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June 24th, 2013
11:01 PM ET

Piers Morgan on "Delta 6," the life-like gaming gun: "I don't like it very much"

On Monday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed a man who felt video game guns were simply too unrealistic. As such, he created a controller that looks and feels like an assault rifle, and he brought it into the "Piers Morgan Live" studio for a demonstration.

Joined by his wife Melissa, David Kotkin listened as the host began by explaining his objection to the premise of a toy he feels is simply too close to the real thing:

"I don't like it very much. Because I've got three teenage sons, they all play these games and they love them, but there's something about it being detached in a video screen," said Morgan. "When I see this, this to me is Adam Lanza, [James] Holmes in Aurora, every other mass shooting I've seen, coming vividly to reality."

Melissa meanwhile, sides with Morgan, and had no problem disagreeing with her husband on live, international television:

"We have two boys, 8 and 11, and they're not allowed to pick it up. In fact, after Boston, even though guns were not involved with that, I told him [David] you've got to stop. This is not the time," revealed Melissa Kotkin. "There's too many things going on in this world, it's not the time. And if I won't let our kids pick it up, I don't know that I want anyone else's kids to pick it up either."

Noting that "you have your wife and me against you," Morgan offered Kotkin the oppurtunity to explain how he can sleep at night without guilt:

"It works ethically because I have to say that there's – should I say it?" he wondered aloud. "Okay. I'm going to say it. There's five people here that want one, from your staff, who said to me 'I want one of these. This is the coolest thing that I have. I would love to have this.' Your staff wants it. I mean, and you know, would you take that away from them, the joy of just having a little fun inside their house?"

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with the Kotkin's including a complete demonstration of gaming controller that has its own Twitter handle, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. Vanessa

    There will come a day when one of our kids will be just walking down the street carrying that toy gun to a friends house to play the game with his friend and the police just happen to be riding down the street and think he or they are going to kill someone. Then police would shoot and kill the child, thinking the gun is real then find out that it is just a toy for a game. If and when that happen, David Kotkin should suffer a consequence. I don't know like pay for the child's funeral.

    June 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      The Daisy & Crosman Pellet/Gun BB/Gun line has been on the Sporting Goods Dpet. Shelves at Wal-Mart , K-Mart, etyc. for years. They make Look-A-Like Knock-Off Compressed Air Co2 Cartridge operated Pellet Guns that cost from $29.95 to $100.00 dollars per gun and they really shoot projectiles of lead and steel ..Pellets being lead and BB's being steel balls .177 inches in diameter ..The guns will kill rabbits, birds ,, and break Automobile Glass pretty well, Lexington , Kentucky just days ago put out a "Public Watch" notice on the news that a Pellet Gun Person was shooting car windows and house windows with such a gun. There have already been more than one 12 year old shot dead by Police in New York when the officer misIdentified the Pellet Rifle for an AR-15 ,,pulled his service handgun , shooting the `12 year old dead.. been a few years back,,but none the less your comment is more than a day late.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. skip arthur

    why is this anti-America british butt head on cnn, hey, me again, retired retail exec, masters degree, viet nam era
    vet, father and grandfather of many many successful family. I spent time in great brittian, England et al, I am of an
    American brittish family. he anti America, why is he on cnn, I have been to London Cambridge and all over Europe
    courtesy of the military hey I am 70 look 50 only 5'9 and if I ever meet him, I will kick his ass I love my fellow brits
    about 97% think, as we would say he is a bloody ass why is he on cnn he belongs on the idiots of fox network

    June 25, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      You're an idiot! Now STFU!

      - From a Brit

      June 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      Your post reminds me of a 20 year old News Story..George Bush Senior at the age of 75 years jumped out of an Airplane with a parachute and landed very well smiling on TV News..4 days later a 95Year Old Woman in Lexington Kentucky did the exact same jump and landing..I Loved it and so did a lot of other Americans. Also , what did the Colonel Harlan Sanders of Kentucky fried Chicken fame have in common with my own father ? ? ? They both joined the U.S. Army at age 16. I don't know the details of the Colonels enlistment But I am 100% sure my Father lied about his age.. He made Sergeant 1st Class , stationed in Germany.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. J.R.

    The woman on the show has children that are 8 and 11. Call of Duty and similar games are rated M (Mature). Rated T (Teen) at the least. If you let your children play these games, why complain about the content? So mowing down people with a gun is okay, as long as they're not physically holding the gun?

    June 25, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Fair point. For whatever reason, video game ratings don't carry the same weight as movie theater ratings, although there's nothing stopping those parents from buying R or NC-17 DVDs and watching them at home.

      Parental discretion should be exercised over the content of media long before a debate over the type of device used to access it is had. That said, I think the gun the man created is overkill and inappropriate.

      June 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scare The Pilgrim

        Then don't buy one. This Video Game Gun is decades behind the Crosman Model 1100 .38 Caliber Co2 Shotgun package offered for sale in 1971. The Co2 Cylinder operated Shotgun was made toreplicate the looks and feel of a Remington Model 1100 Shotgun . The fine lead shot comes out of the barrel like a real low-powered shotgun and the Targets were small yellow plastic discs thrown from a mini-version of the Trap Machines that throw ATA clay Pigeons . The Amateur Trapshooting Association is thriving to this day. The paranoia of some Americans over firearms is Astounding to many Civilians... the problem is not now , nor was it ever Firearms..its the fear Between The Ears of a really minor number of civilians who some of us get a real laugh out of as we read and listen to their Amazing Solutions to this Non-Existent Problem.

        June 26, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Breen

    Another gun idiotidiot with no sense of responsibilty. Someone with a sick mind will cut loose with the real thing and blame this game for setting them off and the inventor should be held directly responsible

    June 25, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrim

      Freedom – look it up in the Dictionary.

      June 25, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Matt

        Lets see you yell our that word when you have a lead slug lodged in your brain matter.

        June 25, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Mister Peebles

        A society full of armed people is not necessarily a free one. While you think the guns are for confronting the government (a remote possibility with dire consequences for our economy, way of life, and "super power" status), I don't feel free knowing a nutty neighbor could put a bullet through my head over an argument or mistakenly thinking I'm a burglar late at night.

        A police state is also in effect when everyone – including citizens – are running around armed.

        June 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roberto Chavez

    What I do not understand is how America can glorify a soldier and the job they do, which is to protect the freedom of Americans using similar weapons. How are you going to tell Timmy you do not want him to play pretend guns or war but also show him to praise soldiers and the job they do. Make up your minds America.

    June 25, 2013 at 3:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrim

      America did make up its mind. You didn't see any of Dianne Fienstein's, Chuck Schumer's , Joe Biden's , & Barack Hussein Obama's insane Gun Restrictions against common Law Abiding American Gun Owners Pass Did You,,? NOPE, see you at THe Gun Range ^5

      June 25, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Matt

        NRA paid off all the opposition. That's all it is. Plenty of polls were shown that more American's actually favor new, tougher, gun laws. If you are a law-abiding citizen then you wont might jumping through a few more hoops to get a gun. Now quit crying like a baby who spilled his milk.

        June 25, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Roberto Chavez

        No, I did not see them pass but I still see soldiers on the news being praised everyday for the job they do and what are they carrying while being shown on tv, fully automatic assault rifles. What are the tools of their jobs assault riffles, explosives, handguns, tanks, missiles. We send children, fathers, and mothers off to war not to play soldier but to be actual soldiers that are trained to kill people and this is fine with Americans but only when they are 18 or older.

        How do the armed forces show their authority? With a gun.

        So what America is saying is that they are okay with our children carrying guns and killing people as long as they are not in America.

        America has a double standard when it comes to guns. We glorify jobs that the tools of the trade are guns(police officer, soldier, FBI agent) all careers that a parent would be proud of their children having, but denounce the tools necessary to perform their job. If these individuals did not carry guns then what authority would they have?
        I do not really think soldiers or officers want to fight a war with their words but I bet they feel much safer carrying a firearm.

        Violence and conflict happens in every part of this world and has been this way long before I set foot on this earth and it will be here long after I am gone and one thing that it has shown me is that if a person wants to harm another person they will with whatever they can get their hands on teaching our kids that guns are bad or banning them all together will not change that.

        June 25, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cynthia

    On the show, the interviewee asked Piers how he would feel if 5 of his staff wanted to play with his contraption at home. Would that be OK? Here's where I don't understand Americans. Americans think THAT would be OK, but when one network star makes one racial slur, THAT is not OK. Reality check: NEITHER is OK. The fact that I saw both of these stories within the same hour on CNN just makes me shake my head! A woman makes has a verbal outburst and gets fired, but a number of young men blast away dozens of people, including children, and it's excused away as mentally ill young men who fell through the system. Astounding.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. smb

    To me the problem with this device remains that replacing an autonomous controller or keyboard with a realistic facsimile of a weapon transforms any game into a simulator- a video game therefore may become a tool for the training of anyone wishing to improve urban combat skills- increase body count...

    June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrim

      SMB ,,so exactly what is the Problem ??? It is a TOY ! ,Rock'em Sock'em Plastic Boxing Robots = A Toy
      The PLastic Look-A-Like ARMY Guns we played ARMY with as Children circa late 1960's were toys ,, Good God in Heaven,, scale of 1 to 10 ,, how can we hope your views make sense in the Arena Of America's Rights ,et all
      Well since there ain't no ZEROS ,,I give you a ________

      June 25, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mister Peebles

        Playing "Call of Duty" or any other shoot em up game with such a realistic gun is akin to a battle simulation.

        So are we really at the point that kids need to simulate battle for entertainment? Also there is a big difference between plastic dolls and the hand-eye coordination and visual stimuli of a battle sim video game. Don't make false equivalences.

        Those games teamed with firearm game controllers warp a child's view of reality and condition him/her to ignore any decreasing sense of empathy, a problem common in disturbed minds. What ever happened to playing baseball in the sandlot after school?

        June 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • smb

        2+2=5 and I have no idea why I bothered... I have so much less time than you...

        June 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scare The Pilgrims

    Break It Down. 1. ) Piers , 5 of your staff want to play this Facsimile Gun Range Weapon at their homes , Would That be OK ? ______________ 2. ) Heres where I don't understand Americans ? THIS IS WHERE I came up with My Answer since I read it too Often on this 1 subject. CNN as well as some other News Network Talking Heads use the word AMERICANs in such a context you would think America was 1 Big City Park..its not,,Its 50 states covering the North American Continent and my favorite way to say it is AMERICA is THE BREAD BASKET of The World . We Feed The planet's General Population. Corn , Soybeans, Pork, Chickens, Turkeys, Beef Cattle, etc. A Man or Woman in California is Not Going To Understand The Thinking , Working, or Eating Habits of a Family In Tennessee EXAMPLE -> " The Beverly Hillbillies – The #1 Sit-Com of all time . WHY ? don't ask me ,I'm a Farmer in Scott County Kentucky I just read and study a Topic common to The General Population. The Beverly Hillbillies almost Did Not Happen. Californias Hollywood Elite really doubted the Idea of The Clampett Family's Theme of Poor Jed Clampett Finds Crude Oil on his Land When he shot at a Rabbit and up came "A bubl'in Crude, Oil That is , Black Gold , Texas Tea, Well the 1st thing you know Old Jeds a Millionaire , Jeds Kin-Folks Said Jed Move Away From there, They said KaliForney's the place you wanna be so they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly,,Hills that is,,Swimming Pools ..Movie Stars..Now this show became the #$1 Most Watched , Longest Running show of all time on a RISK factor decision of Hollywoods TV Studios..Who would Have Thunk It ? America as I know it is a very Diverse Nation. Generation to Generation ideas change,,values change , the English Language gets a Make-Over every generation.. Remember the Radio Maverick Allen Freed .?.The Moon Doggers his Audience .. I could write for a week about The United States Of America 's History ,, It is an Adventure that boggles the mind,, Not enough Brain Cells in 1 skull to absorbe and process the Info. Infinity is the key word here. Remember The Clampetts were 1st Class Top Notch Marksmen with their Firearms,, Lever Action Winchester Rifles , a Classic Double Barreled Shotgun owned by Granny ?? The Very Shotgun Joe Biden Advised Americas Female Population To Own and To use against a Dangerous Criminal by Shooting both barrels into the air from an Imaginary Balcony . The WORST ADVICE ever heard By Americans from the Vice- President Of The United States . Face it if you have read this far you have flattered me greatly ..most people will not believe 1 word I've posted as is their right,, I will say this .. No Matter how much you think the War on Gun Ownership is still alive , no matter how much you wish all guns would magically Disappear from our Great Nation,,That Just isn't in The Cards at this point,,I love This Article as it shows without a doubt Piers Morgan is a Hair-Brained Nut Job from Great Britain , a well Paid NutJob, but a Nut Job just the same ,,The Facts are The NRA Won again,, The 1st Time the NRA won was in 1998,,The NRA Agreed To Allow The Brady Bill / Act To Pass and the Waiting Period of 5 Days Became Law ,,That Law was to Expire in 2004 unless Washington agreed to keep it in place For Good,,Didn't happen,,On George W Bush's watch the Brady act expired, The Law the NRA went along with was gone forever. The NRA's agreement with Bill Clinton was as follows
    1.) The Waiting period would be in place for 5 years ,, 2. ) During this 5 Years The FBI with the supoport of the NRA would put in place a " Instant National Check System "Computer Data-Base" ,, 3.) The Gun Purchase by John Doe from an FFL dealer would follow these steps,,, The BATF/ F B I , would assign a Secret Password To All Licensed Gun Dealers ,,When a buyer wished to make a purchase the buyer would fill out the Federal Form in the Presence Of The FFL dealer ..The Dealer now leaves the room to make the call to the FBI / Gun Sales NICS office ,,he gets a response of
    # 1 . Deny Sale ,,or # 2 . Delay Sale #3. All Clear – Gun sale allowed to Purchaser .. This is in effect Now as it was then and will be tomorrow ,,forever.. Well you've read this far so.. GOOD LUCK in Life , God Loves all his Children and Among these children of God there are some who want to legally own legal firearms under the conditions of the Second Amendment ..Some children of the same God want Firearms Outlawed in America ..So What ???? The NRA is forever .. The Gun Law / Restrictions proposals used against the Honest Americans runs in Cycles ,, One part of the that cycle is the Hibernation Phase of Dianne Feinstein 's , Charles Schumers , Sarah Brady's Insane Anti-2nd Amendment Stand .. Face it,,,it is over , The NRA & Legal American Gun Owners can now " Break The C i r c l e of its Wagons ,, Return to Normal Life , Firearms Rights Intact .. The Only Gun Rights Restrictions Debates Left to Argue on CNN TV are the ones that exist in only in the minds of the Left ,,Piers Morgan, Sarah Brady , Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer , Joe Biden , Barrack Hussein Obama..et all.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY can't wait for the 4th of July , 2013 date on the calender ,,when Gun Owners Shoot Real Guns , Legally Owned Guns into the air.. and get the message across to all concerned ,, The 4th Of July trumps The Ghost of Adam Lanza may he burn in H___ for all eternity.
    Scare The Pilgrims , Over & Out.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      Good grief. A rather nonsensical rant, proclaiming "God" is doling out rights and responsibilities.

      Check your history books AGAIN. First and foremost, we live in a secular democracy. God does not run my life. I don't even believe he or she exists. We are accountable to each other. The knuckle dragging of the NRA and pro gun advocates is mind boggling because in reality they put themselves FIRST before anyone else. That's page one from the book on human nature.

      June 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • brasstacs

        Peebles.... It is you that needs to learn the facts before foaming out of your pie hole ...You know nothing about the NRA much less any concept of a higher power..which is as far over your empty head as quantum physics is over the head of a worm...Comprende cup cake ??

        June 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jean greene

    that man was an embarrassing man child! He was so distracted playing with his toy, he couldn't focus! He was also completely oblivious to the negative ramifications! How on earth did he get a beautiful, intelligent wife? I was so embarrassed for her and her children! All that mattered was his gaming-is he that immature at home? What an absolute geek! Grow up and be a man!

    June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. brasstacs

    Why should law abiding citizens have any rights or privileges be taken away because of wacko's and criminals ?? responsible citizens should not be the one to make concessions...It's the sick wacko's and criminals that needs to be watched and monitored, and to have their rights limited...not the other way around.

    June 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Scare The Pilgrim

    The Topic – "I don't like it very much " Piers Morgan ,,SO ? Lets Keep Track shall we ?
    "I don't like it very much " Piers view of the NRA = The NRA has over 1 million new members since Piers stated he did not like the NRA " I don't like it very much " Piers view on the AR-15 style rifle/carbine – RESULTS= America is Swamped with AR-15 style rifles in Private Owners Hands who will NOT SELL THEIRS for any price. ": I don't like it very much " Piers View on the Background Check System for potential Gun Purchasers ,,Well Like it or not,The 1994 Brady Act Waiting Period of 5 days must pass before a buyer can take possession of his legally purchased firearm expired in 2004 when George W. Bush decided it had not effected violent crime . The Background NICS system has been in place ever since and that is that . So Piers Morgan = 0 2nd Amendment of the U.S.A. = 3 for 3
    My own view on that Bill Clinton Waiting period , Cooling off period of 5 days before a gun purchase could be completed and the buyer taking possessaion of his paid for gun .. Bill Clinton said it was a tool against violent people who might talk themselves out of the violent act they had in mind when they first paid for the gun and it would save lives ,MY VIEW of same waiting Period = The Govt. De-sensatizing Legal Gun Buyer's to the idea that they could have a gun ONLY when the Govt. said they can have a gun.. <- The Foot In the door leading to Registration of All Firearms owned by Citizens in the U.S.A. ,,no matter what anyone thinks ..it is over and the 2nd Amendment WON ,,,again.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. fixento

    Piers is a typical Brit, comes to US because he's a failure in Britian, comes to the US where a worthless liberal rhetoric broadcasting channel picks him up.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. NullNoodles

    Perhaps Mr. Morgan is unaware that violent crime in the United States has seen dramatic decreases over the past 20 years. There are lot's of sources showing this but here's an easy one for consumption (see the 3rd graph which is derived from the U.S. Justice Department of Statistics):

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/150464/americans-believe-crime-worsening.aspx

    This link has multiple graphs comparing video game sales to violent crime:

    http://videogames.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=003627

    While video game sales have risen dramatically violent crime has been drastically fallen. What are we to make of this data? Well, it's not clear. What this data does make very difficult to claim is that violent video games drive rates in real world violence. Mr. Morgan is welcome to have an opinion about the subject of video games and violence but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that his beliefs are in any way supported by the evidence.

    June 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Lee Ann Wilson

    I know this is late to make a comment although I hope someone at CNN Reads this. While watching this Man who says he knows so much about GUNs I found him to be extremely dysfunctional handling it in front of his Wife and Piers. He has had NO training in how to handle a gun "whether it be a Toy or not" Being 58 years old I grew up in an age where toy guns where just another toy (cowboy style) in the house with boys although my brothers & I were taught Never to point a gun at people and always respectfully hold the gun to the ground or in the air. These were strict rules. I didn't see any respect at all from this guy as he randomly swung the gun around. Toy or no Toy Handling must be respected.

    June 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sheila houchins

    To Piers Morgan. Mr. Morgan I want to deeply apologize for last night's guess Grill Elder. I felt this individual was disrespectful to you while you were talking. He criticized Ms. Rachel Gentel and then insulted you by stating "That's why you are here Piers". This man was an embarrassment to the black race. Then he had the nerve to say what his mother would have said about Rachel Gentel. Its obviously his mother did not teach him in manners or professionalism because he would not be talking over you while you were trying to speak. That's and outrage. And did you see his anger in his eyes when he was speaking? The questions you were asking did not have anything to do what he was saying. I feel the way he presented himself on television was an outrage. Piers Morgan; Grill Elder owe you an apology. If this was my show; I would of thrown him off for that type of behavior. Thank you so much for being compassionate to Travon Martin and his family. You are doing a great shown on this subject.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply

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