The Second Amendment Foundation has been a steady source of friends, and information in my journey. From this organization I met and miss the late John Synder, and Joe Tartaro who were my gun rights mentors. It is with great honor and appreciation that I accept the 2020 Gun Blogger of the Year award from my friends at SAF.
When I got started in firearms training in 1986 for the US Government, I noticed how the knowledge I had wasn’t common. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 1990, I decided to open my own firearms and emergency medical training company. African American Arms and Instruction, Inc. (A3i) failed. I didn’t know what I didn’t know about business, the gun culture, and the myself. By 1991, I became a gun rights evangelist. First introducing the practicality and responsibility of gun ownership to families in Balitmore, and Prince Georges County, Maryland. I founded the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. It grew faster than I was prepared for. I started working with the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the National Rifle Association, CATO Institute, and others gun groups that didn’t get along with each other. I became an ambassador and diplomat in the gun culture. I fostered relationships, screened and helped people get seen. The gun club grew into a chapter in DC, Baltimore and NJ.
The journey wasn’t smooth. While I was still employed by the government I was being watched by internal affairs for being a gun rights activist. I sacrificed promotions, positions and a career. I feared every media photo or TV appearance I was on. I was hoping that something I did for my country would allow me to be able to support my family. It didn’t happen. This was before Google, Facebook and modern social media platforms used today by the hundreds of pro-gun activist, gun bunnies and trainers.
As an unpaid lobbyist and activist I have testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense.
I attended my first Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco in 1994. I have been the recipient of the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award of the month (August 1997) and the St. Gabriel Possenti medal from the St. Possenti Society.
I have been involved in almost every pro-rights case that involved a person of color in the background. I have voiced commercials for TV against racist gun laws in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore. I’ve been featured internationally and in four documentaries. I have been speaking professionally since 1992. I have provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.
I’ve been kicked out of churches, halls, yelled at by anti-rights groups and maligned by pastors before social media. My book was dissed by Oprah, African American book stores and family. I”ve been accused of being a militant, and a revolutionary. I’ve been said to be too nice, a sell out, a coon, and not militant enough.
Like Johnny Cash, “I”ve Been Everywhere Man.”
In 1999, a good friend helped me get the Black Man With A Gun Blog online. It was a major and financial undertaking back then. People where just getting familiar with America Online 1.0 and I had a website promoting a book. The Black Man with a Gun was a homage to the only other book of its kind written by Robert F. Johnson, Negroes With Guns; published in 1968.
The first edition of Black Man with a Gun was featured in the August 2001 edition of American Rifleman. I was featured in the Washington Business Journal on Jan. 2002. I was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (1999) as a security expert. I have served on the Urban Affairs, and Training committees of the NRA in the past. I’ve was an advisor/editor for the creation of the Refuse to Be a Victim course book.
After discovering podcasting in 2007, I created the Urban Shooter Podcast now called the Black Man with a Gun Show to be able to reach people I have met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom. I use my podcast to inspire, entertain and share parts of history that few have heard.
Since I began, I have taken the position of counselor, cheer leader, motivator and protector of the realm. I am the unofficial chaplain of our movement. I care more about my community than products. I protect and serve now more often one-on-one, sharing life experiences, wisdom and dad jokes.
I am the pastor of patriots, pistoleros and paladins.
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