Piers Morgan Departing Gun Control Plea Persuasively Pro American

Piers Morgan

Never one to side step controversial issues or pass up a moment in the lime light, the Brit every American (and a fair few British people) love to hate, Piers Morgan, has just wrapped up his last live show with CNN after three years. In the departing episode the infamous Brit once more made his oft repeated plea for greater gun control, this time with a spin that was persuasively pro American in tone. He stated that in contrast to what many critics have accused him of, he is, and always has been, pro American in his views and he wants better gun control legislation precisely to ensure that more Americans remain alive. Morgan is notorious for his unwavering stance on the issue of gun crime and the need for improvement and overhaul of American laws surrounding the ownership, legal use and licensing of firearms.

The former newspaper editor succeeded Larry King who had held the same slot for 25 years upon his retirement, in a move that was regarded with some skepticism. Piers Morgan Live first aired in January 2011 and started off with promise as his first guest was the queen of television chat shows and American national treasure, Oprah Winfrey. However, he suffered from a steady decline in ratings and was dogged by claims that he did not understand American culture and was not in a position to comment on issues such as gun control. Consequently it was announced in February of this year that CNN was axing his show, without having an alternative lined up, amid claims that the cultural differences between the network and the Brit were no longer workable. However, CNN have not ruled out working with him again in the future with a spokesperson for the network claiming the Brits future was undecided.

CNN are not the only ones Morgan has had differences with. His blunt memorandums on the issue of gun control and safety have created a dedicated hatred of the presenter for many parts of the American population, with a petition even being launched to try and deport the talk show host back to his home country in the UK. Morgan also clashed live on air with various Americans on the controversial topic, his disagreement with radio DJ Alex Jones being the most famous incident of this kind.

Although he spent most of his final show talking about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Morgan ended by citing recent statistics concerning gun violence in American, as well as giving pointed reminders about the latest mass shooting tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and at a cinema screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado. He betrayed amazement and disappointment at how little change either of these terrible events had led to in terms of US law, calling it “absurd” and placing a large amount of blame at the doorstep of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Elaborating he said the NRA continually maintain that more guns are the answer to lessening the danger of mass shootings and provide essential personal protection. In response to this view he retorted that more guns did not lead to less violence, in fact much the opposite, with greater violence, higher death rates and, crucially, more profit for the manufacturers of the deadly weapons. He pleaded with the audience to help end the “senseless slaughter” which guns engender and made his affection for the country he has called his home for the last ten years, quite clear in connection with the problem as he sees it. Although this could be a cynical attempt to try and retrospectively ingratiate himself into the hearts of the American public he has such a controversial relationship with, Morgan’s departing comments about gun control do have a persuasively pro American line to them.

Given that it is a well-known fact that the USA has the highest gun-related homicide rate in the developed world coupled with some of the most lenient gun control legislation, his words must surely sound an uncomfortable ring of truth in many American ears. So while many will be happy to see Morgan departing, his plea for greater gun control can and should be seen as his most persuasively pro American moment, encapsulated by his salute on twitter to his only “heartfelt hope” upon leaving that the country would rethink their “insane” stance on firearms. So whether people love Piers Morgan or hate him, this is one of the few occasions where he speaks a very urgent truth which needs to be acknowledged and acted upon as soon as possible.

Commentary by Rhona Scullion

@RhonaScullion

Sources:
The Hollywood Reporter
The Independent
ATV Today

8 Responses to "Piers Morgan Departing Gun Control Plea Persuasively Pro American"

  1. Ovid dillard   June 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Most people here in America are glad to see piers Morgan gone. His rating were terrible.what really did Morgan in was his criticism of our gun laws. Most people here in America have a handgun or shotgun in their home. I keep a handgun n every room of the house. So does everyone I know. I live in a rural area and crime is very high here in America. I cannot understand how British citizens allowed the government to take their weapons.it could never happen in America. Buying a weapon here is as easy as buying a can of beer and it’s gong to stay that way. You will need a gun to protect yourself when Britain is 50 percent foreign born and no jobs

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  2. Rhona Scullion   March 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

    To Ronald73/Ian Erikson:
    Here is what I don’t understand – America is a very intelligent country with access to all sorts of resources, so surely they must realise that their record on gun crime and violence is absolutely appalling in contrast to every other civilised western country? As such surely that in itself suggests that there are many methods of prevention and protection that can be implemented to improve their frankly atrocious record on this issue?
    I don’t agree with Piers Morgan on almost every other issue he talks about but on this one he talks absolute sense. The rate of gun crime in the UK is much lower than the US and their gun laws are a lot tighter – surely no coincidence? Also your point about guns making it safer for people to wander round are clearly contradicted by the statistics so your argument has no basis in fact.
    It would probably not have been realistic to expect Morgan to go into detail about what options there are with regards to gun crime, and at the end of the day, as he pointed out, it is America’s problem that they need to work out how to fix themselves. He was just highlighting the problem that so many Americans seem determined to delude themselves over.

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    • Ian Erickson   March 31, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      First, the low rate of gun ownership in countries like UK and Japan is due to market demand, much more than effective law.

      Second, Certain guns, are completely legal in UK, despite what people say.

      Third, the overwhelming number of gun owners in the U.S. and U.K. are law abiding citizens, to to treat them like criminals via an ineffective, pointless law, helps no one. Like the UK, it is ILLEGAL for criminals to buy guns in the U.S., yet, as with great Britain American crooks still get them. The “logic” that nanny staters follow is thus: “somebody else went out and got drunk, drove, and killed someone, so you are not allowed to drink alcohol OR drive a car, because you are obviously just a child who needs to be protected from yourself.”

      Fourth, More murders are committed with knives and clubs than rifles or shotguns in the US, yet that pseudo-journalist never addressed that.

      Fifth, The UK has a higher murder rate than some other (notice I did not say all) other European countries who have more lenient guns laws.

      Sixth, following Third point, countries with exceptionally high murder rates with guns like Mexico and Russia also have very strict gun laws; obviously the legislation is incompetent, and would be in the US as well.

      Nanny state policies are nothing more than the government restricting people’s decisions in order to persuade people that they need a baby sitter; Piers was stupid enough to basically say that American representatives should tell the American people what they need, not ask what they want. No free people want to live in such a dystopian society. The great British writer George Orwell understood this kind of over zealous paternalism very well.

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  3. Spencer60000   March 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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  4. Ian Erickson   March 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Rhona,

    Piers never offered any real solution. He reminds me of the woman from Moms Demand Action, that wrote on my GLV comment section, suggesting that victimhood is civilized.

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  5. Ronald73   March 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Piers didn’t satisfactorily address the most important questions: What does a person do in cases of home invasion (there are actually thousands every year) by armed thugs? Wait for police or wait to be beaten and robbed or simply wait to die? What does an older man or woman do when accosted (by a thug with a weapon) while walking to his/her car at night in an empty parking lot? We can’t all be in a safe place all of the time. Some of us are no match for someone who is bigger and stronger or someone who makes his living by strong arm robbery. Everyone has the right to move about in safety (relative safety) and sometimes having a handgun is the only thing that improves the odds of survival. The gun grabbers are misguided: they should be focused on reducing criminality instead of reducing our chance to defend ourselves and thereby reducing our liberty.

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  6. Rhona Scullion   March 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I agree, and I do state that in the article:
    “However, he suffered from a steady decline in ratings and was dogged by claims that he did not understand American culture and was not in a position to comment on issues such as gun control. Consequently it was announced in February of this year that CNN was axing his show,”

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  7. Duncan twiner   March 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I believe Mr. Morgan’s views were responsible such low ratings his program was cancelled.

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