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."
Joining Piers Morgan on stage, surrounded by the audience, Scottie Hughes continued the conversation, but presented an alternate perspective, offering her explanation as to why all American civilians should be entitled to own assault weapons:
"Our Bill of Rights isn't a bill of needs, it says Bill of Rights," noted the "Tea Party News Network" News Director. "Let's look through history: right now we might like our government, but you've got Cambodia, you've got Russia, you've got Germany...governments go corrupt."
Despite having suffered a painful loss, as her brother was killed with a gun, Hughes supports the Second Amendment, and is against an assault weapons ban.
The host wanted to understand why:
"Just to clarify, you believe an American government in the modern age is going to turn tyranical," asked Morgan.
"I have the right to be able to own a gun just in case," she said. "We don't know what's going to happen. Today, we might have a bright, sunny America. But who's to say what's going to happen."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan moderates a gun debate, with a live audience looking on, that represents both sides of the "Guns in America" issue.
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