White House responds to petition to deporty Piers Morgan

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, January 10, 2013

The White House has issued a response to the online petition calling for CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported back to Great Britain after he spoke out in strong support of gun control following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  An avid backer of the petition and conservative Radio host Alex Jones ranted that Morgan’s statement was a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment and attacks the rights of a Americans.”

In the response, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney urged Americans to not let “arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First.”

In his response, Carney underscored that “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.”