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Piers Morgan Calls 'Gun Owners of America' Leader 'an Unbelievably Stupid Man': VIDEO

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Piers Morgan got into a contentious debate last night with Larry Pratt, Executive Director of the Gun Owners of America, scolding him for laughing, calling him out on his lies, and ultimately calling him "an unbelievably stupid man."

Answers Pratt: "You seem to prefer being a victim than being able to prevail over the criminal element. You want to be the criminal's friend."

Snaps Morgan: "What a ridiculous argument. You have absolutely no coherent argument whatsover. You don't give a damn, do you, about the gun murder rate in America?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The strictest gun control laws in the US means they won’t gift wrap your semi- automatic rifle in certain states.

    Posted by: Frank | Dec 19, 2012 12:30:36 PM


  2. @JACK M: I don't know if Piers actually did say what so many are thinking, after reading those YouTube comments. They're just vile!

    @Everybody: It's scary to see the pro-gun lobby trying to spread their xenophobic, anti-gay, anti-humanity arguments in about 90% of the comments!

    Please guys, have a look! And maybe take heart and strengthen those other 10%?!

    Posted by: El | Dec 19, 2012 12:34:53 PM


  3. @AJ and anyone else bringing up the 20 stabbings in China... not a single child DIED in that event.... if they had, maybe a discussion would take place.... so that example is not valid.... the children on the count in CT were dead, not shot or wounded... dead......

    Posted by: V-8 | Dec 19, 2012 12:39:38 PM


  4. @Mo *And the violence that has continued to rise in Britain today is nothing to be proud of*
    This is not true.. crimes overall and most violent crimes is down and has been going down for many years

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jul/14/crime-statistics-england-wales

    Posted by: Steve F | Dec 19, 2012 12:53:32 PM


  5. Untrue,Frank. There some VERY STRICT gun control laws in the U.S. Lanza for example tried to legally buy guns [where did he get the $; they're expensive] a few weeks before he went postal, and walked out when told he'd have have to have a background check and wait at least 2 weeks. Some places outright ban most firearms and make it very difficult to legally get whatever isn't outright banned. NYC bans pellet guns and airsoft/bb guns are only legal if they're clear plastic.

    Why are so many 'progressives' terrified of this inanimate object, a firearm? I'm no huge gun fanatic, but I'm not terrified of their existence. And the very same people who want only police and military to have firearms generally also dislike police and the military. Strange.

    What exactly is xenophobic about gun rights and gun laws? Some anonymous people posted mean things about Piers Morgan being British? Are you serious? I've had extended stays in the UK [England] and my mom was born and raised in England; gratuitous and mean spirited anti-Americanism is a national past time in England.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 19, 2012 1:03:55 PM


  6. @Ratbastard *gratuitous and mean spirited anti-Americanism is a national past time in England*

    this is just nonsense, a sweeping generalisation. It would be a different matter if you were talking about the French

    Posted by: Steve F | Dec 19, 2012 1:11:37 PM


  7. well, he doesn't. there are still people who profit off of prisons!

    people who benefit from there not only being crime, but violent crime.

    people running around with guns pose no threat to the wealthy in their gated communities.

    there is a serious cultural talk to be had and it seems the pro-gun side is utterly unwilling to be intellectually honest about it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 19, 2012 1:13:15 PM


  8. @STEVE F—I do take offense at YOUR sweeping generalization, the French are no more into America-bashing than the British are. The people I've spoken to here since that terrible event are merely saddened and shocked that such a thing happened in the first place, and they are certainly very curious as to why the republicans are "sticking to their guns", so to speak. There are also quite a few wingnut conservatives in this country who love to hunt (a great national pastime in the hinterlands) and the greater part of the population worries about this kind of thing happening here (as it has already). So they're in complete sympathy with the States.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Dec 19, 2012 1:50:31 PM


  9. it's like when the issue of intense bullying comes up and the apologists say "there's nothing we can do. kids will be bullies"

    yeah. if you raise them to be.

    i tip my hat to everyone who refuses to be a contributing factor to this Gun Culture.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 19, 2012 1:56:34 PM


  10. ratbastard: Man you are seriously comparing Israel and USA situation? Because Israel is in the Middle of a lot of muslin countries that think Israel is the enemy, terrorist attacks are quite frecuent there.

    And you are right, europeans don't understand a lot of things about United States (but we have a lot more knowlege about you than viceversa), but for everybody with a funtional brain there are some things that refuse to undertand.
    I can understand people who have a rifle to hunt, and even a revolver because they live in a dangerous zone or feel unprotected, but only a psycho has an arsenal in his home, with some combat weapons. That's not normal, that's not safe, and that's not same.
    And of course in other countries there are similar tragedies, but sometimes is not that the man (or woman) is crazy and it's simply a moment of anger or something transitory, and in this cases having an easy access to guns is lethal.
    This summer in spain one young guy had the idea to kill all his university collegues. He was arrested before even try it.
    He tried to buy a gun, but he didn't past the test (here it's very difficult to buy a gun, if you are not a hunter or not use it for sport), they tried to buy explosives on internet, but the police had him under vigilance, and arrested him after the get the explosives.
    I'm pretty sure if he lived in the USA, he would be able to kill his coleagues, because he wouldn't have any problem to buy the guns (something that make him suspicious here)

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 19, 2012 2:26:55 PM


  11. Piers Morgan made me proud to be British. Finally an interviewer with the balls to speak the truth. Only Bill Maher (an American) could have done an even better job.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 19, 2012 3:14:17 PM


  12. @ Ratbastard *gratuitous and mean spirited anti-Americanism is a national past time in England* You obviously think so little of the rest of the world to think that we are so fixated on the US. You're another country like the rest in the world. We don't care that much about you but when things are so blatantly wrong (in any country), yes, Brits, French, or anyone else are bound to address it.

    And in one of your posts you mention that he tried to buy guns but was deterred by the long waiting period. There's your proof right there that gun control works. Had he not had access in his mother's home, those kids would be home with their families on Christmas morning.

    Posted by: Isaak | Dec 19, 2012 3:20:46 PM


  13. I'm actually quite liking Piers Morgan since he left us in the UK and went to America

    Posted by: danswon | Dec 19, 2012 3:48:47 PM


  14. Our sane and insane high schoolers carrying weapons in class, football games. That'll work.

    Posted by: newz4i | Dec 19, 2012 4:23:12 PM


  15. Gun carriers are afraid of people who do not carry guns. Am I correct?

    Posted by: newz4i | Dec 19, 2012 4:39:09 PM


  16. Anyone who would actually suggest that SCHOOL TEACHERS should be armed is mentally unbalanced.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 19, 2012 6:28:27 PM


  17. Very happy to see commenters here FINALLY ignoring the obvious trolls, the ones who appear again and again. Keep it up, and spread the word.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Dec 19, 2012 7:51:04 PM


  18. I do agree with Piers Morgan's stance on this issue although I honestly don't think a Brit should be arguing what is and isn't good for America. As an American, I would never go on a British talk show as a host and tell the British people what is right or wrong for their country if I never grew up there. I think Piers has dual citizenship but listen to the accent: he didn't grow up here.

    Posted by: acevedo | Dec 19, 2012 11:35:06 PM


  19. They are less intelligent than two robots talking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnzlbyTZsQY

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 20, 2012 1:07:05 AM


  20. As someone who is actually British and has spent considerable time in the US, I'd like to defend my people from Ratbastard and Mo. granted your likely ill-educated, poorly travelled and experienced but I can't but educate you now.

    In the UK our police are not armed. They don't need to be. We don't have gun crime. There are no handguns in the general population. As they are banned. When the ban came in no one cared. We do not have a gun culture like the US where guns are glamorised, and heralded as 'freedom' when they are exactly the opposite. If you need a gun, you are not free. You like frightened of what might happen, under the yoke of fear and hatred. We aren't frightened like this. Our government protects us. The theme I hear so often is that these guns are to protect the citizens FROM the government. How ridiculous. For all the things wrong with the US, you aren't Egypt, or Syria. What's more interesting is that the number of people who own a gun has gone down, but the number of guns those who do own one have, has gone up. Aren't these the crazy ones?

    To put things in perspective we have fewer gun deaths in London in 1 year than NYC does in a week. Adjusting for the size of the cities that's still as shocking.

    As for ratbastards ridiculous diatribe regarding mental illness, this is simply another good reason to ban guns. They fall into the hands of someone who can't control them or themselves. Why you don't have a criminal record check before getting a gun is beyond me. What some Americans proclaim as infringement on their personal freedoms, European and British cultures understand as reasonable process to protect society from the criminal, the wicked and the insane. It's really about perspective, but guys tone down the hysteria, tone down the rhetoric and ban guns. Imagine how much better off as a society the US would be. Imagine how much safer you'd be. Imagine how many people would be alive now?!!

    Posted by: Henry | Dec 20, 2012 3:20:22 AM


  21. Criminals love defenseless victims. -- From a gun-toting, U.S. Citizen, who happens to be gay.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Dec 20, 2012 10:13:59 AM


  22. I am curious about what Mr Pratt would be saying if one of the victims was a child of his?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Dec 20, 2012 3:25:22 PM


  23. "Bucolic English countryside"? Ye gods man, when was the last time this gentleman was in the Uk? 1830?

    Posted by: Inor | Dec 20, 2012 8:08:48 PM


  24. BTW, Pratt is a very fitting surname for this kn*bend.

    Posted by: Inor | Dec 20, 2012 8:14:42 PM


  25. Larry Pratt's "argument" that you have the lowest murder rate in the areas with no gun control shows that he has no clue as to how the world works. If you go to some parts of Wyoming or Arizona, your nearest neighbor might be a couple of miles away. With a population density that low, it takes some effort for a crazy person to find someone to shoot. By contrast, in highly populated regions, a gun going off by accident would pose a risk to people. So, we get gun control in places like New York City, if only so that firemen don't get shot if they have to break into apartments to save the occupants. But these high-density, urban areas are also places were crime is higher as it takes less time for a criminal to find a victim. Given that, it is idiotic to pretend that any correlation between gun control laws and the crime rate is causal in nature.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 20, 2012 9:22:57 PM


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