Thousands petition to deport Morgan over anti-gun remarks

Thousands petition to deport Morgan over anti-gun remarks

Thousands petition to deport Morgan over anti-gun remarks

Posted 25 December 2012, 11:13 AEDT

More than 48,000 are petitioning calling for the deportation of British talk show host Piers Morgan over gun control comments made on air.

More than 48,000 people have signed a petition in the United States calling for the deportation of British talk show host Piers Morgan over gun control comments made on air.

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

"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.

The petition, started on December 21 by a man identified as Kurt N from Austin, Texas, accuses Morgan of subverting the second amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

US citizens can file a petition on the White House website 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 US to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and conduct background checks on all gun purchases.

Five days after the Connecticut massacre, Morgan called a guest, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners for America, an "idiot", "dangerous" and an "unbelievably stupid man" when he argued that more guns were needed to combat crime in the US.

"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, 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 said the controversy would get Morgan attention that may translate into higher ratings and would not harm his reputation.

"A lot of it comes from his being British, he's seen the differences between the US 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," he said.

Reuters