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Piers Morgan Ends CNN Show With Gun Control: 'Want More Of You To Stay Alive'

CNN host Piers Morgan ended the three-year run of his CNN show with one last plea for US gun control.

Morgan, who is British, said he wasn't trying to be anti-American by preaching changes to gun laws. Instead, he was "so pro-American I want more of you to stay alive."

"I'd also like to thank you all for watching," he said in his final minutes after thanking producers and staff. "Even those who implacably disagreed with me, or just found my funny accent annoying."

"Regular viewers will know that the issue of gun control has been a consistent and often very controversial part of this show.
And I want to say something more about that before I bow out."

"I have lived and worked in America for much of the past decade, and it is a magnificent country. A land of true opportunity that affords anyone, even British chancers like me, the opportunity to live the American dream. The vast majority of Americans I have met are decent, hard-working, thoroughly dependable people."

"As my brother, a British Army colonel, says, 'You'd always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.' But that's where guns belong on a military battlefield, in the hands of highly trained men and women fighting for democracy and freedom. Not in the hands of civilians."

"The scourge of gun violence is a disease that now infects every aspect of American life. Each day, on average, 35 people in this country are murdered with guns, another 50 kill themselves with guns, and 200 more are shot but survive. That's 100,000 people a year hit by gunfire in America."

Morgan blamed politicians that he said had been bullied into "cowardly" silence by a gun lobby led by the National Rifle Association.

"Now, I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change. But nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation's politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms."

"This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry. So angry, in fact, that some people have criticized me for being too loud, opinionated, even rude when I have debated the issue of guns. But I make no apologies for that."

"As Sir Winston Churchill said: 'If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack."

"My point is simple: more guns doesn't mean less crime as the NRA repeatedly says. It means more gun violence, death and profits for the gun manufacturers. And to those who claim my gun control campaigning has been 'anti-American', the reverse is true. I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive."

"But I've made my point," he said. "I've given it a tremendous whack. Now it's down to you. It's your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!"

"I look forward to that day. And I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Goodnight, thank you, and God bless America."

"Oh, and while I'm at it, God bless Great Britain too."

March 31, 2014 |

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