Otis McDonald – September 17, 1933 – April 4, 2014

Otis McDonald and Rev Kenn Blanchard

April 5, 2014 | Posted in Community, News | By

I found out on Facebook that our friend Otis McDonald had passed away. My wife said that is one of the reasons she despises social media but I didn’t see it that way. Its faster in some ways, just not personal. (thank you Sarah, Valinda and Fred) It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. I also know that Otis has been suffering on and off physically for some time.

Otis McDonald was the lead plaintiff among a handful of great people from Illinois whose case went to the US Supreme court in June 2008 passed away on April 4, 2014. The case – McDonald v. City of Chicago ruled that its handgun ban violated the Second Amendment, and that the right to keep and bear arms was incorporated to the states via the 14th Amendment. Mr. McDonald was an important person and became the front man for us as the Second Amendment Foundation backed him through the two year fight for our rights.

He was a kind, and gentle Christian man, that told me he was amazed at the reception he was getting from “white folks around the country.” We joked about how he was a recognized name in the gun community but nobody knew who he was at the store down the street. I totally understand that one. His case was one of the few, I had nothing to do with but so honored to have met he and his family years ago. Thanks to the Illinois State and Rifle Association, I got the opportunity to speak a bunch of times in Chicago on the local level and met more great people.

His nephew, the reverend Dr. Fred Jones is handling inquiries and I believe may be presiding at the “going home services.”

He was born in Fort Necessity, La., and moved north to Chicago after serving in the U.S. Army like many Americans of color did during the Great Migration I spoke about in episode 153 of the Urban Shooter Podcast.

He worked in several jobs before finding is career at the University of Chicago, where he worked as a journeyman engineer. He also worked his way through college, earning a degree in engineering from Kennedy-King College in Chicago. He later served as president of his local trade union.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Laura and their children, Chandra and Sheila, both of Chicago, and two other daughters, Jessie Marie, and Dorsey, and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Kelvin.

Please send a card, a donation and or a note directly to Mrs. McDonald. She would appreciate hearing from all of us who love and support her husband.

Mrs. Laura McDonald
10752 So. Church St.
Chicago, IL 60643

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POST (Protecting Our Students & Teachers) Program

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February 12, 2014 | Posted in Community, News | By

Joe Kalil is helping spearhead an effort in Kentucky to train teachers and school personnel to safeguard children from these threats.

Joe Kalil is an elected County Constable, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, owner of a firearm training school, and former Army Officer and pilot.

Kalil has the qualifications to help bring this opportunity to pass.

The program is known as POST – Protecting Our Students & Teachers — and it’s designed to deter and stop active shooter threats in our schools.

In fact, POST is based on the highly successful commercial airline “armed pilot” program and has widespread law enforcement support.

To this end, there is an informational meeting coming up in less than two weeks in Burlington, Kentucky. You are encouraged to attend if you live near there. But even if you don’t, you are encouraged to contact Joe Kalilabout getting a meeting sponsored near you.

So please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 19 — and plan to attend a presentation that will inform you on what YOU can do.

Here is the DATE and LOCATION:

Wednesday, February 19th at 6:00 pm
Boone County Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike (Hwy 18)
Burlington, KY 41005

What can you do to support POST?

  • ATTEND the February 19th presentation & invite others 

  • Ask others to LIKE & FOLLOW the POST Facebook & Twitteraccounts

  • SUBSCRIBE to their newsletter.

  • SHARE what they post to Facebook / RETWEET what they postto Twitter (let your networks know about POST)

  • CONTACT every member of your school board & express your support of the POST Program (go to the TAKE ACTION page of the website for assistance)

  • Consider RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD yourself (contactPOST for support and assistance)

Please help the POST program succeed by forwarding this message to those you know.  Let’s take action before our children are harmed.  

For more information, please contact Boone County Constable Joe Kalil for any questions you have. Use the CONTACT link on the website.

POST (Protecting Our Students & Teachers) Program
www.POSTky.org
Facebook:  “POST Protecting Our Students & Teachers
Twitter:  @POSTkyTweets

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Maryland and Target Shooting

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January 16, 2014 | Posted in Community, News | By

In Maryland, target shooting-related spending contributed $168,132,421 to the state’s economy and supported 1,505 jobs.

Retail sales related to target shooting account for nearly $10 billion, with rifle and handgun shooting being the leading contributors, followed by shotgun and muzzleloader shooting. California and Texas are the top two states ranked by retail sales.

Combining data from Target Shooting in America and Hunting in America shows that target shooters and hunters together poured more than $110 billion into the nation’s economy, fueling more than 866,000 jobs.

Target shooters ($8.2 billion) and hunters ($8.4 billion) spend nearly equal amounts on equipment common to both pursuits, such as firearms, ammunition and accessories. Hunters spend more overall than target shooters when factors such as fuel, food, lodging and transportation are included.

 

Read Target Shooting in America: Millions of Shooters, Billions of Dollars or view the report as a printable PDF.

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Taken from the National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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Hurt People Hurt People

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Community, News | By

The senseless murders that happened yesterday at the Washington Navy Yard demonstrate to us several things. First, we as a people are hurting. We are stuck in various stages of living. The sickest of us seek to stop their pain by hurting others and themselves. After the shooting stops we are forced to come out of our bubbles and address those failures. It makes us angry. We are stressed out. Around here its the traffic, the furloughs, the economy, and more. We are anxious about our future, wars, the government snooping, terrorism, healthcare, jobs, education, and even companionship. The answers aren’t easy. The answers can’t be given with microwave quickness and we don’t want to believe that.

We are all seeking solutions but most of us are just scapegoating. The “gun” is the easiest talisman to use. It cannot be insulted. It is safe to say, “if it weren’t for the guns…”. There are so many inaccuracies in what really happened and we are quick to snap at bits that help us debate. First reports had this guy bringing in guns that he did not have. I don’t doubt we will find more than mental illness. It may even be a person radicalized by a religion. It is always a broken person. Someone we always knew that was “a little off, way out there, had personal problems, etc.” and dare we say mentally unbalanced. They are broken because their moral compass broke down. I say that because everything that is legal, or politically correct is not necessarily “right.” Politicians can’t fix people. Laws don’t stop criminals, or the insane. We as a community fell down on the job and let this guy go too far without help.

I have prayed for the families that lost someone yesterday in the Navy Yard. I feel so sorry for the people that were just doing their jobs and had their lives interrupted or ended by a mentally ill man. I watched as you probably did at the confusion and the chaos that went on all day as multiple law enforcement agencies stepped in to stop the madness and bring order back. We didn’t know if it was terrorism, or what. It was a long, horrific day. I waited for tweets from my daughter that works nearby and knew that the activities at my church in that neighborhood would be cancelled that evening. It was tiring.

So now what? There will be knee-jerk reactions for more gun control. The Washington Navy Yard is a gun free zone inside a city where firearms are highly regulated. There will be name calling (gun nuts) or worse for people that don’t have the power, to do something. Gun control is not new. It is easy to rent your mantle, beat your chest or hide your head in the sand. I suggest we appreciate life today. If you are a person of faith, now is a good time to pray. Time to reel in your friends and family. Connect with people you haven’t heard from in awhile. Release your hold from your Smartphone for a while and hug someone.

And finally, remember that September is suicide awareness month. It still takes a village… It’s not the guns. It’s us.

Here’s a Washington Post article that came out today about it all.

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Emily Gets Her Gun

Emily Miller and Kenn Blanchard

September 15, 2013 | Posted in News, Products | By

Our Friend Emily Miller

Last week I got a chance to go to a book signing party with some of the nations most prestigious gun rights activists debuting and purchasing Emily Millers’ first book, “Emily Gets Her Gun”.  It was really a nice event.  I was just going to support my friend, I ended up having a ball.  I am proud of her.

 

Emily Miller became a gun rights activist like you and I did. It was not a goal. It was not a choice. After you discover that no one has the responsibility to protect you but you, your eyes are opened. Once you discover the history of gun control has nothing to do with safety, things change. After you are prohibited from buying what you want because of useless legislation and political grandstanding, the eagle within you is awakened.  We become activist because right is right and wrong is wrong.

Many of us learned of Emily’s story through her writing as a journalist for the Washington Times. She became a gun owner after thorough investigation and exposure to the laws of the District of Columbia that prevented honest people from being able to get a gun for self defense or any reason a free person would choose.

She is not the stereotypical gun owner. She is a beautiful, single, professional woman. She is petite. She is fit. She is smart. And people want to hate her.  She is my friend. If you follow me, she is your friend too.

I have met her parents. I have met her employers. She has worshipped in my church. I know her to be a successful Sunday school teacher. She is now the author of a new book describing her findings and the journey it took to get here as this person we see today.

On my 300th episode of my podcast, I had her as a guest. We interviewed each other and there is a video about it.  I got her to sign a copy of her book and got ideas for the day that I get my book out.   Emily Miller and Kenn Blanchard Emily Miller Signing Kenn Blanchard book

Please support her and buy a copy today.

You don’t have to buy it from this link. You can go to the store yourself and pick it up but support one of our own.  

 

 
 
 

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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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