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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...
• 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' take top at Golden Globes: "'Argo,' the retelling of the dramatic rescue of American diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis, and 'Les Miserables,' a big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, were the big winners at this year's Golden Globes."
• Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle: "When a set of recommendations to reduce gun violence hits President Barack Obama's desk on Tuesday, it will trigger a new stage in a decisive political battle consuming Washington."
• Beijing adopts emergency measures for 'hazardous' pollution: "A series of emergency response measures were adopted in Beijing Sunday when the city's Air Quality Index exceeded 500 micrograms, the highest level. Anything above this is regarded as 'beyond index.'"
• California could be next oil boom state: "California is sitting on a massive amount of shale oil and could become the next oil boom state. But only if the industry can get the stuff out of the ground without upsetting the state's powerful environmental lobby."
• Lance Armstrong plays Oprah card: "After decades of denying he used performance-enhancement drugs, disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong sits down with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey on Monday for his first interview since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in a doping scandal."
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HI MORGAN i did not havnd see jet noone but my daughter tell to me ARGO is very very good ..\thank you
Looks like Larry Pratt was right regarding the numbers he used on your show:
The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Opposition leaders said the disclosures were a "damning indictment" of the Government's failure to tackle deep-rooted social problems.
The figures combined crime statistics for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The UK had a greater number of murders in 2007 than any other EU country – 927 – and at a relative rate higher than most western European neighbours, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
So despite a virtual gun ban, Britain has the highest violent crime and murder rate in the EU. Many of Britain's close Western European neighbors are some of the largest gun owning nations on the planet. The Swiss, Germans and French are ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in terms of private gun ownership, and yet have per capita homicide rates that are 40% lower than Britain's. Just how can this be Mr.Morgan?
Over the past several weeks I’ve seen hundreds of comments with “what if’s”, plus statistics from every corner of the USA (& UK).
First of all, it’s a simple fact that guns don’t kill people do.
Secondly, more guns WILL NOT fix the problem! So why increase the opportunity with more guns?
I’m hoping all of you didn’t forget the real key to all of this debate…the word is “TRAINED” and you have to agree that weapons used to kill large numbers of people DO NOT belong in the hands of John Q Public.
Before I start, I am for gun rights, but knowing what some weapons can do to the human body, I just cannot justify or see how adding more weapons can be an answer to gun violence – Especially in the hands of an untrained gun owner. Let’s first get a count on what we already have on the streets and control that first. I think everyone agrees that it’s not just a gun issue; it’s much deeper than that.
And as for Armed guards… Well! Déjà vu – That's what China was like in 1996 when I was there – Armed Military in every mall and on the streets with their trusty German Sheppard.
I’m not one for statistics as I taught statistics and have only one thing to say… A quote popularized in the United States by Mark Twain was "There are three kinds of liars: liars, damned liars, and statistics." – A note to consider when you hear statistical evidence being presented. (I would add a fourth – Politicians – I’ll let you pick the order placement.)
Now, as for Semi and Automatic Weapons…
People are forgetting what this type of weapon is designed to accomplish: (Warning-Hold your stomach.)
Look at the 4th photo in on the top. That’s what an AR-15 is design to do. Is that the weapon you want around our schools?
Think folks? Some of the Sandy Hook children were hit 11 times. Can you imagine what those little bodies looked like with 11 hits?
I’m a Viet Nam Veteran, so let me elaborate.
Automatic Weapons are for this!
This is from my diary of events just outside My Lai in Quang Ngai province, South Viet Nam.
“August 22, 1968. Five mortar rounds came in and 3 Hueys were hit. Gunships and ground troops killed over 300 confirms in about an hour of fighting. McGlew said he just closed his eyes and started firing. It was like being at a carnival and you had a shot gun while everyone else had BB guns. All guns ships are down for repairs.”
“August 23, 1968. Still fighting in Quang Ngai. Aircraft came in carrying 6 dead GI’s – Blood and guts are all over the inside and left side of the aircraft and it smells like hell. Aircraft are now flying with tape over bullet holes.”
“August 24, 1968. Third day of fighting. One Regiment of NVA wiped out plus Viet Cong now destroyed. 03:00, approximately 100 mortar rounds came in. Holes allover 7 aircraft, but still flying with tape over bullet holes.
By end of 3rd day, 11th Brigade head count was approximately 1500 enemy kills – 1200 ground and 300 from gunships.” (I think the 11th fudged figures as we had 4 ships in the air and each had a Crew chief and door gunner with M-60s, plus 2 Mini-guns and a 40 Mike-Mike mounted on the nose.)
A second event…
“I was there during TET and when we were getting overrun by Charlie, I was glad to see Snoopy put down a round in every square inch of the tree line outside our perimeter. Two gun runs and the battle was over.
After Snoopy left, our gunships came down from the hill and finished the job.”
Believe me, these weapons are not for the faint at heart – They don’t just kill, they can destroy beyond recognition.
And that’s the intended use of automatic weapons.
I'm not sure why someone hasn't asked the folks we sent to foreign shores to defend all our rights as Americans what they think – The ones that used these weapons on a regular basis. I think you would be very surprised at their answer.
I hear many reasons trying to justify the need to own automatic weapons, but consider this… did more automatic weapons help Osama Ben Laden?
But this is a given… Less automatic and semi automatics will reduce the head count – but will not eliminate the problem.
I believe someone stated that most gun-related deaths come from hand guns and they were correct.
But consider this fact… I don’t understand why everyone keeps thinking that people that do all these horrendous acts are going to take out a full page ad letting everyone know they’re coming. Remember That!!!
I'd like to see Alex Jones argument for owning 50 weapons if someone disarms his security system; sneaks into his bedroom one night and wakes him up with a little old 22 at his head or even a knife at his throat. What good would his 50 guns do then? Again, people that do these things normally DO NOT announce they’re coming in.
Besides that, when I was in Viet Nam, I knew guys that could take out Mr. Jones and not even go in the house and,... you’d never know they were there.
Actually, some of the guys I knew in Viet Nam, we would drop off at night and pick them up in the morning and they never fired a shot, but would take down several VC per night.
But I have noticed a silver lining in the area where I live...more visibility of patrol vehicles around the elementary school just up the street. Great!
I’m firmly against more guns like the AR-15 in the public sector but I am very pleased to see our law enforcement folks taking things into their own hands with more visual patrols around school yards.
I would end by saying this about Piers Morgan…at least give him the credit for speaking his mind as you surely know our politicians won’t – Too much money to lose (or being re-elected?).
And while it is true that most murders are with handguns period, I ask, is it better to just ignore the ills of our society?
Someone has to be brave enough to challenge our political SOP of “do nothing”.
We need “reasonable” solutions, not idle talk.
I ask you this question. “What do you need an automatic weapon for in America?” I certainly know what the government asked me to do with an automatic weapon!” You can’t be a hunter if you think an automatic weapon is needed.
Final note: Personal Liberties as an individual, do not exist, but are proportionally based on acceptable societal behavior. We ARE Americans – and that IS a unit of many.
Run all the statistics you want, but fact remains that guns lead to violence and more guns lead to more violence. Larry Pratt shows not one iota of compassion for the victims of gun violence. He blames them of rnot being better armed. What a disgusting individual. Asa Hutchinson should know better than to try and support such nonsense that suggests we keep armed security in our schools. What sort of third world country does he think this is. Bravo to Piers Morgan for keeping to the issue and flushing out the lies and sitrotions..
Arthur from Riverdale, GA
I need a assault weapon as bad as I need a ride to the plant mars.
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