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Online shooter cease-fire creator touts 'an ocean of peace'

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The creator of today's Online Shooter Cease Fire, a gamers' pledge to pay respect to the victims of the Newtown massacre by taking a day off from playing shooters, said the event has received a significant groundswell of support and is making a statement.

"From mere drops in a bucket," said Antwand Pearman, CEO of health-focused gaming site GamerFitNation, "we've become an ocean of peace."

More than 3,400 people have indicated they're "attending" the Facebook event for the cease-fire, and an individual identifying himself as an acolyte of hacker group Anonymous posted a brief video message earlier this week saying the organization supports it.

Pearman (above left) will appear tonight on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight alongside Jeffrey Toobin (above right), the network's senior legal analyst, in a short taped segment discussing today's statement from the National Rifle Association. In a press briefing this morning, NRA head Warren LaPierre cited violent video games and the entertainment industry at large, among other elements, as possible causes for the shooting in Newtown. The segment "went straight into video games and violence," Pearman told Polygon in a phone interview.

"It's so amazing how many people came forward"

He also expressed his gratitude for what he characterized as widespread support for the cease-fire he proposed. "It's so amazing how many people came forward," he said, mentioning entire clans of Call of Duty players and other groups that are taking part. Pearman provided a ballpark figure of 50,000 for the total participation, quite a number for a small idea he came up with in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"This is a great opportunity to show people we care," he said.

Piers Morgan Tonight airs weeknights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.