process to keep (not just assault weapons but) all weapons out of the hands of high risk individuals. On the other hand the fact that Americans are able yo own these weapons is a large part of what keeps us free as a nation. No nation will invade if they know every civilian is able to own a weapon comparable to a military grade firearm.
Yes, an ar15 is designed to kill human beings. Mr. Morgan believes that people worried about invasion or governmental oppression are paranoid but owners of these weapons believe they are simply prepared for the worst.
Hand guns are for personal protection, assault weapons are for the defense of the freedom and liberty of the people. We don't keep them because we want to use them, we keep them because they help insure we will never have to.
In addition, Mr. Morgan likes to point out the 14 gun crimes in the UK vs the 9,369 in the US quoting that 14*5 (5 being the 5 times population difference between the two nations) is not equal to Americas gun crimes. But he always steers the conversation away from the fact that the overall crime in the uk is at 6,523,706. Compared to the US total of 11,877,218 (UK*pop ratio, 6,523,706*5= 32,618,530). The difference is actually quite terrifying. According to numbers from nation master.com the number of with victims in the UK is 28% and the number of crimes with victims in the US is 21%... I'm sorry but from what I can see Mr Morgan has no room to be addressing this issue and should not by any means be using the UK as an example.
Piers Morgan is on point. I understand the complexity of the matter, but to make no attempt to modify the rules to serve as at least a deterrent is embarrassing. Please note that every home that has a security system has a sign in their yard or on their windows. Most businesses with security cameras let the customer know that they are on camera. Even the banks let everyone know that they are on camera. Those are deterrents. Some people will commit the crimes anyway, but some people will think twice. do something America!
It's funny how the mainstream media hasn't covered 3 recent incidents where armed citizens saved innocent lives by shooting an assailant. Don't be sheep.
Get em piers. I do not want to take the guns of law abiding citizens. I want to increase the penlites for the neglect, abuse, and crimes committed with guns. Thats a start. Create more deterrents. In some states, a felon cannot ever have a gun, even if his/her crime was not gun related.
You wanna talk about Gun control, what about the 100's of thousands of babies being murdered every year due to abortion.
Lets see a show of hands: how many here believe that the Government wants gun control in order to stop mass murders? How many believes that is the real reason?
What a nut! Based on population of USA and the UK, and 11K murders vs 35 in the UK, the USA is over 60 times worse. How many chimps can dance on the head of a pin? Answer, thousands who are just like this guy, tiny & narrow minded people, he's crazy! Why can't this guy discuss the issue? Alex did a lot more damage to his side of the issue, than he did to help his side.
This "Crackpot Willy" has just sold the majority of Americans on gun control. People see what a bloody raving loony he is and don't want the Alex Jones' of society who refuse to take their ADDHDDDDD drugs walking around with AR15 assault rifles, all tweaked out on their own delusional conspiracy theories!
Somebody had got to tell Jones to back off of his daily dosage of meth. He is a full blown tweaker baby. Perhaps I should not blame Alex, maybe it was his parents who were the Meth drug tweakers, obviously someone was. Maybe this is why America needs a constant influx of new blood into their gene pool, because obviously there has been to much cousin to cousin contact going on back in them thare' hills of Virginia. Jones is a bully, who uses physical/gun intimidation to shout down his opponents. His boxing offer was a veiled physical threat. Jones is not capable of a civil dialog with anyone. This IS what is wrong with America, letting a complete raving loony saturate our airwaves with their Ultra-right wing vitriolic hate speech propaganda. Satellite radio now broadcasts this vitriolic hate propaganda from Jones and other Right Wing lunatics across America, including into Canada. Trash-Talk radio is what I call it. Alex Jones mentions Hitler, well the truth is that Hitlers most powerful weapon in WWII was Joseph Goebbels who crafted and ran the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Goebbels was one of the key components of the Nazi's masterful deceit of the German people, because of his early exposure as a journalist he quickly realized the power he could wield if he controlled the media.
Dont you understand that you cant compare England with Ameria. America is Huge. England is just a small Island. Are you Joking????
Of course you cannot compare the USA with England but if you compare the poulation of Gt,Britain which by the way is the correct name for this island , by head of population we had i believe 35 nurders involving guns with a population of 65 miliion while i think your figure was 11000 with a poulation of around 300 million which i think works out at about 60 times greater As for Mr Jones he is typical of the gun lobby " nothing to do with me mister ,it was a big boy that did it and he has run away " And before you think i am anti american i am not I have American relatives and any time i visit i have a great time with them and anyone else i meet I really do love your country.It is just a pity it produces people like Mr Jones
I read an articile that a man killed another man in a fist fight. So maybe hands should be registered with the police as deadly weapons. They could issue a serial number and tattoo that on their arm so we could track them. Wait a minute this was done before in the 30's and 40's and i don't think it worked then either.
Piers Morgan = SHUT THE HELL UP. Georgia Mom Shoots Home Invader 5 Times
Intruder hospitalized after mother, who'd been hiding in crawl space with her kids, shot him in the neck and face. http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/georgia-mom-shoots-home-invader-times-18163990 Here's your answer, Moron.
Pierce Morgan's opinions on gun control are not news. It is of no concern to me if he likes guns or hates guns, just report on the news and leave your opinion on the news you report out. If you would like to voice your opinions get out of the news reporting business and make your own news. I cannot watch fox news or msnbc because they report their opinions of the news and now it seems I cannot watch cnn for the same reason. Don't try to push your opinions on your viewers, just report the news.
Pierce Morgan Tonight is a talk show. If you want to watch news don't watch a talk show.
Although you wouldn't know it by watching news networks today, it is possible to interview people in a non biased and neutral way. You don't even need to be a very good reporter to do it, you just need a little journalistic integrity (one thing a lot of people who work for news networks no longer have). There are too many other networks that use false reporting to push their agendas and I don't think it's too much to ask that there be one network that keeps its journalistic integrity intact and just reports the news, whether they are out in the field or interviewing a guest.
Very emotional debate but wouldn't it be wise to consult the FACTS before determining policy? Piers Morgan was wrong on a the very few facts he presented. http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/must-view-ben-swann-reality-check-on.html
That was Great! I really enjoyed that information. Morgan needs to provide that information also. It is nice to know that we are not the worse in this category. I still do not think that we should do nothing. I personally do not know anyone who has an AR15 or an AK47. To have those weapons is embarrassing. To have them for home defense is paranoid. And I have yet to hear the news story about a home invasion that was avoided because the victim had one of these weapons. We need those stories printed.
i know this will be lost in the arguing and the heated debates but i think it is insane to compare shear numbers in the gun comparison of US gun deaths to UK. does no one realize that the US is over FIVE TIMES the population of the UK? also if you look at the numbers issued by the UN the number of crimes committed in the UK is more then half of that in the US. so a country one fifth the population size commits over half as many crimes as the US. if a comparison is to be made then we need to look at per capita not raw numbers.
if we are comparing SHEAR numbers then why not discuss the number of people who die in general... i mean it must be an amazing difference in numbers to people there too. UK had just over 484,000 deaths last year compared to the US's over 2,500,000. does that mean that the UK is less likely to have a death then the US???? lets be honest people we know that to be false and it is a fact that the US has a slightly lower mortality rate then that of the UK (UK at 8.4 per 1000, US 8.1 per 1000). i would LOVE to see a realist and honest debate with REAL numbers and true comparisons. but i guess i will never see that in the media and i will continue to look up facts for myself as most people should do these days.
I have a question for everyone who want gun-control. Do you support the people of Syria in their attempt to overthrow their government? f you answered yes, do u think they could have started their revolution if the people did not ow guns?
Do you think the people who lived in the original 13 Colonies here in America were right when we took up arms against the ruler of England and fought for our independence? Could he have done that if t people did not own guns?
f you answered yes to any of the questions above, then why would you want to deny yourself the same rights and freedoms? Who is to say that someday we the people of the United States may not need our arms to defend us from an unfair and oppressive government?I have a question for everyone who want gun-control. Do you support the people of Syria in their attempt to overthrow their government? f you answered yes, do u think they could have started their revolution if the people did not ow guns?
f you answered yes to any of the questions above, then why would you want to deny yourself the same rights and freedoms? Who is to say that someday we the people of the United States may not need our arms to defend us from an unfair and oppressive government?
There was no formal national army already formed, armed, and able to protect us from foreign threats back then. Colonial farmers, trappers and tradesmen banded together to protect their liberty and communities. There is no parallel to this today as we now are the largest military in the world and easily can defend our citizens against a foreign threat. Properly trained military soldiers have those weapons, which is who SHOULD have them, not violence loving idiots that want to glorify their pathetic lives through a false sense of power and feed their paranoia with propaganda of tyranny. Let me guess, anti-depressants, contrails, and 9/11 conspiracies are suggested viewing when you bring up youtube.
Hear any clicks on your telephone lately?
tenroundsorless, did you not read the above statement? if the British were ruling the area then there WAS a military in place it just happened to be the ruling government's army. the question was about the people revolting against said government.
FACT CHECK YOUR HOST PIERS MORGAN!! Context is everything. His argument falls apart when you look at the stats with a discerning eye. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/local-tv-anchor-delivers-blistering-fact-check-of-piers-morgans-anti-gun-claims/
For all the founding father quoting going on around the preservation of rights, the most quoted person regarding the 2nd amendment also was in favor of bloodshed just a matter of cleaning house and tidying up a bit. Proof the vision of the time did not include what we have today with a well armed local police force, FBI, National Guard, State Police, etc. to handle crime.
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
– Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787
They actually imagined a militia to be well trained enough to stand up to an army, which would be citizens taking on the military.
Lincoln pretty much summed up my feelings for the folks scared by the loud mouthed gun-loving minority that are probably the last people that should have military grade rifles and stockpiles of ammo in the basement just waiting for an excuse to use them (and likely to be misused against the innocent citizens);
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men." – Abraham Lincoln
Keep guns to personal protection devices, not mass assault weapons. 10 rounds or less for public arms. Join the military if you want more. A handgun and shotgun will more than take care of the common criminal and save lives.
Hey Moron quoting Lincoln, I use the same quote of Lincoln, defend our Bill of Rights. Moron, if Obama puts out another dictorial edict banning "The Assault Weapon", that is the end of all guns, shotguns included- Moron. Anything can be an assault weapon, including fists- MORONS. Turn on your propaganda shows and let the soothing white background noise make you fell good and enjoy the phony entertainment they generate.
Before anyone posts any more comments, please view this: http://youtu.be/GsmcH2UPsw4
The US is indeed violent, but is the UK a bastion of safety and peace, as Piers Morgan suggests? Nope. Why their likeness is his goal, I have no idea.
I disagree with almost everything Jones said. He doesn't speak for me. Piers Morgan's opinion would carry more weight if he was an American citizen. He has been living here for years on a green card. If he wants to voice an opinion on how things are done in this country, let him become a citizen and vote like the rest of us do. I don't care how things are done in England that is why I live here. Morgan should go back to England where guns are outlawed. If he has a problem with our laws why stay here? I'm all for him leaving today if possible.
Piers, I'm saddened in learning you won't be going home after all. However, you should join the NRA and visit a shooting range to get an education about "assult weapons". You would learn that almost all deer hunting rifles are far more powerful than the AR 15. In fact any 12 gauge semi automatic shotgun loaded with number 4 buck shot is far more deadly and will put more projectiles in the air faster than any assult rifle loaded with any type magazine. You really don't have a clue, do you. You won't miss me , but I won't be watching ANY MSNBC show ever again.
guns are ment to kill. And if no one has guns there will be no need to fear. The olny people who should have guns are the army. They fight for our country. Also we dont have controll over other countrys we cant tell the what to do. Olny in usa we control, All the people who say they want poeple to be avalable dont understand until a family member like a daugther son mom sister brother or someone they love is killed. Then they wish there were no guns. You never now how you really feel until something realy hurtful happens to you.
After watching piers morgan on gun control, I would like to say this: any news regarding this man I will not watch!
I think he should go back to the rock hole he came from and leave america.
If Cnn does not stop supporting he warped views of america and the secound amendment, I will Boy cott CNN!
This is america! Not england!
Is anyone aware of the new law passed by President Obama on 12th October 2012 that encourages insurance companies to provide discounts to gun owners as it strongly argued that that weapons available in the home improve security. If security is improved risk is reduced and if risk is reduced permiums should be reduced too. It seems that one of the conditions is that signs have to be displayed, like that of guard dog, to say that the home is protected with firearms. Apparently there is an very significant catch, and that is advocates of self defence in this way may loose the right to civil protection. In other words the police would not come out to protect that citizen. Is this for real?
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Despite the arguments one way or another, convergence and compramise will be necessary for solutions to be found. There is common ground, as there must be.
That is one of improving the security of all Americans and both sides in the debate must agree on that.
The issue as always is how.
Policy on crime is working in the USA. Yet despite the status quo of a falling crime rate, fear in society has risen.
A recent study showed that respondents believed that the probability of there being a violent crime in their neighbourhoods had increased, even though the contrary was true.
Perhaps the media is to blame, covering the bad news and not the good.
Perhaps security companies hype it up. We all know that spending on security has risen significantly.
So why are good folk so fearful of living in a free society?
Surely the removal of fear lies at the heart of this debate.
The reduction of fear in society must run parallel to increasing trust in those empowered to provide civil protection.
It is the responsibility of all governments to ensure the safety of its citizens and it is paramount that those charged with changing policy have clear objectives in mind... and measurable targets.
to the pro gun lobby.Yes you are correct guns dont kill people,people use guns to kill people so it follows that if guns are unavalable or at least hard to get less people will be killed. I know it is a old arguement but i feel that is the one anti gun lobby should be hammering home.I t is a sad fact of life that there will be situations wher a gun has to be used but that should only be in the hands of a trained induvidual who is a member of a law enforcement agency or the armed forces.As for these people whou counter argue that knifes cars and aeroplanes kill people,that is just such a purile arguement
One other thing on a general point.I do wish people would stop referring to England when what they really mean is the United Kingdom .This country is made up of 4 seperate countries which are united under one flag and government allthoug each has it own separate legislative They are Scotland,England,Wales & Northern Ireland known colectivlly as The United Kingdom of Great Britain and northern ireland.When refering to the people They are know as british.The individual country names should only be used when refering to a event or location for example in these countries Otherwise the term British or UK or Britain should be used.This has been the case for 300 years
I like Piers and respect him for the most part. While I respect his stance on firearms I do not appreciate him using his show as a forum for expressing his stance. First, a newsreported or interviewer should take a neutral position and bring out views of others. Second, and probably more important Piers, you need to understand and be truthful about what you're talking about. You continually call assault rifles "automatic" when they are semi-automatic. Automatic firerms fire multiple shots when you pull the trigger and hold it, semi-automatic firearms fire one shot each time you pull the trigger .... big difference. You also classify all semi-automatic firearms as "assault weapons". Most gun manufacturers offer semi-automatic rifles for hunting and sport .. that's the majority of the market. The mechanics of "assault weapons" and "sporting rifles" is the same, the only difference being in the look of the firearm. If you want to question whether someone needs a 20, 30 or 40 round bullet clip of a drum barrel clip for sporting purpose I'll join you in that debate. However, that still would not address the need people feel to have multiple round clips for self-defense. So say controls were placed on sale of large capacity clips, there's nothing to prevent someone from filling a pocket or bag full of 5 or 10 round clips, it only takes a second or less to swap one. And we haven't touched upon semi-automatic pistols which people, law enforcement personnel and others carry. So please stop calling semi-automatic firearms "automatic" and stop catagorizing all semi-automatic firearms as "assault weapons". I'd be glad to explain and show you the difference.
the problem is he does not want a coherent and logical discussion where he can be made to look misinformed. such a conversation does not sell. look at his guests. the only ones who appear calm and intelligent are the anti-gun people.
Very true and well stated. Too much emphasis is being directed toward "gun control" while we have such leniency toward criminal offenders, the mentally and emotionally impaired, etc. If someone wants to harm another they are going to find a means to do it. So let's focus our energies on the real problem ... "people". Also, while gun crime statistics may be lower in the UK, what about violent crime in general ? Are people there using knives, axes, chain saws, strangulation or what other weapons of choice?
thanks for shining the light on our darkness
why would you believe anything that Piers says
Reported BBC NEW on may 14 2004
Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos
The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately
Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper
conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and
malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures.
Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated".
Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime."
The Daily Mirror... apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures
and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the Army in
At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment
demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said
proved the photographs were fake.
The regiment's Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the
photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire
and had never been in Iraq.
He said the QLR's reputation had been damaged by the Mirror and asked
the newspaper to apologise because the evidence they were staged was
The Conservatives said they hoped lessons had been learned from the row.
Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, said:
"Looking at the facts objectively, this is the right thing for Piers
Morgan to have done.
Thank you, Piers Morgan, Gun Control
Thank you very much for providing a much needed, strong, well educated, intelligent voice for the need to have sensible gun control laws in my beloved United States. I hope you do not give up the cause!
I just re read Amendment II in the Bill of Rights and attached what I read below.
The key is that the original wording granted the right to bear arms to “a well regulated Militia” !!! not to just anyone, and not to people in need of mental / emotional health treatment, or violent backgrounds.
Second Amendment – Militia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
as a non US citizen i looked at the seond amendment and noticed the first thing it states is " a well regulated militia"
The question I have is this, how many of the people who advocate the right to bear arms are members of a well regulated militia after all as far as i am aware and correct me if i am wrong but not even the national Guard which is the nearest i believe you have to a militia does not allow its soldiers to keep there weapons at home. I wonder why ?
By the way when I see on the TV news kids of 12 and 13 firing wepons on a range that tells me everything i need to to know about the pro gun lobby "They are totally nuts"
Yes! Good question!
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Jones is either a total fool or a crass, cynical manipulator of ignorant and gullible people that never grew up and learned how to fact-check information.
check out FBI web site murder has gone down over 50 % since 1992
so now you only have 11000 people murdered instead of 22000 and that is someting to be proud of
Britain with tighter gun laws had less than 100 deaths by guns last year. And the 2nd Amendment was written for muskets instead of rapid repeating guns. So there are other variables that factor in. And yes in an ideal world none of us would kill another and the countries of the world would invest billions of dollars on providing medical solutions, health care, solving hunger and research to better mankind instead of spending billions on creating weapons to kill each other. Hopefully we will someday evolve into that kind of amazing human action. There is always hope
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Thats called progress!!! Too many people are advocating that if you cant solve it all, don't do anything at all. That mentality is where we are on gun control.
Piers Morgan Needs to be ran out of this country.I am sick and tired of hearing him and I will not never ever watch him again.If they come for your guns give them your ammo first.
Ben Shapiro's answer to Piers when he asked him why would civilians need high-powered automatic guns: "to protect ourselves from the possibility of our government turning to tyranny..." ummmm... could this guy be the biggest moron out there? Wow... I had to blink a few times to make sure I was really hearing him right... "Absurd" does not even begin to describe the delusion of a large portion of people in this country... How about we just all start walking around with AK weapons and grenades just in case anything may happen... Just like in those "Wild Wild West" movies where everyone is armed at all times and as soon as someone speaks or blinks the wrong way, everyone can just pull out their arms and start fire... Goodness, this is just beyond ridiculous... As a French citizen myself married to an American, this makes me want to take us both back to Europe before we have children growing up in this insanity...
Thank you Piers for speaking up for us, those who see the logical and rational reasons of stricter gun laws and bans!
I think everyone needs to calm down. As an American, these issue affect us; however, as we know, there are tons of conspiracy theories, wild assumptions, incorrect predictions, etc. floating around. It's best not to get all worked up over what MIGHT happen, what COULD happen, or what assorted people are AFRAID could happen. It's a waste of energy. Let's focus on getting accurate information...and nowadays it's more and more difficult to get accurate information from news agencies (thanks, in no small part to folks like Rupert Murdoch...and now, Piers Morgan (and his ****-stirring).
Many of us are not appreciative of our imported "news/info" personnel or their style of reporting/debating issues. There's less accuracy and an even bigger desire for drama than accuracy in their style.
As for you, Juliette, you are very welcome to take your children back to France, if it makes you feel any safer. You were invited and brought here by your significant other but not extended an open invite to criticize and belittle our country. Please do what you feel is best for your country. Should your countrymen find yourselves in trouble again, no doubt we will hear from you. Hopefully, by that time, your campaign to turn Americans into milquetoasts, like much of Europe has done to its citizens, will fail. Bon voyage!
Wow, I can't believe what I just saw. I don't agree with you on your Gun Control stance but Alex Jones doesn't have the right to treat you like that. He makes legitimate gun owners like myself look really really bad. If the only way to make a point is to put someone down, then its not a point worth looking up to. Pierce Morgan, I am so sorry. Alex doesn't represent me nor the vast majority of responsible American gun owners. And how un-American it is to want to deport someone because of a difference of values. Whatever your views, they were conducted in a civilized way and I congratulate you for that. You are a Gentleman. Let me add, you've got a big set of you know what. May God Bless you Piers Morgan, sibling from another motherland.
Thank you Piers for trying to bring about the end of the guns that cause mass destruction. It is not a matter of if , but when a western style shoot out will happen. People will be shopping in a mall, a loud noise will happen, gun carriers will draw their guns for self defense, they will see each other and start shooting... I had to defend myself. How many will be injured and die in the carnage do to a ladder falling over or a garbage can being knocked over or a group of kids detonate fireworks as a prank?
Why has this not happened already, given there are 88 guns for every 100 people in the US? You might want to think about that for a moment or two.
David, your scenario never happens because people who legally carry in public have received TRAINING in order to have a concealed carry permit. Cite an example of your stupid scenario happening.
REALITY dictates that the opposite happens when good people carry guns in public.
I believe Mr Vitality should read up on some stuff : Mr Morgan has showed time and again that He knows absolutely nothing about the 2nd amendment and the rights of the US citizens . His only claim to fame is him being allowed on a nationally broadcasted station . He should go back to England and stay there . Inducing fear and panic into the viewers is a good way to resolve a conflict like this ? You have your priorities a little backwards . The Supreme Court ( Those made up of our HIghest legal minds that are supposed to help settle the legal disputes ) You do remember them ? Well , they decided The State of Illinois's ban on hand guns was against the 2nd amendment .... You may wish to read up on that decision prior to posting erroneous information about the 2nd amendment !!
You sound retarded.Trust me if I pull my gun its not going to be over fire works.And if some one starts shooting in a mail, more then likely I am running not drawing fire my way, unless cornered or in the perfect spot...Get a gun practice with it and then let me know how you feel..
David is the typical femiMAN to common today. A coward, a leftist and an embarassment to the founders. Go hide little child, manhood is to scary for you
ummmm any gun owner can OPEN cary with no training required.... in most states. not trying to disagree with your point as i do agree with it and believe far more then those mentioned go unreported.
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