Glenn Beck talks with Bob Levy


Levy is senior fellow in constitutional studies and a member of the board of directors at the Cato Institute.

GLENN: Let's go to Bob Levy. He's with the Cato Institute. Bob, what do you think of this ruling today, Supreme Court?

LEVY: Well, I couldn't be more happy. We filed this case about five years ago on behalf of Mr. Keller and five other plaintiffs and the court, at least a majority put forth, and they finally recognize the Second Amendment secures the individual right.

GLENN: How fragile is this, Bob?

LEVY: It's not five members at all. Five members on the court are all it takes and that's what we got and Justice Scalia couldn't have been clearer. It's an individual right, it includes the right of self-defense and people in Washington D.C. can now go and apply to register handguns. D.C. law has prevented the registration of all functional firearms for all people, all owners at all times for all purposes and the Court said without any equivocation whatsoever this is impermissible, it violates the Second Amendment. That's good news for D.C. residents.

GLENN: What do you expect to come out of this? In the next year what do you think's going to happen? What is New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. look like? What does)

LEVY: Well, Washington has been resolved. Of course, there are going to be a lot of procedural things going on about changing the law and about registering handguns. The other cities are much more complicated because it has never been determined and is not determined by today's decision whether the Second Amendment applies to the states. So there will have to be litigation that fleshes that question out, and there will also have to be litigation that determines the scope of the right that's secured. So we know, for example, there's nothing wrong with keeping guns away from kids, keeping guns away from crazy people, keeping weapons of mass destruction away from terrorists. They don't have a Second Amendment right to that. So we'll have to find out exactly what are the rights that are permissibly regulated and which ones are impermissibly regulated. That's going to take more litigation.

GLENN: Because Washington D.C. is not a state, it's just a city, it may have different rights. For instance, the State of New York could say we're not going to issue any kind of carry permits, we're not going to issue permits for guns, and they can get away with that in New York City?

LEVY: Well, it's not so much that Washington D.C. is a city. It's that Washington D.C. is a federal enclave which is governed by federal law, whereas New York has its own set of laws which applies not only to the state but to cities within New York as well. So there will have to be additional litigation to determine whether states and cities outside of Washington, which is a federal state, whether states and cities elsewhere will be governed by the Second Amendment. I think the answer to that is yes and I think the Court will agree with me, but it has not yet been finally determined.

GLENN: All right. But if it does happen, that's actually not so horrible because you could always just move to a state that understood the Constitution. I mean, these states, some of these states are getting so far away from the Constitution. I mean, jeez, I don't even know how it's America anymore in some of these states. But you could find those states that would say you have an absolute right to own a gun. But then the whole thing kind of breaks down, doesn't it? You've got one --

LEVY: The states have been pretty good on this. 44 states do recognize an individual right under their state laws and state constitutions. 48 states allow concealed carry with various degrees of discretion. So it hasn't been so much the states. It's been the municipalities that are passing their own regulations under power that's delegated from the state. They are the ones like New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, they are the ones that are going to be challenged and they are the ones that have to get -- will down the road be overturned.

GLENN: Bob, thank you very much. Appreciate all your hard work.

LEVY: My pleasure, thank you.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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