Bigelow and Blankenship summed up their praise for the AR-15 in their National Review column: “The AR-15 is lightweight and practical. As light as five pounds, it produces low levels of recoil, and it’s easy to shoot. It also looks intimidating, which is what you want when facing an assailant or intruder. ā€¦ Accuracy? Check. Ease in handling? Check. Intimidation factor? Check. An AR-15 might be a woman’s best friend.”

Morgan’s inflammatory voice in America’s debate over gun-control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., however, has produced a firestorm of controversy, including calls for the British host to be deported from the U.S.

Outrage over Morgan’s pro-gun-control views began in December, when the host engaged in a heated debate with guest Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show.

“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”

But Morgan really raised eyebrows when, in the midst of a heated exchange, he turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”

Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a dā€” about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”

Video of the exchange between Morgan and Pratt can be seen below:

The next day, Morgan ruffled feathers again by responding to a Twitter message accusing him of being "gleeful" that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened to help advance his gun-control cause with a tweet of his own reading, "Of course I am, you moron."

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