Ted Nugent told Piers Morgan he is “full of crap” and “obsessed with guns.”
The heated exchange took place Monday on Piers Morgan Tonight and on Tuesday CNN posted a one-minute clip. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for some – Mediaite and Breitbart.com, for example -- so they uploaded longer versions of the segment on their sites.
Morgan’s show originated Monday from a Texas gun store, and Morgan showed video of himself shooting the sort of rifle that he says the U.S. government should ban – the one he said was used in the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Colorado last year.
“It was an exciting experience,” he told Nugent before rolling the video of him shooting the AR-15 rifle.
Morgan asked Nugent, the rocker who is an outspoken advocate in favor of the Second Amendment, why anyone in America needs a semi-automatic rifle like the one he learned to shoot while in Texas.
Nugent told Morgan he has been “monitoring your gun debates. Go ahead and take it to the bank, you will never understand.”
When Morgan tries telling Nugent how many Americans are hit by gunfire each year, Nugent says: “Let me stop you there, because I’ve been hearing you say this and you are so full of crap!”
See video below.
Asks Nugent: “Do you care about murders, or do you only care about murders with guns?”
“I care about all death,” Morgan responds.
“I don’t think you do,” says Nugent. “I think you care about guns. You’re obsessed with guns.”
Later, Nugent tells Morgan that “99.99 percent of the gun owners of America are wonderful people … perfectly safe, perfectly harmless, wonderful, loving, generous, giving, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone?”
“I won’t leave you alone because it’s a debate that has to be had,” Morgan tells Nugent.
“We appreciate that,” says Nugent, “because you’re the perfect poster boy to stand up for the things that make no sense at all to common-sense people.”