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OTRC: 'Deport Piers Morgan' petition gets 52K+ signatures, CNN host fires back

Talk show host Piers Morgan utilized his Twitter account to express his appreciation for the late Dick Clark. 'RIP #DickClark - has anyone had more impact on music & television in last 60yrs? Amazing man, remarkable career. #ForNowDickClarkSoLong' (Pictured: Piers Morgan appears in an undated photo from his official Twitter page.) (Twitter.com/PiersMorgan)

Piers Morgan, the CNN talk show host who is often outspoken on Twitter and is usually direct when interviewing celebrities on his talk show "Piers Morgan Tonight," recently took to his Twitter account to defend his views on gun control to his 3 million followers.

Morgan, who has been outspoken in his views on gun control following the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy, utilized the social media outlet to respond to a White House petition that was started that states that the British citizen should be deported for "attacking the second amendment."

"I don't care about petition to deport me. I do care about poor NY firefighters murdered/injured with an assault weapon today. #GunControlNow," he Tweeted on December 24.

"Americans murdered with assault weapons in movie theaters, temples, schools, shopping malls - now, as they put out fires. Where does it end?" he Tweeted shortly after.

Lastly, the outspoken personality Tweeted, "Come on America, ENOUGH: Ban assault weapons & high-capacity magazines, and enforce background checks on 100% of gun sales. Do it now." he Tweeted.

The petition, which was started on December 21, needed to reach its goal of 25,000 signatures by Jan. 20, 2013 in order to receive a response - it has reached over 50,000 in only three days.

The description for the petition reads as follows:

"British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment," the petition description reads. "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."

Americans have the right to use petitions on the website to organize around issues they are passionate about, according to The White House's website. All that is required to participate is an account with whitehouse.gov.

The 47-year-old television host is known for being outspoken, calling gun advocate Larry Pratt "an unbelievable stupid man" in a December 18 interview (watch video).

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