On the heels of the latest gun-related tragedy, as Saturday saw a 15-year-old New Mexico boy murder his parents and three of his siblings, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan welcomed back recurring guest Newt Gingrich, who joined the program live, bringing along his signature brand of candor and insight.
As the "gun debate" continues to pulse through the nation as one of America's most divisive and polarizing issues, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host further explained his stance on precisely which type of firearms he finds to be most-concerning:
"It is the high-powered guns of any variety which can fire 30, or 40, or more rounds in less than a minute that can cause mass murder, that would be my primary concern," said Morgan.
Defending the views of those who oppose an increase in gun legislation, Gingrich detailed why Morgan is facing so much resistance:
"The reason you find so many of us very reluctant to go down this road is we believe each step down this road leads to the next step and the next step and the next step," said the former Speaker of the House. "We actually think the Second Amendment is central to our liberties, not just something there for hunters, not something there for target practice, but actually there because the Founding Fathers remembered that when your army tried to defeat us, luckily, our peasants weren't peasants. They were citizens. And as citizens, they were in fact armed. And that's the only reason we were able to win the Revolutionary War."
Noting Gingrich's reference to the framers of the Constitution, Morgan asked his guest how such a debate might have been viewed during those early American days. The former Republican presidential candidate suggested such a conversation would be rather confusing:
"I think the Founding Fathers would have found this entire debate strange because they actually believed in individual freedom and they were very suspicious of big government, and they would find the idea that you're going to permit, to use the word you kept using, you're going to permit us to have a few liberties right now, was the antithesis of the American experience."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Gingrich and Morgan go head-to-head on the gun debate, leaving Morgan to note that he'd forgotten how much he loved arguing with the former House Speaker.
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