The Washington Times - May 17, 2013, 02:54PM

Piers Morgan has given the tea party and gun rights advocates a hard time since the Newtown massacre, but he appears to have had a change of heart after the Obama administration’s IRS and Associated Press scandals.

Speaking to famous magician and libertarian Penn Jillette, the CNN host said, “I’ve had some of the pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me, ‘Well, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny from our own government,’ and I’ve always laughed at them.

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“I said ‘don’t be so ridiculous, your own government won’t turn itself on you,’ but, actually, this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government,” Mr. Morgan said. “I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior. I think what the Department of Justice has done to the AP is bordering on tyrannical behavior.”

Mr. Jillette agreed, responding, “There’s no doubt about that. … I think that it shows you that how much we can trust the government and just sit back, which is not very much at all.”