If you didn’t catch Piers Morgan on CNN yesterday, you missed quite a fracas between the newsman and pro-gun advocate Alex Jones. (Fortunately, YouTube saves the day with this delightful replay.)
See, back in December, when Morgan dared to voice his support for gun control following the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children between the ages of five and six, some gun rights advocates were less than happy with Morgan’s freedom of expression. Since outright calling for his assassination would be considered poor form, they did the next best thing: they petitioned the White House to deport the CNN television host “immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
At the time of this writing, the petition proved that there are so far over 106,000 people in America who are just as irrationally crackbrained and delusional as libertarian nut job radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, creator of the petition.
Alex Jones, described by Rolling Stone as “the most paranoid man in America” was also the executive producer of films accusing the U.S. government of being behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, titled Loose Change. Know who was a fan of Loose Change? The same guy who shot House Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head and additionally killed six people – including a nine-year-old girl, while wounding several others. According to NPR, Alex Jones’ Loose Change was among the shooter’s favorite movies.
But Alex Jones doesn’t seem too concerned with the risk that his rancorous vitriol may be fueling paranoid delusions and murderous tendencies in his listeners (or website followers). Mr. Jones is far more absorbed with Morgan’s potentially strengthening the growing American conviction that assault weapons are harming the country than with their involvement in the multiple killings of innocent U.S. citizens.
After Jones began convincing his minions to sign the petition to banish Morgan, he was invited onto Morgan’s show for a confrontation. Pier began the interview by asking why Jones wanted to deport him.
“We did it as a way to bring attention to the fact that we have all of these foreigners and the Russian government, the official Chinese government –Mao said political power goes out of the barrel of a gun, he killed about 80 million people because he’s the only guy who had the guns—so we did it to point out that this is globalism, and the mega banks that control the planet and brag they have taken over—in Bloomberg, AP, Reuters, you name it, brag that they’re going to get our guns as well.”
Ah, so Jones’ paranoia doesn’t extend just to the U.S. government anymore. Now it’s the entire world out to get him…by convincing Americans that unlimited access to assault weaponry is as dangerous and bad for the country as it appears to be.
Jones launches into a two-and-a-half-minute tirade during which he almost never pauses for breath, getting more frenzied and manic, wildly gesticulating as he tries to argue his case for unlimited gun access, featuring the roar:
“1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! Doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out there on the street, begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not relinquish them! Do you understand?!”
The interview devolved into an all-out verbal brawl, including such Jones gems that antidepressants such as Prozac were “suicide mass murder pills;” that the citizens of English are fleeing because it’s become “a police state;” that Pier Morgan was a “hatchet man of the New World Order….” It was an exchange that stopped short of exchanging blows (though Jones did mention that he wanted Piers to invite him back “with a boxing ring” so he could “wear red, white, and blue,” while Morgan wears his “Jolly Roger” (i.e., pirate flag). When Morgan asked him if he knew how many gun murders there were in England last year, Jones shot back with the witty response
“How many chimpanzees can dance on the head of a pin?”
Whew! After seven minutes of listening to the grating rants of Alex Jones, you’re going to need a break. But be sure to watch Part 2 of the interview. (I won’t spoil it, but I promise – there are even more Jones gems to shake your head sadly at.)