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January 15th, 2013
11:14 PM ET

Scottie Hughes on the need for assault weapons: "Right now we might like our government, but...governments go corrupt"

A month and a day since an unthinkable tragedy in Newtown, Conn. shocked the nation, on Tuesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a live audience, and a collection of opinionated and insightful guests, to offer their thoughts and reactions on an issue that continues to dominate the pulse of America.

Seated in the front row, Lou Palumbo was asked to detail the intricacies of the types of firearms used in several of the most-recent mass-shootings:

"These semi-automatic AR-15's cycle at such an extreme rate that they're capable of inflicting an immense amount of damage in a very short window of time," explained the former police officer.

Currently serving as the director of "Elite Intelligence & Protection," Palumbo went on to explain what he feels is the central concern within the entire conversation:

"We apparently need to address the vetting process that isn't in place for civilians that is in place for us in law enforcement. In other words, as a condition, I had to comply with psychological screening to get a handgun so I could work with it. The general public walks in with a driver's license, and in two days they walk out with a handgun. It's not sufficient any longer for us to know the only thing about you is the fact that you haven't been convicted of a felony." FULL POST

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January 15th, 2013
02:41 PM ET

Tonight: A town-hall style edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" with a live studio audience, and collection of experts, discussing guns

Barely one month removed from the horrific tragedy that left 20 children dead within the walls of their Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites a studio audience, and a collection of insightful and opinionated guests, to share their feelings on the firearm debate, and offer reactions to a potential nationwide ban on assault weapons.

As specific details from Joe Biden's package of gun-control proposals are beginning to trickle out of Washington, the Vice President's son – Beau Biden – will join host Piers Morgan live from Delaware.

Tuesday's appearance by the Attorney General of Delaware marks a return to the program, as in the past the V.P.'s eldest son has shared his opinions on everything from the Republican position on national security, to his father's loyalty towards President Obama. FULL POST

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January 15th, 2013
02:36 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: John Walsh on an assault weapons ban; Rob Lowe on Casey Anthony

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, television host and victim rights advocate John Walsh sat down with Morgan to discuss guns and specifically assault weapons.

The creator and host of the iconic television show "America's Most Wanted" told Morgan that although he's is a hunting enthusiast, he only uses shotguns and pistols.

"I don't need an AK-57," said Walsh. "I don't need an Uzi. I don't need a Mac 10. I don't need a 50-bullet clip when I go out quail hunting."

Later in the program, actor and writer, Rob Lowe joined the program to talk about his new role as attorney Jeff Ashton, the man who unsuccessfully prosecuted Casey Anthony on a charge of murdering her daughter in 2011. FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  Public takes its shots at Armstrong after admission to Oprah; Obama says gun lobby stokes fear of federal action
January 15th, 2013
09:57 AM ET

Need to Know News: Public takes its shots at Armstrong after admission to Oprah; Obama says gun lobby stokes fear of federal action

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 15, 2013 – Public takes its shots at Lance Armstrong after admission to Oprah Winfrey, Obama says gun lobby stokes fear of federal action and Clarence Thomas breaks years of silence on bench...


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