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Pastor and a Porn Star

Pastor and a Porn Star

This story was too strange not to share it on Indian Motorcycle Radio.

Pornography is older than podcasting by a million years. It is frowned upon by many openly that have consumed it in secret. Pornography is a moral issue for some, but not everybody. Some believe it is a health issue. How pornography is used and within what context can determine how helpful or hurtful it can be to any one individual or relationship. It can be addictive. It can mean that you are depressed, and need to talk to someone professionally. This is the story that taught me something I had never realized before and put some others things in context for me. What happened when a pastor speaks to a famous porn actress on his podcast?

I’ve been podcasting for twelve years. I attend a lot of podcasting conferences and events to learn. Podcasters have a community where we share equipment, tips, tricks, best practices and marketing information. We are all trying to do better with what we have.

It’s our art. It’s our craft, man!

One day, about six years ago, my podcast mentor said that he was scanning the podisphere for new shows and saw that former Porn star, Ginger Lynn has just started podcasting but didn’t have all the right links and tags displayed in iTunes. My buddy said it was going to hurt her in the long run. The name struck a bell with me. She was a hot blonde from the 80’s that was a displayed expertly on the cover of VHS tapes they used to keep in the back room of the video renting place.in my neighborhood. Back in the day, 18-25 years old,

I thought “OOOH MAMA.”

I’m just keeping it real.

 

Well, I went to the website and hit the contact button. I found an email and the next thing I know I am talking to Ginger Lynn. I shared with her all the things my mentor had mentioned that were wrong and how she could better her show. She was like the woman next door. Honest, humble and didn’t judge me for being a Christian pastor. I admitted to her that we were the same age and that I had seen one or two of her videos in our youth. You know what happened next?

She shared some personal stuff and I told her that if she ever needed to talk to someone I was here. In Christian talk, I witnessed to her, and said if she needed a pastor, call me. Something about this call was different though. You know when you, well maybe not you are judging someone and then you realize you got just as much dirt to hide as the next person you shut up.

I’m glad I got to speak with her. It taught me something.

My faith is built around the belief that we are all less than perfect. We have all sin and still do. I realized that some stay where they are because the perfect people make it so hard for them to talk. Not you. I have spoken to drug addicts, sex addicts, coffee addicts, alcoholics, liars, murderers, and probably a host of things they never confided in me about. But here I was. It made me readjust my collar. I looked in the mirror.

Sin is breaking the Law of God.  1 John 3:4 says, “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act.  Sin is a deviation from the will of God.  It is a form of evildoing since it is in opposition to God’s decrees and desires. Sin is not a merely a deficiency. It is an open rebellion and disobedience to what God has declared is right.  Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is the holy one (1 Peter 1:16) and all sin is unholy. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned.

Everyone commits sin

Every person who’s ever lived, except for Jesus (1 Pet. 2:22), commits sin. This is because when Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, we inherited his sinful nature. This is why the Bible says that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. (Rom. 5:12) Furthermore, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3).

 

Again, what is sin?

Sin is doing that which is contrary to the revealed will of God. It’s plain and simple.  If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned.

There are two main reasons for not feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit when a person sins. One is that the person is not born-again, and the Holy Spirit is not indwelling him. Therefore, he would not feel the conviction that the Spirit of God brings.

Here’s what I have found out personally about porn. If our bodies are temples or vessels that can contain the Holy Spirit, it can be polluted. It can become full of trash. Porn and the Holy Spirit don’t dwell in the same vessels. You set yourself up for failure, abandonment, the feeling of emptiness when you secretly or openly invite that into you. Your vessel is empty and can be inhabited by other spirits and entities.

So, I have learned that I have to be careful what I allow into my mind, body and soul.  We should not use our weakness in the flesh as a justification or excuse to do that which is against God.  We are made new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), and as such we have been bought with a great price — the blood of God (Acts 20:28) — and we should act in a manner consistent with our redemption.  We’re not to abide in sin or seek it, but when we do sin we have someone we can turn to who will cleanse us.

Just as this sidetracked podcast may have unintentionally turned into a preaching moment, it was intentioned by God, to help someone.

Back to the story. The first time I aired this podcast, I had a good guy berate me on how wrong I was to talk to Ms Ginger. I was shocked at first. Then I was hurt. You will hear in our conversation that she could be your neighbor. That is what I mean about adjusting my collar. I had to check my own prejudices, judgments. I have no hell to put you in or a heaven to kick you out of. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Judge.

The Old Testament contains the Law of God.  It is a perfect standard because it is God’s standard.  When we fail to keep the law, we sin.  When we sin, we offend God.  This offense against God results in a judgment.  Laws are laws because they have penalties.  There is no law without a penalty.  Therefore, breaking God’s law brings judgment which is separation from God.  “But your sins have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).  And, “the wages of sin is death . . . ” (Rom. 6:23).  So, to sin, to break God’s law, results in judgment.  The judgment is known as damnation which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.  If God did not judge the sinner, then He is not upholding His holiness; and he would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.

I am still working on my salvation with fear and trembling. I am still studying and learning the Word of God so that I may rightly share it with the people God has put in front of me. I’ll understand if you don’t agree with me.

Most don’t go to church.

So now you will hear a conversation with a porno star. One who has done just about everything you can do and still live. She has survived thus far. We must be extremely careful as Christians to apply moral judgments with equity, non-partiality, love, and truth. Moral judgments without compassion and mercy become immoral in themselves. This is why we are to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the judge and the standard of righteousness. We must keep our eyes on his words and his deeds and emulate him. Jesus forgave, was patient, taught, and healed.  His words were not simple moral statements.  They were manifested by his life and loving character.

That’s how I got to Ms. Ginger. That is what transpired after I first aired this thing. I learned a lot from the conversation.

Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of his will. This means that everything that occurs in your life, all your free will decisions, all your choices, all your intentions, all your mistakes, all your sins, etc. work within the divine knowledge and will of God. Nothing is outside the scope of God’s knowledge, and no one can do anything that surprises God.

Ain’t that something?

Can I get an Amen somebody?

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Not Accepting Guest Post

Not Accepting Guest Post

If you haven’t posted on this site before and claim to be the marketing manager, writer, blogger or SEO consultant in charge of finding websites that have been around awhile and can give you great link juice, I am not interested. I am also not interested in sponsoring links from existing post. I am not interested in your offers to pay me nor links to casinos, gambling sites, porn, dating or anti-freedom organizations.

This url has been around since 1999. It has had its ups and downs. I lost most of the content a few years ago when I was unsure if I was going to keep it. I’ve lost many URLs like that. Domains that are being held hostage by foreign brand squatters.

I will accept guest post from my friends, known members of the Second Amendment community, and folks that have interacted with me on the podcast or this blog. Even if you are pro-2A and I don’t know you, NO.

If I were to publish your post the main focus of the article should be to inform or inspire my audience. I maintain the right to lightly edit your article (mostly for spelling, grammar, and formatting) and to choose a post title that I feel best fits my blog and audience. And I maintain the right to reject submissions or to request that you revise & resubmit to better tailor the article to my audience.

To all the rest,

Get Off My Lawn.

If you receive a link to this post, then I am not interested.

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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.

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLa_hk7pOx6O78a3kvmV1w

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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.

You can support the show at https://support.kennspodcast.com

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

 

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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.  

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The Gun Owners’ Guide to Democrat Presidential Candidates

The Gun Owners’ Guide to Democrat Presidential Candidates

Are you ticked off about President Trump’s lack of support for the Second Amendment? Steamed that he banned bump stocks? Are you annoyed that he hasn’t signed executive orders repealing FOPA, GCA, NFA, and enacting nationwide constitutional carry? Maybe you’d like to teach him a lesson, and vote for a Democrat…but you can’t decide which candidate is the best choice for a no-compromise gun rights purist like yourself?

Hey…I’ve appointed enough conservative federal judges to overturn gun-control laws for a generation! (Including the bump stock ban.)

You’re in luck! Read on, and I’ll help you deduce which Democrat you can trust to respect the Second Amendment and protect your gun rights, all while making you feel better by sticking it to that bump-stock banning orange man! What follows is a list of Democrat candidates, their individualized positions on specific gun rights issues, for a simple compare and contrast guide to help you make your selection.

I don’t like (your) guns! Don’t be stupid!

First up is Michael Bloomberg:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I don’t like guns, except around my gulags!

Then comes Bernie Sanders:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

Of course I don’t like guns. Not for you, anyway.

And then there’s Pete Buttegieg:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I don’t like guns just as much as the rest of them don’t like guns.

Next is Amy Klobuchar:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

Do I like guns? Two words…Wounded Knee!

And then Elizabeth Warren:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

I got your double barrel shotgun right here.

Then there’s Joe Biden:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

 

This is NOT a finger gun! Don’t like ‘em!

And don’t forget Tom Steyer:

  • Would ban private transfers without a background check. No private sales, loans, or gifts.

  • Would implement “red flag” laws, allowing confiscation of guns without due process.

  • Would ban the most commonly owned semiautomatic rifle in the country.

  • Would ban standard capacity magazines common to the majority of semiauto rifles and pistols in the country.

  • Would ban bump stocks.

  • Would appoint liberal judges.

There you go. That should make it pretty easy for any voter who values the Second Amendment to decide which Democrat is the best choice for gun owners in 2020. None of them!

What Is Depression and How Does it Work

What Is Depression and How Does it Work

Check out this episode!

This is the fourth episode of the Game Changers Podcast.  Show notes below.

  • Depression
  • The Stigma The Truth
  • What do you do when…
  • Conversation with a Dr of Psychiatry
  • 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

Has something happened in your life recently that has got you down? You going through something? (Most of us are) You drinking, smoking or popping something to help you cope? You watching a lot of porn? (what’s a lot, right?)
You might be depressed.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or feeling “empty”
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability acting like you got sand in your draws
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom
We throw ourselves into work, into household projects, we try to stay busy but sometimes, you have to fix you.

Beyond Treatment: Things You Can Do
Here are other tips that may help you or a loved one during treatment for depression:

  1. Try to be active and exercise.
  2. Set realistic goals for yourself.
  3. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.
  4. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
  5. Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
  6. Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced, or changing jobs until you feel better.
  7. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
  8. Continue to educate yourself about depression.

Do you have a win? How about a loss? Or you just want to talk to me about something that concerns you? 443-360-5421 is my number. Call me, tell me, leave a message
Shalom Baby,
KennBlanchard.com

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The Struggle of a Single Dad

The Struggle of a Single Dad


Check out this episode!

Integrity, lies, trust, us.
You are going to hear a candid personal account of Michael J. Woodland of IG@munitionsweaponstactical
It is a conversation with a single father of what he is going through. What do you think? 

Do you have any wisdom to share with us?

I am still working through my workflow and equipment.
You can support the show at https://support.kennspodcast.com

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The importance of a Father

The importance of a Father

Fatherhood and good parenting are important to me.  

My world has been shaped and influenced by men that acting like fathers to me or did not. At this point in my life, I am close to sixty years old.  I have survived a lot.  I have raised successfully two adults.  Of all the things I have done in my life, those are my highlights.  I want to share what worked and what doesn’t with life with as many as I can.

Fifty years ago a father’s word was questioned less.  Men had it easy in some respects.  They didn’t have any cultural responsibility to take care of his children. That responsibility rested with the mother, or mother substitute.  That was not a good way to operate.  

I think it matters and I don’t have a study or research to quote.  I know however that an extremely high number of men in prison and heading that way are there because they didn’t have a dad.  

I think my kids learned by watching me interact with different things.  How dad handled it was processed, sometimes imitated.  I think my kids learned how to regulate their feelings and behaviors. It didn’t end at 12 either.  They needed to see and hear me talk about adult issues too.  I think parents throw their kids out too soon with too many threats available for them to have to fend for themselves.

Even from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.
There is no question that fathers do play an important part in their children’s lives: the majority of studies affirm that an involved father can play a crucial role, particularly in the cognitive, behavioral, and general health and well-being areas of a child’s life; having a positive male role model helps an adolescent boy develop positive gender-role characteristics; adolescent girls are more likely to form positive opinions of men and are better able to relate to them when parented by an involved father; it is generally accepted, under most circumstances, that a father’s presence and involvement can be as crucial to a child’s healthy development as a mother’s; and experiencing validation of their importance in the general parenting literature has made fathers much more conscious of their value, which, in turn, leads to their greater desire to be involved.

We learn by doing, talking, reading, discovering and a mix of these.  I want to be a conduit for change.  I want to help the men in my circle and yours do better, be better, get a second a chance.

We can talk about your story too as we work through, I’ll deal with issues relating to the absent father, the alienated father, and the divorced father.
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Papas Got A Brand New Bag

Papas Got A Brand New Bag

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys enough people to make it worth it.

MARYLAND, USA Civil rights activist, firearms instructor and podcaster known as the Black Man With A Gun ™ retires with over six hundred available episodes. Rev. Kenn Blanchard, also a Christian pastor has decided to pass the torch of gun rights advocacy to the next generation of social media influencers that have grown exponentially on the internet over the past five years.

The Black Man With A Gun persona emerged in 1999 with the release of the website of the same name announcing the self-published book of the same name in 2000. It was an ominous time to be pro-gun. There was a tragedy at a school named Columbine. Some were worried about the Apocalypse and Y2K.

black Man with a gun first edition

Oprah Winfrey had a TV show and a Book Club that was making stars out of hacks at the time. Blanchard was elated when someone from her team requested a copy of his book for review.

“All I wanted to be is a resource for saving lives in the community. I could be the go-to guy to stop accidents in the homes, protect single mothers; and help boys become men.”

That didn’t happen.

Blanchard did begin speaking around the country to promote his book which with the website made him look authoritative. Websites were not common in 2001 unless you have a lot of resources. This website was created by a woman with a PhD that was a friend of a friend.

It was bigger than the NRA’s at the time. The Libertarian Party of Maryland liked Blanchard so much that they wanted him for a gubernatorial candidate.

Several websites around the country put his face and info on their websites. Some claimed him as a conservative, some a progressive liberal and even some a Black Nationalist.

African American themed book stores were the thing and they didn’t want to sell my book.

They said it didn’t promote the kind of values they wanted to reflect in their store. I thought it was odd though that a book about responsible gun ownership would be rebuffed while the books with the best placement in the store were about pimps, prostitutes and street hustlers. A book called “Monster,” the autobiography of a gang member had the most prominent spot in the window at the time.

I’ve been there and done that.
I got the NRA’s Eddie Eagle to do the one and only sold out appearance at an African American event in Washington, DC of 10,000 people. I received a Civil Rights Award from the NRA that got me a standing ovation at an Annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Before the web presence, I was just as busy. I created a national gun club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun in 1992. There are even more details on my bio page at http://kennblanchard.com/about

 

Tenth Cavalry at the new NRA range in 1992

May I continue?

I started the Urban Shooter Podcast after being interviewed by Mark Vanderberg on his podcast back in 2007 called Gun Rights Radio. Mark sparked my love of Old Time radio and the desire to be on terrestrial radio since a teen.

I tried everything on that podcast. We had a weekly audio drama called Zombie Strike! That some loved and some hated. We had a couple of burgeoning comedians. I have interviewed over 200 influential guests. And some not so. I stumbled, mumbled and sang to my heart’s content. I told stories and shared African American history with an audience I didn’t know would care. And I loved them for it. I told them my life, and they shared my time and experiences as the “pastor of patriots, pistoleros, and Paladins.”

The podcast helped me learn and focus my craft of speaking, preaching and reaching people. It helped me learn about myself.

The desire to retire from the gun rights movement grew after the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Arizona. I got a chance to see the heirs of my struggle. There are a handful of activist that are doing it right. They don’t have to chase advertisers or sponsors like I did. They have thousands of followers off the break.

And then there was the successful 2 A Rally in Washington DC. 2000 of my closest friends put on a major event without the usual foolishness. In spite of the naysayers it happened. This event again gave me the “warm and fuzzy” that I could depart this space and go on to other things.

I was tired of trying to convince others that I was still valuable. I was tired of watching people with no credibility or integrity –flourish. I was tired of re-introducing myself. I was tired of defending what I was doing to my wife, churches and a long list of connections.

I wanted to go out before I said something that got me into trouble. They old guys in the balcony on the Muppet Show were about to get a third.

Right after I announced my “retirement” my computer gave up the ghost. It was apropos.

I am not finished though.
My voice and passion for others is stronger. I plan to continue to podcast and write.

On guns, I am still pro-rights, pro-guns. I care more about the gun owner than the brand, model or reissue of a firearm.

I love the brother or sister that also cares about this nation, their communities and family enough to be a citizen.

For thirty years I have fought for the rights of gun owners of all colors, and categories. I am a part of the family that cares for and encourages the growth or development of someone or something.

One of my biggest regrets is not knowing how to use the ever changing search engine optimization. What I plan to do is to become a better storyteller that can share wisdom, good times and inspiration. I’m taking the name from an Old World French and African class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers that maintained a tradition of oral history called griots.

This new podcast will speak to and about elements of American history, culture, that help us do better. There will definitely be some gun stuff there.

The Second Amendment is so important to our nation, it’s in the Bill of Rights.
The American Grio is coming. I am hoping you’ll come along for the ride.

It’s everything that is you and me.

 

 

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Farewell Message From Kenn Blanchard

Farewell Message From Kenn Blanchard

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left. Last night, I put together a video and a podcast episode sharing my desire to exit from the Second Amendment advocacy space. I called it my Farewell Message. The concept of leaving on a high note had been on my mind and I had been talking about it for weeks. Last week my 12 year old iMac hard drive died. Then it fell off my table (no damage). I took it as a sign.
Being the Black Man With A Gun indefinitely was not my plan. All I wanted was financial success. My level of success was independence and self-employment. It never came. Most of it was because I refused to do anything that seemed criminal or unethical. I am not politically motivated. I am not ambiguous. I like people that some don’t and don’t like people that many like.

The good news is that I am still going to be around. The bad news is that you won’t see or hear me talk about firearms or gun legislation after December 2019. I am tired and want to change my evergreen focus to a seasonal one. In this season of my life, I am looking forward to passing on information, encouragement and enjoying myself more than fighting, defending and debating crazy people. I’ve been doing it since 1987.

I have a website called kennblanchard.com that I plan to update and contribute to with all my shenanigans. I hope you decide to follow it. Currently I produce WarriorCast.com ‘s podcast, Speaklifepodcast.com and the Kenn Blanchard Show podcast. Warriorcast belongs to my son and covers his world of martial arts, boxing and pop culture. Speak Life is the weekly show from the Gospel ministry I serve, and the Kenn Blanchard Show is my cornucopia of thoughts.
With my podcasting computer down, I created this video.

Here are my thoughts, spoken from it.

This is my farewell message to friends, family and coworkers in the 2A movement. In my twenty plus year of being in this space, I have never seen anyone actually retire. They usually die, get a mention in the NRA Rifleman, and Ammoland and that’s it. Or they screw up in a media interview and get crucified by trolls and the community members that like that sort of thing. I’m trying to go out on my own terms.
The world has changed since I started. A lot. Some good stuff has happened. And some bad. I used to call myself the Bill Cosby of the Gun Rights Movement. That isn’t a good analogy now. And there were a couple of other guys that I grew up looking up to that have since gone down in flames.
Like my wife repeatedly say, don’t compare yourself to anyone, just be you.
I started with nothing. I still have most of that left.
I started in 1986 wanted to be a firearms instructor for my community. I wanted to become a high paid speaker or radio personality. I wanted to leverage my creativity and entrepreneurism to become a successful business person. I became the Black Man with a Gun (BMWAG)
The local DC Maryland and Virginia community wasn’t ready for an under 30 year old African American firearms trainer. The government allowed me to moonlight and do this side activity but with a strict warning not to disclose my bona fides. I was watched. I was monitored. I had to ask permission before I traveled. When I appeared before the public they thought, how could I know anything? How dare I talk about guns when there was the so called black on black crime, police shootings, and drug wars going on. I got beat up a lot at ranges, gun shops and churches where I tried to advertise. But I became involved in the gun community/ gun rights when I failed to make money as a trainer/instructor in 1987. Gun rights activism doesn’t make money if you are honest.
Since then I have been involved in the gun debate, as it intersects firearms instruction and civil rights. I created the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club in 1991 that grew from Washington, DC, Baltimore, NJ and Illinois. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America, introduced me the show business of politics and I worked with to the NRA, GOA and SAF. The website Black Man with a Gun debuted in 1999. I’ve been involved in US Supreme Court cases we have won for the 2nd Amendment even if my name isn’t on it.
I learned more about myself than anything doing this stuff I had a training business, where I provided instruction and certifications in first aid, armed security and tactics. I failed in business but I pressed onward.
I started before social media and looking back I could have been a boss with that thing but I didn’t.
I reached out to all the so called black leaders and announced my intentions in the gun world. It was risky because historically, this same leaders are anti-gun. But I went there. I tried to buy a shooting range. I got blasted by Rev Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and local pastors.
I created a podcast in 2007 and I was embraced by the people black people said I should beware of. The demographic that loved the BMWAG were the same folks that are accused of racism, cronyism, and supremacy. White males were calling me brother. They were listening to my shows. They were inviting me and my family to events across the country. I shot historical firearms in Tennessee. I ate at the homes of millionaires, in country clubs, and places in Washington DC I didn’t know black people were allowed in. I learned that our country likes being divisive. I learned that racism exist mostly because people need it as an excuse. I learned that organizations really don’t want change. I learned that people like mess, and drama. I learned that I was a conservative.
I loved meeting people like you. I loved shooting exotic and new firearms. I loved championing the cause of freedom. I loved being the Black Man with a Gun. I loved mixing faith and firearms. I loved being the pastor of patriots, pistoleros and paladins. I loved writing but podcasting was my jam. I loved and hoped that one day I would make enough money to quit my day job. That didn’t happen by the way. I learned that my faith has sustained me. I learned that my unique position has saved lives.
But it has had its bad side too. I’ve spent too much money learning, and chasing influencers. I filed bankruptcy along this journey. I’m ok now but I learned a lot by my mistakes. My wisdom came at a price. I almost lost my wife on this journey. I almost got kicked out of two churches from being pro-gun. I lost positions, promotions and opportunities at my old government job because of my pro-gun activities. It came at a cost.

Memories
1. Civil rights award from the NRA for bringing the Eddie Eagle program to Washington DC in a big way.
2. St Gabriel Possenti award from the Gun Dean, John Synder at the Second Amendment Foundation
3. Creating the tenth cavalry gun Club and getting the club to shoot at the NRA range when it was brand new
4. Meeting Charlton Heston and getting Christmas cards from him for a few years
5. Being the chaplain of the LEAA
6. Being a part of the concealed carry reforms across the US
7. Testifying in VA, TX, MI, WI and SC legislative houses
8. Interviewing the Gunny, Lee Ermey, Wayne LaPierre, befriending a rabbi like Dovid and connecting with my Jewish brethren
9. Speaking in front of 20K in Albany NY
10. Meeting Donald Trump and getting a selfie in NY
11. Publishing two three books related to the my journey and the 2nd amendment
12. Creating a website in 1999 and trademarking the name bmwag
13. Being mentioned in a movie, pros and Cons.
14. Getting a chance to audition for a pilot show on Spike TV
15. Podcasting for 12 years, 630+ episodes, sharing American history, and introducing new generations to things they may have missed.
16. Working with over 12 industry companies and getting sponsored by Crossbreed holsters and USCCA
17. Interviewing over 100 historical people for the podcast

Why am I leaving?
When I got started in 2000 as the BMWAG, it was tongue in cheek. It was my version of a shock jock. I did it with all the intentions of being replaced by many untraditional firearms instructors, activist and clubs. We have that. I personally know of Spanish speakers, LGBT, African Americans, disabled vets and boat loads of women involved now. I’ve been the go to guy media for law enforcement issues in the black community, religion and guns and veterans issues as it relates to guns. Most of the time, after a tragedy. Not good times. There have been almost a steady flow of tragedy to respond to. If you know the media game, if you sound reasonable, truthful and not bombastic your contribution will not be used. I think I might get the reward for the most media nobody but the editor as seen. I’m tired of that.
It took me awhile to learn the game of hyperbole. On a good day, I can crank it out like the best of them. But it’s not my style. Over the years I have learned that I am not the loudest, nor the most controversial voice out there. I started focusing on taking care of the second amendment first responders instead. And I still will. I care about you, your family and where you are going.
I learned you need a team to succeed. You can be one dude on a mission as I have been. You have to learn how to delegate. You have to inspire folks to work for you for nothing until you can pay them. I didn’t manage that.
Since 2007, I have been producing digital content. The Lord has allowed me to create, practice narration, speak and presenting online. I was intimately involved in the gun debate, US Constitutional issues and social causes. And with that I am well known among the gray beards. This fight is evergreen.
I believe that this season of my life is ending and that I am to move on to the next. I want to entertain. Teach and continue doing the needful on the sidelines. My best work and most of my accomplishments are not online. I have changed minds. I have saved families. I have helped veterans. I have been a brother to those in need. I have helped mothers, grandmothers and children.
So how do you retire on your own terms? I figured my first step was in letting my friends know of my intentions so it doesn’t catch them off guard. Decrease my expenses. Live modestly. Love unconditionally. Continue to help my fellowman. I am still pro-gun, pro-rights and pro-life – my life. If you want to find me, I will still be online, shooting recreationally, still be singing, playing the blues, riding my motorcycle, preaching the gospel, smiling and praising my God.
I thank those that reached out when they saw my IG or Facebook post, and checked on a brother. It wasn’t a lot of you but I noticed who you were. It means I picked the right ones to call friend.
Special thanks and much appreciation to the Crossbreed Holsters Company and family. We connected early and even after the passing of Mark, we stayed connected. Carol has been a blessing.
Tim Schmidt of USCCA has been instrumental in my success too. He was a sponsor of my podcast and 2A work long before anyone knew what social media was. He has moved on and grown his brand exponentially
Barbara Baird of Women’s Outdoor News has been like a confidant and big sister. It is only because of her that I even got invited to blogger events and SHOT show parties. If you saw or met me somewhere exclusive in the gun community it was because of a connection with her.
Shout outs to American Built Arms who sponsored my internet TV show for three months. Blanchard Outdoors.
Shout out to my Sho Nuff supporters of my Patreon account that kept me solvent. I made a pact with the wife not to spend any family money fighting for the RKBA and I’ve doing that successfully for a decade because of you. Thank you.

Like Sheriff Bart said before me,

“Work here is done. I’m needed elsewhere now. I’m needed wherever outlaws rule the West, wherever innocent women and children are afraid to walk the streets, wherever a man cannot live in simple dignity, wherever a people cry out for justice.”

Shalom baby.

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