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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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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