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Thousands sign US petition to deport Piers Morgan


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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.

Comments (15) Closed

Kris Dec 26, 2012 03:26pm
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 Dec 26, 2012 03:03pm
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like Tyrell always take the high horse of the us constitution whenever someone looks too closely at the obviously out of date gun control provisions.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.
matteroffact Dec 26, 2012 04:04pm
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 Dec 26, 2012 07:00am
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.
Abbas. Dec 26, 2012 03:51pm
Deport him please deport him . So much for a bias journalist .
Lakhkar Khan Dec 26, 2012 02:34pm
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 Dec 26, 2012 02:33pm
Please send him to Pakistan to see if he can do something about gun laws there, and if he could pop over to Afghanistan...
Asma Dec 26, 2012 08:50am
Pakistan needs you!
imtiaz Dec 26, 2012 08:51am
Where is the freedom of speech and beauty of democracy?
buff24seven Dec 26, 2012 10:25am
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.
hindi Dec 26, 2012 10:32am
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 Dec 26, 2012 11:00am
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?
M.n.manasseh Dec 27, 2012 01:55am
Right. I bet you watch Fox News and think it is a good informative channel.
AHA Dec 27, 2012 02:10pm
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.
Pakman Dec 27, 2012 06:44am
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.