Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New online petitions snarkily urge the White House to keep Piers Morgan in the U.S.

The White House's "We the People" site has already seen a "Deport Piers Morgan" petition reach the threshold for an official response from the Obama Administration. Now there are at least two counter-petitions aiming to keep the CNN host in the U.S.

The original petition was started after Morgan voiced his opinions -- in favor of gun control -- on CNN. Notably, his opinion, whether he is a citizen or not, is protected by the First Amendment. Except in the case of creating immediate danger, such as calling out "Fire" in a crowded theater, the famous example always used, he can say what he will.

That fact is noted in this petition. There is also some snark, though. It says:
Keep Piers Morgan in the USA

We want to keep Piers Morgan in the USA.

There are two very good reasons for this. Firstly, the first amendment.

Second and the more important point. No one in the UK wants him back.

Actually there is a third. It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react.
At this point, the petition has far, far to go to reach the necessary 25,000 signatures required for a White House response.

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The second petition is here. This one is free of snark, and just uses the First Amendment argument.
Protect Piers Morgan's Rights under the First Amendment as an Individual and the Press! Keep Piers Morgan in the U.S.!

Keep Piers Morgan in the United States and protect the rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press under the 1st Amendment!

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

-The First Amendment, United States Constitution"
This petition has even further to go to reach the threshold of 25,000.

The fact of the matter is that these types of petitions -- particularly the one wanting Morgan deported, which just goes to show how Constitutionally-educated the petition owner and those who signed are -- distract folks from the matter at hand: the horrific Sandy Creek Elementary School massacre and what to do about it.

Notably, since the Newtown, Conn. tragedy there have been a number of shootings, including a recent one in which two firefighters were killed after being lured to a fire.

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