Piers Morgan's interview with gun advocate Larry Pratt on Tuesday reached a boiling point when the CNN host said to his guest, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Morgan, a longtime advocate of new gun laws, has spoken out strongly in favor of gun control since the Newtown shooting on Friday. Twenty-seven victims, including twenty schoolchildren, were shot and killed in the horrific tragedy.
Morgan hosted Pratt on Tuesday. Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America argued that schools would be safer with more guns.
Morgan pointed to what he said was the country's "enormous problem" with gun violence. The United States, he said, has "the worst rate of gun murder and gun crime of any of the civil countries in this world."
The two engaged in heated cross talk. Pratt went on to argue that gun laws promoted violence because people are unable to defend themselves, and said that gun bans in other countries have not affected violent crime rates.
Morgan said that was not true, and could not hold himself back. “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” he said.
“It seems to me you are morally obtuse,” Pratt calmly responded. “You seem to prefer being a victim to being able to prevail over the criminal element. I don’t know why you want to be the criminal’s friend.”
“What a ridiculous argument," Morgan shot back. "You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.”