In a commentary posted today, Piers Morgan declared that Americans may not need to deport him as he just might deport himself. This declaration was in response to a White House petition signed by over 91,000 Americans demanding that the CNN talk show host be deported.
Morgan has been increasingly critical of America’s gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. When Morgan vocalized his opinions during his CNN talk show, some of his critics became furious and brought forth the petition to have him deported. Although he is not an American Citizen, Piers is a permanent resident of The United States.
In his commentary, posted on Daily Mail, Piers Morgan explains his point of view in detail. Morgan claims he has only fired guns one time in his life, an experience that he admitted was “undeniably exciting.” He also stated that having fired guns, he realized how deadly the weapons really are.
Morgan then goes on to explain a sense of empathy and despair he developed through the years as he covered several school shootings. As a parent, he explains, he can barely conceive how the parents of those children must feel.
Piers points out how his feelings of hurt and anger turned into “blind rage” when he realized how American were reacting to the tragedy. Many American simply began purchasing more guns, including the AR-15 assault rifle used in the Newtown massacre.
Morgan discusses his reaction to the petition to have him deported:
“The concerted effort to get me thrown out of the country – which has so far gathered more than 90,000 signatures – struck me as rather ironic, given that by expressing my opinion I was merely exercising my rights, as a legal US resident, under the 1st Amendment, which protects free speech.”
He concludes his commentary with a note about the prospect of deporting himself:
“In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.”
“Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.”
The petition requesting the deportation of Piers Morgan can be viewed and monitored at whitehouse.gov.