Piers Morgan began by asking Nugent to explain to him, “in the least inflammatory way possible” why Americans need the AR-15 assault rifle. When Nugent began talking about the millions of Americans who own guns and have “never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime,” Morgan responded by listing off the number of gun murders and suicides each year in this country.
“Do you care about murders?” Nugent asked. “Or do you only care about about murders with guns?”
Morgan answered, “I care about all death.”
“I don’t think you do,” Nugent shot back. “I think you care about guns. You’re obsessed with guns.” He then went off on a tear that summed up his and many other gun advocates’ position:
“99.99% of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today. Perfectly safe. Perfectly harmless. Wonderful, loving, generous, giving, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone? Go after the nut jobs, go after the murderers, because I don’t know any. We need to lock up the bad guys and when people show dangerous, murderous intent, which everyone one of these mass murderers showed — all their neighbors, their family, their teachers, their fellow students, they all knew they were crazy but, Piers, we didn’t stop them because we’re worried about hurting their feelings. We have a mad man problem in America… let’s focus on that and leave the rest of us alone.”
When Nugent was done, Morgan told me, “I won’t leave you alone because there’s a debate that needs to be had.” After a break, he asked Nugent to respond specifically to President Obama’s gun proposals.