Conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones came completely unhinged last night in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, but now several in the media are claiming he represents the bulk of gun control advocates.
“I’m here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!” Jones shouted at Morgan. “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?! That’s why you’re going to fail, and the establishment knows, no matter how much propaganda, the republic will rise again!”
The segment made for incredible television entertainment, but there is a reason Morgan even let Jones through the door: Jones is a conspiracy freak and he’s a perfect candidate to interview to “prove” Morgan’s point that limiting Americans from owning firearms will prevent gun violence.
The tactic seems to have worked among some, including Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal and The New York Times’ Brian Stelter:
Morgan prodded Jones to admit to believing 9/11 was an inside job, because as he revealed in a later segment with a Harvard law professor, he wanted to give an example of when people like Jones would find it necessary to revolt against a “tyrannical regime” — a poor example to prove why Americans should be banned from buying semi-automatics. No one revolted then, and no one would revolt in the future based on mere conspiracies and hearsay.
To those who think Alex Jones represents all gun advocates: Jones once claimed the government puts chemicals in our potato chips to make us homosexual. A man on the fringe, Jones is hardly representative of most gun owners.