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."

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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