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Piers Morgan ended his tenure on CNN Friday night with one last plea to the American people to end gun violence. During an emotional monologue, Morgan praised the country he has spent part of the last decade in, but also said the America’s serious problem is the “scourge of gun violence.”
Morgan, whose views on gun violence have got him criticized countless times during his three years on CNN, called gun violence “a disease that infects every aspect of American life,” notes The Independent. He expressed disappointment that tragedies like Sandy Hook and the Colorado theater shootings have lead to no changes on gun laws.
“The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation's politicians into cowardly silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms,” Morgan said, reports AceShowBiz. He then refused to apologize for his opinions.
Piers Morgan Tonight ended with Morgan calling on Americans to try to make changes themselves, especially if politicians refuse to do so.
“Now it's down to you. It is your country,” he told his audience. “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.”
CNN and Morgan confirmed in February that his show would end this month. There is still no permanent replacement, so CNN will test a carousel of anchors Jake Tapper, Bill Weir, Don Lemmon and Michael Smerconish in the 9 p.m. slot.
It's a wrap.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 29, 2014