BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Late last year, CNNâ€™s Piers Morgan threatened to â€œdeportâ€ himself if the United States did not dramatically change its gun laws, and this morning, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms suggested that he pack his bags.
â€œPiers Morgan has made a habit of demonizing and insulting American gun owners,â€ CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed. â€œIf he so dislikes the people who call this nation home, a nation that has twice rescued Great Britain and the world from war, then perhaps it is time for him to make good on his threat. There are flights leaving daily.â€
Morgan professed in December that he loves the United States â€œas a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well.â€ He told the London Daily Mail that he is the victim of an â€œongoing war of verbal attrition in Americaâ€ due to the gun rights debate. At the time, he suggested part of his problem is that he is British, â€œa breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse.â€
â€œThis Friday,â€ Gottlieb noted, â€œis the 238th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord; the day in 1775 that the government sent troops to disarm the colonial militia. It was the first time on our soil that the government tried to enforce gun control and it did not work out too well for Mr. Morganâ€™s ancestors. Like the Redcoats of old, he wants to take modern sporting rifles and pistols away from todayâ€™s American citizens.
â€œOur forefathers sent a message to the British that day, that tyranny is not welcome on these shores,â€ he added. â€œMorganâ€™s on-air demagoguery towards gun owners is a different type of tyranny, but it is no less unwelcome.
â€œFace it,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œI have more guns than Morgan has viewers. And guess what? I bet his viewers have killed more people than my guns!
â€œPiers Morgan, in our â€˜Yankâ€™ vernacular, â€˜ainâ€™t from around hereâ€™,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œand has no business dictating how we should live. This countryâ€™s armed citizens came to his countryâ€™s aid twice in the past century, and a lot of them died to protect Mr. Morganâ€™s freedom. Since he voluntarily hinted at it last December, Morgan should take this opportunity to butt out.â€