Briton Piers Morgan, a talk show host on CNN has advocated confiscation of all guns in America. The push back has been intense. Spearheading the petition to have Morgan sent packing is Alex Jones, a Libertarian-constitutionalist who took on Morgan on Morgan’s CNN stage.
Morgan has surfaced as the mouthpiece for gun control in America following the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Conn. Morgan, an insult-hurling liberal slammed one recent guest: “He has called Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, ‘dangerous,’ ‘stupid’ and an ‘idiot,’ and told John Lott, the author of ‘More Guns, Less Crime,’ that he needed ‘to stop repeating a blatant lie.”
Morgan claims that his push for gun control in America is not about politics. Well, according to recent surveys by Gallup and Pew Research Center, 42 to 46 percent of Americans oppose gun control legislation.
Jay Carney, White House press secretary responded to the petition to deport Morgan: “The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy.”
Morgan’s most vociferous critic is Jones, who stated: “The Second Amendment isn’t there for duck hunting. It’s there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs.”
Great Britain, Morgan’s country of origin, confiscated guns from its citizens. In the 16 years since confiscating guns, violent crime has tripled in Britain.
According to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics in the United States, 2011 violent crime has decreased by more than 20 percent.
Without a doubt, this debate will continue. However, Minnesota senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have sorted through the hot air rhetoric that is being released by CNN and have addressed one of the real causes for violence in Colorado and Connecticut — they want better mental health care. (Both shooters involved in killing scores of people had mental illness issues.) Let’s address the real issues and leave our duck hunters alone.