A petition has been started on the White House “We the People” website demanding British CNN host Piers Morgan be deported back to England.
Morgan has been an inflammatory voice in the nation’s debate over gun-control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people – including 20 young children – were killed, reportedly by Adam Lanza.
Outrage over Morgan’s pro-gun-control views began last week, when the host engaged in a heated debate with guest Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show.
“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”
But Morgan really raised eyebrows when, in the midst of a heated exchange, he turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a d— about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”
The next day, Morgan ruffled feathers again by responding to a Twitter message accusing him of being “gleeful” that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened to help advance his gun-control cause with a tweet of his own reading, “Of course I am, you moron.”
When the response was publicized, Morgan followed with another tweet calling his previous comment “obvious sarcasm.”
Apparently, however, some have had enough.
The petition to deport Morgan 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.”
The Hill reports Kurt Nimmo of Infowars.com fame started the petition.
The petition on the White House “We the People” website has already surpassed 25,000 signatures. According to the site, when a petition reaches that threshold, it is put in the queue to receive an answer.
Video of the exchange between Morgan and Pratt can be seen below: