Millennial Filmmaker Releases Explosive New Gun Control Documentary 'Targeted'

Who says millennials are uninformed and unengaged? Meet Jesse Winton, a 22-year-old documentary filmmaker whose new movie, Targeted: Exposing the Gun Control Agenda, opens in theaters for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 29.

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"The motivation to make this project was less about guns in and of themselves and more about the problems that I was seeing with our government and where we're going, and the type of borderline tyrannical government that we're dealing with today and the continual violation of the Constitution and civil liberties," Winton explained.

Winton additionally wrote an op-ed in The Washington Times about millennials and why they are skeptical about gun control, describing them as passionate about protecting American civil liberties.

"This is great," Glenn said. "You can find out where it's showing at TargetedTheMovie.com. Well spoken, well thought out millennial. Support him. Support the millennials who are standing up for the fence around the American idea, the Constitution."

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: All right. We have our serial. Part two on gun control coming up in just a second, just at the bottom of the hour. But we have Jesse Winton on. He's made a new documentary, new movie called Targeted: Exposing the Gun Control Agenda. Wanted to have him on because a lot of people think, "Oh, millennials, you know, they're not doing anything." Here's a guy who is 22 years old, making a documentary on the Second Amendment.

Jesse, how are you?

JESSE: I'm doing well. How are you doing?

GLENN: Good. Did you study filmmaking? How did you get into this?

JESSE: I actually am by and large self-taught. Really just kind of developed a passion for film when I was young and started, you know, thinking about ideas for documentaries. Produced a documentary with my dad and brother when I was about 15, 16 years old. And was then looking for another project. And the idea for a project on gun control came up. And Targeted is the result.

GLENN: Okay. Are you a gun owner? Are you a shooter? I mean --

JESSE: Yeah, it's actually interesting. I am a gun owner. But I am not what would probably be typically considered a gun person.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

JESSE: In that I don't particularly enjoy shooting as a sport. You know, I do shoot every once in a while, but I have guns as tools.

So for me, this -- this idea and the motivation to make this project was less about guns in and of themselves and more about the problems that I was seeing with our government and where we're going and the type of borderline tyrannical government that we're dealing with today and the continual violation of the Constitution and civil liberties.

And this just happened to be one of the foundational issues that was regularly discussed and regularly brought up. So the motivation for the film for me is less about the guns themselves and more about the ideas of freedom that we're trying to hold up through the project.

GLENN: Tell me, you wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times. Again, 22-year-old Jesse Winton, the filmmaker of Targeted the movie. TargetedtheMovie.com. You wrote an op-ed last week. You said: Why millennials are skeptical of gun control. Do you want to get into that?

JESSE: Yeah, I think it goes hand in hand with what I've seen with people in my own age-group, millennials. I've seen a split right down the middle, that is pushing millennials either incredibly Libertarian or incredibly -- like more socialistic. More -- you know, the Bernie Sanders supporters, where a lot of them were millennial college students.

GLENN: Yeah. Right.

JESSE: So I think that what we're seeing is a trend that is pushing millennials more and more towards civil liberty. More and more towards understanding freedom and really caring about freedom, again, because I think that a more Libertarian ideal that is being promulgated by millennials.

So to me, I think that millennials are really -- you know, I don't see a ton of millennials that are really gun people. I think more millennials would fall into the same category as myself. They see them as being a necessary part of the society that we live in today. But the skepticism towards gun control from millennials, I think, is more related to how passionate a lot of millennials are becoming about civil liberties.

And we've seen in the past couple of years with Edward Snowden and, you know, the NSA, how important surveillance is to millennials, that they really are caring about the Constitution, they're caring about their freedom, and they're caring about this continual government overreach. And so that translates into skepticism related to gun control.

GLENN: This is great.

So how do you see -- Jesse, because I see both parties. I have only one minute.

I see both parties falling apart in the future for millennials, if it hasn't already.

Where do you see the future of -- let's just nail it to gun control. What's going to happen?

JESSE: You know, I think that a lot of that will, you know, change in November. A lot of that -- we'll be able to see what happens after the election and kind of have an idea of where we're headed.

But by and large, I still have a lot of hope for America. I still think we have this foundational -- these foundational ideas of freedom that aren't going anywhere. People really understand at the core who we are as Americans, what we stand for, and so I think that it's going to be a tough uphill battle for anyone who wants to take that away.

GLENN: Okay. One night only movie event. Theaters nationwide. Tomorrow night. You can find out where it's showing at TargetedtheMovie.com. TargetedtheMovie.com. Well spoken. Well thought out millennial. Support him. Support the millennials who are standing up for the fence around the American idea, the Constitution. TargetedtheMovie.com.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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