Tens of thousands of Americans have signed a petition calling for Piers Morgan, who hosts a show on the CNN network, to be deported from the US over his gun-control views.
Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his Piers Morgan Tonight show an “unbelievably stupid man”.
A petition created last Friday on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the US Constitution” by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for “exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens”.
By yesterday, the petition had attracted more than 60,000 signatures, well over the 25,000 threshold to get a White House response.
But Morgan, a former editor of the Daily Mirror, seemed unfazed by the criticism, tweeting yesterday: “Merry Christmas! Even to those who want me deported.”
In a series of earlier messages, he alternately urged his followers to sign the petition and in response to one article about the petition said “bring it on”, as he appeared to track the petition’s progress.
“If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?” he wrote.