Hearing Protection

Dr. Ana M. Anzola of Ascent Audiology

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

I was told that when you turn 50 years old you should get your colon checked.  I just found out that you should also get your hearing checked.  Given the choice of procedures, I went for the ears.  Plus, I don’t know what they are checking for in my colon.  It is still there.

I was at the range the other day and saw a dude pull some cigarette butts out of his ears he was using for earpro (Hearing protection).  Really guy?

When you go to the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis this year, just for fun check out all the guys over 50 years old that are wearing hearing aids. I am not judging. I am just saying that believe it or not, back in the day, these guys didn’t appreciate wearing hearing protection.

I think you might want to take some advice and protect yours now. How? It is easy. Let me explain. Your head is a big audio receiver. It takes in sound from vibrations and holes in the skull, through the ears and mouth. To reduce this exposure because you are in the shooting sports you should wear the best protection you can find.

Firearms, especially inside of indoor facilities generate as much noise a jet engine at 140db or more. A decibel (DB) is:

The decibel is a logarithmic unit used to express the ratio between two values of a physical quantity, often power or intensity.

Exposing yourself to high decibel environments can result in permanent damage to your hearing. In the event you find yourself in one of these environments, protect yourself with the proper hearing protection.

I always recommend wearing both the soft disposables and the over the ear muffs. You may have some loss because of the ear protection, breaking the seal around your skin and the muffs so you want the soft ones too. Avoid chewing gum while shooting because the movement of your jaw can open cavities in your head that will bring in more noise.

The human body is amazing. Even with all these safeguards, it will adapt and by the end of the day (if you were shooting all day) you will still be able to hear with the muffs in place.

I have an interview with Dr. Ana Anzola, (doctor of audiology) and a really a nice person.  I learned a lot from the Doc.


She told me that hearing loss can affect almost every aspect of your life.  She said that hearing loss happens gradually and can affect your quality of life.  We talked about men vs women and I realized that men set ourselves up for hearing loss just by being men.  Think of all the things we do.  Movies with explosions, rock concerts, ranges, hunting, demolition, NASCAR, motor racing, fixing cars, motorcycling, lawn work, and the list goes on.  Did you know that untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia?

Dr. Anzola of Ascent Audiology and Hearing, is one of the Washingtonian magazines’ top doctors in audiology for 2012.  I did say she was easy on the eyes too didn’t I?  And she is a professional married mom, smart, and the owner of Ascent Audiology in Mclean.  She is offering you a 10% discount if you mention you learned about her from blackmanwithagun.com or the Podcast.

She is located at 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, #185, McLean, VA  22101 and her phone is 703-639-4756.  http://www.ascentaudiologymclean.com




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.





April 7, 2014 | Posted in | By

This is the blog and podcast of gun owner, author, firearms trainer and activist, Rev. Kenn Blanchard

He has been involved in the gun rights community since 1991 defending and promoting the right to keep and bear arms nationally.

His podcast, the Black Man With A Gun Show has been downloaded over a million times since 2007.  The show is the heart and soul of the gun community focusing on the inner person, sharing history and things to improve the life of the listener.

Blanchard is a recognized face in the gun community and has been featured on TV, documentaries, radio and new media.

He is a prolific speaker with the ability to reach diverse audiences. He has been blogging since 2000.


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.



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

Otis McDonald——————————————-

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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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Episode 367 – I’m Not An Operator But…

Kenn Blanchard and target

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

I’ve been a firearms instructor since 1986. I started out a glorified security guard with limited police powers working for the CIA but became more. My specialty was protective details. I have trained extensively as a member and leader of parties that protected diplomats and high value individuals. I took what the Secret Service did up a notch and infused ninjitsu with it. Small arms has been my bread and butter. I became a master of escape and avoidance. In my mind and training, if I had to engage in a fire fight, I had made a mistake.

I’ve been playing dumb for awhile, and not sharing my training knowledge because I learned that you can get more from other trainers when you don’t act like you know that much.

As I watch the podcaster landscape there are a lot of out here now. I think I counted close to fifty gun podcasters and five that are actually on traditional radio. We have gun bloggers and gun Youtubers in the under 35 set.


“An un-examined life is not worth living” – Socrates

How To Fine Tune Your Shooting

Basic Marksmanship is essential and often overlooked in our high speed, low drag, train like a video character community. Here’s a few screen shots and tips to self analyze your shooting. You need to be able to shoot a group consistently before this will work. If your shot placement is all over the target then go back and practice. There is no shame in that. Shame comes when you are in an advanced course and can’t keep up. Or worse, fighting for your life.

There are some finer points to this that are contained in the NRA Guide to Basic Pistol Shooting. I know its not sexy, its not high speed but neither is missing.

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