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As much of the nation continues to debate the polarizing topic of guns, and firearm legislation, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Tom Arnold to share his candid perspective, and personal insight.
Having grown up "hunting with my grandpa," and citing it as "one of the best experiences of my life," the actor and comedian says there's a vast difference between sport and unregulated killing:
"We didn't see anybody out there with military-style assault weapons. And that's where you draw the line because those guys - you know, if I was out hunting tomorrow and a guy - some kid shows up with one of those guns, we'd freak out," Arnold told Piers Morgan. "That's not part of sport or part of the culture. You know, they're posers. If they want to be in the military join the freaking military. You can't dress up like a military guy and put on a Purple Heart and walk around, and act like you're in the military."
Referencing AR-15's, the specific type of weapon used in several of the recent mass killing episodes, the 53-year-old Iowa native describes what he sees as their specific designation:
"It's those crazy people that need to blow up meat," says Arnold, of those with military-style assault weapons. "That's all those guns do is explode meat. They're not for hunting. There's not for any other purpose."
Also on Wednesday's program, Morgan welcomed Joseph Jackson for a rare, exclusive face to face interview.
The musician and talent manager often described as being the patriarch of the famed Jackson family, Joseph spoke candidly about two of his grandchildren, the two left behind by his most famous child, Michael:
"Well, Paris is - even Michael said, she's a piece of work, you know, because, most girls are hard to raise," said Jackson, speaking about Michael's daughter. "Piers, they are hard to raise. They are more harder (sic) than boys. But she's a nice girl. And most girls takes to the father anyway."
During Wednesday's conversation, Morgan also asked Jackson about remembering his son through his grandchildren:
"When you see them, does it take you back to when your kids were young? Do you see Michael in them?" asked the host.
"In Blanket I do," he revealed, speaking of the late pop-singer's youngest child. "In Blanket, I see Michael. Yes. But they are good kids. They are being handled well. And Katherine [Michael's mother] is really looking after those kids. And they love their grandma. Yes, they really love her. And they obeys her (sic), too."
Watch the clip and listen to the interviews as Arnold hopes to clarify misconceptions about firearms and those living in rural areas, while Jackson explains how he takes a different approaching with being a grandparent, than he did as a father.
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