The long national wait is over! The White House has finally seen fit to address the popular petition to deport Piers Morgan over his asinine remarks on the Second Amendment:

Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. 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.

We’re glad the White House is standing up for Piers Morgan’s First Amendment rights. We just wish we could be confident it would stand up for Second Amendment rights, too.