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Petition seeks to deport Piers Morgan from U.S. over gun views


Jae C. Hong / AP

In this Dec. 20, 2011, file photo, Piers Morgan, host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles.

LONDON — Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.

Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his "Piers Morgan Tonight" show an "unbelievably stupid man."

Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a "hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution" by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for "exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."

The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures.

Morgan seemed unfazed — and even amused — by the movement.

In a series of Twitter messages, he alternately urged his followers to sign the petition and in response to one article about the petition said "bring it on" as he appeared to track the petition's progress.

"If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?" he wrote.

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  1. I believe his rights under the 1st Amendment "Freedom of Speech" entitle him to speak his mind. Besides, I know his beliefs and his freedom to speak them have not caused anyone to die yet. Can we say that about Amendment number 2???

  2. There are Reasons Piers should be deported - Like when he was involved for Rupert Murdoch in the British Phone Hacking Scandal.

    However Only The NRA would eliminate the First Amendment to protect their Weapons manufacturers from being unable to sell 100 Bullet Drums to the General Public - without even a background check.
    Now that is needed for Hunting - What? And if they say it's to protect yourself from the Government, where does it stop? A Nuclear weapon in every garage? It's Past Time for discussion - we need Action!

  3. I have stated before, the 2nd amendment is not being threatened, It's the loss of funds that scares the hell the out of these greedy B&^(@@##ds

  4. The Reasons for keeping Piers Morgan and others like him quiet are all about protecting wealthy and money. From

    "The American gun industry is worth $12 billion. The NRA's budget annual budget is $250 million; it depends not just on membership dues, but on lavish industry contributions. For instance, the gun-making firm Sturm Ruger just finished a one-year sweetheart deal with the NRA; it gave the NRA a dollar for every gun sold, and the NRA's take totaled $1.2 million. And the gun retailers get in on the act, too. The CEO of Cabela's, a hunting and outdoor gear chain, recently gave the NRA $1 million in cash."

    This fight is not about Constitutionality, it's about cash - "cash for kids". And the greatest beneficiary to the gun trade: the funeral industry - home of the largest profits to be made, far beyond the greatest dreams of the National Rifle Association.

  5. Mr. Morgan has consistently demonstrated thoughtful intelligence. He is clearly the type of immigrant we want and need. I might differ with him over gun rights--the 2nd amendment says we have a right to bear arms to raise a militia to preclude government force upon CITIZENS--which I say can include the threat to our security by inaction of the government to ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS resulting in illegal invaders doing so much crime for cash and attacking citizens. A petition of 300 million signers would not override the Bill of Rights--the free speech mentioned above.

  6. CreatedEQL: We (citizens) have equal rights under our constitution. No argument. Your slant above re 2nd amendment is a valid interpretation and does NOT allow individuals any right to own assault weapons, handgun or rifle, with enhanced accessories. As a former LEO and a citizen, I appreciate the right to have a gun--in my hone for protection. I generally do not carry. I believe retired LEO are authorized or recognized everywhere as having the equivalent of Concealed Weapon permits. We don't want to change that. (And as stated elsewhere, I employ other security devices and use my knowledge--don't do or go stupid, use home security cameras, fencing, security door, pets with better hearing than I have...) But the don't go stupid is hard to do. I could tell stories about road rage of others who asked "Where's a cop when you need one?" When they raged at me and I'm the (undercover) cop. W

  7. I think this petition is a great thing just for the contrast that the discussion is highlighting.

    Isn't it wonderfully ironic that some people demand that his First Amendment rights be trampled when he demands that other people's Second Amendment rights be trampled?

    I don't think anyone seriously thinks he would be deported. But it does point out the ridiculousness of not only both sides of the debate....but also the middle as well.

    Side 1: Piers has a First Amendment right to his opinion, but we should ban guns in violation of the Second Amendment.

    Side 2: We have a Second Amendment right to our guns, and we should deport him for his opinion even in violation of the First Amendment.

    Middle: The Second Amendment isn't absolute and we should accept reasonable banning assault weapons. Also, the First Amendment isn't absolute and we should accept reasonable deporting foreigners on work visas who advocate unconstitutional actions.

    I think the petition makes for one of the best "Theater of the Absurd" comedies this year.

  8. I do think that Piers shows his lack of credibility with this tweet today:
    "I don't care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today."

    It's interesting that he knows that it was "an assault weapon" since at the time of his tweet all the police had said was the statement from Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering:

    (quoted from CNN)
    Authorities have not said what weapons were found with Spengler, though Pickering said "probably at least a rifle was used" to shoot the first responders.

    "I know that many people are going to be asking, 'Were they assault rifles?' " I don't know that. I can't answer that at this time,"

  9. Morgan is more or less akin to a visitor in your home who chooses to insult you. I would gladly show him the door and tell him not let it hit him in his ample keister on the way out. He, Craig Ferguson & Arianna Huffington are prime examples of wacky foreigners who come to the USA with the intent of sculpting into very much like they had escaped from back home. My question: if they liked it so much back there, why did they leave? Further more, they are more than welcome to haul their ignorant butts right back across the ocean. I'm sure we could gladly scrape up the cost of a one-way ticket for their departure.

  10. I am as annoyed with Piers Morgan as anyone, but he's not worth having a conversation about in my opinion. Just change the chanel over to Fox News and you'll hear what you want to hear. I'm surprised anyone is wasting their time with this one. All the petition is going to do is give him even more press and make him even more popular with like minded people. Besides, why are would anyone be afraid of what he has to say? It's no different than what many are already saying. It's always good to hear opposing arguments isn't it? We still live in a Democracy don't we?