‘I think it is an abomination’: Glenn reacts to the shooting at Fort Hood

Three people were killed and 16 others wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas on Wednesday. The suspected shooter, who has been identified by several news organizations as 34-year-old Specialist Ivan Lopez, is also dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lopez served in Iraq in 2011. According to the AP, a Ft. Hood official says he was at the Army base to be assessed for whether he had PTSD.

The shooting, which is being described as “soldier-on-soldier” violence, comes four and half years after Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Ft. Hood killing 13 people and six months after Department of Defense contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard. On radio this morning, Glenn chose to focus on the state of our military and the support (or lack thereof) it receives. Glenn believes it is absolutely imperative to overturn the policy that forbids most military personnel from carrying firearms on military bases.

“I was in the movie theater yesterday and somebody taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘Mr. Beck, did you hear about the Fort Hood shooting?’ And so I walk out in the lobby and get the news, and my first thought is not about the shooter, not about terror… it was solely about the victims and all of the people at Fort Hood,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “My first thought was: Have they killed the guy? Have they stopped it? What else has to happen to our soldiers? What else has to happen to Fort Hood?”

While many believe the unarming of our bases came under former President Bill Clinton’s administration, a report from TheBlaze’s Oliver Darcy last fall discovered the policy was actually enacted in February 1992 by Donald J. Atwood. Atwood served as deputy secretary of defense under President George H. W. Bush. The directive appears to have been reissued in April 2011 by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III.

Department of Defense Directive 5210.56 states that it is a "DoD Policy" to “limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD military and civilian personnel.”

Furthermore, it says “the authorization to carry firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.”

With that in mind, Glenn passionately explained how vital it is to provide our servicemen and women with the resources they need. We have left too many of these people out to dry, and Glenn laid out the two things “our forces need”: Our respect and support and the right to keep and bear arms.

1. Support and respect

“Our forces need… respect when they come home… We're paying for people who refuse to work, who hate the damn country. We are giving all kinds of services to people who aren't even here legally,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “And yet the people who put on our uniform and go out and fight a war… we don't help them get well. When they come back, we say, ‘Go to Fort Hood. We'll look into it.’ Then you are kind of lost in the shuffle. Nobody even knew who this guy was.”

Over the last several months, Glenn has been working with some of the brightest minds in the field at the Carrick Brain Center in Dallas to help manage his own chronic pain. He has witnessed firsthand the incredible services they offer, but are our soldiers able to seek out that same type of care?

“I'm doing work right now with the Carrick Brain Center here in Dallas, Texas… These guys are absolutely incredible… I have gone to the best doctors in the world… nobody has an answer. I go to these guys, boom. They have an answer for me,” Glenn explained. “Why are they working on a schlep like me when they should be working on our soldiers… Don't we owe it to them? We give them the VA. Would you want your kid sitting in the VA? Do you know anything about the VA?”

2. The right to bear arms

“The other thing our troops need, besides the love and medical attention that they deserve (paid for by us)… is a gun. I know we can disagree on whether or not guys like me should have a gun, but… they have a right to defend themselves," Glenn said. "I don't understand a country that disarms the military… You can trust them in a snap decision walking in the streets in some other country… but you can't trust them to carry a gun in our own country? It's insane.”

While it would be nice to think so much has changed since the return of the Vietnam War veterans in the 1960s, there is no two ways about it: We are still not providing our veterans with the care they need. Glenn encouraged his listeners to call their senators and representatives and demand the overturning of DoD Directive 5210.56.

“I think it is an abomination, quite honestly. I think it is a real, true abomination what this country is doing, and I refuse to put my name on it. I stand firmly in defense of the military. I stand firmly in their right to keep and bear arms,” Glenn concluded. “Which one of us is insane? Those on the military base or those in Washington that say, ‘Well, we have to disarm the Army’? By the way, it's not just those in Washington. It is all of us. We need to tell our representatives in Congress and in the Senate and in the White House. You need to call today and say: Enough is enough.”

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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