Monday, December 10, 2012

Piers Morgan: "I'd Remove Every Gun in America"

On Monday, Research Director of the Independence Institute David Kopel appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight to debate the issue of gun-related violence with Piers and Josh Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

In the video below, you can see the debate unfold. What’s most telling in this exchange is Morgan’s admission that he, personally, would like to “Remove every gun in America.”


So, given that Morgan’s mind is already made up, it would be very difficult for one to try to convince him that much of what he believes with respect to gun control and gun-related violence is wrong. Credit to Prof. Kopel for trying to talk some sense into him anyhow.


The most recent study to elucidate this fact, as Kopel alluded to, was the study done in Virginia that examined crime data and gun sales from 2006 to 2011 and found a negative relationship between gun sales, which increased 73 percent over those five years and gun-related violent crimes, which fell by 24 percent over the same period.


Though, because the study doesn’t compute with Morgan’s preconceptions about guns and crime, he called it “a load of absolute claptrap.”

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