Good news! Piers Morgan may deport himself!
A quick followup to Brits on Piers Morgan: “We don’t want him back” . . .
A hat tip to Jeff Dunetz for this:
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.
The stats that Morgan cites in the article are highly misleading.
Yes, there is a high murder rate in the U.S.; however, much of that is inner-city gang and drug related. That is a tragedy and disgusting situation that needs to get solved, but it is highly specific and highly localized. It is not a reflection of American society outside of that specific milieu, and if you remove that component from the statistics, you get a very different picture.
Also, the vast, vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegal guns. How would more gun control stop that?
The answer you might hear from someone like Morgan is that somehow, magically, more guns will disappear from the streets when stricter gun laws are passed. But how is that working out in Morgans’ homeland, Great Britain?
After the 1997 shooting of 16 kids in Dunblane, England, the United Kingdom passed one of the strictest gun-control laws in the world, banning its citizens from owning almost all types of handguns. Britain seemed to get safer by the minute, as 162,000 newly-illegal firearms were forked over to British officials by law-abiding citizens.
But this didn’t decrease the amount of gun-related crime in the U.K. In fact, gun-related crime has nearly doubled in the U.K. since the ban was enacted.
Oops. And it’s not just gun crime that is up in the U.K. since these laws were passed. Home invasions, assaults, and knifings are all up as well. Gun control has done nothing. Arguably, it has made things worse.
People like Piers Morgan start with an emotional assumption and then “reason” backwards from there. I would have more sympathy if they weren’t so wrong, and so arrogant about it.
Don’t let our gun-crazed, blood-soaked door hit you on the way out, Mr. Morgan.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.