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April 7, 2014 | Posted in | By

Black Man With A Gun: Reloaded

This book contains the inside story of the African American activist, former CIA firearms instructor and Christian minster known as the Black Man With A Gun™.

Discover his personal story unfold as he takes you on his journey of discovery and shares American history, origins of gun control and points rarely discussed outside the gun community. You’ll laugh and shake your head as he takes you on a fun ride with the man that has helped thousands get or learn about their rights despite the negatives associated with it.

In this new book, published by White Feather Press, “Black Man With A Gun: Reloaded,” you will learn of the struggle and successes of a gun rights activist and a patriot known as the Black Man With A Gun. You will read how he has helped inform people from all walks of life, do it with finesse and fight for the rights of all Americans in all types of media, over the past two decades and the struggles he has overcome to do so. This book is part memoir and part evangelical tool you can use to share with others to see another part of America that is often not given credit or mentioned relating to the gun community. He shares some of his personal history, lessons he has learned as a father, husband, Christian minister and trainer in Kenn’s unmistakable conversational tone of truth and love for his country and the people in this community.

This book will help open doors for instructors and activist. It will help start conversations with people outside of the pro-rights community. It is complete with an appendix of useful terminology.

http://book.blackmanwithagun.com


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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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New York Gun Owners Stand For Freedom – Episode 368

Kenn Blanchard and Donald J. Trump

April 3, 2014 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast, Freedom | By

We The People –  #368

 

They came in chartered busses. They came by train. They carpooled and caravanned. They came by motorcycle. On April 1st 2014, over ten thousand men, women and children assembled peaceable at the state capital of New York. They used the first amendment of the US Constitution to defend their second. The weather was great. The sight was beautiful. It was American.  

gun Rally Albany, NY 2014

After a long winter, the weather was favorable for so many to travel to one point to address the grievances they had with Governor Andrew Cuomo and his passing of the “Un-Safe Act.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 commonly known as the NY SAFE Act is a gun control passed by the New York State Legislature on January 15, 2013, in the middle of the night, Governor Cuomo signed the NYS S.A.F.E. Act into law. Since then 52 of New York’s 62 counties have passed resolutions strongly opposing this knee-jerk legislation. The Albany Police Officers Union has denounced the bill as “shameful”. The NY Sheriff’s Association has voiced firm opposition along with over 340 various town and local governments and other civic organizations. Three firearm firms have already left—or are making plans to leave—NYS. Taking millions of tax dollar revenues and hundreds of jobs along with them.

It is a really long law that makes most hunting rifles assault weapons.

If you want to go back look at history. NY has a past with gun control.

The father of New York gun control was a Democratic city politician called “Big Tim “Sullivan — and his partner in crime, literally, a state senator named Tammany Hall who was a mob boss.

Back in 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.

This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastman’s, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs. This wasn’t West Side Story.

Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as enforcers to influence the polls and intimidate the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal “sheriffs,” to keep their turf under Tammany control.

Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, were disarmed, which solved another problem: Gangsters had been bitterly complaining to Tammany that their victims sometimes shot back at them. So gang violence didn’t drop under the Sullivan Act — and really took off after the passage of Prohibition in 1920.

Move on up past the wars, and the Civil Rights struggles and the Gun Control Act of 1968 and you New York has a concealed carry permit.

Up until about 1997, those with any type of carry permit had a carry permit for life. And for many, many years, there were so few problems with permit holders, that there was no reason whatsoever, to change the laws regarding concealed carry.

Then came Chuck Schumer (a Democrat), Governor Pataki. Gun control began started up again when two police officers where killed by criminals not by licensed gun owners and these two milked it.

But let me get back to the rally…

This rally was expertly organized like a military operation. It’s general was a guy I had dinner with and had never met before that day named Carl Paladino. Carl reminds me of another New Yorker I used to work for named William Casey. These are the guys that are easy to hate. They are passionate about life, and not always politically correct. They get stuff done though. He partnered with Stephen Aldstadt, President SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) NY,  and had speakers like:

• Special Guest: Donald J. Trump,
• Sheriff Tim Howard,
• Skyler Forrest DeAngelo of the Young Americans for Liberty
• Pastor Adam Jensen
• Rob Astorino, Gubernatorial Candidate
• Lenny Benedetto, Conn. Citizens Defense League
• And me.

They brought in the foot soldiers; the grassroots and they did it with finesse.

So what makes a good rally?

  1. People
  2. Purpose
  3. Plan

I have been to a few. Our friends in Illinois do a good job with iGOLD, Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day,  every year. We had a nice one a few years back in DC that Skip Coryell, lead almost single handedly. The VCDL, (Virginia Citizens Defense League) does a good one usually. But this one was by far the most spectacular for me. Most make the mistake of not taking care of the people. People sacrifice a lot to go to events like this. Work, travel, money, family obligations. These are working people, seniors, mothers and fathers.

This rally had entertainment, for the people. Madison Rising opened the event and entertained the troops. They didn’t do it for free. Musicians struggle enough as is so I understand now more than ever that if you want good, you have to pay for it.

I love Madison Rising. The lead singer, Dave Bray and Sam the drummer are the original crew, and the guys I recognize there were a couple of other guys, Chris and Alex that are no longer there I don’t think.

You have to have a purpose. This rally was to show the elected officials that the people are not happy. All the speakers were hand picked in advanced for their draw power and credibility that was part of the plan.

In 2013, this group had a rally in Albany as well but 10,000 sets of feet trampled the grass so the governor used that as a reason to push this group 1000 yards back to a better place near the Albany museum, and landmark like The Egg for their protest. I think it turned out better because the place amplified the crowd like an amphitheater.

Albany, NY

Personally, I met some fantastic people both on and off stage. I love gun people. I love how we care about our country and freedom. I love how we care for what is right in the world.
Like in all gatherings there were a few eccentric people in the crowd. There always is but nobody was out of order. You know the guy with the bad hygiene, the poor grooming habit or the ones that hold sketchy signs that they think are cute. I personally dislike the effigies. You know the ones that look like a person hanging from a string. That always looks third world or old world to me. Like there are going to lynch somebody. Somebody that looks like me. It must be in my DNA but if shots were ever fired, I am returning fire in that direction first. Just saying…

I actually don’t like crowds either after years of working security for dignitaries and VIPs. I’ve managed to manage that fear even though I know a lot about crowd dynamics. If this wasn’t a group of freedom loving, patriots I would not be there.

I got a chance to meet Donald J. Trump on this trip, and shared a stage with him. He was the headliner, the special guest and didn’t disappoint the crowd. Again this was what the people wanted. Talking heads are one thing but you have to have good charismatic speakers. He is taller than I thought and I respect the man. He didn’t get to where he is being stupid. He patted me on the arm as he went by, and encouraged me before he left. “I know you will do great. Take care.” I thought that was cool. Hope to see him again some day.

New Yorkers are different outside of NYC. I believe better. I may be partial since I married one from upstate but it is what it is.

So if you want to have a successful rally here’s what I learned.

1- Identify your people.

2- Have a clearly defined purpose.

Before the rallying begins, spread the word and use social media to get people involved in the process.

3- Plan it
The devil is in the details. Have a team that can make things happen. You need help. If you don’t plan you will fail. Pick an area that can hold a lot of people. Call your local police station to find out if you need a permit.
It takes more than money but you will need some. If there will be bands or guest speakers, who will they be and how will they be heard. Contact reports and media members a week or so prior to the event.
Try to get good speakers to attend your event. There are a lot of folks that want to be heard, don’t put anyone up.
Prepare for opposition, weather, and trouble.
Make sure there’s a schedule of events.
Have all the right permits and that the police are down with your peaceful assembly.
Think: podium, speakers, mics, sound system, etc.
Be prepared to clean up after the event.
Go for it.

 

 

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Where The Brothers Are

2013 NRA Annual Meeting

January 8, 2014 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

If you are a YouTube fan of Mr. Colion Noir, Hank Strange or Aargo Jay you may wonder where are other Americans of African decent online or in the community.  Believe it or not, we as a nation are in a new place today as growing numbers of people under thirty are realizing the hyperbole of gun control and the people that promote it.  I have been intimately involved in the gun community since 1991 and have learned a lot about the heroes and the “zeroes” in this movement.

 

Today, it is not unusual to see a person of color, in a gun shop, show, or even on new media sharing his or her opinion about the sport of shooting, the racist roots of gun control or some cool new firearm.  It wasn’t always this way.

 

People of color have a history of persecution and oppression when it comes to firearms in North America.  The first gun laws in this hemisphere barred the ownership and possession of guns by Africans, the Chinese and indigenous peoples of North America as early as 1634.  It is in our DNA not to promulgate, promote or show that we are armed or support the right to self-defense.  A black man would be hung, shot, whipped or maimed for even being found with a musket ball in his possession.  We have been conditioned to fear the government and at the same time seek its help, approval and protection like a well-mannered slave.

 

Our parents have worked hard at ignoring selected parts of our history and urging us to learn about everything except survival.  There are generations of us however that because of careers in the military, law enforcement, education or circumstance buck “the system” and have operated as gun owners despite the stigma, and cowardice of the status quo.  The so-called leaders in the black community have denounced self-reliance and embraced victimology.  They have become more racist in their promulgation than our ancestors during the Civil Rights era.  They expertly use fear and tragedy to make headlines, promote their own agendas and stay on camera.

 

The “old heads” in the gun community are not as active online so it is harder for the younger people in the community to connect but we are here.

 

The national organizations that fight for the rights of gun owners do not publically promote support of any group, especially black ones because it’s a Catch 22.  They would be damned if they tried to promote a grassroots recruiting programs in the inner cities.  The black community has been thoroughly brainwashed into believing that the gun grabbers are friends and groups like the NRA is an enemy.  I am not happy it is like that but it is what it is.

 

And I have been here long enough to know that a group of just all black gun owners isn’t cool either.  It’s a good starting point though.  It will allow for learning to happen faster, because its comfortable but it can also create a wall that we don’t need anymore.  America has enough walls.

 

In 2000, I created a website called the Black Man With A Gun.  It was used to sell my first book and be a guide for people of color looking for resources and a friendly face.  I took the name from the last book I found on the subject by Robert F. Williams, “Negroes With Guns” published in 1968.

 

I am not, and was not, the first black man with a gun nor will I be the last.  Today you are seeing more and more activists, entrepreneurs and “urban shooters.”  I would like to introduce you to some folks I know.

 

Before there was a Kenn Blanchard, they’re James Farmer, and a Roy Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  Roy was the first black person I met on the Board of Directors of the NRA.

 

The first activist I saw trying to do something with the NRA after I started working with them to change concealed carry laws nationally, was a former police officer named Aquil Quadir from Buffalo, NY.  He had written a proposal for funding for his gun club.  Aquil is a retired Buffalo police officer that had seen his share of violence.  This club is still active.

 

There are college professors like Dr. Robert Cottrell and Dr. Nick Diamond that write and teach on the history of Africans and gun rights, that I still steal from liberally.

 

There is Rev. Anthony Winfield, a NYC hospital chaplain, a USMC Viet Nam veteran, that wrote a little book about self-defense and being a Christian, a long time before I wrote my first book or became a minister of the Gospel.

 

There are 100-plus members of a gun club I founded called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club.  I started it in 1991, and it grew with a chapter in New Jersey under director of Percy Bennett.  Today only the Maryland chapter has survived but it is doing well.

 

There is Rick Ector in Michigan, the hardest working firearms instructor in Motown.  He has taught hundreds of people, especially a large number of black women.

 

There is the Black Gun Owner Forum,

and bloggers like N.U.G.U.N.

 

I am proud to know journalist like Chicago Defender’s J. Palmer that are pro-gun and behind enemy lines.

 

There are now three NRA directors, J. Kenneth Blackwell from Ohio, former FBI agent Carl Rowan Jr., the former NBA player Karl Malone.

 

The National Sport Shooting Foundation has a sharp and super nice person in charge of First Shots program, named Tisma Juett.  Another woman I have been blessed to meet is California attorney and documentary star, Bobbie Ross as seen in the movie, “Assaulted: Rights Under Fire.”

 

You’ve probably heard of Otis McDonald out of Chicago, and maybe Andy Queen also of Illinois.

 

There are hunters and entrepreneurs like the folks at DCcoverscents.com, and guys like Baraka James that lead a diverse group of shooters called MASF.  Diversity is where its at, actually.  We are stronger together than we are apart.

 

We are out here.  Numerically our numbers are still small in comparison to the overall population of both blacks and whites but we are growing.  We are a niche within a niche.  We are overcoming four hundred years of oppression and generations of misinformation.  The gun community is inclusive, powerful and knowledgeable.  The people in it are outstanding.  We shall overcome.

 

Picture above shows, Rick Ector, Kenn Blanchard, and Mr. Colion Noir

 

 

 

 

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Gun Registration in Maryland

Gun Rights Maryland

October 15, 2013 | Posted in Community, Freedom, Politics | By

A Maryland court has denied a challenge to a new gun control law, saying they didn’t act soon enough to make a case.

Our friends at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc., Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and individual Maryland citizens, filed suit to stay of Maryland’s planned implementation of a Handgun Qualification License (“HQL”) requirement for all Marylanders seeking to purchase a handgun on or after October 1, 2013. They were hosed.

The Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013, alternatively known as SB 281 (the “Act”), makes all handgun purchasers a pre-purchase burden of fingerprinting and a $50 application fee. First-time handgun purchasers who are not honorably discharged from the military or are police officers, will face the additional requirement of four hours of live instruction (Maryland State Police regulations are expected to add the firing of one round at a range as part of the instruction). This must all be done before, and in addition to, the submission of the now-required 77R application, extending the time of purchase by up to 30 days. Because of these new rules, no guns are being sold. Nobody qualifies. There isn’t a standard nor has a course curriculum been created. We can’t even abide by the draconian rules that have been created.

The lawsuit, that was in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, requests immediate emergency injunctive relief in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order because the October 1HQL requirement is a de facto ban on the purchase of handguns, as there currently exists no procedure for acquiring a HQL, creating an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment right of the law-abiding, responsible citizens of Maryland to obtain a handgun for defense in the home. It was denied.

The denial came after “Blue Lights and Sirens loving gubernatorial candidate” Attorney General Doug Gansler asked a federal judge in Baltimore to deny the group’s request for an official order preventing the law from being Individual residents, gun shops, and organizations filed two lawsuits last week against what they see as a violation of their Second Amendment right.
Gansler said the motion should be denied entirely since the plaintiffs have had six months to organize a lawsuit after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the law earlier this year. He also said the gun advocates have yet to prove how the new law would cause harm and do not demonstrate a case that seems likely to succeed.

Gun registration has come to Maryland. The new laws have become a way of stopping the sale of firearms in the State. The new law which requires law-abiding people to pay almost two hundred dollars before being able to purchase a firearm, with a new license, trying to find a place to get their fingerprints taken, and adds 45 firearms to the list of banned assault weapons in the state and limits handgun magazines to ten rounds.

The Supreme Court today announced it will not hear the Woollard case, allowing the ruling of the 4th Circuit to stand. That said, a denial of cert does not mean an affirmation of the ruling. This is a setback for 2nd amendment civil rights, but it is by no means the end.

I am trying to get 10,000+ people in Maryland to join me in this fight. Please go to http://gunrightsmaryland.com and join.

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