Piers Morgan as King George III

February 23rd, 2014

You may have heard by now that CNN is booting Piers Morgan from his show. The Times has a lengthy breakdown of his dismissal, but it focuses in part on how Morgan, a Brit, was out of place focusing on guns.

Mr. Morgan’s approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.

He regrets none of it, but clearly understands his scolding of “stupid” opponents of gun laws was not everyone’s cup of tea.

“I’m in danger of being the guy down at the end of the bar who is always going on about the same thing,” he said. He added that he was sure there were plenty of people in the heartland angry “about this British guy telling them how to lead their lives and what they should do with their guns.”

I wonder if the fact that a Brit was telling Americans to give up their guns made it even worse. Is our cultural heritage, and opposition to British disarmament that strong? Or is Morgan really that obnoxious?

I don’t watch any cable news, so his absence will not be missed.