Glenn interviews controversial gun shop owner

A Texas radio commercial created controversy after the instructor basically said he won't teach liberals how to shoot (because they have shown inability to make coherent decisions) nor Muslims. The instructor, Crockett Keller, appeared on radio today and Glenn pressed him to explain himself on the issue.

"Tell me about, that people do not have the first part of this," Glenn said. "If they're a socialist that voted for Barack Obama, you don't believe they have the sound judgment to be able to have a concealed weapon permit?"

"That was somewhat of a tongue in cheek jab at some of my liberal neighbors that I have around me," Keller explained. "You understand I put this ad on a small local country music station. Has about a, less than a 50‑mile radius. And, you know, I was pretty well speaking to my neighbors. Now that's somewhat expanded, I think."

Keller continued to joke, explaining that in the class he has to teach people in ten hours to use their judgment on whether or not to exercise deadly force when faced with a threat where they only have seconds to act. He joked that people who voted for Obama had a whole year and a half to decide whether or not that was the right choice and they still messed it up - so clearly they shouldn't be given the chance to have a gun.

Glenn and Pat both wondered whether the refusal to teach non-Christians, Muslims, or Arabs was also tongue-in-cheek or was he serious.

Why Keller was quick to say he had never rejected anyone, he was much more serious about that line.

"I have never turned anybody away. But the challenge to me is why am I supposed to teach these people how to use a weapon and to give them the ability to carry a weapon legally when we have seen these atrocious acts. Nidal Hasan here in Texas killed 17 Americans," Keller said.

The interview then took a more serious turn as Glenn wasn't a big fan of the broad generalization of all Muslims.

"Hang on just a second," Glenn said. "Wouldn't you have to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin or by their religion?"

Keller explained that the rationale behind his rule about Muslims was based on the hindsight he has of the 9/11 hijackers.

"Those flight instructors don't have the hindsight that I do," Keller said.

Glenn argued that the instructors should have been alarmed by red flags like they didn't want to now how to land the plane, not their ethnicity or religion.

"How comfortable would you feel to be out on the range, nine people out here and a Muslim, if you will, and everybody has weapons that are loaded ‑" Keller said.

"You don't even have to finish the sentence. I feel very, very comfortable because if there's a Muslim out there or a crazy man out there that isn't Muslim who's Christian, I've got eight other people around me with loaded guns. And the minute that guy starts to do anything, those are Texans with loaded guns. They'll shoot and kill him," Glenn said.

When Keller again used the example of the Fort Hood Shooter, Glenn again said that this shouldn't disqualify all Muslims from gun ownership and training.

"He was a guy who was perfectly clear on what he was doing and he was serving Allah the way he understands it. And we ignored all of the warning signs. And one of the warning signs was not that he was Muslim. One of the warning signs was that he was a Muslim extremist. And he was hanging out with all the wrong people," Glenn explained.

"Essentially your argument here is Nidal Hasan and others who are Muslim have done horrible things, therefore you're nervous and don't want to necessarily give the, you know, this class to them or to other Muslims, isn't that the same argument liberals use against people when they say, 'Hey, well, guns, people go out there, gun owners are going out there and they are committing these crimes; we should really crack down on gun ownership?' I mean, you can't just categorize people like that. I think you have the right instinct when you say if there's something suspicious going on, I'm going to not give it to them and I'm going to report it. But like when you just, you know, kind of broadly go out there and say all Muslims shouldn't ‑‑ can't take my class -" Stu said.

"I don't like the broad generalization. I appreciate the fact that you're watching carefully on who gets a gun, who doesn't get a gun. That's why you have the license to be able to recommend who gets a concealed weapons permit and who doesn't. But I have to tell ya, the more guns, the better quite honestly. The more people that are armed, we have to use common sense and we have to look for warning signs and then point those warning signs out. But I will tell you this: I feel very comfortable in Texas. The more people carrying a handgun, the safer we are. And I know a lot of liberals will say that's ridiculous, but it's absolutely true," Glenn said.

While the interview was cordial throughout, Glenn and Stu made it clear to listeners that if Keller was using race or religion as a litmus for getting their license then he was in the wrong.

"I would hope, the State of Texas is not going to let a guy who is a racist have this job very long. I would hope. If you're turning somebody away because of their religion or because of their race, you are in violation of the Constitution and you absolutely should not be doing it."

"He said he wasn't doing it which makes me kind of think it's kind of a, maybe a publicity sort of thing which kind of saying something, you know, kind of loudly in colorful, in a colorful manner trying to get attention," Stu said.

"If he's doing it, then he will be stopped. If he's not, then keep going. Content of character. It's all that matters," Glenn said.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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