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January 16th, 2013
10:35 PM ET

Piers Morgan on his guests lack of agreement with President Obama's proposals: "It ... makes ... me ... sick!"

With the nation's attention still squarely focused on the gun debate, and on a day which began with the president signing off on more than 20 executive gun control actions, Wednesday evening saw Piers Morgan welcome a pair of women anxious to share their passionate perspectives on firearm legislation.

Returning to the CNN airwaves, Dana Loesch joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" for a live interview during which the Conservative radio host addressed one of Morgan's recurring questions, the reason why an American civilian would need the ability to obtain an assault weapon:

"As a woman who ... uses guns for self-defense and likes to know that I have that security, they're a lot easier to fire than other rifles, simply because of the recoil," explained the 35-year-old political commentator. "An AR-15, is, honestly, it's just like any other rifle. I don't understand why some individuals can become so scared of this, because they think it's a scary looking weapon."

As Morgan noted that it's this very weapon that has been used in several of the recent mass-shootings, Loesch suggested that the blame is being misplaced:

"How are law-abiding citizens like me responsible for that," she wondered. "I followed the law. And I'll admit it: I own an AR-15. I follow the law. I went through my background check. I've taken the classes. I'm a responsible owner. Why should I be punished?"

Referencing the tragic mass-shooting in Newtown, Conn., the host noted the killer's mother, whom possessed the weapons used to murder 26 people, was also following the law:

"Adam Lanza's mother was a legal gun owner!"

Joining the program in studio, Scottie Hughes joined the conversation, and jumped in with a disclaimer she considered to be of noteworthy importance:
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January 16th, 2013
06:41 PM ET

Tonight: Piers Morgan continues "Guns in America" discussion, will welcome Dana Loesch and Scottie Hughes

As the "Guns in America" debate continues to polarize the nation, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes another series of compelling voices to share their insights and perspectives on the country's most hot-button issue.

Returning to the CNN airwaves, Dana Loesch will join host Piers Morgan to present her arguments against a potential firearm ban.

Well-known for her right-wing views, Loesch has used previous appearances to critique Mitt Romney during his run for the Republican presidential nomination, and also provide her opinion as to the relevance of an unearthed Barack Obama video from his days at Harvard.

Despite often sharing different opinions than those of Morgan, this week Loesch took to the social media micro-blogging service Twitter to confirm their civil coexistence:

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January 16th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Relatives from the Aurora Theater Shooting, Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey discuss Obama's plan for gun control

On Tuesday evening, on the day before President Barack Obama presented his new proposal for gun control, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed guests and a live studio audience for a town hall-style discussion on "Guns in America."

During the program, guest Heather Dearman, the cousin of Aurora Theater Shooting victim, Ashley Moser expressed her concern that the "laws that the vice president and the task force have worked so hard on won't pass because what I'm hearing is one side being so adamant on saying that they're right, instead of doing the right thing."

"It's really impossible for me to understand that the killers could get that kind of power in their hands," added guest Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell, another relative of Moser. "It doesn't make any sense at all to me. I don't blame honorable gun owners. I don't want to take away your Second Amendment rights. But I need to know that you'll stand up for me, too."

Also on the program, the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter shared his support for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's efforts to address gun control saying, "It's a fantastic start. The problem is that we haven't done enough in the past." FULL POST

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January 16th, 2013
04:18 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Scottie Hughes on guns in America; the new NRA ad

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

Seated on stage with Piers Morgan, the news director of the "Tea Party News Network" Scottie Hughes gave her perspective on "Guns in America." Hughes, whose brother was a fatal victim of gun violence, staunchly supports the Second Amendment and is against any assault weapon ban.

"If we look at all these shootings - where they've happened, schools, malls, theaters - there's one thing they all have in common. They are gun-free zones," said Hughes. "There was no one there with a gun to be able to stop them."

"If you're going to sit here and commit a crime, I'm not going to go to a place where everybody has guns," continued Hughes regarding attacking specifically gun-free zones. "That's why you don't hear gun shows having them."

At the end of the program, Morgan played the new ad released by the NRA. The ad scathingly criticizes President Barack Obama and his push for gun control FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  Details emerge on gun control proposal coming Wednesday; Helicopter crashes in London rush hour
January 16th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Need to Know News: Details emerge on gun control proposal coming Wednesday; Helicopter crashes in London rush hour

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 16, 2013 – Details emerge on gun control proposal coming Wednesday, Helicopter crashes in London rush hour and Facebook introduces 'Graph Search'...

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