Author: kennblanchard

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.
Protecting Your Church Online

Protecting Your Church Online

Using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

Early adopters and tech savvy pastors I know have allowed or started to use tech like Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live,  to reach their congregations recently.  I applaud that.  Some are fighting it with the tenacity of a Luddite.  Our elders are also having a tougher time deciding if they will finally join that Space Book or not.  
For those in the ministry, we don’t have a choice if we are true to our Call.  We are to serve,  to preach, reach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are charged to “feed My sheep.”  The method is not in the Book.  
The internet is a beautiful thing. It is bigger than America Online.  With the entire web, it’s possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do exactly what we are called to do globally.  It is also full of darkness, dangers and predators. 

Online Security

People use the same platforms to steal personal information, sell and send us things contrary to God.  Using tricks that prey on our psychology they can socially engineer our responses through “phishing, 
Phishing is when the anonymous attacker attempts to trick you into giving them your credentials or access to your system. Phishers attempt to play on your emotions, often including disturbing or enticing information in their emails in an attempt to provoke you to act. They may try to create a false sense of urgency by saying “your account will be deleted” or that “you are over your email storage space.” They often urge you to act immediately to “update” or “verify” your account information. 
Often, the goal of a phishing attack is to get you to provide your login credentials or other sensitive information like your social security number or financial institution information. This information could then be used to gain access to your private accounts or to steal your identity. You should be suspicious of any email that asks you to provide personal information or that directs you to a webpage that ask for this information.
Another goal of phishing is to trick you into downloading malicious code onto your computer. This can occur when you click a link or open an attachment. The malicious code can then do any number of very bad things to you, your computer and your contacts. 

Zoom 

Zoom has sharply risen in popularity since the spread of coronavirus ended group gatherings forced many to work from home.
I am hoping to issue a warning to the Church that there are predators in this space too.  Taylor Lorenz of the the New York Times  wrote and article about “zoom raiders” that have begun infiltrating meetings with malicious intent. The New York Times this month reported multiple instances of online abuse, ranging from unwanted pornographic images to instances of verbal harassment.
As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet.
Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual classroom by any means. Others have weaponized the platform’s security flaws to harass specific populations using racial slurs, sexist remarks and pornography.
It’s nearly impossible to prevent these attacks, especially when an event is public by design but I can help the administrators secure it with some tips if you contact me.  I will be posting a list of recommendations later. 
Rev. Kenn Blanchard 
Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Focus on the Win

Focus on the Win

There is a lot of things you could be thinking about now.  Most won’t help you.  My barber reminded me to focus on the win.  I have a conversation with him and my son this week on the podcast.

With everyone home, the old heads like me are considering buying a gaming system.  I asked my son for a run down on what the most popular ones are, the benefits to each, the cost, and what games cost.  And introducing Steve da Barber on:
Barbershop culture
Tips on Manhood now 
Chasing Money
Focus on the win
“Danger is real, fear is a choice.” – After Earth 

He is someone (Steve)  I have known for 15 years.  He’s a humble guy, a man of faith, but street hardened. He has been on the “inside,” but turned his life around.  By his own admission he is not a perfect guy but a man of his word.
He values integrity and thinks we should teach that to our young men.
He came to my attention from a Facebook post admonishing his peers to think better, do better, charge what they were worth and not settling for crumbs.  To not fight each other.  To not be afraid.  
Book Steve:  https://square.site/book/92NGEGYPE575N/please-book-exact-age-group-type-cut-you-need 
Tips for maintaining yourself during your quarantine. 
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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
How Does It Feel to Be Right?

How Does It Feel to Be Right?

The Coronavirus has made it obvious that gun owners were not crazy. We were right to prepare for emergencies. You can see the foolishness of our neighbors now. The panic is as real as the pandemic. People are hoarding stuff they can’t eat, or use.

Gun stores are doing good still. They are still making a profit. Non gun owners are finding out what we already knew about gun laws, waiting periods and common sense. You were right. You bought your arms and ammo before the government shut it down. Before the price gouging. Before the toilet paper flew off the shelves. How does it feel now to be right?

Now what do you do.

Be vigilant that is what. You can’t eat ammo but make sure you have adequate stores of basics so that you can make meals too. Be operationally aware so you don’t tell folks what you have online (anymore than you already have). Some of us have shared too much. You know who you are. Be smarter.

Take the time to explain to your family the next steps. They may listen now. Turn off those celebrities that are easy on the eyes but bad for your soul. Take the time to reconnect, refocus and refresh.

What’s new

I’ve been working on the passion project I call Game Changers. I’v’e met too many good men going through the same trials as I have and I want to help as many as listen to do better.
Supporting Men. Fatherhood. Family.

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This new podcast is for real men, sharing stories, wisdom and laughs as we talk about the joys and pains of fatherhood and life in general. I’m still talking about guns and the Second Amendment. My focus is on supporting our families and helping you remember why we fight and who we are fighting for. We aren’t making excuses or asking for permission.

I love being a dad. It’s made me a better man. I believe that being a dad is one of the most rewarding aspects of a man’s life.

“When you know better, you can do better.”

I am still using the Patreon.com/blackmanwithagun for sponsorship. If you can, please.

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In a world of players, why not be a game changer?

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Opposition is the Proof of Progress

Opposition is the Proof of Progress

To all my game changers

I used to think that because my intentions were pure, honorable and good that everyone would see my good works and appreciate it.  In short, everyone would be happy. Can you believe this was not the case. When I was not prepared for it, I got slapped down.  I was rejected like I was shooting a jumper on the court all by myself.  Out of nowhere as my light sought to emerge, the darkness appeared to oppose it. You ever had that happen?  It happened to me more than I wanted. 
I didn’t get this revelation till recently after years of being discouraged. The sad news about this is that I just got it.  I have been heading this direction for awhile but now I understand and can share it. Heres’ the important point I want you to grasp.

Opposition is the Proof of Progress. 

The first ones that slapped me down were my parents.  Then it was relatives and friends.  And later it was the church.  
You too?
Well you know your parents don’t hate you.  They are not your “enemies.” But it sure felt like that.  “How come you don’t support me?” Insert dramatic screaming and conversation here.  For me, my parents were not equipped with the wisdom or vision to see what I was sharing.  
They were operating at a survival mode.  What they had done had worked and what I was proposing seemed outside of my “station in life.”  It was grandiose.  It was acting “white.”  OOH went there.  
The next time I remember I got the beat down was on similar things.  And it hurt because I expected differently from friends and family.  I learned that I should not give that too much energy or weight either.  
As we start to shine, those around you may sometimes feel threatened. You have just shown them what they are not doing and or where it scares them. So they may lash out at you.  “Who does “he” think he is?
When I pastored a church in the Nations Capital, I was opposed for my politics, my faith and my leadership.  I am conservative and have a clear definition of what that is.  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I don’t follow trends, personalities or traditions unless they are Biblically sound.  
I know you know this but they are not really threatened by you; they are actually threatened by their own lack of ability, fears and shortcomings.  You just reminded them that they have settled, quit, stop trying, or failed.  
If you don’t quit though, know this.  Nothing can stop what is meant to be. Resist the natural temptation to fight darkness with darkness. Anger with anger. Hate with hate.  Stay away from the dark side.  It is easier.  It is where I come from.  I have survived a lot.  But this will only perpetuate the cycle of suffering and end up bringing you down.
Small minds talk about people.  Average minds talk about events.  Great minds talk about ideas.   
It may seem personal, but recognize that it is not. That is powerful.  Then you know that they aren’t really attacking you because it really isn’t about you.
So to attack them back or engage in petty back and forth not only brings you to their level, but it ultimately resolves nothing.  

Don’t waste your energy trying to convince people to understand you.  Your time is too valuable to try to prove yourself to people. 
Why is it that people with small closed minds always have the loudest mouths?
The more you know yourself, the less you care what others say about you.
In your heart, thank them, bless them, and move on.

Kites rise against the wind not with it.

Special guest next week, 

Analytic Endeavors Podcast host Nic Thompson  and owner of Big Ideas Industries.

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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Solutions For Good Sleep With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman



 Wisdom from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.


One of the things we don’t do is listen more to the wisemen in our lives.  There are grandparents, and uncles that have accumulated a wealth of knowledge over their lifetimes.  

Listen to this sage speak.   My guest coming soon is retired U.S. Army Lt. Col David Grossman.  

You can hear it  

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Podcasting is an excellent way to capture the wisdom of our elders.  It’s not easy to listen sometimes because not everything they say is for everybody. And honestly, not everything they say is gold.  But on this weeks episode I have a guest that is golden.  We spoke for awhile and when he got comfortable he dropped some nuggets I want to share with you.  

I didn’t know him personally before our interview.  I have heard of him for decades.  On this episode he will be sharing the importance of sleep and how it affects us, soldiers and folks contemplating suicide.  Who would have known the key to success was sleep?  

He is going to talk about using caffeine effectively, how to sleep better, about church security, the Second Amendment, gun rights, the role and title of a Sheepdog, about self discipline and resilience.  This grandfather is going to give some parenting 101 advice.  And he is even going to talk about faith.  He ties it all together.

You are going to thank me for this episode. 


Dave has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two children’s’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing  (with over half a million copies sold).Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor.  He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  

Dave also mentions that getting a Fitbit to monitor your sleep and health is a good thing.  I put a link below for you along with his first book.  He has another coming out soon.  When he and it is available, I’ll have him back on.  

This guy is great.  He is one of a kind.   He was a great guest for the Game Changers Podcast.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  



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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Guns and the Pandemic With Colion Noir

Guns and the Pandemic With Colion Noir

The Pandemic has people back in the gun stores buying ammo, and more guns. For me, it has allowed me to reconnect with good people, and family. I hope to get you on the show soon. My guest this week is a good friend, known in the world as Mr. Colion Noir, gun rights activist and Youtuber. It’s a light conversation but Colion is going to dive into the new interest in gun ownership during this age of COVID-19. We videotaped it below as well.

The podcast is a little different as I share some thoughts on the dangers of comparing yourself to others. And I give some tips on Operational Security.

PODCAST      

I’ll be sharing some wisdom on comparison, jealousy and envy. Keep it in check.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Operational Security. Nobody needs to know what you have, where it is and all of that. Dial it back. We were right. We are prepared.

This isn’t the end of it though.

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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Conversation with the host of WarriorCast

Conversation with the host of WarriorCast

Host of Warriorcast.com 
This is a casual conversation with Kenneth Blanchard, II, the host of the Warriorcast podcast. He has been in the martial arts for over 20 years.  He is not the stereotypical gym rat.  Listen as we talk about combat sports, how he got started and what he thinks about the martial arts.
He is a college educated, home owner who’s passion can hurt you.  He is also into the photography of action figures, check out his instagram  @kickinkollector.  He’s a funny guy. A pleasure to be around. 
He got into podcasting to help develop his communication skills.  
I love this guy.  He makes me proud as a dad.  

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

5 Things You Must Know About COVID 19

Podcast Episode 9

5,374 people have died so far from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 13, 2020, 17:35 GMT.

There are currently 142,783 confirmed cases in 136 countries and territories. The fatality rate is still being assessed.

The Truth about the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause sicknesses like the common cold, as well as more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain – one that hasn’t previously been recognized in humans.
Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds. A zoonotic virus is one that is transmitted between animals and people. When a virus circulating in animal populations infects people, this is termed a “spillover event”.

Store Shelves have been emptied across the world.
Fights have broken out, carts piled high, and across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, most supermarkets imposed a cap to limit the number of toilet paper rolls a person can buy.
There is no shortage of videos capturing the mass hysteria that has swept up globally as shelves are cleared.
Hand sanitizers, cleaning solutions, canned goods, water bottles and pasta shelves have are also sold out.

When people are told something dangerous is coming, but all you need to do is wash your hands, the action doesn’t seem proportionate to the threat.

People naturally start to panic-buy when they think something is scarce, and photos on social media can easily fuel that panic.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Flashlight 
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Deluxe family first aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Two-way radios
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
Whistle
N95 or surgical masks
Matches
Rain gear
Towels
Work gloves
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Scissors
Household liquid bleach
Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags

Tips

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items like your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti-bacterial solution.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs are often spread this way.
  • In public stay six feet from infected
  • Overall protect your eyes, skin, nose and mouth from coughers, sneezers and places where viruses can float onto raw foods, open air places

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Your Key To Success: Conversation

Your Key To Success: Conversation

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Your Key To Success: Conversation

Why is Communication so hard? Asked of a single woman I know. The topic prompted me to share this with you so you can do better.

Two Game Changing Points:

1. An open-ended question is a question that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no” response, or with a static response.

2. Active listening.

There are three levels of safe topics to talk about.

More tips:

* Be attentive and give eye contact.

* Make active and engaged expressions.

* Repeat back what you’ve heard, and follow up with questions.

* If you notice something you want to say, don’t say it. Challenge it and go back to listening.

* For bonus points, wait an hour to bring up that thing you didn’t say earlier.

Communicate for intimacy.

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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Small Talk For Success

Small Talk For Success

Small Talk For Success

In this 24 minute podcast episode you’ll hear how to communicate better with your spouse. I got a chance to ask a single woman what is lacking today with relationships. This show will help you start small talk. There are tips for speaking in small groups. How to communicate for intimacy. How to start a conversation with a stranger. It could be the push you need to do better at work. The key words here are open ended questions and active listening. Learn these for the win. Subscribe to this podcast.

Why is Communication so hard? 

Asked of a single woman I know. The topic prompted me to share this with you so you can do better.

Two Game Changing Points:

1. An open-ended question is a question that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no” response, or with a static response.
2. Active listening.
There are three levels of safe topics to talk about.

More tips:

* Be attentive and give eye contact.
* Make active and engaged expressions.
* Repeat back what you’ve heard, and follow up with questions.
* If you notice something you want to say, don’t say it. Challenge it and go back to listening.
* For bonus points, wait an hour to bring up that thing you didn’t say earlier.

Communicate for intimacy.

Good Luck. New Facebook page @kbgamechangers
If you like the show, please share it with one person you think might subscribe.

Thanks man. Kenn

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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