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.

The FEC is bad. The House of Representatives isn't doing anything to make it better.

When it passed H.R. 1 by a vote of 234-193 on Monday, Congress attempted to address a laundry list of nationwide problems: rampant gerrymandering, voting rights, and the vulnerability of elections to foreign interference, among other concerns. But H.R. 1, billed as the "For the People Act," also takes a shot at reforming the Federal Election Commission (FEC). It fails.

The FEC isn't good at enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws, and, when it is does, it's often an entire election cycle after the given offense. As it is, candidates don't have much difficulty circumventing campaign finance laws, undermining the fairness of elections and opening the door to further corruption.

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The FEC was created by the Federal Election Campaign Act following the Watergate scandal, as Congress sought a better way to police federal campaign laws and prevent future presidents from interfering with investigations as Nixon had. The FEC has six commissioners, and no more than three can be of the same party. Four votes are required for most actions taken by the agency, and that hasn't been an issue for most of its history. But since 2008, the frequency of 3-3 tie votes has increased dramatically. It's why the FEC is slow to investigate cases and even slower to prosecute offenses. Supporters of H.R. 1 complain, with good reason, that the FEC has become toothless. But H.R. 1's reforms introduce new and potentially volatile problems.

FEC's rampant dysfunction won't be fixed by H.R. 1— the bill doesn't get at what actually went wrong. Since its inception, the FEC has been able to operate without excessive gridlock, and, for the most part, it still does. At the height of FEC turmoil in 2014, the FEC only had a tied vote 14 percent of the time (historically, it has been closer to one to four percent of the time) on substantive matters, although many of these tie votes occur on matters that are particularly contentious. The greater problem afflicting the FEC is touched upon by NBC Washington's findings that the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the FEC almost always vote as blocs. At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

H.R. 1's Democratic supporters instead believe the FEC's six-commissioner structure makes it dysfunctional. H.R. 1 introduces a new system of five commissioners —two from each party and one independent, eliminating tie votes. But that independent commissioner's de facto role as a tiebreaker would grant them far too much power. Save for Senate approval, there's nothing preventing a president from appointing an "independent" like Bernie Sanders or Angus King.

The bill's proponents are aware of this problem, creating a Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel that will help inform the president's decisions. But this panel has problems of its own. The Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel's decisions are non-binding and not public, a result of its exemption from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which ensures the transparency of advisory committees. There are arguments against FACA's necessity, the panel's deliberate exemption from the law undermines the idea that its goal is to ensure non-partisanship. Instead, H.R. 1 will allow future presidents to tilt the scales of the FEC in their favor, a fate the post-Watergate creators of the FEC were so desperate to avoid they originally had members of Congress picking commissioners before the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Apparently, the solution to excessive gridlock is one-party control.

H.R. 1 also seeks to grant unilateral powers to the Chair of the commission in the name of expediency, again giving leverage to the Chair's party, and allows the General Counsel to take actions independent of commission votes. While some of the FEC's problems, such as its notoriously slow pace and the delayed appointment of commissioners under Presidents Obama and Trump, might be solved with legislation, the consolidation of power in the hands of a few at the expense of the FEC's integrity is not a winning strategy.

The FEC is afflicted by the same problem that has afflicted governments for as long as they have existed – governments are made up of people, and people can be bad. The Founders, in their wisdom, sought to limit the harm bad actors could do once in power, and the FEC's current structure adheres to this principle. Currently, the consequences of bad actors in the FEC is dysfunction and frustration. But under H.R. 1's reforms, those consequences could be blatant corruption.

Michael Rieger is a contributor for Young Voices. Follow him on Twitter at @EagerRieger.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed former Starbucks CEO and progressive Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who has not only been disowned by the Democrat Party but he can no longer set foot inside of a Starbucks store because of his success in business.

In this clip, Stu explained how at one time Starbucks only sold coffee in bags until Schultz, an employee at the time, convinced the company to open a Starbucks cafe.

Click here to watch the full episode.

At one point, the owners came close to closing down the cafe, but Schultz eventually managed to purchase the company and transform it into the empire that it is today.

Stu continued, describing how Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, went on to implement liberal corporate policies that earned the company a reputation for being a "beacon" of liberalism across the country.

"And now he (Schultz) can't even get into the Democrat Party," Stu said."That is craziness," Glenn replied.

Citing a "60 Minutes" interview, Glenn highlighted the journey that Schultz traveled, which started in the New York City projects and evolved, later becoming the CEO of a coffee empire.

"This guy is so American, so everything in business that we want to be, he has taken his beliefs and made it into who he is which is very liberal," Glenn explained.

Catch more of the conversation in the video below.


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This weekend, March 17, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at (Council on American Islamic Relations) CAIR-Michigan's 19th annual "Faith-Led, Justice Driven" banquet.

Who knows what to expect. But here are some excerpts from a speech she gave last month, at CAIR-Chicago's 15th annual banquet.

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You know the speech is going to be good when it begins like this:


CAIR-Chicago 15th Annual Banquet: Rashida Tlaib youtu.be


It's important to remember CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Think of CAIR as a spinoff of HAMAS, who its two founders originally worked for via a Hamas offshoot organization (the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)).

A 2009 article in Politico says feds "designated CAIR a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was eventually convicted for financing terrorism."

The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

In 1993, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.

In 1998, CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad said:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Notice the slight underhanded jab at Israel. It's just one of many in her speech, and is indicative of the growing anti-Semitism among Democrats, especially Tlaib and Omar.

Most of the speech, as you might expect, is a long rant about the evil Donald Trump.

I wonder if she realizes that the Birth of Jesus pre-dates her religion, and her "country." The earliest founding of Palestine is 1988, so maybe she's a little confused.

Then there's this heartwarming story about advice she received from Congressman John Dingell:

When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him. And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, 'Oh, my God, I'm so tired of this. I don't know how you've been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie.' And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, 'You know who I'm talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they're all lying to me.' … And he looks at me, and he goes, 'Young lady, there's a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead.'

What the hell does that mean? That she wants to see her enemies dead? Who are her enemies? And how does that relate to her opening statement? How does it relate to the "oppression" her family faced at the hand of Israel?

Glenn Beck on Wednesday called out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric, which has largely been excused by Democratic leadership. He noted the sharp contrast between the progressive principles the freshmen congresswomen claim to uphold and the anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-Israel groups they align themselves with.

Later this month, both congresswomen are scheduled to speak at fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

Rep. Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan's 19th Annual Banquet on March 17 in Livonia, Michigan, alongside keynote speaker Omar Suleiman, a self-described student of Malcolm X with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Suleiman has regularly espoused notably "un-progressive" ideas, such as "honor killings" for allegedly promiscuous women, mandatory Hijabs for women, death as a punishment for homosexuality, and men having the right to "sex slaves," Glenn explained.

Rep. Omar is the keynote speaker at a CAIR event on March 23 in Los Angeles and will be joined by Hassan Shibly, who claims Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, and Hussam Ayloush, who is known for referring to U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

Watch the clip below for more:


This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.