On the heels of the latest gun-related tragedy, where on Saturday a 15-year-old New Mexico boy murdered his parents and three of his siblings, Piers Morgan welcomed back recurring guest Newt Gingrich Thursday. Gingrich, who joined the program live, brought along his signature brand of candor and insight on issues such as gun legislation and gun control.
"Dianne Feinstein is attacked by many Republicans as being somebody that wants to ban all guns," said Gingrich on the public impression of Sen. Feinstein's stance on guns. "Do you know how many different types of guns she has permitted to remain in legal circulation in America under any proposal?"
"If your primary concern is saving lives," continued Gingrich, "you'd have to look at pistols because pistols are the primary killers and they're the primary killers in big cities."
Also on the program, "Gun Girls" Celia Bigelow and Aubrey Blankenship spoke with Morgan from the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia.
Bigelow shared with Morgan why her weapon of choice for self defense was the AR-15 style assault rifle. "I want a gun that can hold a lot of ammo because if I'm faced with an intruder or multiple intruders that come into my home, I want to make sure I have enough ammo to get the job done, especially if they're armed."
"They [high capacity magazines] essentially serve as an insurance mechanism to make sure that I have enough rounds, that if multiple intruders come in and they're armed, I don't have to take the time to reload."
"This is the most popular rifle in the United States," said Blankenship. "There's three million people, as you know well, who own these. And they are 'called assault weapons.' However, the vast majority of law-abiding citizens who own them do not consider them for the purpose of assault, but rather hunting."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Bigelow tells Morgan that "AR-15s in Virginia are actually not allowed to be used to hunt deer because they don't get the job done."