Maybe the traditional conservative media power brokers are starting to falter. Despite support from some of the big names, a White House petition to deport Piers Morgan over his strong stance on gun control in the wake of the Sandy shooting still doesn't have enough signatures.
The petition popped up Saturday afternoon. Morgan has been vocal on his show, and his Twitter account, about the need for new gun control legislation in the U.S. since Sandy Hook. Most notably, Morgan generated headlines the other day for asking Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, "you're an incredibly stupid idiot, aren't you?"
So, yeah, that happened.
And then this White House petition showed up. It was apparently created yesterday, but wasn't really discovered until this morning:
British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. 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.
It got tweets of support from the likes of Ann Coulter:
Problem: Gun owners don't like to be on lists.Solution: There are lots of reasons to want to deport Piers Morgan - 1.usa.gov/T6fMZV— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 22, 2012
And Matt Drudge:
WHITE HOUSE PETITION CALLS FOR DEPORTATION OF PIERS MORGAN AFTER GUN RANT... drudge.tw/VYmtbC— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) December 22, 2012
And Drudge gave it an ALL CAPS billing near the top of his website, too:
And yet, the petition still only has a little more than 8,000 signatures. Drudge has 450,000 Twitter followers. Coulter has 300,000 followers, too. Drudge's website is one of the most notorious traffic hoses on the entire Internet. It stands to some reason that the petition shouldn't have had a hard time filling out the full 25,000 signatures required to generate a White House response.
Maybe it's because the idea of deporting him for speaking out against one Constitutional amendment violates another very-importent Constitutional, as Morgan pointed out:
Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for 'attacking 2nd Amendment rights' - is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 22, 2012
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