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July 20th, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Piers Morgan on gun control: "I'll tell you the day to debate it, it would have been yesterday, to prevent this from happening"

On the heels of the deadly Aurora, CO movie theater shooting which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 58 others, on Friday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a host of guests to share their insights and perspectives on the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Joining the program live from Denver, law professor David Kopel suggested more attention be paid to the victims, rather than advancing the story towards a debate on gun control:

"Honestly Piers, I think this is the wrong night to be doing this and I really wish you'd waited to have this segment until after the funerals," he told the host.

Challenging Kopel's position, Piers Morgan explained his stance:

"A lot of people have said that today, a lot of people who don't want strengthening of gun control, have said 'This is not the day to debate it.' I'll tell you the day to debate it, it would have been yesterday, to prevent this from happening," he declared. "So don't patronize me, about when we should be talking about the gun control debate."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the fiery British host further details why he feels gun control is a major concern in the United States.
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  1. Sandra Bartling

    Hurray Piers.....standing up to Mr. Kopel and his lame excuse for not talking about gun control. You are right, we are out of control on this.....what is wrong with our government that we still have these outrageous events happening?

    July 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sad but true

      What about the 30 people killed by drunk drivers last night? Why isn't anyone talking about this? Sad 12 people died last night, 30 will die tonight and tomorrow and the next night and every night this year at the hands of drunk drivers, why not ban alcohol? Guns don't kill people, people do. Alcohol kills every single day but no news story here, you know why? It's boring news, this gun story is GREAT news just what CNN and Piers wait for every day. Ratings, ratings, ratings. Nothing more.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ken Worrell


        July 21, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • brandon

        i have to agree with every word you said and every word ken worrell replied to, gun control is not the answer. legally armed citizens doing what is right with the guns they own is the answer, and a message to ken i would be proud to sit next to a legally armed citizen in a movie theatre while he shoots dead a man trying to slaughter many people i a movie theatre.

        July 21, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Charlene

        Whether or not you support gun reform Piers handled this well. Give credit where credit is due, or are you afraid to in case people's eyes are opened and the present gun laws run the risk of being reformed? Sounds like a few americans out there want to have THEIR chance at being a hero...hoping it never happens but if you DO get the opportunity to live out your fantasy and be a hero with your legally owned fire arm I pray it doesn't "backfire" on you. Did you get the humor?

        July 21, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        I agree with everything you are saying, but when they talk about gun control they mostly talk about criminals getting access to guns. This situation the adult was not a criminal but an average American, but a very smart adult. Something like this we can not predict or try to stop. So why should we push something on everyone, where this doesn't happen everyday. I think its sad that in America we freak out over a dozen people where like you stated drunk drivers are killing more nightly then that. When I first started to watch this news event earlier today I was waiting for them to start arguing about the gun control law. Then to my amazement here it is. They ran out of news worthy information so there trying to fill air time with something to bring attention to their viewers, but I rather watch this channel over fox were they don't even fact find anything before they film it. As society or government we cannot stop people from doing inhumane acts.

        July 21, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Nicholas

        I completely agree. "Passion governs, and she never governs wisely."-Ben Franklin "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Ben Franklin
        This act was horrendous, to manipulate it into political use is terrible. Even Obama has the decency to avoid politics right now. Why not ban body armor instead, that way then if someone else had a gun in the theater they could have shot the gunman. Why not go even further and ban comic books.... Where does it end?

        July 21, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        amen guns are tools like everything else. And quite frankly a right that is never to be altered or ammended hence the words. Shall not be encroached or infringed upon. EVER!!! The whole liberal media. Just will not Yield to the fact that ammendment was put there for Reason!!!! To keep free men free. And to protect life and property!!!'.

        July 21, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
      • jeff

        let's play your game.Maybe all vehicles should have an alcohol detectection unit before you start up a vehicle.All you yahoo's who love their guns are idiots.Why don't we let any body who wants a nuclear bomb have one too.The government shouldn't be able to stop us from having one,if we want one, using your childish argument.For all the families that lost a loved one in the theater,in colorado, that think like you do, I have no sympathy at all.I hope your happy that you supported politicians and the n.r.a. so that people can have their guns.Your getting just what you deserve.,a dead loved one.

        July 21, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        There is a very clear difference between alcohol, vehicles and guns. The guns used in this tragedy were designed for one purpose and one purpose only; to kill. The trite "guns don't kill people" excuse is right up there with "I was just obeying orders" for lame excuses of all time.

        July 21, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • gd

        That is just a ridiculous argument. Yes drunk driving is a problem, and that's why there are very strict laws in every state that try to curtail it. If there were no laws against drunk driving and people were marketing ways of getting more alcohol in people's system while driving, then you would make a great point. The same way that people need a driver's license, they should have to pass a test every few years if they want to own a gun. It is just common sense. In states with tougher restrictions on availability and ownership, there is dramatically less gun violence. It's not rocket science. - In fact, most people that want to own guns, are probably the people that have no business owning a gun.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • GD

        "In states with tougher restrictions on availability and ownership, there is dramatically less gun violence"

        This is absolutely false. Check the crime statistics for Washington DC and Chicago, two of your Utopias with strict gun control laws. They have more gun violence that cities which allow gun ownership.

        July 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Randa

        That was exactly MY response! It seems politicians always jump on the gun control issue! But not the ones about people dying every single day...innocent victims!

        July 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Very sad

        Sad, sad sad but people die of cancer as well. This is about FIREARMS. The only reason you by is to KILL. This killing would have never taken place if was unable to buy firearms. How was this man not reported to the FBI when he made is very first purchase? Is he a Moslom monster with no feeling for life? Why did he hate the American way of life and freedom ?

        July 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        Thank God I live in Canada where we don't have all the lunatic gun laws that are prevalent in the can argue all you want but in the civilized world we don't have all the gun violence and death that GUNS cause. Stop exporting your guns to Canada and Mexico and keep your craziness in the US where you apparently want it

        July 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • kwjw3

        And the day you WISH you had a gun will be the day AFTER you needed it.

        The second amendment is not about duck hunting. It's about the people's right to protect themselves from their government. Try doing that with a musket these days.

        July 24, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        In case you missed it, this is a story about gun control, not drunk driving. Both gunmen and drunk drivers kill people all the time, but this is a story about gun control. Both issues should be discussed, but this particular program focuses on gun control. If you are proposing tougher laws to prevent DUI deaths (longer sentences, lowered blood-alcohol limits), do it somewhere else. It's entirely fair to bring up the question of whether or not our guns laws are appropriate as-is, or should be changed. The key change should be the prohibition of assault weapons. Granted, a single-shot weapon can kill people. But it's fair less likely to kill as many people as an assault weapon. That would (and has, when the Brady bill originally prohibited assault weapons) make a difference in these kinds of mass shootings.

        July 24, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Ana

        Couldn't have said it any better! Thx

        July 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas Elliott

        To All The Boneheads Who Equate Gun Control with "Taking Away Our Freedumbs":



        July 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • mom

        Hey Jeff, by your comment I take that you have turned in all your guns, you have none! because if you still plan to keep your guns I'm afraid you have nothing to say about gun restriction laws. It's gonna have to start with people just like you. I say ban the crime , violence , and horror movies and than you'll see a difference in the crime rate!!! I know without anyone telling me that Holmes spent plenty of time watching terrible movies. They put him, and others, on death row ; in fact they may have been the inspiration that in fact kills our loved ones thru such horrific mass murders.

        July 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • goober

        spot on!
        it's not guns that kill. or cars. or alcohol.
        it's americans.
        they need to be banned?

        July 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dex

        Yes, absolutely. All americans or anybody in the world who's evil or negligent behavior harms others should be banned....banned from driving, banned from possessing arms, banned from parenting, banned from freedom if necessary.

        July 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • HARLEY MAN


        December 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • kevin

        all the reports about Sandy Hook are lies, the gunman did Not use a assault weapon/rifle, he only had hand guns on his person, the assault rifle the authorities found was in the gunman's cars trunk, and i also agree with the person that mentioned drunk driving, in fact there are many things killing people daily that is never mentioned in the media, there have been 100's of lives adult and children taken in mass suicide/murder religion/cult based tragedies, should we ban freedom of choice on religion?

        January 30, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Denny96

      Piers should go back to England, where they are have no fundermemtal rights. You have one insane individual out of 350 milliion individuals go out of their mines, then we have this Englishman condening our rights!

      July 21, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • ND

        Well said. Send a grip email to CNN demanding his return to GB.

        July 21, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Elizabeth Ranger

        Piers may not be from the U.S.A. but he no's what he's saying is rithe he now's his job so stop telling him to go back to the U.K. what's upwhit that im from Canada we have grath gun laws and so dozzie the U.K. stan up for what you believe in less people dieing a more living i so sorry for what hapin wean you see little kid'd dieing for what people whit gun's that sound not have deam it's time to stop and thik what can be done time to changed gun laws so help stop gun's gething in th e wrong hans

        July 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        Please do not send him back here.

        Piers Morgan is a vile man. Who is tied up with the phone hacking scandal in over here. He was Editor of the News of the World (a paper that had to close because of all the hacking they did)

        For those who don't know, the phone hacking scandal is where journalists at Mr Morgan former newspaper hacked in to peoples telephones to obtain news stories. Some of the victims of this were Millie Dowler family. Millie Dowler was a school girl who was abducted and murdered, but the police thought she was still alive because the 'journalists' were checking and deleting messages on her voicemail.

        So you can keep the vile man.

        July 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • MG12345

        Please debate the issue on proper terms instead of relying on ad hominem attacks. Whether Piers is from England has nothing to do with it.

        Do you support security screening in airports? If yes, Why? Why can't you extend the same level of screening to gun ownership?

        July 22, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |

        It is not just the once, that is the problem. You say that like it is the only time it has happened. Time and time again the USA is having crazy wing nuts going on killing sprees every few years yet gun lovers don't care about their fellow country men and women dying this way.Ideology before compassion, Amendment before common sense.
        I just hope no one you love or care for ever dies like this.

        July 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        It's "minds," not "mines."

        July 24, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Moondog99

        As expected, there's a lot of NRA bashing and comments blaming second amendment advocates for this sad event; many of them quite personal. This is understandable of course. Whenever a tragedy like this occurs it's human nature to seek out something or someone to blame.

        Emotion clouds rational thinking and a diverts the blame away from the individual who committed the crime, instead focusing on the instruments used to commit the crime. No matter what your beliefs are regarding the second amendment, or the reasons that violent senseless events like this happen, a rational and unemotional assessment of "why" this happened is very difficult.

        Today, we live in the information age, when tragic events like this happen we (anyone with access to media outlets) learn immediately about the event and this leads one to believe that violence and murders like this are happening more and more...........when in fact the opposite is true. I don't have time to post references here, but anyone with a decent education, and access to unbiased research on the matter (not necessarily the Internet), and a few hours of time, can look at the facts which show that, over time, the incidents of violent crime, and more specifically murder, are declining on a per capita basis. This doesn't mean much when a tragic event like this occurs, and is no comfort to people who just lost loved ones to the actions of a deranged individual like Holmes. But, it should make others think very hard before they lash out the NRA and advocates of the second amendment.

        A little more research on the matter will also show that nations who lobby their government to "do something" usually end up losing freedoms and when the freedoms they lose are related to the disarmament of the population it usually backfires (increase in crime, increase in loss of life). This is counter-intuitive, however this is what the facts show. Anti-gunners can't get past their emotional beliefs even when data and facts suggest otherwise. This is sad, and it really says a lot about their critical thinking ability.

        I for one and very thankful for what the NRA has done with regard to second amendment advocacy and would hate to see irrational and emotional knee jerk reaction limit the freedoms that American's enjoy any more than they already have.

        July 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • brian allen

      while my sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of this incident, i mean no disrespect with the following. this is a tragedy and everyone wants an answer to solve it. it cant be solved or corrected and that is sad. it is easier for a convicted felon to get and do harm with a firearm, than a law abiding citizen to get a fire arm for self protection!! there are more rules and liability for those with out a record than punishment that follows those who mean harm!!

      July 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • brian allen

        i truely sypathizewith the families and loved ones of this terror! i dont believe gun control should be the focus of what has happened tho. you are talking about a 24 year old student that had the potential to go for a phd. if you really think about it and you were in a position of power to authorize permission to purchase a firearm, would you turn that application down?!!! statics show this isnt normal!!! nobody couldve prevented this. it is sad, but nothing can be held accountable for this other than the suspect himself and people closest to him for not seeing it!!

        July 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
      • maria

        you right why he don't talk about the queen of England amendment social security of Americans, are this mothers own America.

        July 21, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • MinuteMan USA!

      You all can get out of America, and morgan you will never succeed any further than where you are now! The un is meeting with all the other traitor's too, America/Americans, and this happens???? morgan you were given great advise, you should have waited on your part, in the destruction too America/Americans! I have been talking with more Americans through post's then your whole fan base Sir! You communist should move on. Americans are awake to your B.S. I think you should bring all your other traitor's from the un, then come and get them, if you really want to lead this treason against, "America/Americans"! We the People will be talking about what you have done, on the same day Americans died by a lone gunman.
      You have taken it on your own to push odamnUSAs agenda, at a very disrespectful time, too all the survivors, and family's. How long did it take you too find a very traumatized victim, to talk to you about taking away our rights to buy/own gun's here in America?? Remember Sir you started this? Home is looking better to you?

      July 21, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brie

      I'm more concerned about the fact that small children were shot when they should of been at home in bed. I watched Piers interview a couple today that had their 4 year old and a 9 month old in the theatre with them. What were children under the age of 13 doing at a Midnight screening in the first place?! We will never be able to regulate and control guns, but we can control stupidity of parents by not allowing small children to be at inappropriate places they should never be at in the first place. I couldn't believe Piers didn't ask them why their children were at a Midnight screening of a PG 13 movie... that would of been my first question as soon as I hear it come out of the Mother's mouth?! These babies would still be alive if theatres were stricter on rating laws.

      July 21, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • TS

        Good point Brie....I'm certain it will be lost to the readership, though.

        July 21, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
      • stuart baker

        12 people have died and 58 other people have been shot and you're MORE CONCERNED about rating laws? are you kidding me? you're a terrible human being.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • MG12345

        Is that what you are concentrating on? Parents bringing their babies to theaters while they were asleep is more important to you than a madman having easy access to guns? The parents of the babies were responsible for the death of 12 people and injuries to 70 others. Right!

        July 22, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Dex

        You can't be serious. You act like the parents took the little children out to a strip club. What is so terrible about children sometimes being out late with their parents? By your standards, I guess when parents are out late at a county fair or any function for that matter, they are bad parents. Give me a break! You would probably be the same person complaining had they left their children home with a sitter whom they hadn't dragged through 5 polygraph exams.

        July 25, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      Piers, Yours was the best arguement I have heard so far regarding the issue of gun control laws.

      July 21, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Isis

        I agree with Bridget. How long have we waited for some common sense voice here.. and Piers is not even an American and yet he is the only one saying this! Why? He is not intimidated by the NRA threats and the fear that Americans have around this very issue. No other country in the WORLD kills its own citizens while gun manufacturers keep on making $$ at the expense of innocent people. This is time for SHAME not pride. Telling Piers to go home because he is saying what the rest of the world thinks does not provide any solution and no excuse. Just sit with the shame. This is YOUR country.

        July 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moondog99

        You two are delusional if you think that "gun control" will have any impact to violent crime in the U.S.

        This is the standard knee jert reaction to the issue of violence in America. It's much deeper than that an most anti-second amendemnt people just aren't willing to invest the time to learn more about the causes....which are surely many, least of which it the second amendment.

        You should read my post above........

        July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Working American

      Only a matter of time before the GUN CONTROL NUTs come out of the wood work, lets not blam the shooter, lets blame the Gov't. Of course drug runners and other criminals will always abide by the laws. a drug dealer with 50 pounds of drugs in his vehicle would never use a illegal gun because they will always abide by every gun law. Get a life gun control laws are only for law abiding citizens. piers and cnn wants to sell air time by jumping on the gun control band wagon. Why don’t Eric Holder enforce the gun control laws that’s on the books now? THEY DONT WORK ON CRIMINALS.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • MG12345

        When will you grow out of this wild west mentality. What is this with gun supporters that they cite every implausible reason to give easy access to madmen? Criminals have access to guns so let's make it even easier to give them access. At the same time let's also make it easy for every kook in the US to own a gun as well so that he can shoot scores of innocent people in seconds. Why can't right wing nut jobs agree to having detailed background checks before selling a gun to anybody? This stupid argument about criminals will get access to it anyway can be used to relax security in airports as well. Why are you not screaming for your rights when you are standing in the airport security line?

        July 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      YEAH for Piers!! Ever since they took out the Brady bill there has been too many deaths related to automatic weapons. Gun control is about not having a hundred rounds to shoot at something. What kind of hunting needs a hundred rounds? People hunting! I am against people hunting.
      Why were the drug lords allowed to buy automatic weapons? Because the Republicans killed the Brady Bill, so if they want to talk about the automatic guns being sold, they authorized it, the blood of those Border Agents are all over their own hands.
      Its funny the uproar created about guns when those two boarder agents died doing their jobs. And right now we have people who were watching a movie gunned down with a man who had 6000 rounds. And nobody wants to talk about gun control, now? AMERICA is filled with ASS HOLES.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Working American

        Laura are you calling yourself an "ASS HOLE" you must lead a sorry life, i feel sorry for you and your family.

        July 21, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        II guess ignorance is bliss I cannot believe the backward thinking and so much disinformation going around where the heck does CNN get these people???? I swear that cat that stepped on my remote and changed my channel to CNN is treading on thin ice!! 🙂

        July 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tarheelblue

        Boy, ignorance is bliss. Fisrt off, the brady bill did nothing. You could always buy semi auto AR15's. Just not with flash suppression, collapsable stock, and several other things. It had no effect on the border shooting. What did, was an inexcusablle abuse of power by Eric Holder and the Obama administration, who authorized these arms sales. Yes, understand, Obama and Holder allowed these sales to track them back to drug leades. Another government screw up. Please study the facts first.

        July 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        Yeah, my neighbor is one. Semi automatics day or night in a suburban neighborhood. No problem, our CT politicians are literally scared to death of the NRA.

        July 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • MinuteMan USA!

        pier's morgan what say about the shooter belonging to the, what's that group that you support? that tried to protest something in communist run city's? I told you to remember that you started this B.S.! OH, that Hero you tried to punk but he stood American against you? He was correct!

        July 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • W.D Lane

        I don't understand this blind view on gun control that so many are pushing. If we made ALL guns illegal, what would it accomplish? Isn't murder already illegal? How about drugs? Yet, murders still happen everyday and drugs are everywhere. So, such a ban would only prevent "law-abiding" citizens from carrying weapons. It would not affect the criminals very much at all. If they can easily get illegal drugs now, they would get illegal guns then. The only difference is, they wouldn't have to give any thought at all to the possibility of there being a gun-owner at that home they are thinking about invading. Sounds like a gun ban would be a wonderful development, IF you are meaning to live the criminal life anyway, it would just make it easier for you. It's very similar to a saying I have often heard, "Locks are to keep the honest people out, they don't keep criminals out." Same here, laws only restrict those who would abide by them in the first place, not criminals. However, I don't expect those blinded by tunnel vision and oblivious to the REAL world to understand at all.

        July 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Randa

        I agree with W D Lane. ALL valid points and TRUE! Stricter gun laws hurt the law-abiding citizens and help the criminals because regardless of laws, crime will not stop. In fact, I would bet there would be a spike in crime because then the drug-crazed robber knows the homeowner or person he is robbing doesn't have a gun, so what are his risks? Wake up America! Fight for your gun-rights!!!!!!!

        July 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuart baker

      one simple answer. let's compare the gun crime rates to countries where guns are legal to the countries where guns are illegal

      it's over. if you've got people buying guns to protect themselves from other people who have guns then everyone has guns. do you seriously disagree with the statement that the more people that have guns the more gun crime there will be?

      think with your head. if there are no guns, there is no gun crime. less guns, less gun crime.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • MinuteMan USA!

        Again if it's not covered up, and this murderer comes to be found guilty, and his financial supporter's are exposed. I believe the "American People" will not stand down any longer! Look out you politician's who, with the expectations of getting a gain over your paid salary from the American tax payer?
        November sure is looking real close to you isn't it?
        P.S. As you that put a semi-automatic in the same category as the automatic, has lost all credibility on the use of "AUTOMATIC" assault weapon's.....

        July 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in Denver

      Strange that meth, cocaine, and lots of other things which are illegal don't seem to stop criminals from obtaining them. After all, there was a "gun free zone" sign posted on that theater. Didn't seem to stop this from happening. And Piers should just move back to England where they have strict gun control and people still get murdered every day. Feel good liberals never have an answer for a real problem other than to punish law abiding citizens and give more power to criminals.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jorge

      Thank you Piers! We must ask the presidential candidates where do they stand on gun control. If they want to lead they have to face tough choices and gun control is a particular difficult one. Piers: make sure you become a moderator on at least one of the many presidential debates that will be coming and force the issue. How come we defend so vigorously the right to bear arms (9 out of 10 americans own a gun) yet we fight equally vigorously the right for every american to have access to affordable health care?

      July 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tarheelblue

        Because health care in not a right guaranteed in our bill of rights, as gun ownership is.

        July 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • W. K. Lis

      Let them have the right to bear arms...

      ...arms of the type that existed in the year the Second Amendment was adapted, December 15, 1791.

      Assault weapons, machine guns, and other high powered firearms did not exist in 1791, so they would not be allowed. Only firearms that existed by 1791 would be allowed. Simple.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott

        Wrong bearing arms means citizen s are to be equipped with same as active military so if they want to push the issue every able bodied male over 18 shall be issued m16 rifle and sidearm equiv to current military specs and is part of the militia!!'

        July 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • bccream

        Scott – you are so funny, your logic will basically give people right to own nuclear weapons.

        July 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • trance4mer

      We need more citizens like this 71 year old man....SEE VIDEO

      and these kind of incidence may have ended differently. DONT GIVE UP YOUR ARMS GOOD LAW ABIDING CITIZENS!!!


      Aurora, Colorado Police may have got there in half the time but it was TOO LATE!

      Instead of banning fire arms move to OPEN CARRY!

      July 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott

        Great shooting for a 71 year old but should have used a .45. To get the job done. Now we the taxpayers have to support these dirtbags with 3 hots and a cot. Or worse yet. They try to file lawsuit cause they got shot. Don't laugh this crap happens all the time. They committed the Crime and. Lawyers try to sue the person defending themselves!! Wake up America we are slowly being stripped of all the rights this country was founded on!!!

        July 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • hustler2121

      Pierce, Why don't you take your pompous ass back to England. How did gun control work out for YOUR country? Fact: British citizens are now more likely to become a victim of crime than are the people in the United States. England: According to the BBC News, handgun crimes in the United Kingdom rose 40% in the two years after it passed its draconian gun ban in 1997.4. Fact: The United States has experienced far fewer TOTAL MURDERS than Europe does over the past 70 years. In trying to claim that gun-free Europe is more peaceful than Americans, gun control advocates routinely ignore the overwhelming number of murders that have been committed in Europe. Over the last seventy years, Europe has averaged about 400,000 murders per year, when one includes the murders committed by goverments against mostly unarmed people. That murder rate is about 16 times higher than the murder rate in the US. Only you Pierce and CNN would turn this tragic moment into a political gun issue on the same day of this horrendous crime. God bless the families and victims of this horrific crime. Like I said before, Take your British pompous ass back to England and stay out of our business! " The beauty of the second admendent is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." Thomas Jefferson

      July 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • British Subject

        The U.K. is not Europe. And, for your information, gun crime in the U.K. is very rare. It is practically unheard of.

        July 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Haake

      ... there are many ways to do good and bad deeds. Regulation of either will make those who seek to do them, find ways and means to do them, no matter what the rules say. Critical thinking is key, not fancy posturing for sound bites to get attention, either for political or rating purposes.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzie

      Agree with your sentiments. They said it wasn't a terrorist event, I say it was and the terrorist is the NRA with their prevention of any logical gun controls. Why should anyone be able to buy an automatic weapon & 6000 rounds of ammo? No sportsman activities going on at all- can only be to kill masses of people. These weapons allow cowardly, pathetic losers to inflict mass carnage. All of them Virginia Tech/ San Diego, Colorado on and on were possible because these maniacs had easy access to weapons that civilians have no business possessing. The Second Amendment is completely misused be the NRA: it sets out the ability of citizens to form militias for protection NOT for individual maniacs to have the right to possess unlimited weaponry. Our society has no hope of reducing these senseless, random agonizing occurrences unless the sick perps are prevented from easy access to automatic weaponry!

      July 22, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • chuck

        Stop the lies, they were not Automatic wepons, they were not even assualt wepons and he did not have 6000 rounds of ammo on him. Now we already have a background check in the United States, every wepon bought at a store like these were have to go through the check, which he did. Also stop the lies about buying the guns on line he didn't he bought the ammo, the vest, the gas mask but he did not buy the guns on line. Stop spreading the lies.

        July 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vet

      Since Piers is from England and has no memory of WW2 . They had very strict gun laws during this time and became very scared of being taken over by Germany. They had so few guns to protect against an invasion that the american people shiped all the guns they could muster to England. Who knows there may have not been a Piers Morgan had this not happened.

      July 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • A US Citizen

      When Piers is a US Citizen he would be in a position to discuss our gun control issue. But he is not, and CNN should be smart enough to keep him out of this. If they don't CNN is dealing cards off the bottom of the deck.

      July 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      I was very disappointed at the way Piers handled the situation again. What Mr. Kopel was trying to explain (if Mr. Pier's would pay attention) that friday was not the night to resolve gun control. The have been to many of these unlwasful killings that this issue shaould have been resolved 20 years a go. There is no need for assault rifles in the hands of any US citizen. I never thought I would say this but bring back Larry King. Piers go back to AGT where you were not any good there either. Also pier's worry about what goes on in the UK.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cassandra

      This was an absolutely abhorrent time to talk about one's self interests. Does anyone honestly believe that getting rid of guns is the solution? Please think for goodness sakes. When I think of gun control lobbyists I think of the same people standing up for the rights of deranged criminals in prison who commit heinous acts on society. I am not knocking on anyone's beliefs but this is a world that is going down hill fast and guns are not the reason why. Fear and mistrust , and yes intelligent people that serve his or her own interest in a time of mourning. Since this has happened gun sales and conceal carry is skyrocketing. I will tell you why, fear of not knowing, fear of criminals being let out early for good behavior, fear that our over worked underpaid law enforcement not having enough officers to cover needed areas. Mistrust of our government and believing that our best interests again are swept under the proverbial carpet. Listening to this has definitely made my mind up and the mind of some unlikely individuals to get our conceal carry classes done and over with.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dan

      "what is wrong with our government that we still have these outrageous events happening?"

      What does the gov't have to do with it. An individual chose to commit a crime. Should we demand that the feds implant mind control chips in everyone so that we only do what some corrupt official programs us to do? If stabbings increase suddenly, should we demand background checks and a 2 week waiting period to buy kitchen knives and even then limit it to no more than 2 knives per week?
      Sure, ban all guns. Isn't it sort of the definition of "criminal" that a criminal won't obey the laws? So only people who use guns for hunting or sports (yes, sports, olympics even)
      Let's say guns are banned. Stabbings will go up. Beatings will go up. I'd prefer to take a chance that some thug won't even be able to hit me with a bullet from across the room rather than know for certain that my head will be smashed in by a ball bat as soon as he's close enough to swing or that I'll be sliced up by a kitchen knife. Sounds great, let's promote close range weapons that are easier to hit a target with.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carol McMillan

      My solution to gun control is to target the NRA. Ask who are the top people in this organization? Who are the people who payoff and control the corrupt politicians on both sides who really don't care about us as people– they only care about being reelected getting payoff money from the NRA and staying in power plain and simple. Should we find out who the major NRA executives are and sit out in front of their homes in protest? Should we march in front of their corporate headquarters? Should we go online and see what politicians are getting major contributions from the NRA?
      Yes, I definitely think so because doing anything about assault weapons is never ever going tor happen in Washington. Where does the NRA's major money come from? My guess is probably from a lot of companies who produce major assault weapons, bullets and clips - they don't want restrictions and they're willing to pay a lot of money to stop any regulation.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • chuck

        Carol, go ahead the NRA has it's headquarters in Virginia, but while you are at it better look over your shoulder because not only are the head of the NRA you want to deal with but the 4.3 million, thats right, 4.3 million people belong to the NRA, and they are the ones who donate a large chunk of the money you think comes from the gun manufactures. This is not back room deals, the NRA puts out a list of Senators and Congressmen that they support and they ask their members to not only support the NRA but vote for these Senators and Congressmen. Oh and to answer your question the members mostly do vote for those canadiates so Carol better start printing those signs and getting a whole lot of people together because not only do you have to go after the head people of the NRA you have to come after us 4.3 million members as well

        July 24, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregory

      Pierce needs to ask the question, then SHUT UP and let the person asked the question answer it. The fact that you (Pierce) don't agree that americans shouldn't own guns is not relevent.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • k.Ross Curtis

        Dear Mr. P Morgan,
        I agree with Gregory. You really should put your liberalism into your back pocket and listen to your guest answer the question. It is just being courteous. You don't have to agree with him. Just shut up and listen.
        I do wish they would take your program off the air, because you are so liberally biased, it doesn't seem anyone on your show escapes you scathing words, if they don't agree with you. (eg. Kirk Cameron). If you don"t like American liberty, go back to England. Then we won't have to listen to you any more.

        July 24, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Herbert

      I just watched Pierce Morgan with the gentleman that wrote the book, "More Guns Less Crime" I was disgusted...!! Pirce organ never shut up..! Never let the guy talk along with the worm, Alan Derkowitz. He needs to get out of the USA and go back to the UK. We as US Citizens need weapons to protect ourselves against not just criminals but the most dangerous criminals, The US Government..! Fema Camps, Coffins, UN Gun Control proposals, hell no, I am keeping my weapons..!! Alos, I cant stand Pierce Morgan for interupting guests...SHAME on YOU..!!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • bc

        Well said Herbert.

        July 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      All opinions regarding gun control aside, this man is a truly terrible journalist... I mean he isn't one at all. He injects his opinion into his show. He cut that pro gun control gentleman off left and right. He allows only those who share his thoughts a momen to speak. I don't care about your opinion Piers. Allow the 2 parties to debate and reside appropriately to allow for pure facts to be presented. That is what a mediator is supposed to do. What happened to good old fashioned objective journalism? Why can't everyone be as professional as NPR? I won't. E watching anymore. I don't need CNn and Fox to make decisions for me. I just need facts and data.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerry Gordon


      I'm a big fan of yours but tonite you blew it – you owe that author an apology for not being willing to give him ample time to answer your questions – if you don't like their point of view, don't invite them on the show if you're going to treat them that way. You wasted his time. I also think his point is valid – gun control laws today would be too late, 300M guns in the U.S. means the cat is out of the bag – the trick is to be armed to take out an idiot like this. Had he been in TX. he'd be dead and others would be alive. Period.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peter Mitchell

      Viewers from around the word including the best country in the world, Canada, feel Americans have lost their minds when they defend USA's crazy gun laws.....the Professor was there no common sense left in America when the statistics prove more guns=more violence and death. Americans watch too much TV and think they are all Dirty Harry. Guns should be completely banned and forget the "liberty" foolishness. In closing stop exporting your guns, death and destruction to your southern and northern neighbours!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Imran Ahsan

      Piers, for Pete's sake will you please get a grip and be a good debate mediator? In addition it is particularly unfair to talk over someone when they are replying – no matter how unreasonable his view. If you want to sway the decision allow him to speak his mind and show his argument as flawed.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norm Villanova

      I just watched Piers Morgan interviewing the author of More Guns, Less Crime, John Lott about gun control today 24 July. Piers would rant on and on, ask a question, but not let Lott answer, or if Piers did not like the answer, call Lott's response stupid, or, not answering the question. I'm surprised Lott did not walk out. I am astounded that CNN continues to allow Piers Morgan to be on air in the guise of journalism, when anything that doesn't agree with Piers' prejudices and biases is named inconsequential. Terminate Morgan, his show is not journalism, it smacks of a one-sided, narrow point of view that has nothing of value to give to the national debate. I am a gun owner, and ridicule the thought that police authority can protect the individual. The Supreme Court has ruled that police do not have the responsibility to protect the individual, only the community at large. Well, who makes up the community? And, as we all know, the police arrive on scene to do the investigative work, AFTER THE MAYHEM HAS ENSUED and bodies are lying on the ground. Small comfort when the shooting is over. It is each individual's responsibility to protect him/herself and their loved ones. I don't watch Piers Morgan because, as Larry above said, "Why do you even have guest that disagree with you. You do not let them talk." I just thought this time, there might be an intelligent discussion worth watching. Boy, was I wrong. I turned it off after 5 minutes. Couldn't stomach further Mr. Morgan's constant interruptions and debasing comments. As far as guns are concerned, any establishment that does not allow concealed carry by licensed citizens, and has an event occur, such as the Aurora theater shooting, is limiting the citizen's right to protect him/herself, and should be made to pay in a class action lawsuit. Had there been someone in the theater with a concealed gun, maybe, just maybe, 12 people would not have died, and 58 would not have been wounded, with several still on the critical list. We have too many gun-free zones like schools, hospitals, theaters, malls. Guess what? These places are where the shootings occur because there are no guns there besides what the criminals bring to promote mayhem and death. Don't be a sheeple, be the sheep dog who fights off the wolf.

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    • William

      Mr. Piers Morgan could always go back to Great Britain which has strict gun control.
      Did he not understand the US gun laws when he came to the US? Rather than remake the US into a replica of GB, perhaps he should seriously consider that he has made an error and move back to GB. Piers Morgan disgraceful go home!

      July 24, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hilary

      Kudos to Piers Morgan for insisting that we discuss our nation's insane policies on gun ownership. I know that he must have taken considerable flak for his stance, but I admire his courage in bringing this subject up night after night. The NRA has so many people cowed that a reasoned national debate on this subject seems almost impossible. Thank you, Mr. Morgan!

      July 24, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • MJE

        Congratulations, Mr. Morgan, for taking on this subject. Please continue the debate. We must get rid of the gun mentality in the US.

        July 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nelson

      GUN CONTROL is NOT the answer, Cuba started to control weapons on citizens and look at them now. Longer and stronger sentences also ASSAULT WEAPONS CONTROL will be the right action to take to prevent massacres like this to happen but NOT "GUN CONTROL".

      July 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      It totally amazes me how a person that is not even an American can get a talk show and push his liberal beliefs on our country. He has absolutely no idea what it means to be an American and have the feedoms we do. One reason we have the gun laws we do is because of opression by his country....that we stood up against and threw out. Then saved their butt in WWII. If it wasn't for America and our way of life his name would be Adolph Morgan. I used to like his show but refuse to watch it anymore due to his biased views being promoted. It's totally rediculous!!

      July 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wally Geez

      Poor Sandra, still convinced that Government can fix everything; all "they" have to do is pass a law and it's fixed. I'm sure if someone ever breaks into your house, all you'll have to do is dial 911 and wait for help to arrive!

      July 28, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth

      yeh and just remember the Navy Seal Team Six did not kill Osama Bin Laden it was a GUN that killed him.A gun is a tool just like a shovel or a hammer in the hands of someone responsible it can do good in wrong hands can do wrong.

      December 6, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      So lets say they did ban guns, and killers start using knives, do we ban those too. How about if they use their bare hands. Do we ban hands and arms nationally? How will we manipulate smaller items? Shake hands? Eat? Where does banning end?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen S

      Number one CNN get rid of this irritating butt hole no talent foreigner Piers M. His best tv was when he was on AGT when Howie was messing with him. Funny stuff Piers is a stuffy poor interviewer a friend from GB told me he was glad that he left the country only to pull off the CNN gig. Pretty funny

      December 15, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john mcauley

      don't be too concerned with piers morgan. he was almost throw out of england because of his conduct. ends up here because of our freedoms and generosity. then he attacks our bill of rights. a bill of rights that was partially made to protect us from the very country he comes from. a country that even today reveres a king and a queen. one that would have been part of germany had we not rescued them during wwii. he is an entertaining person and i used to watch his show. but since this attack on our, not his, bill of rights i stopped. the people that continue to listen to his speech should just look where it comes from.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Raymond Rogers, Katy, Texas

      One simple question: Do you understand why the Second Amendment comes before the Third Amendment? We, as a free people, will not tolerate the imposition by any government relative to the freedom as discribed in the Third Amendent. It is suggested you read and understand the intent of our Founding Fathers that we will use the force of arms allowed in the Second Amendment to defend the freedom as described in the Third Amendment.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bryan

      I would say you have the right to live where you want to, since you are not a citizen of the us, if you don't like the way things are here,why not leave? If you do not like guns, then go to where you keep talking about where they have banned guns.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. lindainsa

    Thanks, Piers Morgan, for having the courage to feature gun control as your response to the tragedy in Aurora. If automatic weapons were not so available, this would not have happened. The NRA and the politicians they have paid off have blood on their hands.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ed

      Well said ! So happy Piers is showing courage towards gun cartels, they're only interested in SALES FIGURES, don't give a damn how many people are shot or WILL BE shot, there are too many sick people in this country to have so much loose guns going around.....

      July 21, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • T S

        "Gun Cartels" Ed? Really? And where were you when our beloved governemt illegally sent guns into Mexico to murder American citizens ot "prove" how rampant the illegal gun trade really is? It is an insult to every American business that deals in the legitimate merchandizing of firearms and accessories for you to make such an inane claim. I suppose we also have "alcohol cartels" and "motor vehicle cartels" as well that contribute to the deaths of thousands of people through the act of driving drunk? Really!

        July 21, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Working American

        Ed grow up and get a life, if you wants to save the world from all danger, lets ban CARS they kill more people that guns ever did and will. Lets ban guns that worked well in NAZI GERMANY .

        July 21, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Cassandra

        I am not trying to sound sarcastic, so please do not take it this the wrong way. There are a few ways to stop all of this;

        1. Get all the drugs out of this country

        2.Eliminate all the sociopaths

        3.Actually have a system of law that does not protect the rights of self confessed nut jobs

        4. Tell us the truth and stick by your word

        July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaun W.

      I love how Piers decided to call it an assault rifle, immediately having everyone think it was a fully automatic weapon that this person got a hold of. They need to do their research, because unless you make an ILLEGAL modification to one of those weapons, they cannot be fully automatic. Not to mention he quoted the MAXIMUM firing rate of the weapon which is determined in a laboratory under NOT REAL WORLD conditions. The sustained fire rate is a more accurate depiction of the weapon's capabilities. He said the guy fired of 50-60 rounds in a minute; I know guys that can do that too... with handguns... and multiple reloads.

      The thing that people don't realize is that first, current laws should be enforced. Second, that to outlaw guns means only outlaws will have guns. This guy did this in a "Gun-Free Zone." HELLO!!!!! Where better to go if you don't want to get shot back at?!? The fact that he had the guns isn't the issue, the issue is that no one saw any warning signs that this person was unstable. If you start thinking of guns as tools, instead of as weapons of destruction, the problem becomes clear, that people are the problem, not the guns.

      Violence is part of human society. The Collosium in Rome is a testament to that fact. But the thing about all of this is that we need to be more worried about the grieving process, about taking care of those left behind, and those who were hurt by this tragedy. If people want this sort of thing to stop, then it is a matter of people individually stepping up, being courageous, and taking action. If you truly believe that guns are the cause of this, then have some courage and do something about it. Don't sit on a blog or news site and hide behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Get out into your community and do something. Likewise, if you don't think guns are the problem, then take a stand and focus on what is the problem. Then do something about it.

      My condolences to all of the families of the victims. I pray that this tragedy brings your family closer, and that God holds and supports you in your time of need.

      July 21, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • T S

        Well said Sir. Talking Heads always immediately determine that an inanimate object is the problem. Alcohol kills. Drugs kill. Motorcycles kill. Guns kill. The common factor there is the human who is operating the inanimiate object. People kill. That's worth repeating. PEOPLE KILL. It was a person who killed those 12 folk. It was the mind of a very disturbed PERSON that used otherwise inanimate things. Had it been in another country it might have been a machete, or an IED. . . . .

        July 21, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
      • JB

        Ok so what are you supposed to do? How do you find out where the next massacre is gonna be so you can do your John Wayne thing? This is incredibly shallow. The shouldn't need to be gun control but there should be "assault gun control" – this is very obvious! I think with more people being brave enough to bring this issue up as Piers is doing, gradually the thick-headed slippery-slope-screamin-nra-lovers will be marginalized. Can't wait! :-[)

        July 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      With all due respect, to my knowledge there were NO automatic weapons at the shooting unless they were brought by the police who responded. Nor were there any "assault rifles." But there was one desperately sick man who had fooled everyone into believing he was a sane, well-adjusted, law-abiding citizen. Automatic weapons can fire multiple rounds with a single pull of the trigger. "Assault" rifles are used by the military because they have that capability, and because they are rugged and take tons of abuse without failing. Looking like a military weapon does not MAKE it a military weapon. I can make a Volkswagon LOOK like a Lamborgini, but that doesn't MAKE it so. If you take the emotion out of this incident it boils down to one man losing his ability to determine fact from fiction, reality from illusion, and cognizance from delusion.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott

        Well said!

        July 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Working American

      lindainsa are you another "Tree Hugging" brain dead person who believes everything piers says, where was the automatic weapons? just like piers and cnn they lead people like yourself around by big words "automatic weapons" that will sell air space. of course don’t worry about the fact the police never reported automatic weapons. Lets ban all weapons down to a baseball bat, or maybe that rock. What we need is eric holder selling more guns to the drug cartel, and obama turning a blind eye to the facts. The facts are people died, one person is responsible for that crime how about going after that person. If a law was broken when he bought the weapon, go after that dealer. Maybe we should go after the Governor of Colorado it happened in his state, or maybe Walt Disney it was their movie that caused all those people to be in the theater. Grow up no automatic weapons were reported used except on cnn to hype the story up.

      July 21, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ForGunControl

      Well said Nikki. Enough is enough.Thanks, Piers for standing up for us, sitting ducks waiting to be slaughtered any day anytime by any madman with ready access to assault weapons. Reading this vitriol against Piers is totally depressing. America is doomed with this barbaric gun culture.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dan Traugott

    The 'right time' to discuss gun control is a legitimate debate. While the professor makes a valid point about the emotion of the moment, people rarely take decisive and meaningful actions on difficult challenges without a strong emotional impetus. The argument can be made that if we wait too long, once the emotional intensity has dissipated, people will go back to their lives, Tweeting and posting all important details on their Facebook pages.

    With respect to the gun control debate, as you informed us, this individual was able to legally purchase enough firepower and ammunition to single-handedly kill hundreds or even thousands, but I can't go to a pharmacy and buy more than 15 tablets of my allergy medication in one day or 30 tablets in a month, and I have to wait within 1 day of running out at the end of each month. In what universe does that make any sense?

    July 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      Dan , Yoau wonder why you can't buy the medicene you want , the reason is the Pharmaceutical Lobby is 500% larger than any pharmacy or company can afford to fight. They know it & just do what they want when it comes to allowing just what can & can't be bought. You & Piers are way off base when it comes to gun control. There never will be gun control but we can control the thugs. Piers did'nt tell on his show the other side of carrying a concealed weapon legally. Just this week in Ocala Florida two thugs walked into a business with a bat & a pistol . They had all the patrrons put their arms in the air , all but one that is, a 71 year old man pulled his .380 handgun out & shot one while they were running away. The man had a CCW permit & knew what he was doing , but lyou see this kind of story does'nt make the MainStream Media, but it made the headlines of Los Angles Times. The liberal media does't want American people to know the real truth, it's all about creating fervor to get their way without substance.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ed

      Dan, try drinking several glasses of water every day and see how your allergies go away and you won't be needing allergy pills, nothing to lose try it for two weeks, start with at least 3 glasses in the morning when you wake up and before eating anything, allergies are caused by body's DEHYDRATION.....pharma loves allergies but won't tell you about dehydration culprit ....

      July 21, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carted

      That guy didn't shoot all those people on his own,someone helped him a teacher failed along the way.At least that's what I heard from Obama the other day.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don

      If we are going to ban guns based on one incident, we need to ban automobiles first. The are about 40,000 fatal car crashes in the United States each year. You want to ban guns over 12 people being killed and 50 being injured, but they are approximately 144 fatal car crashes each week! We need to ban alcohol too, since over half of car accidents involve it. Banning guns will only affect the people that are law abiding citizens. Criminals will not surrender their guns to the police if a new gun ban is put in place. Violent crime is at near record levels in Chicago and they have the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Face it this guy premeditated this unlike most criminals, he was wearing body armor, bobbie trapped his apartment. This guy is just like Ted Kaczynski the unabomber, he was too smart for his own good.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jan Morehead

    I think it would be a nice gesture for CNN to pay for the wedding for the young couple Piers interviewed tonight who were in the Auroa movie theater. The young man proposed to the girl following their escape from the theater where she was wounded in the leg.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. GSM

    You, my friend are totally un-informed. There is no way to stop a lone assassin, except a bullet to the head. Concealed\open carry is the only to end violence like this. If this man thought for a second that he may be shot by one of his potential victims the outcome would have been very different. I'm sorry but the best defense is a better offense.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bojan

      You are uniformed. He bought military style weapons and he is a civilian. This guy wouldn't care if he had gotten shot. He calls himself "the joker." and he threw a gas grenade into the theater. The people couldn't see what was going on. How are they supposed to shoot if they can't see anything? More guns is not the answer. If everyone carried guns that we would all live in fear.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • spikehb

        The shooter sure managed to see targets through the smoke. Talk about uninformed, when you were astounded by the fact a civilian could buy, in your terminology, military weapons, you show your lack of knowledge about the 2nd amendment but, of course, that won't stop you from braying. You are the cause of global warming.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
      • brian allen

        you are correct according to the media on how he entered and executed his terrorist act! however,just listening to what were told, he entered that place with enough gear on prepared to live!!! what we havent heard is his cause, not that its justified but it will tell us how crazy he really is!! if you were a judge of honest integrity, would you have turned him down with his background? guns dont kill people,people kill people!! if he designed a bomb for his apartment dont you think he couldve done it in the theatre??? he doesnt sound stupid, he just has a stupid cause!!!!!!!

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      July 21, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dave Harris

        Yeah right, because you, being such a fricking hero, can see a target in the dark through gas, smoke and hundreds of panicking cinema-goers

        July 21, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. TDugan

    Thanks Piers!!! Your dead on. It might be too late for this once great's very sad when the Gun Lobby can control the laws in this country. We need assult riffles for hunting and home pretection......GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Working American

      TDugan GUN Control is a good as long as you can get the criminals to abide by the laws. Your living in the real world, get out of the rabbit hole with Alice and the white rabbit.

      July 21, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JustWho

      When all guns are banned from law abiding citizens, only criminals and other unlawfuls will have these nasty weapons. Wake up and smell the coffee.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Wayne

    Yes, we should ban guns, just as they did in Britain. That way, these idiots would start using bombs instead of guns. As has been proven, it is quite possible to make bombs using common household chemicals. If you think the aftermath of this shooting is bad, just wait until you have the aftermath of a bombing to take care of.

    The problem isn't the guns, the knives, the bombs, or any other device. The problem is the people who use them improperly, just as using any other device improperly is a problem; for example, the person who decides to drive their car into the middle of a crowd. The car is not at fault nor is it the problem. It's the person who drove the car that's the problem.

    The main gun control problem in Aurora was that there weren't a bunch of folks that were armed with concealed weapons to put a stop to this nut case quickly and efficiently when he opened fire.

    If you ban the guns, these nut cases will just use something else. It won't stop the problem, just the device used. While the guns do a lot of damage, there are other devices that will do even more. Also, these other devices that could be used can't be used efficiently by the innocents involved in the situaion to defend themselves. Guns have the advantage of being controllable. For example, I would much rather have a bystander shooting back as opposed to throwing pipe bombs back at the perpetrator, or worse yet, nobody do anything and just let the perpetrator run rampant.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KO

      You are an idiot

      July 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Annie Oakley

      In case you have forgotten Wayne you don't have to take guns away for there to be bombs...... remember Oklahoma?
      ALL you city & country bumpkins who go on about keeping your guns are reallly just plain selfish. The USA is seen as being incredibly backward against other Western countries in regards to GUNS. They are just not required in a civilised country because the wrong people do the wrong things with them, like kill other innocent people.
      Wayne I want you to keep tabs on the numbers , you may be shocked!
      WAKE UP all you PRO GUN FOLK use your brains and not your trigger fingers.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Matt

    "It's better to have a gun and not need it, than to need a gun and not have it" That being said, I need a license to get married, to drive a car, or to catch a fish, but I don't need a license to possess a firearm. I enjoy guns and shooting all types of firearms but the mentally ill and crazy shoud not be allowed get married "aka have kids" drive, own guns,or fish.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. hooter

    What we dont need at a terrible time like this is, another immigrant to tell us to change "OUR" laws. Go back to your island and fix your own country. You cannot stop lunatics, the IRA should have proved that to you...

    July 21, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Hooter! We N-E-E-D this particular immigrant - Mr. Piers Morgan - to help us focus on what we need to do to start getting rid of guns and violence in this country. Why is it that we, as Americans, have allowed guns to become a part of our landscape?

      July 21, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jamey

        Why have we allowed guns to become a part of our landscape? Really? Read your history books, the reason we are America instead of Britian East, is because our founding fathers grabbed their guns and stood up and fought for their rights. Guns are our landscape, and always have been, and always will be.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Wayne


        I agree, it would be nice to put a stop to all of this by banning guns, but it won't. As stated a couple of message above and as Hooter was commenting on when he mentioned the IRA, the guns aren't the problem. If these nut cases don't use guns, they'll just use something else. In Britain, which is where Mr. Morgan is from, the result was that the nut cases started using bombs. If you think Aurora was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. Just wait until the first bomb placed inside a bag full of nails goes off in a crowd. Also, no one has time to duck and try to get away from the bomb. When it goes off, there's no warning. There's no fighting back to try to defend yourself. It's all done in a fraction of a second with damage and injuries that will make Aurora look tame.

        July 21, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Working American

        Grow up susan the last time a gun killed someone is NEVER! its the nut behind the gun!

        July 21, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • scott

        SImply because Guns are Americans Liberty Teeth and are needed to assure we ALL have the right to be secure in our homes and afar and against Tyranny ! this is not a Priveledge it is a RIGHT! and shall NOT be Infringed upon in ANY way shape or form!!! pretty simple isnt it?????

        July 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Grizz

        Susan -– if- you -–don't l-i=ke this country -----L-E-A=V=E.

        July 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Di Gerolamo

    I have an all new level of respect for Piers Morgan. You hit the issue out of the park! America will continue to have mass shootings when anyone can go to a gun shop, buy assault rifles, high capacity magazines & such. I bet the framers never intended for citizens to get AK 47's as easy as a loaf of bread.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Brilliant! "The Framers" as you call them had no clue about what the Second Amendment would bring. It's "The Snake In The Garden" in this great nation of ours. So many vipers with lots of money keep this entire network going...and going...and going. Just like The Energizer Bunny until it becomes "The Snake In The Garden" - huge, scary and why can't we get rid of it??????????? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      July 21, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cody

      I think you are wrong. People like you always want to blame guns for the horrible atrosities that took place in my state of Colorado today. First, the biggest absolute murder of American citizens happened on 9/11/2002 with no guns. Box cutters and fuel filled air planes killed over 3000 of our people in less then 4 hours. I wish there were at least 2 people in that movie theatre last night with concealed weapons licences who may have prevented the deaths of so many of my states women, men, and children. If someone wants to kill people they will find a way. This discussion has nothing to do with gun control. You are wrong. There are evil people in this world, if they want to kill innocent people they will do it. Please don't change this horrible event in our state into a political circus. Show some respect to the people and families today. Keep your political views out of it. I had friends at Columbine. If a teacher would of had a gun. Many lives may have been saved. I know you obviously don't care about other opinions on this issue, don't patronize me either with your one sided political views.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Shaun W.

        I appreciate your view, but your facts are a little off. It was 9/11/2001, and the death toll was just under 3000, not over.

        That being said, you are absolutely right. If someone is intent on killing, they will find a means to do so, whether legal or illegal.

        July 21, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
      • william padilla

        As a gun owner and a concealed weapons licence holder and a grandfather, My heart aches for the families of the people murdered in Aurora,Co. Fear a gtovernment that fears your gun

        July 21, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kai Glass

    law professor? i wonder what he would have said if a member of his family had been killed in this rampage. i bet he'd be singing a different tune. what a pompous jerk.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Whitney

    The fact of the matter is, as long as there are criminal minds out there, gun control is a dead issue. Why? Cause a psychopath will find a way to get one. What that tells me are two things: either guns ought to be banned from the United States in general, even on the force and destroy the second amendment OR more people ought to be able to buy guns and be strapped in order to take out psychos like this guy that opened fired on people in the theater before he does more damage.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lorin

    Go for it Piers. We need more people like Piers challenging the gun supporters in this country. We need CNN to do it's job and get the American public moving toward a complete control of guns and finally lets do our job !!!!!!! Why is everyone so shocked about today ??? Horrified of one shooting after the next ?? It's not the end and will keep continuing because the American public will not stand up to people like Pier's guest and the NRA !!!! Stand up people and get these guns out of our country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • brandon

      the guns are not the problem

      i am a proud gun owner, and REFUSE to give them up, did i mention the word REFUSE
      the problem with all of this, a problem noone ever seems to adress is the fact of the punishment for crimes like this, they will send him to court probably get life in prison and so on and so forth,

      right there is the problem.....the solution:

      hang him!!!! take him in front of the white house, air it on CNN for the whole country to see, crimes like this should not go unpunished, or get life in prison, it should not be the right of the american people to feed him until he dies because of the crime he commited, make an example out of him the american government and law ecforcement need to say enough is enough, if people commit crimes like this they will be punished by death,

      taking the guns away is not the answer, the only people that is going to hurt are the law abiding citizens such as myself. you could take every gun out of this country and people would still get them, the drug cartells out of mexico dont seem to have much problems bringing guns into the us, do u really think taking the guns away is the answer.????

      July 21, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • someone

        Well said!

        July 21, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Rat Fink

      What do you think won us this country?

      July 21, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cody


      I think you are wrong. People like you always want to blame guns for the horrible atrosities that took place in my state of Colorado today. First, the biggest absolute murder of American citizens happened on 9/11/2002 with no guns. Box cutters and fuel filled air planes killed over 3000 of our people in less then 4 hours. I wish there were at least 2 people in that movie theatre last night with concealed weapons licences who may have prevented the deaths of so many of my states women, men, and children. If someone wants to kill people they will find a way. This discussion has nothing to do with gun control. You are wrong. There are evil people in this world, if they want to kill innocent people they will do it. Please don't change this horrible event in our state into a political circus. Show some respect to the people and families today. Keep your political views out of it. I had friends at Columbine. If a teacher would of had a gun. Many lives may have been saved. I know you obviously don't care about other opinions on this issue, don't patronize me either with your one sided political views.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Andrew J.S. Willis

    Piers, thanks for your leadership. Guns kill, why else have them?

    July 21, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cicero

      "Guns kill."

      Nothing gets by you, genius. So why do you suppose America's Founders were so intent on making sure we had the right to keep and bear these death-dealing instruments?

      July 21, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NoWay

      You are DEAD wrong. Guns DO NOT KILL. People kill using guns. And before guns it was clubs with stones attached to one end.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. spikehb

    One thing that we don't need for sure is a limey poof telling us how to run our country, especially as Britianistan goes down the tubes.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bojan

      To respond to your response to my post. He couldn't see through the smoke. Why do you think some people were wounded and others were murdered? He had a number of targets. Where if someone had a gun it would be difficult to hit one target and you could potentially hit an innocent person. Nice argument but you failed.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Don

    CNN will never publish my comments.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SCott

      Hhahahha of course they wont cause they want to take your freedom of speech away too !!!! this channel makes me sick
      it is SO Anti American it makes me want to kill the cat that changed my channel! 🙂 A Armed Man is a Citizen and Unarmed Man is a SUBJECT!!!

      July 21, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. COguy

    Piers is a jerk – he interviews a young couple that was at the theater when the shooting occurred, and his first question is why they had their young kids there? Good idea or not, Its none of his business – its not his place to question their parenting style, and its completely irrelevant to anything. We do need to debate gun control, we don't need to waste time on trivial, sanctimonious BS. Get over yourself Piers.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. journalisticjustice

    By definition of the word criminal, they will not follow the law. Trying to enforce a law to stop this is idiotic; the criminals, the ones we're trying to stop, will not follow that law and will still obtain weapons. Marijuana is illegal and it is still obtained (somewhat easily in some areas). Trying to enforce a law to stop law breakers is simply ludicrous.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. joe

    shame on you Piers. pouncing upon this tragedy to advance your anti firearms agenda. have you considered the fact that had a properly trained citizen been allowed to carry their own firearm in that theater this criminal would not have been able to unleash more than a few rounds? have you considered that anyone with a high school education would be able to create their own weapons to inflict damage upon others, regardless of the laws in place?

    July 21, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Chuck


    July 21, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      Thats a FACT said that right along if 1 or 2 CCW people were in that theatre we would have 1 dead killer and only a few dead innocent UNARMED people and a few injuries! Never leave the house without my .45 its my Duty weapon and also my my OFF duty weapon to protect my family from this out of control world!

      July 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Jamey

    Gun control... really? There are hundreds of thousands of gun owning Americans,, I am one of them, who own several guns,, not just four,, who never have thought, or ever would think, of committing senseless killings and tragedies. Ask the terrorists if you need a hundred round semi automatic rifle to kill.. no.. they didnt,, they use primitive bombs,, hijack airplanes, etc. The guns/rifles/ammo.. mean nothing.. murderers and killers are and will be murderers and killers,,, the guns are not necessary for them to kill.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      whatever are they for? I guess they're kinda like.....antiques? collectibles?

      July 21, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Don

    Told ya

    July 21, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Lori Morris

    Good for you Pierz for calling out the question on gun control on your show tonight! That attorney you confronted tonight would have sung a different song if one of his loved ones was killed today by the armed gunman!! Keep up the good work and ask the tough questions! This country is behind the "eight ball" when it comes to gun control!!

    July 21, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cody


      I think you are wrong. People like you always want to blame guns for the horrible atrosities that took place in my state of Colorado today. First, the biggest absolute murder of American citizens happened on 9/11/2002 with no guns. Box cutters and fuel filled air planes killed over 3000 of our people in less then 4 hours. I wish there were at least 2 people in that movie theatre last night with concealed weapons licences who may have prevented the deaths of so many of my states women, men, and children. If someone wants to kill people they will find a way. This discussion has nothing to do with gun control. You are wrong. There are evil people in this world, if they want to kill innocent people they will do it. Please don't change this horrible event in our state into a political circus. Show some respect to the people and families today. Keep your political views out of it. I had friends at Columbine. If a teacher would of had a gun. Many lives may have been saved. I know you obviously don't care about other opinions on this issue, don't patronize me either with your one sided political views.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • scott

        kudos to you. well put

        July 21, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  24. Joey Merrifield

    I am pleased that Piers is addressing gun control issues. This was a huge tragedy. One small point of clarification. This was not the largest # of folks killed in one shooting. I lived in Seattle for years and during the horrific Wah Mee Masacre 13 people were killed. When will America wake up about gun control! Too many profit from it and Shame on the NRA!!! Blood on your hands now.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. True American

    Piers,, you are truly showing your ignorance tonight... have lost all respect for you,, and just turned the channel. Jump on that bandwagon and pump your agenda. Last night a legally obtained weapons were used in a senseless tragedy, i understand that. Car bombs have been used in the past, should we ban cars? Airplanes were used, should we ban airplanes? Gasoline is used, should we ban gas? It has nothing to do with the weapon, everything to do with the person/people.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Chuck

    WOW.. I cant believe we think that more gun control will change this...........Think.......If every one was armed would you try something like this?......ONLY IF YOU KNEW EVERY ONE WAS UNARMED WOULD YOU TRY THIS................. THINK ABOUT IT...

    July 21, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. David

    Really? More gun control is needed? All that accomplishes is to take the guns out of the hands of the law abiding citizens. Criminals have and will have guns to commit more crimes. Till our safety can be guarenteed stop trying to take the guns out of the hands of law abiding American citizens.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mark

    Piers I've bought 10k rounds at a time online and I've never harmed a thing with all that ammo. Go back to England you run your mouth like you matter here. You are never going to stop this type of person. You take guns away from law abiding citizens all you do is help the criminals. I don't expect you to understand this as you area liberal and therefore too stupid. Good luck taking guns away from the American people, you want to see a massacre just try it.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Rat Fink

    Guns are not bad, people are! The guy had every legal right to own what he did. Some thing must have happend to snap his mental state.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. KJS Events

    I agree that we need to have gun control conversations, but Mr. Morgan you need to be more sensitive to the families that are mourning. You should spend more time celebrating the victims. You should be ashamedof your cold demeanor that you showed tonight when Your ego was clearly bruised tonight when the man suggested waiting until the tragedy is at least one full day old. You also seem to Be very anti American When you were talking about Americans having too. At guns. I was just starting to like you and now I am back in the fence.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Don

    Piers go back to Britian and just be thankful us tough Americans were there to save you from the Germans in WW II. You are an insensitive jerk for bringing up this debate while all the families are greiving.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KT

      Apart from being ignorant, stupid and rude, if you really think America "saved England's ass in WWII" you need to read a history book. As for going back to England, where do you think your laws, language, politics originate from? It's a shame they didn't stay there.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. rypmanv

    Tragedy for debate? Sad, but expected. Gun Control does not reduce violent crime – Australia has already proven that, they banned small firearms and semi automatics, and violent crime exploded. We have the lowest violent crime rate in decades because people are armed, and educated, and criminals are deterred by that. This young man could of hurt more people driving his car through the local farmer's market, than he did here. The greatest atrocity in this situation is that, with close to 300 hundred people in that theatre, not one person did anything to stop him. One armed law abiding citizen could have stopped this man. 911 takes on average 23 minutes, you cannot count on the police to save you, or your loved ones.
    People have to stop being sheep, and start being sheepdogs, and have the courage to defend others.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Leslie Glass

    Thank you Piers! I commend you for addressing this issue on this day! The time has come, and the time is now. I applaud you for your confrontation on the show tonight. I immediately got up from my bed to let you know how much I appreciate you having the balls to stand up and speak out against this attrocity. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Jamey

    I bet a hundred bucks,, that Piers' bodygaurds have guns..

    July 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. nss

    Exactly right, Piers! Way to go. I'm behind you a thousand percent. Guns are a necessary condition to kill this many people at one time (short of bombs – are bombs legal?) Take the semi-auto and auto guns away – really away – and we'll save hudreds and thousands of lives a year. Excellent, Piers!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      You really have no idea how the real word works and this goes for all the people thinking gun control would have made an ounce of difference.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JB

      This is not true. You will never stop people from getting weapons. You can never stop or find all people who one day are sane and the next they are not. It happens. It is very tragic and no one wants to see anyone shot or killed, or losing a child or family member. The gun is not the problem. if it is not guns it will be bombs or cutting instruments or chemicals, things any person can obtain. It is the person. None of those weapons can act on their own without a person.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Kirsten

    Wow!!! What a great interview. Piers you are a treasure to the American Public. Gun control for automatic weapons is extremely important today. As Americans we need to get real about the fact that these weapons are of no good use for our citizens. I send my sympathy for all of the victims and their families in Colorado.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Elmer Maloney

    We should not talk about gun control today. There is a time and place for it . NOT TODAY!!!!!!
    Americans have the right to own weapons. It is part of our culture. I would take up arms against
    any one who tried to take any weapons that I would have. You have a gay/liberal agenda that wants
    to destroy America. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Patricia Nicholson

    How – How do we get involved? How do we hold our elected officials accountable? How does little old me get around the NRA. How do the people of AMERICA get the NRA out of our lives – out of our Congress, out of our Senate? HOW? Please do not say the AMERICAN people have to get involved in this. That is not an answer. We want to get involved. We want this insanity to stop! But we cannot get around all the money from the NRA and other special interests. Why are you not talking about HOW!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • chuck

      excuse me, but you don't understand. The NRA is not a great big large corporation, it is comprised of hundreds of thousands of people just like you. American citizens that understand and uphold the 2nd amendment. You want to get around the NRA, well you can't. We are here to stay and have our voices heard and to make sure that someone like you doesn't take our rights away because you don't understand. Guns do not kill people, any more than a car, a butcher knife, a rope, an axe, or pillow. Yet all these items have been used in the past and will I'm sure going to be used in the future to kill someone. As bad as this is, like someone else said earlier, you have not seen anything until you have no guns in private hands. You will see murders go up, you will see home envasions go up, you will see violent robbery go up, and you will see increasing response times from the police due to increasing demand. If you don't believe me go look up crime rate for the last 10 years in England, go look up the crime rate in Australia both of which have done just what you ask, banned guns from private citizens and they are paying the price. If you don't like looking at other countries look in our own back yards. Chicago, Washington DC, LA, ( the whole state of California) and New York city. All these cities have the toughest gun laws and out right bans in some and yet they have high gun crime rates, and murders by guns. I'm truly sorry if you think that the NRA is the cause of this, it is not and no you can't get around them, because as large as we are ( yes I'm a life member and I have been since I was 7 years old) If you try and take our guns away, wait and see how much bigger we will get because there are people in our nation that don't belong to the NRA that will once you try and take our guns away. Don't beleive me, when Obama became president he was supposed to shut down the guns, all that succeded in doing was selling more guns. More guns were sold in the United States in one day than were sold in one month before he took office, people made sure he was not going to stop them from owning guns. Please take a look, a real look at what gun control really does to a country and what happens after gun control is put in place, the facts will shock you when you see that more crime and more violent crime happens after gun control is put in place

      July 21, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. ehm2943

    Perhaps debates that don't serve the public ends up in gun shooting. Cable media debates can be numbing when poor governance from the top on important issues of responsible regulations lose to lobbyist focused on profits. Kudos for P. Morgan for preventing an important issue like this from being muted. Our future looks frail regardless of how we try to escape realities.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Ragsy

    Why can't Piers Morgan realize that only the law abiding citizens would go along with new gun restrictions? That means that only the BAD GUYS will have weapons and we will be defenseless. It seems so OBVIOUS!!! How do you solve that problem?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Jeff Bunn

    This tragedy cant be stopped by gun control. It is not the gun it is the person. Guns are available in any country. We are not amune to this kind of tragedy. Piers talks about our country needing gun control. His own country still has issues and they dont even allow guns in the UK. The street cops in the UK dont even carry to protect them selves. Nothing could have been done to stop this guy from coming in to shoot people. It is soooo tragic and the whole country is heart broken, but dont blame the gun itself. it cant shoot by itself.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. John

    Two problems about Piers tonight. First it is not really gun control, but bullet control. Even if the shooter had only one gun, he still had many bullets. Unless you are hit on the head with a gun, it won't kill unless you have a bullet. The fact the shooter had 6000 rounds is the problem. Second, the treatment of the Denver University law professor was uncalled for. He is a MEMBER of the community that just had the tragedy. Ten years ago we had a bad tragedy here in Rhode Island, and I can not fathom questions like his pressing fire safety on the same day of the tragity. It is a new world now. We are all on the net, email, texting, blogging, to a point that actual human contact and interaction is no longer necessary. Basically, humans do not matter in reality, only in virtu-reality.


    July 21, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Bill

    Sanctimonious posturing. How many rounds of ammunition SHOULD one be permitted to buy at one time? What conceivable number or limit could have prevented this tragedy? Suppose we'd limited this wacko (or all of America) to 200 rounds per month. He'd been arming himself for 2-3 months. Would such a limit have changed ANYTHING at all? Of course it wouldn't have.

    Piers Morgan fixates on the "6,000 rounds" number as justification for gun/ammo control. That's over 200 POUNDS of ammo. Do you think he was carrying it all on his person? Do you think he actually fired more than 200-300 rounds in those 3-4 horrific minutes?

    The Harvard law professor was so uninformed that he claimed Holmes was armed with "automatic" weapons.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. bob lameres

    Despite your assertion, the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with protecting yourself in your home. It provides the means for the people to protect themselves from government tyranny. As such the only type of gun that is truly protected by the 2nd Amendment would be those specifically designed for combat. Clearly this is an idea completely foreign to you and your culture and your welcome to detest it [ first amendment] but you cannot redefine it to meet your agenda.

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  45. Deanna

    I would be curious to know where an unemployed college student gets the money to buy weapons, ammunition, body armor, a gas mask, all the materials he had in his apartment and so forth. I am in college. I don't have money to buy anything extra right now. I would be so disappointed to learn that he got a student loan and used that money to do something like this.
    Not only do I not understand why he did this, I don't understand how he could do this.
    I am so very sorry for the families and the victims.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      Credit Cards! Easy to come by in college.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Deanna

        Incredible. I am amazed at how easy it apparently was. I didn't realize he could just put everything on a credit card. Sorry if I sound naive. I never thought about this before. I assume that the credit card companies are all completely automated. If someone pulled that slip, it would show thousands of rounds of ammo, weapons, body armor and etc. It is hard to decide where privacy ends and safety begins. If my yahoo account can start advertising movies just because I email someone about something in my "Music in Films" class or the grocery store can print me coupons on the back of my receipt based on what I just purchased, seems like the credit card companies could flag something that shows an unusually large amount of purchases relating to killing people. Body armor certainly ought to be an automatic red flag to someone somewhere. The whole thing is just very hard to grasp.

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  46. Jeff

    The shooter was dressed just like the guy in the movie Rampage.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  47. worldcares

    Some ruthless journalism tonight, Piers. Dream on about gun control in these United States in our lifetime. It's not gonna happen.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      "Ruthless journalism" based on falsehoods, irrelevant facts and defective logic. The fact that Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammo (3,000 each of .40 SW and .223) is irrelevant to the carnage and damage he was able to inflict. Think about it: that's THREE HUNDRED 10-bullet magazines for the Glock, and THIRTY of the now-famous 100-round "drum magazines" for the AR-15. Over 200 lbs of ammo alone, not counting the mags themselves. Holmes was probably carrying no more than 200-300 rounds, which makes most of Morgan's argument tonight totally baseless.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robert

      Totally agree!!!!

      July 21, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  49. Randy

    what a blowhard....I guess if you don't agree with him he won't listen to you...nice debate you blowhard...way to overreact.
    If you want to debate gun control....where have you been every other day you've been on the air. I imagine a lot more more die from guns daily in the US. Bottomline is I don't support what the NRA stands for but this shooting is just a tragedy ...plain and simple...a tragedy....he would have found a way to shoot those poor people regardless of any gun controls.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Neil

    Regrettably here we have someone not born in the United States using his ‘bully pulpit’ (Piers Morgan Tonight show) to run his suck and private agenda (antigun) on one of our basic rights that makes America and AMERICANS the country and people we are. Good, Bad, indifferent… take your pick but Piers demonstrated over and over his lack of knowledge of the 2nd amendment and /or current law about what it protects, why it protects, and how it protects the right for AMERICANS to own and “BEAR” arms. Food for thought for all the liberal antigun nuts to chew on… If Colorado and the city of Aurora had been a state/city had in place a “shall Issue” law for concealed weapons and a ‘stand your ground’ law there probably would have been a few folks in the theater with handguns that could have stopped this tragedy escalading to the numbers it did. Remember when the police show up, everyone says we’re safe. But remember why we are safe…. They have guns.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. sueblew

    THANK YOU for standing up for what you believe about gun control! I'm happy to hear a journalist who is willing to state their opinion and not let the NRA folks try to push this emotional issue out a few days. We Americansallow individuals far too much freedom to purchase guns and ammunition that is beyond reasonable. The fact that over 30,000 Americans are killed each year by guns ought to tell us that we have a problem. I applaude Piers Morgan for pushing for what ought to be logical and acceptable where guns are concerned.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave


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    • Neil

      Sueblew... autos kill more people in a year than firearms in the United States. 32,310 people died last year in traffic accidents, the lowest number since 1949.
      Do you want to ban cars also???

      July 21, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Shawn Harmon

    Stricter gun regulations will not prevent this from happening. As a matter of fact, the theater had signs posted, NO GUNS. Yes, that's right, this happened in a GUN FREE ZONE. Just more proof that more laws are not going to prevent things like this from happening. He could have just as easily made a bomb.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Dave


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  54. Jeff

    30 wanna be cops shooting concealed weapons in the theater possibly could have led to more people dying. Crossfire!!!!!! I do get the point that if at least one person had a gun and got the drop on this guy, it would have saved lives. I just think that law enforcement has a role although they can't be everywhere all the time.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wayne

      I'll agree that crossfire has to be taken into account, but let's look at what happened. The gunman opened fire and eveyone hit the deck or ran for the door. They would not have been running towards the gunman. The 30 folks you mention would have all been shooting at the gunman. Given the above scenario, it should have been a mostly clear shot. Yes, a couple of folks may have been hit in crossfire, but the carnage this gunman could have caused with what he had could also have easily been much worse than it was. Imagine what would have happened if, after his initial shooting, he walked up the isle and started shooting everyone on the floor. The quicker the gunman is taken out, the better for everyone.

      I'm not saying that shooting back is a good situation. The whole situation is bad. The job becomes how to minimize the bad situation and the way to minimize it is to stop the gunman as quickly and efficiently as possible.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • scott

        Very well said Wayne ! i doubt if 30 people would be armed 4 or 5 at best would be my guess and the ones closest would know what to do

        July 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dee

    Let's all stop the silly unthoughtful rhetoric. If you don't think we as a people in America can't do anything about gun control than you are part of the problem. Hate and name calling like those in these posts put the gun in that man's hands. Money rules America. Put pressure on the pro gun lobbyists. No one needs an assault rifle to hunt. No one needs the amount of ammunition he had. We can demand background checks and references. Punish stores and gun shows that do not comply. Put them out of business. It is not just up to the politicians. Relatives and friends know who has the weapons, turn them in. You or your loved ones could be next. Did you ever think of that. If your not brave enough to do that, you are the one that does not belong in America. It it not up to the President or the candidate to start the conversation. Isn't it congress who blocks every right thing he tries to do?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      He didn't buy these weapons at a gun show. He bought them at Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops. He PASSED the mandatory background check. The stores did everything by the book. The amount of ammo was irrelevant, as he likely fired no more than 200-300 rounds. Every single one of your "proposals" would have done nothing at all to prevent this tragedy.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Neil

      You don't get Dee. America wants guns. The founding fathers thought it was so important they put it 2nd right after your right to express your opinions on a blog like this.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Colorado

    Criminals do not worry if guns are banned...only those of us gun owners that follow the laws have to worry. If you believe that banning guns will "help" America, your history lesson is in the archives under Adolf Hitler. Your ignorance cannot be your excuse.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Neil

    Sueblew... autos kill more people in a year than firearms in the United States. 32,310 people died last year in traffic accidents, the lowest number since 1949.
    Do you want to ban cars also???

    July 21, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  58. Allen Genauer

    Dear Piers. My respect for you grows all the time. Your reaction to David Kopel was spot on.
    Since nothing has been done about gun control already, the time to do something about assault weapons, and clips that hold more bullets than any civilian could possibly need is now. It takes a maniac to do something like this but, without a doubt, there would be many more survivors if the perpetrator didn't have an automatic weapon that held 100 rounds that enabled him to get fifty rounds off in a minutes time. I'm okay with the second amendment. People do and should maintain the right to bear arms. I have a problem with civilians being armed to the teeth.
    Were it not for money and greed and the desire for power, the gutless politicians that should be looking after our interests would have already done so.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Kevin Madsen

    He could have killed and wounded more people with an SUV running over them while they waited in line, are you going to ban cars next? He could have parked by the back exit with containers of gasoline or propane and a pipe bomb to set them off, went in the front, blocked the doors, walked out the back, retrieved the containers, put them inside and set it off... probably kill everyone in the theater. He could have used heavier than air inert gas and just opened the valves and suffocated everyone, and they might not even notice. And I'll bet I can come up with 100 more ways to do the same in fewer minutes... are you going to ban every substance, object or idea? You are naive and way out of your depth, you'd better stick to celebrity interviews and their insignificant lives. Human behavior includes this and much worse, we need guns as one of the tools to protect ourselves from people like this and more importantly from the tyranny of those that would oppress us take away our rights and freedoms like your previous countrymen attempted in 1776, or there about.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Gunrights

    Piers Morgan you should just cancel your show. Gun control will not solve the problem. It's like my father in law always said about owning a gun. "Its a good idea to have a gun and never need it than to wish you had one when you truly needed it". This tradegy reminds me of those words. Piers you will never understand the meaning of the 2nd amendment.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. debbie mcgill

    I tried to go to the website and can't get it to come up. any ideas?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. John

    Gun control is not the answer, The problem is the Justice system. Americans dont fear it we did back in the old west days. Now Prisons are a holiday in , free room and board, free heath care and no work. no wonder so many people want to go there.
    1) if you use a gun in a Mass Attack like this you should be be hung by your neck the next day at noon in front of the court house that you were convicted of and left hanging for 24 hours so people could see what happens if you use a GUN in a mass attack like this. (This is what i call a homegrown terrorist).
    2) if you use a GUN in a Crime like robbing a bank or store and is caught on tape and you can be clearly identified by camera or more than 3 witinesses. you should get the same hanging.
    3) i want to also bring back the Guillotine for crimes..
    4) A judge can restrict a person like this guy to have (NO APPEALS FOR HIS CASE)

    July 21, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  63. James Howe

    Piers Morgan is an enemy of this country. Why is it the mainstream media always try's to divide people on every tradegys They continue to divide this country when in events of this matter people should be coming together.Its such a sign of disrespect to the victims and their families.The 2nd amendment did not give us the right to bear arms so we could go hunting it was put in there to defend ourselves and to prevent the government from becoming tyrannical.Funny that a Brit wants to ban guns obviously he needs to read history of not only America but also the very country we had our own revolution with Britan.Or maybe he does understand it and wants to bring on another revolution, if u come for Americans guns that's when the next revolution would begin.Wake up people and don't fall for this anti-gun propaganda

    July 21, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Casey Harrison

    Thank you Piers for letting them have it tonight! Why wouldn't you want to talk about gun control at this time? I'm sure the victims are left wondering why it was possible for someone to be able to purchase the amount and kinds of weapons this crazy man had! We have the right to arm ourselves yes but obviously there needs to be some limits. How many more Columbines, Virginia Techs, theater shootings, etc do we need before we wake up and make a change?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  65. Michelle

    Numbers don't lie, countries that ban firearms have very few gun deaths. American men with their love affair with guns have the highest murder rate on the planet. The NRA has brain washed the weak minded and uneducated....get rid of guns and all your pathetic excuses for their need......thank you Piers

    July 21, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Neil

      Number don't lie you are correct. States that passed into law Castle Doctrine and Right to Carry laws violent crime has Plummeted. More people in the U.S. die in auto accidents every year than by gun shot.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Yeah, the Philippines outlawed guns so something like 80% of the deaths come at the end of a knife. We're just trying to "childproof" this country. We are not focusing on the correct problem at hand. Doesn't anyone wonder what is going on in this country that people are feeling this deep malicious hatred and are just going nuts? The answer to this question is the Problem.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Heather

    I can't comment on gun control, because we own guns; so I would be a hypocrit to want them banned. However I do believe certain guns need to be banned from public use. I live on a farm, so we need shotguns/ rifles for livestock protection and for hunting food...we don't need semi-automatic, automatic or even handguns for that. Also, here in Canada, we just got rid of our long gun registry, which only hurted hunters/farmers (legal gun users.) "Joe Criminal" isn't going to register his illegal gun, so it was a total waste of money and resources. I do know of many Americans who have come to Canada; and, who have taken their handguns with them, and, had them taken away at the border. Look we aren't a bunch of liberals here opposed to owning guns; but, we don't carry them around like cowboys! No offence to our American neighbors; but, through the media, you are portrayed badly to the outside world. For example, if I had watched "the Kardashians", I would get the impression rich people like them were spoiled and frivolous. If I watched Jersey Shore, I would think you all get drunk and sleep around. If I watched Doomsday Preppers I would get the impression you were paranoid and wacko. Even some of your legal trials were obsessive and came into our tv programming...OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony....who watches this crap! This is real life and real people suffering...yet the US media has it on tv like its entertainment. By so much media coverage of these incidents, you are giving sick individuals their 15 minutes of fame; and, putting ideas into future pschopaths minds if they can't be famous, they will be infamous! By the way, I love your show Piers ,and, I have only seen the shows I referenced once...if that. Keep it honest and don't become Americanized, with fluff and sensationalism!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      kudos to you me heather. well put.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      Cant think that way cause once the ANTIS get there foot in the door they are coming in the WHOLE way! a Law Abiding citizen should and shall own any weopan they deem effective to protect Life AND property! they have already passed laws that are TOTALLY illegal and should be repealed right off the books! 1939 Nazi germany manifesto all over again we cannot EVER let that happen again! god i would think people would remember history a bit more clearly!

      July 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Neil

    Heather... stop, please. You're from Canada. Don't comment on our American laws and rights. You are correct about handguns into Canada... Strickly forbidden and you get turned around or the hand gun is confiscated at the border. Personal experience last NOV 2011 trying to go to BC to hunt black bear and a hand gun is personal protection. Why is that? What happens when your country decides to ban rifles and rifles (single shot) but have a magazine?

    July 21, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Ed

    We don't need to "debate" nor do we need to legislate new gun laws. Enforce the one's already in place.
    This young man was a medical college student. EXACTLY how do you see that coming? Don't allow medical students access to guns? You could have done NOTHING last night. Sitting in a Debate about weapons, the night OF a shooting?...PUHLEEZE. Do you KNOW of a way to spot "Psycho Gunmen" before they "turn"? If so, please share this information. It would be more valuable than ANY gun or ammo law, ever devised. If you HAD prior knowledge and didn't come forth, that would make you an accomplice. You are as pompous an ass as EVERY other, "expert" and megalomaniacal politician, that has been on the News since this happened. A pox upon thee!

    July 21, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Dan

    Wow. Ignorance is no way to go through life. Drugs are already illegal but no one still seems to have a problem buying them. Liquor was illegal during prohibition but the alcohol problem got worse. An "assault rifle" is select fire and controlled by the NFA of 1934. Check the history of when this term was coined. He did not have one of these. Piers doesn't want to be patronized?!! Neither do I, so he should never say he respects the 2nd Amendment. Gun control promoters should study the history of the Bill of RIghts and especially the authors, including their many writings. They intended us to have equivalent firepower to the gov't so we the people can protect ourselves from them if it should ever come to that. That's what the Revolution was fought for- to fight off the British Empire which was the gov't at the time. The Founders were terrified of another dictatorship or autocracy. Put the responsibility where it belongs- the wrongdoer. Evil does exist in this world and will use any tools available. Nothing is completely outlawed from criminals, only from citizens. When there is a vacuum something fills it, which would be the black market in this case. This guy apparently was no idiot, so if it came to purchasing something illegally, I'm sure he could have figured it out. Prisons are a good example where everything is illegal to possess(like drugs) but they still find a way in.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. SFC Riley

    Go Home Piers, this I an American issue. Find the week minded, not the gun owners!!

    July 21, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      AMEN to that brother!!!! this channel makes me ILL !! 🙂 i swear if 1 or 2 CCW holders had the sidearm on there side the toll would be less that 2 or 3 and the CRIMINAL would have been one of them!!! God America WAKE UP!!!!!

      July 21, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. SeaOtter

    Thank you for standing up for gun control, Piersl. To those who say that if someone in the audience had a gun, things would have been different. I remind you that the shooter was wearing amor. He did not come there to die. He came to murder. Why is it that there is no system to red flag someone buying military style weapons and armor? I am sure, as the days go by, that we will hear about people who recognized that this young man was a danger and that they were either in denial of how dangerous he is or they were ignored. It is the responsibility of the government to protect its people from this kind of incident. Instead, it stands back and allows full acess to weapons etc. that should only be equiping police forces and armys.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tony

      you are an idiot. a vest is not armor ,and yes if someone had fired on him, they could have stop him or caused him to think twice. he did not come for a fight or he would not have given up so quickly

      July 21, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • freedog008

        You're right, Tony. He was wearing a tactical bullet "resistant" vest which means if you had a .357 or more, you probably would have dropped the guy and given people enough time to wrestle his weapons away with one shot. If you had a FN Five-Seven with you, you could have killed him as they are able to penetrate vests.

        July 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • scott

        You forgot to say the buzzword TACTICAL vest! CNN wants to make sure TACTICAL and BALLISTIC is in there!

        July 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      "It is the responsibility of the government to protect its people from this kind of incident" WHY!!! why is it the goverments responsibility? The guns were bought legally, they were not automatic and they were not assualt wepons. The shooter went through all the :Governments laws, he did what the Government wanted him to do, he did everything the Government wanted him to do that is supposed to protect us. Well it didn't. You can get body armor at any military surplus store in any state, you can get gas mask at the same places. These things just like guns are not in and of themselves a danger to the public yet they can be used that way, so do we have the Government regulate any and all items that could be used in any way to harm the public? Go ahead and try that and see where it gets you, the general population will not stand for it, heck, when the police want to use cameras on traffic lights to catch red light runners, all the you know what breaks out, crying invasion of privicy, Yep, your request while sounding good means more Government intrusion into our lives and more money we would have to pay to fund that intrusion, all the while doing not a darn thing to change the problem.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Sea Otter! I agree completely

      July 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Dan

    How is this a gun problem? This is a problem with the morals, ethics, decency, and integrity of humanity. Is it because it is so much easier to blame an object that can be banned than it is to figure out why we have this erosion of society? Respect towards others and personal responsibility seem to be long gone.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Dr. Celia Banting

    My book, "The Right Thing" is a true account of living with strangers and finding that what seems from the outside to be a "normal" household can harbor those with extreme pathology – in houses that may be your neighbors. James Holms was an honor roll student, a PhD candidate. What festers and grows on the underbelly of this great nation? This man maintained a facade of normality while all the time he was a psychopath. In my work I see people with no consciences and perhaps they are the easy ones to spot, to be wary of. Those who learn how to hide their pathology are the most dangerous. I would suggest that this man has a "Be Perfect Driver" which was one of the suicide risk factors I identified in my PhD. The fact that he was withdrawing from his PhD program suggests that he lacks self esteem, doesn't believe that he's "good enough", and habors anger towards those who expect too much from him. We are all too busy with our own lives to notice when someone we are close to, or work with, starts to change the way they behave. It's easy after the fact, I know, but as citizens we need to be observant and alert someone when blantant changes in others accur, but more importantly, the authorities need to listen if someone does report possible mental instability. My heart goes out to all those affected, and let's not forget this man's mother who, if she has any self-insight, she will examine her parentlng skills and what went wrong with her Grade A student son. I know I would and do. Sincerely, Dr. Celia Banting

    July 21, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  74. Cicero

    Molon labe. (Look it up.)

    Great job of demonstrating the irrationality of the prohibitionists, professor Kopel.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Milo

    If you make guns illegal than only criminals will have guns. Honest, responsible, hard working citizens will have no way to defend their homes and families. This is not the kind of Society I want to live in.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  76. Jabber

    Piers Morgan why don't you shut up, stupid idiot. I love how unbalanced your "debates" are. He was right. This is not the day to be debating this. You are just trying to use these people to push your agenda. Get off yourself. You're not even an American, so quit thinking you have a right to say what goes here. You're an awful reporter that would know absolutely nothing about having a real debate when it's the appropriate time. I can't stand pompous morons like you.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  77. Michelle Hansen

    Perhaps Mr. Kopel would feel differently if one of his loved ones were left on the floor of that theatre or if he had been shot by this lunatic. If this was the case would he then say "well it's Holmes' right to bear arms, to bear deadly assault weapons to shoot me"..

    July 21, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  78. Brooke

    Thank you Piers! Thank you Piers! Thank Piers! Anyone who thinks our forefathers could have imagined the type of society we are in is blinded by their own wishes. These intelligent men would be the first to be brave enough to call for a change! I am a born and bred American Southerner,as is my family, and we all agree enough is enough! Piers, PLEASE don't let up! We ALL need your voice!

    July 21, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laurel James

      I am so in agreement with you and yes, Brilliant Piers! The NRA just buys the lawmakers as the most powerful lobby in the nation and refuse to grow up and keep their toys under careful registration and regular inspection. The registration that does exist is a joke. So many responsible and fairminded, community minded hunters and hobby gunpeople out there, they just get painted with such an extremist brush by these radical gun supporters. What is the NRA trying to hide! More controls should not bother an honest and correct gun owner/user at all with nothing to hide. The safer we are by gun control the safer they are too! It is a good thing for all!

      July 21, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MJE

      Seconded. This debate needs to really heat up.
      Well done, Piers!

      July 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bcnorqqjmg

      Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

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  79. trickedstz

    Piers Morgan, you are a buffoon. 6000 rounds off the internet makes people inherently dangerous? It goes on forever. I don't even think you understand half of what you're saying. You brought up some debate, with your narrow minded views on gun control with two other Brady Campaign activities. You came prepared, you coward. Unlike you, pro gunners keep a respectful distance from this tragedy. People like you and the rest of the media trivialize these innocent lives to push legislation. It's disgusting and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. This should be a time of remembrance and consolation.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  80. jurodivyj

    One day, Americans will wake up and realize that their country is just one among others in the world. Not the most wealthy, not the most technologically advanced, not the one with the strongest civil liberties. And then they might start to listen to people like Piers Morgan who point out how extremely rare shootings like this are in other civilized countries as opposed to the United States. And not just killing sprees, murders in general. Piers Morgan, born in Europe, knows this and tries to do something. That deserves respect.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wayne

      You're correct. They have fewer shootings in countries with fewer guns. However, they have more knifings, bombs, strangulations, etc. Also, that number needs to be per capita. While we aren't the largest country in the world, we do have more people than a lot of the countries you're speaking of.

      Something that's not mentioned here is the real cause of this. The rage in the person. The item he used is irrelevant. If the guns weren't available he would have used bombs or driven over the crowd standing in line for tickets. So, why is there so much rage in this country? One possible answer here is diet. Most of the world actually eats better than we do (I said "better" not "more"). It has been shown that lack of proper nutrision and a high sugar diet can cause this. No, not all people are affected the same, some just get fat, and some don't seem to be bothered by it at all. That doesn't mean it isn't happening. Also, I do not mean to imply that this is the whole answer, it's not, but it may be worth looking at. I also don't think the "food police" as NYC is trying to propose is the answer.

      No matter what is done, nothing will ever stop all of this. There will always be someone, who for some unknown reason, flips out and does something like this using whatever is at their disposal.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Kevin

    First my thoughts and prayers go out to the familys and the victims. But it makes me so mad that people wants to blame guns everytime there's a shooting, if you ask me thats one thing thats wrong with this country today no one wants to take responsibility for there own actions it's always the guns or video games or violent movies or the music they were listening to that caused them to do what they did there's always an excuse, no one will stand accountible for what they have done. no doubt a gun in the hands of a bad person is a very bad thing but!!! on the other hand a gun in the hands of a good citizen is a very good thing, and there is only one thing that can stop a bad person with a gun and guess what that is A GOOD PERSON WITH A GUN, but in order to do that you would have had to have someone in there with a CCDW permit probly dint allow that now if they had would a permit holder have been able to save lives no one knows but i can tell you that it's harderto get good accurate shots down range when someones shooting back. Now yes im sure it was dark and alittle hazy in there but if the gunman can see to shoot and people can actually see him reloading because thats when alot of them excaped then he could have been stopped. And some will argue he was wearing bullet proof vest halmet ect and he was but a accurate shot center mass would have rendered him incapacitated for a moment and in that moment alot of people could have got out of there. oh and any mistakes on here that ive made, spelling or whatever it was not my fault its the computers.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  82. oregon scca

    The worst U.S. massacre? What about Virginia Tech? Do you have a single, qualified, honored, award winning journalist on your staff? If not, I volunteer, with more that 40 years experience in the field which obviously you and none of your staff, or anyone at your network, seem to possess. Shameful news coverage. You should be ashamed.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  83. Laurel James

    D. Kopel is an idiot. Piers was brilliant. Have a gun I say....not assault rifles or worse...but control the owners 2ce a year with checks and balances about how the guns are kept and used. That will build a database that is worth checking. Buy it online....fine....but you have to pick it up at the local police station and register for it and where you got it from there before taking it home.The policing of the guns is the biggest problem. People hunt in England and in Austria and keep guns....even collectors....but the registration is just the beginning....regular surprise visits to check how the guns are kept and used and owners must take shooting ability tests. The US does nothing....Have gun will travel! That is ridiculous.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tony

      the guns were not purchased online , but at local store and all legally , it's not a gun law issue . How long do you think one should wait to take something that is legally theirs home.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • margie

      Laurel...........your comments were some of the most intelligent that I have read here. Well done girl!

      July 21, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  84. Don

    What a shame that nobody in the theater was trained and equipped to be aware of their surroundings and stop the perpetrator's rampage. Does no one remember the sentiment of a different victim of a different attack at the October 16, 1991, Luby’s massacre of 24 people in Killeen, Texas, who lamented having left her pistol in her vehicle because she was “just going in for lunch”, and didn’t think she’d need it? This tragedy is not a gun rights/gun control issue. It is a mental health issue. Perhaps Piers Hearst should stop jerking his knees over sensational events and cover the far greater tragedy of abandoned mental health care in this country. If that won’t sell enough air time, then ban guns and wait for the perfectly disarmed, perfectly sane, and perfectly evil among us to switch to bombs built from grocery and hardware purchases. It worked in Northern Ireland, right Piers?

    July 21, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SCott

      I thought of that Lubys incident right away and thought to my self wonder my no one had A CCW in that theater and then i remembered Some movie chains were trying to BAN CCW in them so basically sheep led to slaughter with no way to protect themselves 🙁

      July 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  85. kev

    If we had gun control in 1776 we would be called the United States of Britain!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  86. Todd

    I am not a gun owner. Not because I don't like them, just because I don't feel a need to have them in my home. I also don't hunt. I have many friends who do but I just don't have the patience for it. With that said, I have many mixed feelings about gun control. Though I agree that there really is no need to have assault rifles and 6,000 rounds of ammunition, I don't think making guns illegal is going to solve this problem. It is also illegal to go into a movie theater and shoot people, but it didn't stop him. It is illegal to have IED's, but yet his apartment is lined with them. If someone wants to cause harm to a lot of people shortly, there are many ways to do this that don't require guns. Oklahoma city bombing? Unabomber? My point is, gun control will not stop people from doing something. Human nature is to evolve and find another way. And let's face it, laws were not going to stop this guy. He broke so many of them before he even shot a gun.....

    July 21, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  87. Eddie of California

    Your interview regarding gun control was inappropriate, rude, nasty and tasteless. I can't understand why CNN continues your employment with them. I hope your next bonus from CNN, if any, is a one way airline ticket to Great Britian.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  88. tony

    Mr Morgan ,
    I'm not truly sure where your are trying to get at, thinking that your imposing British view about American gun laws needs to be discussed at this time. As a service member that has shot at people (doing my job) and been shot at I can tell you it's not the guns or how they get them that are the issue, it's the individual. If a drunk driver get behind the wheel and kills someone it's not the car or the person that sold or served the alcohol's fault, but that of the driver for making that decision. You seem to get really upset and rude when Mr Kopel did not agree with you, but I can almost be 100% sure that there were some in the theater who which that they had carried on them that night, because maybe they could have exchanged gun fire and killed the guy . I feel that your argument is bias and would appreciate it if you reviewed your stance or just leave American gun laws ,and American politics to Americans

    July 21, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  89. James Byrd

    I agree with all those who think Piers should shut up about American laws and concern himself with his own country. England recently had it's citizens in the street shooting at police and their helicopters and looting stores and the law abiding citizens could do nothing because people like Piers had taken away their guns. There is now a growing movement in England to restore peoples gun rights so people can protect themselves and their police from the guns the criminals did not turn in during the gun roundup. So look at England and see the USA in the future with an unarmed populace. Go home Piers and tend your own house we have all had enough of your ramblings.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  90. ShutUP

    Mr. M: shut up and go back to GB. Oh, maybe they won't let you back!! A poor excuse for a human last night.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  91. Scott

    the 2nd ammendment is not and never was open for debate or change. It is a right that shall not be infringed or encroached upon that's what my forefathers wrote it for. To protect all free men. From tyranny!!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  92. john yule

    Piers...go swim back across the pond and live in your little socialized trash country and leave us alone. Tell me how good gun control works when you explain why there are still shootings in countries and cities where gun ownership is outright prohibited!

    July 21, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  93. herbsandhags

    Blimey. I agree with Piers Morgan. Sth must be amiss.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  94. traderron

    Of course he wants more gun control, he's British. It is in a Brit's blood to want more godvernment controls. He is of the mindset that the little guy, his listeners, are too irresponsible to carry a gun. He believes that only "experts"should have guns. How's that working out in Britain Piers, where people have to have safe rooms in their house because they were disarmed by British law and the crooks know it? Burglary rates are much higher in Britain and Europe because there aren't any armed homeowners.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  95. DBM

    Wow! A lot of people here who seem to believe that "now is not the time to be discussing gun control" but who have a lot to say about defending insane levels of gun ownership! I love all the macho men who are sure they would have shot the guy ... too many movies, not enough brains.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  96. traderron

    Gun control aided Holmes in his killing. Cinemark has a no guns policy for its patrons. Didn't Holmes read the sign, Piers, or did he ignore it and went there because he knew there wasn't a single person there who could stop him. If America is too dangerous for you Piers then get the hell out and go back to England where this gun control tripe will get a hearing. Oh, I forgot, Britain already has gun control and break-ins of occupied house are out of control because the residents can't defend their property unlike here, where burglars prefer to break in to unoccupied dwellings so they won't get shot.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beth

      Traderron, are you saying that everyone should go to the movies, shopping malls, subway, etc.etc. armed with a weapon? Boy thats really great problem solving. Good God.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scott

        I carry concealed. Not only for my job. But when I'm out anywhere malls restaraunts theatres i refuse to be sheep led to slaughter. Better to have it on you I'm sure many people in Co wish the hell they did I will do what's right to protect my life and my family's life!!!'. People. Have become. Sheep

        July 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • trance4mer

        We need more citizens like this 71 year old man....SEE VIDEO

        and these kind of incidence may have ended differently. DONT GIVE UP YOUR ARMS GOOD LAW ABIDING CITIZENS!!!


        Aurora, Colorado Police may have got there in half the time but it was TOO LATE!

        Instead of banning fire arms move to OPEN CARRY!

        July 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I hope once the people heal from this tragedy they file a class action suit against the theatre for denying people the right to carry if I lost my family members. That would be my first visit to my lawyer. People have the right to defend themselves!!

      July 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  97. shaun

    Im british and reading a lot of uninformed rubbish about british crime and gun control. British people hate guns because we understand that they are extremely dangerous and can be used to inflict horrendous injury on innocent people. The majority of american citizens killed by gun fire are done so not through self defence but murderous attacks by people who should not be allowed to own guns. People in Britain also believe in justice not revenge or vigilant "justice" Batman is a comic book and is not a something to which people should attempt to aspire to. The problems with letting people freely own guns are clear and evident and to deny them is just plain ignorance. Also the guy who claims people in britain have to have safe rooms because they dont have guns? Ive yet to meet anyone with a safe room and know very few people who have ever been robbed while they were i n there home. We dont need guns to protect ourselves because we know that if someone does break into our house they wont have a gun either and a baseball bat or golf club wil do just nicely. Also do your research violent crime in Britain is at a 30 year low. And that was without arming the population at large.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beth

      Good for your Shaun. How anyone can think that guns -all types-should be given freely to anyone who wants one is just insane. If gun laws in the U.S. do not change, there will be more tragedies such as this one. It amazes me that so many people are still fight against this.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wayne

      There's a difference between vigilante justice and self defense. Stopping an attack in progress is self defense. Chasing after the perpetrator, hunting them down and killing them is vigilante. Letting the police do the 2nd is justice. However, letting the police do the 2nd doesn't help the folks that could have been saved by the self defense aspect of this. The sooner you stop the perpetrator, the better for everyone. This results in fewer deaths and injuries at the time and in fewer later when he does this again before being caught.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  98. os

    well spoken Piers

    July 21, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  99. freedog008

    Piers, you weren't raised in this country and you don't vote in this country. This is a mental health issue, not a gun control issue. Go BACK HOME TO ENGLAND. I'm tired of hearing your pitiful, uber-liberal jaw jacking. You don't let one mad man influence the 2nd amendment and gun ownership for the other 99% who are responsible gun owners. Now go S..T..F..U!

    July 21, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beth

      Mental health issues and gun control issues are not mutually exclusive. Clearly many people with undiagnosed mental illnesses are walking among us, free to do whatever their deranged minds tell them. The massacre in Colorado is a case in point. There should be procedures in place so that when someone is attempting to buy huge amounts of ammunition on line or elsewhere it should be reported to the authorities. Likewise,high powered guns should not be sold to anyone until the reasons for buying the weapons ( i.e. their intended use) can be verified and until they have a mental health clearance. I know many will say these procedures would violate privacy rights but given the horror of what has just occurred in Colorado, I think public safety should trump personal privacy. Had such procedures been followed in this case, 12 people would still be alive and 58 others would not be injured.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • freedog008

        Oh God, Beth you really are naive and your knee jerk reaction just goes to show what an unsophisticated thinker you are. No one is forcing you to buy a gun so if you're so afraid of them, don't own one. But don't you dare think you're going to use this mad man as a way to take away guns from the 99.8% of responsible gun owners.

        July 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  100. honestreporting

    I commend you, Piers Morgan. Excellent response to Kopel. You handled it with extreme gravitas and sharpness.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  101. Barker F. Keith II Austin Texas

    I have watched Piers Morgan of CNN for the last couple of years. Last night I watched in amazement as his personal views on gun control over the Colorado incident and his passionate hatred for guns have clouded his ability to foster a non biased conversation on both sides of the gun control issue. Piers should resign and join the likes of Maurice Povich as he turned CNN news network into his own tabloid show. He lost it last night, and along went his credibility and neutrality as a news professional. Sadly it is time for Piers Morgan to move back to the UK where his individual liberties can be reduced and his taxes increased. Feel free to repost, or call me for an interview.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • gee

      Well said. Send a email protest to CNN demanding he be sent packing back to the UK (if they will let him re-enter)

      July 21, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      Barker you're my hero.

      July 24, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  102. Beth

    Applause for Piers for standing up to Kopal. I could not believe that he would think a discussion on new gun controls was inappropriate on the night of a massacre involving several weapons. I loved Piers' response that yesterday would have been an appropriate time for the discussion because maybe then the tragedy could not have happened. CNN reported this morning that Colorado gun laws do not even allow for a data base to be establishedd to track who is buying guns and ammunition, which guns and how much ammunition. No one but the perpetrator is to blame for his actions but the gun laws certainly made it easier for him. What is it going to take before pro gun types accept that gun laws need to be changed at a state and national level? Gingrich made the ridiculous point that gun laws don't need to change, rather we need to change the way we deal with perpetrators – i.e. shorter appeal periods, stricter sanctions, etc. This perpetrator is well aware of the consequences of mass murder whether it be life in prison or the death penalty. However he is so demented he doesn't care. Gingrich seems to assume that all perpetrators are rational and reasonable and that is so obviously not the case. Laws can be changed without interferring with the second amendment.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Uppity Again Speaks

      How did you determine that guns kill people. I thought they were inanimate thinks controlled by people and people did their own bidding through their free will.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Beth

        Uppity, you are assuming that crazy people have free will. This perp thought he was the Joker in the movie for heaven sakes. Do you think he deserves to have weapons???

        July 21, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • scott

        Its clearly the Film and the Video games they should be BANNED the Are ASSAULT FILMS and they give people bad ideas that they just need to act upon ! and if i hear CNN say the WORD TACTICAL VEST AND BALISTIC VEST over groin area im gonna puke CNN LOVES this BUZZWORDS ASSAULT RIFLE which by they was is NOT a AR-15 TACTICAL Massive AMOUNTS of AMMO 6000 rounds is not a lot of AMMO especially if you are a CLASS III weapons licence holder thats a weeks amount of training and target practice on the range i used to compete and could easily practice 1500 rounds of .45 acp in a weeknd alone

        July 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Tommy

    Piers you are a jack ass and don't make a bit of sense criminals and mad men don't care about laws gun control only affects law abiding citizens and if there were no guns criminals and mad men would cause harm in other even worse ways. Your ideas of how to fix the problem only empowers the mad man and our second amendment right does not say that we can only have guns in our homes as you so state as you talk about respect for the second amendment it says we have the right to bear arms and that is not to be infringed. Do you think gun control would have stopped the Taliban from doing what they done on 911 or Timothy mcvae our gang banging felons from being gang bangers it only keeps law abiding citizens from there second amendment right which is how are founding fathers obtained what we as Americans have today by standing up against bully's

    July 21, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beth

      I can't think of any worse ways of harming people than with AR15s and other high powered weapons unless of course you are referring to explosives which in this case were also used.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • gee

        The Hitler way will dispose of the mentally ill.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tommy

        how about fire and yes explosives very easly done with obtainable chemicals the problem is the insane people doing these acts of violence put the guy it gitmo with the rest of the terrorist. But don't ban guns if four crazed oxy addicts try to break in your house in the middle of the night to feed there drug habit an ar15 would b very handy these crimes happen every day in Ohio Kentucky and west virgina and guns are the only thing stoping these family's from being killed

        July 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        You need to talk with Pow from Vietnam war then you will be enlightened.

        July 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Tommy

    In the area I live drugs are a major problem and a majoritie of the crimes are drug related the number of burglarys and roberies is insane the people in this area are finally standing up against these assailants and defending them selfs and you want to keep them from being able to do that drug addicts don't care if it's illeagle to own guns they break they law every day if you want to stop a majority of crime in this country get the addicts in treatment centers and put the dealers in jail don't speak of taking law abiding citizens rights to defend them selfs away come on what kind of solution is that

    July 21, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  105. Susan

    You nailed it, PIers!. And you effectively shut Herr Kopel up. He of the pink tie (totally inappropriate on such a day of infamy) and the expernsive "do". If one looks at the KINDS of weapons available for purchase, the Glocks, the assault rifles,etc. etc. - all these dealers making big bucks making them available - there's where a lot of the responsibility lies. I also feel that when it comes to guns or weapons of any kind, ammunition of any kind, the internet should be off limits and not permitted to operate in this arena and sell such items.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      That would be in violation of interstate commerce laws!

      July 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  106. gg

    they have more restrictions on kids toys than they do guns

    July 21, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  107. Phillip

    Apparently Piers does not understand the word EVIL and that there are EVIL people in this world that will use whatever device they can get their hands on in order to carry out their peverted intentions. As Piers well knows, Gun Control would not have prevented this terrable incident as anyone can buy a gun on any street corner in any city in the USA or Mexico 24/7. Fertilizer bombs, fire and chemicals are also easily available alternatives that if used at the theater could have caused an even larger number of death and destruction. Evil people, not sick minded people do these things. Remember Hitler? he was Evil not sick minded.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  108. J.J.

    "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles." —Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle.

    This obviously applies to handguns as well. Why must we always turn these senseless events into a anti gun/pro gun debate and not address the true culprit, the assassin that perpetrated these hideous crimes. Lets Deal with him/them swiftly and show future copycats that this behavior will not be tolerated.

    My prayers go to the families of the victims.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  109. rg

    in a couple of days it will be old news–americans have to have there toys-till next time -the only way to keep the nuts from getting guns is to keep the guns off the shelf

    July 21, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  110. Sandy from Indiana

    I have been praying for all the people who are somehow vicitms of the massacre in Colorado. This is a tragedy beyond description. I also do not think that you should use this as an opportunity to force you gun-control opinions now. Your bullying of people who do not agree with you does not intimidate me whatsoever. So since you insist on discussing this issues, you have to hear the other side. This psychopath would have commited this horrific crime whether he had a gun or not. He just wanted to kill people, hence the bombs in his apartment. However, there are millions of citizens who are responsilbe gun owners. Their priveleges should not be penalized because of this one animal.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  111. freedog008

    For all you gun control nuts who want to ban guns and point to other countries who have done so....READ...this is the famous HARVARD STUDY that reviewed this asinine approach to what is a mental health, not gun issue.

    The findings of two criminologists – Prof. Don Kates and Prof. Gary Mauser – in their exhaustive study of American and European gun laws and violence rates, are telling:

    Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population).

    For example, Norway has the highest rate of gun ownership in Western Europe, yet possesses the lowest murder rate. In contrast, Holland's murder rate is nearly the worst, despite having the lowest gun ownership rate in Western Europe. Sweden and Denmark are two more examples of nations with high murder rates but few guns. As the study's authors write in the report:

    If the mantra "more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death" were true, broad cross-national comparisons should show that nations with higher gun ownership per capita consistently have more death. Nations with higher gun ownership rates, however, do not have higher murder or suicide rates than those with lower gun ownership. Indeed many high gun ownership nations have much lower murder rates. (p. 661)
    Finally, and as if to prove the bumper sticker correct – that "gun don't kill people, people do" – the study also shows that Russia's murder rate is four times higher than the U.S. and more than 20 times higher than Norway. This, in a country that practically eradicated private gun ownership over the course of decades of totalitarian rule and police state methods of suppression. Needless to say, very few Russian murders involve guns.

    The important thing to keep in mind is not the rate of deaths by gun – a statistic that anti-gun advocates are quick to recite – but the overall murder rate, regardless of means. The criminologists explain:

    [P]er capita murder overall is only half as frequent in the United States as in several other nations where gun murder is rarer, but murder by strangling, stabbing, or beating is much more frequent. (p. 663 – emphases in original)
    It is important to note here that Profs. Kates and Mauser are not pro-gun zealots. In fact, they go out of their way to stress that their study neither proves that gun control causes higher murder rates nor that increased gun ownership necessarily leads to lower murder rates. (Though, in my view, Prof. John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime does indeed prove the latter.) But what is clear, and what they do say, is that gun control is ineffectual at preventing murder, and apparently counterproductive.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  112. Rosemary from Vancouver, Canada

    Bravo Piers! Living in Canada having grown up in Australia where we have gun control, the rest of the world is at a loss to understand why the U.S. continues to allow civilians to own (and easily obtain) assault weapons. The only thing they are for is to kill humans! When will you get the message? I realize that it is almost impossible to make Americans understand that this has to change but can't you start with banning the sale and importation of high powered weapons? Just reading some of the previous comments makes me sick to my stomach that some people think the answer is more guns.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • freedog008

      Rosemary, you're just another uneducated individual with an unsophisticated view of the situation. The reason why gun control is a moot issue in the U.S is because it's proven that gun control is ineffectual as it relates to reducing overall homicide. And by the way, the two strictest cities with gun laws in the u.s. have the highest per capita homicide rates. You're just providing an opinion with NO FACTS whatsoever to support it. Furthermore, you're a boring Canada that doesn't vote or live in America so keep your f ing nose out of our business.....and EDUCATE yourself before you open that fat pie hole of yours.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • toddfuller

        Good job FreeDog008.

        Virginia Tech – 2007 – supposedly a "gun free" campus "protected" by strict campus gun control laws.

        Norway – 2011 – Norway some of the world's strictest gun control laws.

        What happened in those two places that had lots of gun control laws. I shouldn't have to remind anybody.

        P.S. Never owned a gun, never been a member of the NRA.

        July 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  113. kevin

    When you start trying to take law abiding citizens firearms away then they will not be law abiding anymore. If people think gun violence is bad now wait till they start trying to take them away from people you havent seen nothing yet.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  114. Rob

    Piers, Shut up & go back to England. We fought the revolution to be free of your ilk. –Those who would sacrifice liberty for a measure of security deserve neither.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  115. Dan

    This guy did not use an assault rifle. Assault rifles are select fire. Switzerland requires adult males to own true assault rifles as they don't have a military, so they are one up on us. Why do people think banning guns would take them all out of this country? How is that war on drugs working out?
    Full eradication of guns is a utopia. Piers can have his utopia without guns and I'd prefer to live in a utopia without psychopaths and stupid people. Which would you like to live in?
    People in this country don't need a lot of things, but we have them anyways because we can, so drop that argument. Alcohol isn't necessary and it kills many people a year by binge drinking and DUI. Didn't we learn anything from Prohibition?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  116. toddfuller

    I seldom watch Piers Morgan, but did last night. I was disappointed that Piers showed his ignorance about gun control. Yes, it is sad that 12 people died, and a young man went berserk. However, guns don't kill people, people kill people.

    Said another way, enacting tougher guns laws take guns out of the hands out of law abiding citizens who wish to defend themselves from the likes of this madman in Aurora, CO. Criminals or those wishing to do shoot up people for ill intent get around gun control laws; how do you think this guy got a 100 drum cartridge?

    Piers also said on the air that gun control laws should have been made "yesterday" before the worst gun massacre in US history, in referring to the tragedy in Aurora! What about Virginia Tech in 2007? And, VT had, supposedly, a "gun free" campus with lots of laws to allegedly protect its faculty and students.

    What about Norway last summer?

    Norway has the some of the world's strictest gun control laws. Did that stop a young man from killing 87 other young people? Norway has a population of 5 million people. So, that's like 480 people getting killed in a gun massacre in the United States; the USA is 60 times the population of Norway.

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Make guns laws too strict, and more will get killed in these senseless shootings and there will be more of them; ala Virginia Tech and Norway.

    P.S. I also don't own a single gun, nor am I a member of the NRA. Never have been, and have no plans to do so.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carol

      I own a couple of guns and support our right to have guns. But I am against going beyond having guns for self protection. There is no reason for people to own assault rifles. We need to limit the number of rounds allowed as well as fully automated assaulted assault riffles.
      Also I don't believe he did this alone. With all his planning,to booby trap his apt. etc,. why would he leave it to chance that someone would open the exit to let him the theater? That just doesn't make sense!! Who was the guy that went out that door and prop it open to take a cell call? Is he being investigated? Without him this tragedy might not have happened. Did the theater get alerted when that exit door was opened and what was their response?

      July 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Meg

      You may as well say the same things about nuclear weapons. What if they were 100% legal to own by anyone who could afford them, and were just as freely available as guns and ammo? I'm betting you wouldn't think that's a good idea, but the question is: WHY?

      July 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  117. R. Alexander

    Hurrah for Piers and his heroic response to idiotic thinking by GUN supporters!!! As he pointed out, the ammo in those guns killed and wounded MANY more people than just a "person kills ...." for so called "self-defense".....

    July 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Russ

      Really? It’s not self-defense to defend one’s self against multiple assailants? Wow, who knew.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  118. trance4mer

    David Kopel said it right, mourn for the victoms and gather the facts first. This is just an oppurtunity for anti gun freaks to point the fault at guns instead of looking at the true nature of the cause. Its much easier that way in a dumb down society. "OK PROBLEM SOLVED, LETS MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ISSUE" yeah right!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  119. PerplexedCanadian

    Admittedly gun controls would not end all violence. However, one would think that if such an individual as this did not have ready access to obtain a semi-automatic rifle that the death toll would have been much lower. What social good is there in having access to semi-automatic rifles? 98% of Canadians just shake their heads at the thought of being able to buy such a weapon. I do not think that Canadian liberties are any more restricted by our inability to do so.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Meg

      Americans have literally broken the stupidity barrier, and have made idiocy the #1 national pastime. They actually think a "well armed militia" (armed basically with guns) is somehow going to deter a government equipped with nukes, hi-tech weaponry, warships, fighter jets, missiles, etc. from taking away their false "freedom".

      July 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  120. Sandra

    I agree with Piers. It is definitely not too early to begin discussions about gun control. In 3 days, most people will forget about this incident and move on. All except for the dead, their families, and the injured. Another group of young people killed...another candlelight vigil...

    July 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      I agree to the extent of discussing the problem. The problem is: What is going on that is making more people in society these days go off the deep end. I mean, lets face it, normal people do not walk around thinking" If I walked into a theater and shot a lot of innocent people..." or "I'm going to send bombs to people at universities..." or "it would be a good idea to blow up a Federal building". These are some screwed up people, but what made them this way and how do you change the erosion of morality and personal responsibility in this country? I guess this is harder to address than trying to ban something tangible. Completely eliminating something from society is a pipe dream.
      There have been some accidents in my area lately where cars full of kids all got killed because the driver was going way too fast. Should we ban fast cars? Have you ever lost someone due to a drunk driver? Maybe we should ban alcohol also. This all goes back to teaching people from a very young age personal responsibility among other things.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Meg

        Hey Dan, fixing what's wrong morally with america is a great idea, but in the meantime, it's a great idea to not enable these kooks and misfits to enact their plans, and much easier to implement.

        July 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Russ

    This is an incredible ignorant position.

    One only needs to examine where these incidents most commonly occur, in “Gun Free Zones.” Columbine, Virginia Tech University, The University of Texas, … the list goes on. If even one person had been carrying a concealed firearm that evening in the theater, and had been even reasonably well trained, the results would have likely been MUCH different We only need to look at the recent incident in Florida (link: as a legitimate illustration. Although the two situations were similar, the results were entirely different.

    And frankly, how’s that gun control thingy working out for you Chicagoans?

    July 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  122. Jack

    I have an opinion on this matter. First, my condolences to the victims families. Second, how about we make mass murder very unappealing to future criminals. I think that after the trial of this lunatic we set an example to everyone else that might have a crazy idea in their head to kill people. Instead of giving this lunatic a sentence of life in prison, we torture him publically. And we give a clear message, IF YOU MURDER OTHER HUMANS, YOU WILL DIE A VERY PAINFULL DEATH. This might make a criminal rethink his idea to kill others.
    That is all.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Russ

      Exactly Jack. Make the penalty for such atrocious acts unbearable.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Byrd

      Amen to that Jack you got it right!

      July 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  123. Diane

    First let me say I watch your show every day and will continue to do so. I admire your interview technique and your way with people. That said, you do not have the right to dictate to America what we should or should not do. YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR COUNTRY and no matter what the subject no citizen of a foriegn country has the right to demand we do anything. If you want a say in how a country takes care of it's affairs speak up in YOUR country where your opinion matters. I am not an advocate for either side of the gun controversy but I think you crossed a line no public figure should cross by telling the US citizens what you as a citizen of another country want us to do. Your opinion isn't needed.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    • PerplexedCanadian

      I think Americans would do well to see a perspective from other countries. There are things to learn outside of the USA!

      July 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Meg

      Hey Diane, America NEEDS people like Piers to comment, because Americans are just too stupid to figure this out on their own.

      July 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  124. Howie L

    What Piers has failed to mention is the utter failure of gun control in his home country. Compare the rates of violent crime between the US and GB. Perhaps he should work on getting his own house in order before he panders a failed methodology upon others.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  125. Jean Laubenthal

    I saw this last night and was stunned! Like what happened ? Piers's seemed to be so caught up in himself...what happened? Was he using
    this tragedy to forward his own agenda and did David Kopel not say what he was supposed to say? (Although David Kopel did bring in "something is wrong here" rather than a "I'd really rather be talking about...)

    I detest using "fear" to forward anything and it seems that Piers was attempting to do that (Not that he is anywhere alone in this)
    KOPEL seemed to be pointing to something that could be brilliant ...Like really... is a debate on gun control needed right now? We who have been exposed to this horrid breakdown of a fellow human being may not be in any position to rationally jump into debate on gun control that would have any lasting consequence. I mean right now guns are bad get rid of all of them or arm everyone...these are fear based solutions. I do think we should be caring and talking about the victims and you know they are not available right now so the attention that is due them is being used up to possibly forward fear.

    The solution should not be as unbalanced as this act of violence.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  126. Not Suprised by Piers

    Like the other gun control fanatics with their predictably obscene responses to the Colorado murders, Piers prefers to pontificate rather than host opposing viewpoints. When challenged (by David Kopel) about the appropriateness of his knee-jerk cry for gun control – hot on the heels of a community's grief – he refuses to bring any civil discourse to the table – smugly pretending that to use this massacre as a stepping-off place for CNN "debate" on gun control is manifestly fitting and proper. Of shame and ignominy – or of humility – there is none. O tempora, o mores!

    July 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  127. Gabby

    Wow, Piers, you talked over your guest to silence his opinion. That's such unprofessional reporting that it makes one pause as to why you have a job? I love how you have 2 people that agree with you & 1 that you talk over who doesn't. Do you really think that doesn't make you a coward with a weak stance? Grow up! You're not even an American & have no right to decide on ANYTHING here.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  128. Meg

    In order for the 2nd amendment to make any sense, you would need to level the playing field for the "well armed militia" by providing them with tactical nukes, warships, fighter aircraft, etc.. make it legal to possess nuclear weapons, and make them easily accessible as well, and my point would be well made.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  129. amber hawks

    Piers,never really liked your show until last night. Your engagement with David was right on the nail. More of this needed in journalism esp. at this time of campaigning. Talking about God and miracles by the Colorado Governor doesn't cut it. Do your job or get out "Governor". Like Romney – he is a banker not a businessman. Say it like it is we have all grown up. Lies are pre-internet, even medics know that today.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  130. Debbie

    I am fed up with Piers and his commentaries, his rudness to his guests, the way he cuts them off, and how he argues with anyone who does not agree with him. He is liberally biased and feeds his own agenda. Radical changes in America's gun control laws will not make any impact on mentally impared people with a mission. There are many contributing factors in any calculated & deliberate act. Nothing will prevent the sick minded to find a way to get their message across. This isn't just a gun issue, or a bomb making issue. How about attacking the irresponsibility of the entertainment industry, or electronic gaming. Once freedoms and restrictions are inacted, where do we stop??? Because of Piers incredibly non-professional & rude behavior, I have stopped watching CNN, and will now be a faithful watcher of other cable news networks.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  131. Grizz

    Piers---- There are planes leaving this country everyday. You can buy a ticket on the internet. Then you go to the airport and get on the plane. The plane will take you back to jolly old England. Don't forget to write!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  132. Carrie Whitcomb

    1. Piers Morgan is a poor excuse for a human being.
    2. Piers Morgan is a poor excuse for a journalist/tv face or a tv personality.
    3. Whoever HIRED him at CNN made a bad business decision, because Piers Morgan is not someone to look up to for his opinions on politics or just everyday happenings.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  133. Diane

    Meg ; What country are you from? Obviously Not America

    July 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grizz

      Meg- Do you need instructions for leaving this counrty – see them posted a few comments above....

      July 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  134. AlexSD

    Can you all, including Piers Morgan, calm down?! Gun control is such a hot topic. I think Piers could have waited until Wednesday or even Friday. But basically, he is right. It's his show, he is the host of it and executive producer, and he can do what the hell he wants to do during his show. Get over it, people. Too many guns on people's hands. Stricter rules need to be applied. Many companies do not do even a simple background search. Wal-Mart, for example, never does a background search. Such pinheads should be stopped from selling guns to monsters like that shooter. So, Piers might have been rude on the air yesterday, but he's right. So, get over it, people!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cassandra

      Wall Mart does do backgrounds, Dollar General,etc., 95% of any place that handles large amounts of money do. I never had watched this show, but as a reasonable adult I was disheartened. I felt that Mr.Morgan did not care about the victims,and this is not something to be proud of. I am proud to be an American. I truly love this country. I heard Mr.Morgan keep saying 'Modern America.' All through our history guns and gun owners were a part of our history. There is a website out there (I read it a couple of years ago) that does a mock comparison of gun shot injuries from years ago until now and it is quite interesting. The bottom line was that guns have become safer, it is the people who have not.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  135. Diane

    So the Canadians have to get their 2 cents in. The same applies to you as applies to Piers. It's not your country so BUTT OUT! Our neighrbors to the North have nothing but bad things to utter about the US until it comes to time to say the words " thanks for the work visa" There goes another job for us. One of the victims killed in Aurora had personal experience with you perfect system in Canada when she narrowly escaped the Toronto Mall incident with her life. So work on yours. We'll work on ours. Mind your business!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AlexSD

      It's my country – I am a citizen of the United States. SD stands for South Dakota. And Piers is right. Stick to the facts, avoid emotions.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  136. Elizabeth

    How is bringing more guns into the matter going to solve anything? Simply because you outnumber the original weapon doesn't mean that: a) you wont hit someone else acidentally, even if you have the best aim in the world, and b) you wont be convicted of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder or assault?
    I regularly go to a martial arts class. When we are practicing defensive tecniques with knives (Fake training ones, of course) and one of the things my Sensei's always tell the class is this:
    If you choose to fight your opponent with either one of you wielding a knife, you should almost certainly expect to get cut. This can be applied to any weapon; choose to fight in any kind of stand off or combat with a weapon involved, expect to get hurt yourself.
    My point being, use a gun and you will most likely be ingured, or killed.

    As to those that believe that guns kill as much as cars kill, consider this. A car, a plane or another vehicle is designed as transport. It's a unintended consequence that it can kill.Most objects that can be used as a weapon have another purpose. Guns are manufactured to injure or kill.
    If a person drives a car or a plane, they are intending to travel. If a person carries a gun, they are intending to use it to injure or kill for whatever reason. They are made to be weapons. Cars are not.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  137. KinnHinn

    George Zimmerman said it was God's plan to take a life. I'm wondering if he thinks this killer was part of God's plan? I am for defending yourself, but if George could control the gun, get it out of his holster and get it up to the chest of Mr. Martin, then he probably had enough control to fire the gun into his arm or shoulder, which would have diffused the situation if he was in fact in fear of his life. Where I'm having a problem with this gun debate is, you want to shoot a defenseless deer or animal or someone who looks at you wrong , there really isn't a lot we can do about that, but an assault rifle isn't for sport or defending ourselves. It's for mass killings of people in a short amount of time. That's the problem. There is no reason for any American citizen to own one. Let's try to change the laws. It's the mentality behind guns that bother me. We take it upon ourselves to feel like George. If we have a gun, then we have a right to kill someone. Without thinking, without remorse, while we are drinking or upset. We have become God , when we hold a gun. I would defend myself but the majority of killings aren't to defend ourselves. It's about playing God, without settle a score....or prove a point. Guns make us senseless , when we are already insane. It's an easy means to an end. There will always be gun to kill innocent animals and to defend yourself, but that's not the real issue here. So keep it in perspective and do something about it. Go to and be heard. If you do nothing else today and you agree with me, don't live another dy without speaking up

    July 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AlexSD

      KinnHinn, oh you are so right. I can't emphasize enough how I agree with you. And I'm already speaking out. I'm not sarcastic – I really do agree with everything you said.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  138. John G

    United States:

    Year – Homicide rate per 100,000 population:

    2000 – 5.5
    2001 – 5.6
    2002 – 5.6
    2003 – 5.7
    2004 – 5.5
    2005 – 5.6
    2006 – 5.7
    2007 – 5.6
    2008 – 5.4
    2009 – 5.0
    2010 – 4.8

    Those declining homicide numbers run counter to the assertion that the U.S. has an epidemic, or even a growing problem. T.V. coverage has expanded exponentially by comparison, which leads to the type of distortion we are currently bearing witness to.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AlexSD

      Would be nice if you cite your source for homicide numbers by year.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • John G

        Sorry Alex, I got the stats from the U.S. Dept of Justice, FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services Division:

        It goes back to the early 90's, where the homicide rate was as high as 9.8 in 1991, then demonstrates a steady decline for the next two decades.

        July 22, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  139. Joe

    Piers: You had better think this through...if it were not for American boys & young men in the recent past, being able
    to "Ride Well & Shoot Straight", you would, in all probability be speaking German now.
    We (Americans) saved your little Island & inhabitants thereof...sending hundreds of thousands of our young men & women to rid the world of tyranny beyond belief. Do not think for a minute that your mother & dad's freedom was
    purchased by a far away nation (a former British Colony) that prohibited it's citizens the Right To Bear Arms.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  140. Rod

    The debate for gun control is way overdue. I support the 2nd Amendment completely. I own a gun and enjoy target shooting. However we have reached a point in this country where the gun lobby is making a living suppressing any discussions on this topic. The excuses and reasoning against sensible gun control are to say the least ludicrous when there are more guns in this country than people...

    July 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  141. amplitude jones

    who is piers morgan supposed to be? just some wimpy foreigner come here to glom on the the fruits of those who struggled to make freedom, not to contribute. He should really go back to slayland england where the muzzies can murder him and he is not allowed to lift a real knife in defense of his own LIFE.
    He surely is NOT an American, or a god candidate to become one- wimpy whiney trample the rights of people because HE IS SCARED! Oh my we must all give up freedom to keep the hysterical little twerp from being SCARED.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  142. Tom Davis


    Cancel this buffoons show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  143. Joanne Wilson

    Justice Scalia was a delightful guest on the Piers Morgan program tonight. A most enjoyable, interesting segment.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  144. Randall Ment

    Right on Piers. Thank you for having the courage to stand up to the gun maniacs. Friday night was the day to start this debate and we need to keep this debate going until we finally make some sensible progress. Those 70 people did not need to suffer injury and death. Why should we allow anyone to buy an assault rifle or thousands of round of ammunition? There is simply no legitimate reason or right for allowing this in a civilized country. If this young man could do this, terrorists could too. Guns are tools of death, not freedom and it is high time we addressed this issue directly and keep the pressure up until sensible gun control is the law of the land.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  145. Elmer Maloney

    Switzerland requires that every citizen own a gun.What is the murder rate
    in that country. I do not know. But I think it is probably extremely low.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  146. David Schneider

    I agree with your position 100%. It's about time someone who has a sounding board such as yours puts the gun people in their place. Please keep it up.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  147. larrye62

    Regardless of which side of the gun control debate you take, it is wasted breath. If all the world's gun manufacturing ceased this minute, there would be millions of guns available for centuries. Piers and those like him merely want to make sure that only the bad guys possess them. Why not go the other route and encourage EVERYONE to carry a firearm? If the objective is to reduce crime, injury, and death, why do gun control advocates refuse to recognize the obvious rationale that MANY guns in the hands of law abiding citizens, properly trained to use them, is a far more practical means of reaching that objective? It astounds me that gun controllers refuse to acknowledge clear and simple logic. Some issues are complicated. This one is not.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  148. Ron

    The gun-control debate will happen. If you shove it in people’s faces now, you come off as insensitive jerks. Sorry, it's true.

    If you to debate gun-control, wait at least a few days. NOT WITHIN 24 HRS of the tragedy. SHAMEFUL. Just wait a week, then take this issue and exploit it as you wish.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  149. Scott

    Good to see that Mr. Kopel schooled you. Left-wingers are such insensitive jerks and twits.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  150. Camille

    I applaud you Piers for stating your opinion about guns and what happens when they get in the hands of the wrong person. You were on target when you said that if gun-control was in effect now the innocent people, who were murdered, would still be alive today.

    Thank you for standing up to the gun lobbyists! Please continue.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      Well folks its been real but I just can't follow this thread anymore I knew there were a lot of ignorant sheep out there but I fear it's far worse than I ever thought !! All this started cause my cat Stepped on my remote and changed channel to some. Anti American tv host trying to strip away our fundemental rights. Be well all but remember if 2nd amendment is taken. Away. The rest are sure to follow!!
      Member. SAR. NRA life Goal

      July 22, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  151. Levi

    If we are going to talk about tinkering with our 2nd amendment rights, should we not also talk about tinkering with our first amendment? Especially about the freedom of the press? Should we restrict the right of the press to show violent content in movies? I say let us not tinker in any way with the bil of rights.


    July 22, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  152. kevin

    I don't see how people can say "If gun control was in effect then this would'nt have happend". I sure would like to know how they come up with this nonsense, Unless their idea of gun control is a compleat ban of guns and ammo , they keep saying they don't want to bad gun just make if harder for people to get them with a record, correct me if im wrong but the guy that did this had never been in trouble before with the law except for 1 speeding tickett, so if he had no record and even with strick gun laws looks to me like he still could have got the guns, and they keep talking about assault rifes how he was able to shoot 50 or 60 rounds a min with these high capacity mags, but heres the thing i can do that with any 1911 handgun with 8 round single stack mag which is NOT A HIGH CAPACITY MAG!!!. so when they say it's just assault rifles they want out of citizens hands thats where they want to start it and then after that it will be semiauto and pump firearms and ect until we are striped of our 2nd amendment right...all the people on here that downs so called assault rifles but does own guns prob has never shot one....I have 3 and they are very nice for recreational shooting and some uses them for hunting.

    July 22, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  153. keith lutz

    after your comments on guns i will no longer ever put cnn on my tv , i hate it when someone takes advantage of a disaster , the laws we have are many ,gun laws are tight , maybe more education and less laws would help, wish someone in the show would have had a ccp and stopped him before he did what he did , no mater you cant stop all the crazies out there , do away with guns and you will have bad people making guns n good people will have none

    July 22, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  154. Roberta McKnight

    Bravo Piers!
    Thanks for initiating this important position – the US is crazy over protecting guns rights. Hand guns and assault weapons are not for hunting – they kill people. It's time to stop the madness and protect people.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grizz

      Roberta- You are free to leave this country- See ya ! Don't forget to write!!!

      July 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  155. kevin

    Politicians, city officials and businesses who support "Gun Free Zones" are killing us with their lunacy.

    Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Well let's ask our elected officials, opinion leaders, the news media, and those businesses who support the insanity of gun control and "Gun Free Zones" how many more Americans are they willing to kill by continuing to disarm responsible, trained citizens WHO CAN STOP a deranged gunman BEFORE he can massacre disarmed and helpless citizens.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  156. bl

    It's a shame that unlawful people feel the need to misuse a right! And it's unfortunate that law biding citizens have to defend their rights!! My family has hunted with guns for generations. We have fed families with our harvests who otherwise would not have had any food on the table. WE have all attended hunter safety and gun safety classes to insure our family's safety as well as others safety. It is OUR right to keep our firearms!
    Here are the real facts, according to the CCRKBA and SAF: Guns are legally used between 800,000 and 2.5 million times annually in self-defense, or by 2,100 to 6,800 people every day who successfully use firearms to defend themselves, or prevent a criminal attack.

    "In the majority of those incidents, no shots are fired, so nobody is injured or killed. In some cases where shots are fired by armed citizens, several lives are saved," Gottlieb said.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  157. NRA member

    Another reason I won't watch CNN. Another do gooder trying to push their ideas.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  158. Wally Geez

    Where were all the concealed gun permit holders during the massacre? People talk about gun control but the best control would come if a bunch of people would have been ARMED, this piece of human excrement would have encountered RETURN FIRE – instead, everyone there was unarmed, they were just sitting ducks!!! Gun control advocates are idiots trying to prevent people from protecting themselves!! Look at what happens when a "brave" criminal walks into a situation where people can fight back:

    July 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  159. Lib from Colorado

    Forty-three years ago on my husband’s and my first date, we were eating frozen custard at a university cafeteria when a young man began shooting into the crowd. One girl was hit at close range. Of course, back then, there were only 6-8 bullets but nevertheless, it was chillingly surreal and for months after any sudden noise seemed profoundly magnified and triggered anxiety. If this young shooter had access to the weapons of today, not to mention 7000 rounds of ammunition, we, in all probability would not be here, nor my children or grand-children. I grew up in a home with guns and support the right to
    bare arms but there is a point of reflection for reconsideration of gun laws…when a person orders 7000 rounds of ammunition for guns designed solely for death and destruction. This can’t be a common purchase.

    July 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wally Geez

      Lib: I'm sure we can come up with really restrictive gun laws and all of this will somehow go away, don't you think? Look at Norway: nobody there can have guns and one lone lunatic killed 77 – like shooting ducks in a pond. Maybe if a few people would have been armed in that Cafe, the guy would not have had the guts to walk in and shoot! (for fear of getting shot back at!!)

      July 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  160. Marta

    To drive a car one needs 1) to file an application, 2) pass a written and driving test and 3) proof of insurance 4) and a license to drive. Maybe such a process is necessary for owning weapons and buying bullets. Crossing signs and lights protect, some drugs are illegal, seat belts are mandatory, not using the cell phone while driving is illegal, etc., — is protecting the public taking rights away?

    July 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      You are correct in the fact to drive legally you must have a drivers license. In most states you must take a test before buying a firearm.
      It is not the objest that kills it is the intent of the person behind it.
      So if this nut drove down the side walk, you would want to ban cars?

      July 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  161. Pamela

    First I feel absolutely horrible for the people that were shot and or killed:-(. Here is how I feel about gun control: I don't agree with the gun control, that WILL not solve all the illegal guns in the United States! Guns do not kill people, people kill people! So the idiots that are not a resposable gun owner are being punished!!! There are many crimals, gang members and ill people that have guns on the street! So why punish the good and responsible people! Here is what I see: they can control tylenol ect.... But why was a person that NEVER had purchase a gun before buy 4 guns, 6,000 rounds of ammo, protective gear, and extra guns clips!!! Why wasn't this a red flag and where was ATF and or DOJ???? What the heck I see a red flag! Why wasnt this person checked into or followed? How did he get his hands on the canisters?S Seriously this is NOT about the responsible gun owner. This about the fact that it's time this kind of actions over a two month period be watched. I believe any time that so much ammo purchased over the Internet should be limited and all info forwarded to FBI as well as all the protective equipment! HELLO it's not completely about gun control, its about regulations reported and prevented on the amount purchase! You can't just go to the bank and deposit large amount of monies without being reported to IRS, you can't purchase multiple Tylenol ( which is tracked by drivers list..) never even if it is for multiple families. Which is controlledl via driver license !
    Really there is something wrong with the picture. What happen to the red flag??? Go NRA we have a right as a responsible gun owner to continue to bare arms!

    July 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  162. Pamela

    First I feel absolutely horrible for the people that were shot and or killed:-(. Here is how I feel about gun control: I don't agree with the gun control, that WILL not solve all the illegal guns in the United States! Guns do not kill people, people kill people! So the idiots have created, tthen proble is the cruinqpa///. nornmal respoiable the guna gun owner are being punished!!! There are many crimals, gang members and ill people that have guns on the street! So why punish the good and responsible people! Here is what I see: they can control tylenol ect.... But why was a person that NEVER had purchase a gun before buy 4 guns, 6,000 rounds of ammo, protective gear, and extra guns clips!!! Why wasn't this a red flag and where was ATF and or DOJ???? What the heck I see a red flag! Why wasnt this person checked into or followed? How did he get his hands on the canisters?S Seriously this is NOT about the responsible gun owner. This about the fact that it's time this kind of actions over a two month period be watched. I believe any time that so much ammo purchased over the Internet should be limited and all info forwarded to FBI as well as all the protective equipment! HELLO it's not completely about gun control, its about regulations reported and prevented on the amount purchase! You can't just go to the bank and deposit large amount of monies without being reported to IRS, you can't purchase multiple Tylenol ( which is tracked by drivers list..) never even if it is for multiple families. Which is controlledl via driver license !
    Really there is something wrong with the picture. What happen to the red flag??? Go NRA we have a right as a responsible gun owner to continue to bare arms!

    July 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  163. go

    sounds like james holmes is not the only nut in america–at least he,s locked up 20 million to go

    July 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  164. Cynthia moon

    I fast forwarded through many of these responses because they were so reactionary. I was happy however to see that this issue of gun violence and what to do about it is still alive and well.
    The leadership of the NRA has so cowed our elected leaders, they dare not even mention Gun control. How can anyone believe that the right to bear arms can not also carry along with it reasonable regulation?
    PIERCE MORGAN spoke up to the man making the all too familiar, gratuitous argument ' this is not the time to have a debate about guns....' Yeah, the debate should have been yesterday.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck


      it is not the leadership of the NRA that is "cowerd the leadership" it is the 4.3 million voters that support the NRA and vote for the respective leaders. As to "reasonable regulation" that is already in place, to buy a gun you have to go through a background check, which this person did. This regulation did not find anything out of place. What other regulation do you want? Yes I know, a total gun ban. How did that work for proabition, not very well. How has that been going for the war on drugs? again not very well in fact the drug war is one of the causes of gun violence in Ameraica so banning a dug doesn't work and neither will banning guns.
      As for bringing up the gun issue less than 24 hours later, that was self serving, to create ratings, and to aggitate the listeing public about an issue that has been debated for years and I mean years and will probably go on for years. This is nothing new, have a gun crime, start the debate over gun ownership, increase viewer/readership, go on to next subject. This topic has been brought in front of the Supreme Court, and has had rulings that support the Second Amendment and the Gun industry is the most highly regulated industry in the country so now what? Gun control is created by the person handling the gun....The best gun safety is the trigger, without a finger to pull the trigger the gun is additional regulations needed.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  165. Cindy

    THANKYOU PIERCE MORGAN....I am ready for this debate, NOW, because 10 people were slaughtered , countless others had their lives forever altered because this debate did not take place YESTERDAY.
    CNN , for every person who says they turned the channel, I soke with 30 that are giving you another look.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  166. Rhoda Gruen

    I want to express my support of your comments on the Aurora massacre and your vigorous challenge to Koppel on the timing of thoughts about gun control. It's enough already. Innocent lives should not continue to be held hostage to the NRA and the anti-gun control lobby. A person who lives in 800 square foot apartment does not need semi-automatic weapons and over 6000 rounds of ammunition to safeguard his home,. If the killer did not have access to the weapons he obtained and the ammunition, he most probably could not have killed and wounded so many people. Proper gun control legislation would reduce the intensity of such outrages as Aurora. I grieve for the innocent lives lost and the those who will forever be affected by this horrendous event.
    Please keep up the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  167. jb

    Firearms are extremely dangerous machines that can destroy anything they are pointed at, even at a distance. That's why they need to be WELL – REGULATED. No individual or society can be civilized when under constant threat from unknown surprise deadly assailants. This society was founded on Reason, not brute force, not the gun.
    Is everyone in your town perfectly stable? Do you know anyone whom you would not want to have a gun? A hidden gun? Have we locked up the last dangerous person? Think!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • chuck

      JB you say " No individual or society can be civilized when under constant threat from unknown surprise deadly assailants" Yet that is exactly what is going on every day, every minute, in every town. You then go on to say " Is everyone in your town perfectly stable? Do you know anyone whom you would not want to have a gun? A hidden gun? Have we locked up the last dangerous person? The answer is NO.

      So by your own admission we cannot have a society that is cilivilized when under constant theat and not every last dangerous person is locked up so what do you want to be done? Oh I get it, you want to withdraw the ability of people to defend and protect themselves, and that will create a civilized community, That will create a community that is under constant fear with no way to protect themselves. Banning guns will not work any more than banning liquor during prohabition or the current war on drugs, which by the way causes most of the violent assults on the public, and accounts for a large number of gun crimes that are reported. If we could get rid of the drug problem we would see a large and I mean large reduction in gun crimes, but that has been going on for so long and not an end in sight. So your theory that we need to do away with guns and we could have a peacful community holds as much water as a strainer does. As for WELL REGULATED, what you really mean is banned and taken away from those who are law abidding citizens and most likely served in the military that uses guns to insure that you live in a free country that allows people to have freedom to say what they want as well as protect themselves from harm. Right!!!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  168. W. D. Lane

    I don't understand this blind view on gun control that so many are pushing. If we made ALL guns illegal, what would it accomplish? Isn't murder already illegal? How about drugs? Yet, murders still happen everyday and drugs are everywhere. So, such a ban would only prevent "law-abiding" citizens from carrying weapons. It would not affect the criminals very much at all. If they can easily get illegal drugs now, they would get illegal guns then. The only difference is, they wouldn't have to give any thought at all to the possibility of there being a gun-owner at that home they are thinking about invading. Sounds like a gun ban would be a wonderful development, IF you are meaning to live the criminal life anyway, it would just make it easier for you. It's very similar to a saying I have often heard, "Locks are to keep the honest people out, they don't keep criminals out." Same here, laws only restrict those who would abide by them in the first place, not criminals. However, I don't expect those blinded by tunnel vision and oblivious to the REAL world to understand at all.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  169. Michael Yager

    Piers, I enjoy your show. Intellectually, surely you must know that your remark during the interview (forgive the paraphrase) "I fully support the 2nd Amendment and Americans' right to defend themselve 'in their home' is horridly flawed. Rather, it expresses your belief that defense in a home invasion is the only legitimate use of a firearm by a private citizen. Unfortunately, Piers, I appreciate the right to defend myself and my family outside the house as well, which is where most assaults by the criminal element take place. When you can eliminate the animals out there (and if they are not using a gun, they will use an ax, or a knife, or an bat, or a car), I will support the utopian world. But I cannot wait even 90 seconds the the police to arrive when my baby girl's life may be threatened. Continued best wishes on your most excellent show.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • boqjretyjv

      Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

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  170. Ankit

    There is no place for Guns in a Democracy.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don

      In case you don't know, and you obviously don't, the United States is a republic, not a democracy. If you don't like living here, try living in Iran where you will be tortured to death if you dare speak against their oppressive government and womens' rights are violated every day.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  171. Oh Please

    I'm so sick of gun owners and their whiny "you'll take it from my cold dead hands" crap. Talk about distorting the spirit of the 2nd Amendment! It's not in the Bill of Rights to bear arms so that you all can walk around with 5,000 automatic weapons and kill innocent people. If this fool had a pistol he'd have only taken out one or two people... oh no... what'd he have? Several semi-automatic weapons!

    I see no reason why a layperson needs a weapon that discharges enough bullets in one minute to take out an entire school's population. And don't give me that b.s. about needing it for protection. Where do you live???? Syria???

    If the NRA hadn't bought these lax gun laws those poor people would be walking around today. Period. End of story. How many more have to die before we stop just handing out these weapons of mass destruction???

    July 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cassandra

      No one here is getting all 'wild west," on non-gun owners , so why the aggressive comments? Anyways, obviously you do not know a lot about guns to make comments about this lunatic "taking out one or two people with a pistol." Not everything the media tells you on television is absolute.
      I respect your views completely. Please respect mine.
      You are wrong and misinformed about the NRA, I am sorry to tell you that, but you are wrong. It is the people that support the NRA. Without the backing of the people there would not be any such organization. The organization is growing because of the growing aggression in this country and the fear of what the future holds.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  172. Chuck

    Well that may be the case, but I can tell you I witnessed a case of McDonalds being ask to turn off CNN because of the comments by Piers. The gentleman, gracefully ask that the CNN program either be turned off or changed to another channel while he was there. The manager said he couldn't do that. The man said thank you, and then said " I'm sorry I can't eat here then" and walked out. There were others that were standing in line and they patted the man on the sholder and then walked out with him as well. That cost them 3 customers that I saw. Not sure this is going on all over but it sure was happening at this one place.

    Also, this subject has been debated for years, been taken in one forum or another to the Supreme Court, and has been debated in the US House and Senate every year for at least the last 6 or 8 years. So was this program needed that soon after this happened, NO. This was a ratings play, Piers and CNN had to know that by bringing this subject up that it would create a intense commentary on a subject that would incresase their ratings for that day..Plain and simple..

    July 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  173. chuck

    NO PLACE FOR GUNS IN A DEMOCRACY!!!! You would not have a Democracy with out guns. Guns are what keeps you free to make stupid statements like that, and it is what backs up the political base of the democracy. Guns are also what created and founded this country, the insurection from England was political but backed up by Guns that created a country, not by themselves, but as an addition to our fight to be free from English rule.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  174. Jay

    Most pro-gun people want guns to protect themselves. Protect from whom? Do they not trust their fellow citizens? May be not to certain extent since our gun selling is out of control. Why in the first place am I required to protect myself? Because someone who does not deserve access to guns, has an the access. Where does it stop? There is a need to seriously think on the issue. While we can't stop 'mad' people from doing harm to the society, we can limit the damage they can do. By freely distributing more and more sophisticated assault 'tools' are we not digging our own graves?

    If we compare the US with other developed countries in terms of the reasons that trigger these kind of killings, most problems we see here are seen in other countries also. However one striking difference between us and other countries is access to guns. One of our most important basic values is living peacefully and letting others live the same way. I do not understand how guns help us here. Nowhere in the peace loving part of the world guns have acquired more importance than it has in the US. We in the USA are obsessed with guns. We just can't accept gun control to the extent that people who talk about it are ridiculed. There are many sophisticated excuses given by people that guns are 'tools' or 'pens don’t cause mis-spellings how can guns cause killings'. However there is a serous need to consider on the issue. .
    May people give justification that gun violence is seen in other countries also where there are strict gun controls. However, check the frequency of such attacks. US has one of the highest frequencies.
    Where does this stop? It has to stop at the source.

    We need to consider the era when Second Amendment was written. Is it not time to reconsider the wording? Everything has to adapt with changing times. It is time to change the outdated concepts.

    I bet no matter what information sharing and education we impart to people as long as we have easy access to guns, we will face these kind of problems.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  175. Dr. Iris Mack

    I posted several articles about my new hero Jarell Brooks on my blogs and on Facebook:

    July 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  176. Pete

    Senator John McCain has been on TV downplaying the idea of gun control..he cites Norway as a case in point where they have strict gun control laws..yet some guy with a gun went berserk and killed scores of how many people are killed on average each year in Norway..approx 100 or so..and how many are killed here each year on average where we have little gun control..approx. 10,000..Senator McCain is just another example of gutless politicians who sing to the tune of the NRA.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chuck

      Pete, Using your numbers that means in Norway they kill 100 people out of a population (2011) of 4,952,000 people
      while in the United States your numbers are 10,000 people out of a population of 311,800,000

      In fact Norway has close to the same kill rate as the US, if you take 100 per 5 million and you divide the 312 million by 5 that gives 62.4 now multiply that by 100 and you get 6240 deaths, not 10,000 but still for a country that has a very very strick gun laws that comes close to the US totals.

      So now your 100 per 10,000 doesn't seem as big when you figure the number per capata population into the equation.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pete

        Five homicides committed with a gun were reported in Norway in 2005, the latest year for which the site has data confirming firearm-related murders in the country. In comparison, the U.S., which has a population more than 50 times greater, had 10,158 gun-related murders the same year, or 2,000 times that of Norway.

        July 24, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  177. Rhonda

    Piers: Instead of trying to advocate stricter gun laws (which will never solve all the crime problems), why not ENCOURAGE people to take advantage of the Second Amendment right and protect themselves? Had I or any member of my family been present in the theatre, several lives would've been saved. We legally have CWP through our state and carry them. In a situation like this, what better and ONLY way to protect yourself? If you're trying to bring the influence of your "Gun-Free" country of England to America, go home! Let's face it, things like this rarely happen, so why should the entire nation have their gun-rights violated??? I encourage ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS, learn to protect yourself!

    July 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  178. dusty

    hey pierce, you was not worth a piece of s..t on American Idol, so now you are trying to run Americans down? you can take your tea sipping ass back to England and kiss your f....n queens ass. why do you think we kicked your ass in 1776, we wanted our freedom, and we got it.we do not a tea sipper telling us what we need or to do. we already have a pres. that is trying that, and it will not work.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clark

      Guns don't kill people. People kill people. I'm not afraid of guns. I'm afraid of wacky f*#%$ing gun owners who responded to this stoy. We would be a lot better off with a lot fewer guns and a lot fewer wacky f*#%$ing gun owners. I own a gun but you wouldn't have to pry it out of my cold dead fingers to get it away from me. I'de rather just hand the f*#%$ ing thing over to you rather than give up this wonderful life with my family and friends. But then of course a gun owner will tell you that their life wouldn't be worth living without their guns. Their lives must really bite.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    13 people were killed Sunday in a single car wreck in Texas. Will Obama be there? Will CNN be doing an in-depth study of the driver, where he went to school, who his friends are etc. Grow up America. Stuff happens and some of it makes good ratings.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  180. Dan

    So public access to firearms is the debate. What happens when items are not available publicly? Oh yea the black market, I forgot about that. I'm sure that maybe if they weren't available some might not have gone on to other ways of mass murder. This guy was clear with his intention on killing as many people as possible. He already made bombs, so if he didn't have any guns he would have just made more bombs.

    The real discussion should be mental health, but we are too focused on the tools of the trade.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  181. patiniowa

    I think Piers Morgan is a waste of space. The disgraced journalist from UK – dumped off here. His interview was awful – the gentleman who said that it wasn't the right time to debate made his point so much clearer. Piers just got all red in the face. He often criticizes America – and his segment Making America great – who the heck are you to tell us what to do? He was looking for his "ah-ha" moment. Go back to hacking phones Piers – you are a terrible interviewer.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  182. Jon

    I wish Larry King would come back, he knows how to interview. At least get a competent journalist to take this spot.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  183. DavidJ

    How would that law be worded, Piers, so that it could keep such guns out of the hands of mad men, without restricting my right to own them? Write it for us, and I will support it.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  184. Spiritfinder

    Piers go home to the UK, you have no say in this country. You are only looking for ratings. You gave me the creeps on AGT. You were mean and nasty. Guns don't kill people – people kill people. Holmes had an agenda guns or no guns he would have accomplished it.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • georgia heaern

      his big mouth is out of place here / no call for comments he has made comparing UK to the US/

      July 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  185. colorofroses

    If you outlaw guns only the outlaws will have guns.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  186. Ron

    As long as the gun lobbyist have congress in their back pocket with monetary support, nothing will be done. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Piers, no talent in England, and guess what no talent here.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  187. carolee mason

    Peirs why dont you SHUT UP and let you guest talk !!!! He was a sick person and if you ban guns he would of throught of another way to kill people. STOP BLAMING GUNS FOR WHAT PEOPLE DO!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  188. Andy

    Piers, let the guy talk!! You are a moron and no nothing about guns. You have not shut your mouth the entire interview. FYI America is much bigger than England. Saying America has a lot more murders by gun is not a good comparison. Oh, you are from England so that's the only comparison you can come up with. Piers you are a fool!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  189. Jay

    Piers is hosting a show about 'The Big Story' and is doing one of the worst jobs as a journalist that I've seen in a significant period of time. While I am in no way a supporter of the NRA and am not a gun owner, I finally tuned in to another channel as Piers had a guest invited who was not allowed to finish any of his points without being interrupted by Piers who obviously promoted a single agenda. This type of discussion ends up deepening polarized views, rather than having a rational discussion that can enhance the opportunity to get rid of illegal guns and prevent the type of tragedy experienced in the past week. This was not helpful in creating constructive dialogue, Piers. Rather, your approach contributed to entrenched positions rather than constructive principles. You made very poor use of your opportunity on the air waves.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  190. Cade

    I agree with Colorofroses. If any american exercising the right to bear arms had been there that man would have controlled that lunatic long efore the law ever arrived. Thats not being a vigilante. its defending the defensless. If they outlaw guns for any reason. then i will have to be an outlaw too because i or my family or the average citizen will be taken as long as i carry protection for myself and others. i will only leave things to the law if they can get there in time.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Gun control will not fix what happened in Colorado last week! I own several firearms because I don't want to be a victim like those in Colorado, and I do not intend to give them up. It is not a question of purchasing guns legally, These people will get the weapons illeagally if they are out lawed and I assure you these events happen in countries where owning a firearm is illegal! Piers, why do you invite a guest and then not let them have their say? You are like a Nazi. Why are you on American TV? It is the media and Hollywood to blame for all of this!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  191. Larry Lackey

    Why do you even have guest that disagree with you. You do not let them talk. I wish there had been one person in the theater that had been armed to take this person out. Never mind the gun debate . Why do you even have guest. Did you get in a lot of trouble for being a loud mouth in school? I understand the rule for journalism is controversy. Regret turning to your show. I can fix that. Thank you for not interupting me.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dee Gill

      Thank you for your comment ! You are sooo right !!!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • God bless the 2nd amendment

      Piers Morgan go back to England and leave our country alone, the world will alaways have crazy evil people, but to think you can ban guns and solve the problem is navie. God bless the 2nd amendment

      July 24, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • chuck

        In looking up things in the course of all these replys I came across this interesting bit of information, granted it is not current, being it is from 2002 but this is the point that nobody is talking about and especially Piers Morgan;

        Gun crime trebles as weapons and drugs flood British cities, ( THE TELEGRAPH paper)

        By David Bamber, Home Affairs Correspondent

        12:01AM GMT 24 Feb 2002

        GUN crime has almost trebled in London during the past year and is soaring in other British cities, according to Home Office figures obtained by The Telegraph.

        Police chiefs fear that Britain is witnessing the kind of cocaine-fuelled violence that burst upon American cities in the 1980s. Cocaine, particularly from Jamaica, now floods into Britain, while the availability of weapons – many of them from eastern Europe – is also increasing.

        Detectives in London say that the illegal importation of guns started after the end of the Bosnia conflict and that they are changing hands for as little as £200. During the 10 months to January 31, there were 939 crimes involving firearms in the Metropolitan Police area compared with 322 in the 10 months to the end of January, 2001 – an almost three-fold increase.

        In Merseyside there were 57 shootings during the 12 months to last December compared with 15 in the same period the year before. Greater Manchester also recorded a 23 per cent increase in gun crime and there have been rises in Nottinghamshire, Avon and Somerset, West Yorkshire and the Northumbria Police area which covers Newcastle.

        Gun crimes during the first 10 months of the annual period have trebled in most of the urban areas which have so far submitted statistics to the Home Office. Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said gun gangs were spreading across the country whereas, until recently, they were confined to a handful of London boroughs.

        July 24, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  192. Dee Gill

    Just wanted to comment that I won't be watching Pierce Morgan anymore!!! I cannot listen to a host ask a GUEST questions and then not let him speak!!!! Then attack him on his views, and still not let him speak!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maureen Earl

      And I, to the contrary, will now watch Piers Morgan every night as a result of this show.
      Well done, Mr. Morgan.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  193. Casey Patrick

    I just watched a debate on this show on the opinion of taking away the second amendment rights of Americans. First of all unless you have a class three weapons permit, which is very hard to get, the normal civilian cannot purchase an "assault rifle"unless they are getting them from the black market. It doesn't matter if a weapon holds 1 round or 100, a bullet kids the same

    July 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  194. Troy

    If there was an award for "never shut up and let others have a chance to respond without interruption to questions" you get first prize Piers. Fortunately Criminal Minds was on so I turned the channel. Try having Ted Nugent on for same debate and see how many times you interrupt before your knocked back the the UK

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  195. Jim

    I am DONE with CNN and most definitely Piers Morgan. This pompous ass of a "News Man" just had a man on to have a discussion about guns and then wouldn't shut up long enough to have a respectable intellectually honest discussion. It is SO absolutely clear that CNN is pushing the anti -gun agenda. Good job becoming the new Fox News. You guys suck, you do not deserve to have a news station.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  196. Lawrence Delong

    The government stopped us from killing ourselves by taxing cigarettes, Why cann't they stop us from killing each other by taxing guns. The bigger the gun the more the tax!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  197. Dan

    Hi Piers, I am from Australia where we are all disturbed by what is happening so regularly in the US. In 1996 we had a terrible massacre by a man with automatic weapons who killed 32 people in Tasmania, Australia. After that the Prime Minister banned automatic rifles and handguns and ordered everyone to hand in their guns to receive compensation. Since then we have not had any more massacres.

    We are all finding it hard to understand how many Americans feel they need the right to own military style automatic weapons? In Australia we have a much bigger and more wild outback with many more animals who will kill humans and our hunters are able to get by just fine.

    Are Americans such a bad shot that they need to spray automatic fire to kill a dear? Finally... how many massacres with a knife or bare hands have taken place versus massacres with automatic weapons??

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  198. william Sanders

    The so called interview tonight with the Author of the book about more guns = LESS crime was DISGUSTING . The man should have walked out at once as Morgan bullied and over talked the Author during the entire disgraceful time period . Then he had help tag teaming him .He would never let the man defend his points in the least .I would have told him to shut the F up and let me respond or I would have walked out at once . Pierce needs to go back to England . MORE people need to be armed to be able to stop these bad guys as soon as they start their actions . If no guns were allowed the bad guys would get them anyway ,Hmmm outlawing drugs and booze worked out well huh ? EVERYONE , learn to shoot , take a class , get a permit and be ready if needed . WHY DOESN'T THE MEDIA TALK ABOUT THE TIMES GUNS SAVED THE DAY ?????

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  199. Jim

    Anal Dershawitz? That's your go to guy? Holy crap, what a pair, Slimy and Limey. The 2nd Amendment is not up for debate guys. There are about 300,000,000 guns in the U.S. if you want them, try to get them, we're not giving them up. I will give up my guns bullets first.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  200. Cade

    To the man from australia. Wake up!! You are from an island, your country doesnt have thousands of people breaking your borders and also a third world country that has its crosshairs pointed straight at everyone in your country. Go back to your peacful island and worry about kangaroos getting in your back yard.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  201. Herb Davidson

    I believe Norway has fairly strict gun control laws. This did not prevent a nut from killing 70 plus innocents. The pyschos and criminals will always get there weapons. Curtailing our Second Amendment rights will now change that.

    But what particularly offends me is a foreigner condemning the nation that is his host and providing him a very good living. Maybe he would be happier in Jolly Ole England. Go Home Piers Morgan

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  202. Tracy Fox-Medeiros

    Please, please, please CNN cancel Piers Moron already. I can't take this idiot any more. I will be forced to boycott CNN entirely if you don't take him off the air immediately. ANYBODY would be an improvement! I at least want to hear what Morgan's "guests" have to say but it's obvious that Morgan has an agenda. It's an insult to the American people to allow this tabloid hack to remain on the air. He knows nothing and it's obvious he doesn't bother to do any research before air. Please get rid of him. You will destroy your network if you don't fire him NOW!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  203. Val2012

    Piers, way to go holding your ground with that NRA idiot on the gun control topic!! Everything you said in the interview is RIGHT ON! How can people stand by and let these laws continue when it's obvious that semi-automatic guns only lead to senseless crime and violence and the loss of innocent lives. The argument that civiilians need these guns "to protect themselves" is just a way to justify the guns getting into the hands of more crazy people who will do what this killer did with legally approved weapons. Thank goodness one of the guns jammed at the would have been even worse otherwise!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  204. joel blum

    I am in favor of much increased control of guns in this country. I am opposed to the NRA and how politicians are afraid to take positions against the NRA. Even with all of this, I was very disturbed by how Piers Morgan treated John Lott tonight. He basically verbally attacked Mr Lott, giving him essentially no chance to express his ideas. This is no way to have a discussion. Why did he invite Mr Lott onto the show if this was the way he was going to treat him? I felt so badly about this that I had to turn the program off.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  205. Cade

    I am an American. Take a look next door to Mexico. They have strict gun laws. No civilian is allowed to own one there. But who in America or any other country is willing stay the night in Mexico City. Maybe if your freaking mental. It seems only the bad guys carry guns there. Take our guns in America and our freedoms would drasticly change. We would not be hiding from government but hiding from drugrunners and gangmembers. Because dispite what bubble whoever reads this lives in. We have badguys everywhere and will take what they want by any means. Just read you local news about the over population in our prisons. How did all those people get there? they all didnt commit their crimes with guns.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  206. Pib56

    I watch CNN hoping to hear both sides of controversial issues. Piers Morgan's Interview of his prog-gun guest was devoid of that. He merely filibustered until he tired and turned the rant over to his tag team partner Alan Dershowitz. Whether the arguments of the guest who was shouted down were strong or weak, we will never know. Piers Morgan should be on Crossfire, if it ever returns. Until then, bring back Larry King. By the way, I favor increased gun control, but would like to hear the arguments of those who see things differently.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  207. Dan

    Dear Cade, thankyou for reminding me I live on an island. The last time I checked the map Indonesia the worlds most heavily populated muslim country in the world was just next door to us. Judging by the terrorist attacks which have killed Aussies I guess you could assume we also have a third world country with their crosshairs aimed at us. This is why we employ a professioal Police force and border control (similar to the US) instead of relying on individual citizens to take the law into their own hands.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  208. Ana Badillo

    I agree with Mr. Morgan and Mr. Dershwitz. We have tried it the NRA’s way! For them, it's all about money! It's time to drastically do something different! NRA, what do we need to bear arms for? Isn”t that what the military is for? I”ve not experienced a tragedy like this, but as a human being, a Christian and an American, I am deeply saddened by the loss of innocent people, just like 9/11.
    I agree with Mr. Teves. DON’T give the murderer the press he killed for!
    I pray for the victims, their loved ones and us all.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  209. Charles W

    The 2nd amendment was a direct result of the British, in their efforts to defeat the upstart Colonies, began consficating the patriots weapons. A free people, who are unarmed, will within time become subjects to those who want to have control over them. Americans will never relinquish their guns. The guns are to guarantee freedom from a government that would seek to take our freedoms away.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • trance4mer

      People are realizing they dont want their rights taken away, they want to keep them.

      the 71 year old man in this video just weeks ago handled the situation the OLD FASHION AMERICAN way.

      AVERAGE POLICE 911 RESPONSE 10 MIN AT BEST. They got there in half the time and it still was too late. OPEN CARRY CITIZENS! DONT GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS!


      #2 – Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:15 AM EDT

      July 24, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  210. Andrew

    Why does CNN allow a British national to present his personal agenda on American television? Piers Morgan has successfully taken a horrific tragedy and used it to selfishly broadcast his own radical beliefs. How insulting to all of the victims of the Aurora tragedy! What a sorry excuse for journalism.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maureen Earl

      No, that was not "radical beliefs", it was utter and total common sense and we need a great deal more of it. Morgan is completely correct. It was the finest journalism he has yet shown us.
      I'd like to see all guns banned in the US, every single bloody one of them.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dean

      Where the hell is Larry King? Piers is a joke for CNN...........

      July 24, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ana

      I am as passionate as Mr. Morgan is about this horrific tragedy. What difference does it matter where he was born!
      Mr. Morgan, keep up the great work!

      July 24, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
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        البطولات الاربع لا يسمح ولا حظر السلاح أو أي سلاح آخر. في الأيام القديمة، واعتاد الناس على تحملها السيوف والخناجر وكان ذلك هو القاعدة. في أيام رعاة البقر في الغرب كل شخص يحملون البنادق فتح في الخارج والتي كانت هي القاعدة. اليوم هناك في الحقيقة ليست أي حاجة لهذا كله. وجود أسلحة في جميع أنحاء يعطي الناس الفرصة لفعل الشر. ويحظر مدافع في العالم العربي وليس لأحد أن تجد في أي مكان لشراء واحدة. معدل الجريمة هناك انخفاض كبير عما كانت عليه في الغرب حيث البنادق هي يمكن بلوغه بسهولة. سواء كنت تبحث في الأمم أو شعب على حدة. وجود أسلحة يعني دائما شخص ما سوف يستأسد على الآخرين في حين وجود أي أسلحة من شأنه أن يردع مثل هذه الأعمال. مع أن قال، الإسلام لا تسمح لأحد للدفاع عن أنفسهم. سواء كان هذا الشخص يحمل بندقية أو أي سلاح آخر أو لا يتوقف على البيئة هو في وبأفضل طريقة ممكنة لضمان سلامة واحد.

        July 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      My sentiments exactly! I used to watch and enjoy this guy. That will never happen again His ratings should now go in the tank. What an idiot!

      August 14, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  211. ollie watts

    Piers was so incredibly rude to his guest author tonight. I am horrified that any host would treat his guest the way Piers did. He would ask his guest a question repeatedly but interrupt each time the author tried to speak. When the author asked if Piers would allow him to answer now Piers told him his answers were stupid. Piers monopolized the entire interview. It was disgraceful and embarassing to watch. I suggest Piers watch what he did to his guest and I am sure he will offer an apology to both the guest and the audience. I sincerely hope he does.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  212. Maureen Earl

    Well done, Piers! The USA has to start understanding the dreadful dangers of unabated gun ownership in this country. I applaud you heartily. More of the same, please.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  213. Jimbo

    Piers Morgan is unreal. CNN is unreal for having his crap on. His job as a reporter is to hear both sides of the story and let the people decide thier opinion. He is not even a U.S citizen. You are at an all time low CNN

    July 24, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maureen Earl

      That was Piers Morgan's finest show yet. Thank you CNN. I'd like to see many more shows on this issue.
      This nation is sinking under their bloody guns. Get real.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  214. Heather

    I'm a Canadian who owns guns (shotguns/rifles, plus a WW2 german handgun)...all which were registered under our now scrapped long gun registry. Thankfully our current government scrapped this law which affected more legal gun users, than illegal ones. "Joe Criminal" isn't going to register his illegal's just common sense. I do agree that some guns should be registered and possibly psychological testing needs to be done before certain individuals get their semi-automatic or automatic weapons or handguns...You don't need these types of guns on a farm!!!! Also laws MUST change so people like George Zimmerman, can't take the law into their own hands. No offence, but I always thought the American slogan was "In God We Trust", not "In Glock We Trust". Stop being such trigger happy cowboys. Guns kill when crazy prevails!!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  215. GOIA

    Piers was owned on this point. It is way to soon to use a tragedy, of which very few facts are actually known, to push his own personal agenda. News flash people: that is not reporting, that is fear mongering. The time for CNN to fire Piers Morgan was yesterday.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  216. ginnynicarthy

    It is vital to have reasonable discussions about the terrible problem of violence, especially by people shooting guns. Tonight, Piers Morgan, you significantly set back the potential for intelligent discussion by steamrolling over your NRA guest. You had help from Mr. Dershowitz, who contributed little other than repeating "this is junk science." Between you and Dershowitz, you made a great case for the gun lobby. I am against the use of guns generally, and very apposed to the NRA policies, so it is deeply troubling to me that a person with your power and responsibility, Mr. Morgan, squandered an opportunity to shed light on the problem by dominating the talk and refusing to listen to the opposition. Surely you can use your podium to better effect by listening and offering rational responses.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry Elson

      I agree with your statement 100%. It is likely that if Piers Morgan had given the NRA rep the opportunity to state his case, it would have fallen through the cracks of reason and logic, simultaneously reinforcing Piers' case. Now we'll never know.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  217. Tristan

    I don't know how I feel about the idea of the Worlds Largest Arms Dealer (US GOVT) telling me I shouldn't have a gun.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  218. mike smith

    Someone from UK has no business criticizing the USA for imperialism – the yanks learned from us !

    July 24, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  219. Amy Jones

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Rocket Launchers don't kill people, people kill people.
    Grenades don't kill people, people kill people.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ana

      What a lame idea that guns don't kill people, people kill people! Sounds like NRA propaganda to me! Then why do people need guns!

      July 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dave

        Because of psychos like James Holmes! Thats why people need guns!!!!!!

        July 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Joe

    Mr Morgan, if no one wants to ride along with you on your agenda train, lets change the subject, or should I say, perpetrator. GUN control isnt always going to solve problems of violence. Lets talk about this guy who was ONLY living a fantasy as well...

    July 24, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  221. Blair

    well let me start by saying thank god Piers Morgan is not a real american if he were he might know more about gun rights . well Piers might you be happy if guns were gone and people were thrown out windows . gun control is not the answer gun education is. Your fasination with somthing the ocean if you have never sean it or gun if you have never shot one the fasination leaves after the experance . both the ocean and guns kill only good education save lives in the ocean and gun education will seve lives and replace fasination with education.Every wone educates there loved wones about the danger of drounding.Why not educate about responible gun ownership gun safty . Leave no stone unturned whean it comes to the right way and the wrong way to use a firearmif you LOVE them EDUCATE them

    July 24, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  222. Derrick Wiedel

    Piers, you're bang on, keep up the common sense...there are some out there who are not brainwashed by the NRA propoganda. It's unfortunate the NRA prey on the uneducated and convince them they need exactly what is killing them, ironic and sad.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  223. Jack

    More regulation is not the answer. As stated, more people die from car accidents. Should there be more regulations? Airplanes crash, people die, should there be more regulations? How about more regulation on the pharmacutical industryand the FDA. As was reported in the journal of the american medical association a few years ago, 106,000 people die each year from prescription drugs prescibed by doctors and used propperly. Why is this not talked about Piers and the other so called journalists?

    July 24, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Derrick Wiedel

      Agreed Jack, prescription drug use is a huge problem, that's why it has been in the news so much. Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston,'s on HLN's Dr. Drew pretty much every night! And, yes there should be more regulations on the airlines, history shows us when there is less regulation, there are more deaths. And cars...first, we need cars, and second, car production and safety is majorly regulated. Ie, air bags, seat belts, bumper standards.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  224. Elmer

    Mr. Morgan took some valid points and then showed his ignorance on guns. He was very rude to people that were against his position and again showed his disdain for the subject. This is not England and they are no perfect country either. This was not the time for him to get on his pedestal and try to make this point. Maybe he is desperate for ratings. His show is on the whole not very good.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  225. Verne Stolte

    The gun control debate should start with two simple, concrete measures:

    1. Heavy weapons (machine guns of any kind) should be banned.

    2. Ammo clips, magazines, or drums should have a 6-7 bullet limit.

    At some point you have to stand up to the NRA and say these weapons and devices are only for military and law enforcement use.

    Both heavy weapons and multi-round clips are designed for one thing: to kill the maximum number of people in the shortest amount of time.
    If our congress can't limit the type of weaponry and fire rate – what's next on the streets: howitzers?

    When is it enough? Using the NRA arguments, where the type of weapon and fire rate don't matter, they could argue citizens have the right to bear nuclear and laser weapons of the future. Why not?

    This country has been hijacked by the NRA. Due to the epidemic gun violence in this country we are no longer the "best country in the world" – by a long shot. Our quality of life continues to erode.

    None of the laws will work unless there's aggressive enforcement. Anyone caught with an illegal weapon or device goes to prison. I would also severly limit access to law enforcement protective gear and handguns to only people who have a need – in other words, sort of like a concealed weapons permit.

    Handguns have always been a law enforcement weapon but an exception could be made for keeping them in the home or carrying concealed for those who qualify.

    We already have limits on many individual freedoms – why not with weapons and weapon accessories?

    Finally, since our society is saturated with guns, the focus should be on clearing the streets, not the homes, of illegal weapons. And when someone is caught with an illegal weapon outside the home – instant felony and prison.

    I don't get it. We have all kinds of limitations on what we can ingest in this country. You put people in prison for a decade for ingesting a pill of LSD. The jails and prisons are full of people who didn't hurt anyone, guilty of the victim-less crime of ingesting a substance. Yet guns and bullet delivery systems are worshipped and adored in the name of freedom. Unreal.

    Stand up to the NRA for real and sweeping gun control. Focus on types (heavy weapons) and rapid-fire delivery systems (clips, magazines, and ammo drums of all kinds).

    July 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  226. David

    why is this foreigner trying to take my rights away! piers morgan's go back to England please!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  227. Freedom rings

    piers morgan's has too be very desperate to have loser michael moore.... .

    July 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  228. weewilly43

    Please let me say up front that my heart goes out to the family and my prayers too. I think it was truly a terrible thing that happened. Now, also let me say that if Colorado is so lose with their private gun ownership laws, how come no one there at that movie was carrying a concealed weapon that could have returned fire to that coward? It is hard to believe that with all those that were there that night, no one had a legal fire arm that might have shot back to prevent so many that were killed or severely wounded. If anyone had done that they would have been a hero to everyone that was there. But to do that you would have to have a legally owned concealed weapon. So where were all these gun toting citizens? Maybe they do not like violent movies.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  229. Jackie

    Michael has guards with guns, yet he wants to deny you from owning guns.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  230. Kathy

    I sent my thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of the horrific shootings in Colorado.Heartbreaking and sad!

    About Piers show last night, July 23, 2012. Piers, if you are going to interview a person and ask questions, please have the common courtesy to allow the party you are asking to answer. You asked a question and proceeded to talk over your guest from the NRA last night, spewing and spewing your opinion rather than taking advantage of the opportunity to hear the answers to your questions. It is just another person's point of view. Disappointing to me that you took what could have been a congenial adult conversation between two people who stand on opposite sides of the subject and instead you robbed your audience of hearing both points of view. Generally, I like your interviews. For me, this is not about gun control or the NRA. It is about honoring another persons point of view especially when you are the person who invited them to be with you for the conversation. Last night I was frustrated by your self-righteous demeanor. I know I am just one of your viewers and probably not that important to you. I have respected you for the most part. You lost some points in the area of respect from me last night.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  231. Dave

    take your NON AMERICAN ass back to your OWN COUNTRY and go preach to them your NONSENSE!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  232. Thomas Elliott

    To All The Boneheads Who Equate Gun Control with "Taking Away Our Freedumbs":



    July 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  233. Jimmy

    Expand You don't understand Americans? well then I hope that you aren't one. And what should our elected officials do? Take the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights? The First Amendment and most of the others have already been twisted into something that would not be recognisable to those that framed them. This is called "progressivism" and frankly it is a much bigger problem that will most definitely harm the entire population of this counrty more so than any firearm ever could.And for the record, I think Piers is a complete a$$ and have no respect for people that continually talk over others

    July 25, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  234. RICK

    he's paying for it. Or, rather, CNN's ratings/stock holders & advertisers are:

    "Piers Morgan’s US talk show on CNN is facing an embarrassing climb-down after viewing figures dropped to the worst levels the network has seen in at least 21 years..

    July 25, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  235. nikki

    i originally come from Iran, i consider myself more American than sometimes some Americans. in previous Iran during shah after the @nd world war the Government banned any gun among people and was asked to bring back any gun anybody owned and there was a due date and if anybody would keep the gun ,he or she would be punished heavily that everybody returned every single gun. iran was a safe place and the new generation after $0 years could not believe that ordinary people owned guns somewhere in time. In England even officers don't carry guns. I think America can handle living without gun. enough is enough. this is like a thorn on our rose.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  236. fattaneh

    i don't think going to Mars or flying in 747 is a sign of civilization, i think the fathers of this country if they see what is happening to our children here would change this amendment. i probably come from a culture which would value human being's life more than owning guns i order to take away lives. shame . shame. imagine to the effect of this on the ones who survived this catesrophy, they r dead already.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  237. Rob

    Leave our BILL OF Rights alone. We're tired of your agit-prop campaign.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  238. Bill


    This isn't about GUN CONTROL. Lets start reporting about the facts. He did not walk through the front door and start shooting people. This was PREMEDITATED MURDER. He had to scope out the Theater to know that you could open the exit door and block it without setting off a alarm (which most places have). He also new just were to park to have access to the weapons.He did not have Bullet Proof vest on,Just a tactical vest. If we had better gun laws maybe someone would have had a weapon and would have stoped this or lessond the tradigy Their are alot of law abidding citizens with these types of weapons and more, with permits to carry.
    So as posted before Don't Tread on Me and leave our Bill of Rigts alone.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  239. Morgan Smith

    Excerpt from: From:
    Historically, America has had a high homicide rate and England a low one. In a comparison of New York and London over a 200-year period, during most of which both populations had unrestricted access to firearms, historian Eric Monkkonen found New York's homicide rate consistently about five times London's. Monkkonen pointed out that even without guns, "The United States would still be out of step, just as it has been for two hundred years."
    The murder rates of the U.S. and U.K. are also affected by differences in the way each counts homicides. The FBI asks police to list every homicide as murder, even if the case isn't subsequently prosecuted or proceeds on a lesser charge, making the U.S. numbers as high as possible. By contrast, the English police "massage down" the homicide statistics, tracking each case through the courts and removing it if it is reduced to a lesser charge or determined to be an accident or self-defense, making the English numbers as low as possible.

    From Wikipedia:

    In 2000, he [Piers Morgan] was the subject of an investigation after Suzy Jagger wrote a story in The Daily Telegraph revealing that he had bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen soon before the Mirror’s 'City Slickers' column tipped Viglen as a good buy.[16] Morgan was found by the Press Complaints Commission to have breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism, but kept his job. The 'City Slickers' columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, were both found to have committed further breaches of the Code, and were sacked before the inquiry. In 2004, further enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry cleared Morgan from any charges.[17] On 7 December 2005 Bhoyrul and Hipwell were convicted of conspiracy to breach the Financial Services Act. During the trial it emerged that Morgan had bought £67,000 worth of Viglen shares, emptying his bank account and investing under his wife's name too.[18]
    Morgan was fired from the Mirror on 14 May 2004 after authorising the newspaper's publication of photographs allegedly showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.[19] Within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes

    July 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  242. john

    Well. It seems alot of you share my sediments. Piers Morgan is not a US citizen and should mind his own business. America has done pretty well until now compared with his home country, which we threw out hundreds of years ago and then surpassed them in every way thinkable. I used to watch his program every night but never again as I don't need to listen to losing philosophies trying to make our country like theirs, one of the reasons we are losing our position as the leaders of the free world. My son married a girl from Englad and her father has a cist on his bladder. He has a choice, with their wonderful health care system, pay to get it removed or wait two months to get it done in their medical system, the Doctor recommends getting it done ASAP. So no Piers, we have no desire to be like England, or to have you trying to voice your very slanted views on Americans....people who you are not a part of.

    August 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • thomas

      Hi John. No I don't share your "sediments" - thank God. Nor do I share your sentiments. Someone who doesn't know the difference between the two has no business posting anywhere on the web, short of 6th grade vocabulary class - especially if you come from the "We need assault weapons to protect our freedumbs!" crowd.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  248. warights

    Less than 24 hours after this terrible incident, everyone is saying it wouldn't have happened if we had gun control. Come on Piers, how irresponsible can you be.

    Take the time to investigate what created this little monster – it wasn't guns. It was probably violent TV, violent Video Games, or a bitter divorce by his parents. Put the blame where it needs to be – parents that ignored this troubled young man that lived on his military video games running around killing people aimlessly, or ignored while his parents divorced and faught over custody while the legal system was enriched.

    I don't own a gun, I don't support guns, or gun control. I do believe if he didn't have guns, we would have another weapon of choice – running kids over in a crosswalk, stabbling them like the guy in China, or making his own bombs from Internet recipes.

    It is irresponsible to blame the gun on the issue – when there are so many other factors to consider. I'm betting on child custody twisting this little mind – while judges and attorney's made a killing. How about discussing that Piers – somethign that needs as much national attention as gun control, but probably doesn't help the ratings nearly as much.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  249. John

    Gun control is fine to a extent, but has nothing to do with our 2 amendment, we have the right to protect out self, If Piers has a problem with that. sent his rear-end back home. Never liked him much any. Put God back in our school's and, God take care with our problems.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    This might not have been a show about drunk drivers and how many children are killed every year by them but now that it has been brough up when will we see a show about banning alcohol on piers morgan show.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  251. swb

    JFK said we will go to the moon in 10 years. AND WE DID.there were so many obstacles to overcome and we did it anyway. WHY can't we do the same thing with guns? Technology can create miracles.
    Let's create an organization of the smartest minds in science, business, and government that can be of help. There has to be a way to build guns that can't be fired by people who are criminals, ex-felons, people with mental issues. Like a v-chip??? HOW? Dont know but if got to the moon we can do this as a nation.
    If we can spend trillions of dollars to kill people in war, why can't we spend billions to keep OUR people and children alive??
    Time to get past all the second amendment and gun control arguments and solve this
    with technology. I'm sure business would be happy to solve it. We need to use capitalism to pay for the solutuion as we did in space race.
    WE CAN DO IT....

    December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  252. S Souki

    Make a 3rd. US party and call it (CIVILIZED PARTY) where all kinds of weapons are banned. period.
    Then create a 2nd. (UNITED NATIONS) established on the same principals.
    Give it time and see who is civilized and who is uncivilized, a simple experiment that deserves trial. to segregate civilized people and nations, thereby creating a peaceful world w/freedom of choice and without enforcements.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  254. herndon

    Piers: I like you. But, you looked foolishly involved with emotion in the gun control interview. Please study the Right to Bear Arms of other countries. Mexico for example has a stricter position and has 330% higher murder rate. China has strict gun control and a man killed 8 children there with a knife. Please don't encourage hysterical emotions when the world turns ugly. The right to bear arms has nothing to do with hunting.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  255. John Armistead

    Piers, it is difficult for me to watch and listen to your interviews regarding gun control, a very emotional topic at present. You are rude in your constant interruptions of people trying to express their viewpoints. Your show on CNN is not a discussion of gun control as much as it is a stage for your vehement bias against guns. I do respect other people's viewpoints and I wish you would too. But you are not interested in hearing others' opinions or are interested in afflicting your fanatical anti-gun views on your guests. You incessantly fire statistical questions at your guests that you know they cannot answer. Try a reasoned approach to your won't hurt you. By the way, I do not have an "assault" rifle and I don't necessarily think they should be a household item...but I do not think they should be banned. I do, however, have guns with which to protect my family against intruders. Please don't continue to rage against guns....gun violence comprises many more things than just a style of weapon.

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