White House Responds to Piers Morgan Deportation Petition

by | January 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM | General, Piers Morgan Tonight

Piers Morgan (Photo: AP)


Piers Morgan won’t have to go house hunting after all.

The controversial host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” drew the ire of the pro-gun movements in recent weeks after calling for gun control in the United States. The prompted a petition to the White House to deport Morgan for his comments which drew nearly 110,000 people to sign on.

As required, the White House formally responded to the petition, and those 110,000 people won’t be happy, with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discussing the importance of both the First and the Second Amendments while addressing the issue.

“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” Carney wrote. “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.”

Carney goes on to call for civility towards people expressing alternative points of view.

“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.”

You can read the entire White House response here.