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July 23rd, 2012
02:43 PM ET

Primetime Exclusive Tonight: Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a primetime exclusive interview.

Making his debut appearance across from Piers Morgan, the head of the executive branch of New York City's government will share his stance on gun control, in reaction to Friday's deadly shooting in Aurora, CO.

Tune in this evening at 9 p.m. for a primetime exclusive interview with the only man to ever serve three consecutive terms as the Mayor of New York City.
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  1. Nikki

    14 people just died in a TRUCK today in Texas. I don't see Bloomberg calling for all large trucks to be banned because they are Deadly. Assault is a behavior, not an object. Blame the killer, not the gun. I carry a gun for self defense because of sick monsters like Holmes.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      4-million people just died from an atom bomb...now I carry an atom bomb to kill those that kill with atom bombs. Sorry Nikki, your argument doesn't make sense. "Deadly" assault is usually caused by an object. Carry a feather...how many people will you kill?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vernon

        so you are saying someone kills you with a butter knife cause they are crazy ! you shouldnt have a butter knife to defend yourself? i want to know how many people were armed at the movie that could have stopped this madness? im guessing no one!!!! because of the gun laws!!!!

        July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        If his intent is to kill, then he'll use whatever he can, including the hands God gave him. That's the whole bloody point. Weapons don't kill, it is the people who use them that kill. Why don't you speak about us needing to teach morality, instead of banning this or that?

        July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Manny

        David- that is a specious comparison. No one would attempt to use a feather as a weapon to kill and you know that! If they couldn't obtain a pistol and cartridges, they would pick up a tree limb, a hammer, a baseball bat. When stats are quoted about gun deaths- of course they are low because the people cannot obtain guns. That stat is specious! How many murders occur in a country by any means is a more meaningful statistic- than gun deaths. How many people are killed in England by knife-or poison in England- for example. Is someone is intent on murder, they will use a means they can obtain easily, i.e., kitchen knife, hammer, etc. It is not the weapon that is responsible- but the person who kills!

        July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuckles McGurk

        No action is ever caused by an object, an action can merely be facilitated by the use of one. The gun is merely a tool and has no morality in and of itself; the morality, or immorality of an act performed with a tool depends solely on the person using it. Humans were murdering each other long before the invention of the gun, long before the invention of the sword, and murdered each other even when the only tool at hand was a rock or bone. The problem is not the object, but the darkness within the human soul. Address that, and the presence or absence of a gun is of no consequence.

        July 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • vernon

      Ask Piers about his own country he left to come here !!???? ask sweden how there guns laws are working !???

      July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vernon

        really no anti gun comments!!!!!!???

        July 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Agreed, and I wish Piers would have let the guy talk instead of coloring the whole interview with his opinions. Mental illness and/or stress and God only knows what else caused this insane shooting. When will people get through their heads it was THE PERSON, not the gun that killed.

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

        crazy people can and will kill you if they want too !!!! you taking everything away so they cant defend themselfs only makes them stronger ask australia !!!!!

        July 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • vernon

        piers was horrible in the case !!! i wish they wouldn't let people like him on TV! there are way to many stupid people who will think that his thinking is the only way of thought!!!

        July 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarvin

      Dear Nikki, you carry your gun all day for self defense, but how about the 6 years old? Or 12? Or 15? They dont have the right to carry the gun and should be a victim in the society which 2/3 of it's member carry the gun? You may be a stable and logical person but not every one is like you. You don't know who and how will use it. Buy the way the main usage of the truck is driving not killing, same as your kitchen knife which you use for cooking not killing. But can you use the gun for any other reason than KILLING some one???

      July 24, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nancy

        Sarvin, I carry a weapon and have a carry permit. I target practice with my weapon and have never killed anything or anyone with it...your statements don't make sense.

        July 24, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
      • MO

        There was a debate saying a 6 yr old should have never been at the theater at that time of night. And it was bad parenting, and the theater shouldn't allow parents to bring their kids late at night or even show kids movies late at night. (this person said if you have your kids out, even at a grocery store, past 7 pm you are a bad parent & ALL kids need to be asleep by 10 pm). REALLY, It's all in a persons perspective. The point people are trying to make is, as a society, we can not allow others to make decisions for us. Bad people are going to do bad things, no matter the law or restrictions placed upon us. And the focus of BLAME needs to stay on the person who commits the crimes. I'm so saddened that they were having quality family time, and some A.. H... had to ruin it. Maybe that 6 yr old took a long nap so she could go to see the show. Like I said, I'm sure it was suppose to be good family time. I for one, will not let a person like Holmes perpetuate fear into my life and that is what he was trying to accomplish; Or allow that persons actions to take away my freedoms, we (our society) have already given up too many.

        July 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
      • hugo

        I think the bad parenting issue was referring to the type of movie rather than the time of day. Either way point well taken, parents are free to raise thier kids the way they see it fit in accordance with their values, faith and culture. I am sure the parents of that child are regretting going to the movies that day and many other things they may have done that day. If they could change that they could. At this time they need our support not our criticism.

        July 25, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
      • MO

        Thank you Hugo. My other point is we need to blame the Criminal not the victims. And exactly as you said the families need our support not our criticisms.

        July 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • MO

        Sarvin- If you can say you obey EVERY law of the road ALL the time, for example NEVER run a red (yellow) light. ALWAYS use your blinkers, ALWAYS stay in the left lane, except to pass, NEVER drive faster than the posted speed limit, hand have CONSTANT attention to the road and those around you, then YES you are not using your vehicle as a weapon. BUT if you don't than YOU have turned your vehicle into a potentially dangerous and deadly object. (key word here is potentially, just like guns, butter knives, bats, etc.)

        July 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donald

    Here comes NANNY BLOOMBERG

    Telling all of us not to drink surgury soda

    most likley he is going to tell all of us that american people should not have gus

    only police

    DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WATCHING THIS IDIOT TONIGHT

    July 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      "Idiot?" Look in the mirror...

      July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • vernon

        you really that blind?

        July 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • vernon

      i cant understand how i got dragged into this ! lol

      July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JC

    Birds of a feather aggreeing with each other about controlling other peoples rights, not worth watching....wonder if Bloomberg will mention his armed security detail???

    July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris J

      Oh yeah – Bloomy and Piers probably pat each other on the back during commercial breaks – telling eachother how good they are.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      ...you mean the "armed security detail" with training and experience, I presume? Training and experience...what do you have?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JC

        10 years military, 20 years international protecive security experience & I am a firearms intsructor...
        and you??

        July 24, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Don

    What happened in Colo was very, very bad, but CNN gives more on TV coverage to it then someone with Chemical weapons, and possibly to someone who wants to develop a Nuke to kill millions ....I just wish CNN would spend more time on a massive situation.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      Funny, isn't it, that CNN and the other liberal media, were all in a dither about us getting involved to stop mass murderers in other countries, but when it comes to a killing spree by someone in this country, then they're ready to start fighting and banning all things bad. I wish the liberals would make up their mind.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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        September 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ann

    I cringe every time I hear this shooter's name on TV. I'm afraid some weirdo is out there seeing all this and thinking this is the shortcut to fame. With some of the victim's family members calling for the press to downplay the suspect's name you manage to get it in twice in the 10 second promo for this interview. Please don't give this guy the airtime he is seeking.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vernon

      i agree no one should GIVE THIS PIECE OF CRAP TIME OF DAY !!!!! the media has only is only of in it for horror !!!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chris J

    Typical Boomberg and typical politician... "Doesn't matter what the people think" - Only what the Supreme Court thinks and Legislature creates.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Yes, because YOU'RE an American, correct?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Deborah

    Thank you Mayor for your reasonable point of view. Guns are not more important than our children. People who are more interested in their guns than their fellow citizens should stop and think of their own children. This "wild west" mentality needs to stop. You do not need a machine gun to hunt!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Alix Jacobs

    THANK YOU PIERS MORGAN. THANK YOU MAYOR BLOOMBERG., This has been the only conversation so to the point since the movie theatre massacre. I was shot by my husband and have been in disbelief ever since over the lack of response or concern about guns by citizens and politicians. What can we do?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      It was a relief to read your comment.... I think we need to speak louder, more often, to more people....

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

      Teach morality. Teach people that it is okay to have guns, but not ago to blast people away with them. Teach this over and over and over and over again, and then maybe it will sink in. A person intent on committing a crime will do so no matter what weapons are allowed.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. e craig

    For the first time I am truly disappointed with Piers Morgan. Mayor Bloomburg noted that 22 relatives were killed for every one robber with a gun, and Piers went on to his next point without listenening nor commentin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joan

    The point no one wants to mention is this. If anyone takes a stand (namely Pres.Obama), the far right radio such as Rush Limbaugh and others, immediately inform their listeners that the government is taking over their homes and guns. It is PAST time to do something. There is no reason for anyone to own or be able to order the amount of weapons the Aurora killer was able to obtain. This is totally separate from sport hunting guns. Someone needs to stifle the Rush Limbaugh's. Obviously, the candidates are afraid of the repercussion.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. john bradshaw

    Piers is a total idiot

    July 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emanuel Fineberg Ph.D

      Piers' behavior with Mr Lott was a violation of an interviewer's role. As usual, he spoke way too much, cut off Mr Lott repeatedly as he attempted to answer questions which were posed as arguements- not real questions- and was prosecutorial in his treatment of his guest. He kissed the ass of Prof Dershowitz who also misstated facts and proved himself an inaccurate debater. I thought Piers behavior was pathetic and I would have kicked his butt right off the air for his treatment of Mr. Lott if I owned that station. You owe that man a big apology! And you behave that way repeatedly with guests when you disagree with them given your need to caress your own ego. Such narcissism.!
      PS- I agree that there have to be limits on the ability to purchase automatic weapons and other paraphenalia.
      Piers- go back and take INTERVIEWING 101 and learn how to be courteous to your guests. How dare you use that program as a bully pulpit (EMPHASIS ON BULLY) to feed your ego needs!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emanuel Fineberg Ph.D

      Piers' behavior with Mr Lott was a violation of an interviewer's role. As usual, he spoke way too much, cut off Mr Lott repeatedly as he attempted to answer questions which were posed as arguements- not real questions- and was prosecutorial in his treatment of his guest. He kissed the ass of Prof Dershowitz who also misstated facts and proved himself an inaccurate debater. I thought Piers behavior was pathetic and I would have kicked his butt right off the air for his treatment of Mr. Lott if I owned that station. You owe that man a big apology! And you behave that way repeatedly with guests when you disagree with them given your need to caress your own ego. Such narcissism.!
      PS- I agree that there have to be limits on the ability to purchase automatic weapons and other paraphenalia.
      Piers- go back and take INTERVIEWING 101 and learn how to be courteous to your guests.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Stan

        Everything you said it correct. However, you left one thing out. How could anyone trust what Prof Dershowitz has to say when he helped free a murderer like OJ Simpson. The prof talks like a bleeding heart liberal until money is thrown at him to be part of the dream team. And Pierce throws around numbers like he thinks he an actuary. Pierce old boy the US has 360million people and your tinny island only has 60mill. But of course that has nothing to do with the number of murder by hand does it.
        Pierce, stick to simple minded things like the Apprentice and AGT. Leave the heavy lifting thinking like gun control to smart people like Emanuel Fineberg Ph.D.

        July 24, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cindy B

    Piers has shot himself in the foot tonight. I'm wondering if he will be able to get any credible guests after his grilling of the author in favor of "More Guns Less Crime". He's asking a question (repeatedly) and not giving the guest a chance to respond. Pretty Rude - especially for a Host!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Glocklady

    I own a handgun. No one needs an assault weapon. The NRA just makes money selling guns just like Big Tobacco represented and made money adding poison to cigarettes. If you can justify a 6 year old being killed like a dog in a movie theater then you are without a brain and a soul.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vernon

      do you know how many glock handguns have killed people !!!!! ????? wake up !!!!!
      its not the guns !! its the fact that most people dont have them !!!!!! and think everyone else shouldnt either!!!!!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarvin23

        Vernon, who are these "most people" you are talking about? You mean every one 21+ should carry any type of the gun he/ she likes and walk around? Do you think such society can be safe for 9 years old who doesn't have the right to carry the gun. US is one of the very very few countries that citizens can have the gun. Look at ALL other countires around the world. There are more than 200 countires which people lived every day with put the gun and they feel safe.

        July 24, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Who is justifying the killing of any of these people? The argument isn't about whether or not what he did was right. I think just about everyone in humanity agrees that it wasn't right what he did. The argument is whether or not what he did justifies banning guns. I don't think it does. If anything, I think it justifies teaching morals in this country again, like: Hey, it's wrong and evil to kill people with your guns and if you do you'll get the chair. If we actually got back to teaching morality like we used to, less of this sort of thing would happen. An immoral person will commit immoral acts no matter the weapons they can get their hands on.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Life member

      Uh, you own a handgun and you think that the NRA sells guns. If you enjoy the right to own a gun you really should learn a little bit about the NRA and what they do to ensure that you get to keep enjoying that right.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kathy

    Dont usually watch this show. Why won't they let the guy finish what he wants to say. And why does he sound like Kermit?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Maybe you'd be happier watching and "believing" the clowns on Fox??? Do yourself a favor, use your mind, think!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Kathleen

    I tuned into Piers Morgan this evening and wish I hadn't ! I've Never seen such a loud mouth rude person in my life ! He allowed the person with his beliefs to speak freely and the one he did not agree with was inturupted constantly !
    I will NEVER make this mistake again !

    July 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Teresa

      I totally agree with you. In fact he does that a lot. He should always let them answer if he going to ask their opinion. But he don't.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Les

    Piers- you may disagree with your guests opinion but a good interviewer will let them speak when asked a question. There is no balanced debate if you wont shut up! You are by far the worst excuse for an "interviewer" I've ever seen!!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Earnest Rice

    Try to take our guns away and you will start another revolution !!!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      You're correct. It would be a revolution of peace. Oh, I assume you desire something else???

      July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Brandon

        Statistically, no, there will not be peace, but rather more gun related violence than what there was before. You cannot argue with fact, unless you're an idiot with you head in the sand.

        July 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. karen

    funny how piers only lets people comment he agrees with, but he will filibuster anyone he disagrees with, I have never hated him more than today. this is not fair reporting, what an ass.(re: NRA converstion)

    July 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Yes, he learned that technique by watching your friends on Fox. How do you like it?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. David

    Pierce: I agree with your point of view almost all the time especially on gun control, but I am disappointed with your interviewing style. Please allow your guests to respond to your questions even if it contradicts your point of view. Your style reminded me with what I would expect of your collegues on the fox channel. Allow your guests to speak there point of view, Learn from Larry K. Listen more, speak less. I tune in to hear from your guests, not from you. Thanks.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stan

      Ha Dave is Pierce your Daddy. You are about the only one on this forum that has anything nice to say about him. How does that make you feel?

      July 24, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • David

        What can I say, liberals stick together

        July 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  20. Larry Hemmens

    Send Piers back to the UK and leave the 2nd amendment debate to those that belong in this country. Shame to see a gun control freak and a "host ???" gang up on the other guest to promote their agenda. As for Bloomberg's theory of how gun control laws have reduced crime, how well is that working in Chicago?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Joe

    I've tried to watch Piers Morgan several times but tonight was the last. Besides rude and ignorant when he doesn't agree with a guest, interupts incessantly like a driven obnoxious bozo, and asks some good but many stupid questions.

    I thought I would give it a try but it looks like NetFlix is the 9pm answer.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Pam

    Piers Morgan you are a rude person! No matter your passion of a topic you should not conduct such a interview where you don't even let your guest speak!! What was the point having him come on the show. You could have done all the talking and let him stay at home with his family!!

    You are a RUDE hosts, but that is typical of you British!! Go home!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Francesca

    Thought it would be a spirited debate, but Mr. Lott was never able to make his points without being interrupted, while the Professor got to carry on at length without interruption. I am for gun control, but I learned nothing from this debate because Piers Morgan did not let it happen.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. KD

    Shame on Piers for not even letting Lott answer any of his questions. I do not necessarily agree with Lott on all his findings, but give him the opportunity to talk without attacking him as a person. Show some professionalism and courtesy to others, especially with those who you disagree with the most.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. kenneth roche

    why does pierce morgan have guests, when he does not allow them to speak, or answer his questions. i generally like his guests, however pierce can not keep quiet.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      More people like Piers need to speak up, LOUDLY...

      July 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • bret

        i could show you reports like this all day but it would be a waste of time you cant see to spite your face

        One can only imagine the coverage if crime rates had risen. In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.

        Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/30/media-silence-is-deafening-about-important-gun-news/#ixzz21aXEWtGJ

        Nevertheless, gun laws have played an important role in reducing crime rates in the US. Since 1986, more than 25 states have passed new laws encouraging responsible citizens to carry concealed handguns. As a result, the numbers of armed Americans in malls and in their cars has grown to almost 3 million men and women. As surprising as it is to the media, these new laws have caused violent crime rates to drop, including homicide rates. In his scholarly book, More Guns, Less Crime, Professor John Lott shows how violent crime has fallen faster in those states that have introduced concealed carry laws than in the rest of the US (Lott 2000). His study is the most comprehensive analysis of American crime data ever completed. He shows that criminals are rational enough to fear being shot by armed civilians.

        he drop in the US crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world. In 18 of 25 countries surveyed by the British Home Office violent crime increased during the 1990s (Barclay et al, 1999). This contrast should provoke Canadians to wonder what happened in those countries where they believed that introducing more and more restrictive firearm laws would protect them from criminal violence.

        Before we leap to the conclusion that our personal safety lies in making it ever more difficult for average citizens to own and use firearms, we should look around the world to see what other countries have done and how successful these experiments have been. Canadians are particularly interested in studying "English-style" firearm laws such as followed by other countries in the British Commonwealth.

        July 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  26. karen

    geeee, think there is a pattern to the last 5 posts (at least)?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Craig

    What is the point of having a guest if you don't let the guest get a work in edgewise, Don't think I've ever seen such a rude and pointless one-sided "interview." If this is the best Piers Morgan is capable of I don't understand why anyone would pay him for his time. While constantly interrupting the author he let Dershowitz say any outrageous thing he wanted to. Very disturbing to see such a high profile host get on such a mindless rant. I won't be watching again.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Heather Knapp

    What an idiot!! He aloud the Mayor to speak freely yet he cut off the guest against gun control. WHAT A JERK!! He obviously isn't very good at his job. Let both sides talk

    July 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. gary16506

    Tried to watch this show but it was too much. Why Morgan would not let the gentleman respond at all!!! No wonder this guy gets so poor ratings! After awhile it was making me sick watching this display!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Debbie

    THANK YOU PIERS!!! This is the conversation we need to have!! The NRA is soo powerful, please keep this gun control issue going until we change the laws!! It is too easy to buy guns and amo!! There are too many guns!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. andrew

    You were totally obnoxious to your guest, and I was on your side of the argument. You claim to be the interviewer yet you never gave the man the chance to talk. I'm surprised he didn't walk off, it's what I would have done.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. eric

    i am not a regular viewer of this show but was interested in tonights topic. my comment has nothing to do with tonights topic but do agree with massive gun control regulations. The segment with John Lott was terrible interview, giving him no time to respond and make the debate interesting and informative. No facts were able to be discussed as Piers gave him no time and in fact treated him very rudely. Is this the way this show is? I should just go back to watching Sesame Street with my 2 year old and learn something worthwhile.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. M. Wesley Taylor

    Piers, you behaved very poorly and unfairly in your interview with Mr. Lott and Mayor Bloomberg tonight. Setting up a straw man is not interviewing. You came in with a bias and presupposition. In a previous program, you criticized the lack of civility, reasonable discourse and willingness to compromise in our U.S. Congress. Callling another man's opinion "rubbish" without first being willing to give him an opportunity to have his say is an example of the same, and hypocrisy in the highest degree.
    WT

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      That's the problem with liberals like Piers, they take whichever side benefits them at the time. In one case it's okay, but another it's not. One time they fight it, the next they don't. It's just whichever way the wind blows.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. karen

    peirs , go back to the uk, you are an idiot.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. ListenerLady

    I am against semi-automatic weapons and I tried to hear the man's opinion as to why we should allow semi=automatic weapons but Piers wouldn't give the man a chance to talk. Piers repeated his questions 3-4 times and then allowed Alan Derskowitz to expound but the man (sorry i don't remember his name) was not given the same amount of time to answer without Piers interrupting him. Not a fair interview Piers. Piers was excited and loud. Not professional at all.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Bryan Thomas

    Once again you made a fool of yourself Piers. To not allow your guest to speak is unexcusable. No one is really interested in your opinion, your there to find the facts. Shut the F up and go back to the snotty queensland.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      You got that right. He wouldn't let the person who disagreed with him say anything, but the person who did agree with him was given free range. What a biased, closed minded ass. I mean, I used to like Piers, but if he's going to be so arrogant as to only listen to those who agrees with his thoughts, then he isn't worth watching. CNN, you just lost a viewer for one of your shows. I'm tired of this sort of crappy news. It's not news at all anymore. Just commentary by a lot of journalists who don't know what they're talking about.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Brandon

    Why is it that everytime a shooting happens, every liberal in the country decides to abandon all statistics which show that gun bans increase crime? I guess you all just want more shootings. Furthermore, instead of talking about banning this or that, why not actually get to the root of the problem instead of trying to cover it up with a band aid? I mean, banning guns is like locking the bathroom doors in a high school because people are smoking in there. If you lock the doors, people will just find someplace else to smoke. Same with the guns. Take them away and people will just make a weapon out of something else. It is the intent and motives that we should look at. It is morality that we should be talking about. Not banning weapons. If we taught better morals, like we used to, then people would know it is wrong to go into a theater and blast people away. And they would know that if they did do something like that, they'd be hung up from the nearest tree. But, of course, liberals also think teaching morality is wrong. So, no win no matter what. They won't be happy until the guns are gone, morality is gone, and crime is increased as a result. Pathetic. And yet you liberals act like your God's gift to intelligence. You don't know anything. Or, maybe you do and you just don't care so long as you have a political argument.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. hugo

    Piers as much as I agree with some of the points you raised on your interview of the gentleman that wrote the book "more guns less crime" I think the interview was a monologue on your part. The man was your guest, you asked him to come to your show, you should have let him speak. It is so rude and beneath the reporting ethics of CNN. You are bringing to America the parliamentary style of dialogue of England where parlamentarians hardly let the Prime Minister speak.
    I respect journalisst and the media in general but you should respect the diversity of your viewers, we tune in not to hear you speak or give a speech, we tune in to listed to what your guests have to say, to hear thier responses to your questions. You should keep in mind the word media, it is a medium that presents the facts and not an arbitrator, you are a medium that presents both sides of the issue with one set of facts and we, the audience can make up our minds. You were almost a bully not letting this man speak about what he wrote in his book. I wish I could have heard what lead him to reserach the subject and write his book but you would not let him talk, you owe him and your audience an apology. Sorry to see CNN allows that kind of reporting.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gary16506

      Well said.....for a program that had so much potential what a disappointment. Why is this guy on CNN?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Robert Robillard

    I have had great admiration for many of your interviews and comments in the past. Tonight, you managed to destroy much of my admiration. Your interview of the anti Gun Cotrol was a prime exhibition of the Bully Pulpit. You and your "common sense" guest, simply did not allow the pro gun author to speak. You both belittled and admonished him at every turn. He had no opportunity to speak at all. You displayed an immensely bigoted verbal attack on every word out of your guests mouth. You refused to even consider the Norwegian mass shootings. You and you "expert attorney" who frothed at the mouth at the word gun, did a GREAT job of denying the author his right to speak.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Craig A

    What kind of interview did i just witness...Piers has got to be the worst, never letting his guest anwser any questions, only wants to hear what he wants, nobody is allowed to have a differenty opinon

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Larry

    Personal opinions aside as to the merits of the arguments in favor of, or opposing gun control. That was the worst performance by an interviewer that I have ever seen. I could not believe the rude and unprofessional behavior exhibited but Piers Morgan during the show this evening. I will not be tuning in tomorrow, or ever again.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Disappointed

      I agree, I am a fan of Piers but was appauled at the manner in which he treated his "guest." I would have loved to have heard the guests argument regardless of how ridiculous they might have been. Piers allowed his personal feelings on the issue to override his professionalism. I expected more from him. If he invites someone on the show I assume it is for the purpose of hearing their point of view, not to shout them down. I am not a supporter of the NRA and would like to see more gun controls in this country. And I would like Piers to have the professionalism to listen to his guests and then to take them to tasks on their views in a polite and civilized manner. This was not an iterview, it was angry expression of the hosts opions.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Scott

    I am in awe at the way Piers treated his Pro Gun guest. Why ask questions if you dont want answers? Ive seen small children do better interviews. If you dont like the way it is here in America, please pack up all the money youve made here and take it with you back to where you came from. Or you could go live with your buddy Bloomburg and his armed security detail in one of the crime capitals of the world. Just sayin!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Jen

    THANK YOU for addressing a topic no other cowardly politician will go near! No one should be able to buy assault weapons that can kill so many people. I'm not sure why people think "their gun" would have stopped a guy covered in bullet proof gear.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. J.

    The worse interview I have ever observed. How Piers has managed to obtain the position he has is a reflection of where some of our media is today. They have lowered their standards. Piers had little knowledge about talent on America's Got Talent and he knows less about guns or proper interviewing. Regardless of your point of view regarding gun laws the public has the right to hear both sides. The NRA representative was never allowed to respond. I am a former law enforcement officer and have friends that are in law enforcement. What I observe is media represenatives and politicians that know little or nothing about guns taking advantage of a sad event. Shame on all of you.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Matthias Tuerler

    That was the worst piece of journalism and biased interview in history. I am a former Medevac pilot for the United Nations in Darfur and married to a muslim. Society has to learn to accept the freaks it created. Killing games and social pressures on children are to blame for shootings like that not the guns you cannot and will not control. While I was in Darfur I met an old lady living outside a Dinga village that let her stay there as hers was wiped out. She had an FAL on her back while collecting wood. She must have been well in her 70s but not about to become a victim again. I was born and raised in Switzerland and firmly believe that the 2nd Amendment is the very foundation of civil liberty and democracy. I have after this interview decided to become a NRA life member. Thanks Piers for helping me deciding this way.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Anna

    I could not believe how Piers Morgan was acting tonight .what a big mouth idiot he is. CNN should get someone with class .He is TOO far off base .besides who will listen to him anymore.He is hateful. Give me FOX NEWS.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gary16506

      never thought that I would be saying this, but Fox News would be a welcome change after that interview. I have never seen O'Reilly or Hannatty treat their quests like Morgan did with that gentleman

      July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lorne

        That is truly saying something.

        July 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Linda

    Mr. Morgan, first I do agree there is not a need for guns however as others have commented why bring a guest, Mr. Lott, on your show, ask questions and don't let him answer? I don't know how many times Mr. Lott asked you to let him answer your question however you chose to bulldoze over him. As previously mentioned an important skill of a great interviewer is to let the person answer your question even though you don’t agree with them. Perhaps you need to review your manners. In answer to your question of how Mr. Lott would explain the tragedy to the families in Colorado I suspect a large number of them carry guns or have them in their homes and vehicles.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Taylor

    Piers,
    Please go back to England and learn some manners! Your journalism is deplorable! Allow your guests to answer questions you ask! Shouldn't that be the first thing you learn in journalism class? Or did you go to college? Shame on you!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. upssnowman

    hey Morgan why have guest if there not allowed to say anything? you are a really bad host , the worst.
    Your opinion is wrong as Blomberg's is proven with facts you won't allow to be said on you r show.
    all you had to do is listen to learn a bit.
    Comparing England to USA what a joke thats why we broke from your Country it sucks, first compare fact to size and population I think England is about the size of our smallest State.
    You a failure at being a judge and now Host, hey don't like it here and our ways go home we don't need you, your not a citizen here are you.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Janet

    Piers was such a bully tonight. I couldn't believe what I was watching! I was astounded when Piers told Mr. Lott that he could have the last word even though he had taken up most most of the interview. The man was hardly allowed to speak. Mr. Lott was astounded too by the incredulous look on his face.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. sue

    Thank you Piers for your interview. CNN and America should be proud to have you host these important issues.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gary16506

      Sue....with all due respect, an interview by definition implies that the guest talks and answers the host's questions. That did not happen on this show!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Teresa

    Got a question for Piers, Do you think if they ban assault rifles, that no one could get them. Mistake, if they can't get it legally then they will get them illegally. as criminals has for many years. They call it the black market. That goes for anything, So don't you think we should be able to have a gun to protect our-self from nuts like that. If not then I guess you would like us to be sitting ducks. I think what happen is just awful and frankly I think most news station our in a race to see who can get the best story. I have heard so many reporter ask some dumb question over and over. don't be in their face trying to get a story and let them grieve in peace. And Piers why do you keep interrupting your guess when you ask them a question. you never seem to let them get a few words out if you aren't stopping them by talking over them. If you want to hear their answer? then let them say it. geez. The one question that is just dumb and rude. Is how are you feeling or what did you think when this happen.. come on really.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. David

    I'm ashamed, as an American, to read these comments. It appears that the majority of the contributors lack education, an ingredient necessary to equate with common sense. You do have the right to be ignorant...but why would you want to be that person? Self-centered, ignorant, and mediocre.... Now are you comfortable?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      I'm not saying you're wrong, but geez, learn some humility. Surely you aren't so arrogant as to believe you're right about everything are you?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Anna

    Bet he has a gun. My mom killed a intruder who was in the process of molesting my little brother .it was justified. He escaped from a state run hospital. Glad she had a GUN..

    July 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Taylor

    Cocaine, marijuana, meth, etc are all illegal drugs in the US. So, why is it so easy to obtain these drugs even though they are illegal? More gun control laws will not deter people from getting their hands on them...just like drugs.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      Tell that to the liberals. They lack commonsense.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. pam

    First time listening to Pierce Morgan,,, this poor guy that his is interviewing, I may not agree with this guy on gun control, but Pierce Morgan is terrible in that he will not give this guy a chance to respond. I am watching to hear the answers to Pierce Morgan's questions only Pierce will not let this guy answer. It seems as if Pierce is more interested in hearing himself than his guest. AWFULL!! Will not watch again!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • EK

      Piers you were VERY rude to your invited guest. I think you've been taking lessons from "The Lades on the View". If you invite someone on your show then at least let the guest contribute their knowledge on the subject. This guest should be invited back and given the courtesy to state his researched information.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • J.O.

        Yes, Have Mr Lott back. I really wanted to hear what his opinion was but only heard your Ignorances come out.

        July 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Chris B.

    PM is no "Host" he is an opinion spinner and his opinion(s) is all that counts. Talk about a one sided interview.
    I was hoping for a ballanced interview to make my own mind up and what I got was PM ranting while using victims as his excuse to pontificate. Where is the journalistic professionalism that CNN was once famous for. God Bless the victims.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. Kimberley

    I don't believe making it against the law to buy guns that were used in this incident, would have prevented it from happening! The problem does not reside with the guns!!!PIERS..the problem is much more complex! It is a problem in the mind ! And that problem, is EVIL..SATAN, he works through a persons mind to kill, steal ,and destroy. And if you are going to invite someone on your show , you need to LISTEN and Let them talk!! Even though you disagree, still let them give their point of view. Otherwise, your show is not going to last very long.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Diane

    I believe that Piers needs to go back to his own country and stop trying to shove his personal views onto the people of the United States. This is our problem and we don't need a bully from the UK to tell us what to do. I thought we had made that clear over 200 years ago. Piers has lost all perspective over the gun issue. It's like he has been just waiting to shove his opinion on this down out throat. No debate on his show now just say what he wants to hear or you get run over like a bug in the road. Go home Pierce. maybe you can bully your own country but you went too far here.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Diane

    One more point Piers. It is illegal to posess a gun in Mexico. Take a poll and see how that's working out for the private citizens when only the criminals have guns. Don't interview them though or you will cause an international incident by not letting them speak.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. chris532008

    mr morgan just lacks talent, you don t bring total loons like blumburg, and an attorney to talk on a subject, attorney s are not experts on anything, they search out experts and use their knowledge, further a true talent for talk show doesn t spend all his time talking over his guest, cnn would be wise to repalce him with someone professional. the gun issue is not addresssable with other lands as the diverse nature of the united states presents tremendous problelms with safety. further the larger of the problem is the swinging jail door at the hands of the attorney s , if that door were welded shut probably 5,000 lives would be saved per year. we have a judicial problem not a gun problem, we need to address those 5,000 lives we could easily save per year not just a measily 12 focused on by the not intelligent

    July 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. P.H. Cassidy

    Re interview with Lott: Morgan should be called on the carpet for a disgraceful abuse of his guest. In case anyone did not figure it out, Morgan did not want to deal with Lott's arguments and evidence. This was as disreputable as anything on Fox News.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Diane

    It is a ridiculous waste of time to debate the gun issue at any rate. Have you noticed our politicians and congress recently? The congress has taken a vote over 30 times on repealling the health care law knowing it would fail. We have no budget and no hope for one. They have been trying for months to come to a decision on the type of light bulbs to use at the capitol. Only a fool would have the idea these useless greedy loons could agree on a GUN LAW. The only thing they can agree on is that they have to find a way to kepp some loophole in the law so they can profit from insider trading. Yeah these guys are gonna pass a gun law. Right!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Karen

    Good on you Pierce; being from Canada (strict gun laws yeah) I agreed with everything you said against that no brain idiot...when will a presidential candidate stand up against the NRA...SAD 🙁 have some balls America )

    July 24, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pam

      Hey Karen....Go back to Canada!!!

      July 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. Carl Thompson

    Way to go pierce, when someone dosen't agree with you and confronts you with the facts such as gun deaths actually bieng higher in you home country after banning them you just shout them down and cut them off. Real classy pierce.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Bryan

    OMG! Piers's interview with the lawyer and the gun advocate was the worse I've seen. If he reads these posts then you should be ashamed of yourself. You didn't let the gun advocate plead his case/facts at all, kept interrupting him, kept asking questions then moving on to another as if what you said was the truth. That guy should have told you to F-off and walked out of the studio.I'm surprised he kept his calm under those conditions.Piers's you should give that guy a written apology and read it over the air. I'm a fan of yours but damn that was very bad interview on your part.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  67. David F,

    Piers was awful tonight. I wanted so badly to hear what the man with the book had to say. Whether Piers or anyone else agrees or disagrees with him is not the point of an "interview". He would be a much better interviewer if he would let guests talk instead of yelling and interrupting and talking over them. If the guest makes no sense, then this will be apparent to the audience. I guess we will never know. Poor, poor journalism skill and judgement.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bryan

      Damn straight, that was BAD!

      July 24, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Annette

    First and foremost I do not like guns. I enjoy watching Pierce Morgan, but tonight was one of the worst interviews I have watched. The questions were great, but I would have liked to hear the answer. Pierce, you did not put your emotions and views aside for one second. No matter what your views are it is still worth hearing why the other side believes what they do.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Hank

    I have had many arguments in my day. But at least I give the other side a chance to give there point. Pm didntveven give this guy a chance. What could have prevented this?.. Well let's start with the mother immediately knowing her son had something to do with the it. But pm didn't bring that point up just that guns need to be outlawed I have owned guns my whole life just like millions of other Americans and we have never pulled one on an innocent person. Blame the individual not the gun

    July 24, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Jayme

    While the debate on gun control is interesting, I wonder if we aren't missing the point. If we can agree that guns don't kill people, people kill people, then the pressing question is: why do people kill people like this? Are people really expressing cruelty towards each other because of the accessiblity of guns or are there other mental health components to this story? I think there is an important piece to this story that was only briefly touched on tonight. I would love to see Piers bring the psychologists back and have an in depth discussion about that part of all of this.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Joanne

    Piers's arrogance was in full bloom tonight as was Prof Lott's constraint as he was repeatedly badgered by Piers under the guise of being his 'guest'. A wise man once said pride goes before a fall. I'm waiting to hear the crash.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Diane

    Ah Karen there is is the bashing from the Canadians. One of the victims in Aurora who died very narrowly escaped the Toronto mall incident in your country with the strict gun laws a few weeks ago. Whoops! You take care of yours, we will take care of ours. mind your business! Sick of canadians bashing the US until they get that US work visa.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. J CARROLL

    This is the first time I have watched PIERS MORGAN. It would have been hard to be LESS PROFESSION and NEUTRAL than Mr. MORGAN was. He constantly interrupted one John LOTT and despite his LACK OF CREDENTIALS that I am aware of, argued with him on matters that he has never studied.
    Then he let another guest basically call LOTT'S work, "BOUGHT AND PAID FOR". This is supposed to be professional journalism?
    I will not waste my time watching this show again!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  74. DM

    If J. E. Holmes wanted to kill people, doesn't matter if he had guns or NOT, he could have just as easily rolled couple of home-made explosives down the movie theater aisles & accomplished the same outcome! When there's a will, there's a way! Had other theater patrons been armed, sure someone would have shot him in the back of the FN head! Maybe saving a few lives & the tax payers a S-load of money!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Susan

    Even though America grants its citizens unlimited rights to numerous privileges, it obviously does so without conscience. And now it is seeing the payback of such stupidity. When America allows its citizens to freely buy explosives, guns and ammo with minimal requirements (such as showing I.D.), that is a joke!! When will government wake up and force arms dealers–whether they being sporting goods stores or pawn shops–to list a purchaser's name, address, etc. on a federal website, along with their purchases. This information would be available only to store dealers and the feds who have reason to access this website. And if anyone purchases more than what is considered "normal" or "average" (according to pre-set guidelines), that would give the authorities to look deeper into that person's purchases/activities. Something of this magnitude NEEDS to be activated as soon as possible–the sooner, the better.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  76. michael

    Piers i know you have your own opinions on this issue but it would be nice if you put your opinions aside for just one second and let the man who disagreses with you speak. What type of journalism is this just shouting at the man every time he opened his mouth to anwer the question just because you disagree with him. Put your emotions aside on the subject and just do your job of being collecting the facts and presenting both sides of the arguement.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  77. Alisa

    Mr.Morgan;

    You were rude tonight to your guest who wrote the book regarding More guns, Less crime. I watched your show to hear both sides of the subject but instead found you to be emotionally charged and quite biased in your interview technique. Truthfully, if I had been the author of the book, I would have walked out on your interview-Please don't do that again so that I can continue to watch you. After all, in America I have the right to turn you off!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  78. Soapy Johnson

    It gets worse - Mayor Bloomberg to ban cannibals in New York City from eating anyone over 5-foot-4 - http://placeitonluckydan.com/2012/07/mayor-bloomberg-ban-cannibals-nyc-eating-5-foot-4/

    July 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  79. kahne

    Piers people only watch your show to see a TWO sided interview. Why even invite guests if you are going to do all the talking. Actually you didn't even talk you blubbered non-sense. CNN should of thought twice before replacing the very professional Larry King with a RUDE, unprofessional non-American citizen, British thinks he knows it all. You should get on the next flight to England and STAY THERE. Your appalling!! and should be made to give Mr Lotts a public apology!!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Mark Doogue

    The extremists on either end of the gun control spectrum incessantly obstruct any hope for constructive dialog. While I can, and do appreciate differing opinions, I can't stomach sensational inaccuracies represented as facts. When Mayor Bloomberg laments the availability of, "armor piercing bullets," and, "rifles that can take down a commercial airliner from one and a half miles away," it demonstrates how little he truly understands about his own position. To associate such reckless behavior with a fundamental belief he claims to champion serves to casts aspersions on any other information he offers on the matter. The ability to talk intelligently about controversial issues goes a long way towards influencing informed, independent thinkers.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. bret

    i could show you reports like this all day but it would be a waste of time you cant see to spite your face

    One can only imagine the coverage if crime rates had risen. In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/30/media-silence-is-deafening-about-important-gun-news/#ixzz21aXEWtGJ

    Nevertheless, gun laws have played an important role in reducing crime rates in the US. Since 1986, more than 25 states have passed new laws encouraging responsible citizens to carry concealed handguns. As a result, the numbers of armed Americans in malls and in their cars has grown to almost 3 million men and women. As surprising as it is to the media, these new laws have caused violent crime rates to drop, including homicide rates. In his scholarly book, More Guns, Less Crime, Professor John Lott shows how violent crime has fallen faster in those states that have introduced concealed carry laws than in the rest of the US (Lott 2000). His study is the most comprehensive analysis of American crime data ever completed. He shows that criminals are rational enough to fear being shot by armed civilians.

    he drop in the US crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world. In 18 of 25 countries surveyed by the British Home Office violent crime increased during the 1990s (Barclay et al, 1999). This contrast should provoke Canadians to wonder what happened in those countries where they believed that introducing more and more restrictive firearm laws would protect them from criminal violence.

    Before we leap to the conclusion that our personal safety lies in making it ever more difficult for average citizens to own and use firearms, we should look around the world to see what other countries have done and how successful these experiments have been. Canadians are particularly interested in studying "English-style" firearm laws such as followed by other countries in the British Commonwealth.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Tom Parks

    I'm just wondering if Pier Morgan's security detail, which he must have or have had over the years carry conceiled firearms? Does anyone have a photo of this from past or present? I'd really like to know.

    January 10, 2013 at 4:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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