On a day which saw 14 people injured – two of them critically – as part of a violent stabbing rampage at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a handful of opinionated and informed guests to discuss the issue, and the ways in which it relates to gun law.
With a live studio audience listening in, Dan Patrick suggested incidents like the one taking place on a campus northwest of Houston would be safer if the students were armed. As part of his argument, the senator used his platform to critique the hosts well-documented position:
"The way you've been thinking about the whole gun issue, I have found just totally out of touch with reality."
With sarcasm dripping from every word, Piers Morgan offered his retort:
"I know. It's crazy, isn't it. It's crazy that I think that 100 thousand Americans being shot a year is out of control. Crazy I think the 30 thousand Americans who kill themselves every year or shoot others with guns is out of control," cracked Morgan. "Call me crazy. I think it's absolutely shameful. So I want to try and reduce the gun violence, not increase it."
Joining the program live from the Lonestar State, Patrick did not agree:
"You don't reduce gun violence or any violence by taking guns away from law-abiding citizens," he insisted. "You ought to have figured that out by now."
In New York, meanwhile, Christiane Amanpour sat across from her CNN colleague, and echoed his sentiments:
"Look, this debate has been going on for a long time. The fact of the matter is that in states – inside the United States – where there are tougher gun laws, there is lower gun crime. And I think you are right in saying that in these other countries which have had their own massacres which then took these measures, there has been very little if not any gun crime," said the "Amanpour" host. "Thursday is going to be the real showdown day in the U.S. Capitol to see how the Congress reacts, Newtown families are there. They have been talking about it. And they're very committed to sensible gun control. Not taking away people's rights to have guns that they're allowed to have."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as Patrick draws the ire from the live audience by assuming "they're probably northeast liberals," adding that "in Texas, we believe in defending our families and our properties with guns."
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