“I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive,” Morgan says
Piers Morgan brought his run as host of CNN's “Piers Morgan Live” to an end on Friday night by speaking to a topic he feels passionately about: Gun control.
Morgan, who's spoken about his desire for stricter gun control numerous times, fired off one more shot on his way out the door.
“Regular viewers will know that the issue of gun control has been a consistent and often very controversial part of this show,” Morgan said. “And I want to say something more about that before I bow out.”
After rattling off a string of gun statistics, Morgan went on to take aim at the National Rifle Association, saying that the lobbying group has “bullied” America's politicians into silence.
“The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation's politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms.This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry,” Morgan said. “So angry, in fact, that some people have criticized me for being too loud, opinionated, even rude when I have debated the issue of guns. But I make no apologies for that.”
Morgan, a Brit, went on to contend that his stance on gun control is pro-American, noting, “I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive.”
“My point is simple: More guns doesn't mean less crime as the NRA repeatedly says. It means more gun violence, death and profits for the gun manufacturers. And to those who claim my gun control campaigning has been “anti-American”, the reverse is true. I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive,” Morgan said. “But I've made my point. I've given it a tremendous whack. Now it's down to you. It's your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, ‘Enough!'”
During his send-off speech, Morgan also thanked his staff, saying, “We won some, we lost some, but we gave it everything we had, and I loved every minute of it — well, almost every minute of it.”
Watch Morgan's swan song below.