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.

Go to the polls and keep mob rule at bay

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November is nearly upon us, and polls are starting to come out. The most recent was a poll conducted last week by the Washington Post and ABC News that showed Congressional Democrats have an 11 point lead heading into the midterms. The biggest swing, as expected after the Kavanaugh circus, is Independent women who are sliding Democrat 52% to 38% Republican.

This is a significant build on the lead last reported back in mid September. Real Clear Politics took the average of eighteen total polls, minus Rasmussen - because it's uh… Rasmussen - and it showed Democrats holding on to a slim lead of six and a half points.

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If this trajectory holds, it appears that the Left got exactly what they wanted when they tried to destroy a man's life all in the disgusting name of politics. They wanted a repeat of the 1991/92 Clarence Thomas fallout - later dubbed "The Year of The Woman - and they're on pace to get it.

How is it that we are so easily played by these awful people we call politicians? This is something I realize everyone listening right now already knows, but if your first thought is emotion every time someone in Washington opens their mouth… take a step back! Do some research and ask yourself, "Why am I feeling so outraged?" This has never been more important than right now. The left is abandoning the rule of law and moving towards mob rule. There's a reason why they all want to abolish the Electoral College. They want to work you up into a frenzy, and then they want to unleash you on the polling booth. But it's all fake. It's a con.

If fiscal responsibility is this bad now, imagine how bad it'll get with a Democrat controlled House, Senate and Executive Branch. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just released their annual report on fiscal accountability, showing which states are run the most efficiently. Over the past several years, these are the worst run states in the entire Union: Illinois, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island. Notice a common denominator here? Every single one is a blue state.

We cannot hand power over to mob rule.

On the other hand, these are the most efficiently ran states: South Dakota, Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida, Utah, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Montana. Umm, yeah… ALL Red states.

The facts and numbers are there, but the Left doesn't want you to see them. They don't want you doing your own homework… they just want you pissed off! Don't give in to the outrage. We cannot hand power over to mob rule. There's too much at stake.

"May you live in interesting times" it seems, is actually not an ancient Chinese saying, blessing or curse. The strongest match one can find to its origins comes from the Yorkshire Post in 1936:

Sir Austen Chamberlain, addressing the annual meeting of Birmingham Unionist Association last night, spoke of the "grave injury" to collective security by Germany's violation of the Treaty of Locarno.

Sir Austen, who referred to himself as "a very old Parliamentarian," said:

It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, 'May you live in interesting times.' There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us. We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.

I like the quote, Chinese or English, as it gives us a correct or new perspective on strife, should we care to view our struggles as neither blessing nor curse. My father taught this to me as a small child. But I only really learned it in one of the darkest chapters of my life. Alcoholism and divorce. There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it. Will you allow it to change you in destructive ways through anger, bitterness and despair? Or will you allow it, whatever it is, to strengthen you through enlightenment, correction, humility?

There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it.

We have a desperate need for humility in our society from DC to Hollywood. Everyone left and right is convinced that either they are or their side is absolutely right. And if someone on their side strays from the pack, then they must be "a traitor to the race, party or cause". They are wrong and we remain right. Scientific atheists "know that there is no God" even though almost everything they now believe or "know" in science now proves that the scientists that came before them were wrong. How can those whose field has been built on enhancing, evolving, or outright proving that others and their theories were wrong, be so certain? If those who should be the least certain of final truth are now calling heretic for those who disagree, we are indeed living in interesting times.

But it isn't a "them" problem even though that is what the world is currently trying to sell each of us. It is instead a simple "us" issue. Perhaps we don't see it because we are so busy staging, filtering, or enhancing the colors on our Facebook or Instagram pics that we can no longer recognize or even like the simple truth about us and what our life really is. Much of our life is a lie. We have been marketed to since we were born, told that we are not complete unless we wear, consume, own, vacation at or buy product 1 or 2. It has gone so far as telling us that not only are we not good enough if we don't have all of that, but now, we cannot even be a part of the great new society unless we believe and champion (product, politician or party) A, B or C. Opinions have become products.

Now, however, we are in the next and perhaps final stage. We ourselves are the product. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and YouTube no longer see us as the customer, but what we do, think and believe are now commodities. If you cannot fill this line in: "I am ____________ , Someone will always be there to fill it in for you. Buy this makeup to use the word beautiful. This label to let others know "I AM cool, or in style," or even "I AM rich.'

Buy Democrat to be "compassionate," "smarter than others," or "science-minded." It doesn't matter if you really are any of those things in reality, the label is all you need. Buy Republican if you want to be patriotic, support our troops or for family values. We now buy and believe labels and always judge a book by its cover. Buy the label "Christian" and you can love any life you want but you now can use religion to excuse either yours or anyone else's behaviors. Buy the label progressive and you believe in science even though you deny it in basic biology.

Even labels that were never for sale like "courage" come with a price tag, and its price keeps going lower and lower. Now, this once time revered label can be yours for simply saying things out loud to a room full of people who agree with you and will all cheer when you say it.

Labels and words are experiencing a fire sale and it seems "everything must go."

What comes next is always tough.

Heaven knows the proper price to attach to something so celestial as freedom. — Thomas Payne.

Each generation, except for the last, has had to earn and renew their freedom. They did not buy or sell the label the "greatest generation." In fact, it wasn't even them that came up with that title. It was the "boomers." At the time, there were no labels - they just saw themselves as people, as Americans. They saw the crisis not as anyone's fault, but rather as their turn to stand and do the right thing. It is what they did with their "crisis" that made others bestow the "greatest generation" title on them, and only years later.

We are living in a time of great crisis, not much different or of smaller scale than the great struggles of the past. All of the labels we think we have now, will fall away. Those that we have bought will become worthless and every new label will be purchased with blood, sweat, tears and courage.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom.

What we will face, in the end, will not be smaller than what many of our grandparents or great grandparents faced in the World Wars. No less frightening than the global economic unrest of the 1930's. Nor will it be any greater. It will just be ours. And just like the generations past, it will be our choice on whether or not we survive. What a blessing. The boomers feasted off the crisis of their parents and never truly had to choose life or death, freedom or slavery. They never had to push themselves as a group beyond what humans thought possible to achieve something as valuable as freedom.

The crisis we are just now beginning to see is a blessing our parents never received. Each of us will have to pick between black and white, slavery or freedom, good or evil, and life or death. We will all know in the years to come who we really are, if we chose carefully or if we simply allowed ourselves to become. We can become, through this struggle, exactly who we were born to be. Our best and highest selves.

If each of us were honest and began to see this struggle in the proper light, we would admit that it is the softness of our foundations that have caused these struggles. Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom. Look all around you. No matter whom you voted for, you will admit that the country, and perhaps the entire world over, is sick.

We are all feeling it and each of our political doctors are seeing the same symptoms and prescribing the opposite medicine. Each of us, as patients, all so desperate to cure what is killing us, become more and more vested in our own "doctor's cure." Our doctor is right and yours is wrong! At the same times each doctor knows that he or she has everything to lose if his patients begin to seek another opinion, diagnosis or remedy. It is their best interest to keep their patients busy looking at the other side. Meanwhile, none of us stop and ask if the diagnosis is even correct. I guess we are just too busy fighting for what our doctor said.

I am not sure about you, but when I am sick or in pain, I am usually at my worst interpersonally. We all snap at others. We act as our lesser selves. When I am sick, fearful or angry, it is almost always followed by a time where I begin conversations with, "I am so sorry for what I said or did, I was just having a really bad day."

We are all having a really very bad, most difficult day. Everyday, it seems.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin. Many, if not most of those who voted for democrats and those who voted for republican have much in common with those who voted for neither. While parties and politicians try to convince us otherwise, and many of us may have believed it or even engaged in this "warfare," it is becoming more and more clear that our neighbors are not our enemies.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin.

If you are finding this a difficult concept to reconcile, simply ponder what our ancestors came here for, be it three months or three centuries ago. To make a better life, in a country that would allow you to follow your dream, work hard and keep what you built so your children could live a better life than you did and achieve even more than you did. That opportunity came not from this land, or even its people, but rather from its mission statement: "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and pursuit of happiness." While that mission statement was and always be aspirational, it has never been fully achieved. It is shaped and given the best chance to succeed when it is protected by the guardrails of the constitution and bill of rights. It is indeed our laws, which come from our American Thesis, that has created the modern world. It is indeed why people still die trying to get on this side of our border.

Is it too much of a stretch to believe that you and I are not alone in our doubt of our doctors? Are we the only ones left that think our neighbor, who knows how sick we all are, really wants everyone who disagrees with their doctor to die? Maybe they have seen flaws in their practitioner as we have. Maybe if we stop spending all our time looking at what is wrong with "them" and what's wrong with America, we can begin to see the things that are right and good.

Perhaps we are not as sick as some of these doctors tell us we are. Perhaps they are more akin to bad, crooked chiropractors that have done more damage to our spine than good and will bilk us for every dime week after week until we finally say no or are broke. We haven't wanted to listen to our friends, or those who tell us differently, because we feel the fool.

Perhaps we are beyond help and only have months to live, but, I don't think it needs to be this way. If we are going down, I want to go down with my friends and family around me. All of them, even those who told me not to listen to my doctor or the one I angrily chased away because I just knew they were wrong.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out. Easy to lose friends and harder to make them. In the end, our founding documents are just an idea. I think a really good idea. One that says we can and should all be who we choose to be and live the life we build for ourselves with dignity and security.

But that idea fails if no one remembers it or believes in it.

I still do.

I am not a doctor but I think our illness is all in our heads. We have been convinced by those who suffer from some sort of societal Munchausen by proxy, that we are fatally ill and will only survive because of them. I think they need us to be sick and I for one think we as a people have had enough bed rest.

Once we choose to see things the way they are, coupled with who we always strived to be — our best selves — we will be fine and perhaps stronger than ever. I believe if we can once again see the best in each other — put our past in the past, and our strife and crisis in the right light — down the road, some other generation will name this one — I believe it will be good.

But one thing is sure, it will not be one we choose but rather the label we earned.

North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson is a free man and back on U.S. soil. After being jailed for over two years by the Turkish government, U.S. officials secured Brunson's release on Friday.

Brunson appeared in a Turkish court on Friday, where he was declared guilty of aiding groups who attempted to overthrow President Erdogan in 2016, but he was sentenced to time already served. Brunson has always denied all the charges. He and his wife had served as missionaries in Turkey for 25 years without any previous such accusations. Brunson's arrest seemed to be just part of Erdogans's crackdown on any and all threats to his power, no matter how minor.

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The decision to finally release Brunson followed months of pressure and behind-the-scenes negotiations by the Trump administration. The pastor's detainment frayed relations between Turkey and the U.S. Turkey wanted the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric whom Erdogan blames for orchestrating the coup attempt against him. Doesn't look like that's in the cards now.

Brunson and his wife met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday, where Brunson prayed for the president. The media covering the meeting quickly changed the subject to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They wanted to know whether Brunson's release had anything to do with Turkey's desire for the U.S. to put pressure on Saudi Arabia for answers about Khashoggi. President Trump insisted that: "The timing is a strict coincidence. It really is."

That might've been a little more believable if he hadn't tacked on the "it really is" part.

Khashoggi, who works for The Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. The Turkish government says Saudi agents then murdered him and dismembered his body. Saudi Arabia continues to deny any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office.

Pastor Brunson's release will not suddenly thaw relations between the U.S. and Turkey. In reference to Brunson, the headline of a pro-Erdogan newspaper on Saturday said, "Never come back again!"

Pastor Brunson on the other hand, expressed no bitterness toward Turkey during the Oval Office press conference. He said: "We were there for 25 years, and we love the Turkish people."

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office – a humble pastor, devoted to his faith and flock, caught for a moment in the dirty, ruthless, sticky web of international politics.

This weekend, once again, Portland became the stage for radicalism and violence, insanity pretending to be heroic. An extreme, real-world outbreak of the tribal warfare that has shaken our culture and our country as a whole. Of course I'm talking about Antifa.

Yes, there were right-leaning protestors there, but, as usual, they were the ones under attack.

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If only Antifa members realized how utterly postmodern they are—I mean, let's start with the fact that they showed up to an event called the "Law and Order March" with "hard knuckle gloves, knives and firearms." The resultant mayhem has become so common that it would be redundant to give the details. And, more important, what matters here is that this behavior is not only continuing, but worsening.

I don't like to talk about problems and leave people without a solution, or at least a hint of reassurance.

Last week, The Atlantic published an article, titled "Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture"

Here are a few standouts:

Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don't belong to either extreme constitute an 'exhausted majority.' Their members 'share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.' Most members of the 'exhausted majority,' and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

And here's the real clincher, a hard-and-fast, data-based assertion that most of us, most of America, has realized all along but has been too petrified to express:

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are. With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country.

Antifa is the most perfect representation of this bratty population. They, more than any other group or individual, represent the heinous, obnoxious intentions of the New Left. As I have said before, their social justice warfare is inherently postmodern. Their war is against you.

But, there is a way out.

But, there is a way out.

I can assume that if you're listening to me now, you're already going to vote in a few weeks during mid-terms. That's a big one. The other thing you can do is stay informed. And remember that you are not alone, not by far.