Dana Loesch recounts harrowing childhood gun story

Glenn interviewed TheBlaze host Dana Loesch on radio today, her book Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America

went on sale this week. During the interview, Dana told a gripping story of what happened to her as a young child that changed her views on guns right then and there.

"I open this book with a personal story that I haven't shared before," Dana said. "My family is from southern Missouri, the Ozarks, and my grandparents had this 800-square-foot -- on the side of an abandoned mine shift in the Ozarks. This is like some old Loretta Lynn stuff here."

"But one night I was sleeping with my little cousin and my grandparents in my grandparent's bedroom, and it was 10:30. It was a summer night. The window was open. They lived way out in the middle of nowhere. Gravel road, gravel drive. and I heard something outside. And it sounded -- the noise that it -- it sounded inhuman. And it was a woman that was running through the woods. Ran up my grandparent's gravel drive, burst through their front door. It was their daughter, my aunt. And her estranged husband had tried to kill her."

"And she was able to wrestle free and get away. In her bedclothes she ran through a creek, she ran through the woods to get to her parents' house. And she kept screaming, he's coming after me. He yelled at me as I ran out the door that he's coming to kill me."

"And as a little kid, that terrified me because the whole town knew about her estranged husband. And I feared for my life. I'm sitting there in the middle -- there's no law. When you call 911 down in these rural areas, you're lucky if the average response time for that is 20 minutes. I was terrified."

"And I'm sitting there in bed listening to all this. And my grandfather came down the hallway, and he went into the room. I pretended to be asleep so I could hear more. And he opened up his gun cabinet because we didn't have gun safes. It was etched glass, his son made it for him by hand. He got out a shotgun. He went to the front porch. Loaded it. Cocked it. Sat on that swing. And he waited while my grandma called the law."

"The law didn't show until about 45 minutes later. And my grandpa sat on that front porch, and I went from feeling being terrified to feeling relaxed. Because he was swinging in his porch swing, and the breeze was coming through the window, and I was relaxed and felt safe again. As every kid should."

"And what we found out, her estranged husband did try to come to the house. He saw my grandpa sitting on the porch, knew that he would be armed, and thought better of it. And he turned around and went away. He's now in prison."

"So that's how I came to have the experience, that this is more than about hunting. You know, this is about self-defense."

POLL: What did YOU think about the 2nd GOP presidential debate?

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Wednesday was a big night for the Republican presidential candidates during the second GOP debate... OR WAS IT?

Glenn wasn't impressed with the debate. In fact, he went as far as to say it was the worst Presidential debate BY FAR he had ever seen for THIS reason: NO ONE discussed the major issues that Americans are actually facing.

Inflation has doubled Americans' grocery bills. Gas is nearing a historic record of $100/barrel. We have DOUBLED our national deficit. Bidenomics and the globalists' green agenda pose an existential threat to core American industries while we continue to fund the Ukrainian people's pensions and small businesses. It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

Do YOU think the candidates hit the mark during the second GOP debate? Do you support Trump's decision to skip two debates in a row? Let us know in the poll below!

Do you think the 2nd GOP debate was overall positive?

Did the candidates debate issues you are concerned about?

Do you think the "real" debate was between Trump and Biden in Michigan?

Do you think any of the other GOP candidates can beat Trump? 

Do you think Trump can beat Biden? 

Do you think any other candidate besides Trump can beat Biden?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the first debate?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the second debate?

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

Morris Brown College

Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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Auburn Community Hospital, New York

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United Health Services in New York

Kaiser Permanente in California

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279