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CNN’s Piers Morgan had a contentious interview with Breitbart News’ Ben Shapiro who accused Morgan of being a “bully” by “standing on the bodies of the children who died at Sandy Hook.”
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CNN’s Piers Morgan had a contentious interview with Breitbart News’ Ben Shapiro. The interview started with fireworks when Morgan indigently exclaimed, “how dare you!” to Shapiro after the Breitbart Editor accused him of being a “bully” by “standing on the bodies of the children who died at Sandy Hook.” Shapiro explained his remark by recalling that Morgan has demonized anyone who has apposed his views on gun legislation and accused them of not caring for the murdered students. At one point, Morgan slammed down a copy of the constitution, which Shapiro thoughtfully brought — encouraging Piers to read the second amendment, calling it “your little book…” I’ll put as much of the transcript that youtube will let me below:
PIERS MORGAN, CNN HOST: My next guest has strong words for me. He says I’m off the rails on guns in America. Ben Shapiro is editor-at-large at Breitbart.com and the author of “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans.” So, why am I off the rails, Mr. Shapiro?
BEN SHAPIRO, EDITOR BREITBART.COM: You know, honestly Piers, you have kind of been a bully on this issue, because what you do, and I’ve seen it repeatedly on your show. I watch your show. And I’ve seen it repeatedly. What you tend to do is you tend to demonize people who differ from you politically by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook saying they don’t seem to care enough about the dead kids. If they cared more about the dead kids, they would agree with you on policy. I think we can have a rational, political conversation about balancing rights and risks and rewards of all of these different policies, but I don’t think that what we need to do is demonize people on the other side as being unfeeling about what happened at Sandy Hook.
MORGAN: How dare you accuse me of standing on the graves of the children that died there. How dare you.
SHAPIRO: I’ve seen you do it repeatedly, Piers.
MORGAN: Like I say, how dare you.
SHAPIRO: Well, I mean, you can keep saying that, but you’ve done it repeatedly. What you do, and I’ve seen you do it on your program, is you keep saying to folks if they disagree with you politically, then somehow this is a violation of what happened in Sandy Hook. And you, I would really like to hear your policy prescriptions for what we should do about guns because you say you respect the second amendment. You know, I brought this here for you so you can read it. It’s the Constitution. And I would really like for you to explain to me what you would do about guns that would have prevented what happened in Sandy Hook. If you want to do what you did in the U.K., right, which is ban virtually all guns, that is at least a fair argument and we can have a discussion about whether that’s something that we ought to do or not.
MORGAN: Well, I made it clear what I want to do which is exactly what Mark Kelly wants to do. And in fact —
SHAPIRO: Ok, let’s talk about that.
MORGAN: — Rather than address your comments to me about standing on the graves of children at Sandy Hook, you can address them to Mark Kelly because he agrees with everything I have been saying because he feels the same way, as does his wife. They’re gun owners. They both respect the second amendment of the constitution, they don’t want to take away anyone’s right to defend themselves with guns —
SHAPIRO: Well, they want to take away certain types of guns, obviously.
MORGAN: They want to take away assault weapons, which are capable with magazines that we saw in Aurora and Sandy hook, of unleashing a ridiculous amount of —
SHAPRIO: This is what I wanted to ask you, Piers, because I have seen you talk about assault weapons a lot, and I have seen Mark Kelly talk about assault weapons. The vast majority of murders in this country that are committed with guns are committed with handguns, they are not committed assault weapons. Are you willing to ban handguns in this country, across this country?
MORGAN: No, that’s not what I’m asking for.
SHAPIRO: Why not? Don’t you care about the kids who are being killed in Chicago as much as the kids in Sandy Hook?
MORGAN: Yes, I do.
SHAPIRO: Then why don’t you care about banning the handguns in Chicago?