Mass shootings are becoming an all-too-common occurrence. Our nation’s problem with gun crime has shown no signs of letting up in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, and now 26 people have lost their lives in what’s been dubbed the Texas church massacre.
Both within and outside the United States, many people have begun to speculate about whether or not we should have harsher gun controls. However, many Americans remain committed to the second amendment and have no qualms with making their opinions known. Following the news of the Texas church massacre breaking, pro-gun lobbyist John R. Lott Jr. was invited on the British talkshow Good Morning Britain to discuss our nation’s gun crime problem with its famously outspoken host Piers Morgan. During the interview, 52-year-old Morgan asked Lott how he could remain committed to his right to bear arms when so many innocent people have repeatedly lost their lives in mass shootings like the one which took place in Texas yesterday. In response to Morgan’s question, Lott began to defend the second amendment by claiming that gun crime has caused more deaths in Europe than in the US. Morgan was outraged by this and said, “What an absolute load of nonsense!” Morgan then asked Lott where he got this information from, and when he couldn’t answer, the interview descended into a heated argument where neither of the two men were able to make a point without being interrupted by the other.
“There are on average 32 people a year in Britain who are killed by guns,” Morgan said. “In America, it is 85 a day and you have the gall to come on this show and defend that after another mass shooting? Do me a favour.”
Lott retorted, “There have been horrible instances and they happen all over the world – 135 people in Paris…” Morgan, however, was not willing to entertain Lott, and the two began to argue about exactly how many people have been killed as a result of gun crime in America compared to Europe.
“I’m going to keep talking until you let me finish,” Morgan said. “It’s actually our show, not yours, and I’m going to correct the false impression you just gave.”
But the pro-gun lobbyist insisted that America’s gun crime problem was not as bad as people thought it was, despite the fact that there has been a shooting in the US every single day of 2017. When Lott refused to entertain the possibility that America’s gun crime problem was worse than Europe’s, Morgan ended the interview by saying, “Nevermind gun control, how do I stop you talking? Silence!” As the interview drew to a close, Morgan said, “Unfortunately, you Mr Lott are part of the problem. You’re the one who comes on and says, ‘Europe has a bigger problem,’ when in fact it’s complete nonsense.
“You’re the guy who stands there asking for more guns when actually your country is shooting itself to death in more grotesque ways than ever.
“It’s a shame on America and a shame on people like you.”
Regardless of your opinion on gun control, there’s no denying that what happened Texas yesterday was a tragedy. The deadly nature of the shooting is revealed in this footage of the church in Sutherland Springs after it took place: We wish our sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.