CNN’s Piers Morgan appeared on CBS This Morning Tuesday to plug his new book, Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney, and defend his often aggressive crusade against assault weapons. Confronted by host Norah O’Donnell on how he squares his desire for gun control with the Second Amendment, Morgan said “I have no problem” with law-abiding Americans who want to protect their families with guns.
The CBS interview came the morning after one of the more heated gun debates on Piers Morgan Live, this time with Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb, who is planning a “Guns Save Lives” protest tied to the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Morgan said Gottlieb’s behavior on his show demonstrated the “utter crassness of some of these pro-gun rights people in just failing to understand the decimation that guns can cause to so many lives.” He explained that all he wants is for “fewer Americans to be killed by guns.”
“But you were talking about banning guns,” O’Donnell countered. “We have the Second Amendment here in America and there are more than 100 million gun owners in this country. It is a right that many Americans enjoy and use safely.”
Though she did not actually ask a specific question, Morgan answered, “I have no problem, in a country with so many guns in circulation, with a family exercising their First Amendment right to defend their families with a hand gun at home.” Presumably, Morgan meant to say “Second Amendment right” but neither O’Donnell not Charlie Rose corrected him. “But nobody can tell me that any civilian in America needs a military-style assault weapon,” he continued, “or a magazine, which has 30-100 bullets.”
In terms of where he falls on the political spectrum on this issue, Morgan calls Mayor Mike Bloomberg “the single most courageous politician in America.” Meanwhile, President Obama “has done his best, but he’s achieved nothing.”
Finally, Morgan touched on his uncertain future at CNN, saying he loves working for the network and will have to be taken out of there “kicking and screaming.”
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