Black and American History: Podcast 308


February 15, 2013 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

The Urban Shooter Podcast

Just under an hour show features interviews with Crusader Weaponry, Barbara Baird, Nikki Turpeaux, news, candid conversations, African American and personal history related to gun control, music from KC and the Sunshine Band, Bobby Caldwell, shout outs to frends and family,,, kickstarter project and Bishop EW Jackson’s campaign for Lt. Gov of Virginia.

This week on the 308th episode of The Urban Shooter Podcast, I don’t talk about .308 caliber anything.   I already did that in an earlier episode.  What I wax philosophically about is American history and my link as a person of color to gun control.  I also give some silly points of references to things that have happened in my life for levity.

I got the chance to interview two guys from Crusader Weaponry at the 2013 SHOT show and Ron Larimer, blogger and podcaster of

The news segment mentions the former LAPD officer that was killed in California after a long manhunt and the recent arrest of a para-olympian from South Africa that I thought was noteworthy.  He recently killed his girlfriend.  I also gave some kudos to Mark Walters of Armed American Radio for his success in growing a pro-gun radio show on terrestrial traditional radio in this day in age.

‘Blade Runner’ Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend


Barbara Baird of interviews Nikki Turpeaux of on the show.

I give an explanation about freedoms network and what I have learned about providing a social media site for fans and friends of the show.

I play a professionally made commercial I made for in appreciation for their help on a future project of mine called

I have a kickstarter program trying to raise money (2K) for equipment to expand the success of my podcast into a web series.

I introduced a new segment with a story from Aesop’s fables that I hope to add every week (till I run out) with a moral and thought to ponder.  I believe that gun owners, are some of the best people in the world and need encouragement, enrichment and entertainment in a time when they are constantly defending their right to live free, love and protect their families.  My show seeks to fill in a more holistic approach to our lives than just guns.  We are more than that.

In honor of those I love, Bones Hooks renders the opening of a Bobby Caldwell song and concludes with a KC and the Sunshine Band classic interrupted.





 Ban these magazines:

Oprah, Martha Stewart, Vogue, People, ABC Soap Opera

Ban these guns:

Nail Guns that fire over 300 nails.
bubble guns
Stupid looking cartoon fish bubble guns.




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.



Invictus: The Urban Shooter Podcast

fight the power baby

January 3, 2013 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By


The Urban Shooter Podcast # 302 


Invictus, meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin

This week Bones Hooks with the help of some clips from the Vaudevillian past open with a Marvin Gaye song.  Kenn Blanchard is preparing for the New Year, starting with SHOT Show where he hopes to reconnect with new friends and hopefully find a sponsor for a television project.  All he needs, is your continued friendship, well wishes and prayers.

Red Skelton shares the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Kenn shares what he did over the holidays and sent out a letter to you (if you are on his mailing list) to contact your Congressperson.  One of the most effective methods for a gun rights activist is to send a personal letter to congress.  It beats email, and phone calls which can be screened by interns that don’t have the same impact as a physical piece of paper.  I know its old school but so is our government.  Will you help us out by taking a few moments and sending your representative a letter?

  1. Emily Miller’s post about illegal magazines in the District
  2. Sen. D. Feinstein’s hypocrisy
  3. Barbara Baird from Women’s Outdoor News talks about her Muzzleloader.
  4. A visit to Fred’s Sport’s new Range
  5. Cigar of the Week
  6. Why Are Black People Anti-Gun?
  7. Watches by former Marine and Maryland resident Hager Watches.


This is the 302nd episode of the Urban Shooter Podcast.  This is the 6th season.


The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Kenn is going for the first part of the week.  He didn’t have much success with his first trip there last year and is returning this time a little apprehensive.  Thank God for the friends he has met though.  Looking forward to seeing them again.

Kenn ends with the poem by William Ernest Henley. ( Kenn changed a verse. )    (new open source gun rights blog, looking for contributors)   (forum and mini-social media site for pro-gun bloggers and fans.)   (Mothership connection)



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.



Who Is Bones Hooks?

Bones Hooks Logo

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Just in case you were wondering…


Sometimes on the credits or category of a black man with a gun post you will see the name Bones Hooks. Who is that? Bones is the pseudonym of a mature, free man in America, chasing his dreams and loving his life. The name was taken from a not so famous black cowboy and horse breaker, Matthew Hooks (1867–1951), born on November 3, to former slave parents in Robertson County, Texas.

Some have said that Kenn Blanchard can’t sing. They may be right but Bones’ doesn’t care. The music sung as Bones Hooks represents Americana, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Rock, and Country. They are cover songs sung so Kenn doesn’t get sued for playing the original copyrighted music. Practice makes perfect. Singing on the show has helped train the ear of Kenn Blanchard to produce a more pleasing sounding show all around.

The songs you hear on the Urban Shooter Podcast frame and set the tone for each entertaining episode of this precarious cacophony of bits and bytes that sometimes even talks about guns. The show is about life, men’s issues, security, and what the great people in the gun community are thinking about that week. It is also to encourage and uplift those demonized by the ignorant.

Bones Hooks doesn’t have a bucket list. He is living the dream. He wanted to sing to thousands and has. It wanted to bring a smile you your lips and encourage you to sing along with a familiar song from your past that you may have forgotten.

While Bones may not win any awards for his singing, you have to admit he is entertaining and having a good time doing it.



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.



298 The Urban Shooter Podcast


December 6, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Guard your Loins (mind)


Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

Guard Your Mind, the subject of the Costas slam is on the minds of many, the news talks about it and we do too.  Barbara Baird and Frank Reed provide their take on it.  There is a video about .22 pistols at Nova Armament and a few shout outs to all.  Traveling with guns, a joke and some surprise greetings from famous people.

Gun debate misses the real issues in Jovan Belcher case

   The Kansas City Star

December 6, 2012

Byline: Mary Sanchez, columnist


Emily Miller

The Washington Times

donation request.  PO Box 2, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773



Thanks for visiting, listening and watching.

SUPPORT and Nova Armament Guns.



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.



283 – The Urban Shooter Podcast

The Urban Shooter Podcast Logo

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

 The Naked City


Thanks for joining me again this week.  Going to talk about “entitlements” and set the stage for why I asked for your pet peeves.  To see what some of our friends wrote visit, see below.  Bones Hooks sings a Jimmy Ruffin favorite, Cigar of the Week and Humidors.  New commercial for  Barbara Baird gives us a two-fer-one deal from The WON.  Thanks to for all their support and to you my friends.  Join    #URBANSHOOTERPODCAST

  • Entitlements
  • Barbara Baird on hunting and traditions
  • Pet Peeves
  • Laser and Light Update
  • Cigar of the week La Gloria Cubana cigars Produced both in Miami and the Dominican Republic  humidors
  • What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?  Bones Hooks
  • Gun
  • Shout out to Clint Beyer of

Sara Smith Barnum







La Gloria Cubana cigars is the cigar of the week.  And we talk about humidors.


Here are your responses to my question about pet peeves.

Here’s what you wrote in response to my question sent to my email list.  You can join the list on the




But the bottom line is we need people that can engage in “civil discourse” that can work on what would be good proposals beyond “we should all have open carry”.  I think most people don’t look at the wild west and think hmm, put that in a modern city, yeah that is what I want.  Too much collateral damage, too many “solve the problem” shootings (isn’t that what gangs practice now and while murder rate is down, it is up in black men killing black men).  We have to get over tribal mentality or we become like the terrorists, we also have to not think of ourselves as Phoenix Jones like super heroes.


Ken, unethical hunters/shooters that damage puplic property such as sings for target practice…That type of activity really gets my goat


We should remember that we are all ambassadors of our sport and culture.  We should let our light shine.


We need to give the facts and then tell a story that backs up the facts


We need to get our message out to people that have been mislead by the conventional media


We as the gun culture don’t emphasize enough that you can protect yourself, and it is not has hard, expensive or scary as the people that control the discussion would have us believe


We emphasize that the shooting sports should be family oriented and absolutely are fun.


Too much politics/whining about politics.   I realize it is important, but it can easily make a fun topic irritating


The thing that most irritates me about gun owners is how many of them are simply unwilling to do ANYTHING on their own behalf.   They seem to think being an NRA member magically insulates them from stupid (or evil) politicians, bad laws, and personal responsibility.   The number unwilling to write an e-mail, make a phone call, visit a politician, etc. is immense


My pet peeve is the low number of firearms owners who are members of the NRA or groups like the 2nd amendment foundation.


Right now, I’d have to say my two biggest peeves are the NRA/ILA undercutting grassroots’ gun rights efforts and the tendency for “pro-gun” activists, especially the younger ones, to do the opposition’s work for them.


gun owners who think that the semi-automatic magazine fed rifles (aka “Assault” rifles) should be banned because “who needs thirty rounds” to go hunting.  We affectionately call them Fudds (like Elmer Fudd), because they don’t understand that a firearm is a firearm regardless of its configuration.  These are the owners that are ok with banning other types of firearms, as long as it’s not their expensive Over/Under (O/U) shotgun, Side by Side (SS) shotgun, or bolt action rifle.


The problem I have with the pro-gun culture is the insistence many have that if you are pro-gun you MUST be pro <insert everything conservatives believe in here>. Not pro some of those things and con some of those things based on your particular belief system, but pro ALL of those things.


I suppose my biggest issue with pro-gun compatriots is our hard-headedness


My biggest pet peeve as a AA gun owner is being ignored when I go into gun shops. Also, having to ride through states that have laws against concealed carry laws.


My biggest pet peeve with the gun culture are those members of the shooting community who fall for the old “good guns/bad guns” sucker game.  You know ‘em: the guy who hunts, or shoots trap, but doesn’t see any reason why somebody “needs” an “assault rifle.”   As if the anti-gunners, once they’ve banned the “bad guns”, are going to leave them and their guns alone.


We have not been able to change the misconception that a gun, an inanimate object, has the ability to kill people.


- We do a poor job of fighting the misconception that enacting new laws, rather than enforcing existing ones, will make us safer


- We don’t do a good job of crafting our arguments in such a way that otherwise rational people will listen (this is similar to failures in evangelism)


- We don’t do enough to educate future generations about the history and value of firearms in the world and our country. I hold dear to my Confederate ancestry, but I also think that slavery, reconstruction, and the racial divide that resulted are significant stains on the history of our country. I truly appreciate the history I learned from you on the genesis of gun-control laws as racial tools and means to prevent rebellion.


- We continue to let the anti-gun crowd frame the discussion instead of drawing attention to the areas we would change and let the media (similar to the above) talk about the “right wing nuts” / “tea party types” that carry guns that “inevitably” lead to shootings (laughner, etc), but we allow them to ignore the crazies that walk into the Family Research Council with a bag of Chick-fil-a and start shooting because they’re trying to kill people that hate. Sorry… what?


I would say one thing we need to do is learn new ways to state our arguments. By and large the gun community uses the same old tired words to defend out positions and in that way we are like our adversaries who do the same. It’s as if we have the same exact arguments with same exact reasoning’s time after time after time. We need fresh ways to present our  common sense.


My biggest pet-peeve is the lack of enthusiasm, commitment and “activism” among pro-gun, pro-freedom folks.


My 2nd pet-peeve is the vicious hate speech to which pro-gun folks are subjected in the local, regional and national “lame-stream” media, and by a cabal of loud-mouth anti-gun fanatics & politicians who abuse gun owners given the slightest excuse.  Events highlighting the lawful and beneficial use of guns almost never garners any big media “face time” unless they can spin it to fit their anti-freedom agenda.


We have too many Americans who are living in poverty, without education, living without hope, with no self-esteem, and all of these buttons are the ones to push, in my opinion.


One thing that bothers me is the Ignorant Bubba Image that we gun owners have acquired and haven’t fought hard enough against.  My family are all NRA Life members. I have a master’s degree in mathematics and taught at a major university before I retired.  My daughter is a physician.  My son-in-law runs a major research data center.  My ex-husband has degrees in physics and runs a major data center.  We aren’t Bubbas, but when new people we meet find out we shoot, they assume we’re uneducated and stupid, and they are generally surprised that we seem to have all our front teeth and wear shoes.


Biggest problem? Sometimes we eat our own.  None of us will shy away from debate with an anti, and I think that is great.  But we should be cautious of in-fighting.  I know there are passionate people on both sides of the open vs. conceal carry debate, but at the end of the day we are all on the same side.


I think, that pro gun groups need to bring out Black gun owners, to show the media it’s just not a white thing to have guns.



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.