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February 27th, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Dianne Feinstein on damage done by assault weapons: "There's blood and matter just spread all over...bodies get hacked apart"

With the nation roughly two and a half months removed from the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the gun debate and prospect of firearm regulation continue to remain divisive and polarizing issues amongst policymakers specifically, and Americans on the whole.

Despite a plan by the Republicans to delay any decision-making, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider various gun bills as early as Thursday, and in advance of such potential movement, today Dianne Feinstein was granted a courtesy hearing in Washington, D.C.

A long-time, outspoken gun control advocate, the Democrat from California has penned a proposed assault weapons ban, and following today's emotional event, she joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" to explain why she feels so passionately about the issue:

"When it happens to six year olds, it's time for this country to take action. I think it's a matter of public policy," said the 79-year-old with more than two decades of Senate experience.

"Weapons that are designed to kill large numbers of people in close combat don't belong on the streets of our cities."

While experts suggests Feinstein's bill is unlikely to pass, the former mayor of San Francisco told Piers Morgan that she remains staunch in the reasoning behind her stance:

"I've been on a mission," she said of her efforts to eliminate the most dangerous of all firearms. "A crime scene with these weapons isn't like it's on TV. There's blood and matter just spread all over the place. It's terrible and people, just their bodies, get hacked apart."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Wednesday's guest called upon the "people of America [to] stand up," and "do what's right for this country."
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  1. B.Markey

    Why doesn't Piers speak about the drug traffic problem and all the deaths caused by it in both the US and Great Britian...oh yeah, he's probably a user himself just like all the Hollywood types! Or why not attack the movie industry and see if he can't get them to stop promoting "shoot um up" movies. I think he is two faced and is afraid to aim at his own type. He is just another gold digger seeking to cash in on those poor victims of Sandy Hook. Shame on you Piers.

    February 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      Pres. Reagan dropped the ball the ball on that one . It all sounde good about the war on drugs, But it really helped his ego and persona with absolutely no results and the same reagan method of attack is in place now, but Mexico is a freakin "No Mans Land disaster" and everyother politician and policemen is a drug cartel . Reagan had the chance in the begining of his term but, OH YEAH The IRAN CONTRA debacle that almost ruined him happened, RIGHT!

      February 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • B.Markey

        Would you agree that something should be done about movie violence and video games?

        February 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Yes, yes, yes hold corprate america accoutable for soliciting 24 hour violent video game use, school is for chumps, reality mtv teaches how to muniplulate freinds ,family and relationships. alliances and pacts to defy trust. How about being a 100% hands on parent if you have kids. Some of the parents these days are as immature as their kids as to be expected when Teens have kids. Do you lock up your guns. do both of the gun holders have a plan, and not just shoot at anything in the night. Is your gun your only meaning of life and Hobby, SAD! We have to re- educate everyone and strat with scratch with are education system. Look how long it took to educate about smoking! how long did it take to address bullying? weve got alot to do. Along with new gun regulations and a national gin regisrty data base. say wht you will, but thats the gods truth. and that whats going to take place!

        February 27, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joy Lynskey

        "Would you agree that something should be done about movie violence and video games?"
        Sure, as long as you agree that all those CSI and crime shows that show bodies melted, beheaded, cut in pieces or in various stages of horrifyingly 'realistic' looking decomposition should be eliminated as well. Which do you think helps to desensitize more?

        March 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim horrigan

      Gee, Piers Morgan making a name for his no-name self on the backs of dead Sandy Hook children. Great, a male Nancy Grace. How dare you! Shame on you, you mincing, British dandy fop. Yet another piece of trash using unspeakable tragedy to pay their bills. Die soon, okay?

      February 28, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guns? But its the drugs.....

      Everybody should check out the information gun manufacturer John Noveske posted on January 4, 2013. It details all the medications they were taking. You can also look into the details of his death that happened a week later.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kevin Patrick

    Taking no sides in this debate for the moment it would be refreshing to be able to tune in and hear both sides of the issue. The tactic of talking over every guest who disagrees with the host has become tiresome. I once tuned in to hear intelligent debate. That is a commodity in short supply.
    Out of fairness I will tune in again next week in the hope the badgering will have gone out of fashion and guests with opposing viewpoints will once again be granted a reasonable opportunity to present their case.
    Tonight's show was painful to watch as Mr. Morgan sank to the level of bullying his guest. Shouting over others does little to make an argument appear well reasoned. It smacks of desperation to move forward an agenda in lieu of any civil discussion.

    February 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B.Markey

      To this I agree. I too enjoy a good debate on a topic where facts and opinions are allowed to be equally shared.

      February 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • scott

        Not right now while our american children are getting slaughtered in the elementary classrooms and college campuses. Yeah thats have a fun debate shall we, get real or get out! Fox News is down loser lane!!!!!

        February 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        @ Scott – if you are serious about stopping the violence then why be afraid of a rational debate involving actual facts?

        February 28, 2013 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Christen

      Kevin I agree with you completely! Piers was over the top with his behavior. I felt like I was watching the typical liberal one sided debate that talks over the opposing side where nobody can hear the facts. It reminded me of a spioled child. He didn't let his guest answer the questions and wouldn't listen if he tried to. He is no reporter.

      Dr. Begg presented LIES! An AR-15 doesn't explode in the body! It doesn't leave holes the size of baseball bats!
      It leaves one of the smallest holes of all weapons! If I were to be shot I would like it to be a .25, .22 or .223 (AR-15), it would give me the least amount of damage and the best chance to live.

      I think your guest got it mixed up with a hollow piont bullet or a shot gun. I realize that this would not fit with your agenda so it needed to be fictionalized and embelllished to make you "right". You should be ashamed of yourself and CNN should be ashamed of you. It makes them look bad.

      February 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kevin Patrich

        There were mant factual errors surrounding the "handgun vs. AR15" partof the discussion. Neither the host nor Doctor from CT appears to know much about how arms and ammunition works, let alone how to differientiate between types. The more unsettling aspect this segment illustrates is the higher level of respect garnered toward a guest who agrees with Piers. Tonights show was biased to a degree where it fell far short of a discussion, as a discussion requires two or more viewpoints br represented.

        February 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrea Moore

        A gunshot is tremendously traumatic on the human body, especially from higher power projectiles like a rifle. When a bullet is fired, there is not only the hot piece of metal being launched, but behind it follows a massive pressure wave. When the bullet strikes tissue, it penetrates and loses energy. Driving in behind it is a pressure wave, an invisible wedge that forces its way in behind the bullet. This causes massive disruption and tears and destroys surrounding tissue. When you hear about cavitation, this is usually caused by that pressure which is suddenly trapped inside the body and expands. Small space, lots of pressure, all kinds of things are going to rupture. In a 40 pound body, the damage is catastrophic.

        February 28, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |

      you are right, it is not about a discussion to come up with real solutions. there is even times when the guests starts a sentence like "what we could do to start solving this gun violence, we could....." then he is cut of by piers & we dont get to hear an idea that might help.

      but this is a common tactic people use when they have nothing to back up their opinion & no way to counter real facts that the guest has, & they resort to this childish behavior to change the subject to somthing else.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      if you are undecided on the issue & want good information that is true based on real sources, you can check out these sites. they are good because they arent based on someone's opinions or views, its just the real facts :


      February 28, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dj stevens

      Very well stated.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • david

      i completely agree. i just want a debate. Talking over people doesn't help your cause it just makes you look like an idiot!

      February 28, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • j. Mcdonald

      Your a better man than I Kevin. I will not be tuning in again, EVER, after tonight's episode. I think Piers caught whatever it was that Alex Jones had.........

      February 28, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Andres C.

    Hi Piers, I really enjoyed your show tonight on gun control. Not "enjoy" in a way that would say that I liked that you had it. I'm sorry that you had to have it because of tragedies like the one in Newtown that led you and your production team to decide to have it, but it's necessary, and someone needed to do it. The 71 or 73 mass killings (4 or more deaths) that you said were done with assault rifles that would be banned says a lot. Mr. Lott Jr. said that most of the mass killings happened in 3 counties of the whole USA. Is that accurate? If yes, what can be done to target these areas? I end by saying that I AGREE WITH GUN CONTROL

    February 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jsjnnngs

      I do not agree with Mr. Morgan on the gun control issue for several reasons. 1) the media is not reporting the mass buying of guns and ammo, or the increase American are appling for carry conceal applications being processed since the incident in CONN. The President promised to restore jobs to the country in this "jobless recovey". The corrilation of unemployment and crime has not even been addressed. 2) The "Bill of Rights" to include the Second Amendant are sinominess to American citizenship. 3) Getting the guns away from the criminals and not turning good citizens into criminals should be the objective. 4) MR. morgans tends to be extremely rude to his guest he debates with. His rudeness detracts from his credibility. I would be happy to debate him. He is an arrogent forigner who does not understand American culture from a vetrans point of view. Nor does he wish too.... (I know my spelling needs work)

      February 28, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. giovanni locosomo

    Formula for Piers Morgan badgering – keep flappling lips to keep guest from speaking. Prepare statistics in advance to support biased view and have note cards to seem smart while preventing guests from expressing their own statistics by asking pointed quesitons in a sarcastic tone about EXACTLY how many people died in a particular time frame in a particular country, dont let guest speak and accuse guest of not answering a question, despite Piers going on and on with badgering for 2 minutes while the guest is aiting to answer or explain the first question. Painful to watch this self enternainment when there could be some real discusssion to go on. But that would require listening to the sound of someone elses voice. My viewership of Piers adn CNN as a while has dropped ot 25% of what it was before this endless self-indulgence – give me Larry King back, even at his age he';s a more respectful and intelligent interviewer because he listened.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dj stevens

      thank goodness for fox-at least they report real facts and let the guests speak if they are able!
      The stats that Morgan recited are not even relevant to the US-cmon, Great Britain, Australia-they have never had any crime.
      But look at New York, Chicago with the tough gun bans and see their statistics....It's broke but bans won't fix it.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Scott

    Every night, They same concerns, Yet they keep coming ( booking theirselves) to come on Piers Morgan tonight. Every night the guest get infuriated because Piers ( from our concerns ) ask and give the questions and stands and concerns, Yet The guest keep comingand trying to twist, lie, hide the true facts, spell it backwards, even in another language. The outcome is always the same and our stand will always be the same. " We our concerned about the safety of AMERICAS CHILDREN,Our children. We say simlpe ,smart new gun legislation to close sleazy gun show and street dealers with no concious and sell to criminals and minors. A common sens NATIONAL GUN REGISTRATION to weed out IN TIME (not tomorrow)the negligant and careless and the criminals gun activity, everyone Knows full well We are not banning hand guns, yet the Stupid ( there just is no other word to describe them ) Right out of their hole "its our 2nd amendment and No one is taking away our guns. Well the ignorant if you believe were trying to ban all gun rights and and cant differenticate the difference of keeping track of all the stray bullets and killings by negligance and criminals, Well the " You are a very good reason why you dont deserve a gun!!!!!!" And yet they will keep coming to Piers , Count them for the rest of the year. Twist your view around anyway you like it. I think you need the Fox news channel down the hall! They manufacture the nightly news the way you like it , Call HANNITY!!!!!! for the love of God!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B.Markey

      Scott, you can now thank Piers for causing a run on buying guns for fear of the government to regulate guns in the future. Many individuals have ordered guns and companies are now back logged with the orders for many new guns (especially "assault" weapon types) and high capacity magazines for many weapons. I am you own a gun? I hope you are not another two faced person like Piers.

      February 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • scott

        Really Barckly!!!!!!! The NRA looks like membership spiked yet ( and this is seriously funny) its a fraction of the membership when charelton heston was around, wayyyyyyyyyy down. Shoot someone, and well get you! Play your happy army games, and government conspiracies. what else you got Barckly, the gun registry is next on the agenda after the sequester non-sense, you betcha1

        February 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • bigmctown

        @scott – Not sure where you get your information from in regards to NRA membership, but you are incorrect. The NRA had approximately 2.5 million members in 1995. Heston took over in 1998 and by the mid point of 2000, membership had climbed to 3.7 million. Since then, membership has hovered right at the 4 million point until the AWB of 2013 came out, then membership increased to 4.5 million in less than 30 days.

        February 28, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • dj stevens

      Love Hannity-a real newsman with real facts.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dennis


      Your gun registration is a violation of american rights. "Those who would give up their liberties for security deserve neither" Benjamin Franklin

      February 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply

        the DOJ memo just came out, it says they want to register then complete confiscation.. of all guns !! yes its true!

        & thats the only purpose. you think it will reduce crime? how? criminals use stolen guns that cant be traced back to them & if you think they will register those guns then you live in a fantasy world.

        so you want me to register my gun for what reason? it will never be fired unless at shooting range or in self defense, & in that case i will be the 1st to call 911 & tell them ... just like all over legal gun owner does

        oh so a couple criminals do something so you want to take away my privacy & freedoms... ok yea lets make adam lanza into a martyr & let the terrorist win ! good idea ! thats not pathetic at all to bow down to criminals & terrorists ! thats awesome!!!

        February 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Norma Susan Smith

    Just a comment on how Piers Morgan treats his guests. Diane Feinstein was treated with respect as she should be. His next guest, forget his name, was treated like garbage. Mr. Morgan did not give that man a chance to answer any questions. Piers Morgan reminds me of me when I was a child. I used to say "I am right and your wrong, can't hear you no more...bssssst" and then I would put my fingers my ears. Very annoying to see an adult to something similar.

    Norma Susan Smith
    p.s. I don't like guns either but I do believe in hearing all sides.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      a good few places you can see real facts backed up by real sources that you wont hear peirs talking about:

      February 28, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Michael B.

    I find the behaviour of Piers Morgan disgusting and unprofessional. I watched him become abusive towards the guest he had on tonight to discuss gun control and felt terrible for that man with extensive knowledge and information is being talked over, interrupted, yelled at, bullied. All of these things are how this network characterizes most people that support the pro gun movement. Piers owes that man a serious apology on air and should really learn how to listen to people. The arrogant and unbalanced approach to this debate from him makes your news network lose credibility......mouthpiece of the government. I have seen better listening skills from 6 year olds, very disappointing!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ted Kim

    I have always enjoyed Piers Morgan's interesting discussions until tonight. He was incredibly rude to his guest, Mr. Lott. If you are going to invite someone onto your show, provide your guest with the basic courtesy of being permitted to speak. Mr. Morgan conducted an inquisition rather than an intelligent discussion. I came away from this segment with the distinct impression that Mr. Morgan was clearly insecure and actually afraid to of what his guest may have been allowed to say. I have never heard of Mr. Lott prior to today, but I will look at purchasing his book simply to hear what he is saying.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      mr lott has a website that is full of facts backed up by real sources:

      i believe piers treats mr lott this way because he wants to try to discredit mr lott & all of mr lott's real facts that are backed up by real proof unlike what piers says when he states what he calls facts.

      here is another site of the break down of another interview mr lott did on this show. mr lott was treated the same way & wasnt able to say what he needed to because of piers' tactics, they did a breakdown on this site so mr lott could explain what piers didnt let him explain during the interview:

      February 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. scott

    Yet the guest keep poring out of the gutter to come on his show dont they, and YOU keep coming back for more. It sounds sick hearing it that way now dosent it.. Your not going to force twisted misguided mumbo jumbo down our throats. Were ready for the long hall and got Piers's back 100% Sorry! You can keep watching though!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • doug

      Hmmm.....what to watch......The uneducated freaks on Jerry Springer or the freaks pretending to know what they are talking about on Piers Morgan........
      I like to watch Piers because then I know just how many more freedoms are on the chopping block.
      If we outlaw guns we have basically conceded that our citizenship is too foolish and irresponsible to govern ourselves. So we ask for the nanny state to do it for us. Its high time we realize thats what is happening.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Tom

    Well, Piers is a Brit and so understandbly used the same tactic on Mr Lott as Henry VIII used to convict Ann Boleyn of adultery and treason so he could chop off her head.....badgering, bullying (which I thought was a big behavioral no-no to liberals), shouting over, rigged information leading to condemnation. Lucky Mr Lott was only verbally cut off rather than poor Ann. Piers, he must have Tudor blood, true journalistic Nobility!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B.Markey

      I agree Tom. If Piers ran our country we would be heading down the road like the rest of Europe; needing bailed out like France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland...oh yeah, this America seems like a pretty nice place and he has a job here. Ya think he could find a job in Europe? And why doesn't he work in his homeland? We live in the GREATEST country on the face of this planet and if he does not like it he could go home.

      February 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      Tom, Im sorry but were are in the 21st century and have serious problems, and are children are dropping like flies. Oh yet the thing that bugs you guys is that a immature delinquent pizza owner willingly comes on Piers's show along with everyother tom, dick,and harry toexploit guns and fun socializing in our public businesses ( show and tell gun time, SICK) Find a seriuos cause to start helping with and not your little hick up of real debate to delussional wanderers in our coutry!

      February 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Paul

        Scott, are you off your meds?

        February 28, 2013 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
      • B.Markey

        Scott, all I am trying to say is that making a huge deal out of this has caused many people to go to the opposite extreme and that is why we are seeing examples like this pizza shop owner. This whole thing needs dealt with (soon) but we need to sit down peacefully with common sense and get at it.

        February 28, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Piers Isadouch

    So glad I quit watching this Douchbag weeks ago.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      Yet here you are clueless, we are right!

      February 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • katieb

      Totally agree, How dare he preach about rights and what WE the People should be willing to just give away. He is a very rude man, I used to listen, but I was disgusted by his incredibly rude behavior. Done with Piers, Done with CNN.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. M. Knic

    Until this evening I watched Piers every evening; always straight forward, asks the tough questions, and no bull! To my surprise you have sunk to the lowest common denominator; pretty much followed the behavior of a former "guest" Alex Jones. You were a rude, less than credible, bully. You would have done well to treat Mr. Lott with same consideration as you showed Ms. Feinstein. I cannot say I disagree with many of your opinions, but I disagree with the classless, childish behavior. All the points you made were lost during your foolish less than professional behavior. You might have just inadvertently provided the next level of inertia in support of gun ownership. What happened to the time when "you can disagree, without being disagreeable?" It would appear you might become NRA's next poster child for an extremist,which is so sad. Few listen intently to either end of extreme! Maybe it would serve you well to take some time off!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      Piers' bullying and ranting has done more to promote gun ownership than any NRA tactics.

      February 28, 2013 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. kelly

    Piers if your going to have someone on your show to discuss the gun controll issue then you should be prepared to let that person "your guest" have the chance to answer the question or respond to your comments. I felt that was extremly disrespectfull and rude. As a law abiding citizen born and raised in the U.S. and a proud owner of numerous guns including Ar's i am glad that this so called profesional news anchor who is not even a citizen in this country does not own a gun and is so against asult rifles. I also feel that Piers owes this man who was on his show this eve. a apology live and on the air. If i was a CNN executive i would be embarrassed to have him as an employee and a national news anchor on such a well known broadcasting network!!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scott

      Ahhh Fox News is more your trash, its another channel. we are cocerned americans about taking back the safety for our children. No other point , New amendment. Dont have children please untill you care about there well being, just a thought. why are people worried about how a debate looks to them , Most of his guests ( ted, the shock jocks, gun dealer owners, gun website idiots all try to intimidate and ridicule. there just as a bully as any, do you care about that. look up past guests and do some research and LEARNNNNNNN!

      February 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • doug

        I l!earn from facts not emotion......
        Bottom line, when politicians, airlines, schools, school children, malls, theaters etc. are protected by armed personel, there are no killings. Murderers are cowards and seek out easy targets.
        LEARRRRRN! When you outlaw guns, only criminals are left with them.
        The twin towers were taken down by murderers with box cutters. Tim McVey killed dozens with a truck full of fertilizer. Hitler killed millions because he disarmed the citizenry. Lets defend ourselves from murderers no matter what they choose to use.
        Common sense seems so easy to the sensible.

        February 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj stevens

      Piers sounded like and acted like the Minn Muslim last nite on Hannity-angry, over-talked so that no one would hear the other-totally rude & crude and totally ignorant. Must be the affects of the Obama-aide, Piers must be hitting that bottle too. He is outrageous and totally not needed by anyone who wants to know real facts. He is a total IDIOT.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BMath

    Piers cherry picks his data and lies about the issues. He refuses to compare murder rates between nations. He only wants to compare gun murder instead of a more meaningful total murder statistic. If cars are banned in one country but not another there would obviously be less car related death as a result. If someone is killed with a gun or a knife or is strangled the result is the same.....murder. If you want to keep kids safe discuss the whole issue and all the facts. Stop being a bully to your hosts and represent all the facts instead of pushing your agenda,

    February 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      here is a link to the most recent studies regarding the UK crime rates. Piers is doing what the police have done for years to skew the real violent crime stats & make them appear less then they really are:

      some important facts are :

      The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

      Violent crime in the UK had increased from 652,974 offences in 1998 to more than 1.15 million crimes in 2007.

      2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe, America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population.

      The number of people requiring hospital treatment after being seriously hurt in street fights or assaults has risen 50 per cent in five years.

      also fbi statistics show that violent crime in America has been decreasing & its on their website:

      also more good info on the facts on:

      February 28, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kevin Patrick

        Thank you, thank-you, thank-you.
        It is the rate (units per population) that matters, not the raw number.

        February 28, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

        here is another good one about the meds

        February 28, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. cr

    February 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    if anybody wants to know real facts about gun violence & violent crime, its best to not take what piers' says & think it is based on any real facts. ive been watching piers on this issue since the sandy hook shooting & piers says so many incorrect things & says they are facts.

    here are some places that you can research yourself & these are backed up by real sources & are real true facts that you will never here piers talking about & wont let a guest talk about:

    February 28, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      And this: Despite strict new gun laws and a virtual gun ban, gun crime in Britain doubles in a decade!

      February 28, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply

        & thats from the UK itself.

        here is another good think showing 5 people's lives being saved in just 1 incident by someone having an AR15 for protection(which is why everyone really has AR15s except for a handful of people of out 350million)

        February 28, 2013 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • cr

      Furthermore, given that Piers Morgan was sacked as editor of one of Britain's tabloids, the Daily Mirror, for fraudulently publishing fake pictures of British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners, his credibility as a journalist is highly questionable.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

        he is a TV personality & he has the lowest ratings of anybody on any 'news' channel. posts the ratings reguarly if you wish to check it out for yourself

        February 28, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. Dennis

    Pierce, the second amendment was clearly not so that we the people can hunt, it has nothing to do with hunting. It is so that we could protect ourselves not only from criminals but from a government gone bad. We the people have the right to own weapons of the same capability that the government or criminals may possess. What's next, remove our right to free speech,

    February 28, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Kelly

    Scott..... you say learn what is it exactly that you want people to learn? I have watched several if not hundreds of debates regaurding guns that this so called news anchor Piers has interviewed and one of the best ones i have seen is the one with Ted Nugent on his show, and did you happen to notice that Piers did not continue to interupt and try and talk over him? Perhaps this is due to the fact that Ted was right about what he was saying and the facts that he brought up or possibly because the chicken piers was face to face with one of the best gun rights advocates in recent history. You tell people" dont have children until you care about there well being" i can honestly tell you that i have six children and do care about there well being hell there not even teenagers yet and have enough respect not to interupt people when they are talking something Piers can not even say for himself what does that tell you??

    February 28, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Stan

    Oh for the days of Larry King, when he wanted to briefly ask a question of a person and cared to let the interviewee talk and have a calm relaxed conversation, where the interviewee had the lions share of the dialog. Piers whether you agree or disagree with his position on anything does a great disservice to his position both by the length of time he talks, the tone, and the way in which he interacts with his guests. Where has objective dispassionate journalism gone? Tabloid "journalism" which is nothing more than editorials doesn't belong on CNN. It should be called the "Cable Editorial Network" CEN.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Doug Webb

    Piers Morgan is a whining ass. Send him back to his mother country where he can devote his time to sorting out their problems. He is nothing but a pompous jerk. CNN is continuously embarrassing themselves with this self effacing personality on the air. But, then again, that's your objective, right? Trash TV. Goodnight.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Elizabeth

    When you refused to compare Britain's current murder rate (whether by gun or other manner) to its murder rate prior to the gun ban, you came off – even to me – as someone is not interested in the actual truth...but is interested in winning a schoolyard brawl with unscrupulous tactics. Be forthright. Compare apples to apples. Give us accurate information, and trust us to discern the truth. Don't try to manipulate it to a specific end.

    Your heart is in the right place, but you have to be respectful of everyone's opinion. Stop talking, and let the others' full thoughts be heard. Be just as respectful with those with whom you disagree as those with whom you are in alignment. You come off as a bully, and you are driving people farther into corners as a result.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kells

      3out of 4 thread posts are from non-US citizens. You have NO vote in the US! Your opinion means zero! Go home and brush your tooth!

      February 28, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Kells

    Why do you discuss irrelevant topics all the time? Focus on the economy and things will improve! Social issues will always divide, but money, and the ability to have a family will prevail!

    February 28, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. seth

    Go Piers, you rock! Lott didn't even have a chance to try and sell his non-sense! The numbers don't lie J Lott guy! ...btw the reason guys like Lott are on, is so their views can be exposed for how ridiculous they really are, amazing!

    February 28, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Lott is an academic, Piers Morgan didn't even go to college and doesn't have a degree. Lott was too high level for Morgan to comprehend with his level of education.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply

      do you only care about people's personal opinions & views on this issue? or do you wish to know real facts about guns & violent crimes?
      if you just want to be in your own world & believe whatever then thats ok & easier then dealing with the truth sometimes.

      but if you want real facts then i suggest you look at these sites that are based on real sources with real facts:

      here is another good think showing 5 people's lives being saved in just 1 incident by someone having an AR15 for protection(which is why everyone really has AR15s except for a handful of people of out 350million)

      you wont see any of these mentioned on this show because piers doesnt let the guests tell the real facts & cuts them off, which you seem to enjoy instead of learning about how to curb violent crime

      February 28, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. JimB

    It's sad to see you're typical tabloid journalism once again on television. You show again your lack of the facts by manipulating questions and answers. Your facts are incorrect at best, and misleading at worst. Hard to tell which you are, incompetent or a liar. If you feel so knowledgeable about the gun control issue you're using to try and boost your ratings, I invite you to Chicago to discuss it. Remember, Chicago had the strictest gun regulations inthe country, and still does. So, if you ever want to try and be a journalist instead of pretend I await you visit Springer II.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

    has anybody ever watched Piers' ondemand on cable?

    why in the intro does it say "unpredictable" in the description?

    we all know almost every show is piers saying the same things over & over that arent true about guns & acting super nice to guests that say them same lies about guns that he says...then its piers cutting off anybody who has knowledge about real facts about guns that are very important regarding the issue of gun control & misconceptions

    February 28, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. seth

    The problem in Chicago isn't the laws, the laws are fine. The problem in Chicago is all the GUNS! Guns, guns everywhere, YeeeeHa! Imagine if there truly were no guns in Chicago, how many people would be shooting and getting shot if there without the tools to shoot with?

    February 28, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kells

      Seth, are you a jew?

      February 28, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply

      in the city that has the tightest gun laws that make it almost impossible for anybody to have a gun for protection, there is the highest murders & you think that is good.

      while in the parts of the country that have the most reasonable gun laws that allow people to have guns for protection, they have the lowest murder rates & you dont like that.

      good for you

      February 28, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      This is what the victims of violent gun crime in Chicago think about gun control: It’s not about guns, it’s about providing jobs and hope for the future in an increasingly unequal society. By comparison, virtually every Swiss home has an automatic assault rifle and they are the 3rd largest gun owning nation in the world, and despite all these deadly guns, they have one of the lowest per capita homicide rates on the planet. The reason is simple, the Swiss live in a more equal society where the gap between the rich and the poor is not extreme like it is here. They live in a fairer society where everyone has access to basic human needs like healthcare.


      February 28, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • seth

        Fixing social inequality is exponentially more complex problem, and will take generations to achieve. Controlling killing tools is much more doable in a reasonable period.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
      • tns

        why do get the idea that they are killing tools? from peirs morgan? do you not know that 80million people have guns for the sole purpose to stop killings?

        thats what everyone has guns for, to stop violence, except for a tiny number of people who use them for things they werent intended for , like everything else in a free society.

        UK actually has higher violent crime then USA, after Australia banned guns they had huge increase in almost every category :
        Since Australia's 1996 laws banning most guns and making it a crime to use a gun defensively, armed robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and kidnappings by 43%. While murders fell by 3%, manslaughter rose by 16%.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
      • cr

        Yeh right! With more than 300 million guns in circulation, gun control is going to be really doable. Dream on!

        February 28, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • seth

        I do agree with you on the financial inequalty issue. Switzerland is much more socialist where everything is more equal for all. And you are correct in that more equal societies there is far less violence, and less of other social ills. How do we solve this? In the meantime lets ban assault weapons to slow the viiolence down.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
      • seth

        Guns are killing tools. They shoot bullets that are designed to kill, and they do, in large numbers. Now a treadmill, thats a tool that's designed to promote wellness.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |

        well , we dont let a few people who misuse products for evil dictate what we can do & what freedoms we can have. we just prepare for them & make sure they dont do that around us, just 1 of the prices we pay for freedom & man is it worth it.
        do you know over 30 people are killed by dogs each year? more people are killed by knives than these AR15 type rifles?
        also a very important thing to know is that 800,000-2,500,000 violent crimes are stopped each year by people that are carrying guns for protection.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
      • cr

        But guns are also used to defend people. The primary purpose of a handgun is defense.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
      • seth

        The primary purpose of a handgun is to inflict injury and/or death. Self defense or offense is not the primary purpose.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. Scott Nodsle

    I know Piers may not read this, but hope he does.
    I am a gun owner, hunter and sport shooter. I have a 6 year old boy and 5 month old boy. I was raised in a good family, with the knowledge of how to handle weapons safely. I agree that we need to take action on gun control, and there is no need for 'military style' weapons or accessories. Any true gun lover will also agree to background checks and stronger enforcement of gun acquisition laws. However, the way you are going about your mission of 'banning' semi-auto 'assault weapons' is having the opposite effect of what you expect. A debate needs to be had, and both sides listened to. When you have guests on your program, you must let them speak, debate and talk about their point of view. There are stong opinions on both sides. You've already won support of the one side that does not want any guns in America. You may never win over the outrageous gun lovers. Your battle needs to be with people like me, like most people in America. You are losing. You need to be mindful of EVERYONES opinion, not just yours. I want to support your cause, but your dialogue with your guests is simply rude and goes no where to resolve the issue. It is obvious to us all that you pick your specific facts, stick to them and don't debate the other side. You need to present your case wisely, and understand your audience. Who are you trying to win over? Gun Haters (very few in America), Gun Addicts (very few in America), or responsible Gun Owners like me (most of America). Speak to us, and your guests appropriately, and change our minds. All you're doing now is showing that you are with the small majority of Gun Haters and may actually be hurting your cause. Speak to us, present to us, and know that we are intelligent people that can make up our own minds as long as you present the proper facts and statistics so we can get this process moving.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kells

      Scott, don't fall for the "banana in the tail-pipe".

      February 28, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. max

    Shasta: Duncan Molested Dylan and Me but no one cares about them that man didn't use a gun but what there parent isn't on tv crying begging for some one to stop moster like this why not oh Morgan doesn't care about there pain.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Kells

    Max, you are speaking in tongues! Non-US citizens have NO business commenting on this thread!!!

    February 28, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. seth

    What does a country with the highest murder rate in the first world need? Lots and lots of assault weapons everywhere! Doesn't seem to be working out to well so far.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Interesting you say that. Gun less Britain has one of the highest violent crime rates in the western world and one of the highest homicide rates in Western Europe. Conversely, the Swiss, Germans and French are some of the highest gun owning nation in the world, ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in terms of private gun ownership, and have per capita homicide rates that are 40% lower than gun free Britain. If it was about guns, these three countries would have significantly higher murder rates than Britain's, but they don't, they have some of the lowest murder rates on the planet. Most of the guns owned Swiss homes are automatic assault rifle!

      February 28, 2013 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • seth

        uh... not quite.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
      • seth

        see this:

        February 28, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
      • cr

        Tony Blair's government were caught manipulating the crime stats, that's what all the fuss was about in the British media. The Telegraph along with other leading respected news sources all carried the same stories. I've never heard of the news source you are quoting, it certainly isn't main stream British news media.

        February 28, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  31. seth

    We should have to register our guns every year, just like autos. And part of the registration is an annual background check to see if we are still fit to posess, ust like a safety inspection.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Bogus argument.

      February 28, 2013 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • B.Markey

      And just like registering cars, those of us law abiding citizens would put up with the inconvenience, but the ones who would not follow the rules would cause a problem (or a horrific crime) and the rest of us would pay the price like a new tax for people without car insurance. I believe there are already 40 some thousand gun laws out there in the fifty states...why are we not enforcing them?

      February 28, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. max

    what is the point of having any one on when Morgan does all the talking why doesn't he just sit there and sream at us how bad we are for wanting our guns and calling us name and telling us to shut up and sit there

    February 28, 2013 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Cheryl Nishi

    Thank you for standing up to the disgusting gun lobby that holds our country hostage. Why on earth do we need military weapons in an elementary school? The grief of the parents was heartbreaking to see. Children should attend school to be safe and learn as they are the future of this country. They should not be shot into pieces. There is no rationalization at all for that.
    Thank you to Diane and Piers for their bravery in speaking out against this unspeakable tragedy.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • seth


      February 28, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

      dont fall into their trap. we live in a free country because we dont listen to people tell us lies about guns & use emotion to put fear into people to cloud their judgement.

      there are links i posted about the real gun facts including incident where an AR15 was used to save 5 lives at 1 time. people who dont have a gun & training will always be vunerable to being attacked by criminals who use guns or other weapons or even their bare hands.

      if you think because 2 people murdered 30 people in a nation of 350,000,000 & we should then change our laws to take away freedoms of those 350,000,000 people then you dont understand what America & a free society is all about.

      & you dont understand the personal responsibilities that we all have living in a free society that we need to take on so we can prevent these incidents without taking away our freedoms.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • B.Marey

      Well Cheryl, this person was not acting in a normal manner so lets blame the individual not everyone else who has a gun! Every time a drunk driver kills a person on the road we do not say let's ban all alcoholic drinks (or those with more than 6%). People need to blame the criminals not the inanimate objects.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin

      Plz stop using children's saftety as an excuse for all of this ingnorant bashing of firearms. Far more children are killed in our streets because people can't stop texting yet there is no ban on cell phones. These " evil" assault rifles have been around since before WW2 and never seemed to find there way into a classroom until recently maybe it's society we should be adjusting and not our gun laws? How about giving little to no media attention to these sick people instead of plastering their image everywhere? Just my 2 cents

      March 3, 2013 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Paul

    Piers, your show tonight was disgustingly misleading. Rifles are more deadly than handguns, there is nothing special about so called assault weapons. If the impact of ammo on the body is the criteria than all standard hunting rifles and shotguns should be banned because they are much more deadly than handguns. Oh wait, Biden just told women that they should buy a shotgun. You anti-gun rights people use whatever contradictory arguments are convenient in order to advance your agenda, and you shout down and deny the chance of any opposing view to be heard. Shame on you for pulling on the heartstrings of America in order to advance your anti freedom agenda. We see through you.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Rach

    I'm disgusted by Piers Morgan's behavior towards guests that disagree with him. I get his point, but it doesn't make for good TV for him to just keep speaking over his guests to make his points. We're not learning anything other than Piers' opinions. We can handle an honest, open, polite discussion about guns you. I'm done with CNN because of this kind of ridiculous behavior.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. AK

    As a Canadian I am in awe that the American People just don't "get it" when it comes to guns. Mr. Morgan's efforts to keep this issue front and center are commendable.
    What is not commendable is the way Piers Morgan "interviews" people on this matter. There is no need to have anyone else on the show because Mr. Morgan simply does not shut up. I turned the TV off. I was disgusted at such poor interview skills.
    It makes me think that Mr Morgan is just as ill informed on how to interview someone as are the supporters of war type weapons that are killing American Citizens every moment of the day.
    Can't CNN find a better interviewer? This Guy need to leave the building.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:38 am | Report abuse | Reply

      ok as a Canadian you are telling Americans they dont get it about their 2nd ammendment right that is just as important today as it ever was.
      you want to educate us on guns when you know nothing about guns. you agree with piers morgan who has said taxation without representation is good . you dont think that we elect people to represent us & listen to what we tell them, & we dont elect them to tell us how to live our lives.
      people need guns they always have, & what you dont understand is that we pay a price for our freedoms & to keep the government from having more power then us. you can live in canada & think thats good, but in the US the citizens are #1 in protecting their country & their communities & we are never going to let politicians take our guns while we pay for them to have guns.
      not to mention all facts show crime rate is dropping & the places where citizens are themselves have the lowest crime & the places that dont have the highest crime. check the FBI website if your in denial.
      not to mention history has shown how dangerous it is to have such a unbalance in power where the government controls everything & nobody can do anything to stop the government from doing whatever it wants.

      February 28, 2013 at 5:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • AK

        I have read a lot (too many to read) of your replies.
        There is an old saying ..... "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem."
        YOU might want to think about that, although I doubt very much that you will stand back and look at the whole picture.

        February 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |

        ok well u dont understand America will never turn over her guns so the government can have all the power.

        i have my gun & permit to carry & no violent crime is happening around me. you got a problem with that?

        February 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |

        the bottom line is real facts you can look up , like on the FBI website. that show as people arm themselves & take personal responsibility then the crime rates drop drastically. & it makes perfect sense, if there is a bunch of responsible law abiding citizens trained carry guns, how is any criminal going to commit a crime when everyone around can stop them? do you think about obvious common sense things like that?

        or are you to busy believing the recommendations of the person in charge of finding ways to reduc crime, who says this is the best thing to do:
        Vice President Joe Biden told Field & Stream magazine in an interview published Monday, "[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."

        Coincidentally, a 22-year-old man in Virginia Beach, Va., was charged Monday with reckless handling of a firearm after doing just that a couple days earlier.

        so you keep believing that guy & take his advice instead of trained professionials . even police will tell you , you need a gun if you want to protect yourself, thats not what they do.

        their job is to keep the peace, not to be everywhere a crime is being committed so they can stop it.

        February 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • AK

        " violent crime is happening around me. you got a problem with that?"

        No Sir. I do not have a problem with you being blind. I am sorry to hear about this physical disability that you have

        Are you serious? "No violent crime happening around you?" My oh my. That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a very long time..

        February 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

        i was trained by ex-police. i practice at the range every few weeks. i always practice safety 100% of the time. i have my carry permit. my pistol is a kahr p9 that you can look up & see, its very small so nobody ever knows i have it, its very reliable & its 9mm that i can out 9 bullets in which is strong enough to stop almost any attacker & enough bullets most situations, & i have a back up magazine with 8 bullets that i carry with me if i ever feel like i may need more.

        so whats going to happen when a violent criminal tries to attack me or anybody around me?( & keep in mind, my training is top notch so its not possible for them to get a jump on me or suprise me or get ahold of my gun. )
        so seriously, what is a violent criminal going to do to me?

        but thats reality, the reality is more people are learning about guns & how easy they are to use.
        the permits to carry & gun sales have been steadily increasing in most places & the violent crime rates have been decreasing to match that.
        you can see the stats/facts on this website:

        people like diane who have been trying to ban all guns for many many many years are trying to rush now to get their dream accomplished because as more people educate themselves & stop listening to people like diane say how bad guns are & use fear & emotion to cloud people's judgement with no facts to back up her claims, the more people realize that its better & safer for them to take personal responsibility for their communities, & their families.
        which will make it harder & harder for people like Diane to accomplish her dream of disarming American citizens & taking away their right to protect themselves.
        i dont know why she feels like its so important to mislead people about guns , & use sad stories of victims(& whatever tactics she uses except real facts) to try to convince people she is right & we should all turn in our guns & we will be safer... when all facts & statistics show she is wrong & even she knows that,,,

        but thats really something everyone should be concerned with . because she is not telling the truth about gun facts & she is making people more vunerable & making it a more dangerous place for us.

        i dont know where you get your ideas about guns but its just not true & its not my opinion or my view, its real facts from real sources & they show you are wrong that you can research yourself.

        the other troubling thing, is that all people who have become a monsters & committed horrible inhumane acts of mass killings of defenseless people have all been on the same medications. all over the world for many many years, all these "maniacs" have been on the same medicines, & that is completely being ignored by people like Diane. if all of them have been on these medicines, then obvioulsy the medicines have something to do with it, probably the main thing that is causing it.

        but she only cares about trying to convince people how bad guns are without bringing up any facts to back that up.


        February 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • AK

        You need help.
        This exchange is now finished.

        February 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. cr

    February 28, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Matt

    20 caps that is what I will give.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply

    These people are disgusting. Describing the scene in detail of what these beautiful children looked like after they were shot by a maniac in a gun free zone that they created should make everybody see what a monster Diane is. Did she mention she helped create gun free zones?

    Tune in next week when Diane will go over the gruesome details of a 13 yr old girl being g*ngr*ped by 5 men who broke into her house & easily overpowered her father who only had a pistol for protection!

    Will she please describe in detail what all the children in Iraq looked like after being blown to pieces by bombs?

    How about how Bin Laden looked after he was shot in the face?

    If anyone is interested in what it looks like when someone is set on fire or hit by a train, you can watch those gruesome deaths & more by viewing the DVDs faces of death & banned from tv!

    February 28, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Socrates

      In a home invasion/hostage situation a smart gun (eg ) , with non lethal 'flashbang' (eg & a taser round to incapacitate the intruders (eg would be a better combination of weapon & ammo.

      We live in the 21st century now, not the Wild West !

      The US government should invest in these technologies & reward people who adopt them.

      March 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Christopher Graves

    Mr. Morgan's "exchange" with Dr. Lott proved nothing more than Mr. Morgan is able to speak faster and more loudly than Dr. Lott. The fact is that Europe has a lower crime rate than the U.S. largely because of demographic differences, not gun control laws.

    February 28, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tantely biardeau

      What demographic differences !!? The number of population inside UE iis 503 824 373, with a density of 116,3 inhab/km2
      versus 315 millions in the USA with a density of 33 ihhab./km2. Look for the mistake !

      February 28, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Exactly right, the Swiss are the 3rd largest gun owning nation in the world. They privately own on a per capita basis 8 times as many guns as the British, and yet their overall homicide rate is 40% lower than gun less Britain's.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Socrates

        The US should follow the Swiss example & go ahead with the civilian reserve corps idea mentioned in Pres. Bush's SOU address in '07 (, or something similar. It will make gun owners more responsible, like the Swiss.
        From Wiki:
        'Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations; Switzerland thus has one of the highest militia gun ownership rates in the world'

        March 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. brasstacs

    The corrupt Morgan will twist facts and blackout other important facts if they oppose his liberal gun control agenda...But Morgan is only concerned with ratings..and that is the main reason why he keeps dwelling on gun control...Morgan has a seedy history of working in the tabloids and knows full well how to exploit a tragedy ..and has a history of lying and inventing his own facts to keep fanning the flames...pathetic

    February 28, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Mama bee

    Piers, I hope you read these comments and take them to heart. First, I have been one of your defenders since you took over Larry's spot, despite so many others panning your appointment. Second, lately I have found it very difficulty to watch you. YOU DON'T LISTEN. YOU INTERRUPT AND TALK AD INFINITUM. When you ask a question, YOU OWE the respondent the opportunity to answer EVEN though you know you are going to disagree. Trust me, you are not gaining favor by being loud, overtalking, and being rude. As one of your supporters, let me tell you, you are losing my support, and while I share your passions, you're turning me off.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AK

      You would think that CNN would dump this guy. He has no respect for anyone who does not share his view. I share his view ..... but have no respect for Morgan.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Kevin Patrick

    Unable to help myself, I had to go back and take a second look at this 'debate', similar to how it is quite difficult to avoid looking at a train wreck. A few points jumped out at me.

    First, the way the numbers were presented is easily misunderstood. The favorite comparison seems to be between the US and the UK. Sadly, in the UK limiting access to guns has not dropped their murder rate. So, logically, the majority of their murders are committed with weapons other than guns. The inverse applies to the US. That said, the only meaningful comparison between two violent cultures (their words, not mine) is to assure that:

    A) Comparisons between countries must include all murders, not just one type. Comparison by type skews the data and therefore generates no useful conclusions.

    B) The figures must be presented as a rate, not a simplistic total. What matters is how many murders occur per capita, as in "20 murders per 100,000 citizens" or "600 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens"

    To represent the facts otherwise leans toward misrepresentation of those facts.

    Next, we have to address the root causes underlying tragedies like Newtown. Violent behavior on the part of an individual is a causal modality. The weapon employed is ancillary. This is what needs to be addressed, yet has been absent from the conversation

    February 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      its important to understand that someone like Diane has been trying to ban all guns for many many many years. i dont know her personal reasons why, but all statistics show that will only cause violent crime & overall crime rates to go up. i believe piers is the same way for whatever reason he has.
      but my point is that they see the American people are starting to also see those facts & as more people are arming themselves, the more the crime rate drops, & the more urgent they have to act before everyone realizes that guns arent bad & dangerous & killing machines like Diane portrays, but are actually a good way for anybody to help stop criminals & protect the communities without paying taxes to pay police to do it.

      that explains why piers wont let anyone get real facts out & have a real conversation about reducing violence, & why they go so low as to describe the bloody scene of little kids being blown to bits after a shooting- just to take advantage of people's emotions to get people to agree with whatever they say will stop that from happening ever again,.
      even if what they are proposing really wont do anything to stop it from happening again as all the facts show it wont if people would just take the time to research it themselves.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin Patrick

      The real issue is violent behavior and what drives it. Mass murders happened with alarming frequency long before firearms arrived on the scene. Consider the Roman conquests. Think hard about Ghengis Kahn. Their "assault weapons" were crude by comparison, yet proved deadly, again and again.

      My point is that with 5 billion or so people on the planet we would be foolish to believe that we could pass a law, any law, which would stop violence by picking and choosing to ban this or that weapon which happened to be the fashion of the day. Would banning the weapon used to assassinate President Kennedy guarantee we'd never have another assassination? No, it would not.

      Nor will banning the AR-15 prevent the next nut job from doing something as horrific.

      I wish we could address the underlying causes of this type of extreme violence instead of focusing in the method.

      February 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        Morgan does like to cherry-pick his stats.

        February 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Thank you I believe your are absloutly right. There will always be a need for weapons but its the person wielding it that makes it a tool for freedom or a instrument of destruction.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. craig

    She is a lier, rifles make up a little over 3% of homicides and assault rifles a subsect of that . This nothing more that one parties adgenda to disarm the american people.

    February 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. cr

    Washington Post, doesn't give Piers a particularly good write-up with regard to his Lott interview. I suppose it just confirms Morgan as a blithering fool.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. DAVID

    As a CNN viewer from outside the US. It is stunning how Americans hold on to their weapons in 2013. The image you are presenting to the world through CNN is that you live in an extremely violent country where the citizens are killing each other in their homes as well as your streets of your cities at an alarming rate.

    It is shocking to the rest of the civilized world to see the US as such a violent country. It seems everyone walks around with guns deciding who lives or dies depending on how much they feel threatened. In your homes you claim to want to arm your self against intruders, I guess alarm systems are not sold in your country. Nor does that explain why the vast majority of gun deaths in the home are a result of domestic violence. Everyone says they keep their guns locked up. Obviously they don't. Students kill each other, your answer arm the teachers. Bullets, guns in Walmart. As easy as buying toothpaste. It is a sad commentary on your country.

    Hundreds of millions of weapons & you keep buying more.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Giving the police the sole monopoly of protecting the public doesn't make a whole lot of sense to Americans. Especially when you consider the average police response times to 911 calls. I'm glad I have the right to protect myself and family without having to wait for the police arrive.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

        im w ya CR....

        & thats why we have a lower violent crime rate then..... UK !!! yes its true!!! look it up ! the place piers is from & trying to us to reduce our violent crime!

        February 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |

      it doesnt matter what year it is, thats what the jews in germany used to say !

      & we have 1 of the lowest violent crime rates so dont believe the state run media

      February 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin Patrick

      Davey old boy,

      As a CNN viewer from inside the US. It is stunning how you Brits hold on to your "subject" mentality in 2013. The image you are presenting to the world through CNN is that you live in a country where the citizens are passing out lollipops and kisses to each other in their homes as well as the streets of your cities at an alarming rate, while organizing gatherings to watch the unicorns graze in fields of four-leaf clover.

      It is shocking to the rest of the civilized world to see the UK as such a violent country,, even though you yourselves refuse to pull your heads out of your, errr... the sand and own up to the reality that statistically you live in a far more dangerous society than what we enjoy in America. It seems everyone walks around your streets with criminals deciding who lives or dies depending on how much they want what you have because, as they all know, you are unarmed, and afraid to act in your own behalf. In your homes you want the police to protect you against intruders. I guess alarm systems would help so the authorities are alerted to where they can collect evidence and bodies. Nor do you explain why the vast majority of homicides in the home are a result of domestic violence, even though you so sanctimoniously claim to be safer because you have been disarmed by your government. Everyone says they keep their families safe in the UK. Obviously they don't. You kill each other, with alarming regularity only you do it with knives, clubs, fists. How civilized. Bullets, guns in Walmart would change the balance in your favor allowing you some chance against your gangs and street thugs. It is a sad commentary on your country.

      Hundreds of millions of weapons & you keep buying more.

      March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin Patrick

      Davey old boy,

      As a CNN viewer from inside the US. It is stunning how you Brits hold on to your "subject" mentality in 2013. The image you are presenting to the world through CNN is that you live in a country where the citizens are passing out lollipops and kisses to each other in their homes as well as the streets of your cities at an alarming rate, while organizing gatherings to watch the unicorns graze in fields of four-leaf clover.

      It is shocking to the rest of the civilized world to see the UK as such a violent country,, even though you yourselves refuse to pull your heads out of your, errr... the sand and own up to the reality that statistically you live in a far more dangerous society than what we enjoy in America. It seems everyone walks around your streets with criminals deciding who lives or dies depending on how much they want what you have because, as they all know, you are unarmed, and afraid to act in your own behalf. In your homes you want the police to protect you against intruders. I guess alarm systems would help so the authorities are alerted to where they can collect evidence and bodies. Nor do you explain why the vast majority of homicides in the home are a result of domestic violence, even though you so sanctimoniously claim to be safer because you have been disarmed by your government. Everyone says they keep their families safe in the UK. Obviously they don't. You kill each other, with alarming regularity only you do it with knives, clubs, fists. How civilized. Bullets, guns in Walmart would change the balance in your favor allowing you some chance against your gangs and street thugs. It is a sad commentary on your country.

      Hundreds of millions of weapons available, you should be buying more for you own good.

      March 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Yankee Doodle

    Oh great here we have both the fascists together that want to disarm everyone but their bodyguards.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Yankee Doodle

    Oh but you're different aren't you Piers? You're so special. You're royalty so you get to have armed guards watching over you day and night.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  50. Yankee Doodle

    How many bullets and guns did it take to destroy the twin towers Piers? Oh right, they did that with a BOX CUTTER. Your ignorance knows no bounds. Lets outlaw box cutters and planes they killed more than 3,000 people in one day. How many guns did it take to commit the Oklahoma City bombing? Oh, that's right, that was done with some sort of fertilizer bomb, so we should outlaw fertilizer then too because it killed all those children. Do you have any common sense or are you just trying to destroy the U.S.A?

    March 1, 2013 at 3:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Yankee Doodle

    Now lets talk about some groups of people that were what YOU would call "successfully disarmed": the Native Americans marched to death on the trail of tears, German Jews before the holocaust, Eastern Europeans under Stalin before they were executed in masses, the Chinese under Mao, the residents of Mexico, Chicago, and New York where criminals run rampant. You know who didn't let themselves be disarmed by their government? The founding fathers of the U.S.A.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Yankee Doodle

    The same goes for you Feinstein, you self serving sack of ectoplasm. Get thee to a nunnery troll.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  62. Socrates

    Lott is an Economist, not a Scientist.
    Economics doesn't hold a candle to proper Science because it's totally made up for the benefit of the rich, not society.
    His book picks stats that fit his theory & agenda , not reality.

    If you want to analyze gun related stats get a Statistician & Mathematician , not an Economist.

    March 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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