Piers Morgan has attracted plenty of criticism for his strong anti-gun stance in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, but while the Englishman seems to be able to keep most of his American gun advocacy guests under relative ‘control’ by talking over them and , he ended up on the receiving end of a full-blown rant by a leading gun advocate.
While producers for CNN talkshow Piers Morgan Tonight will have known what they were getting into (ideally headlines and ratings) when they invited a man leading the ‘Deport Piers Morgan’ White House petition onto the show as a guest on Monday (7 January), they may not have been prepared for the extent to which Alex Jones got mad.
While he appeared just about reserved enough to not flip a table if there was one on offer, Jones (host of Austin-based radio series The Alex Jones Show) ensured that Piers got little word in on the debate, quickly taking on a ‘confrontational tone’ with the journalist.
The petition may have received over 100,000 signatures so far (with the White House promising to review the suggestion as a result of its popularity), though judging by most of the reaction to Jones’ appearance on the show so far, the general view seems to be that while a few valid points were made in his loud ramblings, most of it was drowned out by a speech that many people would picture belonging to an over-the-top caricature of ‘American patriot’.
While starting relatively calmly, Jones explodes into a rant when he mentions political regimes of the past that banned guns, stating : “The guns, the iron rods Piers, didn’t do it. The tyrants did it. Hitler took the guns. Stalin took the guns. Mao took the gun. Fidel Castro took the guns. Hugo Chavez took the guns. And I’m here to tell you 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! It dosn’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? That’s why you’re going to fail and that’s why the establishment knows, no matter how much propaganda, the republic will rise again!”
Questions asked by Morgan only appeared to make Jones angrier, with the bizarre interview including Jones challenging his host to a boxing match, calling 9/11 a conspiracy, blaming violent video games, branding the Englishman a ‘redcoat foreigner’ and a ‘hatchet man of the New World Order’, and by the end (putting on a mimicking ‘British’ accent) announcing that he owns over 50 guns in his house to ‘protect his family’.
Morgan, who has earned plenty of praise for keeping calm in the face of the tirade, summarised the experience by tweeting: “Comforting that @RealAlexJones personally owns 50 firearms, isn’t it…..”
The next day saw the aftermath begin, with Jones noting on his experience in New York City: “I give myself about an ‘A’. The consensus is in. I would say 95% of people thought I just told it like it was, slammed him in the face….I’m proud of the job I did. Obviously I know he’s not going to be deported. I wanted to point out that we can culturally deport him. He’s already been culturally deported from England. They [CNN] knew live on air I would run over them.”
He also took a jab at CNN’s headquarters and implied a conspiracy theory surrounding its talkshow host: “When I was at CNN a decade ago, it was glistening. [Now] it looks like Hitler’s bunker….torn-up carpet, feces all over the wall and on the floor in the bathroom. It’s rotting. Folks, I’ve been in those exact rooms. It literally looked like a gas station bathroom in the worst part of town. It was rotting and those people were in hell. It’s a skeleton of what it was, it’s a globalist operation and they’re nothing. [I didn't wear a jacket because] I don’t respect that show. Let me tell you something, folks: New York City is a giant tomb. They knew where we were. They were obviously tracking us by our cell phones. It was all just pure intimidation out of a movie.”
Piers’ reaction was a little less sensationalist, again pointing at Jones as a reason for American citizens not to have legal access certain types of guns: “I can’t think of a better advertisement for gun control than Alex Jones’ interview last night. It was startling, it was terrifying in parts. It was completely deluded. It was based on a premise of making Americans so fearful that they all rush out to buy even more guns. I think silence was the best weapon against him because he just dug himself an ever bigger hole. [He] spouts dangerous nonsense.”
The full interview can be seen below, along with Jones’ personally-recorded reaction hours after. The debate on gun control will roll on whatever the outcome (though an important point may be that eliminating the USA’s ‘Second Amendment’ in such a manner directly conflicts with the ‘First Amendment’), but it is clear that Alex Jones will be a viral name for a long time to come because of his TV appearance this week…