We all remember that crazy petition started by Piers Morgan’s guest Alex Jones to deport Piers Morgan for speaking out about gun control. Guess what? The White House responded, and Piers Morgan will not be going anywhere.
The thing is, he didn’t do anything wrong (not that the sane people of our population didn’t already know that). While the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech and freedom of the press. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to this insane petition:
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.
Carney also went on to quote some of President Obama’s own views on gun control in the full response (linked below).
Now, Mr. Jones, just what the hell were you thinking here? You think you can get on this man’s program and rant and rave to your heart’s content – in other words, exercise your right to free speech, guaranteed to all in this country by the First Amendment – without consequence, but Piers Morgan would be kicked out of the country for doing the same thing? It doesn’t work that way.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and you need to learn that little lesson from the dismissal of your ridiculous demands by the top dogs at the White House themselves. The Second Amendment is not more important than the First, and people who disagree with you have First Amendment rights, too. Get over yourself and take some Thorazine before all that anger gives you a stroke.
Read the White House’s entire response here.