Piers Morgan may be in an awkward position after a fan of his gun control proposals – Christopher Dorner – went on a shooting spree in Los Angeles, killing a couple and a police officer, and wounding a second police officer. Dorner posted a manifesto on Facebook that included the following statement of support for Morgan:
[G]ive Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws …. If youhad a well regulated AWB [assault weapons ban], this would not happen. The time is now to reinstate a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle?
Shortly after posting this, Dorner went on his shooting spree. Presumably he was happy that Los Angeles has adopted many of Morgan’s gun control proposals, since he has a free field of fire.
Morgan, who has routinely utilized victims of shooting violence to prop up his arguments, seems relatively subdued about the shootings today. In fact, he sounds like a gun rights advocate, blaming “deranged criminality” rather than “politics” for the shooting. Morgan has, of course, blamed the NRA and the supposed “culture of gun violence” in America for other shootings. On this one, he suddenly blames deranged criminality. How convenient.
“Shocking to see how many gun rights tweeters think this shocking LA cop-killer’s manifesto is something to joke about. It’s not,” Morgan tweeted.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the book “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).