Piers Morgan, British host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” has threatened to leave America if the country doesn’t change its gun laws. In a lengthy column written for London’s Daily Mail, Morgan defends his position on stricter gun control.
On Dec. 18, Morgan interviewed Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Morgan’s rude and ignorant treatment of his guest led to a petition being posted on the WhiteHouse.gov website calling for Morgan to be deported for his attack on the Second Amendment. Almost 100,000 people have signed it, which could very well be more people than watch his poorly rated show.
Morgan wrote in his column:
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.END OF BLOCK QUOTE
Morgan, the father of four children, was apparently affected, as we all were, by the Connecticut shootings. He said he finds the fact that AR-15 rifle sales skyrocketed in the days after the killings “insane behavior” on our part.
“To me, this is a warped, twisted logic that bears no statistical analysis and makes no sense,” Morgan wrote. “Do you fight drug addiction with more cocaine? Alcoholism with more Jack Daniel’s? Of course, not. But woe betide anyone who dares suggest this.”
Morgan continued by explaining his problem with the Second Amendment saying,
I also understand, and respect, how there is an inherent national belief in America, based on their understanding of the 2nd Amendment, that everyone should be allowed to have a gun at home for the purposes of self-defence.
But where I have a big problem is when the unfortunately ambiguous wording of the 2nd Amendment is twisted to mean that anyone in America can have any firearm they want, however powerful, and in whatever quantity they want.
Ah, well, the cheeky Brit is protected by the right to free speech, and he bloody well knows it. He wrote, “I will not stop in my own efforts to keep the gun-control debate firmly in people’s minds, however much abuse I’m subjected to.” But he is fully aware the Brits don’t want him back, because there are several counter-petitions on the White House website demanding we keep him here in America.
And considering hardly anyone watches “Piers Morgan Tonight,” we can be assured bad behavior — like telling one guest, an American gun right activist, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” — won’t help his ratings.
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