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On the heels of the nation's latest mass shooting tragedy, and roughly nine months since the tragedy at
Sandy Hook Elementary School left 27 people – including 20 children – dead, on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan invited Nelba Marquez Greene to join him for a live, primetime interview.
As debates surrounding gun control and weapons legislation continue to divide America, Marquez Green offered a sobering sentiment designed to place the conversation in shocking perspective:
"I think it might behoove us as a nation to put aside bipartisan politics and petty disagreements and agree that no one else wants to be sitting in my shoes right now," said the grieving mother who lost her six-year-old daughter Ana Grace on December 14th, 2012. "I am the mom who has an empty place at her kitchen table. I am the mom who has a bed her daughter no longer sleeps in. No one wants to be that mom."
Asked by the "Piers Morgan Live" host if she was able to summons any sympathy for the mother of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard gunman, Marquez Greene offered a remarkable dose of humanity, in the process speaking to the greater depth of the country's single, most polarizing issue:
"Of course. She's a victim herself. And it's time in America that we start looking at mental illness with compassion, and helping people who need it," she said. "This was a family that needed help, an individual that needed help and didn't get it. And what better can come of this, of this time in America, than if we can get help to people who really need it?"
Watch the above clip for greater detail of Morgan's emotional interview with Marquez Greene, and for the next episode of "Piers Morgan Live," tune in to CNN every night at 9.
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