Roughly six hours after learning that President Barack Obama and the White House had denied a petition to have the host deported, "Piers Morgan Tonight" returned to the airwaves, dedicating a live broadcast to an issue that remains paramount to the health and future of the United States: "Guns in America."
Three weeks prior, host Piers Morgan had welcomed Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, for an interview that proved combative and contentious, as the guest promoted his perspective, saying "evil's in our hearts. Not in the guns."
On Wednesday, Pratt returned for another spirited discussion with the host, during which he disputed various figures centered around murders in Britain and Wales:
"The data that you are using for the murder rate in England is a sham. There's a monumental miss-reporting of what constitutes murder," claimed Pratt. "If three people are murdered, it's likely to be counted as one event."
Of no surprise to those who regularly watch the show, Morgan didn't take too kindly to such a suggestion:
"What an absolute, absolute lie," he exclaimed.
"You are telling me that 50 murders a year, these are simply invented statistics, and in fact the figures in Britain for gun murders are many more times that?" Morgan asked.
"That's exactly what your own constabulary is saying," insisted the guest. "You had 970. I don't know what you're talking about."
At this point, Morgan had heard enough:
"This is complete nonsense, Mr. Pratt," he exclaimed. "What you're doing is deliberately lying, deliberately twisting it, so that Americans watching this who may be tempted to buy in to your ludicrous fear game, rush out tomorrow and buy more weapons, and more ammunition. Because you know what? More guns, less gun crime, less gun murders: it is a fallacy, it is based on lies, you've just propagated another lie. You've just said that a figure of 39, the official figures from the British home office, 39 gun murders in 2011, in England, in Wales, you have added a nought to that, and then tripled it. It's outrageous."
Watch the interview, and listen to the debate, then check out the statistics as explained by Morgan, and crunch the numbers for yourself.
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