|Piers Morgan (John Shearer/WireImage)|
I have never been much of a fan of Piers Morgan, the CNN host who comes from a British tabloid tradition, but I am now.
Morgan, reflecting the incredulity of non-Americans worldwide, has spoke out forthrightly and clearly on the madness of the lack of gun control laws in America.
Other commentators, afraid perhaps of the mighty muscle of the NRA, have hedged or pulled their punches on this issue even after the massacre of the innocents in Newtown.
Not Morgan, who is outspoken to begin with, and now he is being targeted by NRA members who want him deported.
They have gathered about 60,000 signatures for their petition, which states: “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
Morgan’s crime was to make statements like this: "Why on Earth would you want more guns in schools after what's happened today?"
He has called the argument for more guns stupid, "This is exactly the argument that I have been hearing ever since I joined CNN," he noted. "The argument I keep hearing is 'well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn't happen.' It's a load of total hogwash!"
Sometimes it takes an outsider to tell the truth in any society and Morgan is clearly doing this here.
Over Christmas a madman shot two firemen dead in upstate New York, a man who had already murdered and yet was able to easily obtain weapons.
When will the madness stop?
As long as hosts like Piers Morgan speak out there is a possibility. But if Americans want to act like ostriches on the gun issue we can only hope there is not another savage school shooting in our near future.
I wouldn’t bet on it unfortunately.