British citizen and CNN personality Piers Morgan has now stepped up his attacks on the 2nd Amendment by calling for actual confiscation of certain types of guns. In a lengthy Op Ed in the UK’s Daily Mail he writes:
Obama should follow up by launching a Government buy-back for all existing assault weapons in circulation (as worked successfully in Los Angeles last week). I would go further, confiscating the rest and enforcing tough prison sentences on those who still insist on keeping one.
Either you ban these assault weapons completely, and really mean it, or you don’t.
Then he goes on to cherry pick some data from a recent Gallup poll when he writes:
I genuinely think Sandy Hook will act as a tipping point. A Gallup poll released on Thursday showed that 58 per cent of Americans now support new gun-control laws, up from 43 per cent in 2011. That’s a big jump.
Interestingly, if you read the actual report from Gallup, which was conducted after the Sandy Hook shooting, you will discover that:
Nevertheless, Americans’ views on the sale of assault rifles are unchanged. The slight majority, 51%, remain opposed to making it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles.
Think about the above, and then think about Piers’ call to “confiscate” these weapons. Now here’s some more from Gallup:
Despite Americans’ willingness to strengthen gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook and other deadly mass shootings, Gallup finds public opposition to a broad ban on the possession of handguns at a record-high 74%. Conversely, the 24% in favor is the lowest recorded since Gallup first asked the question in 1959.
Finally, he concludes by stating that unless America changes its gun laws, he may “deport himself.” If there was ever a compelling reason not to change gun control laws, this would be it. He is the definition of what I can a Gun Control Hypocrite. After all, how many Op Eds has he written on all the children killed overseas in drone strikes? The petition to deport Piers is now at over 92,000 signatures and it still has three weeks left. You can sign it here if you want. To be clear, I do not support deporting anyone for their speech, but I do think the petition is a powerful statement.
Full Piers Op Ed here.