The Washington Times - January 9, 2013, 04:56PM

“President Obama has officially decided I am NOT being deported.”

So tweets CNN host Piers Morgan, who was the centerpiece of a public White House petition calling for the British subject’s deportation. The petition, signed by more than 100,000 respondents vexed by Mr. Morgan’s continued opposition to gun rights, suggested he was out to “undermine” the Bill of Rights.

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Indeed, the White House responded to the petition Wednesday afternoon, living up to its promise to react should a given petition garner 25,000 signatures within a month’s time.

“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney in the official response.

“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.”