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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.

"I'm a father. I have got two kids. Child neglect is an unthinkable thing. And child murder is off of the scale," said Lowe about Anthony and his interest in participating in the television project.

"It's my personal opinion that she absolutely had something to do with her daughter's death," said Lowe. "I don't know if it was an accident or premeditated. That I don't know to this date. But there is no doubt within my mind at all that she is responsible."

The new TV movie, "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" airs this Saturday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Watch the clip and listen to the interviews as Morgan and his guests continue their discussion on gun control and other important issues of the day.
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  1. Tan Vampire

    The 2nd Amendment, Batman Shooting & High Fructose Corn Syrup

    January 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Peter

    Well you like stats? Britan has 3.5 times the violent crime rate as the U.S. and it's own people are protesting in the streets because they want the gun rites they gave up back.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Adam

      Violent crime means anything from a shove to an assault to a bar-fight.
      Nobody is protesting for gun-rights in Britain or Australia. No one. That is a complete lie. They banned guns in Australia with 95 percent public support (unheard of) under one of its most conservative prime-ministers in decades.

      I would rather be shoved than shot.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • meek

        Sadly the UK Is now riddled with gun crime. No one has guns so thugs get them on the black market and they run wild in the streets. Fact.

        January 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie

    I think some people are using the second amendment to avoid reasonable compromise. Seems to me that we have a healthy democracy on this issue.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Daniel Bader

    The biggest threat to our Republic and our liberties does not come from without, it comes from with in. You claim the government could not become tyrannical or totalitarian, but look at the National Defense Authorization Act that allows the military to indefinitely detain U.S. Citizens WITHOUT TRIAL (which is protected by the 4th Amendment). That may not worry people with surnames like Smith, Morgan, or Cooper but if your last name is Zurwarhi, Ussef, or Mohammed, then you may worry that you could be mistaken for someone who is a national security threat, and whisked away to Guantanamo.

    "Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."
    -Ron Paul's Farewell Address to Congress November 14, 2012

    January 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • suellen fitzsimmons

      Great blog Daniel.........
      If Mr Obama is so concerned for children's wellfare,then why hasn't he visited his hometown of Chicago(where they have the strictest gun laws in the country and the most murders....48 in a single weekend) And Detroit and Washington D.C.. He's such a phony and hypocrite. He 's exactly like his Hollywood compatriots, all show and no go. Oh, I'm sure there must be a racist remark in there somewhere!! Collin Powell will find it.
      Anyhow, Barack Obama,Joe Biden,Hollywood, The Journal, Dem Senators all of these phonies are protected by bodyguards and guns. And I'm sure their guns aren't limited to the number of bullets they can use. By the way, has anyone sat through movie trailers lately? You talk about violence and guns. I went to the movies today and sat through 25 minutes of non stop violence on the screen before my major film was to show. Actors shooting,blowing things and people up,non stop bleeding, the most vile,disgusting,putrid footage passing off as art! Ha! If children only get twenty minutes of that a week(which is a joke) that's approx. sixteen hours a year. That's a lot of time being exposed to raw violence. And we don't think those impressionable minds are absorbing that? What's wrong with us? Don't even start on the video games!!!

      January 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RC

    Why aren't you, the President or anyone else talking about banning explosive/ultra-lethal ammunition??

    January 16, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. JC

    Taking advice from a Brit on gun control? Here are his own comments: Morgan subsequently said in a column published in the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday that he would consider leaving the United States if gun laws were not changed. "If you don't change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don't have to worry about deporting me," he wrote. "Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well," Morgan continued, "I would, as a concerned parent first—and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years' time—seriously consider deporting myself."
    Please leave.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. William Barnard

    Those who beat there guns into plows, will plow the fields of those who don't.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ruko

      One live by the swort die by the swort J.C
      Stop being so paranoid about dooms day America it won't come you just spending your hard earned cash on junk
      Toys, besides what makes every one think when dooms day comes the criminals will not
      have guns and wound know how to use them

      January 16, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jack Goldfield

    While your on assault weapons maybe we can ban the Barrett .50 cal semi-automatic. A heidous weapon with no purpose other than to impress crazy people with it's ability to stop a car at a 1/2 mile.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jackie

      Need to hold off on that ban until we ban cars. Might need a good car stopper.

      January 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Danny Hunt

    British regimes, Canada, are now using energy assault weapons on citizens, powerful radar assaults aimed at inflicting leukemia through bone marrow damage and other deadly cancers.

    January 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jdspencer

    I am watching (WAS watching, now I have reason to turn it off) So JohnWalsh has a gun. Yay ! And he enjoys killing birds! Hypocrite! Gee, I guess those ancient words "Thou shall not kill" don't apply to you or your entertainment fun. You talk crap. Hypocrite. Or maybe you are not a hypocrite, after all you have killers to thank that kill people with guns to provide you with a semi-celebrity status and hefty paychecks. You are as phony as any thing I have ever seen!

    February 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Gandu

    John Walsh has made a fortune off of a horrible incident to which he and his wife contributed by leaving their 6 year old unattended in the toy section of a department store. His opinions mean nothing. He was also mixed up with coke dealers and may have lead to the abduction of his child.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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