Piers Morgan had Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his show Tuesday night for a chat about American gun ownership in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting that left the CNN host "seething" afterward.
Still seething after tonight's show. Just can't understand the mentality of those who insist the only answer to #Newtown is MORE guns.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 19, 2012
The exchange got especially tense when Pratt argued that gun violence rates were lower in places with lax gun laws than in what he called Morgan's "vaunted English bucolic countryside."
"Evil's in our hearts, not in our guns," Pratt said.
The fact of the matter is with guns, comes safety if the guns are in the hands of the good guys, and when you say the good guys can’t have guns, the bad guys have a monopoly and horrible things such as the shootings at the schools take place.
"You're an unbelievably stupid man aren't you," Morgan responded when Pratt said that Americans needed to be able to "defend themselves."
We only have the problem 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. I honestly don’t understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. It’s incomprehensible.
Morgan becomes visibly irate around the 3:45 mark, after which Pratt calls Morgan "morally obtuse" and Morgan tells Pratt he has "absolutely no coherent argument whatsoever."