Piers Morgan, the man American gun owners love to hate, has taken another ratings pounding according to a story posted today on Deadline.com, and this comes barely 48 hours after the bombastic Brit got an on-air tongue-lashing about his gun control extremism from Nancy Grace, which may be seen here.
Best part about it was that Grace ripped Morgan on his own program, the Newsmax.com story noted.
The ratings revelation may rekindle suggestions from firearms rights advocates like Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, who last year said Morgan ought to pack his bags and go home by the shortest route possible, to return to the United Kingdom.
Morgan has become famous, or perhaps infamous, for his zealous gun control advocacy. He has crossed verbal swords with Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America. The other night in a discussion with Grace, as reported by The Wrap, Morgan expressed his disdain for the alleged “easy access to guns” in remarks about the conviction of Florida resident Richard Dunn in a shooting that took the life of a 17-year-old last year.
According to The Wrap’s transcript, Morgan observed, “If Dunn and (George) Zimmerman had not been carrying guns, then these two young boys who were unarmed as it turned out, regardless of any fear that may be felt by the people shooting the guns, they would be alive, right? So there’s a gun accessibility of people…”
That raised Grace’s dander, who fired back, “Oh, are you back on gun control again?”
Then, adding insult to injury, Grace observed, “If it weren’t for the British, we wouldn’t even have to have protections to carry guns. It was the British way back when we founded America who were running through all of our homes, trying to take our stuff! So we’re protected under the constitution! So it’s not really right for a Brit to jump up and start talking to us about gun control.”
The exchange occurred as Morgan and Grace were discussing Zimmerman’s remarks about being a victim that aired on another CNN program. With the two were CNN commentator Ben Ferguson and civil rights advocate Van Jones.
According to Deadline.com, Morgan’s ratings “took another dive for CNN.” His evening program apparently pulled in the second-lowest numbers ever among the 25-43 demographic. Out of an audience reportedly numbering 270,000 viewers, only 50,000 from that important age group were watching Morgan. Meanwhile, Megyn Kelly’s rival Fox News program, The Kelly File, was pulling in a reported 354,000 viewers in the 25-43 demographic, and more than two million viewers overall, the on-line report said.
Last year, on the eve of the 238th anniversary of the April 19, 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that ignited the American Revolution, Gottlieb suggested that Morgan “pack his bags.” This was in reaction to the CNN host’s earlier sneering threat to “deport himself” if the United States didn’t change its gun laws.
Gottlieb’s reaction was real western: “There are flights leaving daily.”
Comments to Morgan’s program may be made here. Perhaps people will simply log in and provide flight schedule information.