US gun advocates seek deportation of Piers Morgan


CNN’s Piers Morgan arrives at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington in this April 27, 2012 file photo. AFP

WASHINGTON—US gun rights advocates have signed a White House petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported for allegedly attacking the Second Amendment rights of ordinary Americans.

The outspoken former British tabloid editor has launched something of a personal crusade for greater gun control measures in the wake of the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Tuesday, Morgan held an especially contentious interview with executive director of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt, appearing to become incensed and incredulous when Pratt suggested more, not fewer, weapons as the solution.

“You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” Morgan said at one point during the heated debate. “You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.”

Following the interview, a Texas journalist posted a petition on the White House website alleging 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,” it says.

Many Americans believe in the literal interpretation of the Second Amendment, which enshrines the “right to bear arms” in the US constitution.

Morgan insists America can outlaw military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines without infringing on people’s constitutional rights and says he has no quarrel with the Second Amendment.

Two days after the petition calling for Morgan’s deportation was posted, it had already garnered more than 19,000 signatures, closing in quickly on the 25,000 required to get a response from the White House.

A defiant Morgan refused to back down from his position.

“Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking 2nd Amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?,” he posted on his Twitter feed Saturday, referring to freedom of speech provisions.

Morgan continued to post incendiary comments on the gun control debate, including a response on Sunday morning to an NBC interview with a top official in the powerful pro-gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association.

“Watching @davidgregory expose Wayne Lapierre for what he is – a dangerous, dim-witted, deluded menace to American safety. @NRA,” Morgan tweeted.

At least some Americans have come out in support of British citizen.

In one message, reposted by Morgan, Lee Cox in Arizona wrote: “I’m a native-born US citizen, and I agree 100% with Mr. Morgan. If he goes back to the UK, should I go with him?”

America has suffered an epidemic of gun violence over the last three decades including 62 mass shooting incidents since 1982. The vast majority of weapons used have been semi-automatic weapons obtained legally by the killers.

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  • JX Peron

    Bravo, Mr  Morgan!

    • pelang

       it looks like all who made their comments here  are americans. ba’t ba kayo nakikialam? hayaan mo silang magbarilan. ginusto nila iyon. ang problema doon, napakadali nilang bumili ng baril kahit. kasindali ng pagbili ng sabon sa tindahan. biruin niyo, nanay pa ng nag massacre ang bumili ng mga baril na iyon at nag train sa anak niyang medyo sira
      sa pag gamit ng baril niya. i might conclude, she was training his son to get his father
      when the time comes, who knows?

  • Casey Rea

    This article fails to mention that these massacres occur when no good guys with concealed weapons are around to stop them. It also fails to mention that those states with conceal carry have the lowest gun murder rates. Crazy people will use gasoline if they do not have guns. 

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Enjoy the Ampatuan’s with chain saw, Philippines guns culture is a US Colonial Master violence cult inherited influence by mimetism(imitation) Better for Filipino to tray to imitate the neighbor’s, HK and Singapore for a better Future.

    • prolificity

      A false correlation. And correlation is not causation. So don’t blurt out these NRA talking points like facts, because they are not. Has there been any incident in the past where “good, law-abiding armed citizen” stopped a gunman bent on mowing down as many people as possible? Only around 1.6% of all mass shooting cases had a “concerned armed civilian” involved, and much more rare is someone successfully stopping these crazed gunmen. (Follman, Mark. “More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence?”, Mother Jones. Sep. 26, 2012)

      See also: “Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No.” by Mark Follman, Mother Jones. Dec 19, 2012)

      Putting more guns as a way to curb shootings is akin to fighting fire with gasoline–unwise, and as Piers Morgan so succinctly puts it, stupid.

    • WeAry_Bat

      First, the NRA and pro-guns people haven’t the balls to say, ‘Start your massacre at our headquarters, shooting ranges or homes.’ 

      Second, what makes these concealed-carry people think they are faster and have better aim than these insane people who have practiced shooting and tactics before the massacres?  It is the saddest joke of all of the day comes and they couldn’t hit the broad side of a house in statistical comparison to the killer.

  • mangtom

    Casey Rea, you sound like you do not have a good grasp of the gun-related massacres in the US. Get more information before you open your mouth or use your computer to post your comment here.

  • wawa2172

    My family loves you Mr. Morgan. You talk with sense giving your solid opinion on 2nd amendment of  US constitution. Many Americans are depressed and having psychological problems and the Connecticut massacre of innocents won’t be the last until very strict gun control will be implemented. In our country there is a strict gun control but politicians, carnappers,  kidnappers, hired killers, MILF, NPA,etc have high caliber guns that could match the military. Responsible gun owners? Don’t know how psychologically responsible they are.

  • $18209031

    Hahahaha, arrogant limey azz Pierce Morgan is getting a taste of American wrath. Go home to Londonderry and eat biscuits and drink tea.  You dont wanna mess with American gun owners.  They are the mafia of North America with their machine guns and auto weapons. Its a subculture of so called lawabiding citizens.

  • $18209031

    On the other hand, America sent their bombs and missiles high above the skies of Afghanistan and kill innocent kids , women and fathers . NOw these things are hitting home they are crying like babies. What hypocrisy! What goes around do comes around to haunt, right ?

  • Noel

    Americans and British have always been at odds even if they’re partners in crime against Iraq and other countries.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    i watched that segment…mr.morgan was after the assault and military style guns/rifles that can fire hundreds of rounds from a civilian’s hands…

  • Duke LaCroix

    Ironic that Morgan thinks 1st Amendment rights trump 2nd Amendment rights.

  • Gunilla Skoglund

    Morgan need to be shipped back to London, or as its called nowadays Londonistan. He’s an Obama hack with constant lies and angles to promote Obama agenda at any cost, just like the rest of the CNN crew. Kick him out of the country.  

    • andrew

      NRA gun nuts need to be shipped out to Afghanistan. You’ll have a great time playing war games with your fellow gun nuts — the Taliban.

      • Scum Bag

        more ignorance from the left  andrew probably works for the government.

      • gym

        That would be half the country bird brain.There is 1 gun for every American alive today, we just past the 1 million active carry permits in FL, and that’s just carry permits, estimates are 8 of 10 people own a firearm. Do some research before mouthing off.
        If it wasn’t for our troops, you would probblly have been killed by a dirty bomb, wake the hell up.

      • andrew

        Here’s some facts, boy:

        ON DECEMBER 14th maniacs in America and China unleashed the horror in their heads on the most innocent of targets. In China’s Henan province, Min Yongjun burst into a classroom and hacked away at 23 children, severing ears and fingers. But in Newtown, Connecticut, the little ones suffered even worse. After a ten-minute rampage 20 of them were dead, as were six teachers and the killer himself. The American was armed with a semi-automatic rifle with an extended magazine and two semi-automatic handguns. Every country has its madmen, but Min was armed only with a knife, so none of his victims died.

        If America is ever to confront its obsession with guns, that time is now. America’s murder rate is four times higher than Britain’s and six times higher than Germany’s. Only an idiot, or an anti-American bigot prepared to maintain that Americans are four times more murderous than Britons, could possibly pretend that no connection exists between those figures and the fact that 300m guns are “out there” in the United States, more than one for every adult.

        — The Economist, Dec 22nd 2012

        Now, you wake up and get out of bed with that machine gun of yours!

  • regd

    I saw that interview. That’s what neutrality and unbiased interview is nowadays. You call somebody stupid, dumb, incoherent argument etc. just because you disagree with their personal views. And you’re the one doing the interview! 

    Is that acceptable journalism? Ask kabayan noli. He does it all the time.

    • AllinLawisFair

      You cannot compare apples with oranges, regd. Piers Morgan vs. Noli de Castro? They are poles apart.

      “Piers Morgan Tonight” is not a news program in contrast to “Magandang Gabi, Bayan.”

      You may classify the former as a commentator’s show where the host (in this case Piers Morgan) may air his opinions. He may agree or not with his guest and in that case he didn’t.

  • Lee Peer

    We hold professional athletes accountable for what they say and do. We get all up in arms if Rush Limbaugh calls for Obama’s failure. We become in-sensed when evidence was brought forth proving the president’s birth certificate was false. The FCC at the very least should have him removed from the airwaves for spreading anti-American propaganda. Morgan claims, “isn’t my right to state my opinion protected by the first amendment”? Wrong, Mr. Morgan. The liberties endowed upon the American citizens by the Bill of Rights only go as far as they do not infringe upon the rights and liberties of others. You sir, using your globally broadcast program to attempt to sway public opinion against MY rights, infringes upon my liberties and 2nd Amendment rights. Therefore, you should go back to judging terrible singers, and take your Anti-American propaganda with you, Fear Mongerer


    IF and WHEN one places his hand over a flame, he should expect to feel some heat.

  • Angela Morris

    i totally agree with pierce the assualt rifles need to be baned. what he said is true. have any of you NRA GUN ACTIVIST had anyone killed in these massacres!! as one of the commentors said and i quote” in the last 3 decades there have been 62 mass killings and the vast majority semi automatic rifles were used and obtained legally by the killers.”  i must ask how many more innocent people have to be murdered before we do something!!! 

    • Arman N

      Do you think criminals will obey this law? 

      • andrew

        Of course, you don’t expect criminals to obey the law. The law is there to DETER criminals. 

  • Scum Bag

    epidemic?  that’s weird, i’ve never heard of an epidemic when the number of deaths per 100,000 has been dropping.  idiots.  

  • $18209031

    This limey thinks America is still part of the British Shztdom. He spews antigun  agenda bec the libs in America paid him to do their bidding. I bet he Morgan is laughing now as he got the American gun owners on the hot seat. But  dont see Morgan gettting away with his folly, the gunowners will give him a hard time. Besides he is not a US citizen by a Limey Brit.

  • gym

    He’s a medai pig, he knows nothing about guns of the American way of life, other than staying in 5 star hotels.If he dislike our laws he is welcome to leave, since half the country or more own guns, perhaps he should go someware that he is welcome. Read the statiscs on gun violence. You  will see that in every instance crime went down when guns were legaliszed.
    A gun saved my life 3 times, perhaps mr morgan would travel the subways with no bodygaurds or driver, and see what it’s like.

  • gym

    How about the 20 kids killed in china by a man with a knife or the 77 killed in the Netherlands. Only a man with a gun can stop a crazy man with a gun, they don’t care about laws. There are close to a half billion guns out there that people paid thousands of dollars for to protect their familys, did you know that Police have no legal duty to protect you from crazy people, look it up

    • andrew

      Don’t muddle you’re facts:

      1) In China, NOBODY got killed as the madman only had a knife.

      2) Breivik killed 77 people (69 with guns) in NORWAY, not the Netherlands.

      The above two offers a clear contrast. A madman with a gun is much more deadly than the one without. Only an idiot cannot understand that. 

      And, by the way, Columbine had an armed guard but it didn’t stop the massacre. 

      Gun control now!

  • Rovingmoron

    I couldn’t add more to Mr. Piers Morgan’s stance on gun control in America as protected by the 2nd Amendment. However, my only question is: Which is more important human lives or business interests? Will Mr. Morgan’s deportation solve the killings in Newtown?

  • Lisa Eldridge

    It is so easy for outsiders to make their comments while here in the US. I suppose Mr. Piers Morgan thinks he is better than all of the American Citizens who have lived here all their lives. You are not a US Citizen, So why don’t you just go back to whence you came, you illiterate non-american. Why don’t you come on out, without all your money,and all your body guards to protect you, and face what most of us do on a daily basis. You want to the right to speak about things in our constitution, then live it also. People like you sit around waiting for tragedy’s like this to happen, just so you can get your name out there with your stupid comments. You do this with no regard for the families who are suffering right now. Do us all a favor, and just shut up for a change, and give those families and the world some time to grieve, and a chance to heal our hearts and minds. So disrespectful…You should be doing something for all of those families, instead of attacking people. Now is not the time for that. If you don’t know that, then you are as ignorant as I thought. Good Day Sir…

  • Ilving Tabios Zamora

    Sometimes it makes me wonder.  These super-patriot supporters of gun ownership are the same hypocrites who do not believe that other nations should be allowed to develop their own nuclear weapons. I bet you these nitwits would say, “Well, that’s another matter!”

  • spider69

    in the future I can not conclude that I will not buy gun. but as of now I have no gun. for me gun control is not the solution. what happen to Rep.  Gab Gifford of Arizona will always happen as long as parents are codling their children who are mentally ill. there must be a law mandating parents to report their children to proper authority if they suspect that their children  are mentally ill. 

  • tra6Gpeche

    I salute you, Mr Piers Morgan, for voicing the truth about the military assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Do Americans, who own these weapons, think that they are going to war? Why would they need to have such weapons?

  • Gibo

    Apparently he asked if he was not protected by the First Amendment. He
    is not a citizen, and therefore not entitled to the protections of our
    Constitution. Doubt me? Noriega tried to claim protection under the
    Constitution and was denied. Check it out. – Carl Peal of MinuteMen Media

  • Philcruz

    It’s Morgan’s manners which is more of the real issue, I think. He is a rude discourteous man. Larry King would never have dealt with this issue in the same manner that he did and does. He is simply offensive. Does he have to go tabloid-like to pull up his ratings?

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    On the one hand, I think Piers Morgan has a point about gun ownership and how dangerous semi-automatic weapons really are. But on the other, he is not an American Citizen and non-citizens are not allowed to participate in any affairs related to political or national issues.

    Maybe he got confused about the difference between a resident (Green Card) and a citizen. He does not have a business in the second amendment and he is not covered under the first amendment.

    Or maybe, he just thinks that Americans are incredibly (American version of unbelievably) stupid that he thinks he is the only one who knows how to think.

  • Andrei Mendoza

    piers morgan is just a typical british stiffed neck

  • Abdul Rashid

    You American still don’t get it. The mass murder was a stage so that gun control can get popular. The lobbyists here are the people behind the stage. These mass murders are to get the majority to their emotions so that gun ownership may be controlled. Then American rights will be violated with very few militias bearing arms to fight against the Evil Obama government which is now called “THE NEW WORLD ORDER.”

  • AllinLawisFair

    I watched that interview in “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and was flabbergasted by the suggestion of Mr. Larry Pratt, executive director of the gun Owners of America that “more, not fewer, weapons as the solution,” to the problem they pose to America today.

    They interpreted the Second Amendment too literally to suit their own appetite for gunpowder.

    The mother of that Lanza lad was a gun enthusiast who owned several weapons. She brought her son to the firing range to practice shooting, not knowing that she latter would die at the hands of the child she gave birth to. She did not even had the chance to know that the weapons she bought to protect her would be the ones that would kill her as she was shot while she was asleep.

    They argued that responsible people should be allowed to own weapons. They have no way of knowing that there may be persons in the very household of so-called responsible people who may not be mentally stable, who may have access to such weapons and who may be the cause of the danger they sought to protect themselves from, as that case in Newtown, Connecticut. 

    Stay put, Piers Morgan. You’re on the right tract. But be very careful. These crazed gun enthusiast with gunpowder for brains may shoot you without thinking.

    But how can a person with gunpowder for brains think rationally?

  • J

    Dapat dito din sa Pinas. Kulong dapat ng 10-years ang may hawak ng baril na illegal AT dapat alisin na ang pag-lisencya ng baril.
    Sabagay, kahit na may batas na ganyan wala ding magawa ang mga kapulisan. Sila pa nga siguro yung may mga illegal na baril.
    Tsaka yung presidente nga pala addict din yata sa shooting-shooting.

  • $18209031

    THere will always be bad people and wackos wherever you are. The only way to stop them is kill them at the moment of truth. It seems like Mr Morgan is so naive to this fact. The world is changing and thus they should respond to this changing phenomenon.

    BTW dirty British Empire ruled the world for 400 yrs and they killed many tribes and taken lands by force. Is Mr Morgan trying to fool Americans who in the first place revolted against the Red Coats in 1774 and gained their independence? Stupid limey Morgan, pls looked at your own history of death and mayhem brought to all the world >

  • mangtom

    If being well-armed is the answer to this problem, why is it that even US Presidents with all their security around them get assassinated? Kulang ba ang security nila? Your argument does not hold water, my friend. 

  • mangtom

    The truth of the matter is that he who pulls the trigger first survives. That’s it. The chief o police in our hometown was shot dead in his office by one of my high school classmates. He barged into the police chief office and the well-armed chief had no chance. In short, unahan lang yan.
    If you recall the story of the guy who gunned down the train passengers in New York a few years ago, gun advocates say that if one of the paasengers was armed, the mayhem could have been prevented. Dead wrong. The problem was the shooter came from behind the passengers. In short, even if all the victims were armed to the teeth, they had no chance of shooting back. Gets na ninyo?

    Arming the citizenry is all baloney. 

  • tukmoldinako

    yun naman pala ang gusto ng kano gusto nilang magpatayan ng walang kabuluhan, hindi naman yan mapipigilan dahil senseless killing nga, mas love nila yung baril kesa mga children as simple as that, lol

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