Piers Morgan taken down by Ben Shapiro

Piers Morgan

Since the mid-December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Piers Morgan has been using his show to endlessly complain about guns. Since he couldn’t argue the issue intelligently with people like Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, Morgan brought on Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist talk show host, to help him frame gun owners as crazy people.

On Thursday evening, Morgan hosted Ben Shapiro, editor at large of Breitbart.com, to discuss guns and the Second Amendment. It. Was. Epic. While he was calm and collected, Shapiro was sharp in his criticism of Morgan from the start.

Kicking off the segment, Shapiro told Morgan, “Honest, Piers, you’ve kind of been a bully on this issue because what you do…is 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 more cared about the dead kids, they would agree with you on policy.”

Shapiro explained that this sort of Morgan’s tactics don’t serve the debate well, noting instead that “we can have a rational political conversation about balancing rights and risks and rewards of these different policies.” Shapiro added, “I don’t think what we need to do is demonize people on the other side as being unfeeling about what happened in Sandy Hook.”

Watch the segment:

Shapiro’s point was that Morgan, who has been calling for legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons,” was inconsistent because he is complaining about the wrong type of guns. “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 [husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords] 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,” noted Shapiro, asking Morgan, “Are you willing to ban handguns in this country, across this country?”

When Shapiro brought out his copy of the Constitution, Morgan showed obvious contempt for the founding document of the United States, complaining that his guest was “brandish[ing] his little book.” Morgan got on his soap box again, calling Shapiro, who explained the meaning of the Second Amendment, “absurd” and “stupid.”

Morgan would rather not acknowledge inconvenient truths like firearm violence going down in a state like Florida, which has some of the most liberalized gun laws in the country, or the fact that a Georgia woman used her Second Amendment right to self defense to successfully defend to her and her two children from a home invader. And, as Reason TV recently explained, violent crime is actually dropping — despite more guns being in circulation now than ever before — and that mass shootings are not on the rise:

But Morgan, despite all of the evidence again his viewpoint, will go on to continue his crusade against the Second Amendment — and make no mistake, folks, that’s exactly what this is — and will continue to try to make law-abiding gun owners look as crazy as Alex Jones and his ilk because he can’t win the debate with facts are actually presented in front of him.

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