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On Sunday, the search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her abductor James DiMaggio came to a dramatic close in the Idaho wilderness. However, days since Anderson's rescue and DiMaggio's death, questions about the final moments of the manhunt remain unanswered.
On Tuesday evening “Piers Morgan Live” asked U.S. Marshall Steve Jurman, a member of the team that initially located the pair, to share some specifics regarding the complicated conclusion of a story that started in California, but ended nearly 1,000 miles away:
“Friday we received a tip from the horseback riders that had potentially seen Hannah and DiMaggio and also a cat," said Jurman. "The cat is kind of what made them think things were a little bit odd, that these people were in the back country with a cat.”
To track down DiMaggio, it took enormous effort, and AMBER Alerts that covered multiple states:
“It was actually the 200th tip that we had followed up on. We were chasing tips all over the country. And then it became really significant when a state trooper with the Idaho State Police found the vehicle," Jurman told Piers Morgan. "At that point we dedicated all resources to the fugitive investigation in Idaho.”
Continuing to describe authorities efforts, Jurman discussed layout and logistics:
“To give you an idea of the enormity of the operation ... Cascade was a two-hour drive away from the trail head where the car was found. And then their last sighting was another eight-mile hike ... into the wilderness. It was a very rugged, remote location.”
Since his highly emotive interview with radio host Alex Jones, Piers Morgan has continued to invite some of the nation's most passionate voices to discuss gun policy. And in a country built upon the dynamic relationship between security and liberty, it is often the most polarizing voices that are loudest in the dialogue.
On Wednesday evening, "Breitbart News" contributor and military affairs PhD A.W.R Hawkins became the latest such “Piers Morgan Live” guest, using his appearance to specifically address the issue of increased gun sales following highly publicized mass shootings:
“I'm attracted to these stories on gun sales, because they demonstrate that more guns equal less crime, and I think it's important that we understand that when you, or President Obama, or whoever supports forcibly disarming the American citizenry, we make the vulnerable more vulnerable," said Hawkins. "We make the weak or those prone to attack more prone to attack and that's especially true of women.”
Though some maintain that there are other ways to prevent violence against women, Hawkins argues that arming them is first priority:
“That’s what's really on my mind when I think about the fact that when we take guns away, women cannot defend themselves. The numbers bear that out. And gun control will never fix this," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Gun control never makes the vulnerable less vulnerable. It always makes them more vulnerable. For me, I want to see not just men but women be able to defend their lives with guns as needed and that means they need access to them. As they have access to them, we see more guns less crime.”
Over the weekend, Maggie Ghamry and her three-year-old son escaped the nightmarish sinkhole that opened up at a resort near Florida’s Disney World. Two night later, they joined “Piers Morgan Live”, along with Richard Shanley, the man credited with saving their lives, to recount the near-death experience.
"Absolutely terrifying, absolutely surreal,” is the way in which Ghamry remembered the moments. "There is no way to be prepared for a sinkhole experience or having a building collapsing around you in any type of situation. It's something I never imagined I would experience.”
And as for Shanley, Ghamry hailed him as a hero:
“I watched him single-handedly make his way up into every room up and down the stairs. We were across the street videotaping as those events occurred, and we watched him as he accounted for everybody in the room - absolutely is a hero," she gushed, referencing the man standing immediately to her left. "I'm very, very thankful for him.”
For Shanley, a resort security officer, Sunday's sinkhole represented merely another day at the office - albeit a very dangerous, partially disintegrating office:
“I just let instinct take over. I had to get the guest out first. They were my top priority. I cared about my safety but not as much as my guests," he told Piers Morgan. "They were here on vacation. They didn't expect this. Nobody could face what was to come, you know, at that time. And you do what you have to do ... they’re your first priority.”