Are Americans justifiably concerned about 'smart gun' technology?

What is a 'smart gun,' and how will it impact the future of gun ownership in America? That was the topic of conversation on Tuesday's Glenn Beck Program. Guest host Dana Loesch spoke to Frank Miniter, author of The Future of the Gun, and John Lott, Jr, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, about the capabilities of the concept firearm that have some conservatives concerned for their Second Amendment right.

As Miniter explained, law abiding gun owners are not really concerned about the smart gun technology so much as they are concerned about the potential control mechanisms that could come along with it.

"Gun owners are afraid of smart guns not because the technology out there might be used by somebody but because it is going to be mandated," he said. "New Jersey has a law on the books since 2002 that when a smart gun becomes available on the market that can be the can be the only handgun sold in New Jersey."

The Childproof Handgun Law of 2002 essentially says once "personalized handguns are available" anywhere in the United States, all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns within 30 months. Because that threat is out there, smart guns are unavailable in the U.S. at the moment, though they are sold in Europe. Furthermore, the cost of these firearms threatens to price many out of the market.

According to Lott, the starting price of these so-called smart guns will be upwards of $1,800. If the technology is mandated - like it already is in New Jersey - a price induced gun control could quickly emerge.

"I think a lot of this gun control is just to price people out of owning guns," Lott said.

While Miniter agrees this is an "unproven technology that need to find their place in the market," he does see "practical applications of the technology." i.e. prison guard

"Right now the worry is this will be mandated and used to control individual rights. But we can spin this around," he said. "I have been talking to gun designers and engineers… [and] this can be used to control the state in a different way."

That "very different way" involves technology that could help to prevent another Ferguson-type situation from unfolding.

"They can actually install a tiny camera in the front of gun… so if a police officer takes the gun out of the holster, it automatically would come on and video whatever he is pointing at down range," Miniter concluded. "So if you have an instance like Ferguson, we would immediately know what really happened."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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