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January 25th, 2013
04:07 PM ET

Tony Robbins invites Nick Walczak to speak at Sandy Hook: "I think you could go to another level"

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan invites Tony Robbins to join him in studio, for a full program dedicated to the guest's trademark brand of positive thinking and goal-oriented achievement.

Seated across from the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, part of tonight's episode sees Robbins share his perspective and insight with Nick Walczak, one of five students who was shot as part of the February 27, 2012 incident at Chardon High School in Ohio.

Three of Walczak's fellow classmates died as a result of the shooting, while he remains confined to a wheelchair. Addressing the challenge of responding to such an emotional ordeal with long-lasting ramifications, Robbins notes the value in hearing from others who've faced similar circumstances:

"It's somebody who's been through it, but has an outlook that’s positive. We call it a 'compelling future.' All human beings, when we go through trauma, what will get us through today is if we have a promising enough tomorrow," explains the best-selling author and legendary peak performance strategist. "Tomorrow may not be that 'I'm able to go run,' but tomorrow is 'I can have a beautiful relationship; I can make a difference in the world; I can become a person who has impact.'"

Recognizing the progress that Walczak is making, the 52-year-old self-help guru has an idea:

"I'm wondering if you might be interested in going with me to some of the families of Sandy Hook and doing what was done for you, because I think if you have that experience, it would take you to the next level. You're already doing unbelievably well," notes Robbins. "I think it could go to another level. What do you think of that?"

Moved by the offer, Walczak agrees: "I would love that."

Robbins wants to make it official: "Shake on it?"

And as the hands of two men join, the deal is cemented:

"Yes," says the 18-year-old student.

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan welcomes Robbins, Walczak, and Walczak's mom Holly for a moving example of the power of the human spirit, and desire to help heal.
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  1. LogicAndReason

    Piers' solution to Sandy Hook: Make it illegal to use certain kinds of weapons to commit murder. It must be bliss to be a liberal and not have to deal with reality.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patrick

      Automatic weapons are already illegal and guess what? It works. Adam Lanza wasn't able to shoot up 60 or 70 people as a result. He only got 26. Dylan and Kleibold during the assault weapons only killed 13 between the two of them. Imagine if they'd each had an AR-15 like Adam Lanza. 52 Dead. You're the folks that can't deal with reality.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • LogicAndReason

        Hopefully these guys, when they decide to follow you new law, don't then turn to shot guns the six bullet magazines and really cause problems. Six bullets to get through a glass door? Try one. Hack saw to the barrel? Now two shots per classroom wipes everybody out. Check out Bath Michigan. 1927, the worst school shooting in US history and not a shot fired. Dun, gee Tennessee.

        January 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • matt

        Harris and klebold where armed like none other ....Klebold had a semi-auto tech 9 that had a 52 round mag, a 32 round mag and a 28 round mag between the 2 they fired 200 round from mostly from the tech 9 and a 9mm carbine

        January 27, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        The reality is you don't know what you are talking about. Dylan and Kleibold had semi auto weapons too. If the rifle is the problem, then why hasn't any mass killing with them caused more deaths than Virginia Tech with only 2 handguns?

        The ban was in before and didn't work, why do think it will now? Sense the ban expired in 2004 we had a large increase in gun ownership and concealed carry while the crime rate has been going down for years. If we have more guns and more people carrying them and crime is down, then we don't have a gun problem, we have a people problem. Put the blame where it goes.

        January 27, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
      • LogicAndReason

        Automatic weapons have been illegal for 80 years. How do you remove 2 million AR? What would it cost to illegally search every nook and cranny of this nation? The main point is that murder is illegal. If you make AR's illegal it does not remove them from the hands of people that intend to break the law by committing murder. If these nuts figure out to use a sawed off shotguns instead, the carnage would be exponential. Instead of six shots to get through the door, it would be one with five left in the gun. Two shots per classroom and you have an even bigger mess in a lot shorter time. Think. This nonsense debate is distracting from solving the problem. The largest school massacre in US history:1927 Bath Michigan. Not one shot fired. Da, maybe it is schools that are the problem.

        January 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      A properly written gun safety law won't negate the 2nd amendment and is essential! We must do something to reduce violence, and fighting fear with fear only creates the opportunity for more bloodshed. What is so unrealistic about that viewpoint?

      January 26, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bill

        Two problems seem to be the cause over and over. Most mass killing are from people that had mental problems and either got their guns from a failed background or from someone they know.

        It isn't what they use, it's the fact they all planned it out and would have done it with whatever they could have. People have to quit being irresponsible with their guns and the background check needs to be better. The background check can be fixed, the irresponsible gun owners seems to be the biggest problem. Can't baby sit them, so some stiff laws need to be made to punish those that allow their guns into the wrong hands and not punish the responsible.

        January 27, 2013 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      LogicAndReason ... where your logic fails is that, like far too many of your kind, you argue that any gun restrictions are failures unless they are perfect successes. When air pollution devices were first mandated for cars, no one seriously thought that atmospheric pollution would end overnight. Everyone understood it would be a long and gradual process, and it has helped.

      Better gun restrictions won't solve every potential murder, but they will make it more difficult to commit murders. There is no denying that, to a potential murderer, the easy availability of guns makes committing murders much easier. Over time, the reduced availability of assault weapons will take their toll on those already in circulation.

      To argue that a solution that is not a perfect solution is to argue for no solutions at all. Applied to every aspect of human existence, that argument leaves all of us back in a Stone Age cave. Humans are better than that.

      January 27, 2013 at 4:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Graham

    And as a counterpoint it must be horrific to live every day in fear of your fellow human being and needing to possess firearms to protect yourself from perceived enemies both imaginary and real. They have those problems in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and the USA.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. GhostDog

    Funny how this pikey got sick after his toxic vaccine. Epistein-Barr may be in his future.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nae

    wow... talking about guns again... Piers is milking it for all its worth...

    January 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. S.A. Zeigler

    Piers Morgan,
    Why he is so rude to any body speaks with very honest opinion, he has very impolite manner and does not give a chance to speak. As show or Journalist , very unpleasant to watch "CNN Station" when he is on.
    Why? Because he is not an American?

    January 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Globaleagle

    To me, Tony Robbins is a Charlatan Fake. His own CFO told me point blank on a sales call that if I had ever studied any TR products or been to any TR seminar, that neither I nor my company products would be utilized....explaning they consider "All of Tony Robbins clients are LOSERS". I withdrew my travel services offer, left his La Jolla, California posh headquarters in total disgust and still feel that way about him today. If Piers Morgan buys into ole Tony he'll have another sucker. Next.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      @Globaleagle: have you ever completed a TR course, if not then you are speaking out of ignorance. If you have then you did not apply what you learned. Why is it that moron’s like are always feel the need to give advice on things they have never mastered. 20 years ago I was a single father selling my blood to feed my children. I bought TR’s Personal Power and began to master my life. Now I own a Gulfstream 500, houses in Miami, Telluride, and Zermatt, my kids are all masters of what they do as well.
      What truly confounds me is when someone I have known since before all the success asks me “How do I achieve what you have?” I respond “start with Tony Robbins” and they come up with some reason why they cannot give up one hour a day to build the life they dream of.
      The most concrete proof I can give you that TR works, is there is an online group of currency traders called “Rodehard’s Turtle’s”, guys that I mentor in trading currencies. Before I will mentor an individual, they have to complete Personal Power II, and read the forum. Out of the 100s of people who come to the forum over the years, only a small 1% has done the TR stuff, each one of these people has greater success in trading and life in general than the 99% do.
      Next time there is a school shooting do us all a favor and act as a human shield to protect the kids will ya.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sknight

        powerful testimony. enjoyed reading what you had to say.

        January 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • john fx8

        Joe, your comment about being a human shield is offensive. Being age 50 and having the desire to be a billionaire does not give you the right to say this. Ask Kayla, she would agree. Think about what you say. And, get ripped like Chris Evans 1st before you advertise that you are in the market for a woman.

        March 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Free media

    Will CNN add the names of these innocent children?

    January 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Keepemhonest

    Really. Tony "I can teach you how to lose weight, take control of your life, find love, get rich and achieve happiness through my $500 seminar" is now cashing in on gun violence. Sooner or later, Piers is going to have to figure out how to get ratings instead of having the same old saws on TV–retreads from the 1980s whose own weight loss program didn't work for them! Tony has really ballooned again and can't even hide it with those custom made circus tent suits he wears. Where is the outrage in having this guy on to talk about gun violence. It demeans the issue and commercializes it. Hey Tony, we really don't need your self actualized words of wisdom here. No nuero programming or walking on hot coals can help us with this urgent issue and the need to protect our children. Ridiculous. More absurdity from the minds of Piers and laziness from his staff of bookers.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cody

      Tony has ballooned again? I was just at an event he had last week and the guy is in incredible shape. Not to mention he was on stage for more or less 4 straight days and went for 12-15 hours a day, hardly someone that's not in great shape. Actually pretty funny you would say that – obviously you'll say about anything to try and make him look bad.

      Let me guess keepemhonest, you bought his stuff, never used any of it, and decided he's a phony and it doesn't work.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. sarah p

    it is time to ban CNN and this Awful show. it is not a true real discussion with your overtallking and cutting off the people you have on the show. I sometimes wonder while watching this show why you even invite people on, it you only want to rant your political in the presidents pockets views and never let the others speak. INSTEAD OF BANNING SEMI AUTOMATIC weapons maybe the PEOPLE should speak up and BAN YOU

    January 26, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vidal808

      Why not banning YOU? From making stupid comments. You should – provided you are SP go back to Alaska and hide in the wilderness so we never hear from you again. If you are an impersonator, go and crawl under a rock and stay there. Assault weapons are for law enforcement and military, not for civilian use! Thanks to Piers for speaking up and thank you Mr. President Obama for taking steps in that direction.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. vidal808

    It is time for the conservatives to understand that they are totally out of touch with reality. No civilian, not one civilian should be able to purchase and own an assault wepon, those wepons are for law enforcing personnel and military, not for self defense or sport. What does it have to do with being liberal? The liberals have common sense and the conservatives are out of touch.

    January 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • matt

      what makes a liberal a liberal and what makes a conservative a conservative? please explain im confused be a liberal must you believe in no god, gay marriage , be a vegan , no fur , hug trees , ban guns ,abort babies? Do conservatives believe in the exact opposite? what happpens if i believe in all the things u believe in except for one ideal? does that now make me a conservative because u said so? And first off Ar 15 arent assualt rifles be and an assault rifle they must have 3 round burst or automatic settings. and why is it that no not one civillian should have an assualt rifle? then why should police or military have them? If normal citizens shouldnt have them for self defense then why should the police or military have them for self defense ?

      January 27, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      You sir have your right to your opinion. Does that mean you are correct in any way, No. We as US Citizens should have the right to own what ever we wish to defend ourselves from not only criminals, but Tyrrany sir. Our government should be afraid of the citizen. You cannot allow your government to have total control over its citizens. That is what our founding fathers were saying in the creation of the 2nd Amendment. Go read it!! Our Government is all about seizing the rights of its citizens. The reason for this is that they as well as we should know that heavy legislation is up and coming. Some really hard decisions in the future regarding many things. Our Government doesn't want its citizens to be able to speak up or rise against. They use these situations as propaganda opportunities to seize these rights. You better wake up. Just because you aren't alert and aware, doesn't mean many of us aren't. All you need to do is read about what is going on around the world, and what our country in involved in and you will see quickly some very disturbing things. Do you know who Patrick Henry was? "Have you read the "Giveme liberty or give me death" speech? Too many Americans have because SHEEP being led to the slaughter. If you would like to be one of those, do so. But some of us aren't to fond of that idea and would like our liberty to remain in tact.

      January 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bob

    Let's start by address people who simply do not understand anything about guns. You must be educated about guns to even comment on any of this. The problem we have is that everyone involved on the side of "gun control" really knows very little about what they are talking about. Not only must you understand the guns you are talking about, you must understand the people whom enact this type of violence. The "AR15" style weapons only have a menacing look by asthetics. They are no more deadly than any other hunting or protection style devices on the market. Because you put a different buttstock on a weapon, it makes it no more deadly. Because you put a pistol grip on a weapon, it makes it no more deadly. A flash suppressor only directs the gas emitted from the end of the weapon out the sides to lower muzzle flash as to not to blind the operator at low light conditions. Most of the snipers in the Wars that the US has been involved in used bolt action, or semi-auto weapons that are no different than the hunting rifle your dad or grandfather hunted with. There is no way that a ban on "AR15" style weapons are going to lower crime or the kill ratio of a shooter. Lets also make sure that we understand that "AUTOMATIC" weapons are illegal to own for the public for the most part. It is so difficult, expensive, and heavily regulated that anyone who owns one is an arms manufacturer. A weapon in fully automatic for almost anyone would be useless. Not a very desired mode to shoot in unless you are at a range and just want to have some fun.

    January 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Zane

    I am a former US Air Force policeman, and I have a lot of friends who are pro-gun.

    Every time I talk to them, they remind me "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." But when I suggest mandatory training for gun owners so that people know how to safely use, maintain, and securely store weapons – my friends shout "The 2nd Amendment shall not be infringed!"

    Get real, people. Requiring gun owners to learn how to be safe and responsible is not an infringement on the 2nd Amendment – nor is it a "punishment." It is just plain old common sense.

    By showing people how to properly use their weapons and how to keep those weapons safe from children, thieves and mentally unstable family members, we can save lives. And we might even unintentionally prevent a lot of gun accidents while we're at it.

    January 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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