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White House officially refuses to deport Piers Morgan
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:43AM
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On Wednesday, the White House responded to the highly-publicized petition to its website regarding Piers Morgan’s deportation as requested by more than 100,000 signatures of U.S. citizens.

 

The White House defended Piers Morgan’s freedom of speech regarding his past and current unpopular comments about gun control in the United States.

 

With this somewhat-vindication to his freedom of speech, Piers Morgan - the host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” on cable television - will not be forced to return to his homeland of the United Kingdom for criticizing America's Second Amendment.

 

Prior to the petition being written last month, conservative talk show host Morgan was a harsh critic of the United States’ gun policies. He voiced his strong opinions against the nation’s gun laws after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School which occurred on Dec. 14, 2012.

 

The White House defended Piers Morgan in a press release titled “When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too”.

 

As a follow-up to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s message in which he foreshadowed a victory for Morgan, on Wednesday Jay Carney wrote “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First”. The Examiner

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the U.S. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms. The Guardian

 

The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, compared to 6 in England and Wales.

 

The number of FBI background checks required for Americans buying guns set a record in December. The FBI said it recorded 2.78 million background checks during the month, surpassing the mark set in November of 2.01 million checks - about a 39 percent rise. Chicago Tribune

 

People who carry guns are far likelier to get shot - and killed - than those who are unarmed, according to a 2009 study of shooting victims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. bradycampaign.org

 

AHT/HJ

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