Reverend Kenn Blanchard has been a federal police firearms trainer since 1986. He started his journey as a gun rights activist in 1991. In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after he published his first book and launched the Black Man With A Gun website in 2000. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom. He uses his podcast to inspire, entertain and share parts of history that few have heard. He has had over 1.7 million downloads of the Black Man With A Gun Show formally known as the Urban Shooter Podcast.
He is a trained and sought after speaker that recently spoke at Podfest.Us in Florida, and DC Podfest. In 2014 spoken in Las Vegas at the New Media Expo as an expert in niche marketing, and podcasting. He spoke at the SAFE rally in Albany, NY, sharing the stage with the now POTUS, Donald J. Trump. He is founder of Gun Podcast Network that he plans to raise the standard of Second Amendment podcasts.
He is a US veteran. After serving for five years in the USMC he was hired by the CIA and helped create many of the protective programs still in place there. He concluded his career at the Central Intelligence Agency as analyst after 9/11. He went into Christian ministry and became an ordained Baptist minister of the Gospel. He has worked for several defense contractors afterwards sharing his knowledge and experience in counter-terrorism and security.
During this time he became an obsessive entrepreneur trying to find a niche in the firearms industry. He created a training business focused on bringing minorities to the shooting sports and founded a national shooting club from African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. He has been the recipient of the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award of the month (August 1997) and the St. Gabriel Possenti medal from the St. Possenti Society.
Over the past few decades, Blanchard has been involved in almost every pro-rights event that required a person of color to show the diversity of the shooting sports around the country. He has provided commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries, one with the BBC. He has served as a columnist for New Voices Newspaper of Durham, North Carolina; He has served as a director and chaplain of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America.
He has worked with the American Sport Shooting Council, the CATO Institute, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association. The first edition of Black Man With A Gun was featured in the August 2001 edition of American Rifleman. He was featured in the Washington Business Journal on Jan. 2002.
He was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (1999) as a security expert. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He was an advisor/editor for the creation of the Refuse to Be A Victim course book.
Rev. Kenn Blanchard
PO Box 2, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20773
blackmanwithagun at gmail dot com
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