A Time To Kill – Episode 363

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February 27, 2014 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show, I talk about the controversial subject of God and guns.  And an interview with author of the book,  A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism available on Amazon.

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Christians and Guns

One of the most contested, controversial and misunderstood elements for people in the gun community is the combo of Christian faith and guns.

This problem, this argument is rarely resolved and has been the catalyst for many men to leave churches and to stop following pastors, clergy, preachers that flagrantly accuse them of murder for being a gun owner– in the name of God.

The devout, and some  believers of the Judeo Christian family don’t see how a religious person, or a person of faith can be or would want to be a gun owner. They see it as a contradiction or demonstration of a lack of faith.

“Won’t God take care of you? Jesus wasn’t armed? Doesn’t the Bible say thou shall not kill? How can you be for God and guns?”

The question is based on the premise that guns equate to murder, death, violence, destruction and mayhem. They do not. There is no such thing as gun violence but it is heard daily. There is just violence. There are many things said over and over again that are not true but accepted.

Those that believe this also know little about firearms. Those that believe this or subscribe to this have sometimes been the victims of violence.
And there are those that believe this that have a misunderstanding of Scriptures.

The victim is understandable. When something life shaking, happens to you, your response is flight or fight. You will say please no more, and seek escape whenever you are reminded of the situation; or say never again and prepare so that you will be ready the next time.

The gun –a firearm is a mechanical device. It is incapable of firing on its own. It has no will. It has no soul. It cannot save the person possessing it from evil.   Although it does deter criminal attack once presented as has been documented many times. It is a tool used in sports, self-defense, hunting, and war and in the media for effect.

The word alone is a scare word.  People are naturally afraid of what they don’t understand. Because of this it is used by the savvy and manipulative to make people do things like vote or give money. The relationship between white and black Americans  has been used this way.   Today it is homophobia.   Some people just like being scared.

In some places of worship we have leaders that don’t support the right to keep and bear arms for one of three reasons that I have found.

  1. Politics (local and national)
  2. Ignorance (not stupidity)
  3. Hypocrite

Politically, if you are supportive of liberal policies you have to support gun control. What is odd is that in the traditional black church –despite how it votes, the core beliefs are conservative with the exception of guns, affirmative action, and welfare.

It is also political in a local sense, not to anger the church mothers who tithe regularly, or may have lost children to the drug trade, gangs and violence. It is socially acceptable to blame the gun in all those instances over a person.

Unfortunately the man who sees his gun as an expression or extension of himself is demonized for it. The hunter, security, law enforcement, veteran or simple gun owner has to listen to and be blamed for the deaths.

I say ignorant not stupid because we are all ignorant about something. If you grew up in church and became a pastor from being a Sunday school star, choir member, junior deacon and then minister there was little room for the education about guns. Its not taught in Bible College or seminary. Your point of view will be strongly influenced by Hollywood and the tears of the mothers you officiate at for their slain sons. Hollywood does a good job too at adding to the confusion. This is all stuff I have learned over time.

And there are the blatant hypocrites that know the truth but keep the status quo. There are church leaders that own guns themselves but don’t support your rights to do so. Then there are some that have moved into celebrity status and have armed guards.

The Bible for the Christian is as misunderstood as is any other law in our natural world. Christianity has been misinterpreted to support the Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery and other barbarous activities.

Guns are not mentioned in the Bible. God is not concerned with anything we can make but the condition of our heart.

Jesus never condemns the soldier or that man that carried a sword for self-defense or war.

The Bible is full of stories of war, bloody battles and massacres that God supported. There was a revolution trying to get started during Jesus’ ministry that the zealots were trying to manipulate Him into.
As a minster of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I confidently can say that it is the lack of understanding and misinterpretation that gives most Christians pause. We don’t know what we don’t know. That doesn’t stop us from making judgments however.

It has been my calling to seek out and minister to the people in the gun community that have been hurt, deposed, maligned, mistreated by “church” people. We who are warrior spirit are also part of Gods kingdom. We are the protectors or the people. We are the shepherds in the fields. We are the people of the wilderness. We may be Samarians, and unclean gentiles but we are still Gods people. We who love Gods’ creation.

Biblically we have many translations in the Abraham/ Masoretic and Hebrew text. Thou Shall Not Kill was originally do not murder. There is a difference. There are circumstances when you must kill as written in the book of Ecclesiastes.

There is a time for everything. We are not so advanced as a people that we do not hurt others. Someone still needs to stand on the wall and take watch. There is still fratricide as it was in the book of Genesis. There is still war, espionage as it was in the book of Joshua. And there are still acts of terrorism as recorded throughout the Old Testament.

I would like to recommend three books for you to read in addition to the Holy Bible.

  1. God, Guns And Guts Of Firearms Defense By Sig Swanstrom
  2. Pablo Birriel The Minister Of Defense
  3. A Time To Kill – Greg Hopkins

 

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Gift Cards For Guns

December 17, 2013 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

Gift Cards For Guns at Christmas

If you are not a gun owner and noticing all the violence around the country a “Gun Buy Back,” “Goods For Guns”, “Guns for Cash”, sponsored by a church might seem like a plan. The truth is, it is not. It’s not original. It’s not effective. And there is no proof that it has ever worked. I say this as a former law enforcement officer, a firearms instructor, and an activist for over twenty years.

Here’s why. The bad guys that shoot, kill and destroy life are not going to give up their guns, their source of power and influence for a gift card. If they give up a gun that has been used in a crime, they will most likely give it to someone they know to turn in to get rid of the evidence. This would impede criminal investigations and keep cold cases unsolved.

These programs also increase the possibility that some teens will steal guns belonging to family members in order to cash in on these small tokens. These could be family heirlooms, collectors items or firearms bought as investment pieces.

The guns that are surrendered come out of closets, and attics and not “off the street.”

Functioning guns cost more than a gift card. Some can be worth thousands. It is an insult to accept a gift card when that family could have sold the gun legally on consignment at a gun store or licensed dealer.

Prince George’s County police tell the Baltimore Sun that they’ll will accept guns and exchange them for gift cards valued at up to 150-dollars.

There is no such thing as gun violence. There is just violence. To say that means it is the gun alone that is causing kids to kill.   Guns are mechanical devices and cannot operate without the manipulation of a human hand. They do not have evil powers and will of their own.

These buy back “programs” are often at the end of the year or during a time where it benefits the “donor” for tax purposes to give money and gain publicity for this charade. It’s only done in neighborhoods where the community doesn’t know, or is too busy fighting other problems to notice that this “feel good” gesture is playing them too.

Gun buy backs technically are illegal. The government and the police cannot buy guns from citizens without going through the same scrutiny as the rest of us at a gun store or show.

The only real “loophole” is the one we allow politicians and celebrities to use to take guns from law abiding citizens and not hold them accountable. These buybacks get headlines but don’t save your children. These are pyramid schemes that only benefit the people that host these things not the people that will still be fighting, and running in fear in the streets tonight.

What can fix our violence problem is a moral revolution and restoration of the family. Nobody can fix us but us.

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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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337 – We Don’t See Things The Way They Are. We See Them The Way We Are

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August 30, 2013 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way WE are..”  Talmud

Episode 337 of the Black Man With A Gun Show

  1. Interview with Maryland Congressional Candidate David Vogt David Vogt
  2. Interview with Bonnie Johnson Photography
  3. News- are black clergy getting involved in gun rights? 
  4. This show has been downloaded 1 Million times!
  5. Rant about the March on Washington anniversary
  6. Vacation at Virginia Beach and a Special message to my wife
  7. Invitation to a fish fry at my house for Labor Day

 

@Vote4VogtTeam
 

Really happy you are listening to the show and reading the blog.  I hope I am on my way to getting closer to a TV version of this show.  If you need a commercial done, advertising, a speaker for your event- I am available.

Thank you.

 

Kenn Blanchard 

 

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Choose Your Battles

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August 1, 2013 | Posted in News, Politics | By

On “Guns Are For White People

One my friends sent me a link to this article (THANK YOU) so I had time to prepare an answer when I was called by a journalist to comment.  She called me an “enigma.”  I think I just put some Master Yoda Jedi stuff on her that she wasn’t ready for is all.  

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/guns-are-for-white-people.html 

I didn’t give her what she expected.

I told her it was written to market. It didn’t have merit. There were a few points of truth in it to keep a person reading it but that was it. The article said a bunch of stuff to incite comments, elicit responses and maybe even anger you.

America is still healing from institutionalized slavery. It’s in our DNA.
I am tired of people blaming guns or race for everything they don’t like or understand. We are all the same. We all want the same things. What separates us is our intelligence, economics and environment. This is one of the few places where your color still comes up. I have not heard of a black German or a black Frenchmen, but black American is widely used. Our country is still healing from racial divides. It came close to healing a few times but there are too many that make a living off the division that it can’t happen.

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
― Booker T. Washington

To cry racism is low hanging fruit. It will emotionally charge normally thinking people one-way or the other. It has been used for centuries. We have a natural fear of strangers that keeps us safe. Many have not evolved from that because of their environment. If you live in a homogeneous area, then whatever looks different is suspect. If you listen to the same talking heads, the same thing.

The Rodney King verdict and subsequent riots, the OJ trial kept the negative pilot light on.

When Senator Obama was running for President of the United States the first time, we saw a glimmer of what the United States is supposed to look like. All kinds of people voted for him. The “hope” and “Change” mantra worked because that is exactly what we wanted. What we received was another politician.

The Zimmerman case puts us back again. Comments one way or another hurt friendships and change the view people have of one another. I see it in the gun community.  Don’t fall for it.

We won’t be free until we stop reacting to the nonsense. When they dangle that carrot in front of you, can you train yourself not to leap out of your seat?

I’ve been in the gun community since the 80’s. I used to wonder where all the black people were too. What I have learned is that because of American culture, we are a subset of the shooting population. The racist roots of gun control made it difficult for us as a people to own guns. We are still getting over that. We have issues in our communities about it still. We don’t know its ok yet. As a demographic, our numbers are increasing. That is an unofficial poll; based on what I have seen at the events I have been to. As a minority within a minority it is not cost effective to sell exclusively to us unless we were dropping big money. Niches work when you have groups like big game safari hunters. I used to be hyper critical of the gun rights groups too but I have been to the board rooms, I have eaten with the folks people talk about on the TV. What I saw was business people, statisticians, and number crunchers. It’s about the bottom line not racism. There is no difference between a black shooter and a white one. There is a difference in the genders. That is why there is marketing to all women and not black men. I don’t think much of the article any more than what it is, an opinion, a piece of art, created to be read and commented on. Choose your battles.

I believe that one of the best communities in America is the gun community. The people in it know the history of America. They are sensitive to the shortcomings and are actively fighting for the rights of all. Anybody that will hand you a gun is a brother. Anyone that wants to take it away is your enemy.

I know I am in a precarious position not supported by many. The journalist that writes for Forbes.com says I am at peace with my convictions and she was right,  I am.

I am sorry I couldn’t fuel the racial divide adding to foolish commentary. I use the name Black Man With A Gun like a superhero wears a mask but you know who I am. I know who my friends are. They are armed, they are free, and some don’t look like me.

 

2 Chronicles 20:17 

 

 

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