Piers Morgan to gun advocate: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man”

CNN talking head Piers Morgan venomously criticized a pro-gun guest on his show Tuesday night, calling him an “unbelievably stupid man” in an interview laced with personal attacks.

When Morgan invited Executive Director of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt onto his show “Piers Morgan Tonight,” it apparently wasn’t to listen to his views and engage in a civil debate over the issue of gun control. Instead, Morgan lit into Pratt repeatedly.

“You’re talking complete and utter nonsense,” Morgan told Pratt. He blamed the increased sale of assault weapons in the days after the Sandy Hook shooting on “idiots like you.”

Pratt, who supports arming teachers in schools and allowing people to conceal and carry for their own protection, mostly took the high road and stayed away from personal attacks. But when Morgan called him “unbelievably stupid,” the executive director fought back.

“It seems to me that you’re morally obtuse,” Pratt said. “You seem to prefer being a victim to being able to prevail over the criminal element. And I don’t know why you want to be the criminal’s friend.” He also added later that Morgan seemed to be ignoring the facts, letting them “bounce right off of your head.”

At the end of the interview, when Morgan thanked Pratt for joining him, the executive director gave a conciliatory response, thanking the host for his “high-level argument.”

“You know what, you wouldn’t understand the meaning of the phrase high-level argument,” Morgan lashed back. “You are a dangerous man espousing dangerous nonsense. You shame your country.”

On Wednesday, the host was still fired up about his interview from the previous night, tweeting that Pratt was an “idiot.”

UPDATE: Morgan also tweeted this disturbing tweet. It was caught by Breitbart, but later deleted from Morgan’s account.

 

(h/t News Busters)

Comments

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  1. swampsniper says:

    Morgan has no interest in listening to anything but his own babble.

  2. Fed Up says:

    If we were to adopt this gentlemans logic, we’re wasting our time battling nuclear proliferation. Following the gun lobby’s logic, we should actually be supplying nuclear weapons to every country that wants one because right now we’re in a real state of peril being the worlds super power. Arm everyone…..we’ll all be safer? What an idiot !

  3. Shawn N says:

    I agree with Morgan regarding gun control, but he was an emotional wreck and being completely irrational.

    It was obvious he had no other purpose but to berate and insult whoever didn’t agree with him.

    He consistently referred to “assault weapons” oblivious to the fact that the AR-15 and the Bushmaster used in this tragedy are not even considered “assault weapons” and therefore a reconstitution of that ban won’t even affect those guns.

    The bottom line was that the gun advocate was prepared and was presenting facts to argue his point, and Piers had no argument for it but to be emotional and insulting.

    Meanwhile, check the facts, the UK has a violent crime rate over 4 times higher than in the US.

  4. Robert knowles says:

    It’s a great shame that in his wonderful country , the American psyche regarding weapons is so archaic. From a law dating back over 200 years ago, it seems that many have made the 2nd amendment part of their lives. What for. I just don’t get it and until our thinking is changed, it will very be very difficult to pass any laws. The UK has been around for thousands of years, and do they have a Right to bear arms, one would think so, if you go back to invading times, Vikings, Romans, and all the other forces that threatened its shores. Do the Brits feel that it’s their right to bear arms. No. Very few get killed by guns. I live in a state, Pa where schools close on the fist day of hunting season and here a 7 yr old daughter boasts of her first kill. Wow. It’s inbred, this gun thing. So hard to change. God bless all to all families who have lost loved ones recently.

  5. Felix Barre says:

    i’m with stupid.

  6. Christina Jeffrey says:

    Larry Pratt is awesome in this interview, cool as a cucumber and loaded for bear. I lost track of the ad hominem arguments from Morgan after counting 6. The best line of the interview was delivered by Mr. Pratt comparing Morgan to Neville Chamberlain. When I spoke with Mr. Pratt, after seeing a video of the interview, he said he was afraid many young people might not know who Chamberlain is, but I assured him, with Google, anyone can look up anything, anytime. All in all, a tour de force!

  7. john says:

    l don’t blame Morgan. I am from Canada and many of my gun owning friends think that some Americans have lost their common sense on this issue. Debating the fiscal cliff deserves showing respect for opposing views, but when it comes to individuals promoting violence to advance the interest of gun makers, at the cost of children losing their lives, it becomes complete lunacy, if not downright criminal! Morgan is justified in berating his guest. It’s time for America to wake up and join the rest of the world. It’s time for America to become the great moral world leader it has been in the past!

  8. Duh more guns do not make sense says:

    The blood thirsty republicans and their SOB gun lobbying supporters have blood on their hand. To earn billions of dollars from gun sales, they are ready to kill innocent kids. I would say they are so cold and heartless that even if their kids were killed in this way they would not change their minds ! Its a sad time for USA. They want to change this country into a wild wild west territory and like the Mad-Max type where everyone has to defend for themselves. I admire you Piers Morgan for standing up for the helpless public ! Well done. Shame on you ALL COWBOY REPUBLICANS for supporting more guns and staying silent on this sad day… Enough said

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