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Piers Morgan responds to critics in new column, threatens to deport self

Piers MorganIn response to a pair of petitions centering around Piers Morgan – one requesting that the White House deport him, the other asking him to stay – the British journalist and host of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight has fired back on Twitter and in a column published in the Daily Mail.

Following the tragic schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Morgan used his position on television to call for stricter gun control laws, earning the wrath of the pro-gun lobby in the United States. Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online White House petition demanding the deportation of the British-born host due to the threat he poses to their Second Amendment rights, apparently trumping his First Amendment rights. While on vacation in the UK for the holidays, Morgan issued a response via Twitter on Friday noting that only 90,000 people had signed the White House petition, leaving 310,910,000 Americans who presumably want him to stay in the country.

After sparring with critics on Twitter, Morgan lashed out in a column he penned for the Daily Mail, in which he lays out his argument in a rational and reasonable fashion. Morgan points out that the British government's response to the worst school shooting in UK history in 1996 was to implement stricter gun control laws, leading to an extremely low average of 35 gun murders per year since the laws were passed. Piers Morgan TonightSince he first came to the US in 2007 to work as a judge on America's Got Talent, Morgan mentions that six of the country's 12 worst-ever mass shootings have occurred without a meaningful reaction from politicians fearful of the power wielded by the National Rifle Association and its pro-gun lobby. Backing up his arguments with statistics and facts, Morgan proposes his own centrist solutions to the problems as he advocates tighter gun control, increased funding for mental health treatment, and a more responsible entertainment industry.

"In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don't change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don't have to worry about deporting me," Morgan writes. "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."

Leaving aside personal opinions on Piers Morgan, his column is required reading in this instance. How do you feel about it?


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- Piers Morgan
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- Piers Morgan Live
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- CNN

Written by: Chrononaut
Dec 30th, 2012, 6:58 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:09 am
Well rtruell, change your panties, powder your ignorant face, and crawl back into your canadian crib. Your comments are neither rational or intelligent. Keep your Canadian comments to yourself unless you can contribute something of substance!
dtanna

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:09 am
I would say have a nice trip but I don't care if it is or not as long as it is one way. And there is no need to write when you get there.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:09 am
Piers's column was excellent. If I could, I would move Every one of my grandchildren to GB. I am tired of the rhetoric from gun lovers "guns don't kill people,people kill people" It's rather tiring and getting to be obscene.Members of the NRA are delusional to think it's "OK" to carry assault weapons, that is't THEIR right. They are going off a cliff that may come back to haunt them one day. We are supposed to be a civilized country, not anylonger.The NRA are brainwashing otherwise intelligent people making them beleive they need these weapons in case we have a revolt by our gov't.Hate to see you go Piers, hoping you will stay and fight with the rest of us against these assault weapons
CEO Donaldo

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:08 am
Piers is a pompous ass. Let's hope he leaves, the sooner the better. I is no match with Larry King, who had a great show. I agree with the second amendment, I have a CCW because I am a retired law enforcement officer, I am trained, and proficient in firearms. I won't be a victim, and if possible I won't let anyone else be a victim. The public should be glad there are trained people like me in civilian clothes that would come to the aid of any victim that may have their life in danger from some nut case.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:06 am
Really tho? who gives a fuck about piers morgan?
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:06 am
I also am a BRIT And am disgusted at what transpires in the USA The USA is no more then an uncivilized third world country I shall also be calling it quits over here
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:06 am
Who is threatened? heh, a threat! whatever get out and stay out you limey asshole.
Rabbitt

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:00 am
There really is a God!, if he leaves AND NEVER COMES BACK! Tata, you pompous ass! Exactly, what were you famous for? Stupidity, a poor resemblance of a British person?
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 11:00 am
AllI can say is "C-YA!!!"
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 10:57 am
Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Kick rocks.
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