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Deport Piers Morgan, demands US petition.

11:43 am - 12/26/2012
A petition calling for TV host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US following his outspoken comments on gun control has attracted more than 69,000 signatures.

Morgan last week lambasted pro-gun guests on his show, after the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman shot dead 26 people, including 20 children.

The CNN host provoked the fury of gun rights activists when he interviewed Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt, in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and said to him: "You're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you?

"You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don't actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America."

Following the interview, a petition was posted on the White House website claiming that Morgan, 47, "is engaged in a hostile attack against the US 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," the petition said.

US citizens can file a petition on the White House website, whitehouse.gov, if they collect at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The White House is then obliged to issue a response.

Morgan, 47, a former newspaper editor in London, shot back at his critics on Twitter. He repeated his past calls for the United States to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and conduct background checks on all gun purchases.

"I don't care about a petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today. £GunControlNow," Morgan tweeted on Monday, referring to a shooting in New York that killed three people, including the gunman.

Christa Robinson, a CNN spokeswoman, said the network had no immediate comment on the petition.

Publicist Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com, said the controversy will get Morgan attention that may translate into higher ratings and wouldn't harm his reputation.

"A lot of it comes from his being British, he's seen the differences between the U.S. and UK, he's passionate and authentic in taking this issue on, and it's probably only going to help him attract more people to his show," Bragman, told Reuters.

More than 69,000 people have signed the petition, which hit the 25,000-signature threshold to get a White House response.

Morgan joked on Twitter: "If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?"

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/deport-piers-morgan-demands-us-petition-8430877.html

OP: I never thought I'd say this but Piers Morgan has made me proud to be British. When you deport people that disagree with you that's fascism isn't it?
layweed 26th-Dec-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hey Second Amendment-ers, what is the First Amendment?

ETA: Also, I don't really get why £GunControlNow. Um. He knows that the pound sign for hashtags isn't the pound sign for the GBP, right?

Edited at 2012-12-26 08:13 pm (UTC)
ceruleanst 26th-Dec-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
For some reason, news sites have the most problems with character encoding. Most likely, whoever copied it into the article doesn't know it changed.
4o5pastmidnight 27th-Dec-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
In their backwards-ass world, the second amendment apparently comes before the first.
kitschaster 27th-Dec-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
The First Amendment is only for self-righteous American assholes and bigots, didn't you know? Everybody else who uses it, well, they're just WRONG! And...STUPID. And...THEY HATE FREEDOM.


/sarcasm
winniechili 26th-Dec-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Under no circumstances should Piers Morgan ever make someone proud to be British.
atomic_joe2 26th-Dec-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ah but being continually let down by the England football team has left me in a vulnerable position so I have to take what I can get!
rebness 26th-Dec-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
This. He's the worst.

Supporting gun control only marginally makes up for his many, many, many transgressions.
mock_epic 26th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
ljtaylor 26th-Dec-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I can't see this shit flying, in fact it might actually help his career (no publicity is bad publicity).
belleweather 26th-Dec-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
"is engaged in a hostile attack against the US 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," the petition said.


Not actually legal grounds for revoking someone's visa, just sayin'. Not that I think that the second amendment maximalists understand or care about the REST of the Constitution -- you know, the 'rule of law' parts.
hinoema 27th-Dec-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Exactly. You can't just vote someone off the island.
sio 26th-Dec-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
LOL, deport him for what, exactly?

these people are so fucking stupid. he's committed no crime and is exercising First Amendment Rights.
layweed 26th-Dec-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
I actually got around to thinking about it after commenting and really want to know if the people who want to deport him even believe he has a right to the First Amendment or protection under the Constitution because he's a Brit.
coraki 27th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
OT but that's Quark's mum in your icon right?

People can only exercise First Amendment Rights with they agree with the majority or have all lawyers in their party.
blackjedii 26th-Dec-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
How about...

all those dudes who want guns
we give a free trip to Somalia

where there are guns for EVERYBODY!! \o/

the_physicist 26th-Dec-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
I thought there were guns for everybody in the US already? Why the need to go to Somalia to see the ill effect of gun proliferation, just look in the USA's own back yard.

I have no idea who this Morgan guy is, but the petition because he was mean to pro-gun people is ridiculous of course.

On the matter of Somalia though. I had an interesting conversation about the situation there once with a Somali priest who was lost and trying to get to a block of flats I used to live who I helped to find the way there... he said, absolutely, that as far as he's concerned the guns caused a huge amount of issues. He said first it was the Soviets. So many Soviet weapons... but now also a huge number of American weapons too. No one tries to do anything about that, but he said they've really caused a huge amount of bloodshed that would otherwise have been avoided.
blackjedii 26th-Dec-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
it's a reference to this:

mostly because of the Tea Party's whole anti-government... government party.

I don't follow Piers Morgan as much but he's apparently a British guy who does commentary in the US - I think on Fox News network? And he's generally disliked.

He said first it was the Soviets. So many Soviet weapons... but now also a huge number of American weapons too. No one tries to do anything about that, but he said they've really caused a huge amount of bloodshed that would otherwise have been avoided.
I can believe it. The same situation happened in the Middle East. A large reason radical terrorist groups in the region have weapons? We sold them so they would use them against the Soviet Union. :|
bananainpyjamas 26th-Dec-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
lol not that I wouldn't mind him heading back to the UK but this is nowhere nears grounds to deport someone.
jenny_jenkins 26th-Dec-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
It's a better Hashtag than #Wengerout - which is his favourite at the moment.

Bastard.
blackjedii 26th-Dec-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Why Wenger? I thought y'all were doing pretty decently. Maybe not in terms of trophies but it seems like Arsenal's the most financially well-run club in the top table....
and he has puffy coats
and Germans
layweed 27th-Dec-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
alexvdl 26th-Dec-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
When you deport people that disagree with you that's fascism isn't it?

No. Not even slightly.

jenny_jenkins 27th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
A final comment:

New petition urges US to keep Piers Morgan 'because UK doesn't want him'

Fightback is launched after tens of thousands back demand for TV presenter to be expelled from US

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/26/petition-us-piers-morgan-uk


redstar826 27th-Dec-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
LOL I wonder if the person who came up with theidea of allowing these white house petitions is having second thoughts about the whole thing because people sure are coming up with some off the wall stuff.
dearmisterecho 27th-Dec-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
I dunno if I would love it or hate it if I was the staff member in charge of compiling all those petitions and presenting them to the President.

They must have some kind of secret code, like Obama glares at the guy and says "oh HELL no" and then the staff member has to make it all polite and Presidential.
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