Piers Morgan says ‘bring it on’ as thousands petition for his deportation
Piers Morgan, host of CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.
Published Monday, December 24, 2012 7:08AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 24, 2012 10:42AM EST
More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition calling for CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the United States for his "hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution."
The British host of "Piers Morgan Tonight," who is a longtime advocate for stricter gun control laws in the U.S., has been especially outspoken following the recent shooting of 20 school children and a number of adults in Newtown, Conn.
His emotions boiled over in a Dec. 18 interview with gun advocate Larry Pratt. Pratt had argued that stricter gun control encourages violence by making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.
Morgan lost his cool, saying: "You're an incredibly stupid man, aren't you?"
A few days later, on Dec. 21, someone going by the name Kurt N, from Austin, Tx. created a petition on the White House website calling for Morgan's deportation.
"British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment," states 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."
As of Monday morning, the petition had 33,459 signatures. Once a petition receives 25,000 signatures it qualifies to be reviewed by the Obama administration, and a response is issued.
Morgan has taken to Twitter to respond to the petition, even poking fun at the initiative.
"If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?" he tweeted.
That prompted a number of responses from people offering up their country as a new home for Morgan, from Malaysia to Sierra Leone, the Philippines and Australia.
Morgan also said "bring it on, you goon" when radio host Alex Jones tweeted his support for Morgan's deportation.
Among the petitions on the White House website is a petition asking for permission for the state of Texas to withdraw from the U.S. and create its own government, and one asking for Westboro Baptist Church to be recognized as a hate group. The Texas petition has more than 121,000 signatures, while the Westboro petition has more than 53,000.