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With George Zimmerman having recently been thrust back into the national spotlight, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked his former neighbor and Watch Block Captain Frank Taaffe to join the program with some insight on the 30-year-old Florida man.
Earlier this week, the man best known for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin in February of 2012 was arrested following a domestic dispute with girlfriend. Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, behavior that Taaffe says stems from trauma associated with his time on trial. Piers Morgan, however, wondered why a man suffering from PTSD might surround himself with guns. Taaffe's response quickly sent the interview careening in a wild direction:
"Well, boys will have their toys, as they say," said the guest in a rather flippant manner.
On a delay due to the fact that Taaffe was joining via satellite, Morgan could barely believe his ears once the words filtered in:
"What," asked an exasperated Morgan. "Whoa! Wait a minute ... wait a minute, boys will have their toys?"
Seemingly unable to comprehend Taaffe's comment, Morgan pressed forward:
"Is that really what you just said," he asked. "George Zimmerman, who shot dead an unarmed teenager and got off a murder rap, you're saying he should keep the guns despite his apparent trauma over the whole thing, because boys want their toys?"
As Taaffe attempted to justify his comment, and move the conversation forward, Morgan continued to go back to his guest's unfortunate comment:
"Think very carefully about what you just said, sir," insisted the host. "Boys and their toys ... they're not toys, Mr. Taaffe. Guns are not toys ... AR-15s are not toys."
Growing more agitated as the interview continued, Morgan suggested Taaffe ought to choose his words more carefully:
"Why do you trivialize it by describing guns as toys," he asked. "How would you feel if Trayvon Martin's parents are watching this very show tonight, as they may well be, and they hear you, George Zimmerman's good friend, apparently defending him by saying boys need to use their toys?"
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Frank Taaffe, the man who had made the mistake of using a self-described cliche when discussing firearms with Piers Morgan. And for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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