Alex Jones’ comments on Sandy Hook were merely the pathway for the government to target Jones after a career of questioning the establishment. Alex Jones found himself in the largest defamation case in American history for questioning the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. The InfoWars host was coerced into paying the families $1.5 billion – an amount they knew he could not pay.
Jones did not commit the massacre, nor was he involved in any way. It was a passionately heated and tragic topic and the public court of opinion placed those feelings on Alex Jones, as the murderer, Adam Lanza, took his life after the killings. Now I do not agree with his statements regarding Sandy Hook, but it is of concern that the government can stifle free speech and put an arbitrary price tag on the damages. Jones was forced to file bankruptcy in December 2022, but the families are still seeking his money.
Now, seeing as they may not receive additional payments, the lawyers representing the families are asking Jones for only 6% of what he owes in addition to dropping the claims against him. “Jones may elect to receive a complete discharge for himself and (his parent company also in bankruptcy) if he agrees to pay, from any source, at least $8.5 million per year, plus 50 percent of any income over $9 million per year, for 10 years,” the settlement states. How are the courts arriving at these arbitrary numbers?
Where is the rage for the countless deaths by Big Pharma? What about Perdue who created the opiate crisis that killed thousands of kids? People are marching in the streets as we speak and denying the Hamas attack. People can currently question the 9/11 attacks, the JFK assassination, and other shunned topics thought to be conspiracy theories. If the powers that be had their way, conspiracy theories would be banned. Any theory that goes against the status quo must be demonized before others also begin to question current narratives.
I have appeared on InfoWars numerous times and appreciate that Jones is willing to question everything and anything. His delivery scares those who do not want to question the system, but he is not some crazed or evil man. He sparks a dialogue on topics that are typically not discussed. Hyperbole and seemingly over-the-top statements are part of his brand.
To put this into perspective, a wrongful death payout is around $1.5 million. Again, I am not in favor of the statement Jones made but he expressed a viewpoint and that should be protected under 1A. Plus, everyone knows Alex Jones is outspoken and questions everything. He just created a parody video game called “New World Order Wars,” where players can enter Epstein Island and hunt down Bill Clinton. His statements are dismissed due to his hyperbolic delivery but there is truth in much of what he says. In the case of Sandy Hook, Jones apologized to the families and retracted his statements. This situation shows that free speech is extremely limited and the consequences could result in financial ruin.