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April 24th, 2012
01:45 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rahm Emanuel on Chicago gangs; Sean Penn on the Falkland Islands

On Monday "Piers Morgan Tonight" moved to the Midwest and set up shop in Chicago. While the city hosts the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Piers Morgan was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who offered candid comments on violence in his city:

"We have a gang problem, and also kids raised with no sense of values when it comes to life, that they can indiscriminately shoot, gang-on-gang violence. And it’s unacceptable," Emanuel told the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "We’ve empowered communities to shut down these liquor stores in the neighborhood. OK? But it is working on a strategy that takes guns out of gangs, puts gangs on notice that these streets belong to our kids, belong to our families. They don’t belong to you."

On the backdrop of the Trayon Martin case in Florida, the mayor revealed that while he doesn't favor the stand-your-ground law, his bigger priority remains his own backyard:

"I think the policies on those type of gun laws are exact opposite of why I fought for the Brady bill, the assault weapon ban, and a juvenile Brady bill," explained Emanuel. "But my concentration, my time, my energy is making sure the kids in our city of Chicago can walk to school thinking of their studies, not their safety."

Meanwhile, Sean Penn also joined Morgan in Chicago on Monday. Referencing the recent controversy surrounding his comments on British subjects in the Falkland Islands, the actor and humanitarian offered clarification:

"Suddenly, there are offshore oil reserves being tapped into and found, discovered, now they send Prince William. With Prince William comes a battleship," cautioned Penn. "This is in that place, where anyone who visits...Argentina. It's a very clear, conscious intimidation related to oil, that has nothing to do with the 3,000 British subjects, who are on that island."

Watch the clip, as Morgan offers Penn a piece of advice on British diplomacy. Also, listen to the interview with Emanuel, as the mayor further details growing gang concerns in Chicago.

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  1. rufus75

    So much fail in such a small time.

    Going through in order:

    "Opening up immigration" – The UK doesn't control immigration to the Falkland Islands, The Falkland Island Government does.

    "3000 people raising goats" – I think there are some goats on the islands, however there are far more sheep farmers, fishermen, doctors and people catering for tourists than there are goat farmers, just like California isn't populated solely by mediocre actors.

    "I wouldn't even take a position on that [the right of the UK to defend the islands, back in 1982]" – Pinochet bad, OK, but Pinochet so bad that Galtieri good?
    The man who presided over the dawning of the word Dissapeared becoming a noun, after all the Argentine authorities could honestly say that their political prisoners were alive when they were released. Released, that is, out of an aircraft over the mouth of the River Plate or half an hours flight time out over the South Atlantic is good in Sean Penn's eyes?

    "Overkill" – So how many people being siezed by a brutal military dictatorship that had already killed ten times the population of the Falkland Islands of it's own people would justify defending them? If 3000 isn't enough, how many is?

    "You lost a battleship" – Quite an achievement, bearing in mind the last Royal Navy battleship was decommissioned and broken up for scrap in 1960.

    "Some type of collaborative split" – yes, one government did (back in the 1960s), but it was always dependent on the agreement of the people who actually lived on the islands they even sent a politician to try and convince the Falkland Islanders, who politely but firmly told him exactly where he should shove any joint soverignty proposals.

    "Now they send Prince William" – on a short posting, which finished in March, when he came back from flying the unarmed (high-visibility yellow) search and rescue helecopters

    "With Prince William comes a battleship" – again, no battleships since 1960. Additionally the one British warship that was on station in the South Atlantic (there has been one for the past 30 years) during Prince William's posting was the GP/ASW frigate HMS Montrose that had already been on station for about 4.5 months of it's 6 month posting. The ship replacing it is the air defence destroyer HMS Dauntless, which set off for the South Atlantic roughly a week after William came back and had a weeks skiing holiday.

    "A very clear, concious intimidation" – Replacing one ship with another every six months is an act of intimidation? Hardly. Compare and contrast with all of the "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" signs, the harassment of Falklands licenced fishing vessels by Argentine coastguards, the occasional ship and aircraft that "strays into" Falkland territory (until it's met by a ship or fighter plane from the Falkland Islands). Intimidation would be having an attack submarine holding station outside each Argentinian naval base using it's active (i.e. easily detectable) sonar on every warship that goes past, or increasing the number of RAF aircraft to the capacity of the airbase, rather than the four Typhoons, one refuelling plane, one Hercules and two SAR helecopters that are there. The UK isn't doing that.

    "Oil" – There was a joint agreement on hydrocarbon exploration between the UK, the Falkland Islands and Argentina that dated back to 1999. Can you guess which party to the agreement was the one to tear it up (a hint, it's the first one in the dictionary). The same thing happened with the agreement over sharing fisheries data, and pretty much every other agreement.

    "Very poor people throughout that continent [South America]" – at the dawn of the 20th centuary, Argentina was one of the ten wealthiest countries in the world. How is the constant mismanagement of their economy and natural resources the Falkland Islanders fault? They aren't the ones who mismanaged it.

    "If anyone goes to the videotape" – People did (I know I did), as well as reading the letters that he sent to the British press. That's why you got a roasting by them.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jenny

      Couldn't have said it better myself.......either Sean penn is extremely misinformed, or he chooses to just view one side of this argument. I think, for a man that claims to be a champion of human rights, he fails big time in human rights this he chooses to ignore the human rights of the most important people in this argument........the 3000 falkland Islanders!!!

      April 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      May 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Richard

    Just to add: whilst we didn't lose a battleship we did lose HMS Sheffield, HMS Coventry, HMS Ardent, HMS Antelope, The Sir Galahad and The Atlantic Conveyor. Significantly more than 'a' anything and with considerable loss of life.
    Apologies if i'm wrong about any of the names or there are other ships i've left out.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    I didn't like his views on gang violence and again blaming guns for this violence. Policy and laws can only discourage people from doing something. Policy and laws provide a punishment for breaking the rules. Policy and laws do not prevent or stop people from doing something. There are already laws that make it illegal to: fire a firearm within city limits, brandish a firearm, assault someone with a deadly weapon, purchase a firearm by a minor, concealing a firearm without a license, and murder someone. Those laws are being broken by people who perpetuate the gang violence new policies and laws will just be ignored just like the ones they are ignoring now. You can't control the lawless with laws

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