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:
"They need them for the prospective possibility of resistance to tyranny," he explained.
"Where do you expect the tyranny to come from?" wondered Morgan.
"It could come from the United States," came Shapiro's answer.
"Do you understand how absurd you sound?" asked the host.
"Here's where you go into the absurd and the bullying," claimed Shapiro, repeating an assertion he'd made recently in his on-line writings, all the while mocking Morgan's accent.
"I'm not the one that came in here and accused you of standing on the graves of dead children," reminded Morgan.
Watch the clip, and listen to the rest of the debate, as Shapiro further makes his point that of late Morgan has "gone off the rails," and attempts to convince the host, and the viewers, that assault weapons have a place on the streets and in civilian hands.
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