Reverend Kenn Blanchard is a USMC veteran, ordained pastor and podcaster that began this journey as a federal police officer and firearms trainer. In 1991, he began teaching security and qualifying, civilians and law enforcement officers for armed duties. In 1992, he became a gun rights activist. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He created and founded a national shooting club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club.
In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after publishing his first book and launching this website in 2000. He has since copyrighted the phrase. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom.
I am American by birth. Generations of my people have survived the Middle Passage, rape, institutionalized slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation. The first gun control laws of the first 400 years were created and enforced to keep guns out of the hands of people that look like me. I support the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, all of it. I support the Second Amendment.
I am a good guy with a gun.
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“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” Thomas Jefferson
“The Second Amendment is for everyone.” I have to repeat the mantra of fellow former US Marine, gun rights activist, and podcaster Tony Simon. I know people that don’t realize they are free. They believe that the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are subjective. They have allowed injustices to occur because they feel that things don’t apply to them.
A right delayed is a right denied – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But where are we collectively as gun rights advocates when it comes to the recent police shootings of Black Men With Guns? I had a different draft post before I read this article from The Rolling Stones Magazine.
Here’s an excerpt from The “Good Guy With A Gun” is Never Black.”
The lack of ability to imagine black people as heroes may be one explanation for these shootings. That was one of the countless things that James Baldwin was right about. American fiction is a significant contributor to our ideas of heroism both on the page and onscreen, and as the author both wrote and said in 1965, “It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.” Regardless of color, we all are trained from an early age not merely to synchronize whiteness and heroism, but are fed narratives that discourage us from forming any other conclusion. Barack Obama wasn’t enough to change that, to say nothing of Lando Calrissian, Roger Murtaugh or Axel Foley. Not even T’Challa from Black Panther or Chris from Get Out. A childhood of seeing men of color as cannon fodder for Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and other assorted Good White Guys With Guns has an effect on folks.
This article made me remember that I have been here before.I have thought many times since 1986 about the possibility of being shot myself by a law enforcement officer even after graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.Being pro-gun, African American and a staunch supporter of gun rights doesn’t make me immune.
The accidental death of an African American man in Alabama by a police officer is not news you want to read on Thanksgiving holidays, much less have happen at all. As a responsible gun owner where should we be in this conversation?
If you are a Black person, the lens in which you look at the recent shootings of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, and Jemel Roberson can be different.
I know police are not shooting African Americans for fun and profit. This stuff still bother us, regardless of color. Blaming the police broadly is a “cop-out.”
If you are a law enforcement officer I would dare to say that you hate to hear about this, knowing that it will make your job even harder than it already is.
Let’s look at the police.
The police have a difficult job. They are called to act before all the facts are known in dangerous situations. They have to basically jump into a crowd of strangers and figure out the good guys from the bad guys. When they get it wrong someone dies.
Have you ever heard of “Qualified Immunity.” It is a legal defense where government officials are held harmless if they followed established procedures. It is that established procedure that will be exonerate or incarcerate the police officer in question. The details won’t make it out of court. You only will see the drama. Folks will protest without knowing what was said in court. Even what you can see on video isn’t ironclad. There are always circumstances.
I am not excusing anything that has happened.
Police departments that can afford it use simulators to train when to shoot and when not to shoot. This reality based training is extremely useful in exposing weaknesses in police policy and in officer training. I know for a fact that training is the first thing cut out from a departments budget. And some people shouldn’t be police officers.
The truth is, you can’t fix stupid.
We hold law enforcement to a different standard but it is not fair. They are still just people.
The Media is challenged to report on what will get the most amount of eyes. As consumers, we will change the channel if there is no exciting news. Fear sells. We like to believe the worst of people before we watch good news so the media broadcasts daily, imagery of dangerous black men, criminals, using and dealing drugs, over-sexed, unemployable, idle and the epitome of death and doom. It is amplified by pop music and underground loving culture and ignorance, that promotes the negative stereotypes. We have no problem with that. That is why is it reported on a loop. It is sensational. Its media worthy. It divides. It sells.
Black people have already started the campaign against all police. That is wrong.
Fear. False Expectation Appearing Real.
The racism that everybody always brings up is really based on a fear of loss. Almost everything we do is based on the fear of loss. We buy stuff we don’t need because of it. White supremacy is based on the fear of losing the so-called Whiteprivilege. Fear of loss touches on almost everything you can name. This is all because of the psychology of fear. We are not as free as our Constitution allows.
We fear those different than us. What was once a defense mechanism is now a flaw.
We are conditioned to fear. We learn fear. We are afraid of the unknown. We are afraid that a black man will kill us. The myth of the predatory Black man has been used to instill fear in whites and to justify their brutality and violence against Black individuals, communities and continents since the 1600’s. The narrative has been passed down from one generation to the next and is still used to underwrite injustice against Black people.
We project this fear. Have you ever heard of projection? That is when one accuses someone of having traits they refuse to acknowledge in themselves.
The behavior of people around us also can influence our responses to threats. You ever see people run because everyone else is running? It is a smart response to crime prevention.
“Fear has a certain contagious feature to it, so the fear in others can elicit fear in ourselves. It’s conditioning. We come into the world knowing how to be afraid, because our brains have evolved to deal with nature.”
The truth is this is sad. This has happened before. Fear and perception cloud our judgements. Until I started to look “older” I used to cause quite a few people to move fast across the street, lock car doors when I approached or clutch their wallets/purses. I have been followed in the stores. I have been accused of “casing” a place while shopping. This is our society. I know that all it takes is one bad apple to make us accuse thousands of people in any group.
WTH do we do now? How can we stop this? How can we keep our nation together? How do we stop it from happening tomorrow?
I want to hear your opinions. But really think about what I said. The tragic killing of people that scare us, isn’t new. Don’t restate the problem? What do you suggest we do to solve this?
My first website was started in 1999 but I didn’t really start blogging till 2007. The social media aspect of growing a community was challenging. It still is tough when you are talking to the same people all the time even though you are trying to grow. Fortunately, none of us has to stay stagnant.
When Instagram first came out I thought it was like a visual version of twitter. I found out that it is a pretty good platform to promote your stuff. I am able to share pictures and videos of what I am doing this week, and find new folks that may be interested in my ever changing mindscape. A visual feed can reflect your brand’s uniqueness and differentiate your business. Instagram is a east place to share feelings, situations through pictures.
To grow your reach though, sometimes you need help. I do. I found a young guy that helps me. He has a method and knows How To Monetize Instagram. If you are interested I suggest you check out the site at https://www.socialnetworkelite.com.
My Instagram is @kennblanchard . It would have been better if I had my trademarked name – blackmanwithagun but another brother has it. connect with me @kennblanchard
The actor known as Patrick Kilpatrick is releasing and new book which will be part of a two volume memoir, DYING FOR LIVING: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot on Oct. 1, 2018 by Boulevard Books.
I got to meet Patrick when he invited me to the 2010 Hollywood Shotgun Sporting Clays Invitational to benefit City Of Hope Bone Marrow Donor Program at Triple B Shotgun Sporting Park on October 9, 2010 in El Monte, California. It was big deal because I was the ONLY podcaster present back then. The dude is still at it and maintaining his tireless pace as one of Hollywood’s go-to action villains.
Patrick Kilpatrick has played against a spectrum of Hollywood’s leading action heroes including, Tom Cruise, Yun-Fat Chow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Bruce Willis, Steven Segal, Sean Connery, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to name a few.
I call this professional bad guy a friend. He is pro-Second Amendment. He is a native of Virginia.
“For those of you hoping for unvarnished, inglorious behind-the-scenes and scandalous sagas of Hollywood action, I boldly refer you to my memoirs.”
He never served in military but he has looked out for vets. His father was a decorated WWII Underwater Demolition Team hero. He and his publisher Boulevard plan on donating a percentage of his book sales to those who’ve been wounded in service to the country.
He is an articulate guy that loves his country. DYING FOR LIVING – Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot is going to share some of the behavior Hollywood is known for.
The books’ plot points include murderous bi-polar assaults by an adulterous mother. It has privileged education amidst pastoral splendor and American Revolution patriotism. Also tucked in are bi-racial affairs, indiscriminate promiscuity and incendiary politics … not to mention, a near fatal car accident, motorcycle crashes. Scribing for nearly every magazine in New York as well as body-guarding the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart and more …and my global vision for 21st century America.
Patrick is smart and often as serious as a heart attack but he is good people. If you see his name on the credits of another movie, or in the book store soon check it out.
This week on the podcast, Kenn interviews John Pierce, Esq. a longtime friend, gun rights activist and now attorney that is strong in support of the Second Amendment for his clients.
This Virginia based lawyer peels the legal “onion” of how to restore your gun rights if you have a felony. He answers the questions about what to do if you have a history in another state and are trying to clear your name so that you can exercise your right to self-defense. I am trying to keep you out of jail.
If you are going through a ugly divorce, involved in a domestic violence case, use a firearm at work, John also breaks down some stuff you should know about the Lautenberg Amendment.
How to defend yourself against false allegations.
Suicide awareness week is approaching and Michael and I talk about the signs that someone is considering it.
CP Time – Colored People’s Time is also discussed.
This week Michael and I talk about concealed carrying your firearm every day.When and where to carry is a little like walking around naked.Some places its comfortable, and other times its inappropriate, offense and even illegal.Mike says you need:
Insurance (we suggest the United States Concealed Carry Association https://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com )
If you want to see a movie that does everything wrong, check out this 1976 classic film. Silencers on revolvers, pump shotguns that shoot 3x before reloading and more. All the things that feed the ignorance and fear of anti-rights folks and those that fear guns.
Welcome to all new listeners. thanks for being a part of my family.I look forward to talking with you in the future.Join us online on our Facebook page @facebook.com/blackmanwithagun1
And for some reason I had a little Georgia on my Mind. I share a little history of gun laws in Georgia. The past wasn’t pretty and usually isn’t but we have two great groups now in the Peach State. Check out NAAGA.co aka the National African American Gun Association and GeorgiaCarry.org that is doing great things. I had a chance to present there and it was phenomenal.
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I realized this week that having a co-host can be a benefit. Michael has helped me in times when I was frustrated with politics of gun rights. His being new and still excited to the movement is sometimes contagious.
I have started a fiction series about a blues playing werewolf named Solomon Love.It’s different than my pro-gun, 2A stuff you know about.I am hoping you will check out my books.I am working on the third now, the first two are available on Amazon and Kindle.Do me a favor and buy them, review them and support this facet of my life.
I got a chance to review TimberVaults.com’s Homestead Gun Concealment Mirror, w/RFID Lock. In one word: impressive. This is something John Wick would have.
After ordering the mirror, it arrived quickly. It looks good. It’s quality furniture. It works. It’s made in Florida. It’s perfect for bedrooms or living rooms. Inside, your valuables are safely and securely hidden. RFID locking mechanism offers more security than a typical magnet-based lock. It’s one-piece construction makes installation much easier. It’s designed for placement between two wall studs on 16” centers.
I really like this. I have a persnickety spouse, so if it looked cheap, it wasn’t going to be used. She likes it.
You can adjust or remove internal shelves to accommodate a variety of private items. Velcro lining provides secure placement. Two strong magnets securely hold metal objects like knives or handguns. It comes with two RFID key cards and one programming key card.
According to the instructions, Every unit is pre-programmed with an audible warning when the RFID locks batteries are nearing end of life.
The only negative for this piece of furniture is that you have to mount it inside your wall. If you are not a DIY, and have knowledge of drywall construction, you made need to Google it for YOuTube or get a handy friend. It is made to recess into you wall so that it is “concealed” and looks like a flush wall mirror. While that may be obvious to some, I didn’t want to leave you without tell you. This may be especially crucial for an apartment owner or renter that cannot alter the walls of your dwelling. It’s not hard labor though.
If you want to be prepared, secure or pretend to be John Wick, check out TimberVaults.com and tell them Kenn Blanchard sent you.
I think a lot of what is put out about 3D Blueprinting guns is bovine excrement (BS). I admit that some of the reports are true, but I don’t believe the hype is warranted. It doesn’t represent freedom. It doesn’t present a clear and present danger. It is just another “thing.”
I say this because I see the folks that are benefiting from the attention. This thing has been around since 2013 and is coming from what looks like to me a guy loving the attention with his ugly plastic gun called the Liberator. Which looks a little like the real metal pistol (FP-45 Liberator manufactured by the US military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. Comparatively, a zip gun from the streets is more dangerous than this 3D printed gun)
So what happened?
Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, came under fire after uploading code for the world’s first 3D printable firearm, a plastic single-shot pistol also called “The Liberator.” It’s now out there for all.
As a responsible gun owner and lifetime activist, I know that except for gaining attention, and giving ammunition to politicians that will milk this thing for all they can— it’s a non-issue.
In 1982, when Gaston Glock put out his 17th version of his safe action pistol made of 33 parts, in polymer and steel, called the Glock 17, folks said the same thing about “plastic guns.” It even made a mention in the first Die Hard movie. The myth of the plastic gun is that it will be able to go undetected. The truth is that bullets if nothing else are metallic. The quality of gun that can be made with a 3D printer would not be economical, practical, or safe. But that doesn’t stop anyone from hyping this thing.
What is 3D Printing really?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
It starts with making a virtual design of the object that is to be created. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D-modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.
According to the news, Cody Wilson is suing the U.S. State Department for his constitutional right to 3D print guns. In May 2013, the federal government demanded that Wilson take down the instructions. They claimed that Wilson and his company Defense Distributed were exporting secret military hardware for anyone to take, which violates the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR.
However, Wilson believes that 3D-printed guns should be protected by not only the Second Amendment but the First as well. Technically all he created was a digital how-to guide, which is free speech, he says.
Wilson’s lawyers told the New York Times that the case was supposed to be settled two months after the State Department ordered the instructions removed. But after two years without a ruling, Wilson is counter-suing for having his speech restricted. As the Times noted, Wilson thinks his effort drew particular scrutiny because it happened shortly after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.
One of the things I learned after this podcast episode is that all of Cody’s files are already in the public and that 3D printing is not only polymers but you can also do it in metals like even titanium.
It’s not good for our community to side with this crap. It’s not a threat. It is feeding the attention whores on both sides of the argument. Politicians are using this to scare people and galvanize their campaigns.
Don’t be fooled by the threat of a 3D printed gun. A 3D printer can cost around $2500. Any gun printed can be detected by TSA and almost all x-ray machines.
Criminals are not going to all that trouble, since the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easier to come by.
Unlike traditional firearms that can fire thousands of rounds in a lifetime, these polymer ones usually hold a bullet or two and then must be manually loaded afterward. And they’re not usually very accurate.
3D printers can make parts for guns to make them un-serialized aka “ghost guns” but the BATFE is well aware of all of that. A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number. To the uninitiated it sounds like the stuff movies are made of. It’s not. In the US, under Federal law, it is legal to make a firearm for your own use. It has to be a firearm that is not regulated under NFA. That means it can’t be fully automatic, a short barrel shotgun, a short barrel rifle, or a disguised gun of some sort.
The premise, however, is great for political grandstanding. Case in point, there is a state attorney that is also suing the Trump administration for making the settlement with the guy that started this whole thing out of Texas. In addition, their lawsuit asks for a nationwide temporary restraining order that’ll prevent him from uploading the gun design files online.
Last week, attorney’s general from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the city of Los Angeles also threatened legal action in an effort to ban access to the guys’ website in their local jurisdictions.
My point is; 3D gun printing is here and possible but this is not a bell we should be ringing in celebration of freedom. Don’t give the anti-freedom people a rope to hang us with using the support of the ignorant.
This video is pretty snazzy. And makes some points that I agree with and disagree with.
What do you think?
This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast ends a month long break I took to reassess and reflect on my success and failures of blogging and podcasting. I attended the Podcast Movement and hobnobbed with successful podcasters and Content Creators. I got a chance to remember why I do this thing that my wife still doesn’t understand called “podcasting.” She is not alone though.
I plan to be more purposeful with the show. It even starts with a new tag line, which is “The Responsible Gun Owners Podcast.” I have decided to “stay in my lane,” and be the common sense guy. That alone ought to ruffle feathers the way things are now.
Last week, I married a couple of great people under the Speak Life Church banner at Duke University Chapel but before going to Podcast Movement. Michael J. Woodland reviews the Break Thru Clean product for us.
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