Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday got down on his knees to simulate giving life-saving medical attention to an American flag that had been wounded by anti-gun sentiment following the very real deaths of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut last year.
During his nightly webcast, Beck lamented that "collectivism" had resulted in gun control proposals in states like Colorado, where Democrats have bills to ban concealed carry on college campuses, ban high-capacity magazines and implement universal background checks.
"[C]ollective government has led to disaster every time," he explained. "But statistics only show 6 million Jews in Germany, statistics only show about 30 million in Russia, statistics only show about 80 million in China. So, it's no big deal. Statistics, you know. It probably won't be you."
At that point, Beck fell to his knees and placed his hands on an American flag, appearing to give it medical treatment.
"America is hemorrhaging," Beck warned. "And we're down and we're on the ground. And what do you do? Every time you push something onto the wound to stop the bleeding! You don't even have tourniquet! You just push something down on the wound!"
"If you've seen this in a movie, where there's a body bleeding to death, what do they do? They're like gurgling. That's what America's doing right now! She's down on the ground, she gurgling, we've got our hand on the wound -- some of us!"
"Stay with me," Beck told the flag. "Stay with me, talk to me, don't close your eyes, don't go to sleep, wake up! Wake up! Stay with me!"
He added that Lady Liberty was in "critical condition, but it doesn't have to end that way."
"I'm telling you to get your kids out of these schools. They're indoctrination camps. They're turning our kids against us. They're turning our kids against all of the values that we ever held, they're wounding them even further.... The concept that the individual is greater than the collective, and they are learning the exact opposite in school."
Watch this video from The Blaze, broadcast Feb. 5, 2013.
(h/t: Right Wing Watch)