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Piers Morgan accused of being a 'redcoat' in TV interview with man who wants to deport him.

9:40 am - 01/09/2013
When Piers Morgan invited radio host Alex Jones onto his primetime US talk show, he knew there was a chance sparks would fly.

Mr Jones is, after all, the pro-gun advocate who has launched a petition to have the British presenter deported from America over his stance on firearms legislation.

However it is doubtful that even Mr Morgan could have predicted the incredible on-air rant which he would be subjected to.

In an interview which took the debate over gun control in the USA to farcical new lows, Mr Jones, who claims that the US government was involved in the September 11 terror attacks, repeatedly screamed at Mr Morgan and went on several incoherent rants in which he blamed "suicide pills" for gun violence.
The former British newspaper editor later told The Daily Telegraph the interview was: "One of the most alarming interviews I have ever conducted."

During one particularly intense segment Mr Jones labelled his British host a "redcoat" and attacked Mr Morgan's stance on gun control, saying: "Hitler took the guns. Stalin took the guns. Mao took the guns. Fidel Castro took the guns. Hugo Chavez took the guns.

"I'm here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. We will not relinquish them. Do you understand?"
Mr Morgan, who has hosted CNN Tonight for almost two years, has been outspoken over the US's gun laws in the wake of several massacres, most recently the murders of 20 schoolchildren at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

His stance has angered the pro-gun lobby who have petitioned the White House to have the former Daily Mirror editor deported from the country. The petition has attracted more than 60,000 signatures.
On Monday night Mr Morgan invited Mr Jones, the organiser of the petition onto his show for a debate which ultimately descended into a one-sided rant leaving the normally talkative Mr Morgan silent for long periods of time.

At one point Mr Jones suggested the pair have a boxing match and when Mr Morgan asks him about the number of gun murders there were in Britain last year, he responds: "How many chimpanzees can dance on the head of a pin?"

In another particularly bizarre exchange, Mr Jones, who claims to own more than 50 firearms, begins impersonating Mr Morgan's British accent and then quotes from a 2009 Daily Telegraph article which labels the UK the violent crime capital of Europe.

Continuing his attack on the UK, Mr Jones added: "You have got hordes of people burning down cities and beating old women's brains out every day."

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph after the interview, Mr Morgan admitted it was "not easy" keeping calm in the face of such a rant, but added: "I have been accused of not giving the gun rights people a fair hearing and being a bit overbearing and rude to them.

"This time I tried a different tact of being courteous and allowing him to have his say and I realised that he was just going to go off on an extended rant which would speak volumes. I think by the end of it he had become the single best advertisement for gun control."

Mr Jones' rant came as Gabrielle Giffords, he former US congresswoman who survived a gunshot wound to her head during a mass shooting, launched a campaign against gun violence.

In an article for the newspaper USA today, Ms Giffords announced the launch of Americans for Responsible Solutions, an initiative which aims to raise money for gun control Ms Giffords wrote: "In response to a horrific series of shootings... Congress has done something quite extraordinary - nothing at all."

Ms Giffords said that she hopes her initiative will ultimately match the the influence of the gun lobby, particularly the influential National Rifle Association (NRA). She added: "Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources."

Following the Sandy Hook massacre, vice president Joe Biden is leading a task force which will examine the potential for changes in America's gun laws. The NRA has called for armed guards in schools.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9788736/Piers-Morgan-accused-of-being-a-redcoat-in-TV-interview-with-man-who-wants-to-deport-him.html#

OP: Why oh why didn't Piers ask: "So, Alex. What about the shape-shifting, blood-drinking lizard people you think run the world"?
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prehnite 9th-Jan-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
How many chimpanzees can dance on the head of a pin?

soleiltropiques 9th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I saw this interview.

I would say this Alex Jones is crazy, but that would be an insult to my schizophrenic sister. I can say that his grasp of reality is...lacking, shall we say.

shortsweetcynic 9th-Jan-2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Jesus, I hoped this would end up here. I saw it this morning and I'm still completely lost for words.
liret 9th-Jan-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Part of me thinks this guy's commitment to spouting nonsense is hilarious. The other part is genuinely terrified, because his senseless rage is backed by the ability to kill a lot of people.
blackjedii 9th-Jan-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well duh he likes red he's a Gunner. And Gunners carry guns. And by guns I mean musket.

However he is most definitely not Benedict Arnold because there is already a Benedikt Howedes and he's kind of adorable


what was the problem again?
hey_mayonegg 9th-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
This would be hilarious if he didn't have all this rage and all those firearms.
agentsculder 10th-Jan-2013 02:30 am (UTC)
No kidding. It's sad that the best commentary I've seen on gun control came from Jon Stewart last night. He said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "So because a few people are paranoid we might someday have a dystopic future, we can do nothing to limit duns in out current, actual dystopic present."
nitasee 10th-Jan-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Alex Jones in a complete nutbag. He's one of the 9/11 truthers, and will tell anyone who listens that he has a recording of the detonation order for the Twin towers. His website is also now the "one-stop shop" for Sandy Hook truthers. Yes, there are people out there who claim the Sandy Hook massacre never happened and/or was a hoax to make gun control possible. Why am I not surprised they'd show up at Jones' website?

Edited at 2013-01-10 12:21 am (UTC)
beoweasel 10th-Jan-2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I knew the theorists were out there, but holy shit. I just lost a little bit more faith in the American public.
nitasee 10th-Jan-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm going to quote something from my own blog here because I thing it is apt:

I can’t help but point out that Jones believes we need to defend our gun rights because we need to be able to overthrow (violently) the oppressive government that wants to take our way our freedom and make us all slaves. The same corrupt oppressive government that blew up the World Trade Center on 9/11. You follow with me so far? He’s basically saying we need our gun rights so we can violently overthrow our own government, the current government of the United States. So, who is the more traitorous person here? The person who believes in modest gun control or the person who wants total gun freedom so they can overthrow the government?
hinoema 10th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
Get out with your logic.
keeni84 10th-Jan-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
The part where Jones starts mocking Morgan's accent is one of the most unsettling things I've seen on cable news in a while. It's completely bizarre.
keeni84 10th-Jan-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Also, is there any wonder January 19th is the "Gun Appreciation Day"? (Hint: It's also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (and the National Day of Service) AND very close to Obama's inauguration.)
kitanabychoice 10th-Jan-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I wish I could be surprised by that rant.
jwaneeta 10th-Jan-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Piers was wise to just sit there and let the volcano of paranoid hate explode. Nothing he could have said could have been more damning that Jones' own words. America, meet the NRA.
homasse 10th-Jan-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I watched this yesterday and was just horrified - dude was unhinged. I've never seen anyone melt down like that on TV, and my only thought was, "Dear god, and that man has guns."
nitasee 10th-Jan-2013 01:48 am (UTC)
That may be the one good thing about it...watching Alex Jones go off is the best argument for gun control you can have.
shipperx 10th-Jan-2013 02:45 am (UTC)
4o5pastmidnight 10th-Jan-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the interview yet, but I've heard it was just outrageous.
4o5pastmidnight 10th-Jan-2013 03:13 am (UTC)
ultraelectric 10th-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
I've only seen one clip and Piers just sits there, all pleasant like and all I could think was I couldn't sit there, that nice like. I just couldn't. Bravo to Piers for keeping his cool.

Also, from what Piers has tweeted or someone else tweeted, even Glenn Beck is calling this guy crazy... and, that is saying something.
moonshaz 10th-Jan-2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Wow, to get Glenn Beck to call you crazy, you have to be a REALLY special kind of crazy!
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