More than 65,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website to deport CNN host Piers Morgan, who rankled some with his call for a ban on assault rifles, reports the U.K.’s Sky News.
The number of signatures means the Obama administration will respond, the story adds. The petition was posted on the White House website by a Texas journalist following an interview Morgan conducted with Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt.
Pratt suggested some victims in the Sandy Hook school shootings could have been saved if the teachers had been armed. That made Morgan incredulous, with the host asking, "You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?"
Morgan added, "You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America."
Morgan made a reference to the petition on Twitter, writing, "Merry Christmas! Even to those who want me deported."