A petition on the White House website with more than 52,000 signatures as of Monday evening urges the Obama administration to deport CNN talk show host Piers Morgan after an on-air skirmish with pro-gun guests.
“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,” said the petition, which was created Dec. 21.
That was two days after Morgan asked Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners for America, “You are an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” on his show. Pratt, like most other fans of guns, had argued that more, not fewer, are needed to make the nation safer.
“What a ridiculous argument,” Morgan said. “You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.”
The shows aired after a massacre at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school where a youth shot and killed 20 young children and six school officials, reigniting the national debate about gun control.
A CNN rep said Monday that the network had no comment as of yet. But Morgan shot back via Twitter.
“I don’t care about a petition to deport me,” Morgan wrote. “Come on America, ENOUGH: Ban assault weapons & high-capacity magazines, and enforce background checks on 100% of gun sales. Do it now.”
A feature of the White House website called We The People allows individuals to start petitions online.