Piers Morgan: My Guest Was 'Best Argument' for Gun Laws
Alex Jones' rant was 'really quite scary,' he says
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Piers Morgan in a 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – CNN's Piers Morgan thinks gun-rights proponent Alex Jones's memorable appearance on his show last night made a fine case—for his opponents. "He was the best advertisement for gun control you could wish for," Morgan tells Politico, referring to the conservative radio host. "That kind of vitriol, hatred, and zealotry is really quite scary." Jones is the guy who started the White House petition to get Morgan deported because of the CNN host's push for stricter gun laws.

The White House last night promised to respond to the petition because it easily surpassed the threshold of 25,000 signatures, notes the Daily Caller. But "it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy," said spokesman Jay Carney, suggesting Jones better not hold his breath. Jones himself, meanwhile, posted a video after his CNN appearance, telling supporters that "if something happens to us, or we’re killed by crackheads, it was the NYPD or mafia they hired," reports Mediaite. Yeah, that's right: “If you don’t know that (Mayor) Bloomberg is total mafia, you’re on another planet."

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Jan 12, 2013 12:42 AM CST
Piers would find his real calling supporting my deck. I have many of those like him down there - gray and could .
Jan 11, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Piers Morgan set a trap, and Alex Jones walked right into it. Morgan was determined to show "pro-gun" people as raving, maniacal, nitwits, and almost certainly knew, from seeing some of Jones's videos, that Jones was a perfect example. Jones had few intellectual, rational, reasoned arguments to make against Piers Morgan and his fellow "anti-gun" crusaders. Morgan also remained calm, with a slight smirk, as Jones ranted and became increasingly frustrated and irrational. Morgan could well afford to smirk; he knew that Jones was making exactly the kind of nut-case spectacle of himself that he expected Jones to do. Now Morgan says, sanctimoniously, that Jones is the "best argument" for "gun control." The United States has the highest rate of firearms ownership in the world, an average of 88 per 100 people, but the U. S. does not have the worst firearms murder rate; Honduras, El Salvador, and Jamaica do. The U. S. is number 28, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people. Harping on U. S. firearms homicide rates as outstanding and unparalleled is clearly "special pleading" and subversively tendentious. Like all zealots, Piers Morgan and his cohorts rely on concealment and distortion of facts to mislead their supporters. In my own lengthy experience, I have met many people whose ownership of almost any firearm would not bother me in the least, but I have also met a disturbing number of people I would not trust with a penknife.
Jan 11, 2013 5:21 PM CST
Alex brings up serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Morgan can't change the subject fast enough. Suicide leading cause of unnatural death, Morgan doesn't want to hear it. JP Morgan gives 7 figures to the NYPD during occupy, but no need to suspect corruption in NYC.