In this Dec 20, 2011 file photo, Piers Morgan, host of CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight,” leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles. — Photo by AP

LONDON: Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US over his gun control views.

Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter US gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his ''Piers Morgan Tonight'' show an ''unbelievably stupid man''.

Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a ''hostile attack against the US Constitution'' by targeting the Second Amendment.

It demands he be deported immediately for ''exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens''.

The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures.

Morgan seemed unfazed — and even amused — by the movement.    In a series of Twitter messages, he alternately urged his followers to sign the petition and in response to one article about the petition said ''bring it on'' as he appeared to track the petition's progress.

''If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?'' he wrote.

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December 26, 2012 3:26 pm
Hey Tyrell, dont think you understand, he's got a petiton of just 65,000 + in about a week, majority of americans now are for gun control, as a journalist you must have the guts to report or you are not in the right field,
Aziz Qureshi
December 26, 2012 3:03 pm
bravo Lashkar. thats a great response. People like Tyrell always take the high horse of the us constitution whenever someone looks too closely at the obviously out of date gun control provisions. Violence begets more violence. This is the fundamental tenet of society.
December 26, 2012 4:04 pm
Mr. Tyrell..if we go by your own yard-stick, then all fox (read FAUX) news newscasters should be fired for pushing their agenda of getting Romney elected as president and demonizing Obama...they all do don't be the way name me a media outlet that is not involved in it.
Jerry Mingi
December 26, 2012 7:00 am
I am not American i 100% agree with Morgan the stats speak for themselves 35 murders on gun shooting in Britain or Australia were there is a ban.I am stunned at the responsive measure after hving those 5 to 10 yr old die.No offense but these horrific incidents will keep repeating themselves unless u introduce a total ban of guns.The stats in Uk and Australia show that.
December 26, 2012 3:51 pm
Deport him please deport him . So much for a bias journalist .
Lakhkar Khan
December 26, 2012 2:34 pm
First, Piers's is hosting a talk show as a commentator. He is not a news reporter. What is he doing? He is expressing his opinion just like gun nuts are expressing theirs'. So, you want to keep your second amendment but take away his freedom of speech? So much for freedom.
m h
December 26, 2012 2:33 pm
Please send him to Pakistan to see if he can do something about gun laws there, and if he could pop over to Afghanistan...
December 26, 2012 8:50 am
Pakistan needs you!
December 26, 2012 8:51 am
Where is the freedom of speech and beauty of democracy?
December 26, 2012 10:25 am
Piers Morgan can say whatever he wants from England but he does not have a first amendment here in the united state to do subversion when foreigners come here though the media and try to overturn are bill of rights or the constitution its instant deportation.
December 26, 2012 10:32 am
That people against strong gun laws can start a movement against the representative of a powerful media conglomerate and that a counter view to Morgan's opinion, irrespective of how absurd it sounds to most people of that country is allowed to take root and is given space in public discourse IS the beauty of democracy and freedom of speech.
Tyrell John
December 26, 2012 11:00 am
Piers Morgan is supposed to be reporting news not pushing his agenda by using his position in the media. His views do not reflect the truth nor the general consensus of the population of USA. So the question is What is he doing?
December 27, 2012 1:55 am
Right. I bet you watch Fox News and think it is a good informative channel.
December 27, 2012 2:10 pm
Wondering how many know that the gun-lobby is a major Republican supporter, and that so many of these gun supporters are hard-core religious.
December 27, 2012 6:44 am
Doesn't the first amendment give people the right to express their opinion about the second amendment?? I hope the government doesn't get bullied by the gun industry into deporting Morgan. That would be a clear step away from democracy.
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