More than 33,000 people unhappy with CNN host Piers Morgan have signed an online petition calling for the liberal commentator's deportation over his repeated calls for stricter gun control after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The petition available on Whitehouse.gov claims Morgan "is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment" and goes on to demand the immediate deportation of Morgan "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."
On the day the shooting took place, Morgan interviewed two gun rights advocates on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and told them, "The argument I keep hearing is 'well if everyone else was armed, it wouldn't happen.' It's a load of hogwash."
"There are nearly 12,000 murders a year from guns in this country. When are you guys going to focus on that and stop telling me, ‘The answer is more guns.’ It is not the answer," said Morgan. "300 million guns in America isn’t enough for you? How many more kids have to die before you guys say, 'we want less guns, not more.'"
During an interview last week, Morgan called Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners for America, "dangerous," "stupid," and "an idiot," according to Politico, and the next night told "More Guns, Less Crime" author John Lott that he needed "to stop repeating a blatant lie about what happens in other countries."
Beyond calling for stricter gun laws, the British journalist currently working in the U.S. appeared to call for an amnesty period during which Americans could turn in their legally purchased guns without facing prosecution.
While comparing the Newtown school shooting with Scotland’s Dunblane school massacre in 1996, in which 16 children were murdered by a gunman, Morgan said: "As a result of this they brought in a handgun ban, 162,000 handguns were handed in; it is time for an amnesty in America."
The outspoken TV host, who is no stranger to controversy, reacted to the petition on Saturday when he tweeted, "6,600 Americans have currently signed the petition to deport me — meaning 311,993,400 clearly want me to stay."
The number of people calling for Morgan's deportation has since increased by over 26,000.
In order to receive a response from the administration, Whitehouse.gov petitions must obtain at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of their creation. The White House has yet to react to the petition.
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