Gun Control: The Four-Part Series

The constitutional right of Americans to own guns is under attack like never before. Yet the Framers found this right important enough to list second in the Bill of Rights:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

The Founding Fathers believed self-defense was a Biblical right to ensure citizens could defend themselves against any kind of illegal force --- from a neighbor, an outsider or their own government.

The anti-Second Amendment crowd believes they can regulate gun ownership based on the words "well regulated," but that intentionally ignores the Founders' meaning. It actually means well trained and prepared. However, regulation is exactly how they'll infringe on your Second Amendment rights. With 300 million guns currently owned by American citizens, it's not likely they'll be rounded up by some government agency. Instead, progressive liberals will do what they do best: apply massive regulations to drastically reduce your ability to purchase or own a firearm.

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Gun Control Part I: Liberal Ignorance and the Founders' True Intent

The ignorant statements of progressive politicians who oppose the Second Amendment would be funny if they weren't so deadly serious:

I actually don't know what a barrel shroud is. I believe it's a shoulder thing that goes up.

This right here has the ability with a 30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.

For most purposes, having these . . . these . . . these magazine clips that have more than 15 rounds in them, there's really no purpose for those, except for shooting targets or shooting people.

We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks more than three rounds, and yet it's legal to hunt humans.

Actually, no, it isn't legal to hunt humans in any state. That would be considered murder.

To craft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, America's Founders studied thousands of years' of the best knowledge mankind had to offer. They believed the right to self-defense was a fundamental God-given right that existed long before the creation of any government. In fact, written documents pertaining to self-preservation predate the Second Amendment by thousands of years.

More than anything else, the Second Amendment was intended for protection against a tyrannical government. Because of their own experiences with tyranny, the Founders provided the means by which the people could rise up and defend their liberty, if ever needed.

Gun Control Part II: Effectiveness of Strict Gun Laws

France, Great Britain and Australian have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. In a mandatory government "buyback" program, Australian gun owners were forced to relinquish their guns --- or go to jail, removing nearly 661,000 guns from law-abiding Aussies. Citizens were paid for their guns, but how do you put a price on security and freedom? One gun owner said, There's no ifs or buts about it, by taking that gun away from me, they've stolen something from me.

How effective has Australia's gun control program been? The NRA reported on a University of Melbourne and British Journal of Criminology study that took place 12 years after the imposed ban. The cold, hard facts cannot be denied:

• Armed robberies skyrocketed 69 percent

• Assaults involving guns rose 28 percent

• Gun murders increased 19 percent

• Home invasions jumped 21 percent

Over and over, the evidence shows that banning guns and imposing strict laws consistently raises homicide rates.

Gun Control Part III: Progressive Lies

Never let a serious crisis go to waste. It's the mantra of the progressive left, and they unashamedly use it to impose their agenda on America --- especially regarding the Second Amendment. Sadly, progressives use every single mass shooting as another opportunity to infringe on our right to bear arms, despite irrefutable evidence that gun laws would do nothing to prevent such crimes.

Ignoring the facts and deliberately lying to the American public has become standard operating procedure. When Barack Obama says that "states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths," he knows full well the semantics game he's playing. Cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C., have the toughest gun laws in the nation, along with the highest gun murder rates. The state of Illinois has a gun murder rate of 2.8 per 100,000 people, but Chicago is right at 16 per 100,000 --- five times the rate of Illinois. The states of Maryland and Virginia compare similarly with regard to Washington, D.C.

Even though progressives have failed to overturn the Second Amendment, they have made inroads by establishing things like gun-free zones --- the locations where most mass shootings now take place. Why? Because they're easy targets for those wishing to perpetrate evil and violence.

While progressives continue their illogical and emotional attacks on controlling gun violence by violating the rights of law-abiding citizens, the real issues go unaddressed. And the problem will never be solved until they stop blaming the guns and start concentrating on the people pulling the triggers.

Gun Control Part IV: Confiscation

If Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have never advocated taking guns from responsible gun owners, then why do they both keep suggesting that we could use, as a model for the United States, the gun laws in Britain and Australia? Two countries that have taken guns out of the hands of responsible gun owners.

For American citizens that don't believe that confiscation can happen in the United States of America, here's a clue: It already has.

This is where America is today in the battle to retain its Second Amendment rights. One slip up from a Second Amendment supporter brings widespread condemnation and ridicule from the media. But an anti-gun president of the United States can claim that your 14-year-old is more likely to have a fully automatic Glock G20 on their nightstand than a heartwarming copy of The Fault in Our Stars. The first step is knowing there is an ongoing attack.

And while progressives certainly have contempt for the Second Amendment, they also know that the vast majority of Americans cherish the Constitution, including, if not especially, the Second Amendment. So progressive politicians continue to walk the fine line between appearing to support the Constitution, while at the same time desperately trying to curtail or eliminate American citizens' gun rights.

The only way to stop them is with an informed, vigilant and active citizenry.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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