60,000 Americans have now signed a petition asking to have British CNN host Piers Morgan deported - one of the most successful White House petitions ever. The grounds? Morgan is allegedly "engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights."
Morgan made headlines last week for calling a pro-gun guest on his show - Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt - "unbelievably stupid." He's also been vocally promoting gun control via Twitter. "This is your moment, America: The #NRA has 4 million members, your population is 311 million. Don't stand for this murderous crap any more," he tweeted the day after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Morgan has already responded - via Twitter, of course. "Ironic US gun rights campaign to deport me for 'attacking Second Amendment rights' - is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?"
Technically, as a foreign national, Morgan's free speech is not protected under the first amendment, and there's legal precedent for deporting him, as James Taranto points out.
Brits may not be exactly keen to see Morgan return. "Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Please don't send him back," tweeted fellow-Anglo Jeremy Clarkson.
Via the AP, the White House website, and Twitter.
Posted 5am PST.