According to an article by reporter Samantha Chang for Bizpac Review, Piers Morgan and Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv dug into “an epic Twitter battle which underscored how little Morgan knows about the U.S. Constitution.”
The clash began when Morgan slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan regarding his reaction to a rash of stabbings in the city that has propelled its murder rate to a 13-year high.
“Very disturbing,” the television personality posted. “This is happening on YOUR watch, Mr Mayor -- what are you going to do about it?”
Kashuv joined the discussion by tweeting:
But Piers, gun control totally worked and made everyone safer! (It didn't because criminals bought knives.)
I have the answer... #BanAssaultKnives they're weapons of war.
Morgan responded by taking the discourse in a different direction. “Kyle, why did America ban automatic weapons if it’s only about the people not the guns?”
“Machine guns are banned because we are allowed to balance the risks of members of the general public having access to rare weapons with extreme capacity to do damage,” the student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stated.
“But the AR-15 doesn't fall into that category because … it is owned by tens of [thousands of people],” Kashuv continued.
“So just to clarify,” the liberal activist tweeted, “you don't think the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used to shoot 34 of your fellow Parkland students & staffers -- killing 17 -- in just 6 minutes, had ‘extreme capacity to do damage?’”
Kashuv quickly took Morgan to task over his harsh accusation.
“First, it's God awful for you to paint me like that,” the 16-year-old student noted. “Don't pin me with an awful notion that infers that me supporting my constitutional rights makes me okay with that type of murder.”
Second, “[W}hat made it legal to partially ban” the AR-15 “was that it is uncommon and can do unusual damage,” he continued.
Kashuv added in a following tweet:
Your argument is flawed in various other ways: 1) it isn't a full ban. 2) Handguns, per the DOJ [Department of Justice], are the weapons of choice for mass murders and the AR-15 didn't do any damage at Virginia Tech [during the shooting on April 16, 2007], pistols did. ...
Unless you're now going for a blanket gun ban, which many on the left especially my classmates say they don't want, your argument is moot.
Morgan did his best to again change the subject by tweeting: “2A was about arming people as part of a well-regulated militia -- not as a bunch of unregulated Rambos.”
The student fired back: “So you don’t bother to read federalist papers? Not your thing?”
Once again, the British activist tried to move in another direction: “Have you studied the history of 2A? Try reading up on it. It was never intended to mean an individual’s right to bear arms -- outside of a ‘well-regulated militia.’”
“That’s completely and totally not true,” Kashuv replied. “You should try and read Federalist 46. Also, see SCOTUS ruling[s] in Caetano and Heller.”
In her online article, Chang noted: “In the landmark 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, SCOTUS ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms unrelated to whether they serve in the military.”
“And in the 2016 federal lawsuit Caetano v. Massachusetts, the U.S. Supreme Court again unanimously held that the plaintiff, an individual, had the right to carry firearms in self-defense,” she continued.
Chang added: “Supporting the Second Amendment does not mean you like guns; it means you support the United States Constitution. You know, that dried-up old parchment paper that the greatest country on Earth is founded upon.”
As NewsBusters previously reported, the British activist used most of his tenure as the host of the eponymous weeknight Piers Morgan Live program on the Cable News Network from 2011 to 2014 to call for stricter gun control in America, even demanding such measures during his final program on March 28, 2014.
And CNN continues to promote far-left policies on guns, even going so far as to cancel an appearance by Kyle Kashuv just hours before he was scheduled to be interviewed, while promoting the views of gun-control advocates from the same school.