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April 9th, 2013
10:30 PM ET

Christiane Amanpour on gun legislation: "Thursday is going to be the real showdown day in the U.S. Capitol to see how the Congress reacts"

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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  1. Penny Bointon

    Patrick displayed more respect to Piers than he received fron Piers. No surprise there. Piers likes to demonize the messenger when the opinion differs from his. Not sure that all this outrage that Piers displays will do anything for his abysmal ratings.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • North Harris Teacher

      I teach at North Harris College, and I am a Texan by choice. I want to apologize to all who watched the TV program tonight, especially to Piers and those ot the Northeast. I don't agree with owning assault rifles, and I certainly don't believe that arming students and teachers will solve the problem. Putting a weapon into the hands of one who can't use it, is too immature to restrain him/herself from spontaneous violence, and God forbid wants to play the hero will only worsen an already tragic situation.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nae

        If you’re uneasy about handling a gun, fine, you don’t have to. But there are many people who are capable of handling it in a responsible manner.

        April 10, 2013 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        quote – "I teach"

        nuff said...another liberal minion drone of the state, busy programming our children's minds with false facts and rewritten history.

        April 10, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Irene

        Please do some research on "Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs)". There have been about 13 non-NRA studies on DGUs that estimate between 800,000 and 2,500,000 (depending on what study you read) instances occur each year where someone has stopped a criminal act, either from commencing or completing, with the threat of or actual use of a gun.

        April 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • north haris college teacher

        Check out– http://www.schoolsecurity.org/trends/arming_teachers.html

        April 11, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Magarietha

        VERY disappointed in Christiane Amanpour. She's been a kind of a hero over the years but her thinking has gone pear-shaped or perhaps she's always thought that way, hence her solid connection with CNN?

        April 18, 2013 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Patrick actually said that incidents like guns used in road rage incidents do not happen in Texas because others know that drivers may be carrying a weapon. There are shootings and guns being brandished on a monthly basis in road rage incidents in Texas. All you need to do is Google Road rage incidents Texas and the pages are full of reports. Why would anyone give that moron any respect with the ridiculous rhetoric he was spouting. What a bold face liar Patrick is.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MO

      Piers wants to disarm the American public. that way only the criminals will have guns and the government. To me this is unacceptable. the second amendment is in place for a reason. Piers is in no position to tell us (Americans) about gun control. He's an Englishman. He likes to humiliate people who disagree with him. In my opinion this is bad! It's okay to agree to disagree.

      America has enough gun laws already what we need is enforcement of the current firearms legislation. Here in lies the problem. It's difficult to get the hands out of criminals. When you do get arrested and you shouldn't have a firearm they should throw the book at you. No questions asked!

      I don't agree that a national registry is going to prove to be beneficial. If I could ask Piers a question it would be, since firearms have been taken from the law abiding citizens and only the police and military have guns legally. There are still guns in the UK blackmarket. They stab people on a daily basis in the UK. I live there I know. So why not let's outlaw kitchen knives if we are to use his analogy of banning "assault weapons" which in of itself is not true. Just in London alone they kill 20-30 people each year. So this is where Piers should focus his attention and clean up his house first before trying to sweep our door step. They should deport this guy. Did you forget about his time at News of the World. Google it when he was the editor some of the things they did, paying off people including the cops, reading peoples voice mails and spying on peoples messages.

      Enough said

      April 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Magarietha

        If all this is true what you say, it's terrible that CNN hired him – I don't like to see people fired at all, but he can turn and be a bit more respectful towards his viewers. He is most insulting, but if he has a history like that, he has no room to talk at all.

        April 18, 2013 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Magarietha

      Hi Penny, have asked across the internet… don't understand background checks they're demanding. How would a background check have stopped Adam Lanza? Apparently his mother was an upstanding citizen, so she definitely passed all tests. Should it not rather be people with previous police problems? I think it's so insulting to people with mental difficulties. What they do want is to catch the psycopaths among us but they are mostly of high intelligence and that once-off tragedy will never have given pre-clues.I have to wonder how many of the university and school shootings will have been prevented by mental illness checks? Will every child who's ever been on ritalin be precluded from owning a gun, no matter how much he achieves in life? I'd love to know the profiling they would use? Hope you or someone can tell me.

      April 18, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Edward Whittington

    Mr.Morgan
    First of all,I would like to say that i am a U.S Army veteran and have been trained in the use of many different firearms so i know what im talking about when it comes to weapons.The debate in our nation over gun control is getting to a point of complete insanity ,there's talk of a second revolution and of states leaving the Union,it bothers me greatly that it could come to this ,i see that both sides have a good argument but i also see where they lack rational thought ,on one side some people are afraid that this is just the beggining of Goverment dictatorship and that eventually all the guns will be taken and then the goverment will do what it wants to the people and the other side just wants safety for its familys from crazed gunmen going on killing sprees which both are correct , but the way it is being handled is childish ,there must be accountableity and responsibility when owning a gun and proper training should be required and registering a gun should also be law as long as the goverment doesnt misuse this information in the future to locate and take them away from those that are allowed to own them but how can you guarentee that ? but non gun owners also have the right to be safe ,there must be a middle ground in this debate and both sides must come to an agreement for the betterment of our nation ,the second amendment can not be ignored but nor should it be misrepresented the right to bare arms is guaranteed under the second amendment
    but i believe our fore fathers if they were alive today would agree that certain requirements for owning a gun should exist to keep guns out of the hands of unstable or violent citizens . and until this middle ground is met nothing will be accomplished and our nation will cease to exist .

    April 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coffeedad

      You talk about your background and experience, and that alone should lend some credibility to what you say. However, you speak of the 2nd Amendment as if it DOES NOT protect our rights to own firearms, when in fact that is ALL that it was written to do.

      Then you speak of the government having the registration of all privately owned firearms, "as long as they don't misuse this information in the future to locate and take them away". I can not believe any intelligent adult in today's America doesn't see that as more than possible, but rather quite likely. Throughout history, gun registration has ALWAYS led to gun confiscation. How else would they know where to get the guns? Don't be so stupid.

      As for our forefathers agreeing with any form of modern or proposed gun legislation, you really do NOT know or understand our history. Our forefathers would die before supporting or enacting ANY of the 2,300 gun laws currently on the books in our country.

      April 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Lee

    Trying to disarm criminals is like trying to disarm the Taliban and Islamic Jihad. It won't work!

    April 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aaron

      have you seen any results in the strictest gun laws in Chicago?? gun crimes have dropped .02% But the number of missing or unknown is about 900 for last year, and still climbing for this year. hmmmmm good thing not many people swim in one of the most polluted rivers in IL

      April 10, 2013 at 4:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. becchius

    It is interesting to see that Americans skip the first part of 2nd Amendment, which states: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
    So, do ALL gun owners belong to this WELL REGULATED militia? The amendment was ratified in 1791, for crying out loud! There were no assault weapons; farmers and hunters did not have machine guns, they used fowling pieces and old rifles and even muskets, neither of which were very accurate.
    A militia was at that time preferred over a standing army, which would have been too expensive for a new nation.

    If we are to honor this RIGHT, then ALL gun owners must become regulated, and well regulated at that. If we are not regulated, then we do not have the right to bear arms, do we?

    April 10, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bentley N.D.

      Just in case you didn't know... In the cases of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm “unconnected with service in a militia”, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      Need to correct your interpretation of "Well Regulated Militia" here.

      That means to keep our military and government leadership in check, to prevent an autonomous dictatorship or multi-leader driven oppression of the people, such as happened to the colonies and our founders by the brits (like the idiot Morgan) under George, we must have individual ability to defend ourselves equal to or nearly so to the military.

      That's a big part of why we have our freedoms, our founders refused George's orders for the colonists to turn in their firearms, and were able to repel the oppressor.

      The "Well Regulated Militia" is the means to legislate the responsibility and duty given to us in the Declaration of Independence - "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

      April 10, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      Technically, I am a well-regulated part of the mil!tia. I'm armed, understand my weapon and am proficient in it's use and care, and maintain a supply of ammunition and maintenance equipment for it, per the original definition of "well-regulated." I'm also a male between the ages of 15 and 45, so I qualify. Remember, everyone is the mil!tia.

      Also, since we're breaking down the wording bit by bit, I'd like to ask you about this one: "shall not be infringed." There's only one const!tutional amendment that includes these words. Well, infringe means "1.Actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.)" or "2.Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on."

      Hmmm... that's odd. It seems that there's been a lot of actions that limit or undermine the Second Amendment. I also don't remember the process to repeal or alter the amendment being enacted or followed. Huh. By that measure, every firearm law dating back to the 1934 National Firearm Act is unconst!tutional.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Greg

        Adam Lanza'a mother was well regulated as well. How did that work out for the Lanza's?

        April 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        @Greg:

        You miss the point. I was arguing against the statement that the phrase "well-regulated militia" limits who should have guns and what guns they should have. It doesn't, and the full phrase of the amendment doesn't support the limitation of firearms for private citizens in any way.

        The situation with Adam Lanza boils down to one question: did his mother recognize violent or unstable tendencies in him. If yes, then she is at fault for not properly securing her weapons and not insisting on appropriate mental health care. If no, then this was a horrific tragedy for her as well, due to an unstable son.

        Either way, no matter how you lay it out, more gun legislation will not stop these events, and simply punishes law-abiding citizens for something they might do. It's akin to stop-and-frisk on black individuals, or wire-tapping because any given citizen might be a "terrorist." It's just another means of expressing control.

        April 12, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Patrick

    A massacre would have been stop of he new the students had guns?? Are you stupid it would have been a bigger massacre e cause the person who did the attack would of had a gun too

    April 10, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Megan

    I have lived in Texas my entire life. Not all Texans are as arrognant or condescending as Patrick. It would be absolutely ridiculous to revert to something as primitive as the old western days when everyone wore a gun on their hip and the solution to every dispute was a shoot out.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rachel Deering

    Patrick is WRONG!! All Texas do NOT share his opinion!! I am one of them! Senators like him & Cruz & Cornyn are an embarrasment to Texas!!

    April 10, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas Kelley

      Im not from Texas but I think ur wrong, an most ur fellow statesmen would let you hang for such stupidity...

      April 10, 2013 at 5:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas Kelley

      Blasphemy!!

      April 10, 2013 at 5:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas Kelley

      How long have you lived in Texas, do you know the history? didn't even want to be part of the union, and im pretty sure, class 3 firearms are avail in ur state by majority vote... Which is one of few... you might wanna jus move to the northeast with piers!

      April 10, 2013 at 5:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      I'll bet you're from the Dallas or Austin area, sounds about right.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Steve

    Pierce,

    I'm supportive of what you are trying to do, but frustrated by your show (and almost all others), when it comes to how actual scientific research on the issue of gun violence is treated. Both sides claim they have the research to back up their claims, both site their interpretations of results as if they were fact. No one in the television media is taking the time to present the actual research. What I would really like to see is the television media take the time to really dive into the complexities of research on this issue. Get some people on who are actual respected researchers in the field, have them discuss the issue involved in researching gun violence, (e.g., type of violence, cross-national comparisons, comparing violence in cities and states, other factors involved in fluctuations in violence, definitions of violence, etc. etc.) then have them discuss the actual studies. Do it in a way that we don't wind up with talking heads yelling at each other and instead really informs us so we walk away with a better understanding of the issue. Some might think this would not be entertaining, but I'd disagree. I think for many in our country this would be "Must See TV". Use the media to increase our understanding of this important issue!

    Thanks for listening!

    April 10, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Shawn Winbourn

    If you invite people on your program you should allow them to speak. You constantly talked over your guests tonight when their opinion was different from your own. I enjoy CNN but don't approve of your one sided reporting. When you present an issue, present both sides.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. DANA

    OUR countrys population, has grown, and like most cities that have grown ,crime increases, the best gun legislation we could pass is to have real security at schools, that doesnt necesarily mean guns, there is electronic security , dogs etc... stop and think they dont attack gun ranges, too much resistance, they are looking to make a statement so they attack soft targets.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. VogaJones

    If I had to pick a side, I guess I am a liberal. BUT... I am a proud gun owner with a concealed weapons permit. I believe that if a person is certified, background checked, and a non-felon, he should be able to carry his weapon wherever he/she wants. I suppose the one place they should be barred is airplanes.
    The point I want to make is that I do not get dumber or less responsible just because I walked into a school building or a post office. If you don't think I'm qualified to carry in those places, then why did you give the permit anyway. Kids can be shot in parks, stores and playgrounds just as easily as they can in a school.
    Do your research. We are the ones who abide by the law.
    If a guy runs into the store and starts shooting at you and others, I'm sure you would appreciate my well placed bullet to the criminals center-mass if no cops are around.
    Its a free country. You have just as much right to choose to be a victim as I do to prevent my family and I from being one.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. vesna2009

    Patrick has a mind problem as many other gun approving americans. Narrow mind has a narrow views. Looks like they don't know how to count that 2+2 = 4, instead they would say it equals 1. Ridiculous and dangerous minds. Minds that want to destroy America and turn it to killing ground, whoever is faster. Teacher that had gun had background check but her son killed all.
    I am absolutely and totally with you Piers Morgan in every possible view.
    I feel les and les safe in this country knowing that everywhere are guns around me. Senators or anyone who are for guns are individuals that work against safety and peace in America. We live in different times now and law should be change to no guns, not any kind of guns, to no one. I think it should be crime who owns gun and stores who are selling guns should be close for good and forever.
    Thank you mister Piers Morgan for your good, right human intention and proper intelligence to help this sinking country.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • yoo_stupid

      go live in one of those counties with no guns. because we have to many stupid democrats in this country like you

      April 10, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  13. vesna2009

    I thing we should vote about gun control, I mean all America VOTE just like we vote for president.

    Problem is that America don't know any other way, that gun free country is actually far better then lawful violence country. So they stick with the one they know.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • coffeedad

      There is no chance of a nationwide vote on gun control, thank God, because it would be more rigged than big time wrestling.

      We can't get a legal vote on the presidency, so how in the world do you imagine that we could ever have honest results on such an important referendum as this?

      April 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. vesna2009

    Problem is that America don't know any other way, that gun free country is actually far better country then lawful violence country. So they stick with the one they know, because they blind and can not see further.
    But there are countries in Europe who can be examples.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      European countries like the U.K., where the violent crime rate has steadily risen since the banning of firearms?

      Or European countries like Switzerland, Germany, and France, who rank 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the world for gun ownership and have low, stable crime rates?

      April 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        Well said, gun free Britain's overall homicide rate is nearly 40% higher than the rates in Switzerland, Germany and France. Furthermore the violent crime rate in Britain is one of the highest in the western world! Even Spain and Italy, two other large gun owning Western European countries, have homicide rates that are nearly 20% lower. If guns are the problem then these countries should have significantly higher homicide rates than Britain, and yet they don't.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/6438601/Gun-crime-doubles-in-a-decade.html

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/5712573/UK-is-violent-crime-capital-of-Europe.html

        April 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • coffeedad

      My best suggestion for you, Piers Morgan, and everyone else who continues to say how much better other countries are, is please go!

      Believe me, you won't be missed.

      April 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. vesna2009

    PROBLEM IS THAT AMERICA DOES NOT KNOW ANY OTHER WAY, THAT GUN FREE COUNTRY IS ACTUALLY FAR BETTER THEN LAWFUL VIOLENCE COUNTRY. SO THEY STICK WITH THE ONE THEY KNOW.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke
      “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana

      It’s only been 70 years since WW2 ended. And already, many people have forgotten the important teachings from the most unfortunate event, for example, how Hitler so quickly came to power in a formerly “democratic” country and triggered a world war, and how over 60 MILLION people were killed in the atrocities of WW2.

      “Our children's safety and future” is the VERY reason why we the people need to be well-armed. Lives equal to 6,000 years of gun victims can be lost only in a matter of a few years if we couldn’t prevent another world war...

      That is why we the people must always watch what our government does and always have the power over the government (by physically outgunning them) and make sure that any power-hungry politicians with tyrannical tendencies know their limit, that their wildest dreams wouldn’t ever come true (so they won’t even dare try) because the people have the power to fight against the corrupt government to the bitter end.

      It is our moral obligation to pass on this “power of the people” to the later generations as our Founding Fathers intended, to ensure that our great-great-great-grand-children will enjoy the freedom that we enjoy today. We must fight tooth and nail to preserve the Second Amendment.

      “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

      April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. DANA

    FOR all of you that want to get rid of guns, you are probably on piers morgans band wagon, so look up the burgalry rates in the uk before the gun ban and then after the ban, if you dont own a gun, thank the people that do, that is what keeps the burglars out at night, so you can sleep, for they dont know if you have one or not, how many would come in , if they knew you didnt have one . and by the way what is your self defense plan in case of home invasion . 911 they are not that fast . just sayin

    April 10, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas Kelley

      Ya jus look at those DAs that were murdered, they had a feeling it was coming, had protection, but guess not enough...ey?

      April 10, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Michelle

    I live in Texas and it infuriates me that people like Dan Patrick lump all Texans together as gun toting, take the law into your own hands type of citizens. I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but there comes a point where common sense measures must be put into place to stop the slaughter of innocent children, women and men. Those against more gun control laws are quick to say that new laws will only punish " law abiding citizens", but where are the studies to show when "law abiding citizens" cross the line to become criminals? I ask this because I was on the wrong end of the gun when one of those "law abiding citizens" with a CHL let anger and rage take over. It was by the Grace of God that I didn't become a statistic. I believe that there should be a national gun registry, universal background checks and close the loopholes where ever they exist. Ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines. How and why are people allowed to amass a stockpile of weapons and ammunition without it showing up as a red flag on some agency's radar? There are still hundreds of guns that can be used for self defense and hunting, and I do support responsible gun ownership. However, if I have to complete paperwork to transfer ownership on my old car to give it to a relative, then why should we not be required to be just as responsible when it comes to guns? Our mental health system has to be addressed along with our culture of violence, but we must make it as difficult as possible to obtain lethal weapons.

    I am just so thankful that the student at Cy-Fair Community College did not have a gun or the story would have been much worse.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Baggadonutz

      Michelle do your own study on Chicago before the strict gun laws went into affect vs now with them in effect. which statistic is worse before or after? http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/chicago-shootings-spike-49-november-despite-strict-gun-laws, although the mental health issue i do agree with you

      April 10, 2013 at 4:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Michelle

        Baggadonutz

        I live in Houston and the crime is creeping up as well. Now the bad guys are just coming in armed with hair trigger nerves and are shooting first barking orders later to neutralize any threats . There is no perfect solution, but I am sure a really good one would needs to be put into place. What this is going to boil down to who is quicker on the draw with their gun – the bad guy or the good guy. Trust me, I am all for the good guys having the guns, but unless the good guys have all been vetted through the system and are trained to shoot under pressure then the country goes back to that "Wild, Wild West" mentality with a lot of innocent people getting caught in the crossfire. The other major battle that has to be addressed is the mental health system. I don't know many people who have been adjudicated mentally ill but records need to be released on those who are seriously ill enough to pose a threat to themselves or others(including stalkers, abusive spouses, troubled youth) and that information should be captured in a way that would show up on background checks as well.

        April 10, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  18. Randomizer

    I feel kind of sorry for Piers and others who have grown up in other countries that don't have serious gun problems. It's easy for them to see the utter insanity of this U.S. gun culture, while most Americans have never known anything else so it's just normal to them.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Aaron

    I am from south Chicago, The city has the most regulated gun laws in the midwest. I invite you, Piers to walk down the streets of Chicago at night with out your security detail, cameras and without a gun. I now live in a southern state that has a concealed weapons permit for law abiding citizens. The small town now has to pay the county to patrol the small city, since the town has a couple of robberies and home invasions. Until the police can ensure everyone's safety take your gun banning BS off the air. There has not been one issued raised on more police and accountability of the police not protecting US citizens.

    April 10, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. PJ

    On the show tonight, they kept saying, Aurora and Columbine didn't get a vote about gun control. Citizens of Colorado never got a vote on all the new gun laws just passed. If Mark Kelly supports an assault rifle ban, why did he purchase one a few weeks ago. They also said that the Senators filibustering gun control are only doing it for votes. Doesn't that tell you that the voters don't want the government to take away our gun rights?

    April 10, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas Kelley

      What about Oklahoma city, do we jus forget that, no guns there, just a uhaul truck, farm supplies and group bent on destruction fear and terror. if we outlaw guns then only outlaws will have them? You can't erase evil unless you erase humans. Humanity is a waste, what about millions of animals and creatures an plants, who don't have the voice or choice to defend? Mankind is out forself, well the majority, and they've spoiled it for everyone, if the future population.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Baggadonutz

    Peirce when i listen to your view you make me want to puke, tell me what kind of backround check would of stopped massacre at Newtown, since the weapons were legally obtained by the mother. A teacher or staff member legally carrying could of saved the lives of some of them children you fool. I bet if one of your children were the victim in that massacre you would think differently you idiot pompous ass. Secondly ban large capacity magazines and they would just bring a second weapon nothing solved. I noticed you had no retort to the point that chicago has the toughest gun laws in the country and its gun voilence is out of control lol you had nothing lol. America would be better of with an idiot like you going back where you came from, I will pay your one way airline ticket just so i dont have to listen to your views, wait a second the only reason i turned it to CNN was to check on the status of North Koreas threats, not to hear rubbish. Cnn sucks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2013 at 3:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Message from Canada here!! Guns are not toys Meaning we have guns but we have a gun registry system, they are all registered.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ichiro

        Originally the Canadian Firearms Registry required the registration of all non-restricted firearms, but this requirement was "dropped" on April 6, 2012 by the coming into force of Bill C-19. Bill C-19 also "mandated the destruction of the non-restricted records of the registry" as soon as feasible.

        April 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • coffeedad

        Apparently my first reply was too strong for this site.

        I also reside in Canada. The Canadian Firearms Registry was shut down because the cost ballooned to over 10 times original estimates and also because after more than 5 years there was only 35% compliance.

        April 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        I heard that the non compliance rate in Western Canada was closer to 50%. In fact fact many Western Canadian provinces refused to enforce it. The total cost for setting up the Canadian registry cost taxpayers a reported $2 billion dollars, and didn't reduce gun crime. Placing a piece of paper next to a gun doesn't make it safer.

        April 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        Tyrants and dictators know that they can’t do much until they relatively disarm the populace and make them controllable. So they give you the most plausible rationale, just as Hitler said, “Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" ….Only if the people in Germany didn't believe him, so many Jews did not have to perish in Auschwitz.

        April 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Thomas Kelley

    Nobody needs an AR15, well nobody needs a whinny lil btch either, but yet here's Piers an his foolish followers. Mankind is evil, and aslong as we walk this earth, there will be no such thing as peace. Oklahoma city, no guns there. Uhaul truck with homemade bombs! If you don't like what our founding fathers proposed then leave, or be punished for treason. Execute the traitor on the Whitehouse lawn. History repeats itself....

    April 10, 2013 at 4:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Daniel

    How can you say 90% of america wants universal background checks.Nobody asked me,nobody asked my family,nobody asked any of my friends.I believe your 90% is a lie and just made up by the media.If you don't like it here Morgan go back to where you came from.You have to be a true american to understand why we love are guns.The mom knew her son was sick in the head,why did she allow him to have guns?The system failed,not the gun owners that follow the law,and people like the mom screw it up for people that abide by the law.So stop adding numbers to your so called 90%.People don't like it when some fool starts telling them how to live their life or what they should change.Not even the president has the right to do that he is an elected official not god.

    April 10, 2013 at 4:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      Larry Pratt Exposed The Fraud Behind That Very 90% claim yesterday on CNN – The Poll Was From Jan-2012-Feb-2013 and only involved 2000 people all with a liberal base classification. 100% Pure B.S. on CNN's part Thanks for reminding me : )

      April 10, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Thomas Kelley

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time.. With the blood of tyrants an patriots, it is sad those young lives were takin, but what about the young lives that have been lost since the civil war fighting for the declaration. Do we jus forget what they fought an died for? If you don't like America the way it is, then leave.. Go to your country of choice, be stuck in the middle, an unarmed refugee, with bombs being dropped on you from both sides, both spinning the story against the other, blasted all over fake bias media! Fools!

    April 10, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Dear Thomas,

      Please see foot of page for my response;my apologies,I should have clicked 'reply'.

      Yours sincerely,

      Gregory Shepherd,Edinburgh.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Carsten Lang

    Hi Piers Morgan.
    Easy solution to the gun problem.!!!
    Abanden metal bullets and make only rubber -salt etc. bullets allowable for civilian.
    Thinking about that you don't need background check. 2 nd amentmend is hold.
    Regards Carsten Lang Denmark.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      Okay, you get criminals abandon metal bullets and switch to rubber bullets first, and then I’ll think about it.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Andy Taylor

    Piers

    Please read The Globe and Mail newspaper today and yesterday.

    U.S. boy, 6, dies after being shot in head by 4-year-old playmate

    I am amazed 2 days 2 deaths by 4 yr old children in the possession of guns. One with the gun of a police officer. These are both accidents but are plain evidence that these "accidents" happen when guns are around. It does not need to be a Mass shooting guns from law abiding citizens are killing people of all ages from 4yrs old to adults.

    April 10, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      Well, "accidents" happen when CARS are around too.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Judging by many of the comments, It appears that most of Piers' dwindling audience are Canadian viewers watching from north of the 49th parallel! If you want comment on political matters may I suggest you tune to the CBC and comment on matter there.

      April 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. john

    Looks like USA in on suicide mission. Think of a situation where 80% people carrying guns. What is the guaranty that stray bullet will not hit innocent bystander. Wake up people. All those people who oppose gun control will not change their view on assault weapons and high capacity magazines unless and until they face fatal situation like Newton families has to face today. Shame Shame.. A day is not very far where every family has one or two stories of fatal gun causalities to discuss. Looks like some of the law abiding legal immigrants and some illegal immigrants are far better and safer than some legal residents and citizens who oppose commonsense gun control law. Why a law abiding citizen does has to worry about universal background check. It’s Better Government gets more money in the process of background checks fee and can spend that money on prosecuting illegal gun buyers. We do have checks at each and every way of our life in USA starting from DMV, Airport, USCIS, port of entry, entering to Federal buildings, sanitary department checking on restaurants, IRS auditing what not. Let’s have one more for better off. All those politicians please do not forget that you are elected by the people to make decisions in DC but not to lobby for your individual benefits. You work for people so better listen what more than 80% of Americans say to you. Let’s not do politics with personal and party egos do what is good for the people. At this rate if nothing can be done in controlling assault weapons and universal background checks we will risk the existence of USA being super power and Social security for seniors. Think about it.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Irene

    How could anyone who is FOR “saving lives” be anti-gun? (To me, anti-gun means anti-self-defense.) More people are saved every year by the usage of a gun than victimized. 800,000 vs 10,000... Isn’t it clear when you compare the numbers?

    Here’s an article that I think everyone can learn something from. This psychiatrist’s analysis on anti-gun mentality is intriguing. She rephrases the term gun-control, “VICTIM DISARMAMENT.” And yes, that’s what our governments (both at local and federal levels) are trying to do, which is very unnerving to law-abiding citizens!

    Raging Against Self Defense: A psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality
    http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/ragingagainstselfdefense.htm

    April 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Fubarack

    Amanpour is incorrect, not even close. The states with the most strict gun control have the highest number of gun crimes. Chicago alone has more gun crime in any two week period, that my entire state does in a year. I just don't know where they get these kooky numbers from.

    April 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      And California with some the strictest controls has the 4th highest gun crime rate in the country!

      April 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coffeedad

      Amanpour doesn't have to use facts; she works for CNN.

      Enough said.

      April 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Fubarack

    If Piers wants gun control, just move to a country that has it.

    April 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. cr

    I see Piers has nicely stacked his audience with gun control advocates. Makes for a nice balanced debate!

    April 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. cr

    Piers' show is beginning look like a televised version of his Daily Mirror trashy tabloid newspaper!

    April 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. cr

    On Anderson Cooper 360 last night, Mark Kelly and Gabby Gufford were interviewed about their gun control efforts, during which Mark Kelly gave the CNN camera crew a shooting demonstration. For a proponent of safe firearms use and gun control Kelly certainly didn’t show it. Not only was he using a large rock as a back stop for his targets, which is a big NO to anyone who knows anything about shooting because of the ricochet hazard, but he and the interviewer were not even wearing safety glasses. Kelly professes to be a 2A supporter, but it makes me wonder when you see the most basic and fundamental safety rules of shooting being ignored by someone who claims to be so knowledgable.

    April 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Shooting at targets that are sitting on a big flat faced rock, or any kind of rock or hard surface for that matter defies the most fundamental shooting safety instructions. Add to that, he and the interviewer weren't wearing any safety glasses is an appalling example of gun safety, and especially so, coming from someone who is championing a gun control cause.

      April 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve in mo

      You certainly don't think anyone at CNN, especially either the pervert Cooper or the moron Morgan to catch these blatant safety violations would you?

      April 11, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. DANA

    GOOD JOB CR, NOW THERE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE , OF REAL AND HONEST REPORTING , OH WATCH OUT THEY ALL HATE THE TRUTH .

    April 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. worldcares

    There has always been gun control.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. shepherdgregory

    Sandy Hook,The American Massacre Of Glencoe,refreshed the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots...well,19 of them:
    the 20th was a little boy,a Limey,who smiled at the camera and liked trampolines and chocolate.

    May 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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