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On Tuesday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed filmmaker Michael Moore for a live, hour-long, exclusive interview. In response to the day's news that Sen. Harry Reid feels an assault weapons ban can't pass the Senate, the man behind "Bowling for Columbine" called upon an interesting adjective in describing the Senate Majority Leader:
"Harry Reid and these Democrats, this is not something that's unusual. Democrats have a history of backing away, backing down," explained Moore. "They're the ones that accepted the new math that majority meant 60 instead of 51. This attitude of, 'Well, we're not gonna be able to ... we're not going to get' ... We have these weenies on our side."
Staying on the topic of gun violence, and a potential assault weapons ban, Piers Morgan took the show to a second screen, pulling up a tweet from one of certain peace-loving celebrity:
Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980 @piersmorgan @mmflint
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013
Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980 @piersmorgan @mmflint
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013
In discussing the social media shared by the widow of the late Beatles legend, Moore continued to express his disdain for the politics standing in the way of gun legislation:
"A vast majority of Americans want the assault weapons ban. He [Reid] knows this," exclaimed the 58-year-old Michigan native. "What kind of balls does that take really, to stand in front of a microphone knowing that 55, 60, 65 percent and higher percentages on the other parts of the bill want this. Vast majority of Americans want this."
Meanwhile, as part of a program that marked the precise 10 year anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, Moore took aim at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, referencing a tweet from earlier in the day:
10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.
— Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) March 19, 2013
10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.
— Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) March 19, 2013
"He's [Rumsfeld] a war criminal, as far as I'm concerned. I don't understand why he, [George W.] Bush, [Dick] Cheney, [Paul] Wolfowitz are walking the streets. The way they're trying to revise history, and all this, by saying 'Well, it was a mistake' or 'We were given bad information,'" detailed the frustrated guest. "I'd be arrested if I produced false information. To say it's a mistake, you know, if somebody ran over your 4-year-old, they get out of the car and go, 'I'm sorry. Mistake.'"
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At this link: http://www.ijreview.com/2013/01/30208-nbc-admits-no-assault-rifle-used-in-newtown-shooting/ NBC News ammends it's coverage to say four handguns and NO long guns were in the school. The current desire to ban AR-15 style rifles is based on the premis that one was used to kill the children in the school. Mr. Moore even talked about showing pictures of the children's bodies riddled by rifle bullets. If an assult rifle was not used why is the falsehood still being projected. AS often as Mr. Morgan has bashed people for false statements I would have thought he had done his homework. The killings were a tragedy but the assult rifle was not the cause. A person aimed and fired all of the rounds. That person is to blame. His Mom, the gun owner, is also to blame as she made the guns accessable to her sow whom she knew was troubled. Respponsible gun ownership would have prevented this tragedy.
"reasonable gun ownership" is a contradiction. There is no such thing as "reasonable gun ownership". If you own a gun, you are full of fear, and you are therefore, by defintion, a violent person, not a "reasonable' person. If you were reasonable, you would not need a gun, for any reason, and you woudl clearly see that owning a weapon, regardless for the reason, is an unreasonable premise. FEAR OWNS GUNS.
You, little girl, are delusional.
Oh what a bunch of crap! Millions of people own guns put them in a case and never use them. My wife owns one that has been in the basement for 5 years in a locked case. We're sure not out playing quick draw McGraw with it. Fear doesn't own guns, many times really stupid people own guns. Then other stupid people advocate hysterical get rid of every gun crap. If you want to make this society safe, then put bullet proof windows in schools with metal detectors. Metal detectors in malls and other public places. And we have to work for justice too. We can't just antagonize the hell out of everyone with our government and the way our society is run and expect no one to snap. And we have to beleive in God, our society isn't interested I that it seems now, and the less we are the crazier it gets. What I say may not motivate your though, it seems these days if your really want to get someone's attention you have to start shooting at them.
When somone holds a gun to your face, my dear sweet little sheltered one (who probably prays to the almighty obummer), reason no longer exsists. Im not violent because i carry a gun, i carry a gun because other people are. Maybe you should leave your gated community and college philosophy classes and step into the real world with the rest of us where people get stabbed for $23. idiot.
Your show is the biggest piece of crap I have ever seen in years. How the folks over at the station let you put this on the air is amazing to me. Tabloid journalism. You make the UK embarrassed of itself watching you on the air.
I tried sending an email to Harry Reid, at the address Michael Moore suggeested. The email came back unopened.
Please clarify the correct address on tonight's broadcast. I was using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copy and paste below. This is Reid's site with a contact form to submit a letter which I just did!
Good luck and pass it on:)
Concerning Reid's remarks: Why are you complaining about the " Majority " of Americans didn't want....blah blah ....,You, Reid, Obama and the rest didn't care that Obamacare was shoved through and the majority had
no choice...what's the difference ????
...the point is that you don't have a clue what you're talking about. The vast majority of Americans supported the Affordable Healthcare Act. Republican lies to the contrary will do no more good than your previous lies have done.
"Vast majority"...um no. According to a CBS News, support for the Affordable Car Act has NEVER reached 50 percent in any of its polls. And even at 50 percent, that hardly comes close to qualifying as a vast majority. You sir have no clue what you are posting.
whether it is "vast" or not is a mute point. Obama ran on a platform that promised to address our broken health care system. Maybe the "affordable health care act" still needs tweaking, but there is no doubt that out health care system is broken. CEO's from the major insurance carriers make between 20,000 and 65,000 a DAY...and then they cry poor when it comes to paying claims. No human being is worth that kind of "salary", that is money stolen. These are the people that are lobbying against health care reform. If everyone had health insurance, it will bring down the cost of health care because the few will no longer be subsidizing the many who use hospitals without a prayer of making any payment.
Most Americans are woefully ignorant. What’s going on here? How can the public oppose the health care law while favoring almost everything about it? The short answer is ignorance. The new poll finds that our knowledge of the Affordable Care Act has atrophied selectively over the past three years. We’re slightly more aware of the individual mandate than we were in 2010, but less knowledgeable about the act’s more popular provisions. In April 2010, 64% of respondents knew the law would keep insurers from turning away people with pre-existing conditions. Today only 53% understand that. Likewise, 75% of Americans once knew that Obamacare included tax breaks to help people with moderate incomes pay for coverage. Today the figure is 62%. No wonder so many people expect to suffer.
You are right. America has been dumbing down. Politics are such a headache people can only take so much. The presidential elections are like one ring in a 3 ring circus where the spot light is, and the other 2 rings are in darkness where all kinds of shenanigans go on in Congress, buried in a Grand Canyon of paper and legal jargon, slight of hand. It is a mess. This is why people like Michael Moore and Piers Morgan are so valuable. But they should not be ignoring the "Occupy" movement.
vast majority did NOT want it. some people "settled" because of promises to fix it. RIGHT.. no more believing lies and fairy tales from the O administration.
I sent sen Reid an email as requested I wonder how many others did the same can you give us an update I certainly hope it makes a difference thank you for your continued support on this vital issue Kind regards Richard Parnes
The brave guy Mr Morgan had a brillant idea & I hope he follows through. He wants to get the pictures of the dead children & show everybody. That would be terrific. There would be a ton of blood & brain matter splattered everywhere! How awesome would it be if he would show us all how those little children look with their faces & heads blown off?!?!
I'm getting excited just thinking about it! All those dead kids shot to death like sitting ducksbecause they were in a state that bans AR15s & in a school that bans guns on the schoolgrounds. Piers is such a brave & honorable man! Very smart too to think of such a fantastic thing like showing everyone that a bullet is dangerous if a criminal shoots helpless little kids.
I mean, yea Ive seen tons of horrible things like on banned from tv. A girl woman got hit by a train, a guy was tied to a tree & set on fire, some people had their throats slit & were brutally stabbed to death. Some people were even shot in the head & half of their heads were blown offlike JFK!
But to show a bunch of dead helpless murder victims that were children is one of the best ideas I've ever heard! I'm going to tell everyone I know to tune in! They do not want to miss that!
Piers is on track to become the next Jerry Springer !
You might consider stop watching televison, grow up and go see a therapist about your issues.
I too sent an email and hope that many others did also.
Mr. Peck is wrong. A Bushmaster AR-15 rifle was used in the school. Early reports were confusing, even for the networks, but it was later determined which guns were used. I also sent Reid an e-mail. I hope more people than us did the same.
Susan, it is actually you that is wrong, it was in fact announced that the AR-15 was not used to kill any of the children. The only death that was caused was the death of his mother. The rest were caused by pistol and shotgun rounds, which was confirmed by the coroner. In fact if you would take the time to go back and review the live coverage at the scene you will actually see one of the officers reach into the trunk of the car that Adam was driving and pull out the AR-15, so if it was in the trunk how did he kill children with it?
Dear ldiot: we're on the internet. Google it. Do Republicans ever do anything BUT lie? The only people claiming that an AR-15 wasn't used are Republicans. Ever reporter, police offers, and witness at the scene has reported the same thing- an AR-15 was used. So why do you continue to lie about it?
Thank God for people like you who believe everything he reads and is fed from the media.....
Thank you Michael Moore for your personal and professional courage. You are a patriotic citizen of the USA who contiues to challenge us to carry some of the responsibility for the future of our Country. Thank you. Thank you.
Seriously Sharon? I hope that was sarcasm. Moore is a self important, lying blowhard. Tom
Aside from Mr. Moore's repulsive face (which looks like abused female genitalia), his anti-gun slant has been apparent to everyone since the beginning of time. We get it. You don't like guns. Guess what? We don't like you. I would be more upset if my firearms were lost in a house fire, than if you were. Oh, and one more thing... your movies are horrible.
To Piers Morgan: Your scheme of bringing on a ton of anti-gunners and a couple of crazy 9/11 conspiracy guys who are pro-gun is about as transparent as a lead wall. Your opinions are not backed up by facts, thus, you must always bring out the same, dusty statistics from the U.K. out during every debate. Funny how you cite statistics from a country you had to flee because of criminal hacking charges. You have zero credibility. Scratch that, you have less credibility than Sean Hannity.
Full disclosure: I'm NOT a Republican.
YOUR firearms....yes, YOUR FIREARMS....defend yourself, sir, you need YOUR FIREARMS.....God forbid if anyone tries to take YOUR firearms. You are worse than a child who is whines when his bottle of milk is taken from him. Grow up, and go see a therapist about your fear that needs a FIREARM to "protect" yourself. FEAR OWNS GUNS.
How do we organize a massive march on Washinton DC?? I want to organize one. I want millions of people to go to DC and sit in or whatever and have a civil march. This is unacceptable. I sent Reid an email – big deal. We need to have a march against assault weapons. This is unacceptable and has to be changed.
What is required is serious action, if the murder of twenty innocent children and six adults inside a school is not enough to shake the conscience of a nation its a shame. Its a shame that America should even calls itself a "civilised nation". There are many among who want a complete ban on assault weapons and ammunition. Snetaor Harry Reid and all the spineless politicians are just playing the tunes of the lobbyists.THIS HAS TO STOP
Please don't compare what that evil monster Hitler did to this present day situation we are just asking for a little common sense with regards to banning semi automatic weapons and at least try somewhat to prevent more senseless tragedies from happening in the future for goodness sake is that really asking to much?
Its not common sense to ban a rifle that millions of people use for protection just because 1 person used it to assault people with. Its also illegal to infringe on people's right to protect themselves.
Itd be common sense for everyone who doesnt like guns just minds their own business & stops bothering people who like guns.
Everywhere I go, everyone I know, I wondering whats the problem? What are we suppose to do? Then I remember something like this isnt new. Its a criminal who murdered innocent helpless people & all we can do is be prepared in case it happens around us. You are blowing it out of porportion.
.Jennifer... Answer me one question...how would bans on these semi automatic rifles which are incorrectly called "assault rifles" prevent any future mass shootings or how would these bans would have prevented any of the mass shootings like Sandy Hook and the others...It's a fair question and deserves a answer.
So, while you are at it, please include demanding stricter traffic laws in your march also, since this is about saving lives, right? Do you know cars kill 3-4 times more than guns do? Why don’t we fix that problem first...??
Amen! been my arguement for awhile. Oh, let's put Pierce in front of a car, one that says dodge on the front and ram on the side, chuckles.
and abortion too... you know how many children that kills ?
I'd like to organize a march to limit your 1st amendment rights– so you can't post your gun-grabbing nonsensical arguments here anymore. You, and others on your side know nothing about firearms or the people that use them for sporting, target practice, etc. When your personal opinion boils over into malarkey laws that restrict the liberties of regular citizens in this country, you should take time to reflect on your actions.
your right we should have march on washington and everyone should bring their assault rifles! to kick out the lying politicians out of that corrupt town!
This is why our country is protected against tyranny. If power-hungry politicians try to do something that outrageously goes against our freedom and liberty, we CAN and WILL defend our rights with 300 million guns as the last resort.
I applaud you and anyone else who are actively contacting congressmen and other leaders about their views. It is my hope that citizen's views WILL make a difference. However, I am afraid that the lobbyists are now in control. Out Congress has been corrupted and out congressmen BOUGHT by lobbyists. Some congressmen even brag about thier A+ rating with the NRA! The only way to fix this is to actively campaign and VOTE THESE CONGRESSMEN OUT OF OFFICE! To faciliate this write the Editor of newspapers, write the ethics committees of the Senate and House. Continue to contact News Shows, etc. Good citizens CAN make a difference. Bad citizens do nothing.
With regards to the gun control in this country. We need a MAARS Group– Mothers Against Assault Rifles!!!
Great idea! Sign me up! The reason my kids are protected is because we do not have assault weapons in our house. I will never be convinced that I need a gun to feel protected.
When I was little, I used to have a superman costume & boy did I feel safe!
That I got out of the fantasy world & realized that the sad truth is theres bad people who like to harm others & feeling safe doesnt mean jack squat if you are attacked by a violent criminal or group of criminals.
YES INDEED !!!!!!
Also support MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS and other groups that have just formed for Gun Control measures. If WOMEN and mothers especially were in control we would NOT be sending our children off to unnecessary wars and supporting the ownership of assult guns and high capacity clips.
Hay Jennifer good idea I'm in !
Let's get Michael and Piers to lead it
My letter to Senator Harry Reid after watching the show last night:
Dear Senator Reid:
I am appalled at your decision to not go forward on this important vote. Shame on Congress! We look irresponsible to the rest of the sane World. Maybe Kim Jung Un, and his merry band of crazies in North Korea would not vote for this Bill. However, it is difficult for me to believe that our United States Congress would bow down to the NRA and not vote for this Bill. I am an American citizen, who voted to put many Democrats in office. Don't forget that American citizens pay your salaries & health care benefits! Maybe Congress should use their health care benefits to get their heads examined!! Diane Feinstein put an intelligent, relevant Bill forward. Do the right thing or many of you in Congress will lose your seats. Please NOTE: Most Americans do not have membership in the NRA so we are the majority, and we are speaking out loud & clear......Our Congress has become impotent!
its against the law to vote for gun control so why are you mad at mr reed? just learn how to use a gun & you wont have any worries I dont see whats the problem?
these 2 sickos said itd be good to show the dead bodies of the children who died in this event & that is disgusting & uphauling.
People who follow the Const#tution dont go around trying to make people relive all the kids who were burned alive, gased, experimented on , & worse, in Nazi Germany after they thought they didnt need guns & gave them up.....& btw it was a lot more than 20 kids & a lot more horrifying then what 1 maniac in newtown did.
Marilyn, thanks for the letter my sentiments exactly. Too bad there are so many ignorant hateful people posting here.
Why don't they just watch Fox and believe everything they say.If Wayne LaPierre's own 6 year old or one of these hateful people posting on here was blasted into mincemeat by one of these weapons would he still be spouting the same old hyperbole.
Even if one of my children becomes a victim of gunfire – God forbid -, I still wouldn't blame guns. Would you blame cars and stop driving and advocate banning cars if your own 6-year-old was run over by a car and got his little skull smashed?
The pompous Piers Morgan and the "Jabba the Hutt" look alike Michael Moore,were both foaming,and spewing their deceitful BS about gun control....They keep saying that bans on these semi automatic rifles would prevent further mass shootings and this is a total lie...The proposed bans would have not prevented any of those evil mass shootings like Sandy Hook or any of the others, and would not not prevent any future shootings... period. The bans that ended in 2004 proved without a doubt that these bans don't work,and were a dismal failure...If Morgan and Moore really wants to do some good and not just binge on liberal ideology then they should support cracking down on thugs and the straw gun buyers who sell these criminals these guns....by far the most shooting are done in this country by thugs shooting other thugs with illegal handguns...And according to the FBI more people are kill each year with hammers then with rifles...including the AR style rifles. And for Moore to want to exploit the victims and the victim families possible even for profit by publishing the bullet riddled bodies of the innocent is reprehensible and disgusting beyond words...any kind of gun would cause horrific wounds,and not just the Ar types..and the revolting Moore knows this...this "blob" has no shame.
Your'e right, more gun control will not be effective. It's too late, the guns are already out there and anyone can obtain them legally or illeagally. The problem is that this country is saturated with guns and the NRA's goal is to put more guns out there. The end result will be more daily killings and more mass killings Sad but simple logic.
Well you're forgetting one very important thing. The reason why almost all the people who own guns use them to stop killings. That's what George Washington meant when he talked about the only way to stop evil is if every good person is armed.
Of corse once in a while a terrorist will go into a city or state, like Newtown,where a certain weapon, like an AR15, is banned & go into a gun free zone, like Sandy Hook, where he knows he will unstoppable.
But really, whose fault is it that illegal gun legislature was passed to create an environment like that?
Yup. Regulations don't work. Let's make an anarchy and let the unethical get away with everything. Corporations already have that, complete with taxpayer-funded (demand-side) bailouts, while they tell us to be responsible (as they set things up to make it impossible, right down to offshoring and wage devaluation...).
Yes. You can kill a person with a hammer. You can kill him with a knife, or even a bow and arrow.
But can you imagine a headline that reads:
"Man with hammer massacres 32 people and injures 17 others at Virginia Tech"?
"2 Teenagers with knives kill 13 and injure 21 at Columbine"?
"Man with bow and arrows attacks theater. 12 dead. 58 injured"?
Sure. You can use a brick, a shovel, an axe or a baseball bat to kill people. But many guns are in a totally different class than bricks, shoves, axes and baseball bats. They are designed specifically to be "weapons of mass destruction".
These guns are in the same class as machine guns, bombs, and hand grenades.
...and need to be treated exactly like machine guns, bombs, grenades, stinger missiles, mortars, and RPG's
Is your concern mainly for the mass-killings that happen in a very short period of time?
FBI Uniform Crime Reports show that “Knives or cutting instruments” have been used in about 1,800 homicides per year. (That’s more than 20 times as many as the assault weapon homicides.) I guess 2-digit figures of stabbing casualty rarely happens at once at the same place, but is that the real issue here?
Isn’t it the total number of the casualties throughout the year that we need to worry about and not so much the concentration of casualties...??
I agree the discussion should be more broad and ask the questions about why we are such a violent culture and why people are snapping. I think there are a kaleidoscope of reasons. It is insane to think children playing violent videos doesn't affect their mentality. There is too much stigma on mental health issues, people are afraid to get help for themselves or their children. The gap between the middle class and the super rich has widened probably 800% since the 50's. People are under a lot of pressure just to make ends meet. Public schools are inadequate in teaching life skills or keeping children's imaginations alive. Ignorance and poverty breeds more ignorance and poverty...the list goes on and on....people born into poverty should get intervention and education.
Just wanted to let you know I emailed Senator Reid. I didn't waste my time with Mitch McConnell or Rand Paul, since they never vote the way I ask them to. So much for them working for me.
Thanks to the Const🔫tution and the Bill of Rights, gun control is illegal in America. It violates the Bill of Rights and violates the very foundation of America, which is that the People grant certain specific, limited powers to government, and that all government power comes from the People and can be revoked by the People.
Accordingly, any lawmaker engaged in the act of introducing gun control bills or voting for gun control is engaged in a criminal act that violates the highest laws of the land. As such, they should be arrested and prosecuted for acts of sedition — for attempting to “overthrow the People,” as it were.
To be clear, yes, every U.S. Senator or member of the House who votes for gun control restrictions that take away the rights of the People is, by definition, a criminal. Under U.S. law, they must be arrested and tried in a court of their peers.
Every police officer, soldier and even U.S. Senator takes an oath of office in which they swear to “protect America from enemies foreign and domestic.” That language is written into the oaths precisely because it is well known that a nation’s most dangerous enemies may rise from within.
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good."
"Firearms are second only to the Const🔫tution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth."
The people in Sandy Hook learned that the hard way. Too bad they didnt listen to advice of people who dont live in a fantasy world.
Oy! This guy is so nuts it's scary!!
By your logic we should all carry suitcase bombs.
So everyone has forgotten that the Bushmaster AR 15 was actually found in the trunk and not used in the shootings at all...
"Your last look at Love! Who could really love this face??"
No ar-15 used in Newtown shooting.
That shouldnt be any suprise. Hardly anyone every uses them to assault people.
I was assaulted once with an AR15. I was carrying my small 9mm pistol legally in holster & a cop saw it & he went crazy. He called back up & 6 pistols & 1 AR15 was pointed at my head about 3 feet away & the cop with the AR15 told me he was going to shoot me if I moved.
Then they found out I have a valid permit to carry & I wasnt doing anything illegal.
My point in mentioning that is because all these people who say no ones needs an AR15 are wrong. Those cops who see someone with a little 7 shot 9mm pistol feel like its critical they have an AR15.
Mr. Morgan, thank you for being a constant voice for gun control! But one major topic not mentioned or addressing are online amo purchases, how can any business or human (?) allow a purchase of 100 rounds of amo or more? With out conscience or minimal gray matter of the simple question "what is this buyer doing?" When will this be addressed? Thank you!
Great point, thanks!
Wow, are you serious? There really is an ignorant cultural divide in the country. 100 rds is nothing, just plinking on a Saturday. You urban elitist live in a bubble where you want to demonize and oppress anyone different from you.
I am looking forward to female leadership in the USA. It seems that men are just becoming more and more ignorant as the years go by. Just reading these posts of people about their guns. I do not own one nor would I ever have a gun in my home. But when women become the leaders, having had children, maybe then we will see a shift in legal consciousness towards the peace corp and acts of kindness and mercy around the globe, rather than a gluttonous military that is ruining America and the world. America has bottomed out and it is time for the recovery process to begin. God Bless America
What do these liberals not understand that criminals will not follow laws in the first place? Brilliant! So lets stick it to the law abiding citizens instead.
Why didn't the school stabbings in China that happened the same week of Sandy Hook dget any publicity? Simply because the liberal agenda of gun grabbing could be exploited easier.
Hide your wallets and put your guns away – the democrats are quickly approaching!
Using your logic, since criminals do not follow laws, let's just get rid of ALL LAWS. This makes no sense! Guns kill, period, and in countries where gun use is restricted, only a handful of people are killed with guns. In America, enough people die each year from gunshots to populate an entire town! Michael Moore is on the correct side of this debate!
People kill. Not guns. Guns don't get up and kill people. It's time to wake up.
Mentally ill and deranged people kill people
I read and fiuled the transcript.
MORGAN: I just find it completely offensive. The idea that you would want to have a continued loophole where 40 percent, minimum, of all guns sold in America are sold at gun shows where nobody can check anything. You can buy an AR-15 tomorrow at a gun show. Nobody knows. This is the stuff of madness.
MOORE: Yeah. And - well, Sarah Palin and the Republicans, they are so far on the wrong side of this issue, it's actually, in a way, pleasant to hear them continue to dig their own graves.
MORGAN: But it's dangerous because they are winning. They're winning.
MOORE: They're only winning because our side are a bunch of wimps./quote]
No, Morgan and Moore, my side is winning because your side pushes emotion with lies, and people are wising up to the fact that is not the way to formulate good policy.
The survey being cited by the Obama Administration for the "40%" figure is the 1994 National Survey on the Private Ownership and Use of Firearms, which was conducted by the survey firm of Chilton for the Police Foundation on a grant from the US Department of Justice.
251 people in the survey sample reported "acquiring" guns during 1993-1994.
This is "firearms acquisitions" not "gun sales". In fact, when the NSPOF asked the 251 sample
What Best Describes [b]HOW[/b] You Obtained Your Gun?
73% Bought it
19% Received it as a gift
3% Traded something for it
5% Inherited it
Where did these folks "acquire" their guns?
60% from stores (gun shops, pawnshops, sportings goods counter at a department store, etc.), which after 1968 would have to hold a Federal Firearms License and from Nov 1998 were required to run a background check on buyers.
From What Source Did You Obtain This Gun?
43% Gun store
11% Other store
4% Gun show or flea market
3% Through the mail (antiques and muzzleloaders)
17% Member of the family
12% Friend or acquaintance
"Not stores" 40%
73% acquired a gun by purchase ("bought").
60% cited the source as "stores".
Which implies 13% bought guns from private individuals at gunshows, flea markets, friends, acquantainces, family or "Other" implying either stranger or source not given.
27% were not a gun buyer acquiring a gun from a gun seller:
19% Received it as a gift
3% Traded something for it
5% Inherited it
Gun shows and flea markets were 4% of gun acquisitions. At the local gun shows, most vendors are licensed dealers and they do background checks. Morgan: "...a continued loophole where 40 percent, minimum, of all guns sold in America are sold at gun shows where nobody can check anything...." This is not factual and Morgan knows what he is doing, since he is so much smarter and better than us. His supremacy knows what he is doing with that 40% statistic.
99.9 percent of gun sales at gun shows go thru background checks. This is an example of democrat misleading lies. I suggest that Feinstein buy Alcotraz and have her armed body guards do patrol duty.
The Media intentionally mis-represented the facts of the murder of those poor innocent children & teachers in Newtown?
The Media never lies, do they?
So why should we believe anything from NBC as NBC's financial problems are pointing to their bankruptcy if their viewership continues to steadily deline as it has been?
Wonder why the Public is turning off NBC & MSNBC?
NBC has no truth in facts and just an agenda of creating lies for controversy to grab viewers ad dollars!
Goodbye NBC from our cable!!!
NBC has done are great injustice to those poor children & teachers whose lives were taken by a madman.
Arm Up America!!!... as we can see where the "elite" want to become our ruling royalty again!!!
...and why is the damn british spy still among us on our soil when this Little King George needs to be sent packing to stand trial in England for his crimes there? P. Morganl eave!!!
If Wayne LaPierre's own 6 year old was blasted into mincemeat by one of these weapons would he still be spouting the same old hyperbole
yes he would, as would I.
I can't express the depth of satisfaction responsible Americans like myself felt watching these two whine and cry about the inevitable dismissal of the 'assault' weapons ban. Sure, they'll try the backdoor approach via amendments but it will all be for show. Sometimes history, facts and common sense are too obvious to mask from the great people of the United States. Michael Moore and Piers Morgan are sad examples of the responsible left. Moore is a breathing (albeit laboriously) contradiction – he sucks from the teat of under-involved and under-informed liberals and inflates his waistline with their government-provided $$. As for Piers, aren't you still wanted in your homeland for tapping phones for your former boss, (ironically), Rupert Murdoch? Go home, Redcoat!
right on! down with cnn!
Both your impassioned appeal, “Where is the moral leadership?!”, and Mr. Moore’s “We should be ashamed of ourselves,” exposed the very problem in America. She is desperate for moral leadership. You both want to have moral leadership. Everything works when a moral code is above us all. No one can be ashamed unless that code tells us what’s right and wrong. But who is to say what’s moral? If the moral law is based on democracy, i.e. whatever the majority of the people want at any particular time, man makes his own rules. Moral leadership requires a moral code that’s higher and superior to man and to which we consent to submit. Gun ownership and gun violence is missing the point. We are living out our philosophy and these horrific acts of violence are the logical results. We’ve propagated the survival of the fittest but when we see that philosophy in action, we hate it. It goes against everything inside our being. We weren’t made that way. I’m afraid that it has to get worse before America will wake up. Don’t forget what Lenin said, There’s nothing more powerful and revolutionary than a group of young people with no morals. Fight that battle please!
How is an average of almost 75000 lives lost due to alcohol abuse in this country less important that the average 31000 or so due to gun violence. Why? because it isn't front page news. What about alcohol abuse relationship to violence in the home, drunk driving injuries, lost work hours or the negative impact on the economy in general? Alcohol remains a relatively non issue? Let's bring that issue to the forefront where it belongs
I am so sick of people who give anyone from hollywood any credibility. Moore and others like Martin Sheen are useless. Piers if you want credibility interview someone who has an opinion based on fact. Otherwise you're just another late night comedy The fact is the majority of folks in this country that own firearms are law abiding citizens. We refuse to let you tread on our rights.
M Moore is one of the most disgusting non humans around. Almost as rotten a P Morgan
Obviously, the marines should not be allowed to have assault weapons
Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney, and Wolfowitz ARE war criminals and should be rotting in jail for the lies they told to the American people! These monsters destroy our economy, our standing in the world and killed tens of thousands of innocent soldier and Iraq citizens based on lies! Traitors, each and every one of them! Damn them all to hell for the damage then have done!
Hey MM, Tell your staff to stop carrying guns.
Body guards with guns are not police officers. Lead by example if you want us to melt our guns down.
The interview with the Connecticut law enforcement officers was excellent and I found the closing comment made by one officer that they do not write the laws, their duty is to uphold the law, encouraging – especially given that he is opposed to a ban on assault weapons.
This was is response to a Colorado sheriff who refused to uphold a new Colorado law. Meanwhile, here in the lovely State of Idaho, there was a bill – passed by the Idaho House and shelved (temporarily?) by the Senate, that would impose a $1,000 fine and jail time for law enforcement officers within the state who enforce any federal gun control laws. Perhaps our elected officials have forgotten that Idaho is one of "these United States" and believe they are above the laws that govern the land.
moore is a disgusting turd,although it looks like he has finally taken a shower.morgan needs to go back to Great Britain,maybe he can get a job keeping the queen's dress from touching the ground.
I normally am in agreement w/Michael Moore. My question as far as gun control is: will a ban on assault weapons actually reduce them or just create a thriving Black Market? Since when did the war on drugs ever reduce their presence on the street? Our jails are over-flowing with drug dealers. How many more jails will we have to build to house the people busted for trafficking assault weapons? I think universal back ground checks are essential. And, gun safety. People who have their weapon stolen, and that weapon discharges in a crime, then that person should be liable for murder, or robbery, that might deter people from purchasing such weapons.
That's ridiulous! So, if somebody steals your car and kills somebody with it.. you should be held accountable for their actions?? Get real.
Maybe you should look up the word "discussion" and "dialogue"." What is ridiculous is people seem incapable of having a civil dialogue in the interest of problem solving. Gun safety is the issue. They have gun safe's that can only be opened with a scan of a person's finger prints. If background checks and waiting periods were enforced, then crazy people in the throws of a psychotic break or emotionally charged domestic dispute would not be able to walk to the corner pawn shop and purchase a gun. Most of these horrific events are because mentally ill people can readily steal a gun that is not properly stored or walk into a store without a background check or a waiting period. I stand by what I said, if you can't store your gun safely, then you should be liable if a maniac steals it from your bedroom night stand.
Peirce Morgan is the top political dogma spewer for CNN. There's no wonder we have so many mindless zombie bots in our nation who, like MOrgan, have drank and swallowed the idiot liberal koolaid. Here is why America is falling apart at the seems. Pierce represents what's bad about the U.S.
Nazi communism and fascism all wrapped into a single burrito of dysfunction and lies.. Pierce Morgan is the Pope of Idiot... :) Chew on that Pope Pierce..
Piers and Michael, Bravo for your..." Voices of Reason " with these Insane excuses for wanting more Guns and the NRA is so Unbelievably Wrong in their logic..As a Canadian ( with well placed Gun Control Laws ) We Love Traveling in the U.S but it is getting pretty Frightening..
So Keep up this Grass-Roots Effort to Inform the Americans that to Save their Country from More Senseless Slaughter..They have to get Better Gun Control Laws..
Love your program Pierce, and the stand you are taking on gun control. With so many Americans owning, and more recently purchasing assault weapons because of their first amendment rights, as a tourist I no longer feel safe vacationing in the U.S. How do tourists protect ourselves when so many are armed with these killing machines? Keep up the good work.
Stay away from our country then, we don't need you here. If your country is so peaceful don't leave it. You are listening to propaganda making the USA sound like the wild west and it is NOT. The vast majority of the 80 million legal gun owners in America cause NO harm. Stay away with your insults of our great country.
This guy is STILL on tv?!?!?! AND still talking about the SAME thing! How LOW do his ratings have to sink before they pull the plug????? SEND HIM HOME (oh yeah, they don't want him either!)
'weenies'...that about describes it...also, with all of these testesrone seeking morons who, shortchanged in physical attributes have to compensate with high capacity assault weapons–and, in the final analysis..THAT IS the reason they desire powerful weapons–Repubs an democrats are equally inept. Obama has been given a free ride by the press for the past 4 years, to wit: during eight years of the moron's regime, 630 americans lost their lives in war on afghanistan, and there was a protest of wome kind in washington against the war every weekend. Under the Obama fiasco,after he ESCALATED that very war shortly after he accepted (still can't figure this one out) a Nobel Peace Prize, 1561 americans have been senselessly killed..AND continue to be killed in that war.....but, where is anything covered ANYWHERE by the media..and there are NO marches condemning this war of aggression against afghanistan....the senseless killing continues in afghanistan..is it any wonder it continues in U.S.
As much as Michael Moore wants to believe he is influential and is destined to rule, his past reveals that he is indecisive and outright wrong in his views. Some would say that Moore's grandstanding for Ralph Nader ruined the Dems in 2004. Others believe his crass grandstanding ruined America's perception of liberals forever. And how many times has Moore been caught declaring there are places where healthcare is free when anyone can you it is not and never has been? (Even in places where there is universal healthcare.) He is a charlatan and a liar whose 15 mins ended a long time ago. It's just that Moore doesn't know when to shut up.
I have said it about Rush Limbaugh, now I'll readdress it again Micheal Moore is just as bad as Coulter and Palin; egotistical extremists, none of them are good for this country and the sooner media stops inviting on their shows, the better off this country will be!
Typical left wing extremist, name calling when someone has a different opinion than you.
Michael Moore is the most pathetic, obese form of socialist propaganda to ever besmirtch the news airwaves with his nasty, greasy self. He's a die hard ideological mouth piece for cold-war style top-heavy guv'ment collectivism that has failed on every level since the 80's, when the USSR collapsed and the wall in berlin was torn down. Anyone that listens to this opportunistic windbag of a cardiac arrest in gestation has to say simply deserve the low information guidance that they get from him. Michael, just die of flacid useleness already and let the rest of us get on with meaningful political and economic dialogue free of your juvenile ignorance.
Clearance at "GUN SHOWS" may not be a flip flop,new attempts are clearance investigations for ALL...bad reporting...
Moore is a fat cow who should be more concerned about the #1 killer in America.....HEART DISEASE than a weapon that killed less than 300 people in 2012. He and all of you liberals are morons. Piers can take his sorry @$$ back to where he came from.
Pierce Morgan is a bright light in a sea of darkness. I am so tired of hatred in our Country. Pierce Morgan has it correct. We need assault weapons out of the hands of crazies. Good job Pierce for not giving up the good fight! As I stated b4, our Congress is currently impotent & bought by the lobbyists
Why doesn't Pierce Morgan be a man and stop being a fugitive and running like the coward he is.
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