Piers Morgan rips NRA bullying in farewell

Staff writer

In his farewell Friday night as CNN host, Piers Morgan again bemoaned U.S. gun violence.

Morgan, a Briton, praised Americans as hard-working and dependable and the country as magnificent and a land of opportunity.

Yet he deplored gun violence as "a scourge" that "infects every aspect of American life." He described the country's gun laws as "absurd."

He cited figures that every day in this country 35 people are murdered with guns, an additional 50 kill themselves with guns and 200 more are shot.

"The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, have bullied this nation's politicians into cowardice by silence," Morgan said.

He defended his strong stance against guns by quoting Winston Churchill's advice to hit an important point hard again and again and again.

"More guns doesn't mean less crime, as the NRA repeatedly tries to tell you," Morgan said. "It means more gun violence, more deaths and more profits for the gun manufacturers."

He said his view was pro-American because he wants more Americans to live.

But "Piers Morgan Live" died, after three years, done in by weak ratings. He had replaced Larry King.

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