White House Rejects Petition to Deport Piers Morgan

piersMorgan_2261090b“When discussing the Second Amendment, keep the First in mind,” is the official position the White House is taking in response an online petition to deport Piers Morgan for attacking the Second Amendment. The petition garnered 109,334 signatures since it went up on December 21.

“President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms,” White House Spokesperson Jay Carney posted this afternoon. “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.”

Official response below:

When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too

By Jay Carney

Thank you for participating in We the People to speak out on an issue that matters to you.

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. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.

We recognize that the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, sparked an intense, and at times emotional, national conversation about the steps we can take as a country to reduce gun violence. In fact, your petition is one of many on the issue, and President Obama personally responded by sharing his viewson this important issue.

Comments

  1. Joe S says:

    Since when has our Republic been a Democracy, as the White House has stated..

    The first Amendment is essential to our REPUBLIC, but certainly not to a democracy. Its ignorance like this, about the fundementals of our nation, that shows how disconnected this President is.

  2. Kevin says:

    Piers Morgan is not covered by the First Amendment. He is not a US citizen. He is a British subject. He has no First Amendment rights.

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