Blaming the guns only sweeps the real problem under the rug

Do we have a gun problem, or do we have a mental health problem?

For pro-gun controllers the answer is obvious, and they’ll do everything in their power to never let option B --- mental health --- ever trump blaming the inanimate object. How do they get away with this?

Well, it’s easy, just do these three things:

1. Avoid all the facts.

2. Over sensationalize some made up “facts” of your own.

3. And finally --- and this is the most important of them all --- make sure everyone stays high as a kite on emotion.

Do all of these three things and the sky's the limit. You might even be able to convince a former Chief Justice to call for the repeal of the Second Amendment.

So let’s look at the facts. Over the last quarter of a century, the US gun homicide rate has fallen by over HALF. During that same period, the gun violence victimization rate has fallen by SEVENTY PERCENT. So how has the pro-gun control lobby made it look lately like gun violence --- rather than receding --- is actually a GROWING problem, especially when every statistic out there will show you the exact opposite?

It’s easy. If it bleeds... it leads.

Violence, no matter how random or rare it may be, always gets more attention than peace does. A mass shooting will get 24 hours a day seven days a week coverage for over a month. Random acts of violence inspire marches, walkouts and even legislature, but a QUARTER OF A CENTURY of falling crime gets JACK SQUAT.

The answer is mental health and the government's inability to address it.

But I think everyone can agree that there is a problem right now. I’ve already established it’s not guns --- the facts don’t fit that narrative. So what’s really the issue here? The answer is mental health and the government's inability to address it.

Pardon me while I unload a few more facts. Keep in mind, NONE of these numbers I’m about to drop came from any partisan source. They didn’t come from some conservative think tank. All of this came from the United States Secret Service. The Secret Service just released a report showing that 64 percent of all mass shooters showed symptoms of mental illness.

A quarter of them had even been hospitalized or prescribed psychiatric medication BEFORE the attacks. 75 percent of these killers sent communications or engaged in suspicious conduct that should have alerted law enforcement.

So we’ve got clinically insane people, who in many cases have been in mental facilities, but are still able to purchase guns, AND they’re even giving away their intentions beforehand with “communications and suspicious activity.”

Blame the guns.

The facts clearly show that gun violence is going down, but --- at the same time --- mental health is spiraling out of control, and our government clearly can’t figure out how to handle it. So people have taken the easy way out.

Blame the guns --- the tools of the clinically insane --- all the while sweeping the REAL problem under the rug.

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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