Piers Morgan Uses Swan Song To Call For the Disarmament of U.S. Citizens

March 28, 2014 | 10:51 PM EDT

Piers Morgan got in one last word in favor gun control during the final episode of his CNN program on 28 March 2014, and called for the complete disarmament of the American citizenry: "As my brother, a British army colonel, says, 'You always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.' But that's where, I think, guns belong...in the hands of highly-trained men and women fighting for democracy and freedom, not in the hands of civilians."

Morgan blasted the NRA by name and politicians for standing in the way of his pet cause: "The gun lobby in America, lead by the NRA, has bullied this nation's politicians into cowardly, supine silence." He cited Winston Churchill for inspiring his stand, and even claimed that his campaign was pro-American:

PIERS MORGAN: ...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 I true. I'm so pro-American, I want more of you to stay alive.