A petition calling for TV host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US following his outspoken comments on gun control has attracted more than 31,000 signatures.
The CNN host provoked the fury of gun rights activists when he interviewed Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt, in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and said to him: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?
“You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.”
Following the interview, a petition was posted on the White House website claiming that Morgan, 47, “is engaged in a hostile attack against the US Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment”.
More than 31,600 people have signed the petition, which hit the 25,000-signature threshold to get a White House response.
Morgan joked on Twitter: “If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?”