With the figurative ink barely dry on his presidential deportation pardon, CNN's Piers Morgan went on CBS News Thursday morning to reiterate his calls for stricter gun laws in the U.S.
Obviously pleased by Obama's dismissal of a petition seeking to deport him, Morgan
told CBS hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King that he remains steadfast in his position on gun-control.
Morgan's anti-gun crusade gained national attention in part from the Whitehouse.gov petition that attracted more than 100,000 signers who agreed that his promotion of stricter gun laws constituted a "hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment."
The White House has now dismissed the petition, saying, "No one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment."
Reacting to the dismissal, Morgan said jokingly, "This is very bad news for Americans and very good news for the Brits." (Another related petition had said the British didn't want him back.)
In the CBS interview, Morgan promised to continue his campaign for stricter gun laws, which he initiated after former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded two years ago in a shooting in her district.
"I joined CNN a week after Gabby Giffords was shot in the head and I couldn't believe, coming from a country with very tough gun control that the reaction was like a week of horror and mourning . . . And then everyone moved on and nothing changed. And since then massacre after massacre and something has to give and I think the tipping point was Sandy Hook," said Morgan.
The crusading TV host went on to say that through his show he has kept the discussion on gun-control alive, not allowing it to slip away as he asserted it had after other tragic shootings in recent years.
Morgan also confronted the accusation by some that he was looking to disarm Americans through draconian laws similar to what was passed in Britain after the tragic school shooting in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996 that left 16 children and one teacher dead.
"I don't want to take an American's right away to defend him or herself in their home, to defend their family. That's a sacred right to Americans and I understand that and respect it. What I do want to do is a three-fold thing. I want to get these assault weapons off the streets," he said. "These are killing machines."
Later in the interview, Morgan also mentioned a ban on high-capacity magazines, but he didn't mention any third restriction he was hoping to see put in place.
When asked about recent statements he made of possibly leaving the U.S. if gun regulations weren't enacted, Morgan responded:
"I have a young family, and like anyone with a young family you're looking at all these things about, you know my daughter's one years old, when she goes to an elementary school here, possibly in three years, do I feel secure, this is half an hour here from Connecticut. And I decided, no, I'm going to make a stand on this."
Morgan concluded the interview by saying, "I just don't believe that the majority of decent, civilized Americans do not share my view that something has to give."
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