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Piers Morgan is once again making headlines after he visited a gun range in Texas and conducted an interview with longtime rocker, Ted Nugent, who accused the CNN man of being "obsessed with guns."
During the interview, which aired Monday night, Morgan continued pushing his crusade to determine why any civilian would need to have access to any assault rifle or large capacity magazine.
"It's a simple inanimate tool that tens of millions of American families own, that have never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime," Nugent said during the interview. "99.99 percent 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."
Morgan was not swayed by his argument and proceeded to point out the United States has the highest rate of gun ownership per population followed by Yemen to counter Nugent's claim that more guns create a safer environment.
Still, Nugent suggested that the focus should be taken off guns and placed back on those who commit horrible crimes with them.
"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," Nugent said.
Morgan was recently the focus of a petition to have him deported after he made a series of comments regarding the current national gun debate.
White House press secretary Jay Carney revealed that the petition to deport Piers Morgan, which received over 100,000 signatures, was denied due to protections provided by the First Amendment.
In a press release, Carney stated that the topic of gun control is controversial, but reminded individuals of the right to freedom of speech.
"Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment- or any other matter of public concern," the statement read.