After amassing more than 25,000 signatures on the White House's petition site, a movement to deport British CNN anchor Piers Morgan for gun control comments received an official response from Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Carney urged the petitioners not to forget about the amendment that comes before the right to bear arms.
Let's not let arguments over the Constitution's Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press -- fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment -- or any other matter of public concern.