Piers Morgan “may” deport himself

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After saying that our Constitution and Bible need to be amended, he’s threatening to deport himself, “maybe”…

If America won’t change its crazy gun laws… I may deport myself

Daily Mail: I have fired guns only once in my life, on a  stag party to the Czech capital Prague a few years ago when part of the  itinerary included a trip to an indoor shooting range. For three hours, our  group were let loose on everything from Magnum 45 handguns and Glock pistols, to  high-powered  ‘sniper’ rifles and pump-action shotguns.

It was controlled, legal, safe and undeniably  exciting. But it also showed me, quite demonstrably, that guns are killing  machines.

Rarely has the hideous effect of a gun been  more acutely laid bare than at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown,  Connecticut, two weeks ago – when a deranged young man called Adam Lanza  murdered 20 schoolchildren aged six and seven, as well as six adults, in a  sickening rampage.

The Sandy Hook massacre brought back such  horribly vivid memories for me of Dunblane, the worst mass shooting in Britain  in my lifetime. I was editor of the Daily Mirror on that day  back in 1996 and will never forget the appalling TV footage of those poor  Scottish mothers sprinting to the small primary school, many already howling  with anguish at the thought of what might have happened to their five-year-old  children. It was a slaughter so senseless, so  unspeakable, that it reduced even hard-bitten news reporters, including me, to  tears.

And as I watched the parents at Sandy Hook  racing to try to find their children, I saw the same images, the same terror,  that engulfed Dunblane. And I felt the same tears welling up. Then, 16 five-year-old children were slain in  their classroom. Now, 20  six- and seven-year-olds. Beautiful young lives  snuffed out before they had a chance to fulfil any of their potential. It made  me so gut-wrenchingly angry.

I have four children. And I still remember  the blind terror I felt when I lost my son Stanley, then aged two, for half an  hour at a cricket match on a field surrounded by a small running creek. I was  sure he’d drowned. But I was lucky: he finally emerged from where he’d been  hiding – big, cheeky grin intact.

Every parent has a similar story. To even try  to conceive of how you would feel if your child was shot multiple times in the  head by a Rambo madman at school is just impossible. I honestly don’t know how  you would ever carry on with life.

But my anger turned to blind rage when I saw  the reaction to this hideous massacre in America. Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15  military-style assault rifle, rocketed at gun stores all over America in the  days following the Sandy Hook shooting.

And the country’s biggest gun supplier, Brownells, said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years.

What is behind this apparently insane  behaviour? The answer is, mainly, fear. The well-organised, richly funded, vociferous  pro-gun lobby were straight out, on my CNN show and many other media outlets,  declaring that the only way those schoolchildren would have survived is if their  teachers had been armed. It’s been their answer to every mass shooting.

After the shootings at a cinema in Aurora,  Colorado, in July – where 70 people were hit, the worst victim-count in such an  incident in US history, and 12 people died – sales of guns in the state rose by  a staggering 41 per cent in the following month as people bought into the theory  that if everyone in the theatre had been armed too, they’d have stopped the  shooter. Can you imagine the scene as 200 people pulled out guns and started  blazing away in a dark theatre?

The gun-lobby logic dictates that the only  way to defend against gun criminals is for everyone else to have a  gun,  too. Teachers, nurses, clergymen, shop assistants, cinema usherettes – everyone  must be armed. To me, this is a warped, twisted logic that  bears no statistical analysis and makes no sense. Do you fight drug addiction  with more cocaine? Alcoholism with more Jack Daniel’s? Of course not.

But woe betide anyone who dares suggest this.  In the days following Sandy Hook, I interviewed a number of gun-rights  representatives and grew increasingly furious as they  trotted out these  hackneyed old  disingenuous lines.

Finally, I erupted at one of them, a man with  the unfortunate name of Larry Pratt, who runs the Gun Owners of America lobbying  group. ‘You,’ I eventually declared, ‘are an  unbelievably stupid man.’ And that was the catalyst for the full wrath  of the gun lobby to crash down on my British head.

A petition was created on an official White  House website demanding my deportation for ‘attacking the 2nd Amendment of the  Constitution’. This, of course, is the one that alludes to an American’s ‘right  to bear arms’.

The concerted effort to get me thrown out of  the country – which has so far gathered more than 90,000 signatures – struck me  as rather ironic, given that by expressing my opinion I was merely exercising my  rights, as a legal US resident, under the 1st Amendment, which protects free  speech. But no matter.

This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal  attrition in America – and I’m just the latest target, the advantage to the gun  lobbyists being that I’m British, a breed of human being who burned down the  White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American  will ever be allowed to forget – Special Relationship notwithstanding.

It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s  unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the  War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists  give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on  their freedom. The problem is that America’s historical love of guns means the  country is now awash with them – and with gun death.

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My argument with guns is not based on some  universal, pathological hatred of them. I’m not a pacifist. Guns win necessary  wars and defeat tyrannical regimes like the Nazis.

Nor do I have a problem with those who use  guns for hunting or for sport. I also understand, and respect, how there is an  inherent national belief in America, based on their understanding of the 2nd  Amendment, that everyone should be allowed to have a gun at home for the  purposes of self-defence.

But where I have a big problem is when the  unfortunately ambiguous wording of the 2nd Amendment is twisted to mean that  anyone in America can have any firearm they want, however powerful, and in  whatever quantity they want.

In conclusion, I can spare those Americans  who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your  gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous  carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.

Although I love the country as a second home  and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent  first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American  elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider  deporting myself.

Read the rest of his rant here.

DLTDHYAOTWO!

DCG

10 responses to “Piers Morgan “may” deport himself

  1. “unfortunately ambiguous wording of the 2nd Amendment”? If he can’t twist to mean what he wants it to mean, I guess it would be ambiguous! He should leave as quickly as possible if he doesn’t like the way this country was founded. If we wanted Britain, we wouldn’t have had a revolution!!!!

  2. Sounds like you better pack you bags, cause we aint changeing, you better worry more about your kids getting bad drugs from your doctor than a nut case with a gun. So go back where you cant defend yourself, and dont plan on us doing it for you again, you got the UN now and they dont want us to have guns either

  3. Morgan won’t “deport himself.” Leftists never fulfill their promises. Despite their threats to leave America, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin are still here!

  4. Good Riddance to Bad Rubish. i hope he takes a whole load of like minded folks with him.

  5. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!!!!

  6. Start packin’, bub.

  7. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

  8. Actually, I hope the door does hit him in the ass on the way out.

    Maybe it will knock the cobwebs out of his brain.

    -Dave

  9. I’ll tell you what Piers can do with himself……….

  10. Ol’ Piers there likes this (below) so much he’d have it here:

    “How They Disarmed Our British Cousins,” by Jaz McKay, Rightwing News, 23 Dec 2012

    http://www.rightwingnews.com/column-2/how-they-disarmed-our-british-cousins/

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