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February 28th, 2013
03:53 PM ET

John Lott Jr. calls Piers Morgan a "cherry picker," asks him "Why am I on?"

On Wednesday evening, economist and pro-gun advocate John Lott Jr. returned to the program for another round of contentious debate with Piers Morgan.

Continuing their on-going difference of opinion regarding firearm crime and death statistics, the author of "At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge" and the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host seemingly picked right up where they left off during December's town hall-style "Guns in America" special.

In discussing the effectiveness of gun legislation, Morgan referenced a 1996 Australian firearm ban that came in response to to a string of double-digit killings over a ten-year period:

"In a country that brought in extensive gun control and gun bans following 18 mass shootings culminating in 35 people being slaughtered, there have been zero – zero - mass shootings since," exclaimed Morgan.

"The way you define it, it is zero," Lott reluctantly agree, before quickly accusing Morgan of being "a cherry picker" when interpreting firearm statistics.

Watch the clip, and listen to the exchange, as a frustrated Lott ultimately wonders aloud, "why am I on?"
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  1. Phil

    Piers Morgan If you don't like it here go back to England where you can feel as safe as you want!!!!

    February 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Where the police are given the sole monopoly of protecting defenseless British victims from violent crime!

      February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • American Veteran

      What qualifies Pierce to be the arrogant piece of work he is must be his British Blueblood background. Not being an American Citizen, I feel his opinions are like everyone else and we all know what opinions are like, Yes, he's one of those also! Become a citizen Pierce or go back home!

      February 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        Morgan is a fraud he's not part of the British upper class set. Just look where he went to school!

        February 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        He could become a citizen tomorrow, and you would tell him to go to Canada instead. What's the point?

        March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • suz

      I'm so very sick of Piers ranting over his "guests". Why have a guest if you won't let him talk Piers? I bet you fight the same way with your wife . . talk over her if she doesn't just shut-up and agree with you. This is NOT journalism ( non-biased reporting). It's using your platform to pontificate and only let those who agree with you speak. Mr Lott was professional and kept his cool BEYOND any control I could of had. I've lost any respect I had for Piers with his whole "Guns in America" campaign. Piers, you're British, not an American. Shut-up and stop trying to tell us what to do in OUR country. If you don't like our laws go back to England and let an AMERICAN have your job and provide health insurance and a fat salary to his or her family. You have gone BEYOND being obnoxious. Go interview a celebrity or report, just report the news.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lisa

        He obviously CARES about the U.S.! He continuously gives FACTS – the guest says "They way you define it..." what does that mean? "the way you define it?" Piers just gave a FACT but no, let's argue with facts, Piers said ZERO shootings since the ban in New Zealand, but no let's argue that... "the way you define it..." WHAT? What is with the stupidy here? Who CARES where he is from? He CARES about the U.S. But okay, you're absolutely right... let's please just get more and more and more guns, and of course, that will solve the problem... let's just arm every single person... yes, yes, that will take care of everything.... and peace will ensue

        March 4, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |

        it simple means :

        that shooting in the mall when a citizen with the pemit/gun was able to stop the guy, & only 2 people were killed because the guy stopped him- piers wouldnt count that as a mass murder that was stopped with a citizen with a gun because mass murders are when 4 or more people die

        March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matt Evans

        Will someone please just fire Piers Morgan already? CNN is stooping pretty low by keeping this guy on their channel. I'm not going to waste anymore time here. Just fire him already.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        @lisa, but guns haven't been banned in New Zealand. Check your facts!

        March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • William the terrible

        Piers Morgan: needs to be Deported......

        March 5, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Tony

        @Lisa, Piers said 0 mass shootings not any shootings period. So you can understand what Lott was saying by cherry picking is that there was no mass shootings but people are still dying from murder and suicide, some by guns. In fact they saw a rise in hanging suicides suggesting that people just picked a different way. Also there is a rise in illegal guns from smuggling, so guess what, criminals still getting guns since they dont worry about laws.

        March 7, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
      • KL

        totally agree. was very annoyed by Morgan

        March 7, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Bernie

        Piers is a moron!! He clearly doesn't know how to have a debate. Horrible!!!

        March 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • scott

        gee whiz guys! stop whinning Piers is grest! he tells it like it is, fairly, truthfully, blantantly, and common sensely!! The people with problems and insecurities first try to demorilize and put down the other person with the debate or negative objection to your own opinion or answer! Food for thought boys

        March 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sm

      What a bully, dont like whay someone sats ,put him down and tell him to get out of the country. Real nice manners Phil. We'd expect that for you though the way you always write and put down, no actual meaning or substance. You embarras us Phil. And there goes little happy hoppy bunny CR agreeing to bullying. People with guns kill people Phil, CR!

      February 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scare The Pilgrims

        To sm , You don't know me, we have never met. 1 honest serious question,, If You were standing on parking lot asphalt and it was dark and the front door of the store was 50 yards away or farther from the stores front door, this being the distance criminals love and use because they are not stupid, If I met you in a blind spot and I had a Hoodie on with a gun in my hand ordering you to hand over your car keys and your wallet could you SHOOT ME? Honest question based 100% on REALITY not fantasy. Now this is the Number 1 moment of self-defense , yours , could you shoot me ?
        Thats the question. If not then I am YOUR MASTER,, I alone get to decide if you live or if you die.. Your looking at my covered face from a distance of 8 feet with a gun in my hand,,What are you going to do ??? Here's a fact,,,,, If you cannot answer YOUR The Problem ,, not the solution. You are a voluntary Gun Homicide V i c t i m ... a member of a group I call MR. TOE TAG,,deceased and next stop the Mourge.. see the book " In The Gravest Extreme, the firearms role in personal defense" by Massad Ayoob,,best seller. Again,,could you shoot me or anyone else in such a scene ?
        50 years ago it was " Your Money, or your Life" ,,times have changed because today its .. " Hand Over Your Money Fool " and then they shoot you anyway,,no witness, no crime. Thugs are not Stupid, they want to be MASTER.l

        March 2, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        Piers is your perfect role model. Don't like what someone says, just be rude to them. Cute.

        March 2, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Eddie

        Piers Morgan don't tread on me!

        March 5, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
      • john diamond

        I'm tired of his facts he needs to watch this and understand. I agree if you don't like America leave and go back to your own country and live there. We are Free

        March 6, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • tg

      After watching a few of his "interviews" I realized this slot is a pathetic bullying session on Piers' part. His interviewees have little opportunity to respond to his "questions" before he cuts them off. CNN should save its money and pull him and the invitees because the output is worthless self adulation on his part and creates no value for viewers looking to be more informed. Give us a balanced perspective or at least give his "unwanted" guests an opportunity to present their case. Your viewership does not consist of morons looking for a one sided shouting session by a narcissist.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • D Smith

      I completely agree! He Needs to back to journalism school! Ask them if they have a class on SIMPLE MANNERS!!!!!

      March 2, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      I agree Phil, now to my question of the commentors on this page. Is It My Computer ? or does everyone have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to see the ENTER POST block. Ass backwards to me if this is so. But just about anything that Piers Morgan touches is ass backwards so I wouldn't be suprised if that is the case. The Post A Comment Block should be right here above Phils Name and wonderfull honest comment.

      March 2, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • leo 818

      Who is this guy to tell us how to run our country? If we wanted to be the UK or Australia, we would, but we don't. The folks in Australia are posting again and again about how big a mistake their gun laws have been and warning Americans to avoid the same fate. Morgan is just a media parasite who relishes the attention and ratings. He should go back to the UK, but they don't want him either. Maybe Argentina would suit him better.

      March 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mtrader

      Why is he on, if you don't allow your guests to respond? Send this ranting idiot back to England where he belongs. I guarantee you this Morgan clown travels with an armed security guard at all times.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boyd Whittaker

      I agree and he once said no one in the USA has ever used a ar 15 to save there life . I know this is wrong because i have and its filed with the KY state police so in fact there is one mine so i say since there is one and he said there were none can you really trust what he states .

      March 4, 2013 at 4:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      Does this Mutt even have a green card!! He didnt fight for this country! Leave if its so bad!

      March 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • xcl

        Does this Matt even have a green card!! He didnt fight for this country!

        March 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Seriously, whats the point of asking a question if the guest cannot answer? Piers is a liberal extremist who should leave the country if he is unhappy with our laws. I'm not saying our laws are perfect and should never be changed, but clearly Obama doesn't know how to compromise so the chances of getting any change in the near future are very small. Show some respect to your guests Piers and stop wasting our time by not letting us hear the other side of the argument, just because you don't agree with Lott doesn't mean he has stupid or invalid opinions.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sambo

      i agree

      March 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • abrams wout

      It is not Piers Morgan, it should be Piers the Moron. He is so full off him selve.

      March 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • terry nolan

      Piers is such a piece of sh**...if you conduct an interview, aren't you supposed to, not only let the interviewee respond, but listen to his sides as well...that is why i never listen to the arrogant pile of crap called Piers...he just echos the agenda CNN is pushing these days.

      March 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seth

      I'll pitch in a few bucks for his flight back to Jolly Ole England.

      March 6, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Chuck

    Wow. Worst case of biased reporting ever. He didn't want the truth just the typical liberal media answers to make himself look good.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • qilincierto

      I wouldn't exactly call Piers liberal.

      March 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Leslie

    Piers Morgan you are a JERK! you talk over all your guest that differ with your agenda and usually go to name calling. I dare you to come to Texas and try that with me, I'll kick your ass.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Exactly. The Washington Post didn't think to highly of Morgan's interview with Lott either!

      February 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      Could you throw in one good hard kick for me pardner, I'mm ZZ Tops biggest fan

      February 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sambo

        Piers needs his face slapped and his A$ S kicked

        March 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • scott

        How gutless. Your a coward wannabe bully loser!!!!!

        March 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sm

      Piers uses brutal thruth for ( equilization ) to radical, agressive bullying rehtoric. Even steven! Why do they keep coming to piers. Self promotion! Piers is always accurate, truthful and consistant ( the key word CONSISTANT with the same message, yet they try to yell louder, bully, and spew choas! Sorry. they keep coming back!

      February 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Boyd Whittaker

        You really think he is accurate in what he say's . Well then when he said no one has ever used a AR15 to save there life here in the US must be true even thou i have and its filed with the KY state police so where did he get his figure from ? Seems to me he at best didn't check with KY and at worse just made it up .

        March 4, 2013 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Ok good for you , so what were still banning your semi-automatic assault weapons. There is no place in the cililian world for those slaughter machines. You and god got some talking to do

        March 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • terry nolan

        there is a place in our society for these weapons and the forefathers thought of that...the right to bear arms is also there to protect the people from an out-of-control government...besides, i guess if guns are the culprit behind these killings and not the idiots that do the killings, then we need to ban cars since drunk drivers kill so many people...besides, the murder rate in the us is the lowest it has been since the mid 60s and the murder rate in ny is the lowest it has been since the mid 70s...ny, 3 times larger than chicago, has less murders per year than the windy city, which has some of the toughest gun laws in our country

        March 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Glasgow


    As the Vice President just publically stated; “Americans have the right to be stupid”. The Gun control controversy is an example.

    Thank you for caring and holding public discourse on this important issue. I personally appreciate your being a voice of reason on the Gun Control Controversy.

    I grew up surrounded by guns in every home and in every neighborhood. I was an avid hunter. One month my picture was on the front cover of my States Monthly Magazine after a successful duck hunting outing. Everyone I knew owned guns. There were no issues with ownership or registration. Today, guns are being used in other ways.

    I support Gun Choice, not control. Different levels of registrations with various levels of over site for each chosen gun to be purchased. A deer rifle is registered differently than a hand gun for self-defense with different back ground checks being required. This would allow those who choose to purchase guns never intended for personal use to be purchased but with longer registration and background checks. The registration and back ground checks for these types of weapons being the most restrictive. Every gun registered by States not Federal Government.

    I have noticed that different localities have different laws and enforce their laws differently. States and local governments should and have legislated rights for their citizens. Federal law should focus only on guns passing between States. First, a Federal Law that encourages stronger enforcement of current gun laws of each State. Second, a Federal Law that would encourage at every police interaction, gun registration is checked.
    Currently when pulled over you must show your license and registration for your automobile. If a gun is recovered, the owner’s registration can be easily checked by each State. If the recovered weapon is not registered within that State, it remains easy to do a registration check in another State. If the gun’s registration papers cannot be verified, automatic five year prison sentence in Federal Prisons.

    Hoping my ideas offer a course of compromise. You have a larger platform than myself, also, you can contact those you feel could assist in forwarding these ideas. Best regards, and again thank you.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anonymous

      Agood example of stupid is vice president Biden 🙂

      February 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        February 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

        this stuff seems like its made up but its not:
        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.

        this is the guy was put in charge of coming up with ways to reduce gun violence & he recommends things that will land us in jail & very possibly get people needlessly killed?

        his 1st task was to meet with victim's families to get ideas, so obviously it was never going to be about talking to experts to find real solutions based on real data

        March 1, 2013 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Patrick

      Nothing stupid about the issue, and no reason To compromise anyone's position. Gun ownership in the United States is a right – not a privilege as in some places – so no need for apologists.

      That right comes with responsibilities. Addressing, defining, and enforcing those responsibilities should be what the conversation is about. Not limiting access to any one type of rifle or class of firearms. There are many unenforced laws already on the books. Maybe that is a better place to begin?

      February 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Anonymous

        Very well stated Kevin, I agree with you and just wanted people to realize how crazy some of these ideas are. Thanks for uploading that clip, it sums up what I meant about Biden.

        February 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • sm

      Hipocritical dont you say ! The Vice president is so dead on with his explanation of over barring gun hobbiist trying to blind everyone that you have a right to a slaughtering semi-automatic. Shotgun does the job, ask grandpa. Bet hes next president, that would tick you of wouldnt it! Hes going down in history for the NEW GUN LEGISLATION, Sorry!

      February 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        My wife is too small to feel comfortable handling a double barrel shotgun. She can handle a light kicking M4 style AR though!

        March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |

      this version has women shooting shotguns & a rifle

      March 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Good Starting statement Coming from Biden himself Mr. Stupid. Him and the liberal Americans would have us all subject to bow BEFORE the Obamanation that is running this country. but at least we would have weed. Make the laws that mean something make criminals afraid to be caught with illegal weapons and the one that deal them illeaglly give them 20 years do not take my rights away to appease the criminal. I did 24 years in the military and got out just in time because the Obaminator is killing it all.

      March 7, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Geoff

    I normally enjoy your interview style. A viewer can tell when you like or respect a guest and, as evidenced last night when you don't.
    Unfortunately, the interview with Mr. Lott was very frustrating to watch. As much as you might strongly disagree with a guest's position at least extend he or she the courtesy of a response. Perhaps I missed the earlier part of the interview where this was the case? We tune in to news/current affairs programs to learn something about a particular issue – not to hear the interviewer or interviewee rant on about 'their' position, emboldened by facts they trumpet that are intended to support their position. The truth is often somewhere in between extreme positions.
    Perhaps you just had an off night – looking forward to a better viewing experience in future.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      you are correct. but i wouldnt expect anything different in the future. since late dec, piers has been obsessed with guns.
      normally i could care less about how he interviews, but we he is using a 'debate on reducing gun violence' most people find it very offensive that he is not having a discussion about reducing gun violence at all.

      he has very little experience around guns, when he has a guest on that is experienced about the facts & solutions, he doesnt care to learn 1 thing & just keeps repeating how horrible Americans are for not believing him & some politicians when they insist they have the right to tell us what to do.

      March 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. DeeAnne

    Please go back to England. Have you ever studied American History? If you have then you ought to know that those who don't are doomed to repeat it. It's like Peter Jennings trying to tell us who to vote for.. Get real. Quit playing ostrich, and get your head out of the sand. Extremely disturbed by your lack of knowledge, and the dangerous position you hold for all of the ignorant to believe.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Hippocrtic Presious? thats not hospitable. Whats your little arguement. Hes accurate, speaks all our minds brutally truthful, Maybe FOX NEWS is more coloring book material for you girl!

      February 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kevin Rich

    This was not a discussion, it was a one sided diatribe.
    A big wet kiss for Senator Feinstein. An application verbal bullying and virtual poke in the eye for Mr. Lott.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      If Lott had been allowed to answer the question on German crime figures he would have said this: Despite Germany's strict gun laws, Germany is the 4th largest gun owning nation, on a per capita basis, in the world, and by comparison has a homicide rate that is nearly 40% lower than Morgan's gunless Britain. if guns are the problem, Germany's homicide rate would be significantly higher than Britain's, but it's not.

      February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Dam dave your a timebomb ready to go off! Central America is really a great place for you and all the embarrasing, immature Know nothings that cant back up a single conversation or debate on this site besides all you little 10pm tea time drinkers to be appauld by the guy whos website you visit every night. He has won right out of the gate already. Dont you feel a little cheap now. What makes you tick, i mean REALLY.

        February 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dave

    The audacity of this foreign waste of flesh shouldn't be allowed to clean the trash cans at a radio station let alone be on cable television that Americans have to spend their hard earned money to pay for. He's a fine example of why stupid people should not be allowed to breed. Keep your opinions to yourself jerk-off!

    February 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      So Dave Your more valuable to us here than piers is. No equality. No Humility and Hospotality. Due tell us all what you would do and sacrifice for yours and our american children, Well!!!!!!! Speak up! Did your mother teach you any manners,

      February 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Rob

        Are you stupid or can you just not spell?

        March 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phillip Bertrand

    As a Canadian gun owner, watching this interview sent chills up my spine. Pierce showed why every person should own several guns. Imagine people like in in power decide to take away your freedoms, they will not dialogue with you they will send in the troups to forcibly take them no matter what you say.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Scare The Pilgrims

    I know all about Dianne Feinstein,,she is mentally traumatized due to being caught in a hell storm of gunfire into her office in California. In that office was a man named Harvey Milk, the 1st openly gay politician to win an office in California. Dianne suffers from Shell Shock to be kind. I don't hate Americans,,any Americans but the truth should be told . Dianne Feinstein wants 1 foot in the door to start the full blown total confiscation of all firearms. To make the point,,The worst part of her Gun Ban proposal requires my Son turn over my guns to the federal Government upon my passing. It requires every last father and mother in the country to do this and if that is not a COMMUNIST idea I want to know what is. COMMUNIST with a capitol C.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • suz

      OMG . . this is SO true. She shakes and has red-rimmed eyes when she just thinks about guns . . she needs to recuse herself.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      yes, its very bad to have someone like her in a public office. she has been tramatized. she got her permit to carry & carries a gun, she doesnt want anybody else to have guns to she will feel safer.

      she doesnt care how many people cant defend themselves against violent crime , she just wants herself to be safer.

      March 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Scare The Pilgrims

    oooops....forgot to mention Harvey Milk died in Dianne Feinsteins arms,,sorry

    February 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bigellsin

    Ok When you inter the armed service you are treated like a family member, ie Told of great things that you can do for your family and Country, Get an education in what field you want, Then you sign up next thing you know the field you wanted is not available, Then you are stuck where they say is best for you " What" and than they train you to kill !, Send you to another Country and drop you off in a situation that politically motivated nothing else, After you serve your term they bring you home and "KICK YOU OFF THE BUS" and tell you have a nice day, Unless you are completely out there. Now what do you do ? How do you readjust to civilization ? any answers ?......... Another thing "GUN CONTROL" isn't the answer, Think about this " How many Law Enforcement Officers are on the job in any City or Town at any given time and how many people live in each city or town, Then multiply the number it amounts to about 1 officer per 8'000 people depending on the city and about 1 officer per 250 people depending on the town. So instead of GUN CONTROL and cutting budgets work on the solution ?

    February 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Linda Ziti

    I couldn't believe how rudely Piers Morgan treated John Lott Jr the other night. What a bully. I don't usually watch this show but only tuned in because the station is under new leadership. Well, the leadership change has not affected this show. Awful to treat any guest in this manner. I was shocked. He should be on a Brit show commenting on issues that concern them. Get someone else please.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dave lane

      Piers was so pathetic and I will not watch again. Sad thing I agree with a gun control measure – being a former Marine Officer I know exactly what the differences are between an AR-15 and a M16A2, and how easily they can be altered to be functionally identical. Piers missed – due to his constant talking that the 5.56 round or 22 – 3 as it was classified was a round not made for killing but for maiming, then talking about it as if it were a hunting rifle. Bad round for hunting. These guns aren't Browning Abolts or Ruger over unders and this isn't about 2nd amendment rights. We currently draw the line at Automatic weapons – want some interesting reading just google M203 for sale. "Hard to come by now that Colt no longer sells this to the civilian markets. Wow!

      February 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        While I respect your view, trying telling a rancher that has a coyotes or a wolf problem that the 223 AR15 is no good for predictor control.

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

        You probably know the difference between alot of guns, but you know they only belong in the military, or are you concerned for all americas safety. do you lock your guns up so your kids ( maybe your military style house could trigger a melt down, just possibly and cause for your son to get the slaughtering machines and kill many in 3 seconds. Just an example to think about before you unload the im a military soildier thing to us. dosent mean a thing back home.

        February 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |

        can tell you arent a marine by the what you said.

        if you were then you would know that we dont draw a line at automatic weapons. any citizen who has the money & passes the background tests can by them.

        but thats something else piers went on about for months that he was wrong about.

        if piers would shut & listen then maybe he could learn something.

        this is supposed to be a discussion on various ideas on what we call can do to reduce violent crime , right?

        seems like it never was & its only been about piers trying to do & say anything he can to scare & terrorize people in viewing audience who dont have much, if any, experience with guns.

        when he starts out with clips of a man at his lowest point crying about his son after his son was killed by gun violence, then goes into segment describing how bullets tear up flesh,

        its all about getting people emotional & not trying to come up with real solutions.

        like his guest stated, piers should do a show wth all the people whose lives has been saved by having a gun, like an AR15, for protection.

        so diane went on & on how bad guns are & the answer is not more guns , but did she tell you she was around a violent crime unarmed.... & her solution was to get a carry permit & training &... she carries a gun so she wont be a victim again?
        oh yea she forgot to mention that

        March 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ohio Historian

    The best line wasn't even mentioned here. Piers said I'm going to keep talking, so I suggest you keep quiet." It is apparent to me that far from wishing to debate a subject, Piers wishes to pontificate. All Piers wants are sycophants on his show.

    CNN should pull the plug on this poor excuse of a whatever he thinks he is; newsman, interviewer, or even partisan hack, he is a miserable failure at all three. Send him back to UK where he can live with no guns and pay his "fair share" to the land of socialist nightmares. If Piers hand anything between his ears other than Eyore's fluff, he would be able to understand someone like John Lott. But he prefers to remain part of the ignorant left. I wonder if he votes here yet like many other non-citizens. He sure talks like a low-information voter.
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    February 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Adele

    As a Canadian I used to love traveling in the US. Not so much anymore. We don't feel safe there. We were in Michigan lately and the motel we were staying in had a fire in the laundry room. When the alarm was blaring after midnight to wake us up, we were not sure whether to step out of our door or not because of the recent gun shooting creep who faked the fire to slaughter the fire-fighters. We never used to think of those things traveling in the US. I know most Americans will say "stay home Canadians we don't need you anyway", but I feel so much safer in Canada with our strict gun laws than in your country! Wake up!

    February 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin patrick

      Shame that you,or anyone for that matter would feel unsafe to travel dolely based on imaginary threat. Conceived of paranoia, perceived as plausable, a construct of mind.
      Yet somehow you want to place the blame on someone else?
      It was a fire alarm. When you hear hoofbeats, assume horses,not zebras, and you will br right more often.

      February 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Long Isand Canuck

      As a Canadian living now in the US I can tell you that you are not correct. There are parts of the US you would not want to visit after dark, but hey we have East Hastings in Vancouver which is one of the top ten safest cities in the world. You would not want to be there either!

      As for the guns, it is overblown. I know lots of gun owners and they are as safe as the gun owners in Canada. It is not the laws that make guns safe, it is the owners. If you look at the statistics for those gun related deaths you will see they are in poor, high crime areas. Most gun deaths are gang and crime related. The US needs to focus on that.

      Piers is simply profiting from the blood of children by railing against something he knows nothing about. He was fired in England for posting FAKE pictures of Brit soldiers torturing Iraqis, he was editor of a rag that was knee deep in the phone hacking scandal... Even the judge did not believe his testimony. He is nothing short of the British version of Jerry Springer.

      Why CNN keeps him, I do not know... They should look at his ratings... Fox News has 6 time the ratings in Pier's time slot. Plus you can see CNN's ratings climb as Anderson Cooper and erin Burnette are on, then drop as soon as Piers goes on.... and they keep dropping for the rest of the night. that says that people turn on CNN, see him then turn off CNN for the rest of the night. That should tell them something about who they hired.

      March 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

        me & im sure many others , appreciate your post.
        your absolutly right.

        thats another reason why piers really needs to go & why he is just making things much worse – & this is important topic & all he can do is disrespect people who really are trying to do something positive & he rants on & on about things he has no knowledge about,... & using victims & their families suffering in the way he does is really disgusting. him & certain people portray the US as some dangerous violent place because of guns & thats not at all the case.

        the majority of all the crimes are in a few places & the rest of the country has really low crime.

        & thats right, anywhere anyone goes in the world, there is a criminal element & you have to be smart & aware of your surroundings.

        thanks again

        March 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Darren Potter

    Piers Morgan got his head hand to him, utterly losing the discussion.
    Piers needs to go to debate classes, then gain some experience in the minors, before attempting to do interviews on the majors, especially with people as knowledgeable as Lott.
    What ever CNN is paying Morgan, they should ask for 2/3 of it back.

    February 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. jim knows

    CNN, Do you realize;
    Piers Morgan sure makes you look bad.
    Keep up your bias and more people will change channels

    February 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Darren Potter

    P.M. - "In a country that brought in extensive gun control and gun bans following 18 mass shootings culminating in 35 people being slaughtered, there have been zero – zero – mass shootings since,"

    What Piers doesn't tell his audience is violent crimes, physical attacks, and murders have gone up in Australia after they instigated the gun ban.
    Summarizing: Zero mass shootings, but at the cost of more lives.

    Piers Morgan makes the fatal logic mistake (Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc) of assuming the zero mass shootings is directly the result of Australia's gun ban. The zero mass shootings could be the result of better public security. Better security in form of more police officers, better trained officers, new weapon detection devices at entry points, increased camera monitoring & face recognition, and profiling of unstable individuals.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J Shapiro

      Actually, Darren the number of victims of homicide has been in decline since 1996. In 1996, there were 354 victims of homicide in Australia compared with 260 in 2010. This is a decrease of 27 percent without allowing for population growth.
      Average rate of police in Australia per 100000 population in 1997 was 277 and in 2010 was 230.
      Stats are available

      March 1, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply

        you are leaving out very important facts:
        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%.

        Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., "Gun laws don't reduce crime," USA Today (May 9, 2002). See also Rhett Watson and Matthew Bayley, "Gun crime up 40pc since Port Arthur," The Daily Telegraph (April 28, 2002)

        its very misleading if you leave those out since all violent crime except murder has drastically increased, & murder only decreased 3%.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  19. PeterDM

    Piers was totally out of line in his "interview" with Mr. Lott. Personally, I think the US love affair with guns is an appalling thing & the 2nd Amendment is a mistake that, in practice, does little or nothing to protect from "government tyranny". However, Piers should be willing to discuss the issues – which are complex – honestly without shouting down his opponent.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      You simply don’t “get” the Second Amendment, do you?
      Civilians are no longer any match for the military force even with assault weapons, so what’s the point, it’s obsolete, eh? …Wrong!

      Tyrannical leaders do not want public outcry, much less International attention, since if everyone notices what they’re doing, they have very little chance in succeeding. So they’ll first seize control over the media, and then start abducting dissenters. For that, it'll be very convenient for them if people didn't have powerful weapons.

      This is where our Second Amendment can save us. If the government wants to arrest a dissenter who is well-armed, they'll have to send a SWAT team, then the entire neighborhood will “know” something is going on. If that happens here and there to good people, the rest of the country will “realize” something is wrong. And remember, we still way outnumber them. For them to suppress a large number of people “quietly” is not so easy, not when people put up a good fight.

      Simply put, high gun ownership by the citizenry makes it darn difficult or impossible for tyrannical leaders to succeed. That’s the brilliance of our Second Amendment.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • dave lane

        So why not .50cal Machine Guns and M203's – would that make such a safe place if everyone had an Uzi. Lindsey Graham looked like the idiot his is when he was questioning chief Flynn on background checks.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tedd

        dave, you simply missed my point. If we are allowed to own only handguns, shotguns, rifles (but not high-capacity), it’s still easy for the government to abduct us without much incident. Probably a few regular police officers will be enough to arrest a civilian not owning, say, AR15s. My point was to make the unlawful arrests/abductions difficult to do in “a secret manner.” We don’t necessarily need a machine gun for that. A few AR15s (or even one) would suffice to make them think they may not get away with it without other people noticing. And that’s a darn good deterrent.

        And personally, I don’t have a problem with my good decent law-abiding fellow Americans owning a machine gun. Virginia is home to more than 30,000 legally registered, fully automatic machine guns, the most of any state in the country. In fact, there is one legal machine gun for every 267 Virginians. Have they had many incidents of a machine gun being used in a crime in the recent years?

        March 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Right Winger

    I'd pay money to see Piers get his clock cleaned like he did last night. By the end of fight, Piers was speachless, and ready to crawl of the stage. A few more minutes of facts presented by Lott, and Piers would have cried.

    Priceless entertainment. Thanks Mr. Lott for giving the facts to debunk the brain-dead lefties that I run into.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      I would have paid anything to see Jeremy Clarkson clock Morgan!

      February 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Simon Baker

    As a Brit living in the Caribbean, I watched Piers Morgan last night and was embarrassed by his diatribe. In fairness, its difficult to understand why the Americans are so anti the idea of restricting access to assault weapons and hunting rifles that use high calibre ammo. That said, it is just plain rude to invite a guest on your show and then refuse him any opportunity to debate the issue properly. Sorry Piers, by all means have your say, but don't forget that old saying,'When in Rome....'

    February 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • PeterDM

      " its difficult to understand why the Americans are so anti the idea of restricting access to assault weapons and hunting rifles that use high calibre ammo." It's because Americans – many Americans – are besotted with guns. They LOVE guns & have elevated them to a kind of religious status, creating a nonsensical mythology around them.

      However, I agree totally: it was excruciating to listen to Piers try to brow-beat Mr. Lott – reminiscent of Bill O'Reilly at his absolute worst.

      February 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tedd

        Many Americans are proud of their firearms, simply because they represent our freedom, the courage, the self-reliance and our strong will that proclaims “We will not be bullied, We will not be victimized, We will not be controlled, We will not surrender to an abusive power of any kind, either that comes from thugs or governments.”
        Sorry you can’t understand that, but don’t call the Second Amendment a mistake or a nonsensical mythology.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Emilio Marti

    Piers Morgan
    Dear sir
    I support your battle to get rid of firearms 1000%, due to the fact that in my Country of Costa Rica my grandfather was one of the members of Cabinet that with the president Figeres in 1949 after a bloody revolution decided to ABOLISH THE ARMED FORCES IN COSTA RICA , YES WE DO NOT HAVE AN ARMY. COSTA RICA ONLY HAS A SMALL POLICE FORCE . I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY TYPE OF GUN AND MY SONS DON'T KNOW HOW TO SHOOT DUE TO THERE IS NO MILITARY SERVICE. WE SPEND THE MONEY IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH

    February 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Central America is a pretty unstable place. I love Costa Rica and your country's philosophy, lets hope your dream lasts.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Gees CR, just go there than . We got our own problems ( that you dont care about ) to try to solve with cool heads and common sense! Gees go with the cartel than

        February 28, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. sm

    Wow , it seems every night hardly any of you come to try to give a solid idea, solution or thoughts of safety for our kids, streets through out america. It seems to be social watering hole for the monday morning quarterback. Its embarrasing. See the corilation between the long down fall of how we got here and the future deaths to come on the streets. You better start to think about what if it were your family member you could lose to THAT GUY'S right ( hobby of fun loving guns) toswing his gun in any business ( like a pizza shop) or your kids school ( with a laughable idea to arm the teachers. No one would walk out of that classroom with out a wound. You got to start giving us something nightly lighty thinking Piers webers ( a little Lazy, more true solutions) will check back on you soon to see if you catch on about the right to be safe in our streets without BULLETS!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      well s&m i can see your just on here to cause drama & not do anything meaningful to help stop violence.

      1 thing i did want to point out where your 100% incorrect, & its for anybody who reads this post & thinks you are right but i know you dont care about facts.

      in many states teachers ARE allowed to carry concealed guns on school grounds. in MN for example, if teachers or faculty members pass their permit to carry class & can legally carry a pistol, the principal can approve them to carry their pistol in the school & on school grounds.

      the reason they do this is because almost everybody who has been shot in a school did not have any with a gun in the immediate area to stop the criminal, so everyone got shot & killed.

      its kind of like how police carry guns, so if someone shoots at them or shoots around them, they are able to shoot back & stop the criminal instead of the police getting shot & killed.

      i know that simple stuff is hard for you to understand,
      like if someone is shooting at you, you dont understand that if you dont have a gun to shoot back, then you get shot and killed.
      but if you do have a gun, you can shoot & kill the crimina...l & then you can live.

      & thats what its all about LIVE & LET LIVE

      & another important fact, none of those teachers/faculty members have ever had any accidents & no students have ever been shot by a teacher/faculty members who are carrying a gun.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Even A Moron Can Understand This True Story

      The sounds of students going about their usual routine, laughing in the halls and learning in the classrooms, were punctuated by the sounds of gunfire as Luke Woodham entered the school and killed two students on Oct. 1, 1997, in Pearl, Miss.

      Principal Roy Balentine saw Woodham with the rifle, and, rather than confronting him, ran to his office to call the police. As he waited for them, seven more students were shot.

      Woodham had a very simple plan. He would continue to shoot students with his single-shot rifle until he heard sirens, then he would get in his car and drive to the junior high and continue his assault.

      Fortunately, he didn't get that chance. Assistant Principal Joel Myrick ran out to his car where he kept a .45 pistol in his trunk. He retrieved the gun and confronted Woodham, holding him at gunpoint until the police arrived.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. seth

    I bet Blade Runner wishes he never had a gun.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • J Shapiro

      And the family and friends of Reeva. RIP.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  27. TooManyGuns
    March 1, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply

    if you want good information that is true based on facts from 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 :


    heres another good one about the meds that are the cause of all mass shootings:

    heres a video showing how things happeni in the real world, not a fantasy world piers talks about.
    atleast 5 people's lives being saved when being robbed by 2 armed robbers. its important to note the AR15 is so intimidating & overpowering, the criminals run away & nobody has to die & thats one of top reasons why its good to have for self defense:

    March 1, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • PeterDM

      What you don't seem to appreciate is that your information ISN'T based on "true facts from real sources". The sources you reference – like "Gun Owners of America", Alex Jones 'Info Wars" &, for that matter, The Daily Telegraph, are all extremely biased sources that approach the issue with a pre-determined point of view & a political agenda.

      Statistics can be manipulated to "prove" all sorts of things. There are clearly MANY factors at play in determining rates of violence in a given society. The problem is the pro-gun lobby isn't interested in honestly analyzing those factors – it's only interested in promoting guns.

      March 1, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kevin Patrick

        Please Illuminate the argument with facts that counter those which you disparage in you post.

        March 1, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |

        if you were to look at those sites, including the FBI site, they list the facts about violent crimes & gun ownership. They also list the sources of those studies. You can also do research by yourself at a library.

        gun owners are coming under attack by people who claim they care about stopping murder, but instead all they are doing is making up things & not letting experts about guns explain the facts that are backed up by sources like the FBI.

        we have come under attack & have been forced to defend ourselves, while we are trying to point out the real causes of violent crime & mass murders.

        thats why i also included the site on the medications mass murderers are on. if you took time to research that, you would find out that they all have been on the same handful of medications & thats the real reason why their brains have become so backwards that they think its good to murder as many defenseless women & children as they possible can.

        but while people focus on guns, that only have been shown to reduce crime & is the only way you can stop a violent criminal unless you have training in other weapons or martial arts, the real causes dont get address .

        March 1, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
      • cr

        The gun crime and violent crime rates were reported across the British media including all of the trusted briadsheets and news outlets like the BBC and Sky News. The stories were even reported in the Guardian the most well respected left of center pro gun control broadsheet in Britain.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
      • peterDM

        I have done lots of research. The issue is a complex one – there are no simple answers. However, to have a meaningful discussion, you have to start with an open mind & a willingness to consider all angles. Gun Owners of America & Dane Jones clearly are not "open-minded" on this issue. The Daily Telegraph article is a (Conservative) political attack against the (Labour) government of the day (2009) rather than a serious article about societal violence in the UK.

        A more interesting & useful discussion can be found here:

        The detailed statistics can be found here:–year-ending-sept-2012.html#tab-Summary

        Comparing statistics from one country to another can be very misleading, as it depends to a great extent on the way statistics are reported & evaluated. If you're going to use statistics, it's a good idea to start with the numbers & see what conclusions they lead to, rather than start with a conclusion & then manipulate the numbers to support your conclusion.

        Piers Morgan's "cherry-picking" & hectoring tactics are not helpful to the debate, but then Morgan's primary interest is not getting to the truth – it's increasing his ratings.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Simon Baker

        You are so right in your assessment of Piers Morgan. He was formerly the Editor of a tabloid paper which was more concerned with publishing salacious gossip on celebrity issues than serious political or economic comment.
        However, he does have a point about the way sections of the US gun lobby a slewing the debate toward suggesting the 2nd Amendment is under threat to the banning of firearms which are more suited to military use. I echo many of the concerns as to how he is appearing to 'steam roller' his agenda through by inviting guests onto his show and then trying to humiliate them by effectively gagging them from making any meaningful contribution; that's not journalism either in the UK or the US.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        @PeterDM. The stats are very clear when doing comparisons between different European countries. The Swiss, Germans and French are the 3rd, 4th and 5th largest gun owning nations on the planet. By comparison these three countries have overall homicide rates that are 40% lower than gunless Britain's. Even Spain and Italy, two other large gun owning European nations have homicides rates that are 20% lower than Britain's. Counting the number of homicides is not a gray area.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • cr

        @PeterDM, you can't lump Britain's Daily Telegraph in with the likes of Alex Jones, it's a leading British broadsheet with a highly regarded international reputation. Furthermore, the violent crime rate and gun crime stories appeared across all respected spectrums of the British media.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Ichiro

        “Morgan's primary interest is not getting to the truth – it's increasing his ratings.”

        Peter, I agree with you on that 100%. So here’s my suggestion for Piers’ show....
        Piers can have shows about the BBC report on how he was sacked from his position as Editor of the tabloid paper, Daily Mirror, for publishing fake photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi POW. Have Anderson Cooper (since Anderson will be “keeping him honest”), interview Piers and let him explain himself if he is innocent of this. That is a great way for Piers to garner ratings. I’m sure a lot of people will tune in. I’ll watch it for sure!

        March 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

        you are wrong. FBI stats show all violent crime rates in America steadily decreasing as more Americans arm themselves.

        also , you can use common sense. if many people in a community have guns to they can stop any kind of violent attack, how is crime going to go up?

        think about it.
        you dont have a gun, a group of criminals attack you , what are your options?

        if you have a gun & training, a group of criminals attack you , what are your options?

        ps it was eric holder in a compaignto brainwash people abaout guns, google it

        March 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mary Donald

    I) honestly believe CNN should get rid of P.Morgan. He is downright rude and voices his opinion all the time and doesn`t let his guests talk in some cases- Viewers are more interested in hearing his guests opinion, not Morgans, who cares what he thinks.

    Alsol he keeps giving his opinion and attacking the Catholic Church that it is outdated, if the church is not to his liking there are plenty out there to choose from with all the reforms he seems to like.

    It used to be such a pleasure to watch Larry King every night, asking intelligent questions and listening to his guests opinion-


    March 1, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Farley

      Piers Morgan should be thanking all the guntoting Americans, if not for them he would now be speaking German.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • nickntime

        last night's interview. A guy from arms dealers said about the same thing. The americans have gone to bat for the British

        March 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Scare The Pilgrims

    The SCARE THE PILGRIMS DAILY Report : I predict Mr. Lotts book sales after this insanity wil be around the same as Smith & Wesson's record sales of their brand new at the time Model 29 Revolver , the 1st .44 Magnum Handgun ever produced, hey it had to start somewhere, sales of Mr. Lotts book will zoom just as the the S&W -29 did after the world was introduced to none other than Clint Eastwood as "DIRTY HARRY",,the sales of the .44 Magnum increased 4X thanks Piers, couldn't have done it without cha. Mr. Lotts is a Scholar and Piers is a Buffoon.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Kevin Patrick

    Mr. Morgan seems to have missed an important point or two.

    The 2nd amendment does not grant a right, it simply enumerates that right. The right not come from the government, it is a natural right of all free people.

    He states that Mr Lott has a right to his opinion, all the while denying him the opportunity to express it. Had it not been for our country's brilliant recognition and staunch defense of the right to freedom of expression Mr. Morgan could not benefit from the public position and status he enjoys today. Denying Mr. Lott the opportunity to simply answer a question, never mind actually express an opinion of his own flies in the face of decorum. To do that to another person, here in the USA is, quite simply, un-American.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

      pretty sure some American woulda kicked his ass by now too if it werent for that 2nd ammendment & his armed bodyguards to protect him .

      March 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Steve Poland

    Piers, until recently I've been a fan of your interviews and reporting. I just watched this "interview" with John Lott Jr. and came away annoyed and disgusted. If your plan was to attempt to balance out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity then I guess congratulations...

    March 1, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. rose macaskie

    If John Lot Junior could read the tea leaves he would not be asking why he is on, he is on so that Piers can get him to admite the true data about guns and murders, to admite that where guns have been banned nurders h ave dropped and though Piers does not say it, all murders have dropped in number, fewer people do things if those things are harder to do, when the most deadly guns have been banned and when the less leathal ones are tightly controled. The people who believe the lies of the gun lobby wont change their minds till they hear from the mouths of their own such, as this man the real facts,
    Some may say that an interveiwers job is not that of a lawyer to get information out of people that incriminates them just to hear their side of things but as I remember it Larry King was always trying to get people to tell about themselves, as in, their guitly secrets, psychiatrists style, so it does seem as if drawing people out getting them to say what they did not want to let go of, is part of interveiwers style, to the delight of scandler mongering veiwers, the famouse interveiwer do it. Those experts who totally disregard or are totally ignorant of the truth cant be considered experts any way just backyard curiosities. Y
    ou could have an arguement about whether you approve of people having to spill the beans about themselves on television or not. Historically epochs of breast baring have been followed by epochs of disapproval of those who would confess others, as a lot of confessions, in the end, make it clear how confessions help the abusive to stand on people or use them. This man pretends that it is not a norm for interveiwers to draw people out and hedge them in but it is not true. I suppose if he considers himself as apart of an expert panel then he feels he is there to give his opinion not to be drawn out. In an expert panel other experts would nail him, with any luck, if he tried to distort the truth, so same difference, mind you experts can get so very refined that they cant be trusted in to nail anyone. rose macaskie madrid

    March 1, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

      if you watched the interview, which is suppose to be a discussion with an expert , to explain facts & statistics about somethingpiers has no experience in, you can see piers is the one who is distorting facts, making things up, & focusing how a bullet effecs a body.

      a great example that stands out is when they were discussing the UK's murder rate. they were speaking about how after the gun ban in UK, murders increased dramatically for the 1st 7 years, Piers then cut off his guest & said but "after the 7 years, the murder rates dropped".
      the guest was able to get in the real fact that really mattesr," yes after the huge spike in murder in the 1st 7 years, then after the murders dropped, the murders are still higher than before the gun ban went into effect."

      piers would not let his guest explain that & instead cut him off & piers kept acting like the murder rate in UK is lower now then it was before the ban.

      but its not, the murder rate in the UK,along with all violent crime in the UK, is higher now. & thats the most important thing to know, but piers doesnt want anyone to know that.

      so now people like you think the murder rates are lower since the ban when acually they are higher.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply

      its just unbelievable that people like you arent joking around.
      you are serious right?
      you really think after gun bans murder rates are lower? thats not even true about Britain where Piers' is from. the murder rate now is higher than it was before the gun ban.

      you can also call it gun lobby lies, or you can look it up yourself & know that it is not a lie & has been reported by the government of Britain.

      if you need someone to help do that for you , then here is 1 site that reported it & shows the data is fact & comes from the government data.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • PeterDM

        NorthStar: you keep referencing this article without seeming to realize that it DOESN'T show what you think it does. On the contrary, the actual statistics show that crime & gun crime in the UK has declined in the last 10 years. The article in the Daily Telegraph (a Conservative paper) reports a POLITICAL confrontation between the government & the opposition. It does NOT offer a comprehensive picture of gun crime statistics, or even crime statistics in general in the UK. It only compares them (in a sensationalist & rather meaningless way) to the statistics of some other EU countries:

        Chris Grayling, shadow home secretary (ie spokesman for the of out-of-power Conservative party), said: "This is a real damning indictment of this government's comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in our society, and the knock-on effect on crime and anti-social behaviour.

        But the Telegraph article also quotes the government spokesman: “These figures are misleading. Levels of police recorded crime statistics from different countries are simply not comparable since they are affected by many factors, for example the recording of violent crime in other countries may not include behaviour that we would categorise as violent crime.

        “Violent crime in England and Wales has fallen by almost a half since a peak in 1995 but we are not complacent and know there is still work to do. “

        The article concludes: Researchers admit that comparisons of crime data between countries must be viewed with caution because of differing criminal justice systems and how crimes are reported and measured.

        Instead of referencing politically slanted newspaper articles LOOK AT THE ACTUAL STATISTICS:

        They show a steady decline in most crime rates, including the homicide rate which remains very similar to most other EU countries – all of which are MUCH lower than in the US. Whether the presence or absence of guns is the primary reason is debatable, but the figures are NOT.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        @PeterDM. Gun crime hasn't declined in the England and Wales in the last 10 years. If you look at Home of Statistics the numbers of reported gun related crimes and injuries are substantially higher than they were in 1997. Handgun injuries in particular have nearly doubled, and that's despite the ban in England, Wales and Scotland.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |

      well your 100% peter. while the steady increase in violent crime in Britain, which is higher then the US, the US violent crimes rates have been steadily decreasing as more Americans arm themselves.

      & we have a 2nd ammendment so we have a right to arm ourselves to stop violent crime & thats exactly what is happening.

      in America we have personal responsibility to protect our communties & our children & we dont elect a government to do that for us like Piers says.

      peirs wants taxation without representation like he has said previous shows, & thats exactly why we have the 2nd Ammendment, to stop that from happening at all costs & to stop people like him from infiltrating our government to take away freedoms to get mre money & power for themselves.

      March 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply

        your 100% WRONG peter... is what i meant to type.
        earn how to protect yourself & your community & its very very simple thing to do.. or go live in another country like Britain with crazy violent crime or Chicago where the murder rate is the highest in the country if you prefer places that only criminals have guns.


        March 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mike

    Thank you Piers for speaking up as a good citizen should to reveal loud and clear that too many of us are so brainwashed that guns are so necessary for safty and peace in our heighborhoods. many of us are so disgusted by gun owners explaining their need for guns versus the most important elements of a civilized nation; LIFE, FREEDOM FROM FEAR, LIBERTY, HAPPINESS! These gun owners should have NO right to subordinate these civil rights to their gun ownership.

    My solution is that manditory militia training, gun safety, psych classes, and annual inspections go with gun ownnership

    March 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      I agree with you Mike and to Piers for his interview WAY TO GO PIERS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      Only if Piers had a noble character and a true journalistic mission for finding solutions to gun violence, I may lend an ear... but unfortunately, Piers is a hack of the worst kind.

      Especially what he did to the British soldiers is unforgivable.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      I again find myself asking a gun-control nut; are you stupid or can you just not type?

      March 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        There are also quite few gun control freaks on this forum who can't type, spell, and string a coherent sentence together.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

      so diane went on & on how bad guns are & the answer is not more guns , to try to convince people that having a gun is not a good idea & doesnt do anything to reduce violent crimes..

      but did she tell you she was around a violent crime unarmed.... & her solution was to get a carry permit & training &... she carries a gun so she wont be a victim again?

      oh yea she forgot to mention that.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. djanuary

    Piers Morgan is completely over the top, If he continues to X-out his guests he will no longer be considered as a host for any debates.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Rob

    "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

    I will explain this for the gun control idiots. Congress cannot pass a law that infringes on the rights of citizens to bear arm!! They can however, repeal the 2nd Amendment. The reason they don't try that is because they no the gun control lobby is a small minority.

    If you don't believe that start lobbying your congressman to repeal the 2nd Amendment and see what happens.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      We must make sure that any power-hungry politicians with tyrannical tendencies know their limit, that their wildest dreams wouldn’t ever come true (so they won’t even dare try) because the people have the power to fight against the corrupt government to the bitter end. And it is our moral obligation to pass on this “power of the people” to the later generations as our Founding Fathers intended, to ensure that our great-great-great-grand-children will enjoy the freedom that we enjoy today. We must fight tooth and nail to preserve the Second Amendment.

      March 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tedd

        Firearms are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable... the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference, they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. - George Washington

        March 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        I like the quote. The rest of the world cannot understand the cultural significance of guns to the Americans.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ichiro

      What? repeal the 2ND Amendment? Yeah, this is what’s gonna happen... Over my dead body! I mean, literally!

      March 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tedd

        "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!" - Patrick Henry

        March 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sarge325

    Pretty funny that CNN is airing this particular clip that shows Piers being even an more arrogant blowhard than usual. Apparently, they like him to be over the top and they like the scathing responses he gets.

    Bill O'Reilly on FoxNews is often criticized for pushing his guests around, but he always let's them make their point. Piers is far beyond Bill on the insufferable snob scale.

    I stopped watching Piers after his first few shows. I happened to catch of couple of his videos (again, selected by CNN!) today that convinced me I made the right choice in turning him off.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    do you still think you should be listening to the advice these people give you on what is best for you to do to protect your life?
    its important we dont get to a point where we are forced to do what they tell us is best for us.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. TooManyGuns

    America's homicide rate is four times that of the UK.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      And a population to that is much larger. I lived in Europe for several years 8 to be exact and only the rich can hunt which is what is getting ready to happen here. It is no great thing to live in Europe because your tax rate is so much higher that is why so many leave to come here (at least the ones that can afford it).

      March 7, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. cr

    And... Britain's homicide rate, despite having a virtual gun ban, is nearly twice the rate of Switzerland's. The Swiss are ranked the 3rd largest gun owning nation in the world and privately own on a per capita basis nearly 8 times as many firearms as the British and are. In fact mist if the guns owned in Swiss homes are automatic assault rifles. If these kinds of firearms are such a public safety issue why isn't the Swiss homicide rate significantly higher than the British?

    March 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. TooManyGuns

    Obviously the Swiss social culture is quite different than that of the UK. And lights years away from from that in America. The Swiss are much more equal and have less violence because of it.

    They can handle guns, the UK and America cant. Every 40 minutes an an American civilian is shot and killed. Very sad and very true.

    Maybe the gun lovers shoot move to Switzerland where the tenandcy to violence is low, and guns don't enable the problem.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      the people who live where guns arent restricted have almost no murders or crimes. the people who live in places with a lot of restrictions have the highest murder rae & crime.

      your point = FAIL

      March 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • too

        Sorry but that is completly false. All guns even toys are highly regulated.

        March 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • sarge325

      Correct, TooMany! It's the culture that determines the violence, not access to guns. The Swiss have lots of guns and have very little violence, even less than the UK. The Swiss have a peaceable culture. Here in the US, we have a violent culture – in certain places, the large cities. In rural America, gun violence is low, with murder rates as low as any you'll find in Europe. But these rural areas have lots of guns. Guns aren't the issue, the culture is. Our urban areas have massively high unwed pregnancies, lots of poverty and drug gangs. They have very high violence, making the average level of violence across America higher than in Europe. But our high average violence is not typical of America – it is only typical of the urban centers. Treat the problem, violent culture in the cities. Access to guns isn't the problem.

      March 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      This speaks to the growing inequality problem we have in this country that some have mentioned on this forum. The inequality that is driving our high murder rates that more equitable countries are not experiencing. I think there is a lot of truth to this. Certainly the victims of violence in Chicago, who were recently interviewed by Canada's CBC News, don't see stricter gun laws as way to end the violence in their city. All those interviewed said it was about providing jobs and hope for the future that would make the difference.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. theapatriot

    One day, someone in America is going to catch Piers Morgan and split his head open with a baseball bat. I hope to be there to watch.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. TooManyGuns

    And, the Swiss regulate their guns very, very tightly.

    Unlawful possession of guns will be punished.

    Gun trade among individuals will require a valid weapon acquisition permit. Weapons acquired from an individual in the last ten years (which did not require a weapon acquisition permit) have to be registered. As a central weapons register was politically unfeasible, the authorities hope to get an overview of the market through this registration requirement.

    Every gun must be marked with a registered serial number.

    Airsoft guns and imitations of real guns will also be governed by the new law.

    While the above mentioned "free arms" remain exempt from the weapon acquisition permit, the vendor is required to notify the local arms bureau of the sale.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      @Toomanyguns. But the Swiss, despite all their guns, still have a homicide rate that is nealy 40% lower than the Brits who don't have any guns. Furthermore, the Germans and the French privately own 5 times as many guns as the Brits (ranked 4th and 5th globally in terms of gun ownership) and they too have homicides rates that are nearly 40% lower. The Italians and the Spanish also own significantly more guns than the Brits and have homicide rates that are nearly 20% lower. The social policy in in all of these countries including gun less Britain are very similar. So what is driving the higher murder rate in Britain, it certainly isn't the availability of guns. Interestingly, these high gun owning European nations have some of lowest homicide rates in the world.

      March 2, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. TooManyGuns

    Maybe if we adobt the Swiss's social ways and very strict gun control laws, it would work here too?

    March 2, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

      your forgetting some important things. this is America built on personal freedoms & liberties. we dont have a system of government that is designed to tell what we have to do.
      so no, we arent registering any guns because that violates our right to privacy.
      which is more important than some people who feel better when they get to make other people do to what they want to make themselves feel better.

      March 2, 2013 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • TooManyGuns

        I don't see it as a matter of control. I see it as a matter of public safety. Rights that enable the killing of our people are not rights. They are wrongs.

        March 2, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |

        well besides that our forefathers warned us that people would try to take away our rights & use public safety to get support,

        the only public safety issue is that people arent protecting themselves like they should against criminals or whatever type of attack possible.
        i have a gun & permit to carry & it helps public safety because no one can violently attack me or anybody with me.

        if you or anybody else dont want one thats your right & i wouldnt insist on telling you what to do.
        i can only point out all facts like from the FBI that shows violent crime has been on steady decrease from many years as more people take personal reponsibility to protect themselves & their community.

        i tell you that because many people, like diane fienstein & myself, didnt start carrying guns until AFTER we were violently attacked & had no choice except be a victim. i wish i wouldve started before i thought it wasnt needed.

        March 2, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      To Too Many Guns.. Do your research. The Swiss issue an Assault Rifle (and that would be a real Sig 550 with select fire, not the Semi Autos that are legal in this country) to every able man of military age. That actually gives them the highest proportion of firearms possession in the world. Just go to Google and type in "Gun Politics in Switzerland". Then you might not bring up Switzerland to back your opinions. You're misinformed.

      March 2, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • TooManyGuns

        Sorry Ken, check out just how strict the Swiss are in reuglating their militia's guns. And btw the government keeps all the ammo. Guns with no ammo = no problem.

        March 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |

        you just dont get it sorry too many guns.

        when a government tells us we cant have any ammo===HUGE PROBLEM

        March 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Too

        Bringing Switzerland into the discussion is a strong point FOR strong gun control.

        March 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • cr

        @toomanyguns. Have you ever been to Switzerland? Shooting is the country's biggest national past time. The countryside is littered with ranges. Competive target shooting events are broadcast on national TV. Besides the military issue assault rifles that the Swiss have in their homes, the Swiss privately own a lot of other firearms, the ammunition for which is not kept by the government.

        March 3, 2013 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        ToomanyGuns. Wikapedia is not a Know all tell all even Liberal teachers in America do not trust all information off the site. I was stationed in the military and worked with swiss troops they do not carry just swiss knives and watches.

        March 7, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  45. TooManyGuns

    We should invite the authors of the Schengen Treaty to help us with our laws, Learn from the success of others instead of just trying to figure out what doesn't work first.

    March 2, 2013 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Lauren

    Piers is overbearing towards his guests. He doesn't understand the issue at all and is not willing to listen to anyone to become more enlightened. Get him off the air CNN, his videos are just the same thing over and over again, he constantly repeats a few statistics that back his theory, but blatantly ignores the ones that don't back it.

    March 2, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  47. too

    The NRA should be called the National wRong Association. That's the way they have been behaving for a long time. Even Nugent got it wrong, rock-n-roll isn't about deadly weapons. You know most of America doesn't live on 300 acre ranches.

    March 2, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  48. too

    Lynyrd Synyrd
    Saturday Night Special

    Mr.Saturday night special
    Got a barrel that's blue and cold
    Ain't no good for nothin'
    But put a man six feet in a hole

    Big Jim's been drinkin' whiskey
    And playing poker on a losin' night
    And pretty soon, Big Jim starts a thinkin'
    Somebody been cheatin' and lyin'
    So Big Jim commences to fightin'
    I wouldn't tell you no lie
    And Big Jim done pull his pistol
    Shot his friend right between the eyes


    Oooh Saturday night special...
    For twenty dollars you can buy yourself one too...

    Oooh let me tell you all about it...

    Well hand guns are made for killin'
    They ain't no good for nothin' else
    And if you like to drink your whiskey
    You might even shoot yourself
    So why don't we dump 'em people
    To the bottom of the sea
    Before some ole fool come around here
    Wanna shoot either you or me


    Ooooh it's a Saturday night special
    And I'd like to tell you what you can do with it too...

    March 2, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrims

      apparently you missed the part about Ronnie Van Zant packing a pistol every where he went

      March 2, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. joel blum

    I generally am supportive of the point of view that Piers Morgan presents regarding guns in this clountry. I am, however, appalled by the way he treats people with opposing points of view. I believe he actually is undermining what he says he is trying to achieve by being so controlling, aggressive and disrespectful towards his "guests." I hold CNN responsible for continuing to provide him this forum in a Prime Time Slot. I have had CNN as my default page when I sign on and I am now going to change that and seek another news site that is more objective and trustworthy.

    March 2, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Dr. Jimmy

    When my children ask "why did we have to kick to british out, dad?", I'm just gonna show them clips of Piers Morgan.

    March 2, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Archibald

    I think Morgan is making a disservice to CNN. A bully with no respect towards the guests that disagree with him. Low level journalism. CNN is not the news agency it used to be. Very sad.

    March 2, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. TooManyGuns

    I think when the facts don't support your case, the only option you have is to try and discredit your opponent. The thing is people love to watch Piers, and the facts are on his side!

    The National wRong Association has had the only loud voice for way too long. It's about time the majority's voice is heard loud and clear.

    This is America, and America isn't being represented enough (yet) in the gun violence debate.

    March 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. RobD

    I have been checking out as many of the gun control debate videos that feature Piers as i can and they all have the same pattern of questions and talking over/bullying guests that do not share his opinions. Luckily, in this sort of forum, there is no possibility of being drowned out by someone else having a louder opinion. One of the questions he loves to ask is why anyone would need an AR with the exception of hog hunting. The answer that i have not heard yet from his guests is that the ballistics of the .223 round are perfectly suited for close quarters (ie indoors) because at close range, the .223 fragments on impact delivering it's energy right away and not over penetrating. This is especially useful if you don't want rounds to go through an intruder into a wall and harm innocents. As for his question about why anyone would need a semi automatic with a large capacity magazine, there are numerous stories I have heard from military personnel where a single round of .223 did not stop the combatant. The theory is that the combatants get high on something before going into combat. I believe that a high capacity magazine on an AR type weapon is a just in case measure, and a good one at that. Knowing that it could possibly take 3, 4, or even 5 rounds to put down an intruder and not knowing how many intruders there are definitely makes me feel that a 10 round max on all magazines is going to potentially put people at risk, due to the fact that under stress, people miss, people fumble reloads, and some people don't own that many magazines. Of course the counter argument for this could be that having high cap mags in circulation makes them more accessible to bad people. Well, the magazines don't fire the bullets themselves. Keeping the weapons out of the hands of bad people is going to make sure that high cap mags don't get used in crimes, plain and simple. The need for a certain kind of weapon in a certain situation is a matter of personal preference. Some people are more comfortable with the AR platform, some with pistols, some with shotguns. The AR is low recoil and being a two handed weapon (rifle) make it easier to control and allows for greater accuracy. The ability to add flashlights, optics, etc also adds to the ability to be accurate in different situations. Pistols have small sight radius' (distance between front and rear site) making the margin for error in lining up sites that much higher, especially at night. Shotguns are a good choice for home defense because of stopping power(dependent on gauge and load) and the fact that they are designed for close quarters. The low capacity and high recoil are the cons that must be considered. I'm done now. I felt the need to come on and express these views because none of Piers' guests have really had a chance to voice their opinions or share their expertise without being cut off by commercial breaks or Piers screaming about how stupid his guest is.

    Thank you for your time and for not interrupting....(that was a joke)

    March 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. TooManyGuns

    Roughly 6 million guns are manufactured in America each year. Where do they all go? Where will they go when the market is oversaturated like it is now, abroad? How will they keep their sales up, what tactics will they use to continue their produce, sell and make lots of money machine?

    March 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      you should look at what your saying. 6,000,000 guns manufactured each year(i dont know if thats true)

      as violent crimes are decreasing & we are gaining 6,000,000 guns every year & out of those 6,000,000 maybe 1 is used for a crime? maybe 10, 20?

      you see those guns are used to stop murders, stop crimes, thats why there isnt 6,000,000 gun crimes

      March 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Pizza

    If more guns meant less crime, why is it that there are metal detectors at government buildings ? Our legislators don't believe it, so they live in fortresses, leaving the common citizen to fend for himself. ( Lott is a useless NRA tool. )

    March 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      its really interesting how everyone who is against guns base their beliefs off things that arent true.

      you dont think diane fienstein thinks more guns equal less crime? she got her permit to carry after she was attacked & carries a gun so she can stop it & protect herself if it happens in the future.

      but someone like her thinks she is special & should have guns, but she doesnt think we should be able to.....

      March 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pizza

        Even when everybody has guns you are not safe, nor is it an effective defense . . . . it simply raises the level of violence.

        March 3, 2013 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  56. TooManyGuns

    The NRA is the marketing front for the gun industry. They exist for one reason, to sell more guns, to everyone, everywhere.

    March 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      you think Americans are so dumb that didnt learn from history? We dont listen to our founding fathers who said our freedoms would be under attack by people who used public safety as an excuse? you think we dont know how handle guns & train to stop violent crime? we are homicidal maniacs & everyone would snap & murder everybody else if we had more guns? or we are so clumsy we can train to point a gun at a target & hit it?

      you really think that we dont see who has infiltrated our government & is telling other politicians to vote with their hearts & not worry about political repercussions?

      the NRA doesnt advertise for any guns that ive ever seen. their main purpose is fighting for our 2nd ammendment rights. also they do a lot in gun safety & especially with gun safety for children.

      March 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Cherry Picker

    Like Piers Morgan, CNN chose to cherry pick the part of the interview that Morgan uses as his basis for gun control. I saw the entire interview, and Lott made solid points in several areas when actually given the chance to speak. This was possibly the worst "interview" I've ever seen. Why not post the entire segment CNN?

    March 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. cr

    March 3, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      An Excellent video, cr, and An Excellent woman.
      We oughta vote out those arrogant nonsensical politicians, otherwise we are doomed.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Wayne

    What they need to do is FIRE PIERCE MORGAN'S ASSSSS Because he sure ACTS LIKE ONE....

    March 3, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  60. PiersIsDumb

    'Zero, Zero, Zero' is Piers IQ. CNN, you look REALLY bad to be giving this jerk any attention let alone airtime or his own show. Cable News Network – News = Nothing

    March 3, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Philip Coppell

    I would like Piers to display a weekly total of the people killed by guns in the United States compared to the people killed by guns in Great Britain, France, Germany and say Australia, were there is gun control. I am sure that it would make an interesting weekly comparison.6

    March 3, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      That should be interesting. The Swiss, Germans and French are the 3rd, 4th and 5th largest gun owning nations on the planet. And yet all three of these large gun owning European nations have per capita homicide rates that are nearly 40% lower than gunless Britain's. Maybe in your weekly count you should also include the Spaish and the Italians, to other large gun owning European nations, who's homicide rates are also nearly 20% lower than Britain's.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply

      i think the most interesting thing about that idea – posting the total number of people killed every day by guns in every country – is that some countries have a lot more people than other countries & so there would be nothing interesting about it.

      but piers could do that to honor the victims of violent crime, or he could try it & see if it helps boost his ratings at all.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        It should be total homicides, irrespective of means. The number of homicides per 100k of people is the usual measure. Measured against the per capita level of gun ownership, the number of guns per 100 people.

        March 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |

        obviously it will have to be done in a way that makes viewers less intelligent if Piers wants it to go along with the show format.

        March 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. cr

    March 3, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply

      she makes a few good points.

      & you know - that shooting in the mall when a citizen with the pemit/gun was able to stop the guy, & only 2 people were killed - piers wouldnt count that as a mass murder that was stopped with a citizen with a gun because mass murders are when 4 or more people die.... so thats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 mass murders that were stopped with an armed i said 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 shut up, its 0 0 0 0 0 not 1, not 2, not 3, not even 4 or 5, SHUUUUUUUUT UP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MASS MURDERS WERE STOPPED BY AN ARMED CITIZEN

      0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CANT YOU ADD YOU IDIOTS? THATS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      cr, this is great! Posting here the real logical sensible strong pro-gun argument for everyone to see. This way, Morgan can’t talk over, edit it to twist what the speaker means, or try to denigrate them with his ridiculous name-calling tactic. Good job, cr!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. bob

    morgan has no clue, dont send him back to england, they have enough problems. cnn should man up and get him off tv

    March 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  64. The Dude

    Hey morons. This is what real journalism looks like. They do this to our President when he goes on fox. Keep kicking ass Piers.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      Do you think “a real journalist” would produce “fake photos” of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner?

      March 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

        The phone hacking is in addition to the fake photographs. As a journalist his cedabilty is shot!

        March 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cr

      March 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack Monsoon

      ummm...I think you should post the video of THAT ever happening to the President. Not a chance...I don't think Obama was ever on Fox news.

      March 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. The Dude

    If guns don't cause crime and kill people, why are Drugs illegal? Drugs don't kill or cause crime either.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Bad analogy!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Piers Morgan

      @The Dude, and all my valued viewers,

      I have been reading everyone's comments & thanks for all the support. I wanted you to be the first to know, I am going to start reporting on a new topic this week that touches all Americans.
      I will be bringing you facts that you probably didn’t know, like I always do. As always, I will be inviting guests and experts on the show to have an educated debate. This is a hard topic for many Americans and I will keep giving you what you have come to expect from me, real facts.
      Many of you aren't aware of the dangers, many of you have been giving wrong information, and many of you have already been affected by the loss of a close loved one.
      The time is now to make a change and we must act. Don't think you don't have a choice, you do.
      Nobody has to become another casualty of marijuana.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Amber Lee

        Better to move on from a losing battle over gun control before CNN fires you!!!!

        March 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tedd

      I think there’s a good reason as to why we allow (or require, rather) our law enforcement officers to carry a gun, but NOT allow them to USE DRUGS. I can’t remember why that was at the moment, maybe I’m getting old... but I AM 100% SURE there’s a VERY GOOD REASON for that. Now, what was it?? mmm......

      March 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      Guns won’t make a killer out of you, but drugs do.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. John Smith

    I really hate CNN and their censorship. But I absolutely can not stand Piers Morgan! CNN is trash, and so are their anchors. HATE HATE HATE HATE censored media in America. CNN/MSNBC/FOX=trash.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Nae

    Clearly, Piers Morgan is a hack with little regard for journalistic integrity, which makes me wonder how and why CNN would stake its reputation on him.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cr

      Apparently CNN are getting increasingly twitchy about Morgan's phone hacking past.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Polly

    The more Morgan talks the less credible he gets,

    March 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Jim kerr

    Why is Piers Morgan allowed to talk to invited guests the way he does. CNN you have no balls by letting this uneducated person handle him self the way he does. I will never watch CNN again. Never

    March 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Kevin Patrick

    Mr. Morgan says hr is truly interested in educated debate, yes several submissions to this forum by myself have never been posted. Why?

    March 4, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

      because they censor it. try to type anything about p*t*ti*n that was filed.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tedd

      I had (and still having from time to time) the same problem. I think many posters here experience their posts not appearing once in a while... The odd thing I realized is, there are certain words that always get blocked. The words I noticed so far are, “const*tuti*n”, “J*p*n” or “J*p*nese”, “sn*t*h”, ... (I’m using asterisks here, so they won’t get blocked, but you can guess the original words, right?), and “pet*ti*n” is another word, huh?

      But there are other posts that didn’t have any of those words and still did not go through no matter how I changed the wording. And how does that kind of censoring (if this is the case) work for the show’s favor...? Those aforementioned words can’t really determine if the post is critical or favorable toward the show...

      STRANGE!!!!!!! What is going on, Site Manager!!!???

      March 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Cathy Brown

    Piers Morgan is a fraud.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Geore Green

    No one could hear what PP was saying. He is a bad host. What is th epoint of having guests if he's only going to have a monologue. give hime a radio show that way we can only hear him and not look at his smug face. He is not credible and he is a fraud.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  73. George Johnson

    PP is shallow.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  74. dcbrook

    What a total embarrassment this interview was for CNN. Piers has the audacity to call it a "debate". According to my definition, this was nothing near to a debate. This was Piers Morgan at his rudest, egocentric self. Mr. Lott was totally on point when he asked "Why am I here". I believe CNN should cancel all future guests (there really is no need for them to be there), provide Piers with a big soapbox to stand on, and get a larger studio (must be very crowded in there what with Piers and his ego). This clown needs to learn that viewers don't tune in to hear him pontificating, and telling his guests "I'm not going to stop talking, so you might as well be quiet". This is journalism at its worst. CNN has lost me as a viewer.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  77. jasondcronin

    I used to be a big fan of CNN. As a budding journalist, this was my news source. But Piers Morgan has destroyed this agency as a reputable source. He is AN AWFUL journalist.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      I completely agree with you! except I don’t consider Morgan a journalist of any sort. He is a HACK!!

      I am utterly puzzled by CNN’s decision of placing someone like Morgan after the legendary Larry King. I’d much rather want another hour of Anderson Cooper 360. I’d even watch a whole extra hour of Cooper’s RidicuList instead of Morgan’s show.

      I shall simply change the channel and watch something worthwhile after AC360. I will not contribute to Morgan’s ratings. If we all stop watching, the show will eventually be canceled, right?

      March 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jasondcronin

        You got it, that's all we can do. I don't want Morgan out simply because he holds viewpoints that are vastly different from mine, or because I think CNN should have an American with American experiences in the seat that Morgan currently has, but rather simply because he's just bad at what he does. He's too belligerent, unfair, and egotistical to do the job that a fair, even-keeled journalist should be doing.

        March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Jack Monsoon

    Holy crap that was hard to watch...I'm for gun control but Piers was nuts in this. I don't know if he was just so angry he just planned on verbally slapping that guy or he was afraid that maybe there would be some holes in his argument. I don't think even O'reilly was ever THAT bad.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  79. shawn poland

    gee its no wonder this show was down to only having 87,000 viewers in recent days. thats not many ppl out of the 311 mil in the US or 6.6 bil in the world LOL!!! i bet there are as many garbage men that look at the bottom of trash cans daily and see the same thing as can be seen watching this show or this network for that matter. im surprised the sponsors even want to keep paying for this crap, though i suppose a few of the big pharma pill heads are all taken with the how does it feel drama! i n f o w a r s . c o m /record-low-viewers-for-piers-morgan-tonight/

    March 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Ray

    CNN and Fox have both become a television version of People Magazine. The anchors think they are celebs and everything out of thier mouths is supposed to be gospel. I don't take either of them serious anymore. Television , in case you didn't know, is all about money. They study the viewers and from those studies they play to the viewers preducice. That's why most television, at least 80 percent, is like Jerry Springer. It's all about selling the ads.

    March 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Willy Brown

    Zuck must be keeping Piers around to wash his car. It's not because he's beating ED Schultze in the ratings. LOL...

    March 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Dean

    Less mass shootings, but Australia and the UK has higher violent crime and robberies because they've taken their citizens' protection away. The criminals have a monopoly because they're the only ones with the guns. Piers, if you don't like the way things work in MY country, GTFO. Limey maggot...

    March 5, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  83. J

    Larry King wasn't that entertaining all the time, but at least he was a journalist that reported facts objectivley and not his own personal agenda. If you're trying to make a case for gun legislation Piers you're doing a disservice. Allow your invited guests to speak to start. And have rational discussions. Quit relaying the same narrow minded cherry picked facts to support your agenda. And second keep it real, you're a pundit pushing your agenda and not a real journalist.

    March 5, 2013 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  84. USMCVet

    Pierce is a moron, he never lets anybody else speak. He needs to just go back to England if he doesn't like what America has to offer. The only way you can "talk" to the guy is by doing exactaly what Alex Jones did and raising your voice and not letting him get a word in edge wise. If you let him he will talk right over you as if you are not there or you don't matter. He is a disgrace to England and he is no better over here in the U.S. All you people who agree with him are just as naive as he is. If you hate the laws we have here in the United States of America than leave and go somewhere else to acheive your so called "peacefull society," it does not exist even in countries that have strict laws "peace" does not exist. Mr. Morgen if you don't like guns than don't buy or hang around people who own them, but leave us law-abiding gun owners alone. It is sad that in the United States of America we are guilty before being proven innocent, at least that is what people say "it is only a matter of time before a good guy with a gun becomes a bad guy with a gun," if this were the case we would have a hell of a lot more gun murders than we have now in the this country. Pierce Morgen is not even a U.S. citizen and you sheep follow his word like he is God. I am here to tell you he is not and should be deported and banned from the United States of America.

    March 5, 2013 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • whatever

      He likes the MONEY that America has to offer..............bottom line............

      March 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  85. JPC

    The only way to stop Piers Morgan is for all of us to STOP watching his nonsense. He is whats wrong with the MEDIA!

    March 5, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  86. RantingRabbit

    Piers Morgan is to CNN what Bill O'Rielly and Sean Hannity are to FOX News. They have no place in true journalism, if such a thing even exists anymore.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  87. Whatever

    Please take Piers Morgan off the air. He does not let anyone speak. Who the hell does he think he is? Bring Larry back or someone who will LISTEN to their guests and let them speak.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  88. art

    Whats wrong with John Lotts face,did he get inhured from the back blast of some weapon?

    March 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      Whats wrong with Piers Morgans brain, did it get injured from the back blast of his ego?

      March 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Don

        He is just a bully

        March 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  89. don

    Piers Morgan is a bully

    March 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  90. Barnie

    How is this NOT the same as Fox News?
    I mean honestly now. Its false outrage, its hyperbole as fact, its argument through volume.... I seriously can't wait to get deployed back to the 'Stan, so I can detoxify myself from the 24/7 news cycle. I'd rather face IED's and Bullets than watch CNN, HLN, Fox, or MSNBC

    March 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  91. ray

    i wish and pray all these gun hawks on the right get shoot by some body on ethe street so this country can be better

    March 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      And the anti-gun folks think gun owners are the dangerous ones... I know many gun owners all through my life, but I have never met one who wished anybody else's death.

      March 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  92. Fernando

    A good example of why it is bad politics to try to emulate the worst of those with whom you disagree.

    March 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  93. David H

    The Number 1 Reason I carry Hi-Capacity Magazines is for predators. That's why I need them. Ever seen dog packs Frenzy like sharks on a flock of sheep? When City folk can't afford to feed there dogs, they drop them in the country, and I have to shoot them as a result. After having run out of ammunition on multiple occasions, I've had to go back to the farm for more rounds to go back and finish the wounded. I've replaced that shotgun with a new one with a 20 round drum. For now it has been adequate. But just in case it broke, I bought 5 20 round drums, in case it is no longer available. That's my legitimate need.

    March 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  94. pheadbaq

    Piers Morgan = doooosh baaaag

    March 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  95. pheadbaq

    Go back to the tabloids Piers, you have no reputation left.

    March 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  96. Dimitar

    “I suggest you keep quiet cause I am not going to stop talking…” – Pierce Morgan is a complete disgrace.

    March 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  97. BenAflec

    ..Piers is truly a very pathetic excuse for an interviewer... I think CNN should bring back Larry King, the old fart was so much more entertaining and lucid, even for his age.

    March 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  98. Dude

    What people have to realize is that, until the next mass-shooting (more than four people) Morgan is going to beat this horse though no one is watching. The show is boring; Morgan is boring; and he doesn't know what to do to save himself. It would be fun if, say, Mayor Bloomburg gave Morgan a citation and declared his an honorary New Yorker for his efforts. Morgan's head would swell up so big, he would not be able to walk without falling over.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  99. Wendell

    Morgan has no room to look down his nose at the US. As cr posted above from The Telegraph – – The United Kingdom is the violent crime capital of Europe and has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, worse even than America, according to new research.

    Why was the new research needed? According to the article, "But last October it emerged that levels of violent crime in England and Wales had been underestimated for more than a decade because of a blunder in recording methods." My, how embarassing!

    The article also notes, "Researchers admit that comparisons of crime data between countries must be viewed with caution because of differing criminal justice systems and how crimes are reported and measured."

    March 6, 2013 at 5:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  100. Piers Morgan Wake UP


    Although I appreciated the tenacity in having a debate on a critical issue your continued BUlLLYING of all the guests who have a different opinion to yours is finally starting to turn me off. I am sure I am not the only one in this boat.
    STOP repeatedly quoting those statistics and start having a common sense debate before you lose all your viewership.

    March 6, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  101. creedwait

    I have not watched Piers now in almost two months. My life is better. I love CNN, I feel that for the most part they try to give me a balanced story. Not always, but most of the time. But I am disgusted by these loud-mouthed, bully interviewers with their bully pulpits. I am fed-up with Piers talking over his guests, I am fed-up with his narrow questioning. Piers is a part of the problem, not a part of the solution. His hated-filled yelling, interrupting and bullying is no different than the NRA's approach. Heck, the NRA might even be a little more open-minded than Piers! Gun deaths in America is a terrible problem, violence has become a terrible problem vehicular homicide is a terrible problem. We have problems, we need solutions. Piers bullying style is a perfect example of why we cannot solve these issues. Come on, CNN. You. Can. Do. Better.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  102. Eric

    He was on FoxSoccer commenting on an English game last weekend and was awesome. Maybe he missed his calling. He's garbage as a host. He's Bill O'Reilly but shilling for the libs. Let your guests talk for once.

    March 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  103. Randy

    Ugh I'm just wondering, even for people who are pro-gun control, isn't it annoying that Piers Morgan keeps spending all of his time repeating the same debate with various people? When CNN first brought him on he was supposed to wow us with his supposedly epic interviewing skills and ability to get answers on deep questions, but all he's doing now is having these inane debates that boil down to him repeating the same gun control tag lines.

    Plus read about his banning of guests and probable involvement or at least knowledge of Rupert Murdoch's phone hacking scandal. This guy is a jerk, and a baby.

    March 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • edvhou812

      Piers is trying to hold onto his job. All he has is gun control. He's a one-trick pony that isn't good enough to get Larry King's coffee, let alone be his replacement.

      March 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  104. edvhou812

    The ex-talent show judge thinks he can talk over his guests. Without his guests, Piers doesn't have a show. Just another boring pasty Brit losing ratings.

    March 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  105. Rob

    Mr. Morgan is like the rest of the liberals trying to change history and law. Soon we will have our kids believing the British won during the war for independance from British Rule. I spent 24 years in the Military to have a bunch of lazy fat hand out needing people debating me on GUNS. Well lets get one thing straight we need laws to make criminals miserable not law abiding citizens. But the liberals want the easy way out along with the Obaminator get rid of guns altogether and let the criminals run the copuntry. We already have The Obamination and Mr open mouth insert foot there as the top dogs. What we need to debate is why what I bought 1 monthe ago went from $12.00 to 24.00 a box this is the governments way of controling something and giving it to the 1% you are so worried about. Maybe I should start a movement to rid the country of alcohol, and Tabbaco because they kill more then guns do and yes both have killed others as well second hand smoke and DUI so maybe before you ban something maybe education is the better way hire teachers to teach about gun safety and usage and how it really effects someone being killed not what they show on TV movies and video games they need to see there is no reset button on that game. I was taught how to use a gun and spent 24 years using the weapon to keep me alive in some bad places Africa, Iraq, Kuwait,and Honduras.

    March 7, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  106. Tom K

    In 2011 the total firearm murders came to 8,583 according to the FBI. Now during that time the total murders committed by rifles – all rifles, not just semi-automatic rifles – were 323. That's 3% of all murders. Hammers and clubs killed half again as many people as rifles. Hands and feet murder twice as many and knives kill five times more Americans than all rifles combined. Preventable medical errors killed about 98,000 people per year. Medical malpractice kills more than twelve times as many people as are murdered in the US each year. That's more than three hundred times the number killed by all rifles – not just the so-called assault rifles. No one talks about limits on hammers or knives or doctors or hospitals. No one does that because the good we perceive from hammers and knives and doctors far outweigh their perceived harm and yet studies show that firearms prevent anywhere from 800,000 to over 2,000,000 violent crimes every year. The lowest estimate means that 100 times more violent crimes were prevented with firearms than the total murders committed with firearms.

    12 million unarmed men, women and children were unable to resist being murdered by their own National Socialist government in Germany. Perhaps 50 million unarmed men, women and children were murdered by their own Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 50 million Chinese murdered by their own government under Mao who also disarmed his people, and in Cuba and in Vietnam and in the killing fields of Cambodia. Now you say that can't happen here. You say we're protected. By what? By the Const*tution that you're in the process of destroying?

    - Watch “GUNS (Virtual State of the Union 2013)” by Bill Whittle on YouTube.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    Piers also brings up gun deaths and yeah have low gun deaths is great, but what he never gets is that when there are no guns the MURDER and VIOLENT CRIME rate increases tenfold.

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