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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476739870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476739878
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (930 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is an eleven-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit and

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The Truth about Guns


After the Newtown massacre in December 2012 it quickly became obvious that gun control was again going to take over the national dialogue. The president, who had barely used the word gun over his first four years in office, was about to rearrange his second-term agenda. Gun control would now be right near the top of the priority list.

Sensing a once-in-a-generation opportunity, controllist politicians and groups began to pounce. News programs devoted full hours to the issue. Opinion hosts like Piers Morgan, sensing an issue to make their mark with, began virtual crusades, discussing the topic nightly. Hollywood celebrities, brought together by the progressive group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, “demanded a plan” to end gun violence via YouTube videos and television commercials. This, of course, despite that fact that many of those who appeared in the videos had made their careers—and their millions—depicting intense gun violence in movies.

It was during this time that I realized the need for this part of the book, something that would answer all the lies about guns that are repeated again and again and often go uncontested. But instead of making up arguments—which would inevitably result in critics saying that no one really makes those claims, or that I misrepresented them—I wanted to use actual quotes. So we started a little project. Each night my staff and I watched countless hours of cable news and read hundreds of newspaper columns and articles. We listened for the quotes about guns and the Second Amendment that seemed to come up most often, the stuff that is so pervasive that it’s barely even questioned anymore.

It wasn’t difficult. Before long we had enough for not only one book, but several of them. We whittled the quotes down to those that seemed to be repeated the most often—and then we sat down with a team of economists, criminologists, and other gun experts and answered each of them with the truth.


“Leaders in Washington from both parties and groups like the NRA all say that now is not the time to talk about how gun safety laws can save lives in America. I agree, now is not the time to talk about gun laws. The time for that conversation was long before all those kids in Connecticut died today.”


“If there’s one thing about the gun debate that everyone seems to agree on, it’s that we’re going to have a national conversation on the subject. Great news!”

—CINDY HANDLER (Huffington Post columnist), January 11, 2013

Actually, we’ve had a national conversation about guns for the last two centuries; you just don’t like the way it turned out. You may not have noticed, but the so-called gun debate was settled quite a while ago.

In 1791.


“[My bill] will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession, not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets. So there will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year . . . . It’ll be ready on the first day.”


Hang on, you’ve been “working” on this bill for a year? Was it just sitting in a desk drawer waiting for a terrible massacre that you could leverage for political expedience?

Wait—don’t answer that.


“[T]he point about guns is that they are so much more lethal than anything else you have around. I mean, that is why the American military arms its troops not with knives, but with automatic weapons.”

—NICHOLAS KRISTOF (New York Times columnist), January 8, 2013

“When [a .223-caliber round] hits a human body, the effects are devastating.”


I know this might be breaking news to Nicholas Kristof, but guns being “more lethal than anything else you have around” is sort of the whole point. The issue should not really be the lethality of the gun, but the psychology of the person holding it. If we are teaching people how to respect their weapons and use them safely, then the times when they’re “lethal” are the times when we want them to be.

Outside of hunting and sport shooting, guns serve as “equalizers.” With a gun, even an elderly grandmother might well be able to fend off an attacker. Violent criminals are, after all, overwhelmingly young, strong males. To them, anything—from a knife to their bare hand—could easily serve as lethal weapons.

And it is not just Grandma. The equalizer argument applies to most women, to older men, and especially to the disabled—a group that is a particular target for robberies. Guns provide the only effective way for them to defend themselves.

The evidence—and there is plenty of it—points to the exact opposite of what Kristof claims: cutting access to guns mainly disarms law-abiding citizens, making criminals’ lives that much easier. Guns allow potential victims to defend themselves when the police aren’t there.

Besides, guns may be the most lethal weapon around that’s easily accessible, but if we’re just talking about overall ability to kill a lot of people, it’s hard not to include explosives, which are used by the military and mass killers alike. The first attack on the World Trade Center, in 1993, was a bombing. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 killed 168 people and was caused by bombs created from such easily available items as fertilizer (ammonium nitrate), a common cleaning solvent (liquid nitromethane), and diesel fuel. And the worst school massacre in U.S. history, in which thirty-eight people were killed, occurred in 1927 and was carried out with a bomb.


“No one is saying that people’s guns should be taken away, or that taking the Second Amendment rights away. No one is saying that [is the answer] . . . ”

—DON LEMON (CNN anchor), July 22, 2012

“Nobody questions the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.”

—MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (New York City), December 16, 2012

“Guys, gals, now hear this: No one wants to take away your hunting rifles. No one wants to take away your shotguns. No one wants to take away your revolvers, and no one wants to take away your automatic pistols, as long as said pistols hold no more than ten rounds.”


“I don’t want to change the Second Amendment. I don’t want to change an American’s right to bear an arm in their home to defend people. I want to get rid of these killing machine assault weapons off the street.”

—PIERS MORGAN, January 7, 2013

“ ‘Gun grabber’ is a mythical boogeyman. No serious person, including Obama, is even proposing taking away owned guns. #StopFearmongering.”

—TOURÉ, February 16, 2013 (via Twitter)

Anyone who’s closely watching the bullying from the controllist crowd, and knows their history, has good reason to be concerned. The environment that’s been created is eerily similar to what nations like the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada experienced just before introducing severe private gun ownership restrictions or banning them altogether.

Here in the United States, the Second Amendment has seemingly gone from being a God-given natural right to a privilege that must be defended. Yet the moment anyone dares voice those concerns they are usually met with mockery and dismissed as a bloodthirsty, paranoid freak who is bitterly clinging to their guns even as the mainstream of society passes them by.

Gun rights advocates are thought by the elite controllists to be creatures with the intelligence of a Neanderthal, stubbornly unwilling to accept “commonsense” gun control measures that would allegedly save the lives of countless American children. The mere mention of a “slippery slope,” with the Second Amendment itself being the real target, is brushed off as laughably preposterous conspiracy theory.

The truth—which, as you’ll soon see, is not a conspiracy or a theory—is that there are many controllists who want nothing more than to ban guns. They admire Australia and the United Kingdom and Japan and believe that the “civilized” nations of the world have evolved and left America behind. Those countries are the grown-ups while we Americans are the toddlers throwing temper tantrums in a corner.

But controllists have a major problem: the Bill of Rights. Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms—and lots of people want to keep it that way.

According to a December 2012 Gallup poll, 74 percent of Americans oppose a ban on the possession of handguns. So that leaves controllists in a bind: They believe that guns have no place among civilian...

More About the Author

Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint ( that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at and

Customer Reviews

Very informative and well written.
Robin Cain
Glenn Beck does a great job researching and presenting the facts about guns and boiling the "gun control debate" down to the real issue: Control.
Kevin M. Pulley
It will open a lot of peoples eyes if they would read it!
Al Bidwell

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315 of 351 people found the following review helpful By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 30, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I am a moderate liberal on most issues. If you talked to me a decade ago, I was all over the 'let's get rid of guns' movement. Now, not so much- especially after having had the security of my home violated.

Guns vs. No Guns: Glenn Beck is going to give you an absolutely predictable take on guns/gun violence. If you are pro-gun-control, you are probably not going to like this book.

I agree with some of his arguments- others I do not. I think it is a good thing to have ongoing debates regarding security and constitutional rights. This is, however, a little like the pro-life/pro-choice argument. I don't think there is ever going to be a pat answer(or legislation) that satisfies all.

People do stupid things. Guns are deadly. This can make for a very bad equation. But the same could be said of cars and a million other things. Beck does make an argument similar to this- it isn't the gun, it is the person willfully acting with the gun. He does cite alot of statistics and various studies including one that links children's exposure to media violence to actual violence(I think this study said the media desensitizes children in such ways that they may have more of a propensity for violent behavior).

The book was pretty short. I did like the way Beck addressed the issue- he took quotations from all sorts of sources: studies, tv talking heads, etc.. He then responded with both his opinion and often some statistics to back his view up. At times, the book is a bit misleading because the 'real' statistics get mashed up with anecdotal evidence. I think that some of the studies cited could be a touch out of date.
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146 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on April 30, 2013
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This is a well written and authoritative tract on what so-called "gun control" is really about. It's not about guns, it's about control. Whoever controls guns controls everything. This makes for a very original premise that I appreciate very much. It's also a quick read at a great price.
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140 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Jessee on May 1, 2013
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All of the interviews that pro-gun and anti-gun advocates are giving in the media are starting to reveal there's something rotten in Denmark. This book neatly summarizes tangible facts, and arguments (albeit some rather specious) exposing many gun control "facts" as fabrications.

John Lott, one co-author bravely goes on the talk shows and is lambasted, insulted and shouted down by Piers Morgan, Wolf Blitzer and others, when trying to communicate the falsity of facts presented by gun control advocates. When Lott tried to counter the Brady Campaign spokesperson's claim that 1.6 million felons and mentally ill persons were denied guns by an effective NICS background check system, Blitzer called him a liar, denied the facts that the DOJ reports indicated 95%+ of the 1.6 million were false denials and that only 13 prosecutions resulted, and said Lott was the only one making such false claims about the supposedly true gun control facts. Not only does the media enable and spread the lies, but they lie about their lies.

The book rightly condemns the media for colluding to advocate political ends rather than reporting the news. Many, if not most journalists can be more aptly labeled as media-funded lobbyists attempting to sway opinion by suppression and distortion of facts.

Senators are not stupid. The 90% of the public that supposedly supports (or supported) extended background checks (including a supposed 80%+ of NRA members) should lend any politician comfort that voting for more such gun control would only aid their re-election efforts. But Senators didn't fear supporting the bill based on the 10% that opposed the bill, or the 4 million NRA members, because they knew the 90% statistic that the Obama Administration and media touted was bogus. A pollster fabrication.

This is a book that will be vehemently trashed by anti-gun advocates and lauded by pro-gun advocates. But it will help the truth emerge.
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131 of 154 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2013
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I've only read one other book by Glenn Beck and he has some views with which I don't agree. Control, however, is a well-reasoned approach to the gun control debate which breaks down the arguments that are propagated by the media in order to manufacture a case for "reasonable gun control." This book is backed by legal and historical research, and I commend the individuals who assisted the author in this regard. I'm not sure this book will change any minds, although it is an excellent resource to cut through the emotion-based arguments of gun control advocates. Ultimately, this issue depends on your perspectives on individual freedom versus the State.
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105 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Amyzon on April 30, 2013
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This book successfully provides detailed facts to contradict any gun control advocate's arguments. I am quite impressed with the plethora of statistics and truths the book provides, but more so by the amount of reference material the book provides. I urge you to set aside any differences you may have towards Glenn Beck and suggest you read this book if you have any interest in participating in the current nation-wide gun debate. Highly recommend.
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133 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Steel on April 30, 2013
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This is an important and critical book for all citizens who believe in freedom and the US Constitution whether or not they own firearms. "CONTROL" clearly lays out the positive case for firearms ownership and the reasons that more legislation is unnecessary and would be ineffective for it's stated purpose of preventing gun violence.

The most important message in the book is that gun control is about the control and harassment of law abiding citizens while ignoring or excusing the actions and attitudes of law breakers. It is designed to intimidate us in to a false choice of surrendering our liberty for the illusion of safety.

Politicians are trying to lull law abiding citizens in to supporting background checks and a national database...nothing for a law abiding citizen to fear...really? Before you agree to this bait and switch here are some questions to consider regarding background checks and databases:

1. What information goes in to the database?
2. What happens if the info is inaccurate?
3. How do you clear your name?
4. How do you know what information is being kept in your record or that you even have a record?

I have some real life answers to those questions based on existing California gun laws. A friend, who was hospitalized over 10 years ago for depression and suicidal thoughts, tried to purchase a firearm two years ago. As a law abiding citizen with no record, he was surprised that the purchase was denied . Turns out that a clerk mis-coded his hospital record. The incorrect code came with a lifetime ban on gun ownership. He was completely oblivious to this because there was no adjudication and no notification to him at the time the record was created.
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