CNN anchor Piers Morgan's outspokenness over gun control spawned over 100,000 people to sign an online petition calling for his deportation.
Outspoken CNN anchor, Piers Morgan, was the target of pro-gun activists who demanded his deportation. The White House has released its official response to those who petitioned his departure.
Morgan, who is a British citizen, has been an outspoken advocate for tighter gun control laws in the United States in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
Over 100,000 people signed an online petition posted to the White House website calling for his deportation. The petition claims that Morgan has attacked the second amendment, which protects an individual’s right to bear arms, by exploiting his position as a national TV host
In the official response, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is candid, saying, “Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.” But Carney also calls out the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press, calling them “fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.”
The petition far exceeded the 25,000 signatures required for the White House to make an official response. Though, Morgan didn’t seem to be too worried. In a tweet amidst the backlash, he wrote, “I don't care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today. #GunControlNow.”