Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns doesn’t understand gun safety

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been going after the freedom of New Yorkers for years, but now he is taking is nanny state crusade national – going after ‘illegal guns’ with his Mayors Against Illegal Guns initiative.

“You will see this on a lot of ads all around the country: Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Who is not against illegal guns?”

“Everyone including the NRA,” Pat responded.

When you really think about the name of the group – Mayors Against Illegal Guns – the premise becomes even more absurd.

“I don't know of a soul that says, ‘I am a huge Second Amendment guy. I'm not for illegal guns,’” Glenn said. “If you have purchased them and scrubbed the serial number off, I'm not a fan of yours. I'm not fighting for your rights.”

“If you've stolen them from your mom and you're about to shoot people,” Pat continued, “I'm against that.”

Since it is abundantly clear that anyone in their right mind would not advocate for the rights of illegal gun owners, Glenn got to the heart of what Bloomberg’s mission really is. “Now, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, they are not against illegal guns. They are against guns,” he declared. “This is Michael Bloomberg's money; this is Michael Bloomberg's deal. He's the one who has cobbled together these Mayors Against Illegal Guns. We should find all the mayors that are in it because it's all the big, huge progressive cities that are with him on this… Go to MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.Org and look and find if your mayor is on there and get your mayor to either wake up or take a stand.”

There have been dozens of stories in the news lately about students being suspended from school or reprimanded for playing with bubble guns or biting Pop Tarts into the shape of a gun. This is an attempt to instill a fear of guns in children, which is part of the reason why the firearm education the NRA provides is so important.

“I joined the NRA I think maybe before I even had a gun,” Glenn said. “My wife and I were no different. If you're listening to me and you're like, ‘I don't want a gun and I don't think... and I don't know if I could ever pull the trigger on somebody,’ I'm with ya. I understand that… We were those people. Now here we are ten years later not those people anymore.”

“We've done our homework. We know the difference. We had an irrational fear of guns because we were uneducated. Educate yourself on them. Doesn't mean you have to own one. Educate,” Glenn said.

If you have had the pleasure to view one of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns infomercials, you will see that clearly the producer of the video is not an educated gun owner. The man in the commercial is dressed as a hunter and speaks about the importance of guns for sport and protection, though based on the way he handles the gun, he is probably not the best advocate:

VOICE: For me guns are for hunting and protecting my family. I believe in the Second Amendment and I'll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That's why I support comprehensive background checks. So criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can't buy guns. That protects my rights and my family.

“Any black bearded guy dressed like a hunter must be one,” Pat quipped. “He doesn't want to take anybody's gun rights away.”

“He cares about safety,” Glenn continued. “That's why he's holding the shotgun and aiming it right chest level. He's not sitting it up or down. It's chest level. And he has his finger on the trigger.”

“Yeah,” Glenn concluded. “These are going to be very effective spots.”

Critical race theory: Struggle sessions

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China has a rich legacy of torture. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party used a variety of torture techniques. These became more and more advanced over time. This included public humiliation and public executions.

One specific kind of public humiliation is what's called "The Struggle Session." It was a punishment reserved for people who committed wrong-think. The point was to publicly degrade the person until they swore allegiance to the Communist Party. Their focus is on the elimination of the power base and/or class position of enemy classes or groups. It was also a warning to everyone watching: If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

It was a way to punish anyone who so much as disagreed with Communist Party dogma.

These struggle sessions often took place in busy areas.

They also took place at universities, like the struggle session for the professor You Xiaoli, as recounted by Anne Thurston, in Enemies of the People:

You Xiaoli was standing, precariously balanced, on a stool. Her body was bent over from the waist into a right angle, and her arms, elbows stiff and straight, were behind her back, one hand grasping the other at the wrist. It was the position known as "doing the airplane." Around her neck was a heavy chain, and attached to the chain was a blackboard, a real blackboard, one that had been removed from a classroom at the university where You Xiaoli, for more than ten years, had served as a full professor. On both sides of the blackboard were chalked her name and the myriad crimes she was alleged to have committed...

The scene was taking place at the university, too, in a sports field at one of China's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In the audience were You Xiaoli's students and colleagues and former friends. Workers from local factories and peasants from nearby communes had been bussed in for the spectacle. From the audience came repeated, rhythmic chants ... "down with You Xiaoli! Down with You Xiaoli!"

"I had many feelings at that struggle session," recalls You Xiaoli. "I thought there were some bad people in the audience. But I also thought there were many ignorant people, people who did not understand what was happening, so I pitied that kind of person. They brought workers and peasants into the meetings, and they could not understand what was happening. But I was also angry."

Struggle sessions have been revived, and exported to America. They come in many forms.

Forced apologies.

Beatings in public—like the mob attack on Rand Paul.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was sucker-punched.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was stabbed for being white.

Anti-racism seminars, like the one in Seattle.

Or the one involving Sandia Labs executives seminar.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

The long-awaited New York Attorney General's report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out — and it is bad for Cuomo. The Democratic AG concluded that the Governor did sexually harass multiple women during his time in office.

On Tuesday's radio program, Glenn Beck questioned is the AG's report would be enough for Democrats to condemn him and call for his resignation? This is what the #MeToo movement was started for, Glenn noted, if Gov. Cuomo doesn't resign quickly, that says a whole lot about today's Democratic Party. Watch the clip to hear more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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