Segment with Columbine High School shooting survivor Evan Todd slammed

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The Today Show has defended itself after an interview with a survivor from Columbine High School shootings "backfired" and went awfully wrong.

Worse, Weekend Today Allison Langdon has been referred to survivor Evan Todd as "Eric" twice in the interview. Eric Harris was one of the two shooters of Columbine attacks who approached Evan during the massacre of the library together with Dylan Klebold, forcing Evan to beg for his life.

News.com.au recently spoke to Evan over his controversial views that teachers in schools should be armed .

Thirteen people did not do that by Columbine High School alive that day, and after many years of consideration, Evan has come to the conclusion that teachers should be allowed to wear cannons in school as a preventive measure.

"I had a period after Columbine, where I was wondering if the weapon was the problem. I really wanted to really find answers to what happened, a kind of way to help prevent it," he said. news.com.au earlier this month .

"I looked at all the angles and I do not think I think the weapon is the problem. I look at my upbringing, all my friends, we had more access to weapons than Eric and Dylan (Klebold) and we do not kill any body. They did not have any weapons in their homes while I was raised with weapons. "

Evan does not think that teachers should be forced to carry a gun but if they already have a hidden weapon permit why do not use the opportunity to use it in a shooting scene?

When the jubilee was turned to Saturday, Evan was asked to appear on Today Show from his home in Denver, Colorado, to engage in a lively discussion of his views and experiences.

Instead, hosts Langdon and Peter Stefanovic have been accused of insensitivity as Australian viewers apologize to Mr. Todd for the unpleasant segment. Langdon refers to Evan as "Eric" twice in the interview to a visually shocked interviews topic.

Today, The Today Today Show defended accusations from viewers, and the show had cut the segment's talk over weapons legislation on social media from a one-minute interview on air to just one minute on social media. [19659003]

"What a Disgraceful Effort Today Show ! Evan Todd Survived Columbine's Horror and has had to live with it every single day of his life since, not only was you incredibly rude him during the interview, when you realized that it did not go as planned but just sending a small cherry picked piece to spin it to your advantage is shameful journalism, "wrote Sue Hammond.

"You invited him to your show, you specifically asked him to share his thoughts and opinions and when those thoughts and opinions did not match yours, you interrupted him, talked to him, cut him off and finish the end of interview. "

Today Show told the news. com.au: "It's the default for all social media clips on Today Facebook's page to sit about 60 seconds, first and foremost from the introduction of the guest." There was no directive or a discussion to cut Evan's grip on weapons. "

The segment turned when Langdon questioned Mr. Todd about the student-led March For Your Lives anti-gun movement in the United States.

" It's not a movement that I stand behind or support, I ask if it is driven by students because I have been doing it for 19 years and try to get the message that the heart and soul are the real problem here, not weapons, "he said. Evan said on the program.

"I know how hard it is to organize a movement, there is a lot of money and many people who help them, and it's frustrating to see that they are looking for a political point.

Langdon interruptes Evan: "But you can not deny that the anger of these fires is genuine Eric?"

"I do not doubt their anger is real …" Evan answered.

"This is what they were raised (to be); how to respond to such a situation I did not discount their anger or grief or what they went through, because I know what they were going through. I discount their position and their ideology. "

The interview did not improve after Evan suggested that America abolish the Gun Free Zone Act and allow teachers to wear weapons on campus.

" They are not disarmed when they go to the merchant. They are not disarmed when they go to church. But when they go to school they have to disarm themselves. Langdon interrupts Evan again and asks if it is the world he wants his three month old son to grow up.

"I would not ask a teacher who was not comfortable to wear," replied Evan, referring to his view that if a teacher already has a hidden weapon permit, why not use the opportunity to use it in a school shooting scenario?

Following a statement by Stefanovic that there is "too many weapons out there" and that research has shown more weapons to more violence, Langdon strikes down again after claiming that America had seen a corresponding reduction in crime rates despite doubling pistolhood in the United States

"Evan, I think we agree to be disagree, "Langdon said before signing up the interview.

Evan's Facebook Mail has since received more than 300 shares, and he says he has received overwhelming positive feedback from everyday life. The Australian ap is illegal for inter viewet.

"So this morning, live Evan … I 100 percent agree with everything you said mate. "Be sure that not all of us Aussies are the package of wizards you face this morning, feeling the need to legally praise Americans on firearms," ​​wrote Daniel Sutcliffe.

Bradley Youngberry wrote: "Sir You're cool. Everything you've been through to introduce yourself calmly and to the point while you're overstyred and directed by two presenters who did not want to listen to anyone who wants a funny discussion about an issue that affects you personally. They just wanted to push their agenda. I'm guessing my hatred for you. "

Evan relaxed with his life during Columbine High School shooting but he still does not know why . Find out more about his story here .

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