The petition to deport Piers Morgan following his seemingly inexplicable investment in the gun control debate in America has attained a new dimension: the White house have issued an official response while Morgan has reiterated his stance, vowing to continue the fight for the ban of firearms.
After the petition quickly gleaned the requisite 25,000 scribbles for an official response, numbers have swelled to over 100,000 in favour of deporting Morgan from U.S shores. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said:
"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."
Ever vocal, Morgan hasn't dampened his flame for the heated debate, telling Daybreak, "We're in a country, in America, where there are 300 million guns in circulation and although I understand that the American constitution empowers Americans to believe they are entitled to have a handgun or a pistol to defend themselves at home, what it doesn't do is entitle deranged young people to get easy access to these killing machines, and that's what the assault rifles are."
Gun control has come to the fore over a recent spate of shootings, and while some are citing the current legislation, others blame films like Django Unchained and Gangster Squad for their blase depictions of violence.