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January 21st, 2013
03:00 PM ET

Naomi Judd on those that feel more guns equals less crime: "Ignorance is my least favorite thing ... I really think it's at the core of all our problems"

As the gun debate continues to hold an important place within the political and emotional landscape of the nation, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Naomi Judd to share her thoughts on the polarizing issue.

"I'm a registered, vetted gun owner, but that's because I live way out in the country, like way out in the middle of nowhere," said the musician and actress who most-recently appeared in "Nearlyweds" on the Hallmark Channel. "We just had a rabid skunk, we have coyotes, that get to the chicken and the sheep."

"Is that why you keep them?" asked Morgan, talking about Judd and her husbands firearms. "To protect yourself against animals, mainly?"

"Of course," replied the matriarch of the famed country music singing duo "The Judds." "I would never do an AR-15."

After explaining the prevailing gun lobby theory that more guns translates into less crime and violence, Piers Morgan paused and waited for his guest to react:

"Ignorance is my least favorite thing. I really think it's at the core of all our problems."

Noting that she was very pleased to see an African-American elected to the nation's highest office (but couldn't wait until the day a woman manned the desk in the Oval Office,) Judd suggested that Barack Obama had begun to make errors during his presidency. However, she backs the commander-in-chief when it comes to firearm legislation:

"He started making some mistakes, and I really felt like it was because of lack of experience. But now I think it's getting real dangerous," said Judd of Obama. "But I absolutely support him on this."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, and learn why Judd describes Morgan as "the most-fascinating interviewer in media history," even going so far as to watch the host's program on mute.
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  1. Deb Hanley

    Keep up the good fight, we have bad gun laws. This is not 1776. Stop mass killings. Colbert was a jerk

    January 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Freethinker

      Criminals love gun free zones and dictators love unarmed societies be careful what you wish for

      January 22, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      As Piers won't tell you, despite having a virtual gun ban, the Brits have one of the highest violent crime rates in the western World. Furthermore, Britain's per capita homicide rate is nearly 40% higher than most of its Western European neighbors who are some of the largest gun owning nations in the world. Globally, the Swiss, Germans and French are ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in terms of private gun ownership. If you subscribe to the notion that more guns mean more crime then these three countries should have substantially higher per capita homicide rates than the Brits, but they don't. The question that needs to be asked is, why are some countries more violent than others? In these three European counties that have some of the lowest homicide rates on the planet, guns are clearly not a problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joan

      We have too many gun laws (over 20,000). Crime is down in the US (50+% over the last 20 years). Children are 43% safer today in school than they were 10 years ago. The US has a violent crime rate of 386 per 100,000 vs the United Kingdom's 1,361 violent crimes per 100,000. So much for our safety if guns are outlawed. The English have a cultural history of laying down for their masters (second only to the French). Piers should return to England if that island is so wonderful. Oh, that's right, he was also a second rate hack there as well.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Erik Anderson

        BINMAN, you hit it 100%. Piers is a government mouth spewing lies and Americans know it! The American people are finally waking up and seeing this Dictatorship, this Police state America has become. We The People will no longer stand idle and allow this to continue! The US should cut off foreign aid to the countries that don't want us there anyway, which is most, and spend it here to fix our homeless, jobless, and broke state economies. We should close the borders and be tight like Canada. We should bring all our troops home to guard our borders and let the rest of the world deal with thier own problems. Piers should leave this country, like the bartender says, "You don't have to go home but you can't stay here!"

        January 23, 2013 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Issy

    will you ever air the Hilary Duff Interview?? please do! so many people want to watch it!!

    January 22, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jonny207

    Piers and his producer should try to get the Hon. John Howard, former center-right coalition Prime Minister of Australia, for an interview in New York, London or Los Angeles on the subject of mass gun violence. (See NY Times, Jan. 16, 2012) Following the Port Arthur, Tasmania, mass shooting of 35 in 1996, PM Howard worked closely with both Gun Owners groups and National Party members and leaders to produce the (Australian) National Firearms Agreement. It effectively banned semiautomatic firearms from private ownership (outside the military and public safety), and included a nationwide buyback program. While there is a quantum difference in magnitude between Australian and American gun ownership (3 million against 300 million) and would obviously require a workaround to achieve the same end, it was a textbook example of how even adversaries can reach a reasonable solution. The result was that there have been no mass shootings (4+ victims) in Australia since the Agreement, private ownership for hunting and protection has been preserved, and the "American Disease" of senseless mass shootings has been greatly minimized. Regarding public safety and our 2d Amendment right to "keep and bear arms," clearly we can have it both ways.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Georgia

    Why isn't Piers reporting any of the children killed in Chicago? Chicago has some of the strictest guns laws in the US, yet last year, there were 446 school age children shot in Chicago and 62 died.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. mike

    what retards. it's about tyrrany. it's about protection from the government. it has nothing to do with giving everyone a gun so they counld kill the theater shooter. it's so we can protect the bill of rights from those who decide to undermine it. we cannot protect ourselves from those people with birdshot and buckshot.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Piers Morgan, the limey liberal thinks he can come to the US and espouse his views on how WE should run OUR nation?
    That is "utterly and complately stew-pid".
    No wonder CNN is no longer a reliable news source but instead a government propaganda outlet.
    Just watch as more people with "accents" tell us Americans how barbaric and backwards we are for wanting to own guns, how absolutely paranoid we are to not want a North American Union, and how utterly and completely selfish we are for wanting to own our own home and not submit ourselves to Agenda 21.
    It is a dark path they are leading us to.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Piers obviously doesn't know history very well.
    Just watch "Innocents Betrayed" to know what is behind the anti-gun lobby.
    Then read your bible and realize the truths that we are about to face.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mike

    by the way, who cares what naomi judd's opinion on gun legilation is? let's get famous people that the public fells comfortable looking at and listening to to push an agenda even though there's no real truth being taugh here. there is one truth in this issue. governments have always and will always turn sour on it's people. when it does taking the weapons out of the hand of the peoples hands makes it that much easier for them to do that which it wishes. is that what we want? do we want a UN agenda pushed on us in the next four years? that's what we're probably looking at if we give up our weapons. go ahead people. give them up. live in your little box. do as you're told. do as your fuehrer tells you.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. John Parungao

    More guns means less crimes- an asinine say.Guns are lifeless and only will become alive when someone squeezes the trigger that gives devastating results. But one thing to know about guns. When guns are attached/carry on to person's body that person adrenalin is not the same as when he/she doesn't carry a gun. A person who carry a gun feels bold and have the tendency to become a gutsy person. This means a real trouble. A person who doesn't carry a gun is more calm and subdued and mostly will stay out of trouble. This is the taboo of having a gun with you.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • doughpro160

      That is not true at all. How many instances of what you are trying to claim have you heard of?

      January 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chris c

      that is the most idiotic remark i have ever heard,i carry a gun on my person and because of that fact.i will do everything possible to avoid any confrontation,to cause harm to another person just because i am armed with a gun .dummy this is for self defense in case my life is put in immenet danger ,not to make me think i am seven feet tall.i hope you never carry a gun with that kind of pea brain.

      January 24, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. William M. Sprecher

    It's about race. Nearly one-half of the gun murders committed in the United States are among blacks, who comprise less than 15 percent of the national population. Most of those murders take place in cities. That has been the pattern for many, many years. Yet, the audiences and speakers participating in Piers Morgan's programs are largely white. I think few of them understand or comprehend this situation. Some black leaders have tried to cope with this problem, but their successes have been limited. Actually, there are relatively few rifles in the country. Most of the guns are handguns that can be bought or stolen on city streets. The nation, as a whole,needs to attack the problem of urban crime. We can buy millions of guns – no questions asked- and remove them from circulation. We can work to improve the economic conditions of inner cities. We can renew the "War on Poverty". We, as a society, can reach out to the less fortunate.

    Thank you, Bill Sprecher

    January 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. john h.

    Glad to see that Piers is grabbing these super smart interview spots, as noted with this one with Naomi Judd on gun control. "Piers Morgan Tonight" started out as a great show, but has turned into an opinionated, very one-sided series of interviews.

    I am very disappointed...I used to tell people this was the best interview show on TV, but boy has that assessment slipped.

    Too bad Piers was scooped on the story a while back about Jessica Simpson thinking chicken is in Chicken Of The Sea cans. That would fit in with the current guest lists and weakening show themes.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Gary McLehaney

    Why don't Piers mention that we don't allow other countries to possess WMDs [weapons of mass destructions] but yet we allow our Wal-Mart to sell WMDs?

    January 23, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. doughpro

    She probably doesn't even realize the irony of her statement. Stick to singing, Naomi. It's all we want from you.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Andrew

    Keep things the same as they are and let any idiot own a gun. How about making all the ammunition for any weapon deemed as an assault weapon or related to one into a price range that might make someone think about it before shooting? I know nothing will stop the murders but $100 per shell may curb things a bit. Its better than nothing.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • adam

      thats like saying lets charge 100 dollars for a beer or glass of wine so people think before they drive..

      January 31, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. adam

    I love how she avoided that question, alot of people use a ar15 varmit type weapon its because its a small powerful round that will take care of all varmits... but when peirs asked she wouldnt answer why is that????

    January 31, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply

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