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January 10th, 2013
10:49 PM ET

Ben Shapiro on why civilians need military style assault weapons: "For the prospective possibility of resistance to tyranny"

On Thursday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" continued to use its wide-reaching platform to address an issue the host feels is paramount for the health and future of the country: guns violence.

As part of the program's "Guns in America" franchise, Piers Morgan welcomed Ben Shapiro, an individual who had been outwardly critical of the show's recent direction.

The Breitbart editor-at-large has described the host as having a "full-scale gun control agenda," implied that Morgan is a Liberal, and began his visit by producing a copy of the U.S. Constitution from his jacket pocket.

"You have deliberately tried to frame this as a left-wing attack on the American Constitution and the Second Amendment," said Morgan, objecting to his guests perspective. "You come in, you brandish your little book..."

"My little book? That's the Constitution of the United States, our founding document," Shapiro exclaimed.

"I know what's in your Constitution," insisted the host.

"Do you really?" asked the conservative political commentator who turns 29 on Tuesday.

"I've been debating this for a very long time," Morgan stated.

Pushing forward on the issue he's most passionate about, the host asked Shapiro to explain why he feels a civilian would need an assault weapon: FULL POST

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January 10th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

Tonight: Piers Morgan continues "Guns in America" discussion, will welcome with Ben Shapiro

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues the use of its platform as a means of shining more light on the issue of "Guns in America," airing a live broadcast, and welcoming Breitbart News editor, Ben Shapiro to the program for what promises to be an energized and insightful primetime interview.

On the heels of Monday evening's firey exchange between Piers Morgan and radio host Alex Jones, Shapiro joins the host to offer his perspective on firearm legislation, and to address what he's described as Morgan's "full-scale gun control agenda."

In a post on December 19, days after the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, in Newtown, Conn., Shapiro had the following to say on Brietbart.com:

Piers Morgan of CNN has been off the rails for days in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook, pressing forward his full-scale gun control agenda by steamrolling guests who disagree with him, and acting as though they don't give a whit about the children murdered in Newtown, Connecticut.

Revisit Wednesday evening's discussion with the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, then tune in tonight at 9 as Morgan and his guests continue their focus on this polarizing and provocative topic.
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January 10th, 2013
02:44 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Larry Pratt on the need for more guns; Relatives of Aurora victims react

In the sequel to an energized and combative conversation from three weeks prior, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Larry Pratt back to the program, for a second interview that was nearly as contentious as the first.

The Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Pratt once again joined host Piers Morgan to share his opinions and insight on the ongoing issue of firearms, and gun control, in the United States.

Standing firm with his consistent view that the American public needs less weapons in general – and should be banned from owning assault weapons in particular – Morgan aired a video clip of Stanley McChrystal, a retired Army General, echoing such a perspective.

Questioning how Pratt could disagree with the experience of someone like McChrystal, Morgan provided some additional background, and posed his question:

"The last four mass shootings in the last five months have all involved the AR-15 style - military style - assault rifle. Widely available as you know. Even in Connecticut which has supposedly quite tough gun control laws," stated the host. "Why do you feel so strongly that civilians, despite what we just heard from a leading general, should still be able to have access to these killing machines?"

Once having referred to Morgan as "morally obtuse," Pratt answered:

"Well, because the general and his troops are not going to be there to protect the average American, the military nor the police after social order implodes, after a hurricane, after an earthquake, during riots. And his experience, and I very much appreciate his service to the country and the military. But he is not dealing with what civilians have to put up with in the vacuum of somebody being around to protect them. We're on our own."

Continuing with the "Guns in America" subject matter, Morgan used his platform to later welcome Jessica Watts and Tom Teves, each a relative of someone killed during the mass-shooting in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater last July.

"I definitely think, Piers, that more guns are not the answer," said Watts, who lost her cousin Jonathan Blunk on July 20, 2012. "That puts that many more guns in the hands of people who've got mental illness and it becomes very much a fear factor for people nationwide."

Teves, meanwhile, lost his son Alex in the movie theater massacre, and on a day which marked the end of the preliminary hearing of shooting suspect James Holmes, Morgan asked him to respond to Pratt's earlier argument for lesser gun control, and more access to weapons: FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  Flu ravages 41 states; Obama exploring executive orders to combat gun violence
January 10th, 2013
09:36 AM ET

Need to Know News: Flu ravages 41 states; Obama exploring executive orders to combat gun violence

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

For January 10, 2013 – Flu ravages 41 states, Obama exploring executive orders to combat gun violence and report says Junior Seau suffered from traumatic brain disease known as CTE ...

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