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Need to Know News:  Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown
January 30th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Need to Know News: Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 30, 2013 – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing, defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown, and with J.J. Abrams in place, 'Star Wars' fans brace for future...

• Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing: "Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, will give the opening statement at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to two sources close to Giffords."

Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown: "Uncle Sam cut spending and businesses drew down inventories in the fourth quarter of 2012, causing the U.S. economy to contract for the first time in more than three years."

• Iraq vet undergoes successful double-arm transplant: "A U.S. Army infantryman who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside explosion in Iraq has undergone radical transplant surgery that may help him regain use of his arms."

• Toyota recalls 1 million cars in the U.S.: "The Japanese carmaker said Wednesday it was recalling more than 1 million vehicles sold in the United States over faulty airbags and windshield wipers."

• With J.J. Abrams in place, 'Star Wars' fans brace for future: "Last week J.J. Abrams - a seemingly unimpeachable choice, with his producing, directing and writing experiences on 'Lost,' 'Fringe,' 'Super 8' and the rebooted 'Star Trek' - was announced as the director of the forthcoming Star Wars VII.' And the world went nuts."

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  1. Anthony Mosco

    As a kind of a social thought experiment, it would be interesting to pose in gun control discussions, "What would be the effect on our society if every household, every single one, had firearms?" Alternately, what would be the effect if the opposite were true?

    January 30, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      No Firearms Anywhere ?? Then the PitBull / Rottweiller Owners would own the streets and if you've never seen a kid torn to pieces by a dog,,believe me , you DON't WANT TO.

      January 31, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ayaz

    If Piers was serious about saving American lives, he would focus on Smoking. Over 440,000 Americans die each year because of smoking related diseases; that is 40 times the number of gun deaths each year. Yet he keeps repeating the 11,000 figure on gun deaths. The vast majority of these would not be prevented by spotlighting the issue or tougher gun laws, since most are committed by gangs and criminals. This figure also includes justifiable homicides (shooting criminals) and suicides. I doubt banning guns will bring these numbers down at all.
    Mr. Morgan is on a crusade here. He wants the US to adopt UK style gun laws and shamelessly pushes his agenda on the US population. He shouts down pro gun guests and doesn’t use statics correctly, comparing the US to the UK. A better measure would be to measure gun deaths state by state.. or countries within Europe. There are too many other variables that he fails to mention.
    I have stopped watching this show, and in general have been turned off by CNN. I want the news, intelligent commentary and investigative reporting. What I don’t want is the same topic discussed night after night during prime time that smacks of agenda pushing and brain washing. CNN, save your reputation and stop beating this dead horse.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Danny Hunt

    School Safety and Protecting Our Children (see 3. (c))

    Organized crime is using influence of the mind and abuse to commit these acts of terror to advocate gun control, a defenseless population.

    1. Organized crime has identified a vulnerability that they can attack through acts of terror, our children and schools. Do you believe that our children need to be protected from organized crime acts of terror?

    2. How will this limit on ammunition clips, 10 bullets, prevent organized crime from targeting schools again to commit acts of terror, and more gun control?

    3. a) how long do you think it will be before the mob abuses another citizen, tries to corner him through homelessness, and manipulates him to "hit back at society" through a rage shooting or massacre to advocate gun control?

    3. b) how long before the mob targets another citizen, abuses him with energy assault weapons, powerful radar aimed at inflicting deadly cancers through bone marrow damage, cell damage, inflammation, lung scars, etc. and manipulate him into killing another Federal judge and Senator to advocate gun control?

    3. c) how long before the mob targets another citizen, convinces him that people are on the Hook in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy and ignored while they suffer in the cold, and that if he commits a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary with his brothers license from New Jersey it will make this injustice visible, to advocate gun control?

    2nd Amendment

    "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, .. "

    Piers, I think he's on to the British.

    British regimes subjugate the population through organized crime and corruption, charter of rights are gradually weakened similar to this attempt to weaken the 2nd Amendment, charter of rights are easily dismissed in court as citizens are targeted through organized crime, pushed to homelessness or murdered to prevent exposure of wrong doing or international human rights violations, censorship, etc, tyranny .. "let them eat cake" – Marie Antoinette

    They are now using energy assault weapons, powerful radar assaults aimed at inflicting deadly cancers from neighboring homes, public places, at their court house to prevent addressing basic human rights violations in the Canadian Criminal Code 672.12 (1)(3), the right to a trial, the freedom of expression, etc. on the population that they want defenseless. .. dictatorship through organized crime hidden from the general population.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Danny Hunt

      "Biden concedes new laws won't end gun massacres"

      That is correct, I strongly believe organized crime is committing these massacres through abuse and influence of the mind to advocate gun control, a strategy to weaken the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. They'll keep doing this until the U.S.is gun less like the U.K..

      February 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. seth

    Piers Morgan has more courage, more moxie than all of congress and the NRA combined! Piers is a champion!

    And to all of you who say send him home, where do you think our forefathers came from? We are ALL IMMIGRANTS!

    January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • The American Sportsman

      Please, leave Piers right where he is. I don't care if WalMart will only sell me 3 boxes of ammunition(I prefer to call them shotgun shells but) per day, we're all in this together and he is THE FUEL.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Patricia Taylor

    I admire Piers Morgan for keeping gun violence at the top of his program list. I'm just reading about another shooting incident. This one in Phoenix, AZ at an office complex. Five have been injured by bullets and two others are being treated for stress-related injuries tonight after a gunman opened fire, in what reads as a planned confrontation, in an office complex. This happened just hours after the dignified Former Representative Gabby Giffords testified about being shot in the head at a shopping mall in Tuscon in 2011. It's becoming clear that no public or private space – not work or school or store or home – is safe from angry men with guns and lots of bullets. A short time ago, the media covered a story about airplane passengers subduing an irate, violent fellow passenger in-flight. They used duct tape and their collective physical strength to immobilize the angry, disturbed man and make themselves safe. The thing is, he didn't have a gun. This sort of self-protection is not possible when ordinary citizens face someone crazy, angry, and armed with an assault rifle and many bullets. It's only common sense that we get guns off the street so that law enforcement officials can do their jobs effectively and citizens can take flight or fight on a more level playing field. What's difficult about we, as a society, saying no to this kind of imbalance of power and license to kill?

    January 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      I'm a farmer, so are all my neighbors. We farmers do not see any "Streets" in our fields. We don't see why we should have our guns outlawed when they shoot the Coyotes that were not here 20 years ago. You have any idea how much a farmer needs firearms as tools to be successfull ? City dwellers do not own this country, pass bans in your cities, pass bans in your counties, pass bans in YOUR STATE.. but if you want to eat, your going to have to get off the farmers in the U.S.A. ,, we don't need you near as much as you need us.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. seth

    Tire of the NRA imposing their brand of censorship on us! They are interfering and infringing upon our 1st Amendment rights!

    TIme to stand up to the NRA and let them know we won't be prevented from "knowing"!

    Their agenda is tired, old and lame!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/12/gun_violence_research_nra_and_congress_blocked_gun_control_studies_at_cdc.html

    "In the 1990s, politicians backed by the NRA attacked researchers for publishing data on firearm research. For good measure, they also went after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for funding the research. According to the NRA, such science is not “legitimate.” To make sure federal agencies got the message, Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) sponsored an amendment that stripped $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget, the exact amount it had spent on firearms research the previous year."

    January 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      The Center For Disease Control are wasting Taxpayer money claiming Bullet Wounds are a "DISEASE"...if you can't see the silliness in that, and the fact that Taxpayer money can be better spent elsewhere, like Danny Hunts School Safety-Protecting our Children- idea, a good one. Or Ayaz- Smokings 440,000 deaths a year ,,you bet my dad died at 42 years old , "Lucky Strikes My Ass " < I've said it for 35 years now. smoking kills and its treatable. Gangs of hoodlums with apartments filled with cardboard boxes of their illgotten wealth CASH TAX FREE from dealing crack cocaine, heroin, and you name it, all the while making fools of the police and law enforcement is not OUR PROBLEM ?? OK, then "Bullet Wounds are a Disease".. it is. : (

      January 31, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. bpmee

    Piers, thank you for your courageous stance on gun violence. You've fleshed out many of the glaring lies being perpetrated the likes of the NRA, Dana Loesch, and other gun advocates on your show.

    The only reasonable argument for firearms ownership outside of hunting is self protection. In reality, even that argument is weak. According to a Duke study, less than 2% of gun owners actually defend themselves successfully:
    http://www.stat.duke.edu/~dalene/chance/chanceweb/103.myth0.pdf

    Consider this: Why do gun owners essentially have the "right", based on their own emotions or fear, to use lethal force?

    The police can't shoot an armed suspect unless he fires back or they are authorized by superiors. Meanwhile, any citizen with a gun is a one man execution squad if he or she personally feels "threatened". Do all gun owners know how to adequately assess danger and risk in an emergency situation? Most cops have a hard time doing this.

    If less than 2% of gun owners actually defend themselves successfully, we're putting more faith in an individual's right to kill than the justice system, which can't serve death penalties until years of appeals have been heard.

    Finally, does a drunk individual with a Concealed Carry Permit have the right to defend themselves with a gun? Is an armed drunk person's capacity to judge a situation still adequate? People can't drive drunk, so they shouldn't be able to "drink and gun" either.

    January 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      people like you scare the hell out of me. You read some numbnut study by a so-&-so who never treaded a Corn Field in his life,,and hes says We Don't Need These Guns In America..America is a lot bigger than your city park,,Dude.

      January 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • bpmee

        And you're qualified to adequately assess and react appropriately to every emergency with your firearm?

        Good guys are shooting Good guys on a regular basis. Your gun doesn't make you invincible to danger. In many ways, merely having one in your presence increases the risk of bodily harm accidental or criminal.

        Other studies have reached similar conclusions. Even the Kleck study, considered the most exaggerated of all firearms self defense studies, doesn't show lots of gun owners successfully defending themselves. If I'm a criminal and I think you're armed, I'll just shoot you when you're not looking. That's how the criminal will operate if guns are commonplace. Otherwise, unarmed you hand over your wallet and walk away alive.

        Not sure how you can reason that a mugger should necessarily die for reaching for your iPhone. If the cops picked him up it would be 1 year prison at most plus probation.

        Your selfish "me first" at all costs stance is disappointing and disturbing.

        January 31, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. G Teslovich

    From today's gun regulation Senate hearings come three observations:
    First, was the overbearing paradigm thinking (a bias in selecting and interpreting information in order to confirm one's values). It usually starts early in life only to later become cemented in areas such as religion, politics, beliefs, questioning, self-talk, etc. Expected from the hearing's invited groups (NRA & conservative "Independent Women's Forum") both present to protect their beliefs. The disappointment is to see elected officials (Senators) cemented to their own paradigm questioning. Psychological studies, including fMRI, consistently show the rigid, inflexible, not see others' points-of-view, as an attribute of the conservative brain which is why a reasoned resolution to gun legislation is unlikely.
    Second, the NRA's solution is identify and incarcerate all the "mentally ill". Not that we don't already have the highest incarceration numbers in the world, but even if we could agree on a legally enforceable definition of mental illness (I've used the DSM and it has many issues) can you imagine incarcerating up to 10% of our population (it will have to be for life, because they become less functional the longer they're in) to give some level of protection, but only for that group. The NRA list would have us include some of our chart topping singers and pro athletes with dyed/spiked hair, a landscape of body tats and bizarre interests.
    Third, unlike the incorrectly/mistakingly stated, single example of home gun protection by the Independent Women's Forum's Ms. Trotter & supported by the NRA what is needed are replicated and well designed studies and a commitment by legislators to endorse them no matter what the results. Not hopeful since they're already in paradigm denial from what the rest of the developed world can show us about gun control.

    January 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      I've been a member of the American Welding Society- The Boy Scouts of America, The Machineists and AeroSpace Workers Union, The United Auto Workers Union, The NRA, The ATA, and God knows I can read blueprints that would make a man like you dizzy because you wouldn't know where to start ,,and in plain English ;
      T H E R I G H T of the P E O P L E S H A L L N O T B E I N F R I N G E D ,,,,,is 6th grade stuff to me. :)

      January 31, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. max

    The problem is we have young kids on med’s that have bad side effects, we have movies that are not good for normal people but some one that has problems it makes them off. We are not reporting or getting them like the guy that just took the six year old any help. Taking the guns is not going to stop this problem we need to see the truth and we better start doing it soon. Look around this is not going well. The young man that killed his sister and mother look at the med’s and the movie.

    January 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      Its the most played TV commercial on my local channels ,CALL 1-800-BAD-DRUG , only the names of the Attorney's offices change . Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac,,, what are they ?? 40 years ago we never saw stuff like this and AR-15's were introduced to the public in 1965.

      January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bea

    As a canadian I am perplexed why guns are needed by every citizen to protect themselves. Who are they protecting themselves from? All other american citizens? Bizarre! Banning assault weapons will not solve such a incidious epidemic. A rifle for hunting season...ok. Ban everything else. Don't deflect and blame mental health which is a world wide problem with few solutions.
    The world finally seems to have a conscience again [like the 60's] Rally women! We can be formidable and solve many issues quicker than letting men ruminate, protract and excuse. Time to grow up and act like "the greatest country" you keep telling the world.

    January 31, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      The last time I checked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police carried a Ruger mini-14 .223 rifle loaded with an Eagle Brand 30 -round Polycarbonate Magazine,, is that still true?? Because we have Out-Gunned police Departments who would SHOUT OUT if they were allowed to carry such firepower here.

      January 31, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. rose macaskie

    Piers, in case you did not whatch State of the Nation and I suppose you are busy enough with your own show and a little girl of your own to give some attention to make it clear that you cant whatch everything, Candy Crawley spoke to Senator Feinstein who was a guest on your show a short while ago and Senator Feinstein said something about semi-automatic weapons that you should know. She said that by just adding a peice to semi-automatic weapons, the name of which I did not catch, they become fully automatic! That might make you slightly slow fireing of these weaons into a tamed down version of what might have been the reality in some of these shootings, I imagine. rose macaskie

    January 31, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. rose macaskie

    Piers Morgan, I have thought of two more points that I think are worth underlining from all your peices on gun violence. In one show, in which you had on experts and people who had suffered from gun violence, I think the show that included Christian Amanpour, a man, the one whose father said that all you need to ward off agressive people was a butter knife, the person of the father who attacked agressors with a butter knife, said that automatic weapons are a weapon of anhilation, as in, I suppose, a weapon you use when you want to kill a number of people, a sort of, I want to get rid of all the jews type weapon.
    In some other moment on television, a more recent moment, someone said that these guns have bullets that explode on contact with the body, target, what ever. Horrible, children being attacked by bullets that explode in their bodies.
    I think you need to discuss the use of the word evil which so stops people from considering all the different reasons that a very troubled person might have for killing people. It seems that it is a word that stops all reflexoin on different possiblities that lead to deeper understanding of the things around us. If those who shoot others are evil, why should we worry about bullying or isolation that might cause some to flip, and get extremly violent for example or maybe to commit suicide for another. The word evil seems to mean we can presume that nothing we did had anything to do with certain events only to do with the evil thing that is named evil, presumibly we can be as nasty as we want to people as they will onlly kill us as a result of their being evil not as a reaction to anything we do, so we can safely be nasty.
    We who have not had our heads and ears sucked out by the NRA know that in countries where there are strict gun laws, people have not found some other way of comiting mass murder, not only has there been a reduction in mass murders but in all types of murder, so that lacking such an easy way and such a detached way of commiting mass murder as a gun provides, many young people have been saved the terrible fate of turning into mass murderers. Maybe they have got past their troubles and married and have had families even.
    One of the worst aspects of mass murderers is that some person turned into a mass murderer and their families turned into the families of a mass murderer. I think I would rather my son were killed than that he turned into a mss murderer. rose macaskie madrid

    January 31, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Danny Hunt

    British Strategy, Mental Health Issue

    The British regimes assaults targeted citizens with energy assault weapons, powerful radar from neighboring homes, and use the attempts of targeted citizens to shield or protect themselves, attenuate the powerful radar assaults with a faraday cage for example, as justification to incarcerate them through police psychiatric intervention.

    Assaulting citizens and using any attempts to protect themselves to justify incarcerating them.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Danny Hunt

    Amendments and Civil Rights

    Civil Rights, Amendments, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, etc, that protect the population from "oppressive laws" and oppression can all be weakened with time.

    The 2nd Amendment is the right that protects all other rights, which is why in U.S. many consider it central to their liberties and unwilling to go down the path of gradually weakening this right.

    There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what the right to bear arms is about in the U.S. and in other countries. It is not about hunting, it is to deter and prevent dictatorships and tyranny, which can take many hidden forms and is done through organized crime in different regimes.

    Organized crime is committing acts of terror through abuse and influence of the mind to advocate gun control, weakening the 2nd Amendment like other rights can be modified and weakened with time. It is a strategy to create justification to weaken a right that protects freedom.

    Please support the Rage Shooting Factors for the prevention of gun violence similar to the use of Suicide Factors for the prevention of suicides.

    Psychological Harassment Information Association

    February 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Danny Hunt

      Canadian "free press" and Censorship

      "The Canadian media never reported the obvious freedom of expression violation from the Feb 21, 2011 Police allegations fabricated from a published Mobbing Research article. This charter issue was dismissed in court and went to trial. I was unable to address this issue due to organized crime. The Canadian media still have not addressed this Criminal Code law that violates the freedom of expression. Uttering Threats s. 264.1 (1)."

      February 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Danny Hunt

    U.K. Regimes and Dictatorships

    Piers, I think I figured out why the U.K. and dictatorships through organized crime, oppression, fear a well armed population. These regimes try to control everything, the economy, human rights websites to prevent the exposure of their own human rights violations, etc, and this is linked to attempts to eliminate the means of subsistence of those they target, bankrupt them, police smear campaigns, police and organized crime team work, framing citizens, criminal records, all to push them down, mob them, to control them, a form of dictatorship.

    These fear retaliation and committing acts of terror to completely disarm the population to make this hidden dictatorship less visible, censorship, an easier dictatorship, etc. Using radar assaults to murder citizens and hide it through their medical systems.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. frank

    1) To reduce assault style rifle violence mandate that owners must keep their weapons away from minors and disturbed individuals in the home or face severe civil and criminal consequences with mandatory prison time. Let your son go to school with your AR-10, AR-15, high capacity assault styled weapon because you didn't lock it away from him then lose your savings, your home and your freedom. If you locked it up and he stole it, then you are not culpable. But you run the risk to trust him or not. This would not include handguns.

    2) To reduce handgun related violence declare the Bloods, Crips, MS13, Hells Angels, mafia, .... demonstrably violent gangs.... as TERRORISTS. Treat them like enemy combatants. Use the NDAA 2012 and extended Patriot Act against them. Sure we have too many people in prison and yet our crime rates are down – go figure. Just being in a demonstrably violent gang should make it illegal to own a gun. When you are a member of a gang you are forswearing your primary secular allegiance to the U.S.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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