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March 26th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – Ziegler vs. Morgan, Tiger's back and Tavis Smiley on guns in America

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Ziegler and Morgan debate the Penn State Sex Scandal

On Monday evening, Filmmaker John Ziegler and CNN correspondent Sara Ganim's discussion over the late football coach Joe Paterno's role in the Penn State Sex Scandal grew contentious when Ganim defended the outcome of the Jerry Sandusky trial.

"I sat through that trial every single day, I listened to all those men, including Mike McQueary, testify," said Ganim. "And at the end of the day, the jury believed them, every single one of them, including Mike McQueary. They believed he saw something inappropriate in that shower."

Ziegler took offense to Ganim's assessment taking aim at her 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her coverage on the case and trial calling her a "mouthpiece."

"She got a Pulitzer Prize for repeating the prosecutor's case," exclaimed Ziegler.

  • Ziegler: He didn't know that was happening

During the program Ziegler emphatically defended his belief that Paterno was unaware of Sandusky's conduct before McQueary's statement went public.

"He [Paterno] didn't know that was happening. Piers, there's no evidence of that. There's no conspiracy here," said Ziegler. "There is everyone acting in their own self-interest, throwing an old man who died soon after this happened under the bus to protect themselves, including the Penn State board of trustees."

  • Mother of slain baby hopes the shooter dies

Also on the Monday's program, Sherry West the grieving mother of a 13-month-old baby shot to death in his stroller by two teenagers spoke to Morgan about her tragic experience.

"I just hope, you know, that the shooter dies," said West. "I had to watch my baby die. And I want him to die, a life for a life."

"And the young one, he was an accessory, an accomplice. I hope that he gets a juvenile correctional facility to age 21 and a consecutive life sentence in state prison."

  • Chrstine Brennan talks Tiger Woods and his new Nike Ad

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan joined Morgan to weigh in on Tiger Woods' career comeback, once again ranking number one in the world and his new Nike Ad that touts the slogan "Winning takes care of everything," implying that Woods' re-crowning erases his past indiscretions.

"To kind of assume that's just the brush of a hand now, that is Nike to a tee, that is vintage Nike" noted Brennan. "But I'm not so sure that that sells so well to the - you know, to the American public at large."

  • Tavis Smiley encourages Morgan to continue his fight for gun control
  • And PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley joined the program and encouraged Morgan to continue his debate on guns in America.

    "My grand dad put it this way, 'There's some fights that ain't worth fighting even if you win. But there's other fights you have to fight even if you lose,'" said Smiley.

    "This is a fight we should have fought. And if nominees to the Supreme Court - or federal bench, rather. If nominees to the federal bench deserve an up or down vote, America's children deserve an up or down vote on the assault weapons ban."

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Mina Olin

    to CNN Administrators: Piers Morgan is definitely a keeper, we need more like him, a host and interviewer with convictions and a spine (wish our democrats had one too). Also would be great if you offer a program to the great Tavis Smiley. And about news...we need hard-news, no sanitized news; we need actual independent investigative war reporters and not 'imbedded' war correspondents.

    March 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • R. C. Noe

      Mr. Morgan is an embarrassment, and illogical. When he interrupts guests, talks over them, makes accusations that because they disagree, they support the other, that is called "SPIN", and he's good at it, to an extent. More and more people post comments noticing the truth. Mr. Morgan is a puppet for the elite, who represent the U.N., and wants these gun restrictions to take place. His stupidity is really astounding. If I were him, watching clips of how I spoke, I wouldn't be able to look in the mirror with any respect for that person I saw looking back. Anyone with an I.Q. above mud understands the significance of where a majority of gun related murders in the U.S. are in states and counties with the toughest gun laws. Why? Well duh.... The integrity of many of his guests surpasses his own many times over. Today with individuals waking up, his lack of character and integrity has become increasingly noticeable. He might as well do a show with no guests, because when he has people on, he's pushing an agenda and is void of allowing any logical reasoning, without him spinning it into something it is not. Mr. Morgan, you really should just quit. One more thing. You're a puppet. That's it. No matter what they promise you to spin information, at the end of the day you're just a helper monkey. So meaningless in your position, that if they found you were no longer necessary, they will destroy you without a blink of an eye, and without loosing sleep over it. Look at who you are dealing with... if you think their promises are anything more than lies, well, I guess you'd deserve whatever your fate will hold. That sir is beyond stupidity, and deserves your wearing a "dunce" hat.

      March 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Barry Chapman

    Watching Piers last nite "interviewing" the author of a study on the Paterno trial and/or investigation was painful and exasperating. Piers has a bad habit of dominating the conversation; in other words, he has his rigid mind made up before the guest opens his mouth and despite what the guest believes, Piers shouts him or her down. If he can't respect the guest's opinions, and bullies them with his diatribes, then he should not invite them onto the show in the first instance.
    Similarly, the other nite when his guest was Michael Moore who has a wealth of information at his fingertips, Piers again couldn't help himself by outtalking and interrupting Michael. I would think that 70% of the dialogue came out of his mouth and the rest from Michael. Hopefully one of his bosses can reign the guy in and require him to mellow out. Lastly, it comes and goes. When Valerie Harper was his guest, he noticeably kept his mouth shut for most of the air time.

    March 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bufffan79

      Thanks for putting that so succinctly Barry. I liked Piers when I first saw him on the air, and now I can't stand the man. Last night was a perfect example of how he comes off: as an obnoxious, overbearing, opinionated pompous Brit. I think the Paterno author turned the tables on him, put him in his place, then PM told him to get off his show. The interviews are not engaging, they actually become maddening! I believe ,though that this is for ratings. Hopefully they'll go down and the execs will get rid of him. and put somebody good on. He did win Celebrity Apprentice though! you gotta give him that!

      March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Donah..//

        Now what´s so obnoxiously bad about Brit Pierse..?? Of course you´re not up to Brits if you´ve not grown up with them... I am an Amewrican and I have no problem with him powing down the other voice... If you don´t love it... leave it.. go get your rewards in the corner.... Donah..//

        March 27, 2013 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
    • sm

      I watched last night and thought piers was a little to aggresive. But were debating serious debatable issues and these tactic are no more ( simply why less ) than the way they coduct theirselves on all show on FOX NEWS!!!! point blank. How far should we go for our children? quit crying and get real!

      March 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Allen Price

    PM only likes to hear what he wants to hear. It sells/ Go back to the UK.

    March 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      You say or offer nothing for this country Al !!!!!

      March 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sm

    For the subject of guns and our safety and the new gun reform and the emforcement of existing laws , all has to start at the beginning of a couple having children : from day one both contribute to the child care and enrichment of love and bonding , " A hands on parent" dont have a kid if you dont want to be in its life everyday. This bonding ( a father getting on the floor and playing tea party with his daughter and mom playing catch with her son and baking) this and their education ( quality education – nation competing education system) is our only answer to reclaiming the stardards of this once proud country that stood alone in excellance!!!! Hunility and generousity learned again. Our children growing up with morales and ethics. Give a dang smile to someone as your walking by, it could enlighten their day. try it again for the first time! Im seeing it in the trenches of our culture and the dream " Middle Class dream of bettering yourself and creating is deminishing so fast. So... lets here the negative , remarks to this desire from the haters, greedy, selfish one timers that our going to get to that age and reflect on ones life and be blind to the negligance ones caused by simple Neglection of parenting. The ones who care about this countries honor will agree!!!!!! Please!

    March 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donah..//

      Bull !!.... What would you know about bringing up kids ?? All you talk about is how "American" you are.. raising your breed "the American way".... Try raising them the "international way".... Just try and see how wackey the Ami system is..... Donah,,//

      March 27, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sm

    Desire to go back to the basics of governing, logical thinking, and humility......... Everyone seems to be right, everyone seems to have the bill of rights by number being used against them because they think there opinion or right is the only thing that matters, No more. This coutry is going to give back and build with its hands. We are a virtural world thats going to fade out of life! think Im wrong, look into your life and tell us what you see. Do for your country as you would want done to you. Help thy neighbor. Then, maybe then the gun problem can slowly senilbly be reshaped to our perfect agenda and safety! Think about it and spread the word!

    March 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. sm

    Im tired of hearing all's complaints of being wronged when most of us in the country ( By every Poll taken desirng "SAFTEY" in guns) Dont want to take your guns, want responcibility from every gun holder and seek out the criminals in any way of fashion to do something for your community besides whine about a gun youll never by, or going to the range and shoot! Lock up your guns. educate your children. Know their friends and network with their parents. Im going to say this over and over. Doctors need to be able to have a logical reporting data base to causion ones stae officials of a mental health risk or parolies....... Is that to much to give. How does that deny your personal right... If you dont have something to hide or are a criminal!

    March 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      Myth: Other countries register guns to fight crime.

      Fact: Most of these laws were enacted in the post-World War I period to prevent civil uprisings as had occurred in Russia. A report of “Committee on the Control of Firearms,” written by British Home Office Officials in 1918, was the basis for registration in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

      Fact: Though restrictions were few in the United States and the number of legally held handguns exceeded those on the Canadian side by a factor of ten, rates of homicide were virtually identical.

      Fact: Even so, it does not prevent gun crimes. In a one week period, a licensed gun owner killed 12 people in England and a Chinese security guard killed 3 judges in a court building.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      Myth: Gun registration works.

      Fact: Not in California. California has had handgun registration since 1909 and it has not had any impact on violent crime rate.

      Fact: Not in New Zealand. They repealed their gun registration law in the 1980s after police acknowledged its uselessness.

      Fact: Not in Australia. One report states, “It seems just to be an elaborate system of arithmetic with no tangible aim. Probably, and with the best of intentions, it may have been thought, that if it were known which firearms each individual in Victoria owned, some form of control may be exercised, and those who were guilty of criminal misuse could be readily identified. This is a fallacy, and has proven not to be the case.” In addition, cost to Australian taxpayers exceeded $200 million annually.

      Fact: Not in Canada. More than 20,000 Canadian gun-owners have publically refused to register their firearms. Many others (as many as 300,000) are silently ignoring the law.

      The provincial governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have dumped both the administration and the enforcement of all federal gun-control laws right back into Ottawa’s lap, throwing the Canadian government into a paper civil war.

      And all at a cost of 1646% the original projected cost (the original cost was estimated at 5% of all police expenditures in Canada). “The gun registry as it sits right now is causing law abiding citizens to register their guns but it does nothing to take one illegal gun off the street or to increase any type of penalty for anybody that violates any part of the legislation,” according to Al Koenig, President, Calgary Police Association. “We have an ongoing gun crisis, including firearms-
      related homicides lately in Toronto, and a law registering firearms has neither deterred these crimes nor helped us solve any of them,” according to Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino.

      The system is so bad that six Canadian provinces (British Columbia joins Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario) are refusing to prosecute firearm owners who fail to register.

      A bill to abolish the registry has been tabled (introduced) in the Canadian Parliament, which if passed, would eliminate the registry completely.

      A Saskatchewan MP who endorsed the long gun registry when first proposed has introduced legislation to abolish it stating that, “[the registry] has not saved one life in Canada, and it has been a financial sinkhole… absolutely useless in helping locate the 255,000 people who have been prohibited from owning firearms by the courts.”

      Fact: Not in Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany began comprehensive gun registration in 1972. The government estimated that between 17,000,000 and 20,000,000 guns were to be registered, but only 3,200,000 surfaced, leaving 80% unaccounted for.

      Fact: Not in Boston, Cleveland, or California. These cities and state require registration of “assault weapons.” The compliance rate in Boston and Cleveland is about 1%

      Fact: Criminals don’t register their guns.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Myth, We trust you to use your gun wisely and lawfully on your own recogances. MYTH: We trust your judgement to sell your gun privately to someone whos cool and you like, God NO! idiot thats why the country is " EPHED" now, our trust in you, No Way! we'll hit the big RE-DO button on that!

        March 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla


        While I appreciate "feedback" in general, you seem to be claiming that my statements are incorrect. I can cite my sources, if you'd like. It may take me a bit, we seem to be on opposite posting schedules. Any particular statement you would like citations for?

        I would appreciate it if you could cite your source that states that leaving legal firearm owners to their own devices does more harm to this country than good. Thank you!

        March 28, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      Myth: Gun registration will help police find suspects.

      Fact: Registration is required in Hawaii, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Yet there has not been a single case where registration was instrumental in identifying someone who committed a crime. Criminals very rarely leave their guns at the scene of the crime. Would-be criminals also virtually never get licenses or register their weapons.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        The truth Tesla ( I remember you, hun) is your good intentions are dead in the water before you speak them, You have NO FACTS! Hun!

        March 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ainsley

        Tesla, Don’t mind sm. Please continue giving us useful info. & facts.

        March 28, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      Myth: Registration does not lead to confiscation.

      Fact: It did in Canada. The handgun registration law of 1934 was the source used to identify and confiscate (without compensation) over half of the registered handguns in 2001.

      Fact: It did in Germany. The 1928 Law on Firearms and Ammunition (before the Nazis came into power) required all firearms to be registered. When Hitler came into power, the existing lists were used for confiscating weapons.

      Fact: It did in Australia. In 1996, the Australian government confiscated over 660,000 previously legal weapons from their citizens.

      Fact: It did in California. The 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act required registration. Due to shifting definitions of “assault weapons,” many legal firearms are now being confiscated by the California government.

      Fact: It did in New York City. In 1967, New York City passed an ordinance requiring a citizen to obtain a permit to own a rifle or shotgun, which would then be registered. In 1991, the city passed a ban on the private possession of some semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and “registered” owners were told that those firearms had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable, or taken out of the city.

      Fact: It did in Bermuda, Cuba, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, and Soviet Georgia as well.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • cr

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      • Ichiro

        kudos to Tesla and cr, for your efforts to educate people!! Keep up the good work!!

        March 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      Myth: Licensing will keep bad people from obtaining or using guns.

      Fact: Not in Canada. Canadian homicide rates were virtually unchanged before and after gun registration requirements were implemented (151/100,000 people in 1998 and 149/100,000 people in 2002).

      Fact: In New York State alone, approximately 100,000 persons are convicted of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle each year, and this is probably a small proportion of the actual number of people who drive without a valid license. Licensing requirements don’t stop ineligible people from driving, and they do not stop ineligible people from acquiring guns.

      Fact: As long as the unlicensed purchaser is never caught with the handgun, the unlawful sale will go unnoticed. The risk of detection is negligible. If the unlicensed handgun owner is arrested, he could claim that he did not need a license because he had owned this handgun before licensing went into effect.

      Fact: Currently, federal prosecutors do not eagerly accept felon-in-possession cases for prosecution unless the felon is a hardened criminal who represents a threat to the public.

      Fact: According to the Supreme Court, criminals do not have to obtain licenses or register their weapons, as that would be an act of self-incrimination.

      Fact: Prohibition (which started as a ‘moderation’ movement) didn’t keep people from drinking. Instead it turned millions of otherwise honest and sober citizens into criminals, overnight.

      Fact: Most police do not see the benefit. “It is my belief that [licensing and registration] significantly misses the mark because it diverts our attention from what should be our common goal: holding the true criminals accountable for the crimes they commit and getting them off the street.”

      Fact: In 2005, agencies reported 1400 arrests of persons denied a firearm or permit; but the U.S. Department of Justice accepted only 135 of those denial cases for prosecution. Given the poor performance of the Federal government in prosecuting felons identified by an instant background check trying to buy firearms, there is little to support firearm licensing as a crime prevention measure.

      March 27, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donah..//

      Hah... wanting/demanding responsibility from every gun owner ??? Have a cigar, man... a fat one.... Donah..//

      March 27, 2013 at 6:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. DANA

    I have no problem with background checks only in a public sale , not between friemds and no bans on guns, were all good with that .

    March 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      OK Dana lets just keep the private sale, where 99% of criminals get there guns. Why dana explain logic for something very ignnorant! Are you a back door gun dealer ( street dealer) are we messing up your sales. You want to give every crinimal a gun! Goofy girl, no morales, I dont know how you sleep at night, Oh ya, with the pillow full of cash from illegal gun sales Right Dana! we get it1

      March 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donah..//

      Who, what are "friends"... HOLY ?? Donah..//

      March 27, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. DANA


    March 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Mello.......Mellow....... get controll of your thoughts , your nuts! Id lay off the weed....

      March 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. DANA

    I am either the only one here ,or i am not getting any feedback, big brother must be cutting me out ,

    March 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Relax were here. Quit doing drugs , its effecting your judgement and blessing you with ignnorance. And thats being nice! only register public gun sales, lets fudge the private sale like were doing and we can get rich and arm the criminal population!

      March 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donah..//

      No, BB does not..!! at least "mine" does not.... Donah..//

      March 27, 2013 at 6:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. DANA

    IM back had to reboot, actually most criminals get their guns from, your local outlaw biker gang, and their drugs , outlaw bikers number one business, but why should we have to do paper work if i was selling a gun to a friend like you.

    March 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donah..//

      You´re biased.. preacher..... go find another soapbox on Hide Park Corner.... Donah..//

      March 27, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. DANA

    OH sorry to dissapoint, not a girl and you have been listening, to piers too much, ever been to a gun show not very many guns there for criminals , and guess what. criminals have never had trouble getting guns, dont be foolish and think they get them from a gun show,they buy em by the truck load thru underground channels , gun shows are not underground channels, and they are public sales and should have background checks, some states do, some dont, but really dont be silly, that is not the criminals shopping store , and take that piers morgan poster down, and piers t shirt off. geeez

    March 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Why are you here on this website? you cant deny it, your a supporter of piers. we'll get you an autograph Dana!

      March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      criminals get guns from dopes who buy them then privately sell them to other dopes who kill people! Yo!

      March 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Chuck

        Hey, you really know your stuff. Good to know there are people like you that are going to shut the F up and fix our problems then, instead of wasting all the grey matter on something as pathetic as online social media comment sections. Lead the way wise one, if you can! Which I doubt, and as a matter of fact bet you never would, cause ya can't and ya won't. That two bit mind you got going doesn't have enough balls to get out and act on your overwhelming knowledge of what is wrong with the system. Too bad, another person talking out of his rear. Fake wanna be troll you are sm.

        March 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sm

    this is whats wrong with the little twits on the far right with their guns. thinking just like you prescious about No ethical responcibility to screen all gun buyers public or private to deny the criminals guns. Are those bikers where you buy your drugs and sell your illegal guns DUDE!

    March 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Dana

    I think im on the piers morgan, pinch list , i can only see my own posts , ayyy ther jammin us captain, bones can ya help us , im a doctor jim , mr spock what is it, clearly captain someone doesnt want you tp participate in this conversation, oh no weve been censored .

    March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sm

    Dana Down!!!!!!!! retarded!

    March 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. DANA

    OK i will agree to backgound checks any where on any sale , does that help

    March 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. DANA


    March 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. DANA


    March 27, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. sm

    Please dana, dont harbor those childhood memories and seek revenge and kill anybody, please! talk to somebody to help you work those feelings out. Were not covered yet in the medical feild not report mental gun owners yet! One day at a time

    March 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. DANA

    SM not funny, i never point a gun at anybody, only at paper targets, my comments above were not real feelings, only meant as a joke.

    March 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Chuck

    Pierce Morgan....... You are not in touch with American beliefs, values, history, rights or the simple rhetoric "the American way", to be giving your opinion, which mind you are very lucky cause your rich enough to get such media time, about anything in the United States. You TELL us that we HAVE TO concede to what the government TELLS us to do. That is not the American way. You have no right to TELL me to do anything along with the members of our government that we pay with our taxes. The government works for the people, not the other way around. Do not tell me what is right or wrong! I served, I gave, I sacrificed and still pay taxes everyday. I have no criminal record, have no need to break the law. So no law needs to tell me what to do. Get out of my country.

    March 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Melanie

    Adam Lanza's mother seemingly actively produced this tradegy. The first reports talked about how she was perhaps wanting to "commit" him in some way. How do we know her therapy with him and guns and weapons of all sorts wasn't a passive/aggresive way of providing him a way out of her life. I know this sounds awful to say, but I can't imagine how she didn't think she was promoting deadly consequences in her son, no I do not think she ever thought a result like this. Still she more than enabled him, she mentored him!

    March 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Rosalie Evenson

    I am truly sick of the same words being spoken on common sense gun control. How many guns does this country need?want?
    What or who is everyone afraid of?
    why do some people who seem rational suddenly fear their own government and arm themselves ?
    What countries are closely viewing our actions and delighting in our civil war?
    The efforts of foreign powers to divide us in order to conquer is WINNING!

    March 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. djbelarus

    I want to say that morgan does not have the right to express hir opinion to Americans about America. He is a foreigner and not applying for citizenship. His job in America is to ask revelant questions for guests to answer not tell we Americans what he thinks ans argue with guests when they disagree with him. This is always the case with gun discussions. morgan is a referee not a player. CNN should fire him immediately and send him back where he came from and then he can anawer questions about hacking and other skeltons in his closet

    March 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. ipilot

    Piers, I am a long time gun owner, a hunter and recreational shooter. I teach my kids to shoot. They own guns. In our house we HATE the military style or assault looking weapons. I believe they are jeapordizing my rights to own and use guns in a lawful manner. It would not hurt my feelings to see them go away. Fact is that they are never going to go away. My point here is that with your now daily anti-gun rant you are driving the sale and the proliferation of these weapons. You are feeding the fear and stirring the sales of these weapons to a frenzied pitch. Gun sales are at an all-time high and you are exacerbating the very problem that you seek to gain control of. You need to focus more on MENTAL health in this country. It is FAR EASIER to buy or BUILD any weapon of your choice be it a gun or a bomb in this country than it is to get any form of mental health services. You simply will not ever stop people from legally owning and using guns in this country. The other side of the issue is people who are near fanatical pro gun. I told an acquaintence that I was shooting last weekend with my kids. His immediate response was,"Well, they'll be ready when the government comes." To put this kind of mentality to gun ownership makes the speaker unrealisatic and this is a nearly insane statement. In all of history there has never been any group or country to overcome the force of the United States miltary machine. No amount of resources or armament has ever made any difference. So if gun owners in this country think they could "hold 'em off" they are purely delusional. No amount of assault weapons or cache of supplies and ammunition would make any difference. They will all die. Personally, it's not worth it. The government will never come after our guns. If they DID I would hand them over, hug my kids because we are still alive. Next day I'd go fishing. I implore you to take a new tack on your ant-gun vendetta. I seriously believe you are doing more harm to your cause than good. Mental health screening can be implemented early and often by our school systems in this country. Parents are often detatched from problem children but teachers are in daily contact with all kids and have the best idea of kids with problems. There are many approaches to a solution to the needless killings in this country. Stirring the legal gun owners to a frenzy and threatening daily to take their legal rights is by far the wrong approach. I hope you read this post. Thank you for your time Piers.

    March 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Jody

    Please ask these second amendment people about our right to NOT own a gun and still feel safe in our country?
    My 88 year old Mother says she feels like they are pressuring her to get a gun that she doesn't want, wouldn't know how to use and doesn't want to learn!

    March 29, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eugene

      I think you are mistaken if you think anyone is pressuring you to own a gun when you don’t want to. The last time I checked, the 2ND amendment only assures the right to own a gun, but not demand that every citizen must. Am I wrong?

      March 29, 2013 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. tony g

    Piers, i love your show... because you know when you are right. But I think you have the wrong strategy! If you let these pro gun people talk more about why these common sense regulations are a bad idea, they will just sink themselves by talking themselves into circles with their everything and the kitchen sink argumentative approach. I know it is enraging ( I've never yelled at a television set with such vigour every time they open their mouths), but I don't think the American people (I really hope not) are as ignorant as those talking heads seem to think.
    At this point I think I should point out I am Canadian, and I figure you know my stance on this issue ( I am pro regulation, if you didn't). Right now (most Americans don't seem to be aware of this) our Conservative government is loosening the laws on guns. In our country where we have a different political system, thank the lord, the argument revolves around densely populated areas where gun control is a necessity( Toronto sees horrible gun deaths all the time, most of the guns coming from across the border), to scarcely populated areas where guns are a necessity(think protecting livestock, hunting). I once asked a good buddy of mine who is an avid gun fan if there was really a necessity for semi-automatic weapons (which a smart ten year old could turn into an automatic) and the only thing he could think of was a pack of wolves, but then pointed out shooting one would scare the rest away. Regardless of the possible need it is scarcely a logical stance to say that if one person might need this force, that it should be available to the general public. Also if the American people are afraid of having to fight the government, they might not want to support such a large army that the government could use to obliterate them. hmmm, why would the army want to do this? Good question! Now replace the word army with government, realize that half of the government is always fighting the other half, and ask yourself the same question. I mean come on, these people pander for your votes, it is why they often have no spine.
    Anyways I am starting to rant, but the point I am trying to make is this: The big difference in Canada and The United States when it comes to guns is the clout and power of the NRA, and the amount of gun production which is stagggering, creating the equivalent to, or even a branch of, what Dwight Eisenhower dubbed the Military-Industrial Complex. Simply put, Americans are tied to their guns because it is good money.
    Tobbaco is good money too. So is Alcohol and gambling. This has not stopped government from trying to regulate it, nor in my opinion, should it. The government is hardly good or efficient at anything they do, but that doesn't mean that nothing should be done. These semi-automatic weapons should be classified for what they are and banned: weapons of mass destruction.

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    Please read the Washington Post article tonight on guns and white guys. It included....

    ... "When white men try to divert attention from gun control by talking about mental health issues, many people buy into the idea that the United States has a national mental health problem, or flawed systems with which to address those problems, and they think that is what produces mass shootings.

    But women and girls with mental health issues are not picking up semiautomatic weapons and shooting schoolchildren. Immigrants with mental health issues are not committing mass shootings in malls and movie theaters. Latinos with mental health issues are not continually killing groups of strangers.

    How very true...and I'm a white guy!

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    Taking what happened at Penn State out on Joe Paterno is and will always be an outrage. The school obviously failed but that is up thru the ranks. Anyone who knew this man knew his track record and his moral compass. The liberal media yet screwed over another situation in our country, just going after a popular name for ratings!

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    Maybe Piers should focus on banning X-Acto knives now after the recent MASS STABBINGS in Texas.

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