US pro gun rights advocates are asking the White House to deport former British editor and current CNN talk show host Piers Morgan for his anti-gun advocacy in the wake of the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut last Dec.14
The petition needs at least 25,000 signature in order for the White House to address it and so far, it has gone over the minimum required number of signatures.
"The petition, which has been submitted on a White House website, had received 26,209 signatures at midnight UK time today- well over the 25,000 figure which a petition must reach to oblige the White House to address it," thedrum.com writes
The White House petition reads: "British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately 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."
Morgan said he has no quarrel over the Second Amendment which enshrines the “right to bear arms” in the US constitution.
But Morgan says the US "can outlaw military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines without infringing on people’s constitutional rights and says he has no quarrel with the Second Amendment."
In a heated debate over the gun control issue over his program on CNN, he lambasted Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, for suggesting that more weapons could provide solutions to deter crime.
"You're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you?" Morgan said at one point during the heated debate. "You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don't actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America."
Many Americans believe that legal ownership and possession of high-powered firearms under existing laws, contribute to the high incidence of crime in the US.
"America has suffered an epidemic of gun violence over the last three decades including 62 mass shooting incidents since 1982. The vast majority of weapons used have been semi-automatic weapons obtained legally by the killers," thedailystar.net writes.
But the National Rifle Association (NRA) says, the solution to increasing mass shooting incidents is by posting more trained security forces in schools and similar institutions and by issuing more guns.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," declared NRA vice-president Wayne LaPierre.