Tuesday saw Piers Morgan in third place (in the key 25-54 demo and in total audience) behind Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow. At what point does CNN recognize his daily segments on guns aren’t drawing viewers?
I really don’t have a problem with Morgan talking about guns every night — it’s his show. But, it’s just that he’s so lazy about it. Every night it’s the same argument of why the AR-15 and similar weapons should be banned while he ignores all of the other aspects to gun violence in America. A real debate would address issues that nobody wants to talk about and be actual journalism.
Instead we get distractions like Morgan calling a Second Amendment supporter a “heckler” yesterday — a description that was quickly corrected by CNN’s own Anderson Cooper and others.
What happened in Newtown, Conn., was a tragedy but isn’t it time for Morgan to move on? Like take his show on the road to Chicago where there’s a Newtown every month? Ah, but the problem with going to Chicago is that guns are already basically banned in the city. Decades of Morgan’s preferred progressive policies have failed to fix the problem.
One thing that must be addressed is the prosecution of criminals who commit crimes but are not properly incarcerated. One of the more recent Chicago gun victims was a known gang member with 29 previous arrests “including multiple felonies for drug dealing and weapons violations.” The question Piers Morgan should be asking is why was this thug even on the street? If carrying a “banned” gun has no real punishment, what’s the point?
And just last night, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed within walking distance of President Obama’s Chicago home. Last week Hadiya was in D.C. watching President Obama’s inauguration, but now she’s gone:
A week after attending presidential inauguration festivities in the nation’s capital and with dreams of a summer trip to Paris swirling in her 15-year-old imagination, Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in the South Side’s Kenwood neighborhood.
Police say Hadiya was shot in the back at a neighborhood park about 2:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald. A teen boy was shot in the leg and taken to Comer’s Children’s Hospital in serious condition.
“As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose,” said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, 36, Hadiya’s godfather. “I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”
The shooting happened about three blocks from King College Prep, where Hadiya attended high school, played on the volleyball team and was a majorette with the band. The park where she was killed is a little less than a mile from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home.
A murder that happened in broad daylight, involving gang violence and a mile from President Obama’s house. If that doesn’t get Morgan’s attention, I’m not sure what will.