Gun Laws & Legislation
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: TV host Piers Morgan arrives to BritWeek 2012 BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: TV host Piers Morgan arrives to BritWeek 2012's 'Evening with Piers Morgan' on May 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)  

In England, Piers Morgan joked about shooting rivals, said homeowners who kill burglars should not be prosecuted

Stevens “just wants to make sure that the next time a man like John Monckton gets attacked in his own home, he knows he has the full legal authority to use whatever force he has to in repelling the attackers.”

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt made a similar point on Morgan’s CNN show on Dec. 19, saying tighter controls on firearms would not end gun violence in the United States.

“The problem occurs in those areas precisely where we have said ‘no guns,’” Pratt  said. “Where the guns are allowed freely to be carried … we have very low murder rates. … We only have problems in our cities and, unhappily, in our schools, where people like you have been able to get laws put on the books that keep people from being able to defend themselves.”

Morgan called Pratt a “very stupid man” with “absolutely no coherent argument.”

“You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America,” he said, ending the interview by calling Pratt “a dangerous man espousing dangerous nonsense.”

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