On his Thursday show, CNN's Piers Morgan compared the NRA's Wayne LaPierre to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and drew parallels between the current gun debate and the civil rights and drunk driving debates of decades ago.
When guest Margaret Hoover described America's "gun culture," Morgan interjected, "There was a racist culture, there was a drunk-driving culture." Even liberal Marc Lamont Hill was taken aback. "A Southern gun owner is not like a Klan member. I mean, come on," he admonished Morgan, who claimed "I'm not saying they are." [Video below the break. Audio here.
Morgan then accused some gun rights advocates of ignoring a child's right to life. "What I'm talking about is a cultural situation in America that is one position, but could change. To me, putting the rights to bear arms over the rights of a child's life is the wrong way around."
He then lumped NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and accused both "extreme gun rights lobbyists" of inciting someone to mail a ricin-laced letter to President Obama.
But what is also true is the likes of Alex Jones, the guy that has screamed abuse at me when he came on the show, a lot of these more extreme gun rights lobbyists, and I would actually put Wayne LaPierre from NRA in that category. They are whipping up the rhetoric to such an extreme level – 'Obama is going to grab your guns, defend yourselves, arm yourselves,' record gun sales after Sandy Hook and so on – is it surprising that you're getting some people now flipping and doing this kind of thing? Doesn't surprise me."During his failed months-long push for gun control, Morgan has done his best to smear the NRA. He has called LaPierre "America's most dangerous man," called the NRA's agenda "murderous," and dared the NRA to "name the number" of children who would be killed in the next school shooting due to lack of gun control.
Conservative guest Margaret Hoover did get in a parting shot at Morgan at the segment's end, when he pleaded that "the British are not coming for your guns. Alright? Trust me."
"You are!" Hoover playfully shot back.
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