Gun Expert Blows Away Stats Used by Democrats

Our Second Amendment rights are in serious jeopardy. Each new "common sense" law threatens our right to own and operate guns in a reasonable way.

John Lott, Jr., the man many believe to be the nation's preeminent gun expert, joined Glenn on radio Thursday to discuss his new book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.

According to Lott, the Supreme Court has protected our rights to the extent that they've not outrightly banned guns, but legislation has chinked away at the Second Amendment.

"What Democrats have largely been doing is just by putting taxes and fees and other regulations that make it difficult for people with guns. Particularly, the most vulnerable people in our society, poor minorities who live in high crime urban areas are the ones who are particularly being disarmed as a result of this," Lott said.

For example, in Washington, D.C., it costs $125 to transfer gun ownership from one person to another. For people struggling to make ends meet, that's an impossibility.

Lott also shed light on how politicians fudge numbers in a significant and outrageous way.

"When Hillary Clinton says there are 2.4 million prohibited or dangerous people that have been stopped from buying guns because of background checks, that's a lie. What she should say is that there have been 2.4 million initial denials and that virtually all of those are mistakes, law-abiding citizens who simply had names similar to someone that they wanted to stop," Lott said.

"Holy cow," Glenn replied.

Lott used the late senator Ted Kennedy as another example of how statistics are distorted. Kennedy was on a No Fly List because his name was similar to someone else on the list. The senator was stopped five times from flying, which the government would translate into stopping a terrorist or dangerous person --- not once, but five times.

"That's essentially the way they count that 2.4 million. Because about 99 percent of those are people who simply have names similar to a felon or somebody else that we want to stop from buying a gun. And it's racist, in terms of the way it's set up because people tend to have names similar to others in their racial group. Hispanics have names similar to other Hispanics. Asians have names similar to other Asians. Blacks tend to have names similar to other blacks. So when you have 30 percent of black males in the United States being legally forbidden from owning guns because of past criminal history, who are they most likely to have their names be similar to? It's going to be other law-abiding, good black males who may need a gun to protect themselves and their families," Lott said.

In 2013, when Colorado was passing expanded background check rules, legislators called Lott and he suggested an amendment that would exempt people below the poverty level from having to pay the new state tax on transferring guns.

"With the exception of two pro-gun Democrats, every other Democrat in the statehouse voted against exempting people below the poverty level from having to pay the new tax. How many taxes can you think of that Democrats would fight tooth and nail against exempting people below the poverty level from having to pay? Something similar happened in Maryland, where in 2013, they passed licensing and registration rules for handguns. It costs about $250 now to license and register a handgun in Maryland," Lott said.

Lott's fascinating and informative conversation with Glenn can be heard in full below, including how Democrats and the media purposefully misuse the term "automatic weapon" to mislead the public and how murder rates sky rocket in countries with gun bans.

"I cannot recommend John Lott's books any higher. I mean, every person who believes in the Second Amendment needs to have a library of his books. This, according to John, is the best one he's ever written: The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.

John R. Lott, Jr. is an American economist, political commentator and gun rights advocate. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. Lott formerly held positions with the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School (Univ. of Pennsylvania), the University of Maryland (College Park) and at the American Enterprise Institute conservative think tank. As of 2016, he is a columnist for FoxNews.com and the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, a nonprofit he founded in 2013.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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