Piers Morgan fired back at the tens of thousands of petition-signers who are trying to get the British-born CNN host deported from the U.S. for his anti-gun views.
Morgan took to Twitter (naturally) and a column he writes for the Daily Mail in the U.K. to taunt the petitioners and reiterate his stance on gun-control and his criticism that U.S. authorities — federal, state and local — don’t do enough to control access to, and ownership of, guns.
In a Tweet, Morgan took aim at the now-more than 90,000 people who have “signed” an electronic petition to have Morgan deported 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.”
That’s how the petition is worded, according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site. “Still only 90,000 Americans have signed the White House petition to deport me. That leaves 310,910,00 who presumably want me to stay,” Morgan wrote in a defiant Tweet reported in the THR story.
This petition, which will supposedly be forwarded to the White House for consideration at some point, has gathered about 60,000 of its signatures since Monday, Christmas Eve day, which was when we ran our first story on the petition. It then had about 30,000 signatures.
Morgan has apparently angered the gun advocates ever since he became outspoken on the gun-control issue following the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. The pro-gun petitioners became especially angry when he reportedly called a pro-gun guest on his CNN show, “Piers Morgan Tonight,” an “unbelievably stupid man.”
Twitter, of course, has its limitations. So Morgan penned a column for The Daily Mail about the whole “controversy” that you can read here. The column’s a great read and we highly recommend that you include it in your Sunday reading today. And it won’t spoil its impact at all if we reveal here the column’s final sentences.
“In conclusion,” Morgan wrote, “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.”