Conservative radio host Alex Jones argued that Wednesday night's terrorist attack against a black church in Charleston, South Carolina was the set-up for the "race war" he claims President Barack Obama and the media have been building up, while pushing a bogus claim in defense of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
"Folks, this is it. They've been hyping 'race war,' pushing it as hard as they can, saying 'NRA is the new KKK,'" Jones said on his show on Thursday. "Even though the NRA was founded, in part -- 50-50 -- to arm blacks in the South who were being disarmed. In fact, there were calls by liberals to disarm whites particularly today. I just want to point out, that's been done before, but to blacks."
The latter specifically noted that there is no mention of the Klan or protecting black citizens in the NRA's statement regarding its origins on its own website.
"Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871," the website states. "The primary goal of the association would be to 'promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,' according to a magazine editorial written by Church."
Jones said on Thursday that the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, did not feel like a "false flag" attack to him because of the lack of what he called "talking points" from the media. He also said that the suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, "looks like the textbook-case lunatic."
ABC News reported that according to Roof's roommate, Dalton Tyler, the suspect had been planning the attack for the past six months.
"He was big into segregation and other stuff," Tyler said. "He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself."
Jones also seized on the attack as a way to swipe at reproductive rights, saying that Roof "should have gone and gotten a job at Planned Parenthood, or gone to medical school to be an abortionist and then, he can kill tens of thousands of black people in his career and be called a great member of society. That's what the smart racists do."
Watch the first hour of Jones' show, as posted online on Thursday, below.