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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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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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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