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Piers Morgan, a former British journalist and host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," has been making headlines lately over his comments regarding America's current gun laws in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.
During Morgan's show on Thursday the host made a comment referring to the Constitution as "your little book" after a copy was brought to him by guest Ben Shapiro, Editor-at-Large for Brietbart.com.
During a heated discussion concerning the necessity for civilians to be allowed to possess military style assault weapons, Morgan tried to discredit the validity of the arguments regarding the right for individuals to keep and bear arms in the United States. Gun advocates often say the Second Amendment is needed to protect us from a potentially oppressive government.
"To frame this as a left-wing attack … on the American constitution and the second amendment. It's exactly what you've tried to do. You come in; you brandish your little book, as if I don't know what's in there," Morgan sharply said during the exchange.
His remark about the U.S. founding document was due to a widely held and endorsed argument defended by Shapiro, who claimed the reason for American citizens to possess firearms was to defend against the possibility of a tyrannical government.
Recently, Morgan hosted also Alex Jones, founder of Infowars.com and a syndicated radio show, and the guest was adamant about defending every American's right to own firearms.
"[The year] 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!" Jones exploded on Morgan's show. "It doesn't matter how many lemmings you get out there in the street begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not relinquish them. Do you understand?!"
The gun debate issue has been gaining steam across the nation in recent weeks, following the December massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20-year old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six school employees, and later shot himself.