05/09/2013 09:46 am ET

Piers Morgan Awarded For Gun Control Advocacy At Brady Center

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Piers Morgan was honored for his tough calls for gun control at the Brady Center on Tuesday.

Morgan has become an outspoken supporter of gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. He received the Sarah Brady Visionary Award, The Hollywood Reporter, in recognition of his staunch position on the issue. The Brady Center's mission is to prevent gun violence.

When asked about the Senate's failure to pass expanded background checks for gun purchases, Morgan said that it was business as usual in the nation's capital.

"The NRA did their normal thing," he told THR. "They bullied and traduced people in Washington and threatened them. They said 'if you vote for these gun control laws, we’re going to drive you out of power,' and guess what? Enough cowardly Democrats in particular said 'OK. You're right, I’ll keep my mouth shut.'”

Morgan has gone head-to-head with supporters of gun rights — including Alex Jones, Dana Loesch and Larry Pratt — on his CNN show. His views irked gun control opponents so much that a White House petition to deport Morgan netted over 25,000 signatures. Morgan responded to the petition with a column saying that he would consider deporting himself if the United States does not reform gun laws, citing his young daughter as the reason.



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