White House responds to petition to deport Piers Morgan

Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.

We recognize that the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, sparked an intense, and at times emotional, national conversation about the steps we can take as a country to reduce gun violence. In fact, your petition is one of many on the issue, and President Obama personally responded by sharing his views on this important issue.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Neiman

    He is a liberal crud and is messing around with our politics, but three things are important here:

    (1) He is a beneficiary of Free Speech and should not be deported for being an ass.

    (2) It is up to CNN, a liberal, pro-Obama news outlet to decide if they want a British citizen hosting on their network advocating against our Constitution. It is a philosophical and business decision.
    (3) The gun owners protesting Morgan have the right to ask for him to be deported and try and get him fired.

    This is that old fashioned messy democracy in action, never pretty, but it used to work pretty well.