Gun Advocates Ask Obama Administration to Deport Piers Morgan

6:43 PM PST 12/22/2012 by Aaron Couch

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition charging the CNN host with embarking on a "hostile attack" on the Second Amendment.

Thousands of gun rights supporters are petitioning the Obama administration to consider deporting CNN’s Piers Morgan, arguing the gun control proponent is using his position as a TV news host to wage war on the Second Amendment.

“British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment,” reads the petition. “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.”

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The petition has attracted more than 11,000 signatures since its creation Friday. It was posted on the White House’s We the People website, which allows users to create a petition which will receive a review by policy makers as well as an official White House response should it gain 30,000 signatures within 30 days.

Writing on Twitter Saturday, Morgan seemed amused by the petition, and responded to a number of people asking him (not so politely) to get out of America. 

Morgan also got into a tiff with British business mogul Alan Sugar, who tweeted to Morgan that he has a U.S. visa but keeps mum about his opinions while in the country. Morgan responded by calling Sugar a “coward" for not expressing his views.

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Morgan ultimately thanked the U.S. citizens who had not signed the petition, joking it was a sign they supported him.

“6,600 Americans have currently signed the petition to deport me -- meaning 311,993,400 clearly want me to stay,” he tweeted, back when the number of signers was lower. “Thank you.”

Morgan became the focus of the petition after clashing with gun rights advocates on Piers Morgan Tonight following last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. On an episode airing hours after the killings, Morgan asked a gun advocate guest: “How many kids have to die before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”

Watch video of the exchange below.

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