Gun law debates have barely receded at all since the horrific and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook in Newton last December. Piers Morgan spearheaded some of the debate via while hosting his show on CNN. He also said that, as a father of young children, he would leave the country if tighter gun control wasn't instigated. His anti-gun stance lead to outrage and a petition to have him deported. The White House has refused the petition.
"This is very bad news for the Americans and very good news for the Brits," Morgan joked, reports the Huffington Post. Speaking on CBS's This Morning he further advocated tighter gun control, saying: "After Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head... I couldn't believe the reaction was a week of horror and mourning... and then everyone moved on and nothing changed... And since then, massacre after massacre - something has to give and I think the tipping point was Sandy Hook."
This week he also met with gun enthusiast, Alex Jones, which led to a very heated conversation. Jones ended up shouting at Morgan. "Let me say, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms" he shouted, reports the Mail. He blamed the mass amount of US murders on 'suicide pills'. Comparing the US to the UK, he said: "I already said earlier that England had lower gun crime rate because you took all the guns. But you have hoards of people burning down cities and beating old women's brains out out everyday."
While it's easy for anyone outside of the USA to consider Jones' opinions to be ridiculous. Truly, his point about Morgan being 'engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment' is almost valid. The White House has deemed the deportation petition invalid, but Piers Morgan certainly shouldn't be the man to be fighting America's battles. One would hope that the enlightened majority would be able to win over those who feel so violently about their attachment to their guns. The 'Demand a Plan' campaign is a step forward, but simply having a plan without significant action- action planned over the course of many years, if not decades, to roll out changes in attitudes towards the cost and validity of human life, including ones own (in reference to the rate of suicides that are concurrent with massacres- see MotherJones) - is simply not enough. Barack Obama has four more years to begin that process, and for the sake of the 11,000 gun related murders that occured last year and are expected to occur again, we hope he has the guts to do so.