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May 6th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Ben Ferguson and Piers Morgan debate kids and guns

This evening at 9, conservative radio host Ben Ferguson returns to "The Grill," – to "turn up the heat and debate stories that matter" including kids and guns.

Taking his familiar stance on "responsible gun ownership," Ferguson focuses on the point that "you automatically blame the gun instead of blaming irresponsible parents for being incompetent."

"That is not the fault of the gun," continues Ferguson. "You're missing the fact that in this country today there are irresponsible people."

Ferguson cites the example of four parents over the past weekend in Florida who "called 911 because kids fell into their pools when they weren't paying attention."

"Should we say, no more pools should be allowed to be built in America because kids fall in them?" asks Ferguson to which Piers Morgan counters, "What is the purpose of a swimming pool?"

"Ninety-nine percent of people who use them swim in them, answers Morgan. "What is the purpose of a gun? Is to kill."

Morgan says "My point about all these kids who are grabbing the guns left by the irresponsible parents is these guns shouldn't be near these children."

Watch the clip and listen to the interview and tune in tonight for what will be another lively debate and discussion.
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  1. Joseph DeMark

    He's assuming that the gun was laying on the bed for days. Someone may have just laid it down for just a second. It only takes a second for a toddler to fall in the washing machine you ignorant ass. If there is someone that shouldn't have firearms, it's this guy.

    May 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      You emphasise his point,Joseph,it just takes a second,and Piers said never;two incidents in recent days,Kentucky and
      Oakland which I read the report of,and it's disturbing[Sun Sentinel]–ALL WE WANT is less dead children,for them to live out their lives in such a splendid country.But that country has problems,sometimes unique to it(think of Mayor Bloomberg right after Sandy Hook),but there's nothing we can't sort out though a lot of times you just throw it all back at us.

      Enough children have died since December,and we're just going to keep on at you.

      France has got nothing to say.

      May 9, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jason B

    You know, for centuries parents have left their weapons where their kids were, and without any trouble. What's the difference? Parents were responsible back then and taught their children right from wrong, and disciplined them instead of sparing the rod. But Morgan, you're too STUPID to realize that aren't you?

    May 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      Pardon me,Jase,for adopting Griff's technique:

      " could see through the gauze she had a hole above her heart,"said Latourette,who has two young daughters.

      "Her eyes were wide open in a blank stare.I'll never forget that look." [Sun Sentinel.]

      Her condition has changed from critical,so great she looks like she's gonna make it,but who's next?Children's Defense
      Fund published statistics that were concomitant with the article:1/3 of households with children under 18 have a gun with 40% of them NEVER locking them up.To anyone listening–not Jason:Angry Man At QWERTY Keyboard–put them on
      top a wardrobe,and take any chairs away;keep the rounds in your pants pockets,handguns holstered if loaded;rifle in a
      corner,again rounds in pocket.Or you can continue to bury your head in the sand hoping it don't happen to YOUR kids.

      Prevention of a child becoming a victim is paramount–think of the look in that girl's eye,and try tell yourself improvements
      don't need to be made.Looking forward to Captain Morgan's show again(see ya there,Jaso!)

      May 8, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Terry

    I have sent it here before, my father purchased a gun for me when I was about six or seven years old and it was a single shot 22 caliber rifle. It was put up and out of my reach, and the ammunition was hidden from me. To this day, and I am now 49 years old, I do not know where it was. My father and grandfather took me out with it to shoot at targets and fence posts. I started going hunting with them when I was about seven or eight years old, but was not allowed to carry a weapon. By the time I was 13 or 14 years old, a hunting rifle was purchased for me, but once again it was put away and the ammunition was hidden. We had all kinds of rifles and shotguns and handguns in the house, and until I learned everything I needed to as far as safety concerns, etc. I was not allowed to use these weapons even though I had access to them. It is about the parents learning to put stuff away and teach their children what they can and cannot touch whether it is a firearm or otherwise! How many parents have their children accidentally drown in the tub every day, because they are not paying attention! Mr. Morgan is just plainly sensationalizing this topic! So much for him keeping his promise about leaving the US, if there was not any gun control measures passed on the second try! I wish CNN would get a real reporter in to tell the news and not have some sort of agenda to push. If you don't like it here, Mr. Morgan, please feel free to leave immediately! The 90% of Americans who agree with you that there needs to be some sort of gun control don't understand the complete topic, they honestly believe that some sort of gun control or background checks are going to solve all the problems. Background checks alone do not find out whether or not the person who has any mental illness! When you keep giving these criminals airtime you just encourage the next person to try and beat the number of deaths the last person was able to get!

    May 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      All good points. A symptom of a big problem, just like the problem of kids getting into the parents' medicine cabinet and using their prescriptions, something neither I, my sister, nor our friends, would've ever dreamed of. We were taught better.

      May 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mister Ree

    Hey you Piers. You are a liar and you know it. Or you don't know it and you're just an idiot. Read this you moron:

    May 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      CBS Evening News just announced that study tonight, acting totally surprised like they hadn't heard of any of the FBI analyses over the same time period.

      May 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • shepherdgregory

        I would ask you what analyses,but I know you don't speak to me,and I can understand.

        Found any birch trees yet?(Put the KJB down,Jase:Oor Jimmy died in 1625.)

        May 8, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scales From Their Yankee Eyes

      Hey you Mister Ree.You're a Yank and you know it.Or you don't know it and you're just an idiot(same thing).

      Read this you moron.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Steve

    Kids should start with guns. Definitely. In America.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Only In America

      Where else?


      May 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve

        it is implemented in the brain, that a weapon is a good thing and it is a cultured identification of a nation. It started in Wilde West and is carried on from generation to generation. It's standard and normal, making Billions for those who will make sure this will never change. In a society were a weapon is a x-mas or b-day present, probably mothers-fathers-day as well, will answer your question. And probably that is good thing.

        May 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Banjo With One String For Sale

      Especially for the Shag Your Sister Crew!

      May 8, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Wilde Thing

        I think you should find another blog 'cos you sound like a rambling Jason who at least is articulate,and hits his points.
        I've got something on The Mental Health Act on another page,but before you dash off...

        how many guns do YOU own?

        May 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. uk

    go home Piers!

    May 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Nun ya Business

    May 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nun ya Business

    Nice gun laws you have in the UK

    May 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Shu Barua

    A Baseball bat is built and designed to play ball game, a kitchen knife to cut vegetables, a hammer is designed and built to drive nail and a gun is built and designed to kill human (living being). Gun proponents find no difference between vehicle related death and gun related violence. Vehicle related death is accidental, the gun related death is pre-planned and premeditated. To reduce car accidents and vehicle death, driving is not prohibited. Instead we have Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards And Regulations. As a result vehicle death has reduced to a great extent by mandatory use of seal belt, air bags, improved vehicle stabilization for safety of passengers. We do not allow children and old people with disability and poor eye sight to drive car. We punish reckless driving with fine, imprisonment and temporary suspension of driving license. But Gun is unregulated in America. As a result death toll due to gun violence will soon exceed vehicle death. Parents can give their minor children gun as a gift but not car for driving. Gun proponents are trying to throw anything they find to the wall hoping some might stick to the wall. When everything fails they get angry and use insulting words.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Private Personal Training Long Island

    The purpose of my gun is to protect! Remember that!I agree with his point the point about all these kids who are grabbing the guns left by the irresponsible parents is these guns shouldn't be near these children." Parents are dummy's.

    January 23, 2014 at 6:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
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