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With gun crime back into the news cycle this week following incidents in Oklahoma and Georgia, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked Ray Kelly to share his informed perspective and expert insight as part of a primetime interview.
Five days since a trio of teenagers shot and killed an aspiring Australian baseball player, allegedly purely out of boredom, the commissioner of the NYPD spoke about the event specifically, and more generally, about the growing firearm issue nationwide:
"It's horrific, no question about it, and I think it just underscores the fact that there's way too many guns abroad in America," said Kelly. "We have as many as 300 million guns in this country, and it's just an incredible number. Unfortunately, you're going to see events like this take place when you have that number of weapons. We think that we're in need of sensible gun laws, federal laws."
On Tuesday, four days after the murder of Christopher Lane, rogue gunman Michael Brandon Hill opened fire inside a Georgia elementary school. Fortunately, he surrendered to authorities before anyone was injured, but according to Kelly, the incident only serves to emphasize the need to monitor those with access to weapons, especially in relation to growing instances of guns landing in the hands of individuals battling various psychological disorders:
"We need databases with more, reliable current information about individuals mental state," Kelly told Piers Morgan. "This person, we're not certain if it was his gun or if he got a gun from an acquaintance. If that was the case, it'd be even more difficult to check. But again, it just goes back to the idea that we have way too many guns in America."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Kelly, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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