Gun control questions: Ask Piers Morgan
November 26th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Gun control questions: Ask Piers Morgan

Next month marks the one year anniversary of the Newtown shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which more than two dozen people were killed, including 20 children. The shootings reignited the debate about gun control in the United States, and have prompted many to ask whether the U.S. could learn any lessons from other countries.

But how have other nations managed to keep gun deaths down? What kind of gun control measures have worked, and is there any place for similar approaches in the United States? In a December 8 primetime special, Global Lessons on Guns, Fareed Zakaria GPS will explore these very issues.

But before then, CNN host Piers Morgan, who has been at the center of many of the debates and discussion on these issues, will be taking GPS readers’ questions on gun control, what he would like to see done, and what has surprised him most about the conversation.

So what would you like to ask? Please leave your questions in the comment section below, and GPS will select the best questions to pose to him online next week.

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  1. Doc

    Gun control would be a good thing, but it will never happen in the USA. Piers Morgan makes me sick.

    November 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      What we don't need Doc, are any more laws on gun control since we already have plenty of them. Remember, it's not the guns that are the problem here, it's the people use use them!

      November 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        Mr. Morgan, gun culture in America is manifest in violence. Before social media became widespread, the entertainment industry were to blame. Shouldn't parents and teachers play a role in the society to curb violence?

        November 28, 2013 at 5:13 am |
  2. Randall

    Why hasn't he deported himself like he said he would?

    November 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Why should he?

      November 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • keith

        because his a jack ass

        November 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
      • banasy©

        So don't watch him. I don't.

        November 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
  3. keith

    yeah, i support gun control insuring that the gun is always in my control.

    November 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  4. KurdisP

    Dear Piers, I would like to ask what kind of guns (be specific) civilians should be allowed to own in the US? We hear all about what certain groups want banned. I would like to know what would be considered acceptable?

    Best Regards

    Kurdis P

    November 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  5. chrissy

    I would feel much better if our government first tackle the issues we appointed them to do. Ya know the ones they've ignored simply because they've been he!!bent on destroying the prez instead of doing their damn jobs! Balancing the budget, creating jobs, immigration reform and last but in no way toward fixing the healthcare problems in this "not so great country anymore!"

    November 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      You left one thing out, chrissy. We most sorely need to cut the out of control military spending since that more than anything else is hurting our economy plus limiting our chances of ever coming out of the current depression that we're in! Furthermore, we need to turn our overseas bases over to our allies like Australia, Germany and J apan for them to maintain and to man!

      November 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Freddy

      Totally Agree! We are going so far away from our core its ridiculous. Citizens United was the biggest mistake the SCOTUS has made. It took congress from representing the people to working for big business. Sadly our only power is that of us to vote congress out of office and keep replacing them until we get what we want. BTW, I'm a Liberal Gun Owning American and Proud of it.

      November 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  6. Curious

    What I'd be curious about ... in a world where the media focuses on sensationalized and terrifying stories of violence, what other changes would you propose alongside gun control? What changes is the media prepared to make so that the events around the world are properly contextualized and communmicated so as to reduce the fear-mongering that has so many of us scared and convinced that self-defense through potentially lethal means is the only logical response to the world we live in? Perhaps the media should also consider some important changes instead of continually fueling fear. Gun control is treating a symptom, perhaps, but what about the rest of the disease? What about the elements that drive so many to feel like owning a gun is the only reasonable reaction to a frightening world where even the police don't protect citizens and citizens are left to protect themselves (maybe even protect themselves from their own police or government)? What would you suggest in the way of making gun control part of a MUCH larger reformation to how we interact with the world? It seems contradictory for a member of the media to preach gun control when it seems that the media is often the primary source of fear and uncertainty.

    November 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • WeNotYou

      Well said. Not a chance in he!! he will answer your questions but they are great questions.

      November 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  7. mick

    Piers. I'd like to see you answer briefly this issue that some Americans bring up by saying crime rose in the UK after guns were banned. This must be total rubbish. There was never enough private gun ownership to influence crime one way or the other. In my fifty years of life I have only ever known one person who was a gun owner, apart from shotgun owners. It is highly unlikely that and burglar or mugger ever gave a second thought about his victim having a gun because it was just so rare. If crime has risen than it has nothing to do with private gun ownership. More likely to do with a soft on crime government and legal system and a police force that despite many good and dedicated officers cares more about hounding those real criminals known to them as motorists

    November 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  8. chrissy

    Lol my bad @ Joseph, and youre right! That and all the foreign financial aid! Time to put a halt to that as well! And for cripes sakes...audit the Federal Reserve already!!!!

    November 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  9. rightospeak

    As expected my reasonable comment on discussion of gun control was removed by the Thought Police censors at CNN or maybe Mr. Morgan himself whom I categorized as a rabid anti gun advocate in a monopolistic media which is full of anti gun propaganda. I will just move on because any intelligent comment here is being wasted.
    This is exactly how your gun discussion is -censored.

    November 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Mr. Morgan himself? Really?

      Oh. Okay.

      November 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  10. burtonld

    Since gun violence is trending down even with the States loosening restrictions on gun carry and all the numbers about gun violence showing a strong correlation to communities stricken with poverty, joblessness and low levels of education shouldn't the answer to gun violence concentrate on resolving these issues rather than curtail the availability of weapons that are the least problematic, and by that I mean semi-automatic rifles?

    November 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  11. chrissy

    Good grief there are already numerous gun laws and THEY aren't being enforced! Tell me please, how MORE will be better in this instance?

    November 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  12. brasstacs

    None of the gun control proposals would have prevented the horrific Sandy Hook shooting or any of the other mass shootings..The snooty detestable tabloid gossipmonger Morgan hasn't a clue about what he's talking about ..and why he is even still on CNN is a mystery.

    November 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  13. ernie goncalves

    how dare you come into our country and try to tell us how to run our lives? your own country is not doing so hot. since you banned guns the violent crime rate has soared and now your countrymen are trying to overturn the ban. why dont you go back and try to help them? oh yea and what about the knockout game? it isint played very much in states where people are alowed to carry , did you notice that too piers? why is that Piers ? I dare you to answer those questions .

    November 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      The knockout game is rising in the United States.
      The victims, even if armed, never see it coming, and cannot pull a gun if they are laying in the ground unconscious.
      The sole purpose of the game IS to knock them unconscious.

      November 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  14. Rob M

    Piers, why do you keep comparing Americans and America's issues to other countries? Why would you want to disarm the people when clearly America is a more violent place to live, America makes up only 5% of the world population, but has 25% of the worlds prisoners, and most of these violent offenders will one day be released only to reoffend against some UNARMED defenseless citizen. Americans are not Britt's or Australians, or anything else, they are Americans, and in America the people tell the government what to do, NOT the other way around. You can get your head wrapped around this concept and join America, or go back to jolly old England.
    "God created man, Sam Colt made them equal."

    November 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  15. Paul Stewart II

    Hello Jason,

    Here are some questions for Piers Morgan:

    Which countries have the lowest gun deaths per capita and how do they achieve that better result? How much better is it?

    Is a comprehensive gun ban necessary? Is there a difference in deaths where countries have a complete ban compared to the US or other countries that don't?

    What difference if any, does the existence of the 2nd amendment make to managing guns in America in a way that delivers lower gun deaths per capita? Does it need to be repealed or amended? If so, how?

    What do you think is the overall framework for managing guns that could dramatically reduce per capita gun deaths?

    Specifically, how does one deal with the NRA and other gun company lobbies and their money and influence in Congress in a way that will enable dramatic change to gun management in America?

    How do you get support to make changes and then how do you actually navigate from the present system to a comprehensive framework for better gun management that delivers much lower gun deaths per capita like other developed countries?

    Who needs to come forward to make change happen? What do they need to do?

    What do you say to the idea that “guns don't kill people, people do”?

    I hope some of these questions are helpful to you..

    November 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  16. Eden

    In Chicago they outlawed the ability to carry concealed guns for self defense. They then saw an increase in gun related deaths making them the nation's murder capital. How is banning guns, which disarms law abiding citizens, going to decrease the murder rate and gun murder rate if criminals don't actually follow laws?

    November 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  17. Robin Wier

    Piers Morgan has singlehandedly caused me to be unable to listen to anyone with his particular accent (English?), an accent that I used to find made listening quite enjoyable.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  18. Triple Lindy

    Piers, where in the 2nd amendment did you see any of the following words: musket, single-shot, bazooka, assault, rifle, pistol, knife, machine gun, shotgun?

    November 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  19. ✠RZ✠

    Hey Piers?

    Would you say that you're a pretty good shot? Or is missing the broad side of a barn more your style?

    November 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  20. chrissy

    Lol @ RZ, are you talking about gunshots or just life in general with him?

    November 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Oh, I don't mind that Piers Morgan on bit, and neither do I have a problem with Michael Moore . Both do tend to make their points mostly in a one sided but very entertaining manner. But what really intrigues is that despite there having been at least 3 or 4 articles in GPS involving China since Nov 8th, our shipping container friend has been rather quiet. Just fine by me.

      November 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  21. chrissy

    Lol i was teasing ya. And i think Piers was much better on AGT than on a news program. But he was not my fave for sure. A bit too much of a stuffed shirt for my tastes!

    November 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Well, at least we won't ever have to worry about him becoming the next 007. Can't imagine the audience's reaction if he had to pull that PPK out of his jacket and shoot at someone.

      November 27, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  22. David

    My question is when comparing our laws with others in respect to gun violence why don't we also compare rates for violent crime? Sure a total gun ban will cause a decline in gun violence, but do we see the same reduction as a subset of violent crime or are we trading one weapon for another when these laws are enacted?

    November 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  23. cheapcigarettes502

    Piers, you always ask people to explain to you why anyone would like to have an assault weapon. You often say that nobody has given you a valid explanation. Well, I have the answer for you.

    Law enforcement agencies are allowed to carry them, yet they always arrive after the crime has been committed. "We" are the ones who face the criminals first. According to your logic, it is Ok for a police officer show up with your scary looking weapons to write a report and take statements, but it is not OK for the average joe to use the same means to protect themselves as they face an attacker. Still waiting for your self deportation by the way.

    November 27, 2013 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      That's a good point cc502! Fires will kill and destroy indiscriminately, so the law in many cases provides that buildings must have sprinkler systems/fire hoses/extinguishers as some means of immediate response by occupants. If school staff could access conveniently located coded gun safes during a "lockdown", they might at least have a fighting chance for themselves and their students.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
  24. Stephen

    For starters, I'd like to see the end of that ridiculous "gun death, gun crime" BS. It gives me a headache seeing anti-gunners ranting "this country has fewer gun deaths than the US."

    Death is death. Crime is crime. Focusing on one particular mode of death, and chattering like a happy monkey when the number goes down, is moronic. Show things in their proper context.

    And another thing, there's a perception that having a gun in the house is somehow signing your kid's death warrant. As if kids are pre-disposed from birth to find a gun, turn it backwards, and pull the trigger. As with my previous point, an accident is an accident. Your kid is just as likely, if not more likely, to kill himself while screwing with Dad's power tools, or falling down the damn stairs. The other day I looked back and counted all the dumb, life-threatening things I did as a child. All in all, it's a wonder I'm still alive.

    Gun safety in the home is no different from having a child proof latch on cupboards, or teaching kids about fire. It all comes down to common sense. If you don't have any, you'll see unwanted results, gun or not.

    November 27, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  25. Freddy

    When are we getting a proper replacement for Larry King?

    November 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  26. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    @Eden's point about guns and Chicago was correct: fewer guns for law-abiding citizens resulted in more crime. NYC got flack for toughness on crime and gun toting, but it's safer than Chicago. Chicago is America's future in a crystal ball, so look at it well. Then look at Detroit, another fortune teller.

    November 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Yep. If you outlaw guns, then only the outlaws will have them.

      November 28, 2013 at 7:37 am | Reply
  27. chrissy

    Spot on @ Joey! And yet you STILL see illegal gun sales all the time in Detroit and the surrounding cities. One of which i reside it! And im deeply puzzled WHY government officials think when a city is in fnancial distress the first persons laid off are Law Enforcement! Where is the practicality in that? Maybe Gov Schnyder hopes the thugs will decrease the population, idk?

    November 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      @chrissy, I know you're situated there. Bloomberg was not universally popular here in NY, but I thought he was great. It's safer than it was before he came, and I hope our new mayor, for whom I voted, will keep us as relatively safe. There have always been areas of the city you'd have to be crazy to visit after dark. Detroit used to be very nice, I spent most of the 1960 summer there.

      November 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  28. tim

    Dear Piers,

    When will you have an intellectually honest debate (instead of shouting match where you talk over your guests after introducing nonsensical questions full of rhetoric)?

    November 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  29. chrissy

    Agree also @ Freddy, i too own a gun and as long as there are not enough Law Enforcement (more than 3 per shift in my city w/17k population) than i will continue to own one! And in all honesty, i hate guns, but in some cases they are neccessary!

    November 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  30. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorite............TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Triple Lindy

      No more science fiction for you. And get back on your meds.

      November 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
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