Gun control controversy may lose presenter his US visa

Published:  25 Dec at 6 PM
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Popular CNN presenter Piers Morgan may risk losing his US work visa due to his uncompromising stance on gun control after the Sandy Hook School massacre of 20 children and six adults. Over 50,000 infuriated US citizens have signed a petition urging the US government to revoke CNN interviewer and UK citizen Piers Morgan’s visa due to his condemnation of the president of the Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt.

During an interview with Pratt, Morgan found it difficult to conceal his anger and incredulity when Pratt suggested that more guns were the only way to stop the trend of mass murders by mentally-disturbed gun owners. Morgan’s grief-stricken outburst sparked a petition to the US government by a Texas resident which urged the presenter’s immediate deportation for attacking the controversial Second Amendment of the US Constitution, which gives the right to bear arms.

The 25,000 signature threshold which guarantees a response from the White House was soon exceeded, and is expected to rise higher than its present figure of around 50,000.Signatories to the petition clearly believe that Morgan’s to-the-point comments attacked the American people and their constitution, but the man himself seemed unfazed by the threat of deportation, insisting that he supports only attempts to outlaw military assault weapons in order to prevent more carnage.

A prominent US immigration lawyer, Mark Schifanelli, believes Morgan’s deportation would have to be sparked by more than his spoken opinion. According to Schifanelli, even as a foreign national he would need to do far more to be forced to leave the country. His alleged attack on the US Constitution would be likely protected by the First Amendment’s commitment to free speech, and his comments would need to present immediate danger to the country to be considered as breaking the law.
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