Responding to news that the National Rifle Association wants Congress to make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines, Piers Morgan said in a tweet Friday the pro-Second Amendment group is made up of "assassins." Morgan also claimed the NRA is working with gun makers to arm every U.S. citizen.
"Who will stop these assassins?" he asked. Morgan, however, wasn't finished and promoted his conspiracy theory in another tweet, demanding the group be stopped.
"The @NRA is now in paid collusion with gun manufacturers to arm every single American," he added, providing no proof of his assertion. "Somebody, surely, has to stand up and stop them?"
"Assasins? Thats a little far out there sir. Your country needs a 2nd amendment. Dont (sic) fear firearms Piers," one person said in response.
"How is it even *remotely acceptable* to call people who support the Second Amendment 'assassins,'" another person asked.
One person called Morgan "wildly ignorant," while another asked if the founders were also assassins. Yet another Twitter user asked Morgan what he was smoking.
The Associated Press said the NRA, which opened its annual meeting in Indianapolis on Friday, wants Congress to pass laws requiring concealed weapons permits be recognized everywhere, even in jurisdictions where local laws may differ. According to advocates, the measure would ensure travelers would not unwittingly violate local laws.
"Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are," said attorney Guy Relford. Relford, the AP added, has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that prohibits local gun regulation.
Gun control supporters, however, say the proposal would let lenient gun regulations trump stricter ones when permit holders cross state lines. Brian Malte, senior national policy director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called the proposal a "race to the bottom."
Morgan, a rabidly anti-gun talk show host who recently lost his program at CNN, has long advocated doing away with the Second Amendment. In his zeal to see the right to keep and bear arms taken away from law-abiding Americans, he has trashed anyone who supports the Second Amendment, going so far as to call the Supreme Court "dangerous."
Now, in his view, the five million members of the NRA are assassins. One Twitter user informed Morgan that so far, the NRA has not killed a single person since coming to town.