Glenn Beck: Gun Week!


NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox

GLENN: Chris Cox from the National Rifle Association is here.  Hello, Chris.

COX:  How are you doing, Glenn?

GLENN:  I'm amazed at this.

COX:  This guy's unbelievable.  Thanks God that he's up in New York and not anywhere else even though like you mentioned, he thinks he is America's mayor and not just the mayor of New York.  Well, if he thinks that the Second Amendment only applies to you if you're rich, famous, really good looking or maybe in his case really short, this guy's an elitist.  He thinks that the rest of America wants his New York City style gun control and what he's going to find is the rest of America thinks he's a billionaire zealot and wants him to stay out of their neighborhoods.

GLENN:  He actually, in a recent court deposition Bloomberg said he believed, "The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights gives you the right to keep and bear arms but in a recent brief to the Supreme Court Mr. Bloomberg's attorneys argued that the amendment was not intended to vest arm power in the citizens acting outside of any governmental military effort, either federal or state."  Jeez, Chris, I mean, how do these people believe that the founding fathers that were afraid of out-of-control governments didn't want people to have guns outside of the government?

COX:  Glenn, they truly believe that they're better than us, that we can't live our lives ourselves, we can't make our own decisions.  The government knows what's best for the little people and they don't believe in this basic freedom.  You are right, it sounds just like the rest of the gun control groups who say, no, we believe in the Second Amendment but we just don't think you should have any ammunition.  We believe in the Second Amendment but we don't think you should have any guns, we think you should just let law enforcement and the military have the firearms.  It's hypocrisy.  They certainly haven't read the Constitution but that's what we deal with on a daily basis and your mayor up there, Mayor Bloomberg, certainly not your mayor but the mayor of New York is right there front and center leading the charge to take our freedoms away.

GLENN:  Well, I would like to understand one question here, if you could help me out.  Chicago's mayor says that the police in Chicago are now outgunned.  Isn't there a gun ban in Chicago?

COX:  It's illegal to own handguns even in your home for self-defense.  Thank you, Barack Obama.  He was one of the leaders of that brain trust when that passed back in the Nineties.  But yes, it's illegal to own handguns even in your home in Chicago and most of the suburbs.

GLENN:  So how is it that the police are --

COX:  The police are outgunned because they won't prosecute the people, the bad guys they do catch with firearms.

GLENN:  Chris, how concerned are you?  You know, Texas, I read a story this weekend that there is a 40% increase in sales -- this story was from Texas, but I have to tell you I shoot down at my firing range in Connecticut, which is also a gun store, and I have to tell you that this guy's talking to me last week and he said, Glenn, it's crazy.  Business is great for me right now.  It is booming.  People are going out and he said, people who are liberals and conservatives, people are just going out and buying guns because they are afraid that Barack Obama is going to get in and if you are not -- if you don't have a gun and you are not grandfathered in, you ain't getting one.

COX:  Well, people are worried.  We saw the same thing in the Nineties when Bill Clinton decided to blame the National Rifle Association and gun owners for all of his personal problems.  But people are worried.  They see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama one day talking about how much they support hunting and how much they support the Second Amendment and then they read a story from Chicago where a gun owner had his house broken into, they stole his house key, they stole his car.  The next night he was tucking his kids into bed, his alarm goes off.  He walks down in the kitchen.  The criminal, the same criminal's back in his house.  He shoots the criminal and wounds him.  He gets arrested and goes to jail.  The Illinois legislature was so outraged by this that they brought up legislation to let at least gun people keep guns in their homes for self-defense.  Barack Obama voted against it four times.  So they understand that election year rhetoric doesn't necessarily mean that it's the truth, that you really look at somebody's actions, that actions speak louder than words.  And whether it's Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, they've shown nothing but disdain for the Second Amendment.  They've shown nothing but disdain for law-abiding gun owners in this country.  They want to title the criminals:  Oh, we need to look, they have a hole in their heart is what Barack Obama said in his Audacity of Hope book:  You have to look at him; he has a whole in his heart.  I would rather the guy have a hole in his chest if he tries to murder somebody's family.  Call me crazy.

GLENN:  Who's -- or how much worse is Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton?  Because I know the Clintons, you know, the computers were down every time you tried to go get a gun licensed all through the Nineties.  You would have a heck of a time getting anything done because, oh, the government computers were down.  But they were mysteriously fixed on inauguration day in 2000.

COX:  Glenn, it's like judging an ugly baby contest.  There's really no fair way to pick one over the other than just to say they're both, don't listen to them.  I mean, Al Gore, Bill Clinton was in a duck blind before his election in '96.  John Kerry was in a goose pit before his election in 2004.  It's photo ops.  It's election year rhetoric.  Look at the records.  If you don't take our record for it, do the homework on your -- do your homework for yourself.  Get on the Internet.  Look at the positions they've taken and you'll find out that there's not a dime's worth of difference between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  They both have long records.  Only Clinton just had a longer time to have been lying about supporting the Second Amendment than Barack Obama.

GLENN:  And do you believe John McCain is a friend?

COX:  Well, compared to those two, he looks a lot better than those two.  Now, we've had a couple of high-profile disagreements with Senator McCain and our members and gun owners all over the country know it.  But our number one goal needs to be making sure that Barack Obama doesn't end up in the White House or that Hillary Clinton doesn't end up in the White House because that's the worst possible case for -- worst-case scenario for gun owners in this country.

GLENN:  We have tonight on television, I'm going to do another segment.  I have the governor of Louisiana that, I mean, he was instrumental in getting the bill passed --

COX:  That's right.

GLENN:  To where you can -- to where the government cannot go door to door and collect your guns.

COX:  That's right.

GLENN:  That is -- you know what's amazing to me, Chris, is that that story happened and most America, they don't even know that it happened.

COX:  Glenn, other than you and a handful of others who have been willing to stand up and speak out on that, you are right.  The national news media ignored it entirely.  This was the first time in American history -- think about that.  The first time in American history that they came door to door and pointed guns at good guys and said turn them over.  The other gun control groups:  "Oh, nobody's ever going to take your guns away, NRA's just crazy, listen to them ranting and raving."  It happened.  It happened in New Orleans and it happened when those people needed their guns the most, when there was no 911, there's no cell service, there's no power.  You hear the screams, you hear the gunshots and all of a sudden some authority finally shows up at your house and the unthinkable happens, they take your guns away and leave you defenseless.

GLENN:  Was there no one that said no?  Was there no one, was there not a -- because I've got to tell you, you come for my gun, I am not giving you my gun.

COX:  These poor people, if you think about what they had been through, the devastation of that hurricane and just trying to stay alive and probably the hope that they felt in their hearts when they looked out and they saw the good guys coming, people are there to help them out and all of a sudden you have an AR-15 or an M-16 pointed at your head, things change pretty quickly.  And again this should never happen.  Thanks to the leadership of Governor Bob Jindal when he was in the congress, we were able to get that legislation passed and we're going to make damn sure what happened in New Orleans never happens again because whether it's a manmade disaster or a tornado or another hurricane, we're going to be in one of those sad situations again.  It's only a matter of time.  There's tornadoes going through the country right now.  People, when they need to protect themselves need to have the means to protect themselves and no authority, whether it's local or federal, should be able to take it away from you.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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