White House turns down petition to deport Piers Morgan after gun control comments

White House turns down petition to deport Piers Morgan after gun control comments

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 09, 2013 at 11:11 PM PST
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In response to the petition that wanted the British CNN anchorman deported over his views on gun control in the wake of Newtown shootings, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the president has decided that Piers Morgan can stay.

While interviewing the chief of National Rifle Association, Morgan had supported stricter gun control laws and in doing so said that while discussing the Second Amendment one should also keep in mind the First Amendment. However, his comments outraged gun rights activists and a petition to deport Morgan led by conservative radio host Alex Jones received more than 100,000 signatures. It should be noted here that just 25,000 are needed to receive a response from the White House.

Jones accused the host for attacking the US constitution by targeting the Second Amendment and demanded that Morgan be deported immediately for his efforts 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.

However, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to the petition Wednesday, saying that the tragedy shook everyone to the core and under such conditions it’s only natural that people would react and say things that are not very appropriate, but an extreme act such as deportation is not needed.

In his statement to explain the White House decision to allow Morgan to remain in the United States, Carney wrote, “Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.”

“We recognize that the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., sparked an intense and at times emotional national conversation about the steps we can take as a country to reduce gun violence. In fact, your petition is one of many on the issue and President Obama personally responded by sharing his views on this important issue,” added Carney.

While many accepted the response, not all were satisfied from it. The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley said that the White House has issued a "factually incorrect" response, arguing that the First Amendment does not apply to non-US citizens. He quoted a tweet by Wall Street columnist James Taranto, whose message for Morgan was, “Your opinion is protected; your presence in the US is not."

Alex Jones appeared on Morgan’s show last week and once again reminded him that he doesn’t belong to the United States. "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! America was born on guns and whiskey. It's true we're a violent society. ... You're a foreigner. You're a redcoat. You're telling us what to do," Jones said.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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