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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, asking, "Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school."
Morgan simply found the ad "utterly pathetic."
Watch the clips, listen to the interviews, and see the NRA ad that unabashedly calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security."
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NRA's "PLAN A" TO PROTECT AMERICA'S CHILDREN FROM ANOTHER "NEWTOWN":
(1) Buy a gun
(2) Lie in wait
(3) Pray, shoot & hope for the best
(4) Mop our children's blood off the classroom floor.....
The NRA is asking the mothers & fathers in this country to "look the other way & pretend Newtown never happened" and "blame video games" and "do nothing but rant & rave about 2nd amendment" ..... If THIS isn't the ANTICHRIST.... then I don't know what is....
the NRA's ideas are the same as everybody else's who protect their communties & children from violent criminals.
if a violent criminal tries to attack you or people around you & you want to stop them, then you need to be prepared &
trained to do so. until a better weapon is created, then a gun would be the best weapon for you.
we have a 2nd ammendent for that reason.
when a massacre like this or any other violent crime occurs, & if your not exercising your right to protect yourself & your country, then the criminal will succeed. the criminals will keep succeeding until people are willing to accept the responsibilties that come with living in a free country & with personal responsibility.
if you want to rely on the government to protect you/your kids/community/country, that is you freedom. no one is trying to tell you that you have to exercise your precious rights that are there so you can guarentee your safety. however, recent events & history shows that is very dangerous thinking and that you are putting yourself in danger if you dont exercise your right to protect yourself from any possible threat.
its sad though because people still arent realizing thats the only way to stop violent criminals . Instead they are wasting time & resources on things that will actually make them more vunerable.
for example, a criminal comes into a gun free school zone armed with a rifle that has atleast 30 bullets & from a situation like that, some people somehow get the idea that there is no reason anyone would need a rifle or a pistol with more than 10 rounds. in reality, thats exactly what people need to stop kids from being killed.
YOU ARE RIGHT YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IS, YOU ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO THINK THAT SOME GUN LAWS WILL FIX EVERYTHING , THEY WONT , THESE WERE ATTACKS BY CRAZY PEOPLE, NOT GUN OWNERS. THE PEOPLE YOU ARE WANTING TO PARADE THRU A NEW LEVEL OF LAWS ,HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. IT WAS DONE BY CRAZY PEOPLE, WANT TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP, LOCK UP CRAZY PEOPLE, AND GET OFF THE BACK OF LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AND GO WHINE ELSEWHERE,
Hi Dana, FYI, it is considered yelling when you post in all caps. It is kind of hard to read as well. Post are thought provoking though.
Girl, you dont know nothing and And couldnt fire a gun if you tried
Thus far, I have watched crazed individuals (guests on your show) citing 2nd Amendment "rights", yet not a one of them has answered your question as to why we shouldn't ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons or mandate comprehensive background checks.
Me too. All I hear is spin, spin, spin from the NRA nuts and TeaQueida anarchy bags. I have yet to hear an answer to Pier's question for weeks now! Who and what the hell kind of people are they?!
Keep it up, Piers!
for example, a criminal comes into a gun free school zone armed with a stolen rifle that has atleast 30 bullets & from a situation like that, some people somehow get the idea that there is no reason anyone would need a rifle or a pistol with more than 10 rounds.
in reality, thats exactly what people need to stop kids from being killed. thats why police have those weapons also but we live in a free county and we arent suppose to rely on the government for our personal protection.
people still arent realizing thats the only way to stop violent criminals .
Ben Shapiro answered Pier's question about why anyone would "need" an AR-15 the other night (as he was wiping the floor with Mr. Morgan). [Paraphrasing-] "A free American needs an AR-15 NOW for the same reason they needed a MUSKET at the 2ND Amendments' inception – as a CHECK against a tyrannical government" It's a damn fine defensive weapon as well (ask the Korean Grocers who survived the LA riots a few years past).
if you dont understand the importance of freedom & the 2nd ammendent is the only was to protect freedom, then you need to research history.
its really none of your business why anyone would feel the need to have an AR or any other weapon to guarentee their person protection. it can be a million different reasons & as long as they arent reasons to cause harm to anybody else then it shouldnt concern you what makes other people feel happy & safe.
nobody should be telling you what you can & cant do , & you shouldnt be telling others what they cant do.
if you want to do anything about it then just thank them for taking on the responsibilties that come with protecting your freedoms & communties & country so you can do what you & everybody else can do what they want with their personal lives
Did you know there is a video on YouTube that shows you how to make your AR 15 fully automatic and it is legal.?
and no criminal is doing that or using automatic weapons.. but law abiding citizens still cant buy them if they want to protect themselves/their country/their communties
Perhaps we should "Beam up Scottie...." back to where she came from.... The Land of Ignorance, Delusion & Fearmongering...
SCOTTIE'S "PLAN B" FOR PROTECTING AMERICAN CHILDREN FROM ANOTHER NEWTOWN:
(1) Place armed guards in every school in this country (Not physically, financially, logistically possible....)
(2) Then, the deranged gunmen will simply change their venues of choice from schools to every public place available: hospitals, churches, malls, movie theatres, bowling alleys, beaches, food stores, parks, parking lots, temples, etc.... (Too bad Scottie didn't think about her strategy beyond Step 1.....)
(3) In which case, you'll need to place armed guards in every crack & crevice of this country (Not physically, financially, logistically possible...)
(4) Now - thanks to Scottie, the NRA and other fearmongers - we will now have created a continuous "police state" for the United States of America..... (The "Madness of the ANTICHRIST" takes it's toll....)
(5) Flood the minds of ignorant, delusional Americans with EVEN MORE FEAR, because fear will help the (ANTICHRIST= gun lobbyists, manufacturers, straw-men degenerates) –control those ignorant, uneducated masses who can't think for themselves.... So now, the "conspiracy theorists" are as happy as can be... because the ANTICHRIST/NRA/GUN MANUFACTURERS/LOBBYISTS/STRAW-MEN DEGENERATES have created a "police state" or "Marshall Law" or any other hallucination "de jour" that they want to hypnotize their sheep with.....
Dear Antichrist/NRA (Nazis Ruining America): We the People... would like to use your very own quotes from the late, dead Charlton Heston/your former NRA-President: "Out of my cold, dead hands....!" December 14, 2012 - a day that will live on in infamy - has now revised this quote as follows: "Better YOUR cold, dead hands.... than a child's...!" Have a nice day...
what the NRA is saying is what our country was built on. handling the responsibilities of freedom & personal responsibility.
the only way to stop any violent criminal is to learn how to protect yourself. there is many options for that, karate, baseball bats, knives ect ect. however, so far the safest & best weapon for that would be a gun.
we have a 2nd ammendent that gives us those rights. if people chose not to exercise their rights & want to rely on others who have decided to, that is their freedom. but it leaves them vunerable to attacks & they wont be able to stop it, especially if they are relying on the government to protect them at all times as we have seen repeated throughout history.
Perhaps those in the "Bible Belt" should look up their verses and see if the NRA, gun manufacturers, gun runners (straw men), lobbyists, politicians.... REALLY ARE the ANTICHRIST.... The Bible says that the "Antichrist" will try to spread fear, confusion and rumors of war.... to divide, conquer & destroy this country....EXACTLY what the NRA is doing! They blame everybody else except themselves; they point fingers at everyone just to take the spotlight off of themselves.... These helpers of Satan are trying to spread as much fear as possible, because FEAR will keep your mind anxious, imbalanced and unsteady.... unable to think and reason clearly... FEAR IS THE DEVIL'S BEST TOOLS... Just look at World War II and the German people. They were seduced by Hitler because their minds were imbalanced, there were no jobs, poverty was widespread and he spread FEAR & HATRED.... Like Churchill said: "You have nothing to fear.... but fear itself...." Let cooler heads prevail. There ARE solutions to the gun violence problem.... but sitting around begging Americans to "do nothing" is NOT a solution. Remember: "The only thing necesssary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing....." (EXACTLY WHAT THE NRA WANTS US TO DO...)
I posted this on a different thread, but I post it again here.
I know anti-gun people don’t like my saying this, but fixating only on guns is not doing much service to our society, in my humble opinion. Naturally, people, including myself, are emotionally stirred and distraught by the horrific image of massacre. It’s an honest human reaction. But let us all calm down and rationally examine what would work better, more efficiently, for the public safety as a whole, before we “vilify” gun owners .
For example, car accidents kill over 30,000 people every year and many of the victims are children too. I don’t understand why we are not having vigorous national discussions over road safety. For non-gun-owners, myself included, it is so easy to point our fingers at gun issues and demand stricter gun laws, because it won’t impact us. And yet we are unwilling to look at the fact of the frequency of car accidents and recognize that stricter traffic laws are imperative. Is it because it directly impacts us and we don’t want lower speed limits and higher fines imposed on us? How about punishing speeders, tailgaters and phone users just as harsh as DUI drivers, making all of them subject to instant license suspension or $1000 per ticket? Understanding anti-gun people’s goal is “a safer society”, just as mine, I’d expect that you’d welcome my suggestion.
If anti-gun people were equally vehemently pushing stricter traffic laws, then I won’t have a problem. I just don’t think it’s fair to demand law-abiding responsible gun owners to compromise their way of life, IF we are reluctant to be saddled with stricter traffic laws when we know that could save thousands of lives. Do you know how hypocritical that is? Cars victimize three times as many as guns do, so why don’t we do something about that first?
I’m not a gun enthusiast. On the contrary, I’ve never fired a gun in my entire life. But I have a tremendous respect for the Second Amendment. I’ve never owned a gun because I haven’t felt the need. But if I ever sense a threat, to my family or to myself, I will get one, train myself to be able to use it well, and protect ourselves.
"You really want to make yourself popular on security, Pierse?? Then tell me if this websight is Secure:
Unquote. I was in the British Forces, but still like to know whom I talk to!"
"All this will/can only help sell the Dreamliner! The best adverisment you can get, is from those that oppose"
"Sweeping changes on gun control." says Obama, with the Broom he uses to sweep his Back-Door steps.
"Sounds dirty to me."
"You use all weapons available, when dealing with a Muslim, in a Democracy."
I agree that the NRA's "analogy" about Secret Service protection for Obama children and having armed guards in all schools is a huge stretch.
Still, for all the CNN announcer's hand-wringing about NEVER "using the President's children" for political gain, where was the SAME outrage from those CNN folks when Bill Clinton BLATANTLY used daughter Chelsea for his purposes?
Remember when the Monica scandal was at its peak, and there was at least some question about whether Hillary would stay with him? Remember the TOTALLY STAGED picture of Chelsea holding hands with Bill on one side and Hillary on the other?
If you believe for ONE second that WASN'T a photo op staged by the Clinton staff to say "Chelsea forgives Daddy for LYING, then you (the American public) should too", then please talk to me about buying the Brooklyn Bridge.
Why hasn't this been discussed with Mr Keene.
I have a hard time fathoming the logic behind those who would prefer to own an assault rifle or even a handgun to protect themselves over limiting the accessibility to firearms in general. If you are a gun-toting individual in a "gun free zone", as Scotty describes the areas where most of these shootings take place, how can you defend yourself if the assailant fires first? I understand that in her ideal vision of a paranoia-racked modern wild west it would be easier to subdue the culprit if everyone carried a gun, albeit with a high probability of collateral damage; however, if a deluded individual opens fire first, at least one person is getting injured or killed (not to mention the possibility of harm from the ensuing carnage if bystanders were to fire back). I am reminded of the horrific 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, where perpetrators were able to pick off innocent people from the modified trunk of their car. Even if the victims had been armed, there is no way that either an assault rifle or handgun would have acted as more than a modest deterrent against the lunacy and high powered rifle that the killer’s wielded against their unsuspecting targets. I was glad to see President Obama provide the legislative impetus for change this morning and hope that Congress will be strong enough to follow suit. As Mr. Obama mentioned in his speech, “the only way [America] can change, is if the American people demand it”.
I’m not a fan of the assault weapon, but the ban doesn’t solve anything. Self-defense is a good thing and there are thousands of people that have spent a lot of money being professional trained at many places across the country. I can assure you that those people pay attention to their surroundings and are very capable of dealing with a shooting that has entered a building and their range of fire.
the wild west wasnt a bunch of wild shootouts. in the wild west, people were able to install rule of law & get control over criminals because they armed themselves with the same guns the criminals were using.
thats why we have a 2nd ammendent right to protect ourselves. that is the only way to stop violent criminals. if you want to trust politicians and the government to protect you & your kids, then you should look at events like sandy hook. aurora & every other violent crime & see that its not good to rely on the government for your own personal protection
Americans, wake up and smell the coffee! You are so hell bent on your RIGHT to bear arms, that everyone forgets the most basic human right, which is the RIGHT to LIVE!!! Those children and the 11000 that die on your streets from gun violence, they all had a RIGHT to live and didn't. Statistics around the world show that less guns means less gun crimes. There would be no need to "defend yourself" if there weren't so many other people carrying guns. It's a vicious cycle and seems like no one wants to get off. There are crazy people everywhere yet it only happens in America. Doesn't that tell you anything ? It's sad that you are willing to sacrifice your own children for your RIGHT to bear arms. The world continues to watch in dismay!
violent crime happens all over the world & all over this country. criminals use every weapon they can use and they do. they use poles, fists, bombs, cars, knives & you will always need to be able to protect yourself from them.
the US has higher gun murder rates then some other countries in the areas of the US that have the strictest guns laws, but much lower in areas that make it easier for law abiding citizens to get guns for protection.
if every responsible law abiding citizen decided to exercise their precious right of the 2nd ammendment, then criminals wouldnt be able to attack anybody because everybody around them could fight back.
it seems like after an event where a criminal steals a rifle & more than 30 bullets & uses that in a gun free zone where the right to protect yourself has been taken away from you, then you come to conclusion that we dont need any guns for protection. that is why criminals succeed.
if you choose not to exercise your right & handle the responsibitlies that come with freedom, then please dont stop others who are willing to. in fact you should be thanking them because they are protecting your country & your children while you arent.
Irene, you must understand that vehicles are regularly used by most people for commuting, traveling, ect. and despite the dangers they are extremely useful. People are killed for various reasons other then just carelessness or speeders such as bad weather.We could also argue that vehicles are killing by the effects they have on the environment. The point I am trying to make though is that guns and cars just are not comparable. Cars are made to get from point A to point B, guns are made only for the purpose of injuring and/or killing. And I understand as an American citizen one is given that right "to bear arms", its a concept deeply rooted in American culture. Now, as a Canadian I don't know very much about gun culture but no one needs a semi-automatic or assault rifles other then for the purpose of causing harm at a large degree. If you look at statistics of other developed countries you will notice that America has the most gun violence out of ALL developed countries. (Here is a link to a map which shows the amount of deaths by guns per country http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/jul/22/gun-ownership-homicides-map). This Belief by some Americans that guns will protect is complete nonsense, I don't own a gun, none of my friends own a gun, yet i'm unafraid of leaving my door unlocked. and if anyone is curious guns used for violence in Canada were those smuggled out of the U.S....
I'm not even trying to start another argument, I'm just really wanting to know if Scottie Hughes is a post op transgender? Just imagine the tea party has to be not entirely comfortable with that.
@cwg46and2. OMG! I had the same thought too! Ha ha ha!
Kelly, I’m sorry, I don’t really follow your logic of “because cars are not designed to kill, even when they do, we don’t need to further address the issue”. If that’s the case, when nuclear power plants malfunction and leak radiation causing 30,000 deaths every year, since they are not designed to kill, and despite the dangers they are extremely useful in producing electricity and we all need electricity, we don’t have to do anything about it? It doesn't make me feel any better if my child was not gun downed, but killed by an irresponsible driver. The latter possibility is 3 times higher and the driver doesn't even have to be mentally unstable. I for one, want to do something about it.
I’m merely pointing out the strangeness of human nature. The fact is, when a smaller number of people are killed here and there sporadically, and when those incidents don’t come with horrific imagery, somehow we don’t care that much.
Also, there are data and stats which show that "guns protect". Please do some research on "Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs)". There have been about 13 non-NRA studies, on DGUs that estimate at minimum 800,000 instances occur each year where someone has stopped a criminal act, either from commencing or completing, with the threat of or actual use of a gun.
I would like to say goodbye to CNN. I really liked Anderson but Piers is too much. He has an agenda plan and simple. If your wonderful England is so great they sell tickets back all the time.
Do we need gun control in America maybe but this guy is worse than watching MSNBC. Dear lord he is rude and if you dont agree with him he just cuts you off. What a arrogant pom-pas individual.
AGREED! I am utterly puzzled by CNN’s decision of placing someone like Morgan after legendary Larry King. I’d much rather want another hour of Anderson Cooper 360 (in my opinion, he is a fine journalist with a true journalistic mind), I’d even watch a whole extra hour of Cooper’s RidicuList instead of Morgan’s show. CNN, please extend 360 to 2 hours. We don't want Morgan anymore.
I think Piers Morgan has done a great job exposing how irrational many of the gun advocates can be, but I wish he would have more Congressmen on his show, especially Republicans, and challenge them in the same aggressive manner that he does the gun advocates. These are the people who have the power to change the laws. They also need to be exposed, to allow the public to hear them , to contact them if necessary. If the Piers Morgan Show has indeed asked them to come on his show and they've refused, then they should be named .
Hate to burst your bubble. The Repubs wouldn't dare show on a "liberal" news show. They're COWARDS. They're most comfortable on FakeNews channel.
you cant be more irrational then saying "after a criminal uses a rifle & over 30 bullets that they aquired illegally and kills over 20 people in a gun free zone, that nobody has any need for a rifle or a pistol that holds more than 10 rounds to protect their communty & their children."
its like saying the 2nd ammendment wasnt created for people to have the right to protect themselves against any possible threat no matter how unlikely.
you cant be more irrational than thinking you can trust politicians & the government, especially with something as precious as your own life & your own freedom, when every violent crime and history has proven over & over that is the worst possible thing you can do.
wait, Scottie has to be a dude...
OMG, That is soooooo a dude! Why is no one talking about this. I feel like someone is playing a joke on me. Uber-right tranny?! This could have been a Dave Chappelle skit.
Dont worry! The NRA is so weak now!!!!! 4.2 million members isnt even the total of our homeless in america that everyone dismisse as irrlavent. To late now, the lines have been way crossed......................
good thing most Americans still have common sense & haven forgotten history... they understand that its not a good idea to trust politicians and the government, especially with their own life & their freedom
These two girls tonight thought they were cute laughing it up about their rights on assultweapons ( wich they woulnt know how to fire ). We the people are going to let you know know what the 2nd amendment considers a legal gun Its not goint to be a semi-automatic weapon!!!! We will provail!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep showing your pathetic you tube videos on how we wont talk your assult weapons from your cold , dead hands!!!! OK, We will!!!!!!!!!!!
Bring back Larry King. He was much more professional. At least with him, he respected his guests and allowed them to explain their position. Piers is much like a bully. He interupts and insults people, thus making it difficult for them to completly explain their positons. After all, why invite people to the show if you really don't care what they have to say or will berate them for espousing their beliefs. Larry King was excellent at not trying to create news, but rather report news and let you decide. Larry King understood how to treat his guests with respect and did not show the bias like Piers.
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.
ARE YOU DEAF AND DUMB OR JUST PLAIN PARANOID?!! Nobody is saying or going to take your guns away! Quit listening to the NRA and FakeNews. The rest of us with no guns also have the right to have a sense of peace and security here, too!
You want guns in schools??? How about tranquilizer guns. Have people trained to take down a shooter in the same way they take down a charging elephant or lion. Do we really need our schools to be fully armed. Even Tombstone, AZ required that you check your guns when you came to town. How many young professional teachers do any of us know that would be able to shoot a young kid even in the act of unspeakable violence.
The NRA Ad.
Plays on the fears of innocent hard working Americans.
Fewer guns owned by civilians = less power for the NRA which is a very good thing.
The hypocricy lies with the NRA which appears to function like a well oiled machine.
I think both sides are playing on fears and not real facts. I am pro-gun, but I watched FOX news with the NRA and an expert shooter perpetrated a fraud on the viewing public with their demonstration of different weapons. Both sides need to present the facts and let the people decide. It made me sick what they did.
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.
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