Piers Morgan, the British CNN host, is facing a significant backlash from Americans over his views on gun control. More than 30,000 people have signed a petition asking for the government to deport the talk show host over his “attack on the Second Amendment,” according to Sky News. Petitions posted to the White House website that surpass a threshold of 25,000 signatures get an automatic response form the President.
Morgan has been incredibly outspoken in his view that America needs tougher gun control laws. Tuesday Morgan interviewed Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt. During the interview, Pratt had suggested that the answer to the December 14 massacre in Newton, Connecticut was to have more guns on the street as opposed to less.
Morgan said to Pratt during the on camera debate:
“You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you? You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.”
The petition posted to Whitehouse.gov was put there by a Texas journalist.
“The petition says that Morgan ‘is engaged in a hostile attack against the US Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.’ “
Morgan claims that he has no problem with the Second Amendment even though he believes the government has every right to ban military type assault weapons. Most Americans disagree, with a majority of citizens seeing the right to bear arms as an individual right protected by the Constitution.
Morgan took to Twitter after the interview saying:
“Ironic US gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking Second Amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights”?
Do you think that Piers Morgan should be deported over his Second Amendment views?