In England, Piers Morgan joked about shooting rivals, said homeowners who kill burglars should not be prosecuted

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan

From The, by Charles C. Johnson, 01/21/13 – CNN host and outspoken gun-control advocate Piers Morgan once joked about  shooting professional enemies and separately wrote that he was a “rabid fascist” who wanted burglars tortured after a “decent period of cattle-prodding, testicle  electrode treatment, and slow gentle skewering over hot coals.”

Morgan’s comments came in an interview with England’s Daily Mail newspaper.  They concerned his dismissal as editor of the Daily Mirror, a rival British tabloid, after he was fired for publishing fake photos supposedly showing  British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.

Morgan, wrote Daily Mail reporter Frances Hardy, “ruminate[d]  merrily” about things he imagined doing to his professional enemies,  including Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, writer A.A. Gill and editor Ian  Hislop.

“So the real question is, if I had a gun with just two bullets, who would I  shoot?” Morgan said during the May 2006 interview.

“In the end,” wrote Hardy, “he can’t choose between them, so he opts for a  clean shot to take out Hislop and a ricocheting hit to mortally wound both  Clarkson and Gill.”

In 2004 Morgan penned an op-ed for the Evening Standard headlined “I  can’t be liberal on burglars,” in which he said he said a series of home  invasions and robberies at his home made him wish for a gun. Britain, which had  banned all guns, had seen a rash of break-in burglaries, one of which took the  life of financier John Monckton.

If Monckton “had killed one of those burglars while defending himself … then  he would now be facing a jail sentence for manslaughter or even murder,” Morgan  wrote. “No part of my liberalism allows me to deem this fair.”

“I am now so liberal on most things that my army-officer brother likes to  refer to me as a ‘wet, pinko, cheese-eating surrender monkey,’” Morgan wrote. “I’m antiwar, don’t like foxhunting, feel threatened by ID cards, and think  cannabis should be decriminalised.”

“But when it comes to burglars I turn into a rabid fascist. I want them  erased from life, all of them. Preferably after a decent period of  cattle-prodding, testicle electrode treatment, and slow gentle skewering over  hot coals.”

When he bought his first home in London, he explained, “it seemed the most  exciting thing in the world. Then we got burgled three times in six months, and  our lives became consumed by fear and fury.”

The thieves “nick [steal] everything, and always did it in a repulsive manner — trashing the house each time, crapping on the stairs, urinating on the beds.  It wasn’t enough that they wanted out possessions, they wanted us to feel really  violated as well. And we did,” he wrote. “Now we were confident, physically  robust young men. But it really shook us up. Add a bit of violence to the mix  and I think we’d have gone racing back to our mummies.”

Morgan added that he would have no compunction about killing a burglar who  posed a threat to him or his family.

I wouldn’t shoot anyone because, like most people in this country, I’m not  licensed to carry a gun,” he insisted. “But if I woke up to find a thug in  my house at 2am, stealing my hard-earned things, and posing a clear and present  threat to my wellbeing and perhaps that of my children, then I wouldn’t hesitate  to grab the hardest thing I could find and defend myself.”

“And if I killed a burglar in that situation, I would expect the law to be on  my side, not the despicable little toerag defiling my life.”

Morgan applauded Sir John Stevens, then the commissioner of London’s  Metropolitan Police, “for urging the law to better empower householders to  defend themselves properly” because “for an elderly woman living on her own a  burglary, violent or otherwise, must be a liferuining experience.”

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