Just hours prior to the 57th Presidential Inauguration, tonight Piers Morgan hosts a special Sunday evening edition of his primetime program, reporting from Washington, D.C. in advance of Monday's pomp and circumstance.
Stationed on the mall in the nation's capital, this evening the host welcomes a trio of political pundits, as David Axelrod, Jim Messina and Stephanie Cutter all join Morgan for face to face analysis of all things presidential and executive.
With the commander-in-chief set to officially open his second stint at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Morgan wonders why it is that the gun lobby has so much influence over law-making:
"What I find so baffling is the apparent power the NRA wields for example in the political system in America," the British presenter admits, directing his inquiry at Axelrod. "Compared to the amount of money they put in, the amount of membership they have, you don’t really understand why they have such power or why so many politicians at senior level are so frightened of them?"
"The truth is that it has been part of the American culture and tradition for a long time, particularly in rural areas. Hunting, gun ownership, parents passing the tradition of hunting down to children, that’s been part of our culture. On the other hand, we have in some areas of our communities, real problems with violence," says the man who served as campaign adviser to Barack Obama during his successful run for Presidency in 2008. "I think that there's an opportunity now to do something that didn’t exist before, but I am mindful of the fact that the NRA may speak in some ways for more of a fringe when it comes to this notion of people being in armed in case an overweening government comes to get them, and you hear some of that. But I think the vast majority of gun owners understand that there are reasonable steps that we need to take."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in to a special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" broadcast from Washington, D.C. live at 9 p.m. EST.
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