Glenn takes a deeper look into the troubled life of the UC Santa Barbara killer

On Friday, Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, went a killing spree that left six dead before he took his own life during a shootout with police. The son of a Hollywood director, Rodger left behind a chilling YouTube video and a 141-page manifesto detailing his plans for a “day of retribution.”

As TheBlaze reported:

The rampage unfolded Friday night when Rodger stabbed to death three victims at his apartment, police said.

He then drove to a sorority home and started to knock for a couple minutes in an “aggressive” manner. When residents inside didn’t answer, Rodger opened fire outside on three individuals, killing two and wounding another, according to authorities.

Rodger then traveled to a nearby restaurant where he shot to death a 20-year-old male, police said. At another location, he brandished a handgun at a female before firing multiple rounds, authorities added.

Eventually deputies confronted Rodger and he hit a bicyclist while fleeing. At one point, police exchanged fire with him, likely shooting him in the hip. As Rodger fled again, the 22-year-old struck another bicyclist, causing him to crash his vehicle and come to a stop, police said.

When police arrived to take him into custody, Rodger appeared dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Police recovered some 400 rounds of ammunition from his vehicle. All of his weapons, police said, were legally purchased and registered.

As detailed in his so-called manifesto, Rodger was tormented by the fact he was a virgin and had never kissed a girl. He condemned his classmates and peers who he felt looked down at him and treated him poorly. He sought “retribution” on those who he felt had wronged him. He also explained that he found solace in violent video games.

Rodger’s parents were increasingly concerned about their son’s well being, having alerted police to his erratic behavior. According to family attorney Alan Shifman, police interviewed Rodger and found him to be a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.” He added that police did not find a history of guns, but did say Rodger “didn’t have a lot of friends,” had trouble making friends, and didn’t have any girlfriends.

The mainstream media has largely focused on the violence of the incident, but on radio this morning, Glenn took a slightly different approach, taking a deeper look into Rodger’s past and upbringing.

“I don't like to make stars out of killers, and I don't even want to address this kid by his name. I do want to talk about his family… This is a Hollywood cretin. It really is. This is a product of the Hollywood morals gone awry,” Glenn said. “You'll notice that people are screaming for you got to do something. ‘We got to take these guns off the street.’ He killed as many people with a knife as he did with a gun. Did anybody talk about that? Are we talking about knife control now too? Nope. Because the media has an agenda.”

The gun control narrative has so overtaken this country, and it can often feel as though no one is actually interested in getting to the root cause of the anger and frustration that led to such horrific violence.

“I can't be the only person on the planet or the only person in America that is worried about his kids,” Glenn said. “And I don't mean about just them getting shot.”

In his manifesto, Rodger explained that violent video games filled a void in his life starting at a young age.

“He already knew in his manifesto that he was going to point the gun to himself and kill himself. Well, that's the way you end all video games," Glenn said. "If you read his manifesto, he speaks about video games and said, ‘I knew at some point, I had crossed a bridge that I could no longer back. A piece of me had died inside.’ Is anybody talking about that? Because this is the conversation we should be having.”

As Glenn and Pat explained, Hollywood chooses to condemn gun violence while still promoting it via movies and video games. Similarly, Rodger’s detailed his sexual frustrations at length, which is interesting given his own father’s work in the industry. As the Daily Mail reported, Rodger’s father Peter sells erotic black and white photography of naked women.

“You can't have it two ways,” Glenn said. “You say that you can't have anybody smoking on television or in movies because it effects people. But gun violence is totally fine. You're also in the business of making all of these video games. The reason why they won't deal with this is because it points the finger directly to them. And I'm not looking for finger pointing.”

The writings and ramblings of Rodger shows the making of a very troubled young man, and yet no one in the media has had a real conversation about what ultimately created this monster.

“It's pretty amazing and you're right, nobody will talk about that,” Pat said. “They are all focusing on: ‘We've got to get the guns. Isn't it time we do something? We got to do something.’”

"I want to show how sick the media is. I mean they really don't see that the world is changing. That our children are changing… It's something entirely new. Can we talk about this? We weren't like this before,” Glenn concluded. “And guns were more prevalent then than they are now. I had access to my grandfather's guns. They didn't have them in locked boxes. They were up over the mantle. They were in a rifle case, open. What's changed?”

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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