CNN Gushes Over Former Marine Who Voluntarily Turns Over Guns to Police 

CNN is gushing over Ben Beers, an Oregon gun owner who voluntarily turned his guns over to police in the wake of the mass killing at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Beers, a father and retired Marine, posted a video on social media about his decision to quit exercising his 2A rights.  

“I no longer want them,” Beers said on TikTok. 

“I know this will not change legislation or anything to do with gun culture in America but hopefully it’ll be a form of symbolism and hopefully America can wake up because no other country has the problems that we do with gun culture and ideation and gun violence like we do,” he said.

Beers turned in a 9mm handgun and two AR-15s to his local police station. 

In his interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Beers says, “It’s not patriotic to own a firearm.”  

He also tells Camerota he doesn’t worry about being defenseless in the instance of a home invasion, despite having two small children. 

“I’m not seeing crime reports that show many break-ins with families being slaughtered for no apparent reason.  Home invasions or break-ins are usually for theft and when the homeowner is gone,” he says.  “I don’t think someone’s out trying to take my life.” 

Camerota concludes the interview by saying, “We thank you for being brave enough to share your story and we thank you for your service.”

GunsAmerica also thanks Mr. Beers for his service. We’d add that he’s a grown man and he can exercise his 2A rights in the manner he sees fit. If he doesn’t believe he needs to keep and bear arms for self-defense or other lawful purposes, well, that’s totally up to him.

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But the notion that self-disarmament by responsible gun owners is a noble and brave endeavor, as Camerota insinuates, is totally absurd.

As Jordan Peterson correctly observed in his book “12 Rules for Life,” evil thrives when capable individuals refuse to take responsibility for their safety.

“The forces of tyranny expand inexorably to fill the space made available for their existence. People who refuse to muster appropriately self-protective territorial responses are laid open to exploitation as much as those who genuinely can’t stand up for their own rights because of a more essential inability or a true imbalance in power,” wrote Peterson.

“Naive, harmless people usually guide their perceptions and actions with a few simple axioms: people are basically good; no one really wants to hurt anyone else; the threat (and, certainly, the use) of force, physical or otherwise, is wrong,” Peterson continued.

“These axioms collapse, or worse, in the presence of individuals who are genuinely malevolent. Worse means that naive beliefs can become a positive invitation to abuse, because those who aim to harm have become specialized to prey on people who think precisely such things,” wrote Peterson.

Being harmless or defenseless in the face of evil is not a virtue. It’s not something that should be embraced or lauded or encouraged.

And then, of course, there’s this:

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  • Clint Wilde June 12, 2022, 10:01 am

    He made two mistakes, #1, he gave away his firearms, #2, he just advertised to the CNN and now the world via internet, passing his story everywhere that he has no guns and thinks home invasions and attacks are nothing to worry about. He needs to post one of those signs all anti-2A folks need on their front yard about no firearms in their house if he is so concerned about it. Oregon is an odd state, maybe more odd than California since at least in CA, there are no city downtown’s still occupied by transients that the citizens are afraid to go to.

  • Randy Johnson June 11, 2022, 2:16 am

    Crimony, what an absolute idiot. So, he is gambling that he won’t become a vicitm instead of trying to proactively trying to protect himself and his children. Yeah, chances are he won’t become a victim of, say, a home invasion, however, if he is, then he is SOL at that point. Of course, he could just call one of the crisis counselors to come out and try to talk sense to the perp. These stupid libtards might as well just roll over and let the criminals walk all over them. I bet the perps love hearing such good news stories. Way to go moron, and stop telling us what is or isn’t patriotic. I think it is unpatriotic to sell out your fellow man with your anti-2A BS. You are a tool and are also being used as a tool by the leftist propoganda machine. You don’t even deserve to be called a Marine. Next time we go to war, we can just show up with boquets of dasies and just reason and plead with the enemy to engage in a warm embrace instead. OMG, where do they find these pathetic people.

    • Mike V June 12, 2022, 3:59 am

      I’ll bet $100 Gunny’s name for this blob was “Nancy”. An absolute disgrace to the name Marine. Half a century ago I was 82nd Airborne and I STILL have no desire to surrender any of my multitude of weapons, and out of all of them not a ONE has killed anyone. They have killed untold numbers of dove, quail, ducks, geese, deer, rabbits, squirrel, hogs, snakes, coyotes and half a forest of targets, but for some reason no people have been harmed. I thought these weapons were capable of spontaneously mowing down people by the carload, but I guess mine are just better disciplined. And when my 5’1″ 90 lb wife was being harassed and tried to be run off the road, she pulled out a Walker Colt muzzle loader from under the seat and laid it on the dash, and the maggots almost wrecked trying to get away from her. This was before concealed carry, and being black powder it wasn’t a “firearm”, but all it took was the sight of it to scare away human debris and possibly save a life. If this thing that called herself a “Marine” can’t comprehend that, he deserves whatever he gets. I just hope nobody harms his innocent family, because he cretainly isn’t fit to protect them.

  • Martin D June 11, 2022, 12:18 am

    Hey Moderator. Lick some cop boot while you are at it! kiss, kiss,kiss

  • tom Laccabue June 10, 2022, 9:17 pm

    Gee whiz someone just hit a guy with his car so I’m gonna sell mine!! Frickin’ idiot!!

  • no baloney June 10, 2022, 8:20 pm

    I decided to purchase a new AR – 15. Thank you for inspiring me to make my decision. God Bless You.

  • THEODORE EDWARD BAER June 10, 2022, 7:59 pm

    Weak people will cave without you even touching them or saying anything to them or about them. 👶 That’s not brave.

  • Ger June 10, 2022, 7:04 pm

    There they go again, exploiting This poor Marine’s TBI for their own BS purposes. Reprehensible.

  • Jason M June 10, 2022, 6:11 pm

    Someone ate too many crayons.

  • Lou June 10, 2022, 6:08 pm

    I wonder if he’s going to turn his vehicle over for destruction seeing as two teenagers lost their lives in a horrendous crash in a neighboring town.

  • GreyShadow June 10, 2022, 5:42 pm

    I can hear the sucking sound in my head as his wife pulls the strapon out of his behind. What a spineless idiot. Those cops took those guns home for themselves without a background check!

  • Martin D June 10, 2022, 4:42 pm

    The police had guns at Uvalde. They did not use them for some strange reason. lol!

  • Dave June 10, 2022, 2:38 pm

    Lives in a libtarded state and disarms himself. Stupid is as stupid does.

  • jim June 10, 2022, 1:15 pm

    In light of his symbolic act, I am going to buy a new AR today. I’ve had my eye on the 6.5, but hadn’t decided to buy. Now, I will.

  • Buford June 10, 2022, 1:15 pm

    Good thing seems to lack common sense and is confused not quite operating on a level bubble!
    Accident waiting to happen!

  • D.J. June 10, 2022, 12:46 pm

    The Gunny has the right to do as he pleases . I don’t agree with it ,
    but it’s his right .

    I do think decisions can be made in a state of emotional hyperbole
    that are often reconsidered as emotions subside . Perhaps he will
    change his mind as time goes along .

    Firearm ownership is not for everyone , and it may be best left to
    personal choice , as it is now . However , demanding no one have
    the opportunity to choose , “do as we say “ , so to speak , is inherently
    wrong .

  • Todd June 10, 2022, 12:26 pm

    Just an attention-seeking fool.

    He could have quietly and with dignity rendered them non-op and moved on with his bad self but then, no one would pat him on the head and tell him what a good BOY he is.

    • Lawrence Taylor June 10, 2022, 3:44 pm

      Those who patted him on the skull in praise could careless about his family or his welfare. What a mockery.

  • Terry Edwards June 10, 2022, 12:20 pm

    Anything for a moment in the spotlight. Thanks for bringing yourself to everyone’s attention.

  • Jon Pickle June 10, 2022, 12:19 pm

    More disgusting trash from the garbage liberals, this Marine, I use that lightly he is NO American Marine, he is a Fool? CNN the lying trash media if you call what they say and print news. They just STINK.

  • MIKE OKELLY June 10, 2022, 11:49 am

    COMMIE NEWS NETWORK loves propaganda. and thats what this is

  • Robert June 10, 2022, 10:59 am

    Crayon eating Marines are not always known for being critical thinkers .😂 I wonder if he’ll have himself castrated if the neighbor raped somebody? Or if the his other neighbor kills somebody in a DUI will he turn in all his alcohol and stop driving a car. He clearly did this for a little publicity, what a loser

    • Kane June 10, 2022, 10:23 pm

      I do NOT know or care to hear what a “Crayon eating Marine” is supposed to be. This guy was probably under pressure from his wife and is going through so sort of crisis. Maybe he knows something about himself that compelled him to make this move. He speaks only for himself. Maybe law enforcement is so solid where he lives that he will be safe and sound while civil servants protect him, his family, his home and all his property. Maybe he will regret his extreme decision. He will soon be forgotten.

  • EasyEddie June 10, 2022, 10:48 am

    Surely he doesn’t have to stop with turning in his guns. He could always book wang-removal surgery to prevent rape. That’ll really send a message. Hey, seriously, what he does with his weapons is up to him. It doesn’t affect me at all. If he’s happier now then I’m happy for him. But he may find with his virtue-signaling that he’ll become the Left’s newest ‘poster boy’ for gun control.

  • MIke S. June 10, 2022, 10:23 am

    What a knucklehead! “It’s not patriotic to own a firearm.” ?!?!

    What about the oath to defend the Constitution? What about the Biblical law to defend your family? To defend the innocent …. to guard against evil?

    Useless waste of skin, vet or no vet.

  • Jon Breese June 10, 2022, 10:23 am

    Gun violence, what a myth the that the lame stream media promotes, and people buy it hook line and sinker. It isn’t GUN VIOLENCE ITS VIOLENT PEOPLE USING GUNS!!!

  • Jim Farmer June 10, 2022, 10:18 am

    This guy just looks like he shouldn’t have a weapon . . . He ought to fit in good out there in Oregon.
    Did you know now in Cali the new thing is, if you support gun bans you put out a Red porchlight ????
    Good Lord, we are doomed . . .

  • Storm Rider June 10, 2022, 10:13 am

    Sure glad this snowflake was never with me in a stack going through a hot door. The Marines I worked with on joint operations were all studs.

  • Mark Diesel June 10, 2022, 10:07 am

    This will not fix adamn thing when crooks don’t give famm about you or your rights just like the government they do what they want and flip you the bird politicians are worse than the criminals you now what the crooks want the politicians just sneak it past you under the lastest incident that happened seriously sucks to be normal American these days 🙈🙉🙊

  • Big Al 45 June 10, 2022, 10:03 am

    Eeh, who cares?
    Symbolism over substance.
    And once again, “gun violence” is a CRIME problem, NOT a ‘gun problem.
    These alleged ‘Mass shootings’ are most often Gang violence, yet not one thing is being done about that.

  • Michael J June 10, 2022, 9:53 am

    He just declared himself a gun free zone in liberal Oregon.

  • Tommy Barrios June 10, 2022, 9:48 am

    All I see here is a disgrace to the Marine Corps… who is obviously now a Brainwashed Indoctrinated Communist Criminal and possibly also a Seditious Traitorous Chinese Communist Puppet Lao! 🤬

    Time for Civilian Tribunals and Institute Lottery Firing Squads! 🤬

  • Steven Mark Walker June 10, 2022, 9:46 am

    I love the way the liberal media trots this guy out, like this is the opinion of all veterans. Got news for you for every veteran you can bring out with this mind set I can give you 20 veterans that feel the complete opposite

  • Charles Goldsmith June 10, 2022, 9:39 am

    I glad I didn’t serve with him.

    • Jeff Kyle June 10, 2022, 11:41 am

      Same here. It boggles my mind thinking this guy could have been serving on active duty. How did the drill instructors let this sweet pea get passed them?

  • Alan1018 June 10, 2022, 9:37 am

    Giving up you guns because some else committed a crime with a gun is like getting a vasectomy because your neighbor has too many children.

  • Richard June 10, 2022, 9:31 am

    What a cowardly pussy

  • kb31416 June 10, 2022, 9:09 am

    The final meme beat me to my comment.
    This guy is at best a section 8 FORMER marine.
    Good luck to him when the rampaging hoards descend on his neighborhood and home, such as happened so recently in Portland and elsewhere. I’m sure that he will be happy living in the next CHOP, or similar, with BLM marxists running his and his family’s lives.

    • David Boerboom June 10, 2022, 4:28 pm

      Well.. you know what they say………

      . . ….if you ain’t CAV, YOU AINT SHEOT!

      Sound the Charge.

  • Horticultural_simon June 10, 2022, 8:56 am

    Unless he was planning to harm someone with his firearms, this is pointless virtue signaling. $20 says within the next year or so, this jackass will announce his run for some political office. He will trade on his “former marine” status to try to win people over who wouldn’t normally vote for anyone anti gun. The twist is; he will run as a Republican so the left can flaunt that it isn’t republicans but it’s the “alt-right” or whatever nonsense term they have. He will be the new McCain/Romney/Crenshaw…whatever.

    • Dee Ude June 10, 2022, 1:57 pm

      Yes, unless he had thought about a school shootup…. Simply pointless virtue signaling.
      But you caught something I missed…. Where is the Gain in this for him??? ….
      It would now be a cinch for him to get Elected to Whatever in most all of Central to Northern Oregon
      The fact that he Announced this on Face Crook was a Big Clue!
      Although a stupid Act like that probably would NOT fly in most of Southern Oregon!

  • David M Dobbs June 10, 2022, 8:40 am

    This guy is an idiot
    Guns don’t kill people by themselves
    A crazy person will find a way to do harm with whatever
    He just told people come on over to house I wouldn’t try to stop you
    Innocent people are killed almost every day in their homes
    Wake up stupid
    My wife & I will always try to protect our family with a firearm
    We also will not comply

  • JohnL June 10, 2022, 8:38 am

    Great! Hope you enjoyed your 15 seconds of fame, it cost you enough. Now, you can fade back into obscurity.

  • George June 10, 2022, 8:02 am

    I do have some hand guns, (regular pistols to unknowleged persons) but my first home defense weapon would be one of my easily accessible shot gun pistols. If I have a need to shoot, I don’t intend to miss.

  • Patrick June 10, 2022, 7:58 am

    Talk about an empty-“jar”head. What an idiot. Yeah we will see when shit hits the fan, this moron will be back at the gun store desperately trying to purchase another gun. And no, it’s not most of the time homes are empty during home invasions. So you are willing to take that chance of having ur whole family slaughtered or being tied up and at the will of criminals during this time of great increase of violence?

  • D June 10, 2022, 7:54 am

    He must have been the cook in the Marines.

    • JK June 10, 2022, 10:58 am

      Hey, don’t insult Marine cooks! All Marines are rifleman first…..well, maybe except for this moron.

  • Anthony Martinello June 10, 2022, 7:50 am

    His action will prove nothing, it will save nothing. I would like to know how much he was paid for doing this, and by whom.

  • Bill June 10, 2022, 7:39 am

    Only time will tell if choosing to leave his family defenseless is the best way to halt crime symbolically or otherwise. “Forgive him, Lord, for he knows not what he does.”

  • Dr. Strangelove June 10, 2022, 7:20 am

    And all this time I was told that there was no such thing as a former Marine.

    • Chuck Matson June 10, 2022, 7:34 am

      Yeah…looks like there is one.

    • Tarheel Realist June 10, 2022, 8:19 am

      Chesty is clawing his way to the surface to dress this Jarhead down…the “sissyification” of the US sashays on by.

      • Dee Ude June 10, 2022, 2:07 pm

        I was not a Marine…. But sure know who Chesty was! You simply cannot research US Military History of the 20th Century….. Very thoroughly without reading about his Exploits!
        Another superior Leader was Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr…. ( Lt Gen) The highest Ranking Officer killed in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.
        He fought to keep the different Branches of Service from fighting each other! LOL

    • TJ Reeder June 10, 2022, 11:13 am

      There is no such thing as an X marine. But being a former Marine is a thing. I’m a Marine, I only served 4 years but I’m still a Marine, not a “former” anything. I’m old and beat up and can’t do much but I’m still a Marine, they can’t take that away from me.

      I don’t know this man, and for all I know he has more combat time than Chesty, but he doesn’t seem to have the spirit that makes him one.

      As for giving up his weapons, no Marine would ever do that. But he can if he wants and likely that makes us all safer.

    • Jeff Kyle June 10, 2022, 11:38 am

      There’s no such thing as an ex-Marine. If this guy’s a Marine, I want to see a DD214. Otherwise this is just another wannabe trying to make themselves look like something they ain’t. And, while possible, I’ve never heard of a Marine that would even consider disarming themselves.

  • Dr Motown June 10, 2022, 7:10 am

    Undoubtedly a “true believer” in unicorns, fairy dust, Joe Biden, and other liberal fantasies

  • St.Michael June 10, 2022, 6:53 am

    Shows that Pavlov’s theory works on the weak willed n minded

  • Rogue patriot June 10, 2022, 5:55 am

    Now you have just let all the criminals in your area know your helpless. I get it, but this is just a ploy by media and government to try and get people to comply.. I WILL NOT COMPLY!!

  • James Bradley June 10, 2022, 4:36 am

    Guns don’t kill ppl.. Crazy and demonic does.
    I keep guns so I don’t have to hurt ppl…
    That has worked real well for 50 years as a gun owner for me..

  • Laddyboy June 10, 2022, 3:24 am

    @bobs your uncle: You mean, like the man who made a SHORT BARRELED RIFLE with the metal cutter? My understanding is; HE WAS NOT ADDRESSED BY THE AFT(xiden)! Never heard of a follow-up information about this AFT-LAW BREAKER.

  • Laddyboy June 10, 2022, 3:21 am

    SOOOOoooo, I take this man to belong to the SHEEPLE CLASS of the DemoKKKrats. This EX-military person decided he cannot trust himself with weapons! It IS a good thing he turned in his weapons. Now, he HAS TO turn in his HANDS due to the TRAINING he received as to how to KILL with his bare hands!!!!! Even SCROTUS has announced and published: “Police are NOT RESPONSIBLE to protect individuals. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PROTECT YOURSELF”.

    • Armed and Dangerous June 10, 2022, 8:26 am

      I agree with you Laddyboy. This guy looks like he has mental problems. Probably best he turned his in.

  • bobs your uncle June 3, 2022, 8:44 pm

    I think it would have been more dramatic if the guns were cut up with a metal saw, lots of grinding sound and sparks, but of course his pointless, overdone, gesture doesn’t do shit.

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