Don’t Conceal Carry Your Compassion

As the pastor of patriots, I get some good insight into what some Americans are thinking about.  One of the listeners of the Urban Shooter Podcast had some concerns that inspired me to post this.

King Solomon said that there was a time for everything.

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

One of the things pro gun folks don’t do well is demonstrating how much we care for our communities after a tragedy.  When we prefer to portray ourselves as tough guys and as a result lose ground.  There is a time to show that you are not all Break Free and Brass brushes.  There is a time not to open carry, and not to rub your neighbors face in the poop that your family is secure, whole and responsible.  This is not the time not to wear your “Kill them all, and let God sort them out” t-shirts, tactical pants and “Boonie” hats.  There is a time when showing your heritage with the Southern Cross is not appropriate.  We live in an age of symbols.  You can use this time to be a symbol of a good neighbor.  There is a right and a wrong time for everything.

If you have any compassion for your fellow man, and I know you do, now is a good time to show it.  Many people will not see how the nonviolence movement the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. copied from Gandhi can be applied to supporters of Second Amendment right now.  You might not want to waste your time trying to explain it now.  Many of us don’t quite understand it.  You can’t talk philosophically with a person that is starving physically or intellectually.

The tragedy in Tucson, Arizona isn’t the first time, a mentally ill person has taken the life and wounded innocent people but at the moment to some people it is.  They are searching for solutions to problems of the human condition.  They won’t hear the facts you want to pontificate on through tears.  Instead, use your strong shoulders to comfort.  Use your strength to lead in prayer and consolation, don’t conceal your compassion.

And if you are in the presence of people, family, and friends that are not gun owners, you will hear their sorrow, confusion, and pain as they look for answers.  You might even wonder if there is something more that we can do as Second Amendment people.  Don’t beat yourself up for being empathetic.  You are not selling out.  You are being a good citizen.  Caring is good.  I know you know this so this is just a reminder:

You know that there are over 40,000 gun control laws already on the books and none of them prevented what happened in Tucson.  You know that after the law of “thou shalt not murder” anything we come up with is redundant.  You know that the mentally ill are already prohibited from purchasing a firearm.  You know that even in the year 2011, you can’t control the evil that men do.  You know that no law ever prevented a crime.  You know that evil continues when good people do nothing.  You know that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.  You know that freedom isn’t free.  You know that firearms are already one of the most controlled and regulated mechanical devices in the United States.  You know this is not a perfect world.  You know it’s not about guns it’s about freedom.

I would like to see more pro gun groups leading the charge to comfort the grieving.  Volunteer to be the pall bearers, and shepherd the lost.  You know we can win more friends by being compassionate than sanctimonious?

As gun owners and supporters of freedom we are the sheepdogs in the herd.  We are the shepherds.  We are the law abiding, responsible and compassionate members of our society.  Soften the rhetoric.  Tone down the “rah rah” speeches.  I know you care, so get out and show it.  You can win the undecided to our side more easily by being gentle than with perceived callousness to the current situation.

There is a time for everything.

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192 – Plastic Guns

I thank God for all that He has done for me this year.  I am truly thankful.

This has been an incredible year for me and this podcast.  I have learned a lot.  My son is in college.  My family is whole and happy.  I still have a job.  I am still a pastor.  I have met some great people.  I have talk to many of the people that listen to the show.  I have shared some of my whacky life experiences and you have with me.  Friends of mine have conceived babies, and some have been wed.  Babies were born.  I spoke on the grounds of the Washington Monument.  (The 1st Second Amendment Rally), .  I have been published on Human Events.com.  I have started a new book.  I have been supported by some really great people I call the Urban Shooter Association.  Corporately, Crossbreed Holsters and Lucky Gunner are helping me reach more people.  And I launched  Kenn Blanchard Promotions, a marketing business to support other small pro-gun businesses like, ESS Eyepro, SlateandJones.com.  I met Michael Bane and became a part of DownRange.TV’s blog.  I got a chance to attend the SHOT Show as a media representative.  I went to a bloggers conference sponsored by BlackHawk! and met some awesome women like Barbara Baird, Laura, and Ashley Burgess.  I learned a few things from Todd Jarrett.  Had dinner with some of my listeners and new friends.  Traveled to Hollywood, CA and interviewed some of Hollywoods’ pro-gun actors.  Got the opportunity to review guns from ISSC Austria and Sig Sauer Arms.  I got listed on IMDB.  I am watching the growth of the Gun Rights Radio Network.  I co-published my first kindle ready book to Amazon.com.  Though it makes no real money, I have an ipod ap, like I am somebody.  And through it all still growing as a person.

This week on The Urban Shooter Podcast:

  • Dr. Bruce Eimer, Personaldefensesolutions.net
  • Zombie Strike #51
  • Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Plastic Guns
  • This Year Will Be Different

Barbara  from www.womensoutdoornews.com informs us about wills, estates, how gun buybacks rip of widows and warns against predatory firearm poachers.  Good stuff!

Plastic Guns


Back in the mid eighties, the Austrian gun maker version of Henry Ford created a stir with the production of a new handgun called the Glock Safe Action Pistol.  The “Safe Action” system is a partly tensioned firing pin lock, which is moved further back by the trigger bar when the trigger is pulled.  When the trigger is pulled, 3 safety features are automatically deactivated one after another. When doing so, the trigger bar is deflected downward by the connector and the firing pin is released under full load. When the trigger is released, all three safety features re-engage and the GLOCK pistol is automatically secured again.  Without the tech talk, if you keep your finger off the trigger, the gun won’t fire.

Old timers called it ugly.  The media called it the plastic gun.  The fear was that this gun made from plastic polymers and steel didn’t have as much metal in it as a 1911 Semi auto or a traditional revolver so it would get through metal detectors.  Hollywood jumped on it.

“That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me! You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it costs more than you make here in a month!” –John McClain, Die Hard 2

The news media loved it.  It was the gun to be feared.  It was the gun that the terrorist were going to use to sneak into the White House.

Old timers didn’t help it; they trashed it on the bulletin boards.  It is what they had before forums and Facebook.  You heard jokes about Tupperware.  It was so new, the holsters that came out for it was plastic then Kydex.  Still not something you could brag about.  It wasn’t really customizable either.  But you know what?  It was reliable.  It was like a Timex

The truth was though that it has enough metal, among the 33 parts that make up the gun including the slide and barrel, springs to be detectable.  Why can’t it be plastic?  Because plastics and other synthetic material simply can’t handle the explosions, shock and pressures that the ignition of gunpowder generates. The stuff that makes it a “gun” has to be forged from steel. As such, the barrel, slide, firing pin, frame rails, screws and springs are all quite detectable, and the gun can’t function without any of those.

So, why use plastic? Because it’s lighter, and it doesn’t rust or pit like steel can. It’s a good design choice, and most modern firearms makers produce models with polymer frames.

The hysteria started with a poorly-researched Washington Post article in 1985 titled, “Quaddafi Buying Austrian Plastic Pistol.” Jack Anderson, always a paragon for journalistic integrity, didn’t bother to do any fact-checking, and the rest of the press picked up on it like jackals on a zebra. The whole silly debacle culminated in the Terrorist Firearm Detection Act of 1988, in which our leaders wasted time and money outlawing something that didn’t exist based on an unfounded rumor.

But it didn’t stop the sale and promotion of magnetometers.  Fortune Magazine in 1986

A NEW X-RAY SCANNER TO HINDER HIJACKERS

American Science & Engineering Inc.’s ”flying spot” beam can help inspectors detect plastic pistols, the newest terrorist tool.

By – Eleanor Johnson Tracy

April 28, 1986

(FORTUNE Magazine) – THE GLOCK 17 PISTOL is the latest terrorist weapon to menace air travelers around the world. The simple, lightweight, Austrian-made gun has a suggested retail price of $443 and has 32 pieces — many of them plastic, which does not show up as clearly as metal on X-ray machines. It can be taken apart or reassembled in less than a minute. Airport security officials fear that terrorists could disguise the pieces in luggage and smuggle them through X- ray inspection. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi reportedly has ordered up to 100 Glock 17s. A new X-ray system introduced in January by American Science & Engineering Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, may be the traveler’s best defense…..

Today is different.  Glock has been so successful; they are up to Generation Four, and making goo gobs of money.  They don’t have to advertise their products and have an air of aristocracy that is a little hard to swallow sometimes.  I am not saying they are arrogant but they are definitely not as humble and easy to get to as they were back in 1985.  They are more secretive now that there are other polymer guns and competition is fierce.  Another truth that is rarely discussed is that industrial espionage is bigger and more prevalent than the spy stuff between nations.

Twenty five plus years and counting and now Glock is no longer alone.  Polymer guns are popular now.  Smith and Wesson has its Sigma series, that looks better than the Glock but doesn’t have the reputation or reliability.  They didn’t quit though and came out with a Military and Police pistol that is liked by many, just not me, the M&P has some hardcore fans.  Springfield Armory has the XD.  Walter has a few.  Taurus is break new ground by copying and doing the best of whatever works and has a line of polymer revolvers and autoloaders.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for making this a fantastic year for your friend and brother from a different mother, Kenn Blanchard.  Dr. Bruce Eimer is a guest, Thoughts about family get togethers- “this year will be different”, a joke or two, Barbara Baird, Zombie Strike #51, Wanted Dead or Alive, Shout outs.  Plastic Guns, Glocks and More.  New ad for Massad Ayoob Group.

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177- VCDL

This Week on The Urban Shooter:

  • VCDL president Philip Van Cleave is a guest on The Urban Shooter show to share and introduce this extremely successful grass roots pro gun organization.
  • Zombie Strike #38
  • Bones Hooks sings a Stevie Wonder version of “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”
  • Introducing www.americangunworks.com and www.federalpremium.com as a sponsor for this month
  • Remember SKYNET !!
  • Tip Of The Week:  How To Take A Punch To The Stomach
  • In the News:

The Second Amendment Foundation is helping MD man get his legal right to protect himself back from the Handgun Roster Board.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/29/AR2010072905675.html

And here is the original Lawsuit:  http://saf.org/legal.action/md.lawsuit/complaint.pdf

MANCHESTER, Conn. — Omar Thornton,  a warehouse driver who was asked to resign his job at a beer distributor killed eight people  and wounded  several and took his own life August 3rd.

Grassroots and Boots

On episode 177 of The Urban Shooter Podcast, along with my usual joviality, I got the opportunity to interview the president of a successful pro-rights group called the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).  On the show, Philip Van Cleave spoke candidly and proudly about the group.  I entitled the whole episode VCDL so you can find it later if you ever want to.  They have been around since 1995 and involved in skirmishes that matter to residents of Virginia.  This local assembly of pro-gun people has made an incredible impact in their state by doing what grassroots movement do.

Driven by their desire to keep the U.S. Constitution from being maligned and misinterpreted by defending the Second Amendment the VCDL has done more locally for the rights of gun owners in Virginia than anyone.  I have witnessed their work and except for their own small celebrations they have received little public acknowledgment.  I wish to give my brothers and sisters in arms a big thumbs up from where I sit.  I appreciate them because they are aggressive but not disrespectful.  They are apolitical but focused.  It’s amazing to see a organization move as effectively as this one does without as many resources as some have.  It is a testament to the power of the American people.

The VCDL holds small rallies and restaurant open carry events that draw good numbers.  They are good at communication and have progressed from the fax to Facebook.  They move with the effectiveness of a small guerilla group.  I have seen them at all pro-gun events with the familiar hunter orange buttons proclaiming simply but effectively that Guns Save Lives.  They are the ‘boots” on the ground that politicians and money hungry national organizations wish they could control.  Several states have adopted their template.  One of the notable things about the group is simplicity.  Even their website is no frills.  It is easy to navigate and demonstrates that sometimes we can get too obsessed over style versus content.  The substance is there.  You will also notice the absence of mention of well known national pro-gun organizations on the site and in our dialogue.  Donations to sponsor their events come largely from members and gun show coordinators.  This spoke volumes to me as a reminder to all who seek to fight for your rights must do so without the support of traditional groups that have budgets, an image, and may be more interested in maintaining the status quo than helping you win your fight.  Even though we have many pro-rights groups out there, the price of freedom is still depending on how much you are willing to defend it.

Grassroots organizations like this are what made this country one of the greatest nations on the planet.  This is how this country was founded.  This is how we defeated tyranny.  This is how we will continue to defend the freedom our forefathers have died for.  Thank you VCDL for all you do for gun rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It’s the people that are praised here.  They just all seem to come from the same state.  Visit www.vcdl.org and see for yourself.

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We’re Surrounded


The other day, I got a chance to talk to a young African American woman that was considering buying a firearm for self defense for the first time. This was a monumental moment because she was going against the grain. She was a divorced single parent and rabid fan of President elect Obama. She is a new homeowner and bible believing Christian that had suffered a personal loss of family by suicide. All of those pieces make her not a traditional prospective gun owners. What made her decide that now was a good time to consider buying a too for self defense? That question is more important to us all because while some of us are crying in our Wheaties over the election, there is a growing number of Americans that are sensitive to a need to protect themselves. We need to look for people like this woman that are seeking answers.

As a gun rights activist, a firearms instructor, a supporter for the right to keep and bear arms, I have to remind you that it is not over. Unfortunately, her first experience at a gun shop was horrible. She walked into the store and was ignored. No one offered to help her and treated her as a non person.

If there are any gun store owners listening to this right now, I implore you, I beg you to hire someone that is on standby to watch for this type of customer. And if you can’t hire someone with good customer relations skills and able to talk to a customer, then you better step up to the plate. She is not alone. That type of person voted for Sen. Obama but get over that. We have an opportunity. Brothers and sisters let me tell you what time it is.

The US just elected its first African American president. This monumental event exposed the racism that still exists in our beloved country. Do not let the media succeed in portraying gun owners as racist, skinheads, Klansmen, bubbas or uncle toms. Your mission if you choose to accept it is to get over yourself, and focus. Even though the democrats are now the majority and gun control advocates are smiling like barracuda, your enemy is not the President Elect, his vice president or other Democrats but the perception that you are a racist or an uncle tom. Why is that a big issue?

After the honeymoon is over, reality is going to set in on how bad the trouble is in this country. The line between the haves and the have nots is growing wider everything day. Crime is surely to increase. Lawlessness is surely to become a crisis. Your Obama loving neighbors are going to be looking for help to answer their fears. If you can show them, teach them and take them to the range when this happens we will score one for our side. If however you fail and you circle the wagons, and look unapproachable, they will fall into the hands of the legislators, lobbyist, Brady bunch and their ilk for relief.

There are hundreds of people around you that drank the Kool-aid and love the President Elect. Don’t even bring that up. If you can address personal safety, that is what is going to get us over. As sure as you breathe, crime and personal safety are going to be BIG issues under democratic rule.

As protectors of the weak, sportsman, collectors, competitors, law abiding fun loving gun owners of the city, you have the answers. Be approachable. Be likeable. Be available. We have the knowledge of the law, and can provide simple and easy tips for anyone. Be the go-to person.

I’m speaking to give you hope that all is not lost. We are outnumbered, so we have unlimited target selection. Have at it.

Lt Col Chesty Puller is noted for saying:

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time”

That is how I feel about the anti-gun majority of America right now. There are two ways to look at this. One is as a defeated, paranoid feeding into the picture that is being painted of us for buying ammunition, black rifles and what we know will be hard to find items in a few years. The second is realize that as a minority, a smaller unit we a mobilize our forces faster. We can focus and make corrective movements to keep the fight going for the rights of others. “Don’t think of it as being outnumbered; think of it as unlimited target selection”.

Crime is going to increase in the next few years and it has little to do with President elected Obama. As the jobless rate, housing crises, gas prices and the credit crunch spread like a virus, we are all going to feel it. Now is still a good time to teach and reach people about the RKBA. But you have to be ready to lead. You can’t do it if you aren’t in the right position to do so. The right frame of mind. Who are your neighbors going to go to? You or the Brady campaign.

Perception is reality. One of the things I like is that the people in my circle think like me. This is a battle for the hearts and minds. Don’t get caught with your pants down. Don’t let anyone paint you as an idiot, reactionary kook, racist or sell out because you support the right to keep and bear arms. America is going to need you to lead her people. Calling all leaders. Get your head out of your breech and concentrate, focus, and damn it, lock and load.

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