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WHEN YOU have your own show you get your own platform. Sticking your neck out and speaking your mind against the horde is one of the most American of traits. It’s just very few people are willing to do it and incur the wrath of the wingnuts, as well as take the economic hit that can come along with it.

Piers Morgan is incurring the wrath from gun nuts, and this gun owning family applauds him for his efforts!

A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for “exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.” The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures. [Associated Press]

Only 31,000 signatures? How embarrassing for the wingnut gun brigade.

…and of course it’s from a person in Texas, the state with the legacy of the John F. Kennedy assassination. The same state who has a petition to secede and start its own independent nation!

Today, the Associated Press also reports four firemen were shot and two killed while responding to a fire in Webster, New York.

With this, as well as Sandy Hook and the legacy of Virginia Tech and so many other firearm massacres in our country, Piers Morgan not only has every right, but also has the evidence to make a good case against America’s crazy gun nuts, who are proving just how paralyzed our country is and how incapable our politicians are of protecting citizens here at home.

Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Obviously across the country there are regional differences. There are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible — they buy their guns legally and they use them safely, whether for hunting or sport shooting, collection or protection.

But you know what, I am also betting that the majority — the vast majority — of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war. I’m willing to bet that they don’t think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas — that an unbalanced man shouldn’t be able to get his hands on a military-style assault rifle so easily; that in this age of technology, we should be able to check someone’s criminal records before he or she can check out at a gun show; that if we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown — or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day.