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January 14th, 2013
10:25 PM ET

Asa Hutchinson on arming guards on campuses: "Virtually every school district in America is looking at better ways to assure the safety of their children"

As Monday represented exactly one month since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., "Piers Morgan Tonight" marked the sad occasion by continuing to encourage a national conversation on guns, firearm legislation, and school safety.

Joining the program for a live, primetime interview, Asa Hutchinson detailed some of the reasons behind the current NRA initiative to arm guards outside of America's educational institutions:

"My job is to come up with some good solutions to help our school districts and our states, to look at this. When the President comes out with his proposals, I do hope that he provides a federal partnership for providing funds for training of the armed presence in the schools to help our local school districts," said the former under-secretary of Homeland Security. "Right now, virtually every school district in America is looking at better ways to assure the safety of their children."

Noting that he can understand why many people would find the NRA's plan to seem sensible, Piers Morgan did express concern that weapons would send the wrong message, and create the wrong environment, for students and their communities:

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January 14th, 2013
06:35 PM ET

Rob Lowe on guns: "It's in our Constitution ... look, I owns guns ... I know how to keep them, they’re in a gun safe"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Rob Lowe to share his trademark brand of witty charm and candid insight in a primetime interview that comes amidst an intensified national debate regarding guns and firearm legislation.

Joining host Piers Morgan for a face to face sit down, the actor who's well-known for his work in such films as "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Tommy Boy" shares his personal stance on the most-polarizing issue in the country today:

"It's in our Constitution. Look, I owns guns. I'm gone a lot. I have a wife, I have two kids. I know how to keep them, they’re in a gun safe," says the 48-year-old who was born in Virginia and raised in Ohio. "I'm a sportsman, you know, and I shoot skeet and I grew up in the Midwest, so that’s a part of my culture. So, I understand them in a way that perhaps people living in more urban areas don’t have that history."

Admitting that he would support an assault ban should such an initiative be pushed by President Obama, Lowe suggests the issue is broader than simply legislation: FULL POST

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January 14th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

Do you want to attend a live town hall-style show?

Tomorrow, "Piers Morgan Tonight" will host a special live town hall show on the heels of the one month anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

If you are in the New York City area and are available from 6-10 p.m. ET Tuesday, January 15, we'd love for you to join us as we try to help the nation move forward.

For free tickets to attend the live studio audience of "Piers Morgan Tonight" please send an e-mail to PMTtickets@gmail.com with:

1) Full name and age of you and your guest
2) Your address, email and daytime phone number
3) Amount of tickets needed (max of two)

Deadline to respond is Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. ET. Must be 18 or older to attend.
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January 14th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

Clips from Friday: Piers' physical results; Dr. Oz on Chris Christie's weight and stress

On Friday, with 2013's flu season hitting harder – and deadlier – than in years past, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dr. Mehmet Oz to share his medical expertise and and insight with a live studio audience looking on.

Best-known as television's "Dr. Oz," the 52-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon energized the room, and frightened the host, by revealing the results of his recently conducted "15-minute physical."

With Piers Morgan expecting the worst, and prefacing the data by noting that he had just come off "a two week vacation, including a week in Britain? You know how much we drink over there," Oz shared Morgan's blood pressure reading:

"It's supposed to be, ideally, about 115 over 75, ideally," Oz explained. "Yours is 147 over 89."

"Ooh, wow! That is high," Morgan exclaimed. "Is that because I'm under the threat of being deported from America, do you think?"

"It could be. It could be that. It could be the - the knowledge of your test results that we shared on air," offered the guest. "But your blood pressure should never go that high unless you're in a dire - you know, in the midst of sexual activity."

Moving the microscope off of Morgan, who pledged to alter his lifestyle and re-visit the doctor in six weeks, Oz then shared his analysis of an equally well-known, and significantly larger public figure, New Jersey's Chris Christie.

Heavily criticized for being significantly overweight, Morgan's guest noted that the Garden State governor's personal issue could give him a unique platform for pushing forward public change: FULL POST

Need to Know News:  'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' take top Globes; Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle
January 14th, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Need to Know News: 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' take top Globes; Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle

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 14, 2013 – 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' take top Globes, countdown to new wave in gun violence battle and Lance Armstrong plays Oprah Winfrey card...

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