White House defends Piers Morgan in response to petition

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 9, 2013

Looks like the White House isn’t willing to start the deportation process for British citizen – and CNN talk show host – Piers Morgan.

In response to a petition launched last month against the controversial Brit, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney urged Americans to remember that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution is just as important as the second – ultimately arguing that Morgan was well within his means to make the statements he did about gun control in the United States as any other person legally residing in the country.

“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. 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,” Carney’s response to the petition reads.

The response also includes a YouTube video of President Barack Obama addressing the petition and rehashing his call for stricter gun control laws in the United States, including a ban on semi-automatic weapons like the ones used in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last month that left twenty children and seven adults dead.

The initial petition, which as of this morning has been signed by nearly 110,000 people, called for Morgan’s removal from the United States after he made several comments both on his primetime TV show and his Twitter feed blasting Americans for not having stricter gun laws. In the days following the Newtown tragedy, Morgan berated two pro-gun advocates on his TV show, calling them “idiots” and “liars.”

A second petition was launched to keep Morgan in the United States, presumably by British citizens not eager to have Morgan returned to the motherland. Less than 10,000 people have signed it as of today, however.

Currently Morgan is involved in a media scuffle with nationally-syndicated radio host Alex Jones over the petition.

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