Alex Jones, a Texas gun rights advocate who got more than 100,000 people to agree that CNN host Piers Morgan should be deported finally got a chance to confront his nemesis and debate the British commentator on his views about stricter gun control in the U.S.
Alex Jones, a radio host
from Dallas who started a petition on a White House website to send Morgan packing, was on the British journalist's TV show on Monday and called him a "hatchet man of the new world order" and argued that stricter gun control would make America a far less safe place.
"The Second Amendment isn't there for duck hunting. It's here to protect us from thugs," Jones said during a tirade that lasted more than 12 minutes.
Morgan could barely get a word in during the rant, as Jones warned that "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms."
Morgan has repeatedly used a comparison of gun deaths in Britain and the U.S. to make his argument. When he asked Jones how many gun murders there were in Britain, repeatedly, Jones dodged the question, giving a series of other explanations for mass shootings, such as Prozac causing people to act violently and the media for glorifying shooters.
Jones finally answered that there were more than 11,000 gun-related murders in the United States last year. When Morgan asked Jones how many there were in England, Jones again avoided the question.
Morgan said there were 35 gun-related murders in England last year.
"Do you understand the difference between 35 and 11,000?" Morgan said.
"You're not going to pull on America’s heart strings. They know your script," Jones countered.
Morgan said he was trying to be civil and have a debate, saying "Alex" repeatedly as Jones spoke over him. Every time Morgan tried to present his side, Jones said Morgan was focusing on "factoids" rather than the bigger picture.
The fact that more than 100,000 Americans signed Morgan's petition to deport him — and there’s another petition that has more than 14,000 — speaks volumes how quick citizens are to defend the Second Amendment.
Another petition to keep Morgan in the U.S.
has only a little more than 9,000 signatures. That petition says "No one in the UK wants him back" and "It will be hilarious to see how loads of angry Americans react."
The debate between Jones and Morgan comes after Morgan lambasted pro-gun guests on his show days after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Morgan called one of his guests, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners for America, an "idiot," "dangerous" and an "unbelievably stupid man" when Pratt argued that more guns were needed to combat crime in the United States.
Viewers took to Twitter to express outrage toward Morgan, who defended himself via Twitter.
Since then, Morgan said he wanted to have a civilized debate with Jones.
Morgan later said that Jones "perfectly exemplifies the problem," claiming there's no reasoning with fervent gun advocates.
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