“Merry Christmas, Piers Morgan! Now go back to England.” That’s the overarching message from more than 50,000 people who have endorsed a petition on the White House’s official website demanding the CNN host be deported for “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,” reads the petition, which, having surpassed the 25,000 signature mark, now requires an official response.
Following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Morgan has been an outspoken advocate for gun control.
In the editorial, he writes, “I’ve made my own views clear on my show — the senseless killing has to stop. High-powered assault rifles of the type used at Aurora and Newtown belong in the military and police, not in civilian hands. High-capacity magazines, too, should be banned. And background checks on anyone buying guns in America should be comprehensive and stringently enforced.”
He continues, “Sandy Hook should, and must, be a tipping point for real action to bring this number down.”
Morgan has drawn plenty of attention to the petition via his own Twitter feed, so it’s likely that many of the signers found out about it from Morgan himself.
“I don’t care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today. #GunControlNow,” he writes Monday.
Even with the high number of signatures, Morgan likely doesn’t need to worry about being deported — other petitions on the site ordering the White House to do things like build a Death Star and allow Texas to secede have surpassed the 25,000 signature mark and have yet to be granted.