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February 5th, 2013
11:06 PM ET

Jenna Miscavige Hill on Tom Cruise: "Either he does know what's going on and he's not talking about it, or he is willfully ignorant"

On the heels of a divisive Scientology ad that aired during the Super Bowl, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Jenna Miscavige Hill to share her unique perspective on the controversial religious organization.

The niece of current leader David Miscavige, the guest left the church nearly a decade ago and has since become an outspoken critic of the organization and its teachings.

Well-known for its connection to some of Hollywood's biggest names – including Tom Cruise and John Travolta – Scientology has been accused of being a cult that brainwashes its members, and forces children into long hours of unlawful labor.

According to Hill, Cruise and others are either turning a blind eye, or simply perpetuating the problem:

"I think that either he does know what's going on and he's not talking about it, or he is willfully ignorant about it," she says of the star of the "Mission: Impossible" franchises. "People who endorse an organization like this, I feel like they have a responsibility to know everything about it and know what they're endorsing." FULL POST

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February 5th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Piers Morgan fires a machine gun; Texas AG defends assault weapons

As the gun debate continues to pace and polarize the national conversation, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" took the show on the road setting up shop and broadcasting live out of a gun store in Katy, Texas.

Frequent detractors of Piers Morgan have often criticized his personal views - which call for an assault weapons ban - by saying the host does not have enough experience actually firing a weapon. Last night, Morgan shot quite a few holes through that theory, by going on camera and trying his hand with a series of powerful weapons.

Under the tutelage of Jeremy Alcede, the owner of Tactical Firearms, Morgan assumed a seated position, and test-fired a Browning M2 machine gun, a weapon that is perfectly legal to purchase in the United States.

Able to fire roughly 900 rounds per minute, Alcede sighted the gun as an investment which carries a rather hefty price tag:

"These run anywhere from 25- to 45-thousand dollars...depends on the make and model," he told Morgan.

After powering through a full collection of ammunition, and with smoke now circling within the walls of the gun range, Morgan looked up from his perch behind the weapon and asked simply:

"Why would any civilian want - need one of these?"

Meanwhile, with his work at the range complete, Morgan returned to his day job interviewing his guests as to why a civilian would need such a powerful weapon. Joining the host inside the store, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott offered an explanation as to how it pertained to life in his state:
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Need to Know News:  Rescued child, Ethan, is in good spirits after Alabama hostage standoff, January's FBI gun background checks are second-highest ever
February 5th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

Need to Know News: Rescued child, Ethan, is in good spirits after Alabama hostage standoff, January's FBI gun background checks are second-highest ever

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 February 5, 2013 – Rescued child, Ethan, is in good spirits after Alabama hostage standoff, January's FBI gun background checks are second-highest ever and Chris Christie takes fat jokes in stride (and with a donut)...

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February 5th, 2013
09:05 AM ET

Ted Nugent to Piers Morgan: "Would you leave us the hell alone!"

On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" took it's primetime program on the road, setting up shop at Tactical Firearms, in Katy, Texas.

In continuing to address an issue that Piers Morgan considers paramount to the health and future of America, the host invited rocker Ted Nugent to provide his candid brand of energy and insight:

"I think you're obsessed with guns," Nugent exclaimed, questioning Morgan's intense interest in firearms. "Ninety nine point nine nine percent of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today. Perfectly safe. Perfectly harmless. Wonderful, loving, giving, generous, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone!"

Saying that "this is a debate that has to be had in America," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host explained that he will not be leaving Nugent and his fellow firearm friends alone.

Tongue in cheek, with sarcasm dripping, Nugent noted what he sees as irony: FULL POST

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