On Thursday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Jimmy Carter for a face to face interview that ranged from film to firearm, Israel to Iran, and "Argo" to Obama.
Joining Piers Morgan in San Diego, the former President of the United States shared his stance on the ongoing gun debate, and the monopoly and power owned by the gun lobby:
"The main reason why the assault-weapons ban may not pass is the power of the NRA," stated the host. "In going after American politicians who then get cowed into silence. And I think it's just morally cowardly."
Agreeing with Morgan, Carter elaborated:
"And it happens not only at the federal level, but it also happens at every - at every state level and every municipal level. The NRA is there pressuring weak-needed - weak-kneed public officials to yield to their pressures, when they know what they're doing is wrong."
Himself a gun owner, and hunter, Carter owns rifles and shotguns. However, the nation's 39th commander in chief sees no need for assault weapons, and is discouraged by some of the fatal statistics plaguing the U.S.:
"I think it's ridiculous for our country to be in the forefront of killing people with guns. And when you see that there are maybe 20 or 30 people in Canada killed in a year and several thousand people killed here in the United States from guns, that shows that the NRA is wrong and that we should have some restraints."
As the fascinating sit-down conversation continued, Morgan moved the subject matter to the Middle East, asking the man credited for bringing peace to Israel and Egypt about the role of the U.S. today:
"Should America be a little bit more insular, be more selfish?" he wondered.
"I don't think so," said Carter. "I think we have to be involved in a global situation. We're not going to - any longer going to - be the preeminent unilateral superpower as we were before. But we have obligations overseas. I would like for instance, I already mentioned, I'd like to see the United States take the preeminent role in bringing peace to Israel finally."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner details precisely where he feels Israel has gone wrong, and what he's referring to when he says "I think Israel is now moving toward a disaster for itself."
» Follow "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Twitter
> Follow "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Instagram