THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES URGE DEPORTATION OF CNN TALK SHOW HOST PIERS MORGAN
[PHOTO -ENGLISHMAN CNN TALK SHOW HOST PIERS MORGAN]
LONDON, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 25, 2012 (THE STAR WORLD NEWS) More than 48,000 people have signed a petition that they posted on the White House website demanding that British CNN talk show host Piers Morgan be deported over comments he made on air about gun control.
Morgan last week lambasted pro-gun guests on his show, after the Dec. 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 Dec. 21 by a man identified as Kurt N. from Austin, Texas, accuses Morgan of subverting the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms.
U.S. citizens can file a petition on the White House website, whitehouse.gov, 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 United States 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 Pratt argued that more guns were needed to combat crime in the United States.
“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 on Monday, 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, vice chairman of Reputation.com, said the controversy will get Morgan attention that may translate into higher ratings and wouldn't harm his reputation.
“A lot of it comes from his being British, he's seen the differences between the U.S. 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,” Bragman, told Reuters
The Counter-petition to keep the British in the U.S, Published on Wednesday December 26, 2012 BY Noor Javed Staff Reporter
[PHOTO -The talk-show host raised the ire of gun activists earlier this month when he took an aggressive stand for tighter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut.]
A wrench has emerged in the plans of thousands of gun-loving Americans who signed a petition to see CNN host Piers Morgan deported back to England for his views on gun-control.
A counter petition has propped up to keep Morgan in the USA.
On Tuesday, a petition was posted on the White House e-petition website to keep Morgan in the U.S. for three reasons including: the first amendment, because “no one in the U.K. wants him back” and to see how “angry Americans react.”
The petition had 500 signatures Wednesday afternoon.
The talk-show host raised the ire of gun activists earlier this month when he took an aggressive stand for tighter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. He even called a gun advocate on his show “Piers Morgan Tonight” an “unbelievably stupid man.”
A petition was then created on December 21 by a Texas-based user who accused Morgan of engaging in “a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment.”
He then demanded that 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 hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response within days. By Wednesday, the petition had gathered more than 71,000 signatures.
Although Twitter was buzzing with discussion of the original petition over the holiday, Piers was unrepentant in his views.
“I don’t care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today,” Morgan tweeted, on Christmas Eve as news emerged of four firefighters who had been ambushed by a gunman, killing two.
The White House website claims that the White House responds to petitions with more than 25,000 signatures.
While many are of a serious nature, others aren’t.
Other petitions that have met the signature threshold to warrant comment include those to allow Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia to withdraw from the USA and create their own governments.
A petition to have the U.S. government secure funding and resources for the construction of a Death Star —a war base that appeared in Star Wars movies — by 2016, has collected more than 32,000 signatures. They haven’t yet received a response.
A list of other petitions on the website:
Mandate paid vacation time to a minimum three weeks of the year. More personal time = less stressed and happier people. (5,725 signatures)
Place the D.C. “Taxation Without Representation” License Plate on the Presidential Limousine. (2,054 signatures)
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. (32,212)
We request that Obama be impeached. (44,620)
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