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Mainstream Media Scream: On way out, Piers Morgan demands gun control

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN's Piers Morgan, his last day on air, blasting the National Rifle Association and claiming he's helped push gun control with a tremendous whack.

At the end of his final show for CNN on Friday night:

“The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly supine silence — even when twenty young children are blown away in their classrooms. This is a shameful situation that, frankly, has made me very angry — so angry, in fact, that some people are criticizing me for being too loud, opinionated, even rude when I’ve debated the issue of guns. But I make no apologies for that. As Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver — hit the point once, then come back and hit it again. Then, hit it a third time — a tremendous whack.’

“My point is simple: More guns doesn’t mean less crime, as the NRA repeatedly tries to tell you. It means more gun violence, more death and more profits for the gun manufacturers. And to those who claim my gun control campaigning has been anti-American — well, the reverse is true. I’m so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive. But I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack.

“Now, it’s down to you. It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry 'enough!' I look forward to that day. I also look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you, and God bless America. Oh, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain, too. Good night.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Good riddance. Morgan was annoying to the end with his condescending lecturing of Americans about gun rights inspired by colonial fears of the country from which he hails: Great Britain. He rudely yelled at guests to 'shut up' when they dared defend gun owners. Now we can all shut him off and CNN can spend another hour with talking heads re-hashing the search for the Malaysian Airlines plane.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.