Writing a Sunday opinion piece in The Daily Mail, CNN host Piers Morgan took on his critics and hammered home his message about gun control using logic, statistics, and fact.
He also spoke to those who have written online petitions to get him deported over his pro-gun control statements.
Among the statements made in Morgan’s lengthy piece, are some common sense ones:
This [America’s love of guns and the belief that the Second Amendment means anyone can have as many guns as they want — including guns that should be used only in wartime] has led to the absurd scenario where I can’t legally buy six packets of Sudafed in an American supermarket, or a chocolate Kinder egg, or various French cheeses, because they are all deemed a health risk.
Yet I can saunter into Walmart — America’s version of Tesco — and help myself to an armful of AR-15 assault rifles and magazines that can carry up to 100 bullets at a time.
That weapon has now been used in the last four mass shootings in America – at the Aurora cinema, a shopping mall in Oregon, Sandy Hook school, and the most recent, a dreadful attack on firemen in New York.
The AR-15 looks and behaves like a military weapon and should be confined to the military and police force. No member of the public has any need for a death machine that can fire up to six rounds a second when modified and can clear a 100-bullet magazine (as used in Aurora) within a minute.
The only apparent reason anyone seems to offer up is that using such weapons is “fun.” One gun-rights guy I interviewed last week even said admiringly that the AR-15 was “the Ferrari of guns.”
He also alluded to the his on-air statement that brought the wrath of petition writers down on his head, despite the fact that — as a legal resident of the U.S. — he was exercising his First Amendment rights:
In the days following Sandy Hook, I interviewed a number of gun-rights representatives and grew increasingly furious as they trotted out these hackneyed old disingenuous lines.
Finally, I erupted at one of them, a man with the unfortunate name of Larry Pratt, who runs the Gun Owners of America lobbying group.
“You,” I eventually declared, “are an unbelievably stupid man.”
And that was the catalyst for the full wrath of the gun lobby to crash down on my British head.
Pratt was possibly not stupid. Instead, Pratt may simply have been well-paid. The goal of the NRA and other gun lobbies are to advance gun sales.
Morgan added something always ignored by both gun owners and gun lobbies, which is to say, statistics:
The “more guns, less crime” argument is utter nonsense. Britain, after Dunblane, introduced some of the toughest gun laws in Europe, and we average just 35 gun murders a year.
Japan, which has the toughest gun control in the world, had just TWO in 2006 and averages fewer than 20 a year. In Australia, they’ve not had a mass shooting since stringent new laws were brought in after 35 people were murdered in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. Fewer guns equals less gun murder. This is not a “pinko liberal” hypothesis. It’s a simple fact.
Finally, he addressed his views as a father and as someone appalled at the fact that after all the mass shootings America has had (Columbine, Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Newtown, etc.), gun control remains a four-letter word. Generally, it’s something — as Morgan says — that hangs around for about a week or so after a mass shooting, then disappears. He said:
In conclusion, 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.