In an article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, CNN host Piers Morgan writes that he may deport himself from the U.S. if the country won’t change its "crazy gun laws."
Morgan wrote about his reaction to a petition created on a White House website that demands his deportation for "attacking the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution."
As previously reported, the petition was started after Morgan interviewed Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt and called him "an unbelievably stupid man."
"The concerted effort to get me thrown out of the country — which has so far gathered more than 90,000 signatures — struck me as rather ironic, given that by expressing my opinion I was merely exercising my rights, as a legal US resident, under the 1st Amendment, which protects free speech," Morgan writes in The Daily Mail.
"My argument with guns is not based on some universal, pathological hatred of them. I’m not a pacifist. Guns win necessary wars and defeat tyrannical regimes like the Nazis," he wrote.
He added: "But where I have a big problem is when the unfortunately ambiguous wording of the 2nd Amendment is twisted to mean that anyone in America can have any firearm they want, however powerful, and in whatever quantity they want."
As for the movement to deport him, Morgan wrote: "I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.
"Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first — and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time — seriously consider deporting myself."