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Tonight: Continuing tensions in North Korea and Guns in America
April 9th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

Tonight: Continuing tensions in North Korea and Guns in America

On the heels of another ominous warning from North Korean officials to foreigners in South Korea of a potential conflict on the Korean Peninsula, "Piers Morgan Live" invites CNN Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour to the program.

The host of "Amanpour." on CNN International and journalist Euna Lee sit down with Piers Morgan and a live studio audience to discuss the potentially escalating threat to the Korean Peninsula and the United States.

Also on the program, senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Steven Latourette discuss issues surrounding gun control and gun legislation including the latest announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will force a vote Thursday to open a debate on tougher gun laws.

Tune in this evening at 9 as Morgan hosts an array of fascinating guests with a live studio audience in what will be a night of engaging and exciting evening of discussion and debate.
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  1. Matthew

    I can't help but feel sorry for the North Korean people brainwashed by the current regime. Many of them starving to death, many of them worked to death and of course you have the Gulags in the country.

    Major change needs to occur in this country, the dictators have crippled the countries growth, they need a Goverment that isn't intent on evil and threatening the world, if only for the sake of world peace.

    I hope war doesn't happen. I hope a peaceful resolution is reached.

    April 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LockDown -Frank Khonsari

      My name is Frank Khonsari.I have developed a system that has already been incorporated in two California schools that Buys time and Minimizes collateral damage. The ideas that the US Government and others regarding time-consuming rhetoric from beurocrats that will never see the light of day- absolutely insane! If someone would see the system I have invented and installed that secures schools instead of talking on and on about guns and other faulty ideas we would already be saving lives.The lives of our children. The day we fired up the first system we called 9 local new stations and not one showed up ...were are looking for an advocate!

      April 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. cr

    This news story that broke over the weekend demonstrates the kind of abuse that can occur when only the elite have guns. Interestingly the mayor in question is apparently a member of Mayor Bloomberg's gun control posse, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns". The news cast says it all. Alarming to say the least!

    April 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mister Peebles

    A few questions for the anti-gun control crowd:

    1. Newt Gingrich said Obama is the NRA's best salesperson. Why? He hasn't proposed any gun grabs. How did Mr. Morgan let that one get past him? Why did people feel a need to stock up when the first black president was elected?

    2. How does a background check inconvenience any "law abiding" citizen or affront rights? Why is a background check so controversial?

    3. In the face of so much violence, why do we make it so easy to kill one another? Had the mass murderers of recent months attempted their crimes with knitting needles, there would have been much different headlines.

    4. The terminology argument over what is and is NOT an assault weapon is a sideshow. Save the semantics for the dictionary convention. A leading pro gun activist called an assault weapon "any gun pointed at me". That's a good definition.

    Don't let Dana Loesch and others drag this debate into gun engineering. If the AR-15 is functionally equivalent to nearly every other gun in existence, why not just give everyone a six shooter?

    April 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • defending_liberty

      What is the point of your questions?

      April 19, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mister Peebles

        Do you have any meaningful response?

        April 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cr

    It's not just President Obama, gun sales historically go up during every presidential election cycle, but especially after a Democrat win. Good point about the 6 shooter, but there are 10 of millions of guns in common use including the AR15 and other style sporting guns that aren't going to go away. Even if the government confiscates them from law abiding citizens, criminals won't give them up.

    The current gun control proposals are a bit like saying to an African antelope cutting off your horns will make you safer from a leopard attack. The leopard isn't going to give up his claws.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. embarrassed in Chiraq

    I am told by folks around the world that Americans are a joke. A laughing stock. Because of the ignorance of the people that can't see the problem this country has with the guns, and the violence. It IS imbarassing!!!!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      If you're not an American, you have no frame of reference, so we really DO NOT care what you think.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chloe

      Chiraq, what exactly are they laughing at – what is the joke you're talking about. How are things in your own country? Please tell us honestly. I will tell you the country where I live, is in a mess. People get killed for a cellphone. All of us have at least 3 steel gates inside our homes between rooms with deadly locks which we keep even locked during the day when the men folk aren't home. Women alone cannot do gardening (those who don't work out) – a woman can simply not spend the day outside her home at all – the risk is too great. That's why I talk here to Americans. Even with a lot of unthinking people, you can still walk in most of their streets. I notice too that their yards run up to the road (like it used to be in South Africa many years ago), now we have very strong electrical fencing all round and we all pay armed response companies to come with their guns when our alarms go off. I really would like to know what that joke is...

      April 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugene

      If you are an American, I’d be embarrassed to have you as my fellow man (or woman).

      April 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim

      then why are all the people around the world trying to come live in America?

      April 14, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Barre Miller

    Hello Piers.
    As we continue this disgusting dialog regarding the right for American citizens to carry arms it seems the point of the second amendment is being lost, and can be used against the NRA and others. The point the NRA wants to make is that we have the right to bear arms to protect us against our own government, or the UN troops. It seems to me that we should then be allowed to own ANY type of weapon we can afford. If we are concerned about being taken over by an army, then we as citizens should be able to arm ourselves to the same extent that the military does. Following the point down further there should be no restriction on ANY gun sales to anyone anytime. Cant wait to see M1 tanks rolling into the company parking lot! Not to mention how much quicker I could get to Hawaii in an F18 Phantom....
    As for the stabbings in Texas, ask one question to those who wish they had a gun to stop that guy. How are they going to feel when they shoot, and miss, and kill there best friends girl friend who just happened to be walking by 50 yards away? Has any of these gun tooting vigilantes thought of that?

    April 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. DANA

    GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM IT IS MEDICATION AND CRAZY PEOPLE, GUNS DONT DO ANYTHING UNTIL SOMEONE PICKS THEM UP, THEY ARE AS SAFE AS WHOS HANDS THEY ARE IN, BUT NONE OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION WILL HELP ANYTHING

    April 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Scare The Pilgrims

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    April 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Hey tough guy, I'm not sure you're being very responsible advertising firearms for sale on a news site.

      Why should I trust YOU with a gun? Do you have a FFL? Did CNN give you permission to make these posts? Why would it be permissible to sell guns off of Piers Morgan's blog?

      You're a perfect example of the idiots who should NOT possess weapons. The law applies to everyone else except for you and your pea shooter.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve in mo

        Peebles, you f'n idiot. Why don't you check the website linked above, or also CheaperthanDirt. Both require the buyer to either have an FFL to purchase, or the weapon will be shipped to your local dealer, in which case a background check will be REQUIRED! Enough of this foolish CNN/NBC rhetoric and lies about loopholes. Crawl back under whatever rock you came from moron.

        April 11, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    Regarding your program on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Piers . Why do you continually say that it is the Republicans versus the Democrats on the gun control issue? Mr. Reid said some time ago that he did not have the votes to pass any gun control bill. Some of the Democrats were not willing to vote for it either, therefore not being able to force it through! So quit blaming just the Republicans on this issue and get to the point where they are all afraid of not being reelected because of this issue and their vote on it the next time it is election time. Tonight to say that the Republicans will filibuster so that a bill would not be able to be passed, but when Mr. Reid, originally brought it up, as I said he did not even have all the votes from his own party. Pull your head out of your butt and realize that they are only there to keep their jobs not to do what they were elected to do!

    April 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jonathan J Tibbs

    I am for for for gun conrol in America... On another note Piers...I am proud, proud, proud of you...

    April 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      F*** u 2

      April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • defending_liberty

      I thought inalienable rights were outside the authority of government.

      April 19, 2013 at 1:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jonathan J Tibbs

    "...gun control..."

    April 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. cr

    But Piers gun crime has doubled in Britain since guns were banned in 1997. Furthermore, Britain has one of the highest violent crime rates in the western world. While gun murders might be low in Britain, Britain's overall murder rate, is one the highest in the Western Europe. Some of Britain's closest European neighbors are some of largest gun owning nations in the world. The Swiss, Germans and French are ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th globally in terms of private gun ownership. In fact in terms of gun numbers the Swiss own on a per capita basis nearly 8 times as many guns as the Brits, and the Germans and French own nearly 5 times as many. And yet the overall homicide rates in these 3 countries is nearly 40% lower than gun free Britain. In fact these 3 countries have some of the lowest homicide rates on the planet.

    Piers you continue to mislead your audience on Britain choosing to talk about gun murders rather than the overall homicide rate. One thing is for sure looking at the statistics, you are more likely to get murdered or violently assaulted in Britain, than in any of these 3 large gun owning European nations.

    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 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve in mo

      But that's an inconvenient truth and one of those facts that makes Piers always interrupt and cutoff his guest when they attempt to bring it up.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. DANA

    OH PIERS GIVE IT A REST, NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN , BECAUSE NOTHING SHOULD HAPPEN, THIS ARGUMENT IS BASED ON 2 SIDES, REAL MEN VS, A BUNCH OF WHINING LITTLE GIRLY MEN, THAT DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT GUNS, AND ARE SCARED OF THEM , AND YOU ARE TRYING TO SHOW THAT YOU HAVE SOME MANHOOD, BY MOUTHING OFF AT THE REAL MEN, AND THINK THAT WILL MAKE YOU MACHO MAN, SORRY YOUR STILL JUST ALITTLE GIRLY MAN, GO HOME SISSY BOY. BACK TO ENGLAND CRY BABY

    April 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. fausto astudillo

    if Obama doesn't want to ban guns why as soon as his second term started before Newtown he tried to ratify a treaty in the U.N. to ban small arms because he was sneaking it in there and if passed would have bypassed the second amendment that goes to show you what a communist he is and piers if you don't like our laws get out of this country you British piece of crap I am so sick of your pompous elitist agenda its plain to see what your bias is your not even a citizen that god for those senators that are willing to filibuster if anybody is gutless it's you!

    April 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Scare The Pilgrims

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    April 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Do you feel it is responsible and law abiding to list guns for auction on a news website?

      You're either a stupid troll or a perfect example of someone who should NOT possess firearms.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Scare The Pilgrims

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    April 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. jim townsend

    morgan you are so glad to take up for your home england, why dont you go back there, and stay.
    keep your nose out of our lives.
    before you go come and try to tke my gun.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      I don't think Mr. Morgan has ever suggested taking anyone's guns, only keeping the most dangerous ones off the street.

      Also, you're suggesting you would shoot him if he did come to your home, which is not a reasonable, law abiding way to talk to someone with a different opinion. Piers hasn't threatened you or anyone else.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        Well that's just it, as editor of Britain's Daily Mirror, Morgan's newspaper led a relentless national campaign to ban the ownership of handguns in that country. I think his intentions are clear enough.

        April 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        Well, how can you take away the self-perceived "most dangerous weapons on the street" without taking them away from us, the people??? Answer your own contradiction. Besides, the claimed highly dangerous AR-15 (semi-auto) is the best varmint rifle for the farm, and a pretty good, accurate hunting rifle for medium and small game. See, contrary to CNN and NBC lies, there are good uses for this weapon, in addition to defense. Take your liberal hyperbole of lies elsewhere loser.

        April 11, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  18. Scare The Pilgrim

    To Piers Morgan , Truly Americas Roots are many, The Melting Pot of The World. We have given more aid to starving People the world over than any other country . Here is an Example of the Speech Pattern Difference between New York and Kentucky . In Kentucky Common Sense Sounds Like " Get Out Of My Face Or I'll Kick Your G___ D_____ A__.
    See how that works ? : ) Guns Are A RIGHT ,,cars are a priveledge

    April 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Actually guns are a privilege, too, given that only certain people can possess them.

      You must pass a background check, have sound mental health, and in some places take a class. These standards exclude some people from owning guns.

      If it's a right, should everyone including felons, criminals, dangerously mentally ill, etc. have them? THat's what you're suggesting.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        Gun ownership is a privilege in other jurisdictions, but it is a right in this country.

        April 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        Technically, the regulations you just mentioned are infringements. The reason we hear the words "shall not be infringed" come up so much in a gun control debate is because of an important fact; the Second Amendment is the only amendment to include that language. Not even freedom of expression utilized that language. I think that's a very important statement, one that makes that right ironclad.

        Honestly? I would rather remove all firearm restrictions than add a single new one. I know that statement will be seen as crazy. But I believe if we focused on important aspects such as addressing the culture of criminality, reforming the prison system to focus properly on rehabilitation or removal, reviving our mental health system, and enacting social programs to truly deal with the cycle of poverty, you would see a significant drop in gun violence regardless of what weapons were available to citizens.

        April 10, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Jonah's Whale

        It is not a privilege, it is a guaranteed RIGHT! And one not to be infringed upon – read, study and carefully consider the definition of infringed

        April 11, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. DANA

    NICE JIM T NICE I LOVE IT AND AGREE

    April 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Terry

    It is so nice of you to argue with three guests sitting right across from you regarding guns. As they all told you is exactly what I posted earlier and that is that the politician, including Mr. Reid, who had enough Democrats to pass the bill, if they were all with him on the gun control issue but even he knew it was not going to fly! Quit blaming the Republicans, Mr. Reid had his chance and could not pull it off, even though 91% of the population want something done, at a minimum background checks which do not provide anything about mental illness. The politicians are only worried about their jobs and their benefits! Please go home to the country you feel so safe in. Whoops, I guess they don't want you either! Quit trying to change our country, just pack your stuff if you don't like it here, or the way it works.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Joe

    I believe the reason the AR15 is the choice weapon for these mass shootings is because of their clip size. I believe if it held 5 to 8 rounds it would be left behind and a hand gun that held 13 rounds would be used. Now, this may sound cold and i apologize, but the realization is the survival rate of victims would be much higher if they were wounded with a 9mm hand gun versus a 223mm rifle. It's not a perfect solution to ban high capacity clips but, it might stop high calibre rifles from being used in the next mass shooting thus allowing a few extra lives to be spared. To those law abiding gun owners who want that thrill of firing off 30 plus rounds in 30 seconds. Would having to go to your local gun range, sign out a 30 clip, have your fun, and hand it back in on your way out be that much of a hardship?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terry

      So how do we remove the high-capacity magazines that are already out there? It is just not what Piers calls." Assault weapons" that have the ability to use these types of magazines! Almost half of regular hunting weapons are able to use a high-capacity magazine, so this would prevent nothing! It will never stop as long as people keep putting it on the news over and over and over to nausea and encouraging the next wacko from trying to win the contest as to how many can be killed during one session!

      April 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      A few things to note. Any magazine-fed weapon can equip larger or smaller than usual magazines. The AR-15 is popular as a civilian firearm because it is lightweight, highly adaptable, relatively easy to use, and fires relatively inexpensive ammunition. Since most of these shootings were perpetrated with stolen firearms, it would make sense that it would be a popular civilian model.

      You seem to be confused on the size of the bullets. A standard AR-15 is not chambered in 223 mm, it's chambered in .223 caliber; this is a measurement of the width of the projectile at it's widest point in inches. .223 inches is actually around 5.56 mm. Pistols actually tend to be more lethal than rifles against unarmored targets, as they often fire a wider (higher caliber) projectile that moves at a slower speed (better energy transfer to the target, less chance of through-and-through wounding) and deforms more on impact (even better energy transfer and lower chance of through-and-through).

      Additionally, pistols often have a more natural, hand-to-hand reloading motion that facilitates extremely fast reloading. Combine this with use of a double stacked magazine (common for 9 mm), and you have a weapon that can be much more dangerous than an AR-15. This makes sense if you look at the ratios of deaths to victims in most shootings (Sandy Hook being something of an anomaly, likely due to teachers gathering students together to try to protect them vs. people scattering as in most other shootings). Just a quick example:

      Aurora Shooting: Primary weapon was an AR-15 chambered in .223, 12 dead out of 70 shot.
      Virginia Tech Shooting: Primary weapon was a Glock 19 chambered in 9mm, 32 dead out of 49 shot.

      You really should look up the ballistics data of various firearms. The information might interest you, and could only allow you to strengthen your argument.

      April 10, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. DANA

    HEY JOE, stop and think if they pass these laws, which they wont, it will only stop future sales, clips and guns already out there will still be out there, and will be quote,grandfathered in, all youre doing is hassling the innocent, because the mass shooter will have the black market to buy his weapons, and clips and there are millions out there already, guns are not the issue they are the scapegoat, crazy people are the issue , or made crazy because of the meds they are on, that is your issue not guns. savvy , and you mention the 9mm hand gun , i have one it holds 18 rounds and they want a 10 round max, do you have any idea how many guns would be caught up in this witch hunt. and it would only stop the law abiding from having these guns. not the criminals or the crazys. that is why every gun owner is against it. and why it will fail, the only ones for it is non gun owners , because they dont understand anything about guns .I believe the ar-15 has been used simply because it is popular with young men now, because you can customize it to your own taste and it doesnt look like every one elses gun. truth from a gun owner , that knows guns .

    April 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      How are all these guns making it to a black market?

      Guns leave the factory "Legal", and then become illegal once they hit the black market. Who's allowing them onto the black market?

      If criminals can't buy a weapon, what law abiding citizens are selling them illegally?

      There should be no black market if guns are being owned and sold responsibly in the USA.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tesla

        It is true that some irresponsible gun owners will make a legal purchase of a firearm, then sell the gun to someone who is prohibited from having it. It's unfortunate that this occurs, but no more unfortunate that any other flagrant abuse of the law.

        Theft is a popular method to put guns on the market. A stolen firearm can be sold relatively easily in areas with high crime rates; if it's a common or low-quality gun, it might even be bought as a disposable piece.

        International smuggling is the route that most automatic weapons or explosives take to reach the hands of criminals. We have every law in the book to crack down on this, but no enforcement measure is perfect, and sometimes this equipment slips through.

        Finally, due to programs like Fast and Furious, and individuals such as corrupt police officers and military quartermasters, our own government sometimes provides weapons to the black market.

        If there's a buck to be made, there will be someone there to make it.

        April 10, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  23. DANA

    HEY PEEBLES, piers states he wants to ban assault weapons a, and clips that hold more than 10 rounds, that is taking our guns, dummy, and it will not happen .

    April 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      I'm not 10. Get a grip.

      Please explain how LEGALLY produced guns fall into the wrong hands? Someone is allowing them on the black market.

      Also, I hope you have a gun safe. If you don't, that's like leaving the keys in the ignition and hoping no one takes your car.

      Every gun owner thinks they're law abiding and responsible, yet thousands of guns are lost or not tracked. Why? Those who own or sell the guns are screwing up, and that's part of the problem!

      April 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • tim

        YOU need to get a grip – a pistol -gripped M4 MSR (that's "Modern Sporting Rifle" for you low info-types). In fact there's a fella auctioning one off on this site right now. Maybe you've seen the post?

        April 14, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  24. DANA

    WAKE up , what do you think outlaw motorcycle gangs do for a living , number one business they sell guns, the kind with serial numbers filed off . that is where the criminals go to get them, they dont go to cabellas or gun shows.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. DANA

    THERE SHOULDNT BE STOLEN CARS AND CHOP SHOPS SELLING CARS AND CAR PARTS ILLEGALLY EITHER , BUT THEY ARE , HOW OLD ARE YOU 10

    April 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. DANA

    Guns come across borders, guns are stolen, and in my area ,There has been police taking guns in ,that People have turned in and part of them have been lost, it happens and they end up , for sale to criminals , it shouldnt but it does. so before you start blaming people that have guns, and go to the range and target shoot , then go home ,and you think we are the problem, and you have some right to decide , because every wing ding that has never been in charge of anything ,and suddenly thinks their opinion matters, you need to read the second amendment , it states the right to bear arms shall not be infringed,

    April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      1. Well at least you admit there is problem with illegal guns for sale, most of which get that way because their owners or sellers think it's fine to be irresponsible with them. Can't fix stupid.

      2. I've been to a range and shot. Not a big deal. Shooting at a range has nothing to do with this debate.

      3. The second amendment mentions the right to bear arms in the context of a "well regulated militia". A militia was necessary at the time because the USA did not have a standing army. Later, the armed forces were organized and the National Guard began.

      Militias were no longer necessary because we had a professional military to protect us. With no need for militias, one could argue citizens do NOT have a right to bear arms. However, guns are allowed to be purchased, and the second amendment makes no mention of unregulated guns.

      Firearms have been regulated for decades. It's time for more regulation because they are being misused.

      You need to decided whether or not it is appropriate for the government to regulate guns. If it isn't, then everyone should have the right to bear arms, including convicts, mentally ill, and non-qualified.

      If is appropriate to regulate firearms, then it is reasonable to have a debate about guns falling into the wrong hands, and how that can be prevented.

      What are your ideas?

      April 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Terry

        So with says ." A well regulated militia". I think the way the country is going on more than this particular topic, we will need all of our legal firearms in the very near future when the government falls apart because of their own self-interest! The politicians on both sides are just out for themselves and do not care at all about the people! What happens when China comes calling because we do not pay our debt and they want to take over certain aspects of our resources in return? You may think this will never happen, but it is more than China, we have to worry about! There are very rich individuals out there sucking up our water supplies for personal financial benefit, and our government, both present and past have let them do these things. I know we are capitalists, but some of these private individuals have been given carte blanche over some of our resources, and soon the cost of them will be outrageous! Are you going to stand up to them with your fist or a firearm? Our politicians are puppets of the elite and damned be the rest of us. Enjoy what is to come, but I will stand up for myself and my family with whatever I have, and that is firepower!

        April 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • tim

        Judging from your writing, I don't think you ever touched a gun in your life. I'm guessing you're just a congressional staffer for some Democrat politician spewing their anti – self defense garbage here. We have more than enough laws on the books, but all you guys want is that ultimate law that will ban them all.

        April 14, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  27. DANA

    HAVING TROUBLE POSTING

    April 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. DANA

    I HAVE NO ISSUES WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS AT PUBLIC SALES, BUT IN A LOT OF STATES THAT ALREADY EXISTS, I DO NOT WANT TO SEE REGISTERING OF GUNS , THAT LEADS TO CONFISCATION, AND IF THERE IS A LIST SOONER OR LATER THE WRONG PEOPLE GET AHOLD OF IT AND USE IT AS A SHOPPING LIST TO STEAL FROM .

    April 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. DANA

    THE strange truth is I can read all of the posts here, and I agree with 80 percent of all of them, this is a very heated subject, that is hard to get to a correct solution, I t doesnt make sense to rush to judgement and pass something that wont help. we are supposed to pass well thought out laws, not opinions.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. seth

    Guns need to be registered just like any other property. The registration needs to be renewed annually upon passing a "safety inspection" aka a mental and criminal background check.

    A national database needs to be kept on all gun owners so that if someone commits a crime or becomes mentally ill after the gun was purchased, the gun registration can be revoked and the gun removed from (the no longer eligible) person's possession.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. DANA

    SETH, that is not good thinking, what is next knife registry, baseball bat, cmon on, and every year i have to prove im innocent , that is backwards to the way our country works, when you make a statement like that you are saying , that all gun owners need to be treated like criminals, until they prove they are not , do you want to go before some board every year and prove you are not a drunk driver, so you can keep your car and license even though , you have never got a dui ticket.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth

      Knives and bats shouldn't require a registration because they haven't created the problem that guns have. No-one is arguing for knife or bat control.

      I am arguing for gun control however and very strict regulations around ownership.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Eugene

        How about stricter alcohol control? Not to mention alcohol-related violence, DUIs cause more deaths than guns. How about we change the law to require all drinkers (including occasional to moderate ones) be registered as an alcohol user and have a sticker as such on their car license plates, and give highway patrol officers the authority to pull them over anytime to have them take a breathalyzer test?
        Oh, and background checks every time anyone buys alcohol to make sure the buyer doesn’t have a history of alcohol/substance abuse. By the way, the cost of the registry and background checks should be shared by all the drinkers including responsible ones.

        April 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lee

    Making gun control laws is like telling the Taliban, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorists to disarm. It simply won't work!

    I believe if Obama and Biden had their way they would disarm all Americans while they enjoy secret service protection. By the way I believe the secret service agents are armed with fully automatic weapons equipped with high capacity ammo clips.

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

    MOST LARGE CITIES ARE PASSING NO SMOKING LAWS IN EVERY RESTAURANT AND BAR , I BELIEVE A WELL THOUGHT OUT SMOKING LAW SHOULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN NOT AS A BLANKET NO SMOKING , BUT TO SAY THAT A REST OR BAR , CAN CHOOSE TO BE NON SMOKING AND IT IS NOT AGAINST THE LAW, THEN IF YOU HAD 10 ESTABLISHMENTS ON A BLOCK, LET THE PEOPLE VOTE WITH THEIR WALLET , AND IF 8 ARE NON SMOKING AND 2 ARE SMOKING, THERE IS DEMOCRACY AND APLACE FOR EVERYONE, NO ONE IS OFFENDED AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY, THAT NIS A WELL THOUGHT OUT LAW LETS HAVE SOME WELL THOUGHT OUT GUN LAWS, PARDON THE PUN BUT NO SHOOTING FROM THE HIP.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. seth

    Owning a gun should necessitate some serious responsibility and transparency. Who would be afraid of annual background checks and a national registry? Only criminals or would be criminals should be concerned.

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

      This is what happened in Canada.
      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. The net annual operating cost of the registry program, originally estimated to be $2 million, is reported to be $66.4 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

      April 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. DANA

    I think you are missing the point seth, guns have not caused this problem either, it was the weapon of choice, but it was crazy person at sandy hook , crazy person at aurora, crazy person at oregon mall, this is a crazy person issue , not guns .

    April 10, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. DANA

    I recently purchased several guns, I passed a background check, it should be over I should not be regulated, to a check unless I purchase another one, it has to stop somewhere, but think of this if you dont own any guns, you may not know this, I can walk into any store and buy all the ammo I WANT with no check at all, and no name given, so why check one and not the other. AND I think most gun owners are very responsible I am and everyone I know is.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth

      Some gun owners become criminals (often using their gun) after they legally purchase their gun.
      Some gun owners become mentally ill after they purchase their gun as well.
      It is necessary from a public safety stand point that we know, and have this information to protect the innocent.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tesla

        Very few law-abiding citizens actually become criminals after purchasing a firearm legally. However, it does happen. It's unfortunate when it does, but it does. I do have a concern though; by using that as your selling point for registration or banning of certain weapons, you're saying you don't trust your fellow citizens with their rights. As has been stated many times, most gun owners have not shot anyone. Do the actions of a few mean that a right should be stripped from all?

        I have only one more thing to add to this comment, but I'm afraid you won't like it. I have a const!tutional right to bear arms. You do not have a const!tutional right to public safety.

        April 10, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  37. seth

    I'm right on point. The people you referenced were not “illegal owners” of guns. How do you suggest we prevent if we don't check regularly for elgibility?

    Most gun criminals aren't criminals until they commit a crime with their gun.

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

    I see your point , and to a point I agree with it, but we are a free society and can not infringe on peoples rights, I think we would be better served to install some form of security at schools , or public places and that doesnt necesarily mean guns , maybe dog patrols, there was a knife attack earlier today, at a college in texas, dog patrols could have possibly stopped it or at least when started, turn the dog loose on the attacker, the problem if you really look, is there is no deterent for the crazys to not attack.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. seth

    This is our country. The government is our American government. People who are that afraid of OUR American government, (the same government that protects us abroad), need to do some serious introspection to see if their fear is actually rational, or just imposed on them by folks like the NRA, who are pushing a product to make a profit.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      Don’t you remember that many J@panese-Americans were put into detention camps during WW2?? And that was done by OUR American government. Coming from a gun-free country, I assume the majority of J@panese-Americans were not well-armed. They were wronged by the American government because of their pacifistic nature and the lack of imagination in what governments can do.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      Our American government, through paranoia, fear mongering, and emotional rhetoric, has interred hundreds of thousands of N!kkei J4panese, opened fire on it's own citizens multiple times, has blacklisted individuals as "communists" and "enemies of the state" for speaking out against the people in power at the time, and has worked to enact aggressive espionage programs against its own citizens, including wire-tapp!ng, internet-mon!toring, and routine drone flyovers of American soil, all for the purpose of identifying potential "terrorists," a word so nebulously defined by the NDAA that almost anyone could be considered a terrorist, allowing government agent to arrest them and detain them indefinitely without charges, or even execute them without trial (as has occured).

      "Our" American government f***ing terrifies me.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. DANA

    IF you look at aurora and sandy hook , but of those were known , people with issues and nothing was done , they should have been taken in long before they attacked. again crazy issue , not gun issue . aurora guy had set bombs in his apartment , had he not of got a gun, he would have used bombs at school.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth

      Agreed. And if last year someone would have been able (and required) to question the mother about the guns in her possession, in a yearly registration process, the tragedies may have been prevented. They could have determined that an unstable person lived in those households.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tina Irmakesen

    My problem with the irrational resistance to background checks and the fanatical desire to put a gun in the hands of every "law abiding citizen" on university campuses and school grounds is that we cannot predict who will choose to abandon their "law abiding citizen" status. Adam Lanza,James Holmes, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold were all law abiding citizens until they amassed multiple guns and committed mass murder as their first illegal act. Why don't we just issue a gun to every American at birth, since at birth we are all "law abiding citizens"? That would make background checks irrelevant we would just take away someone's gun when they committed their first crime. Absurd isn't it? I wish there was more media attention paid to the attack in a Chinese school on the same day as Newtown. A man entered and stabbed dozens of children, all of whom LIVED. That outcome, so different from Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown, is proof that reducing access to guns SAVES LIVES.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Thank you for your post. Many people have forgotten that on the EXACT same day in China, a man stabbed 22 and everyone lived. A gun would have been a much different story.

      Proof positive reasonable gun control needs to be enacted in this country. Not confiscation or raids, just policies that prevent people from getting their hands on horrifically efficient killing machines.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      You do realize you're talking about China, right? You know, the country where the citizens were all disarmed? And where at least 50,000,000 citizens have been killed by the government since the regime change lead by Mao Zedong? That China?

      April 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Lee Stratton

    Since our government is so broken, why don't we lobby the Governors and their legislature in each of our states and encourage them to pass their own gun laws the way Conneticut did? There's more than one way to skin a cat!

    April 10, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. DANA

    I think you are right on that sad but true they knew and did nothing, heres a thought go to the source , google thoughts of thomas jefferson, on second amendment, once did that, you will find exerpts, from all signers, why they put it in there , and why they put it as #2 in importance, before you give up the rights, read why they put it in there , and then decide , I will respect your decision , but may not agree with it . i think you will find it very elightening as to what they have to say about it.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth

      I truly believe that the intention of the second amendment was to provide protection from foreign invasion in the absence of (a most powerful military in the world, as we have today).

      I do not believe that the founding fathers (who were the government at the time), established the 2nd amendment to protect the people from themselves (the fathers, aka the government).

      This notion of needing guns to protect ourselves from ourselves is a marketing scheme for the gun industry.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tedd

        "And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants" - Thomas Jefferson

        April 10, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." - James Madison

        April 10, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves... and include all men capable of bearing arms." - Richard Henry Lee

        April 10, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        “The unlimited power of the sword [arms] is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people" - Tench Coxe

        April 10, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        "but if circu*mstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..." - Alexander Hamilton

        April 10, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  44. DANA

    I am a gun owner, and I am as saddened as anyone about the tragedys, that have happened, the big question is who decides, in new york , you cant have a rifle with a muzzle brake, its illegal, without it its ok, a muzzle brake, reduces recoil thats it, then look at the assault weapons list , it is not just rifles they have pistols on their also who gets to make these decisions, ala new york state someone who doesnt know anything about guns, why else would you outlaw muzzle brakes. it has become crazy, as a gun owner show me real laws that will make a difference i wouls support it, but no shooting from the hip pardon the pun.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  45. DANA

    OF course that muzzle brake makes the gun look more menacing , and we cant have that , must be a crazy man that wants that make those illegal, there now everyone is safe . really really is that what we have come too

    April 10, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Royce

    Morgan showed once again why gun sales are increasing. When he continues to spew carefully veiled lies (such as "gun violence goes down with gun control laws" when time after time it has been pointed out to him that the OVERALL violent crime rate went up in his country and others after gun control laws were enacted), he simply loses all credibility and people begin to see this for what it is. Who cares how someone is murdered? They're just as dead! So if murders increase after gun control laws are enacted, why is Morgan and his cronies still pushing for it? It's not about saving kids or lives in general. It's about pushing his ideology. He simply has lost his ability to reason.

    April 10, 2013 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Brian

    Using the “logic” of Piers Morgan of CNN, I think we should ban automobiles and other motorized vehicles, or at least restricting their use and horsepower. According to the US DOT (http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/transportation_statistics_annual_report/2010/index.html), the total recorded fatalities attributed to vehicle deaths in highway were 33,808, and about 2,217,000 injuries in 2009. There were a total of 15,241 murders and manslaughter (http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_02.html). Of the 15,241killings, 9,146 were carried out by firearm. 1825 of the murders were done by knives or other cutting instruments. There were a total of 1,318,398 violent crimes that year. That’s about one half as many killed or injured with vehicles.
    So, in order to save the children from adults behind the wheel, we should regulate the all vehicles to a maximum of about 20hp. This will drastically reduce the amount of fatalities on our highways, not to mention that pedestrians are much more likely to survive the impact of a vehicle. Everyone will still have a mode of transportation (all be it a bit slower), but you can at least rest assured that you will arrive intact. This will also reduce fuel consumption and produce less vehicle emissions. Highway maintenance and police patrols will also be reduce saving millions in tax payer dollars. Most importantly, the states’ children will be safe.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. john

    I bet this is some sort of China Proxy war on US. China wants to contain USA for few more years by engaging in war and to become world biggest economy. Right now US economy is getting better and USA is going to end Afghan war in 2014 eventually USA don't need to borrow money for war. China cannot tolerate this happening to USA. It’s simple logic how did North Korea get technology to build and test Nuks, engage in cyber attack, lunch satellite and many more. North Korea doesn’t even grow food for them self. China is fit for nothing if it cannot contain and control North Korea. Its wast of being permanent member of United Nations. Did not contribute anything on “war on terror”. Just minting money by selling substandard goods to rest of the world and making money. Wake up is it not clear. Talk loudly. Nothig is going to happen if USA can control import of china goods. Money talks.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. 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 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. worldcares

    The Government needs to focus on illegal gunrunners and crack down on Gangs. Everyday, I hear of a drive by shooting, in the larger city 50 miles away.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    I believe that American citizens were given the right to bear arms; as stated in the second Amendment. I have the right to defend my family and property however I see fit. I should be able to carry a gun with me wherever I go because Obama has security guards around him constantly and I deserve the same rights to protection!

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