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Four days since drafting and pushing a piece of legislature named in honor – or, perhaps, in contempt – of Piers Morgan, on Monday evening Nathan Dahm joined the British television presenter's program to explain his motivation.
At the core of Senator Dahm's bill, which he's calling the “Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act”, is the notion that firearms should be more easily attainable, an idea that stands in direct contrast to the beliefs of the host.
To illustrate his position, Morgan rolled video of a grieving father, in which a man who lost his son in the Newtown school shooting stated that the right to life supersedes the right to carry a military style assault weapons. Seated squarely on "The Grill," the program's signature interview segment, the politician from Oklahoma was forced the face the following inquiry from the very man he sited when creating legislation:
"He's simply putting the question out there, for other Americans, including you, to determine what is more important," said Morgan, referencing Sandy Hook father David Wheeler from the clip. "He says his son's right to life is more important."
Dahm sought a solution which might satisfy both schools of thought:
"I believe that both of them should and could coexist," he said. "We do have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And we also do have a right to keep and bear arms. And yes, somebody should not take that right and violate somebody else's right, and take a life, and they should be punished accordingly if they do that. But you don't understand what a right is, and that's the problem here."
During the day, the Senator's website featured a promotion of the evening's upcoming segment, in which he positioned the debate as a match, complete with photos of both participants on either side of a "vs."
The host resented the ploy:
"I don't need to be told about guns, or how they're used, or when they are important to be used," said Morgan. "What part of a well regulated militia allows you to put this bill out using my name to get yourself some cheap publicity, and sort of make a mockery of the whole thing, what part allows you to say that Oklahomans should all just be able to be armed to the teeth in the streets, with no licensing or background checks and that constitutes somehow a well regulated militia as laid down by your founding fathers?"
Dahm denied the stunt, but did explain what the militia consists of in Oklahoma:
"First of all, I'm not here to get attention for myself. I'm here to get attention on the issue," he said. "The militia is made up of three parts: the Oklahoma National Guard, the Oklahoma State Guard, and the unorganized militia, which is every able bodied citizen between the age of 18 and 69."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Dahm, the man looking to pass legislation "that will strengthen Second Amendment rights," and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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