Backstage at the NRA: Remembering the 2012 National Convention.

by Mark Mabry

I came to the NRA National Convention last year with Glenn Beck. This year he asked me to come back and be a fly on the wall again... to write some of my impressions of what is going on.

Before I start on this year though, I have to expiate last year's stories, because they matter. They’re relevant.

Scene 1: NRA Convention St. Louis

Glenn was down that week. Heavy.

“Are we even making a difference?”

Sometimes he would email this question in the middle of the night to people in the company.

We hit the NRA trade show floor right away. Not wanting to detract, Glenn threw on a ball cap... (evidently he felt that his only distinguishing physical feature was a shock of white hair and that being 6’4 with a face that had recently graced the TVs of most redhouseholds in the nation wouldn’t give him away).

Walking through a cafeteria of about 2000 people, someone said quietly to his friend...

“Is that Glenn Beck?”

It spread.

One guy stood up and started cheering. Soon the entire hall was cheering. I looked over at Glenn who by now had removed the hat.

He was wiping his eyes.

Question answered. A difference was being made.

Scene Two: Preparing for the Speech

Glenn was knocking them dead in speech rehearsal with Stu and Pat in his room.

In the car to the stadium Glenn says, “This is the funniest talk I’ve ever done.”

Then he asked, “Who is speaking before me.”

“Larry the Cable Guy, sir,” came an answer from the front seat.

“You have got to be kidding me,” Glenn suddenly didn’t feel so funny.

Talk notes be damned.

Scene 3: Glenn’s Green Room

Larry the Cable Guy was killing it and the crowd was roaring. Glenn was watching the green room TV- crossing out jokes on his talk.

A knock at the door. It was Ted Nugent and his beautiful wife.

Ted was dressed in camouflage shorts, a t-shirt, a cowboy hat... and flip flops if I remember correctly. Glenn was in a suit.

Ted ran in and gave him a hug. The hug itself isn’t totally relevant, but the type of hug is why I mention it at all.

This was a mutually empathetic hug. It was quick, but weighty.

It was a moment between two men, who at the time, were under attack by some of the best PR guys in the business. To marginalize either Glenn or Ted would be to marginalize a whole swath of people.

Bible, Guns, and Religion people.

Nugent sat on the couch and launched into a story about Chesty Puller,

“the baddest F--er to ever put on a Marine uniform.”

Then he tried to do what I’d seen congressmen, businessmen, and well meaning conservatives try to do for the prior 6 months. He started,

“Glenn, what’s your deal with Romney?”

Glenn’s answer isn’t the important thing, because he had given it on air a hundred times. But Ted did something different.

With no double-speak, no agenda, no pending appointment in DC; Ted said to Glenn,

“I have sat knee to knee with Mitt. He’s the real f---ing deal.”

“Where is he on guns?” Glenn asked.

“He’s right. He’s with us.”

Ted had tears in his eyes at this point.

“Glenn, he is for real. Trust me.”

Ted gave the best pitch I’d ever heard on Romney... and possibly the only one that would have been rated R.

2012 was do or die time, we all knew it.

We knew that the Second Amendment was hanging by a thread and that with a Democrat congress and Obama back in office, we’d have to go through hell to keep it uninfringed upon.

Well folks.

Welcome to hell.

Any question that we had in 2012 is now a reality.

The next three days will be historic.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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