Two veterans told Glenn that more guns are needed to stop shootings like Ft. Hood - and you'll probably agree

Way back in 1992, Donald J. Atwood, deputy secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush, signed Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56 - effectively creating a "gun free zone" on military bases. The policy came under fire after  Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people in a 2009 attack at Ft. Hood, and it received renewed attention today in the wake of another attack on the same base. Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford and Retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin joined Glenn to discuss the issue on Thursday's nights show on TheBlaze.

Back in September, TheBlaze analyzed this little known DoD Directive:

The controversial directive states that “it is DoD Policy” to “limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD military and civilian personnel.”

“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,” it says.

The policy, however, adds, “DoD personnel regularly engaged in law enforcement or security duties shall be armed.” 

Glenn told  viewers, "The Second Amendment is about your universal God-given right to defend yourself.  And the left always says it’s for an organized militia.  Well, there isn’t a more organized militia than the U.S. Army, the members of the military, and their right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Lunsford echoed those statements, expressing his own feeling of helplessness during the 2009 attack. "When I first heard the news yesterday, I was angry.  I was hurt, and I felt defenseless because I felt that I was in a position again were I could not protect those that needed to be protected," he said.

"How many times are we going to exercise the fact that we are expendable and just let these things happen and in the aftermath say well, I’m sorry for your loss?  That doesn’t cut it because people die.  Give us a right to defend ourselves because that’s what we’re trained to do," he said.

Lunsford told Glenn that if he had been allowed to carry a firearm he would have been able to stop Nisan. "I know had I had a gun that day, Major Hasan would not be in Fort Leavenworth right now."

Boykin agreed, stressing that the government should trust soldiers to be responsible with weapons at a base just as they are in combat situations. Instead of focusing on guns, Boykin encouraged citizens and politicians to address veterans issues that are being ignored.

"There is no excuse for us not being able to protect our troops in America and recognize that they are responsible people who have been allowed a lot of authority as well as responsibility in combat, yet they don’t have the authority to protect themselves but more importantly to protect their families right here in America," Boykin told Glenn.

"I think that it’s very important for Americans to wake up and stop blaming guns and start understanding that we have a real threat, and not only that, we have veterans issues that are not being addressed.  At the time that we’re cutting budgets, we should be looking at ways to improve the situation for our veterans as well as our active-duty military," he said.

Watch the segment below:

Following his interview with Glenn Beck, Staff Sgt. Lunsford ​ spoke with TheBlaze's Senior Washington Correspondent‎ Sara Carter about the  horror of being under attack without the ability to defend yourself. You can watch a highlight of that interview here.

Staff Sgt. Lunsford has been an outspoken  critic of the Obama administrations treatment of Ft. Hood survivors,  speaking to 'For The Record' and TheBlaze about the lack of care and attention back in February in 'For The Record: Broken Heart'.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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