CNN host Piers Morgan on Wednesday repeatedly talked over guest John Lott Jr., who was trying to present and correct several myths and misstatements about gun facts, ultimately telling him: “I’m going to keep talking so I suggest you keep quiet.”
Mr. Lott, a noted author and researcher on gun statistics, was trying to explain his points about the proposed ban on weapons in Congress. Mr. Morgan opened the show with a broadcast clip of a Sandy Hook elementary school victim’s father giving emotional testimony before Congress. Mr. Morgan said that assault weapons and “high-capacity magazines” were to blame for more than half of mass shootings between 1982 and 2012, according to a Blaze report. Mr. Lott refuted that claim — as well as another that Mr. Morgan made, that a weapons ban in Australia was successful as lowering crime rates.
Mr. Morgan responded, “I’m going to keep talking, so I suggest you keep quiet.”
From there, the back-and-forth became even more heated.
On Thursday, Mr. Lott summed up the interview on his website this way: “The problems started when Piers began realizing that he was losing the debate. At that point he started raising his voice and talking over me.”
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