Prior to last night, I’d never heard the name Alex Jones, although I knew of his petition on the White House website asking that British commentator Piers Morgan be deported from the United States. Morgan, who for some inexplicable reason was given his own primetime show on CNN, has made some strong statements about the need for more gun control in the US, and Jones took offense. With nothing better on at the time, I decided to watch Morgan’s show last night, thinking it would be interesting to see a serious, well-reasoned, thoughtful gun advocate cut down an arrogant, pompous Brit who is not even a proper journalist (he worked for tabloids and was involved in the Daily Mirror hacking scandal in the UK).
As it turned out, I had it completely backwards. Morgan introduced Jones and after that could hardly get a word in. Jones started ranting — not discussing, not listening, not answering questions — and within a very few minutes I actually began to fear for Morgan’s safety. Jones raved about guns, banks, 9/11, Prozac, foreign governments, Hitler, sharks, and the media, at one point even mocking Morgan’s accent. Erratic, disjointed thinking. Highly agitated. Paranoid. The idea that someone like him has a virtual arsenal at home (more than 50 guns) was deeply disturbing. The idea that there are thousands of people across the country just like him — bone chilling.
Jones exemplifies why we need more gun control, better background checks, and checks for emotional/mental stability.
I’ve never liked nor respected Piers Morgan, but I have to give him credit for knowing all he had to do to make his case was put Jones on the air.