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February 4th, 2013
03:38 PM ET

Clips From Friday: Ed Koch on the gun debate; Jennifer Lawrence credits her brothers for her acting career

Less than 24 hours after the former mayor's passing, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" paid a special tribute to Ed Koch. Three weeks prior to succumbing to congestive heart failure, the legendary leader of New York City sat down with Piers Morgan in what is believed to be his final formal interview.

Described by the host as being a "true American original," Koch called upon his trademark brand of candor to detail his stance on a myriad of topics, including the "Guns in America" issue:

"I believe we need a constitutional amendment to really address the issue," said Koch, regarding firearm legislation. "Because when we're doing it, as we are currently doing it, a little bit at a time, and then the United States Supreme Court has a tendency to strike down what we do."

Later on the program, Morgan welcomed the return of Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell, as the "Silver Linings Playbook" pair resumed their chat from the previous evening, with the two-time Academy Award nominee revealing her early life aspirations:

"I had a million dreams," said Lawrence. "I was going to be a doctor."

Once Lawrence realized that her future was on the silver screen, it was her siblings that helped in her pursuit:

"It was because of my brothers that I was able to just get the chance," she boasted. "When I wanted to do this when I was 14, my parents weren't going to let me do it. And my brothers called and said, you guys followed us through the World Series. You guys have been all over the country with us. And you would do this for us if it were sports, and this is her baseball diamond. And you have to let her do it."

Watch the clip and listen to the interviews as Russell, who directed Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook," explains why he feels that his female lead has "a timeless quality to her."
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  1. seth

    For more than 100 years the 2nd Amendment was interpreted as to NOT guarantee the right of individuals to bear arms. That interpretation was changed, and look where we are today.

    The assault weapons ban was lifted, and look where we are today.

    America has the highest gun homicide, suicide, and serious gun injury rates of any 1st world country on the globe.

    And now even our schools, churches, malls and theaters are subject to mass carnage.

    This isn't a debate, this is ridiculous.

    February 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bentley N.D.

      refresh my memory if i’m forgetting something...
      has there ever been a supreme court ruling on the 2nd amendment before d.c. & chicago cases??
      what authority (or supreme court in what era), as our official national position, interpreted as to “NOT guarantee the right of individuals to bear arms” and when?

      February 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      anything HE says is suspect, including photos, do you Piers background?

      February 5, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Majav

    Could you please self deport? Nobody likes you. Guess you should eat some worms. I think it is funny that you angered gun lovers in America. I think it is funny that you self deported from England only to try import British ideas over here.

    I think guns are ridiculous. But it is nearly as ridiculous for a Brit to dictate politics to Americans. Either get your citizenship here like your buddy Murdoch or politely go home yesterday. You both are as crooked as the Libor rates, but America welcomes everyone to its shores if you have money.

    February 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Majv, Do you have your green card SIR?

      February 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B. Montgomery

      I feel very sorry that CNN replaced Larry King with this inept Brit called Piers Morgan. I feel that CNN listenorship will drop considerably with his stupidity of our U.S. history and our 2nd amendment rights !
      For Christ Sake Piers, Go home to your limey friends please.
      I hope viewers see the Piers Morgan telecast tonight February 4th (Monday) This will prove my point on Mr. Morgans
      STUPIDITY!

      February 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. grunk

    Alex Jones will be there.

    February 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Griff.

    "After the Horse as bolted, and he's stuck in the saddle? It's so easy to try and redeem yourself, after you've been thrown. But this is not the answer!!! Only when you can lead the horse, and climb in the saddle without fear, can you
    really calm the animal down!"

    February 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. smdavison

    Gees Get your Nose out off Aex Jones Ass! hes yesterdays news. A loser!! Texas wants to leave the union, will kick your ass down to mexico. DO YOU THINK ANY GUN YOU CAN GET WILL STOP A DRONE> Think about that . Drones are bigger and badder in texas, AHHHHHH!

    February 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Caroline

    Piers, you looked awfully comfortable in the shooting range. Your posture was excellent and you look very experienced. Maybe you're a natural! Are you sure you don't have a gun collection somewhere?

    February 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Ted Nugent only seems to talk about seperatist and killing americans also! hes someone to really look up to, NOT!!!!!! Really well informed in how to make an auotomatic weapon, also almost saying we'll legally buy our guns now to kill the military later if they try to take away our guns. Drones, drones,drones. Youd be isolated and blown apart!!!!!!!!! Yeah ted isnt guns fun, who cares abou our childrens safety, but texas has FUN!!!

      February 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Ted Nugent only seems to talk about seperatist and killing americans also! hes someone to really look up to, NOT!!!!!! Really well informed in how to make an auotomatic weapon, also almost saying we'll legally buy our guns now to kill the military later if they try to take away our guns. Drones, drones,drones. Youd be isolated and blown apart!!!!!!!!! Yeah ted isnt guns fun, who cares abou our childrens safety, but texas has FUN!!!!!!!!!!

      February 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Ted Nugent only seems to talk about seperatist and killing americans also! hes someone to really look up to, NOT!!!!!! Really well informed in how to make an auotomatic weapon, also almost saying we'll legally buy our guns now to kill the military later if they try to take away our guns. Drones, drones,drones. Youd be isolated and blown apart!!!!!!!!! Yeah ted isnt guns fun, who cares abou our childrens safety, but texas has FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. smdavison

    Wow! Tonight we got some real americans on piers tonight ready to kill marines over the possible thought of taking their guns away, which is not going to happen, but Texas is ready to kill americans anyway they can over their guns, No respect for innocent lives of other americans but go ahead a fire the first shot TEXAS! we'll clean up afterwards and make the state flat FARM LAND, Yeah haw!!!!

    February 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. smdavison

    Wow we can add thousands of jobs for manufacturing of new american flags with only 49 stars !!!! keep the jobs going, right. Dan patrick ignnornat . sorry for texas with their representation. You can have your guns and make friends in MEXICO!

    February 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Caroline

    I saw Ted Nugent speaking about guns on the news earlier, and he mentioned how so many people in rural areas own guns just like ones that are used in the mass shootings that we see on the news all the time, and we don't see them walking into an elementary school and slaughtering little children. I absolutely think it is a mental health issue. Look at how many people in our country are on some kind of medication for a mental health problem! There's something else that's fundamentally wrong, and these mass shootings are a symptom of all of this. I am registered in the green party and voted for Barack Obama in the last two elections. I am not a right wing gun nut. All this talk about how many rounds we should have per magazine is just ridiculous. The real question is what's wrong with our society that is causing these mass shootings.

    February 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jan

    Why is it that Wayne LaPierre is not allowed to change his mind over the course of 14 years, but liberals have no problem when Barack obama changes his mind on gay marriage, keeping Gitmo open, war, drones, etc?
    Are only Democrats allowed to "evolve"?

    February 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Because hes the biigest HIPPOCRATE in america and has shone his true colors and alligence aonly to the gun manufactures. do you worship him? We hope he keeps talking, God PLEASE!

      February 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jan

    I am curious why we seem to have so many people with PTSD these days.
    Our grandparents went to war in the 1940's, many for years at a time, and I don't think I heard about so many mental issues. Did our grandfathers handle the stress better, keep it inside, or what?

    February 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jan

    Why still no discussion on the show about the role of Hollywood in the de-sensitizing of our culture to violence? Or the culture of death that is promoted by a country that abides the killling of babies via abortion?

    February 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tony

    Ted Nugent is the devil no difrent than Bush. This moron should be locked up with Bush. Has any one told this idiot that Bush killed our service men and women because he lied to them and the American people. If this is not treason what is?

    Thank you Mr Morgan please don't give up.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. bobklassen

    in canada we have different rules. i was brought up that you wasted as little as need be to bring game down.
    you are not legally allowed oversized clips and all people are required a background search and if you are asking for
    a restricted permit for handguns or whatever the rules are way more stringent. i hope you guys find a reasonable
    solution.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. smdavison

    Everyone in texas who speaks on TV is mesguide and funny. Go ahead and seperate from the union over guns. We'll DRONE the respect back into your sorry, pathetic, gun loving ASSESS!!!!! We dont care about your FUN, your westen outlook and your idea of government! America as one or we'll blow the doors down, TEXAS!!! Its time to hold corporate america accountable also on violence. And why dont we try parenting 101 again for the first time?

    February 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. smdavison

    AHHHHH Wayne Laperier got smacked down on his on FOX NEWS show!!!!!!!! Priceless, he squirmed

    February 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Gary

    I used to watch and enjoy Larry King. When Piers took over I watched him too but not because of his personality. I wanted to hear the people he interviewed and was facinated how he interupted them at times. Once he got on this ban guns in America kick I lost interest in him completely as a host. I don't watch him anymore unless its about his attack on guns and I find him idiotic. Just like I watched Howard Stern to see what stupid thing he was going to say next.
    Maybe CNN could give more foreigners talk shows to disarm America. I think Lil Kim from China and Ahmadinejad from Iran might be interested.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. DANA ROWE

    I SECOND YOUR THOUGHTS GARY , I THINK PIERS AND CNN WILL FIND OUT AFTER THE GUN DEBATE GOES AWAY ,PIERS WILL HAVE NO VIEWERS LEFT TO SPEAK OF , AND MAYBE HE WILL GO THE WAY HE WANTS THE AR -15 TO GO

    February 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. smdavison

    Not a chance DANA we got piers back, and bullets ahve unleashed a revolt thats going to be in the news day in day out on new gun legislation, Keep us in mind !

    February 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. DANA ROWE

    The legislation is dead on arrival in the senate, then the debate will be over ,and then we can maybe get to the real problem people ,especially mentally ill people, not guns, then maybe we can talk about that. I know piers is staying for now , but after the legislation falls, so will his ratings.

    February 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • May G

      I don't how focussing on mental health is going to solve the gun problem. Most of the time, the first sign that there is something seriously wrong with a shooter's state of mind is after the event. What's going to happen? Is every socially awkward, loner teenager going to be psychologically assessed and locked away in case they get hold of a gun? Wouldn't it make more sense to remove weapons, rather than individuals before they have actually committed a crime? The only way to stop guns being purchased by the mentally ill is to psychologically evaluate everyone before letting them by a gun. Of course that won't stop the common situation of people taking guns from family members, so once again, it brings us back to just getting rid of the guns to solve the problem.

      February 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. DANA ROWE

    GUN CONTROL IS PUTTING THE SECOND BULLET IN THE SAME HOLE AS THE FIRST ONE PERIOD!

    February 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Larry

    What all of you are failing to talk about is the unfounded fear that a lot of you think will happen...fear perpetrated upon the fearful white mainly by the rhetorical terrorists on the far right; that there will be a race war. No other race can even conceive of such a thing happening. They want high capacity magazines for just that reason...to kill as many of "them" as they can in the event of such a thing happening.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Crystal

      Wow! Your ignorance is appalling! Once again, this has nothing to do with race. This is about our federal government sticking its nose where it doesn't belong, Period. Congress and the President would be doing us all a favor if they stayed out of our homes and worked on the economy and debt crisis they have created and continue to perpetuate.

      February 5, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Cher

    There are crimes being committed every day in America. There are more than 300 million people living in the US now. It seems to be that many married couples have failed to stay together for the good of their children. This leaving many children growing up alone without a father to teach him and support him against problems. The children feel their father must not love them to leave them alone and this can cause rebellion and the need to fill that spot with another. They learn on the streets, I believe America's loss of our Christian churces and their teachings are becoming in the past. So our values and what is right or wrong are changing. Where can we make the most impact to get our families back on course. Maybe an incentive to young people to stay married. Shouldn't be teaching young women to have children before getting married by rewarding them with FREE money which increases with each child. Crazy we reward that behaviour! Kids don't know what is a normal way of living if they haven't experienced it. I would like to see the first lady work on the teen pregnancy and hopefully the president may find some way to stop the gangs that are getting young boys into them by usually having them kill as initiation into the groups. These kids don't have a chance unless our government realizea how serious this problem is large cities like :LA and Chicago. These youngsters are praying for help. Most of these gangs are dealing with money. If we can send soldiers into Afganistan to help those people from harm, why don't our own American boys deserve it? How many of them have to die? I believe our guns used for self defense have prevented many more deaths than they have caused.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Crystal

    So airplanes are the shining example of gun free zones? I seem to remember, not too long ago, a few guys and a couple of gun free planes killing far more people in a shorter period of time than any man with any gun could have. Maybe if a few people on that plane had had guns there would be a few thousand Americans alive today.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Crystal

    Bottom line Piers, you don't have to "understand". Why don't we have regulators on our cars preventing us from going over 85? That is the fastest legal speed limit in the country. Why does anyone "need" a car that goes faster than that? They don't, but they ought to have the power to choose. That is what this is all about. The power to choose. If you don't like the AR-15 or magazines with more than 10 rounds, don't buy them! The rest of us law-abiding citizens may want them whether for home defense or just because we get our jollies from having big guns and lots of bullets. It doesn't really matter; we ought to have the power to choose. It is the Bill of "Rights" after all, not the Bill of "Needs".
    You love to quote gun violence statistics but what about other forms of violence? Bad people will do bad things and in the absence of a gun they will use what they can. A knife, ax, fist, chemicals, rope, plane...hypothetically, lets say we ban the AR-15. The next shooting takes place with a 9mm hand gun. Will we ban those to? Where will we draw the line?
    No, I don't believe that the military is going to come into our homes and steal our guns. I do however think that if certain guns or magazines are banned, and someone chooses not to turn theirs over, if the day ever comes that that person is in a situation where they need to defend themselves and the cops come to do the investigation, they will find their private property seized and themselves in jail.
    Why do you want the only people who have guns to be the criminals who will get them regardless of any law?
    The tentacles of the government need to be cut back quite a bit. I don't need to be told what light bulbs to use, what gas mileage to get, what size soda to drink or what size magazine to carry. Instead of a $1 light bulb I have to use the $5 one. Instead of a steel frame car, I have to compromise my safety in a piece of light weight plastic. Instead of 1 cup, lid, and straw I have to buy 2. Instead of carrying one magazine with what I determine to be enough bullets, I have to carry 3. The law of unintended consequences bites us in the butt time and time again.
    ALL WE WANT IS TO BE LEFT ALONE!!!

    February 5, 2013 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      Keep fooling yourself Crystal. The "right" does not trump wisdom.

      February 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Jackie

    Piers, I have to hand it to you. At least you took the time to go out and to some research. We still disagree on some things, but I respect that.

    February 5, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. deemarie

    Crystal, you are totally hysterical nuts. We live in a society of rules and laws. Civilization is made possible/bearable with those laws. Get over yourself Crystal. Stop snorting the crystalmeth....you and Ted Nugent both.

    Piers Morgan beats Larry King all to heck.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • smdavison

      Have thats helarious, Ted looks and speaks like hes on crystal meth dont he!

      February 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary

        I agree with Crystal's post but not yours or deemaries. You are the ones that need to get over yourselves. Internet trolls are sure abundant. Go do something productive.

        February 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • smdavison

        Looks like were ( the majority of concern americans arent going anywhere because we are going to overhaul the new gun legislation

        February 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Griff.

    Kicking the Can or even Ball Games, were just about we had that long ago, so in a third-world country, they're not
    really any better off."

    February 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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