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On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed Sandy Phillips, the mother of Aurora shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, asking her and her husband Lonnie to share their reactions in the aftermath of recent remarks made by Sen. Bernie Herpin.
During a hearing on Wednesday, the Republican from Colorado offered the following comments in speaking of the Aurora shooting that cost Ghawi her life:
"As it turns out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine because it jammed. If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up."
Initially, Phillips simply couldn't believe Herpin's statement:
"When he said it I was like - I must have heard that wrong and realized I hadn't heard it wrong," she explained. "And this is the stance that this particular senator takes over and over and over again. It was not - he did not misspeak. It was deliberate."
The Phillips' are gun owners but they strongly support greater restrictions on gun sales. Lonnie told Morgan that while he understood what Herpin was trying to say, the message did not quite come out right:
"It makes my heart pound to hear that," Lonnie began on Thursday. "I know what he was talking about. And he was referring to the 100-round magazine is notoriously a weapon attachment that jams ... It's a good thing he had that 100-round magazine because it jammed. If he'd have had five or six 15-clip - round clips he could have switched out and kept killing people. But that is really stupid logic."
Earlier on Thursday, Herpin released a statement apologizing for the way he phrased his remarks:
“Yesterday, I inartfully made the point that this gun law does nothing to prevent gun violence and actually makes us less safe. I'm sorry that I phrased my remarks in such a way that offended anyone.”
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Piers Morgan and his guests continue their discussion and evaluation of the Senator's comments.
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