The "interview" was mostly a haranguing tirade in which Jones, already well known for his conspiracy theories that the US government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ran the gamut of the familiar conspiracy theory-related arguments current in the extreme pro-gun right-wing, from UN-Illuminati sponsored new world order theories and megabanks controlling the planet plotting to "take away our guns," to arguments that compare Obama with the most extreme of 20th century dictators such as Chairman Mao, Hilter, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin, all of whom allegedly killed millions of citizens after confiscating their guns.
Real Clear Politics
provides a transcript of Alex Jones haranguing Morgan:
"We did it [the petition] as a way to bring attention to the fact that we have all of these foreigners, and the Russian government, the official Chinese government -- Mao said political power goes out of the barrel of a gun, he killed about 80 million people because he's the only guy who had the guns -- so we did it to point out that this is globalism, and the mega banks that control the planet and brag they have taken over -- in Bloomberg, AP, Reuters, you name it -- brag that they're going to get our guns as well. They've taken everybody's guns, but the Swiss and the American people and when they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny while the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armored vehicles, tanks, helicopters, predator drones, armed now in U.S. skies, being used to arrest people in North Dakota.
"The Second Amendment isn't there for duck hunting. It's there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs. Take the woman in India, your piece earlier on CNN earlier, I was watching during Anderson Cooper's show, didn't tell you the women of India have signed giant petitions to get firearms because the police can't and won't protect them.
"... Hitler took the guns, Stalin took the guns, Mao took the guns, Fidel Castro took the guns, Hugo Chavez took the guns, and I'm here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! It doesn't matter how many lemmings you get out there in the street begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not relinquish them. Do you understand?"
Jones used the opportunity to return Morgan's criticism of US gun laws by describing England as a "police state." He also attacked Morgan, saying he got "fired from the Daily Mirror for putting out fake stories."
Real Clear Politics
ALEX JONES: I already said earlier that England had lower gun crime rate because you took all the guns. But you have hoards of people burning down cities and beating old women's brains out out everyday. They arrest people in England if they defend themselves, that's on record. My God, you have a total police state. Everybody is fleeing the country because -- you've had to flee, bud. Yeah, you fled here. Why don't you go back and face the charges for the hacking scandal?
PIERS MORGAN: Answer this question. How many --
JONES : Why did you get fired from the Daily Mirror for putting out fake stories? You're a hatchet man of the New World Order. You're a hatchet man! And I'm going to say this here, you think you're a tough guy? Have me back with a boxing ring and I'll wear red, white, and blue, and you'll wear your Jolly Roger.
Jones' anti-Morgan crusade began after the British journalist reacted to the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting and sought to "undermine the Bill of Rights and exploit his position as a national network television host to stage attack against the rights of American citizens."
In a column in the British Daily Mail
, Morgan responded to the petition
to deport him by defending his position:
The ‘more guns, less crime’ argument is utter nonsense. Britain, after Dunblane, introduced some of the toughest gun laws in Europe, and we average just 35 gun murders a year.
Japan, which has the toughest gun control in the world, had just TWO in 2006 and averages fewer than 20 a year. In Australia, they’ve not had a mass shooting since stringent new laws were brought in after 35 people were murdered in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. Fewer guns equals less gun murder. This is not a ‘pinko liberal’ hypothesis. It’s a simple fact.
In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.
Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.
Morgan's statement that he would "consider deporting" himself if the US fails to change its laws to stop the "relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage" was met with a mass of derisive jeers on the Daily Mail
from Americans who felt it was an affront.
reports an incident at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport while Jones was on his way to Morgan's show that may have riled him up and fueled his tirade against Morgan.
He had a minor row with TSA officials at the airport after he refused to remove his shoes. According to Politico
, a TSA official claimed that "shoe removal has been mandatory for quite some time now."
Jones finally took off his shoes, but accused the officials of profiling him as a known critic of the TSA on his InfoWars.com website