No, Piers Morgan shouldn’t be deported

Piers Morgan

Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut — during which a crazed gunman killed 27 innocent people, including 20 children — Piers Morgan has used his CNN talk show, which generally doesn’t fair well against nightly competition, to advocate for tighter gun regulations.

Morgan, who is a British citizen, hasn’t exactly been dipolmatic about his views. During a recent interview, Morgan classlessly hurled insults at Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, in a debate over gun control.

Morgan’s contempt for the Second Amendment, which guarantees Americans with the right to keep and bear arms, hasn’t sat well with many. In fact, there is a movement via a petition on the White House website to have him deported.

The petition, which has over 78,000 signatures, states:

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.

These petitions have grown popular. After President Barack Obama was re-elected last month, a number of petitions popped up on the site asking the White House to let states peacefully secede. To receive a response from the White House, a petition must receive at least 25,000 signatures.

To quote Daniel Caffey from the classic, A Few Good Men — “Your passion is compelling; it’s also useless.” Not to mention that it does more harm that good at a time when this debate is raging.

Look, I’m a gun owner and have a concealed carry permit. While I possess for purposes of self-defense, I also believe that the Second Amendment has a deeper, more profound meaning; which is to guard against an overreaching government.

Morgan can keep talking about guns, but the fact of the matter is that guns will always be part of our society. Those talking of increased gun control measures, banning certain types of guns or even those that want to get rid of all guns are kidding themselves if they think it’s going to do anything of substance. While these policies angles may seem appealing, it will not put an end to tragic incidents of gun violence.

Whether or not guns are banned or more heavily regulated, guns will still appear in our society. Bad people will still commit horrible acts of violence with firearms. There is simply no way to avoid that. For example, look at our nation’s drug laws. Congress has heavily regulated and banned drugs — part of the larger “war on drugs” — yet people still have relatively easy access to them.

Piers Morgan is an arrogant, ratings-starved blowhard. Nothing more. And frankly, the push to deport someone just because of an opinion, however wrong they may be, is just as much a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” as his assault on the Second Amendment.

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