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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."

"First and foremost, President Obama and the work of Vice President Biden needs to be commended," said Nutter. "This will not be easy. We all know that. For all those, if there are going to be those voices already saying is it enough, how about joining the fight to make sure we're successful and then we'll keep pushing forward."

Watch the clips and listen to the interview as guest Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey explained to Morgan and others why "banning assault weapons in and of itself is not going to solve the problem."

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  1. tim mcardle

    I THINK IF THE P.O.T.U.S PUT A HALT ON ALL THE MANUFACTUREING OF SEMI AUTOMATIC GUNS,BEFORE THERE MORE GUNS IN THE U.S.A. THEN THERE ARE PEOPLE.I SAY STOP ADDING TO THE GUN POPULATION.IF A GUN OWNER WANTS TO BUY ANOTHER GUN HE SHOULD HAVE TO TRADE ONE IN TO GET ONE.PEOPLE WHO HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED SO TO SPEAK,WANTING TO SHOOT A SEMI AUTOMATIC IT SHOULD BE DONE AT SHOOTING RANGE.WE NEED TO PUT POLICE IN EVERY SCHOOL IN THE U.S.A. WHICH SHOULD MOSTLY PAID FOR BY THE N.R.A. AFTER ALL WE HAVE TO(POLICE) PROTECT OUR LITTLE INNOCENT CHILDRENS ENVIROMENT.WE JUST CANT AFFORD ANOTHER MURDER.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    "I suppose you think you're too self-important to answer my queries, Pierse. But my coments are just liquid as any other?? You still actually think you have a platform, well for long is you continue to shut out, those that have no direct bias you, only to what is being asked on the Internet. What is, and isn't viable, is in the answer you gave??"

    January 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "I will not watch even one secong of Obama's Ignorantic-Inauguration. There is a safe bet on that. I have much better things to do. But I still do my best to interact on my Web."

    January 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Evans Lavard

    Hi Piers

    I think those two woman on your show tonight are not the best to talk about gun control.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • T.W

      Oh I'm sorry can you not handle someone that is passionate and has personal experience with why we need stricter gun control laws?!!? Those women are very intelligent and passionate women that have been thru a lot of struggle and don't deserve to have to see your ignorance by saying they are not "the best" to talk about gun control. Better than Scottie Hughes who has no heart and is just an insensitive radical thinker. Those women have exoerienced first hand the devastation that can come from lackadaisical gun laws. NO ONE IS TRYING TO SAY YOU CAN NOT CARRY A GUN PEOPLE!!! They are simply saying that there needs to be more education and awareness! An honorable gun owner is what all gun owners should be. But that is not the case! There should be classes that you are required to take so that you know what you are handling and know how to handle it properly. Why are people opposing safety precautions?? If you really want a gun you can have one, but you just need to be more responsible about it. A "cool down period" should still be a law in all states too. Anyone who needs a gun "right now!" doesn't need a gun right now. Guns should not be just as easy to get as candy on halloween!! More extensive backround checks. More education requirements. We don't allow people to get their license without having to take a test or classes. A motor vehicle can be a deadly weapon too and so we do not want a driver behind the wheel that has know operating knowledge. So same with a gun! If you put someone behind the wheel and tell them to drive and they don't know what they are doing then something bad is going to happen. Same with guns!! No one wants to take your guns away radicals!! We just want to make the world a safer place!

      January 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Don

    I suggest if Mr. Morgan is that disappointed in America then he should perhaps pack his bags and head back across the Atlantic to the U.K. Better yet, have CNN pull the plug on his show which is offensive and only from his perspective!
    Our Second Ammendment Rights are very precious to many Americans. If gun control is the answer, I guess there should be a ban on IED's and other explosives world wide. That would satisfy many more Americans, especially those serving in the Military. I guess that would mean if it were made "illegal" to use those against our troops then our country would lose no more individuals to masive explosions because it would be illegal and we all know that insurgents are quite concerned about " LAWS" Pull the Plug CNN!

    January 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mike Kelly

    I just watched Dana Loesch talk about how the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms (and alternatively "firearms" – when the actual text of the Amendment is "arms") but would not specifically define what that means, other than "everything that would fall under the definition of firearms." Later in the discussion she acknowledged and made no argument against the fact that citizens are not allowed to own automatic weapons. Aren't these also "arms" or "firearms"? Isn't the banning of these a violation of Second Amendment rights? If she (and Scottie Hughes) can accept a ban on automatic weapons, why can't they also accept a ban on high-capacity, semi-automatic rifles capable of firing a hundred rounds in 90 seconds? It doesn't matter what you call it or what it looks like, it's about what the weapon is capable of doing.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clyde Bridger

      Right on, Mike! I agree 100%. Most of the weapons available today were not even thought of or imagined back when the Second Amendment was written! So the point these two pro-gun advocates were making holds no water. Anyone with common sense can see through that.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Evans Lavard

    'Smart gun' requires owner's fingerprint

    A small Canadian company is developing a way to make handguns safer. Mytec Technologies of Toronto has developed a "smart gun" that includes a fingerprint scanner pad so that only the gun's owner can pull the trigger.
    The gun's user simply scans their fingerprint on a template embedded in a module. Once authenticated, the module can be removed, allowing an ammunition magazine to be slid into place.

    It's hoped that such a gun would reduce the number of child fatalities caused by children playing with their parents' guns.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Terry

    When I was a kid, if a kid misused a toy, like hit another kid with it, or they fought over it, the parent took the toy away. Maybe if we were good we could play with it again the next day.
    I think it perfectly logical for the government to take away our toys (GUNS) until we learn to use them in the way they were meant to be used.
    Meanwhile, let's require, by law, some gun safety classes.

    Most laws/rules are enacted to protect citizens from hurting themselves and/or eachother. For example all the road rules: speedlimits, stop lights, drinking and driving. While a car is not designed for death if misused/abused, it can certainly become an instrument there of.
    WHY can't we look at this from the same point of view as our driving laws?
    We limit speed to prevent collisions and death. We have stop lights to prevent collision and death. It is illegal to drink and drive. If you cannot handle the car as designed, you get your license revoked.
    The same rules should apply for guns. If you can't handle this toy, you must, therefore suffer the consequences. Instead of blaming someone else, as most guilty people are wont to do, man up and admit that a gun owner needs to own up to his responsibilities – the SAFE use of the weapon – as such, just like a driver must own up to his. Gun owners must be libel for their actions, just like drivers must be libel for theirs. It is up to the gun owners themselves to step up to the plate now and say, WE NEED GUN SAFETY LAWS. Admit that while there are many who play it safe, there are those among you who haven't a clue, and this issue needs to be resolved. You want people to respect the right to bear arms, then you should be LEADING THE WAY towards enacting gun safety laws. Not the other way around. IF you want respect you need to EARN IT. EARN it by embracing GUN SAFETY, not eschewing it.
    This isn't about Obama, this is about SAFETY.
    No one freaks out because there is a speed limit law or a drunk driving law. We know they are necessary to to maintain safety on the roads.
    Why freak out if there is a gun law? Both are there to protect the rest of the public, whatever their political affiliation.
    If you want to keep your toys, you need to play nice.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • david

      responable gun owners take many many hours of safty classes before they can even own a gun!! Responsable gun owners have many many laws they must obay in handeling, shooting, and locking up there guns when not in use!!!! Terry....I very much respect yours and many others on this web sights opinion on gun laws......"IN SHORT THE BIGGER PICTURE THAT A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF US AMERICANS HAVE NOT A CLUE OF THE LIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD TO US BY THE WORLD ELITE LEADERS.....SINCE 1776 OR LONGER....WE MUST RAISE OUR STATE OF AWARENESS TERRY OFTHE ELITES STEALING OUR VERY SOULS SINCE OUR BIRTHS!!! DO THE RESURECH ON THE SO CALLED HIGHER POWERS IN THE WORLD......NWO, THE ILLUMINATI, THE GA. GUIDE STONES, THE ROTHCHILDS DYNASTIE ......TO NAME A FEW OF THE EVIL THINGS IN THE WORLD....TRYING TO OVERTAKE OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO BE FREE PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET...AFTER SOME OF YOU DO YOUR STUDY YOU WILL NO LONGER QUESTION WHY LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS HOLD SO CLOSE TO THIRE HEARTS THIRE 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

      January 18, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Angelique

    Hi Piers! I agree with you-it makes me sick hearing these people the right to bear arms, any arms for that matter. With the second ammendment as thier weapon to all the debates, this is going to be a battle in Congress. I think what can be done is have really high license fees in owning military grade assault weapons, maybe $1000/yr. this will in a way discourage people from owning them because they have to pay the fees every year...just like you register your car, your business, etc. there is a price to pay if you really want to own these kinds of weapons...like if you really want to smoke a cigarette in NY, you have to pay high taxes on these cigarettes to have them. If these weapons are then sold to a third party, the new owner has to be register and pay the license fees as well otherwise, the previous owner will continue to pay the license fees every year and be penalized if he does not do so. This is also another way that the government can track who has these kinds of people or where they are...you do the same when you sell or buy a car.

    I also want to say that those people who really lobby for their gun rights like those two ladies you just had in your show tonight....they just want to keep their jobs. They have to make sure to go for what their bosses say.....so so so sad! I don't know why they can't find it in their hearts to say these military style assault weapons have no place in homes. Maybe they have no hearts!

    January 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dai Griffiths

    What a bunch of fools. If you disarm the citizens of this country, it will become wide open to foreign invasion and we will be absolutely helpless. It takes time to mobilize our military forces and civilians may be the only resistance regionally if we are attacked on all side. I, for one, refuse to be placed into a position of utter helplessness. I sleep very soundly at night knowing that I at least have a chance to defend myself. Yea... I may die during an attack, but at least I'll have a chance to protect my family. Get Piers Morgan off the airways. Who is this fool to promote his opinions about my country on a stage in a forum that I don't have access to. If Piers doesn't like the way this country is set up, let him leave. Try that crap in China or some other country Mr. Morgan but you won't because you know that you would be executed.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DAVID C.

      THANKYOU MR.GRIFFITHS!!!!!!! IM BEHIND YOU!!! WELL PUT!! THE ILLUMNATI GANG MEMBER PIER MORGAN SHOULD BE KICKED THE HELL OUT OF"OUR COUNTRY"!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN DEAD BECAUSE OF ONE ILLMINATI PLANTED MADMAN. NO WAY WE WILL LET THE ILLMINATI TAKE THE REST OF US OR ANY MORE OF "OUR CHILDREN" THE NWO "WILL LOSE" LOVE OF THE PEOPLE AND THE COLLECTIVE WORLD CONSCIOUSNESS" WILL WIN"!!!!....AND NO MORE WILL THE LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS GIVE UP GUNS,AMMO TO THE NWO SHDOW ILLMINATI GOVERMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUT YOUR DAM MOUTH PIER AND AT LEAST LET PRO GUN PEOPLE ANSWER "YOUR QUESTIONS" WITHOUT ITERRUPTION......PLEASE BE PROFESSIONAL!!!!!

      January 18, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dai Griffiths

        You are welcome David C.

        January 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • ABC

        You must be living in another planet! So paranoid....by the ILLUMINATI?!?

        January 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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  12. Clyde Bridger

    Check out the show called 'Sons of Guns' on the Discovery Channel. It's about a gun shop in Louisiana called Red Jacket where they build custom-made guns to order and modify existing, legally purchased guns. These guys are avid gun enthusiasts and when they go out on the target range, on a bright clear day, they are still missing targets, even though the targets don't move. I seen the show last night. Worth watching just for insight into the mentality of these pro-gun advocates/enthusiasts.
    I have to wonder, if these guys were in the Aurora theater, in the dark, when the gunman suddenly burst in, dressed in full body armor and gas mask, firing tear gas(which is blinding) and then opening fire with his AR-15, equipped with a 100 round magazine, upon the audience, would they seriously have been able to subdue the gunman without hitting any innocent people in the process? Please note: The gunman was moving around and firing; people in the audience were scrambling every which way to get out of harm's way; there was total chaos! I think the outcome would have been worse, not better!
    The whole idea of more guns as an answer to more guns is simply not logical. The only logical solution is fewer guns and an effective gun registry which holds gun owners accountable for their weapons.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clyde Bridger

      By the way, some of the guns and types of modifications they come up with, are downright scary! Yet these guys find it all very amusing. It's a sickness! Total insanity!

      January 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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