Sunday, December 30, 2012

Petition Against Piers Morgan Is Wrong

Just read a news item about a White House petition to deport CNN's Piers Morgan for his aggressive stand on gun control. The petition was created by a Texas man who accused Mr. Morgan of engaging in a 'hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution' by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for 'exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.' We have a saying where I'm from for that: HOGWASH

First of all, this is the United States where everyone has freedom of speech. And please don't give me the tired old argument that it's only for US citizens or even as some quacks say, for natural, US born citizens. The US constantly demands that other nations give their citizens the right to free speech, naming it one of the inalienable rights of man and one of those God-given rights given to us at birth as human beings. Second, Mr. Morgan comes from a nation where firearms are banned, not just controlled. As such, he has an innate hatred and fear of firearms. From birth he has heard that firearms are responsible for murder. Of course, there are still murders in England, and yes, there are even still crimes committed with firearms, even handguns, however, in almost every crime that's committed with a handgun, murder is the result. I can completely understand his position of being against all firearms in the hands of the general population.

It's interesting this was in the news this morning, as I had a conversation with someone who is very close to me, last night, on this very subject. He's a member of the Republican party, a born-again Baptist preacher. He is, himself, the owner of several weapons and claims ownership of thousands of rounds of ammunition. He's just as passionate as Mr. Morgan is, although on the opposing side. He's even against the banning of assault weapons being owned by the general populace. He and I agree on the Second Amendment but we disagree on ownership and/or banning of assault/military style weapons.

I am, after all, one of the few who get angry comments from both sides of the issue. From the left I get condemned for standing for the rights of responsible ownership of firearms by Americans who are over the age of 18, have never been convicted of a felony, etc. From the right I'm condemned because I support the ban on military style assault weapons because I just do not feel there is a need for the general population to own those weapons as they're really not good for hunting and their sole purpose is for the killing of human beings in times of war. As for the magazines or clips that hold 30 or more rounds of ammunition, I'm just not sure; hunters do use them as well as those who want to murder very high numbers of their fellow citizens in acts of mass murder. I'm just not sure where to draw the line.

But, back to the deportation of Mr. Morgan. This is just plain silliness and to quote Mr. Morgan, in regards to the Texas man who started this petition: what an unbelievably stupid man.