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.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

Photo by Jim Dale

Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.