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article imageWhite House responds to petition to deport Piers Morgan

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 9, 2013 in World
The White House has given an official response to the online petition calling for CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported back to the UK for what the petition describes as his "hostile attack against the US Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment."
In its response issued on Wednesday, entitled "When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too," the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, urged Americans not to let "arguments over the Constitution's Second Amendment violate the spirit of the First (Amendment)."
Carney said: "Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment -- or any other matter of public concern."
The petition gained more than 100,000 signatures on the White House petitions site, far exceeding the 25,000 minimum requirement for an official response. It demanded for the deportation of Morgan because "of his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
Carney said that the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arm, "but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press – fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.”
The response came soon after Morgan debated gun control issues with the originator of the petition, Alex Jones, a noted right-wing conspiracy theorist, on his CNN show. Digital Journal reported that Jones, in a disorganized tirade, threatened that "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!"
In an article in UK's Daily Mail, Morgan had threatened to deport himself if the US does not tighten up its gun control laws:
Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years' time – seriously consider deporting myself.
You can read the entire White House response here.
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