I guess being insulated in the LSM world, Piers didn’t realize how most Americans felt about him. And, he says he’s going to go home and cry. He’s written an article threatening just that! Well, Piers, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
The article is a display of a unique ignorance of Americans and what makes us tick. It’s strange that a man living here wouldn’t take the time to figure this out.
He starts by talking about guns and then turns to the Sandy Hook shooting and the one in Dunblane. He writes about his anger towards these events. But then, he talks about what makes him even more angry….. “rage” he calls it.
But my anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America.
Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, rocketed at gun stores all over America in the days following the Sandy Hook shooting. And the country’s biggest gun supplier, Brownells, said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years. What is behind this apparently insane behaviour? The answer is, mainly, fear.
Okay, the massacre of children makes him angry. People buying weapons sends him into a blind rage? That’s beautiful leftist form and indicative of their backwards thinking. Then as a true leftist would do, he lies in an attempt to smear the people he disagrees with….
The well-organised, richly funded, vociferous pro-gun lobby were straight out, on my CNN show and many other media outlets, declaring that the only way those schoolchildren would have survived is if their teachers had been armed. It’s been their answer to every mass shooting.
So, the pro-gun lobby books their own appearances on CNN and the other media outlets? Piers, you asked them on your show, as did all the other media outlets. You wanted them on so you could give them a piece of your mind and score points for the gun control lobby. He then moves to display his lack of understanding by conflating other social difficulties with guns.
The gun-lobby logic dictates that the only way to defend against gun criminals is for everyone else to have a gun, too. Teachers, nurses, clergymen, shop assistants, cinema usherettes – everyone must be armed.
To me, this is a warped, twisted logic that bears no statistical analysis and makes no sense. Do you fight drug addiction with more cocaine? Alcoholism with more Jack Daniel’s? Of course not.
Well, alcoholism and drug addiction are more social ills, but their function is entirely different than that of gun violence. The only way gun violence could parallel with these is if people became addicting to shooting weapons and kept killing themselves with them. That, of course, isn’t the issue Morgan is so upset about. That isn’t even a good strawman. He then makes a curious statement…..
But woe betide anyone who dares suggest this. In the days following Sandy Hook, I interviewed a number of gun-rights representatives and grew increasingly furious as they trotted out these hackneyed old disingenuous lines.
Disingenuous? No one could really be that stupid, could they? I don’t expect all people to agree with people such as myself. We advocate, and assert that the US is a safer place when the citizenry is armed. The numbers bear this out. We also note that in places where gun control is the strictest, gun violence is the worst. We can disagree, but, to characterize this a disingenuous is simply an act of deception itself. I believe these things, as does any other pro-gun advocate. There is no deception on our part. There’s no reason for deception. Morgan then recounts his horrid treatment of one of his guests. A person he and CNN invited on his show.
Finally, I erupted at one of them, a man with the unfortunate name of Larry Pratt, who runs the Gun Owners of America lobbying group.
‘You,’ I eventually declared, ‘are an unbelievably stupid man.’ And that was the catalyst for the full wrath of the gun lobby to crash down on my British head.
He talks about the petition and the soon to be over 100,000 signature to deport this imbecile. How did he think Americans would react? He retells some old history but doesn’t understand how it applies.
This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America – and I’m just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I’m British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget – Special Relationship notwithstanding.
It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on their freedom. The problem is that America’s historical love of guns means the country is now awash with them – and with gun death.
It’s true. Americans consider our cousins in Britannia in a strange and unique light. And, our relationship with guns was cemented by our War of Independence. But, our reaction to Piers isn’t because he’s British. It is because he’s a foreigner who has decided to come to the US and point out what he sees is wrong with the American people. It’s strange, but Americans are rarely receptive to such correction. I wouldn’t imagine people of most nations would be, either. However, in America, it touches a special nerve we all have. I could write volumes about this. Want to make me cringe? Start a sentence with “You Americans..“. I can’t help it. It’s a knee-jerk, automatic response. It’s inherent to nearly all Americans. Then to have a Brit include
suggesting insist that we give up our means of self-defense and then insult one of us on air, on an American show? I’m surprised he’s not physically bruised already.
Morgan then turns to a oft used bit of misinformation.
The US firearm murder rate is 19.5 times higher than the 22 next most populous, high-income countries in the world. And a staggering 80 per cent of firearm deaths in the combined 23 countries occur in America.
Ohh… yes, the US firearm murder rate. And Piers has the audacity to speak of being disingenuous? Is it worse to die by firearms or to be rolled up in some tires and lit on fire? While our murder rate is far too high, we’re not nearly as bad as what Morgan tries to portray us as. But, then, most of us don’t favor safety over liberty.
Morgan continues his tedium, misinformation, and display of ignorance, of which I won’t bore the reader any further. But, he finishes with 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.
Well, it’s too much to hope for to believe he’s honestly threatening to leave the country. He’s not going to go anywhere. Where else would he get paid enormous amounts of money to talk to an entire nation in such a condescending manner? Certainly not the UK, they’ve already sent him packing. Maybe Australia? But, I doubt there’s room for him there, they already have plenty of foreigners telling them what they’re doing wrong. OTOH, they do actually elect them so maybe……