January 13, 2013 Leave a comment
I’m sure many of you know that Alex Jones was invited onto the Piers Morgan Show to debate the Brit over his anti-gun stance. Alex has started a petition to deport Piers, which I think is a bit ridiculous, all things considered. I’m obviously pro-gun ownership, but there are better ways to get the message across than by screaming at people.
I enjoy Alex Jones for the entertainment value. He has some valid points, and he seems to be committed the cause, but yelling in people’s faces isn’t usually the thing that changes their mind. Rational debate backed up by cold, hard facts is far more likely to change minds, and even then, sometimes people just don’t want to listen. There’s a great quote about open minds and a good many of them needing to be closed for repairs.
My gut reaction to this is that Alex was invited on to make the rest of us Second Amendment fighters look like utter nutcases. There is nothing that those who would take our guns away would like better than to convince the public that we’re all dangerous whackjobs who shouldn’t be allowed to have a goldfish, let alone an AK-47. Anyone who knows anything about the anti-establishment movements knows that Alex Jones is one of its most vocal spokesmen. Unfortunately, Alex Jones often sounds like he’s a bit off the rails, and he could very well be, honestly. I find his rants entertaining, but I don’t take everything he says seriously. He has good guests from time to time, but his propensity to interrupt them, rant, rave, yell, and get off-topic don’t make him sound like an intellectual of any sort; they may him sound like a nutter who figured out how to operate radio broadcasting equipment.
In the eyes of the mainstream American public, this does the liberty movement no favors. It discredits the lot of us, whether that’s a fair judgment to levy or not. The fact is that people who don’t have gobs of time to research the liberty movement are going to think that most of us are unhinged, and that is not going to make people feel comfortable about the notion of us having guns. Frankly, they will probably think that we’re the ones who run up in some public place and start shooting, even though that’s not the case.
Honestly, I’m sort of disappointed that Alex went on that show. He knows how he is. Did he really think that he was doing us any favors by getting up in Piers’ face and screaming at him? It was painful to watch. My husband and I had to turn it off. I would really like someone to debate Piers Morgan on this issue, but I’d like it to be someone like Tom Woods, Lew Rockwell, or Ben Swann – someone who can keep their s**t together, make valid points, and not make the lot of us sound like loonies.
As for deporting Piers Morgan, well, who cares? Everyone in this country, citizen or no, is entitled to his/her opinion. I think he’s completely wrong, but I don’t think that his opinions are a reason to send him packing back to Old Blighty. Frankly, he’s just another socialist, anti-gun, pro-fiat money blowhard. I know that calling him names doesn’t make me right, but the facts are out there. Britain has five times the amount of violent crime per 100,000 people that the US does. Lack of guns has not made England safe, believe me. My husband is English, and he has plenty of gnarly stories about knife crime, chavs, kids on street corners beating up old people, and honor killings. England is not a safe place, no matter what Piers says.
In any case, I really hope that next time someone from the liberty movement gets invited to speak on a national program, he/she makes a better showing than Alex Jones did. I don’t necessarily think Alex is dumb, but he sure did play into the hands of anti-gun lobbyists on that one. We need calm, collected, well read, intelligent folks in the public arena, not loose cannons who are more prone to name calling than straight talk. I think it’s a valuable lesson to be learned for the rest of us, too. If someone engages you in debate, or if you choose to engage someone else, for God’s sake, make an intelligent argument instead of just getting angry and losing it. We aren’t winning any points by allowing emotions to overrun our rational minds.