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Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 

How Does It Feel To Be Right?

 

Lessons For Colion Noir

 

John Wick on Gun Rights

 

Armed Christian Perspectives

5 Things You Need to Know Before Shooting Naked

 

Why We Love History (and you should too!)

3D Gun Printing is BS

 

Hurricane Florence

 

 

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

 

5 Things you should know about shotguns

 

5 Mistakes In Gun Rights That Make You Look Dumb

 

Keeping your Back Hole Out of Jail

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 Episodes of this Podcast

Top 12 

How Does It Feel To Be Right?

 

Lessons For Colion Noir

 

John Wick on Gun Rights

 

Armed Christian Perspectives

5 Things You Need to Know Before Shooting Naked

 

Why We Love History (and you should too!)

3D Gun Printing is BS

 

Hurricane Florence

 

 

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

 

5 Things you should know about shotguns

 

5 Mistakes In Gun Rights That Make You Look Dumb

 

Keeping your Back Hole Out of Jail

 

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.
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Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

Five Things You Need To Know About EDC

Thank you for listening, downloading and supporting the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast.

This is episode 579.

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:

  1. Mindset
  2. Skills
  3. Tactics
  4. Gear 
  5. Insurance (we suggest the United States Concealed Carry Association https://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com )

    Movie Reference

assault of Precinct 13

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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Mike mentioned three holster companies he likes – one of which was JM4 Tactical.

Tips Feature:  Effective ways to train on a budget

 

 

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PS

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. 

http://www.kennblanchard.com

Speaking of facets.

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3D Gun Printing Is BS

3D Gun Printing Is BS

Thoughts on the 3D Gun Printing Hysteria

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. 250px-M1942_liberatorWhich 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.

Glock 17

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.

ATF picture of Liberator

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.

pipe zipgun
Zip Guns

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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Celebrating Juneteenth and The Heller Decision

Celebrating Juneteenth and The Heller Decision

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast episode 574 I have an conversation with the guy in whom the Heller Decision is named, Dick Heller. He is funny. I also share some back story that it originally had a black woman and friend of mine, Shelly Parker as the plaintiff. The history of Juneteenth and the importance of it relating to gun rights.

My birthday is six months before Christmas. It is also usually when the US Supreme Court meets and hands down a decision on a landmark case. Ten years ago, the Supreme Court did just that for us in the District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that said:

…that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and that Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban and requirement that lawfully-owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” violated this guarantee. It also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated.

To mark that anniversary, I have a conversation with Dick Heller on this weeks podcast.

Michael Woodland talks about the community project. You can support it at http://gofundme.com/m-wtactical

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Juneteenth

It commemorates the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the country.

American slavery took a chunk out of us that hasn’t healed. Juneenth is a day we should be celebrating freedom.

The word is a combo of the words June and nineteenth. Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas on 19 June 1865.

During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 22 September 1862, to be introduced at the beginning of January 1863. Americans of African ancestry celebrate Watch Night on New Years Eve because of this. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states still in rebellion, freeing around 3 million of the 4 million slaves in captivity at the time.

Texas, even after military hostilities had ended, did not comply with the proclamation.

Major General Gordon Granger born in Joy, Wayne County, New York, in 1821 landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

The reactions to this news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. Some stayed but a lot of folks went north getting off the plantations at first chance.

North was a logical destination because it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas but not too many other places unfortunately.

On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator. The successful passage of this bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition.  Edwards has since actively sought to spread the observance of Juneteenth all across America.

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. – Donald Trump

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Why You Need This Air Gun In Your Life

Why You Need This Air Gun In Your Life

Podcast

On this weeks show, I will share my review of the Airforceairgun.com Condor SS, .22 cal. Michael J. Woodland introduces us to Kimo Moya of Moyatactical.com. Attorney Andrew Branca gives us a new case in his feature from the Law of Self Defense.

Zen of Airguns Part 2

Airforceairguns.com sent me (blackmanwithagun.com) a Condor SS air rifle to review and I fell in love with it. If you are an “urban shooter,” live in close proximity to others as in a city, suburban, not rural America, one of these rifles is a good addition to your gun safe.

view of the airforce airgun

Features:
• .22 or .25 Caliber Lothar Walther Barrel
• Lightweight
• Recoiless
• Pressure Relief Device
• Adjustable Power
• Extended Scope Rail
• Ring-Loc ™ Valve System
• Black Finish

Technical Specifications:
• Velocity: 600-1300 feet per second (Depending on caliber, pellet weight, and power setting)
• Power Adjustment: User-adjustable
• Maximum Fill Pressure: 3000 psi / 200 bar (Only use compressed air or dry nitrogen)
• Action: Single shot
• Weight: 6.1 lbs.
• Length: 38.125 inches
• Barrel: 18 inches
• Trigger: 2-stage adjustable for position
• Sights: Open optical sights may be installed
• Air Tank Volume: 490cc
• Safety: Automatic on cocking

Unlike the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun I got when I was nine, I had to use and external air supply to charge this rifle. I went to Columbia Scuba, in Columbia, MD to rent a scuba tank. Airforceairguns sent me a device that allowed me to take air from the tank and charge the gun to the recommended capacity not to exceed 3000 PSI.

I was scared to be honest I have never used a tank in this way. It went without a problem. The gun was about the six lbs. I used a picket fence in my yard as a gun rest to shoot at a paper plate and .22 steel target about 50 yards away.

shooting a lead .22 cal. pellet from Crossman with a hollow point. It’s a single shot rifle with some pretty good optics. To shoot I had ago disengage a safety right in front of the trigger guard much like one from an old Garand rifle.

This rifle is cool. It is suppressed because the pellet will come out faster than the speed of sound. It made a sound that sounded like a suppressed .22 bullet. The sound got quieter as the air was used. I shot about twenty plus rounds.

This gun would be good for plinking, collectors, pest control and hunting in the urban environment. It is not a firearm but not a toy either.

For more info go to http://airforceairguns.com

I highly recommend this rifle for all responsible urban shooters.

 

MOYA TACTICAL

Michael interviews James “Kimo” Moya of MoyaTactical.com  Kimo shared because of the popularity of his products, he is asking for your patience on orders.

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The Zen of Airguns, Part One

The Zen of Airguns, Part One

Podcast 569

This week on the podcast I want to introduce a gun that is not a firearm.  Introducing the AirForceAirGuns.com Condor SS that I will be reviewing and the history of airguns.  Remember the Daisy Red Ryder?  This is the beginning of a project I am working on for folks in the urban environment to get one of these pro airguns.  Andrew Branca’s feature on the Law of Self Defense is from a 2014 case talking use of force and our martial arts.  Michael talks about how important fitness is to one that uses firearms.  Barbara Baird shares some inside info on the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol.  And I share some news and commentary.  

When is a gun not a firearm?

From a legal definition (in 46 of 50 US states) All firearms are guns but not all guns are firearms.

A firearm is a mechanical device that uses pressure from a burning powder or an explosive charge to force a projectile through and out of a metal tube; a weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.

But there are also air rifles and pistols, which are commonly called BB guns or pellet guns, but which are not commonly called “firearms,” since they use compressed air or CO2, not gunpowder to propel the projectile. There are also toy guns, such as airsoft or paintball, so gun is a more general or broad term that could be applied even to toys, which look like firearms, but are not.

What Is an Air gun

A airgun (rifle or handgun) that launches projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas such as carbon dioxide.
The Red Ryder BB Gun is a BB gun made by Daisy Outdoor Products and introduced in the spring of 1940 that resembles the Winchester rifle of Western movies.[5] Named for the comic strip cowboy character Red Ryder (created in 1938, and who appeared in numerous films between 1940 and 1950, and on television in 1956), the BB gun is still in production, though the comic strip was cancelled in 1963.
The year was 1886. France had just given the bright copper Statue of Liberty to the United States. Coca-Cola had just been invented and was only available as a syrup mixed with soda water. The Plymouth Iron Windmill Company in Plymouth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, had for four years been making iron windmills for farmers. However a premium item, given free to farmers who purchased these windmills, was about to change that company’s destiny.

Windmill sales did not take off as expected and the company came close in 1888 to liquidating. The vote failed by one vote – that of General Manager Lewis Cass Hough. While the “Chicago” air rifle–made almost entirely of wood – had been made since 1885 by the Markham Air Rifle Company of Plymouth, Hamilton was the first to develop a metal air rifle. After firing the gun (first at a basket of red-ink covered paper and then an old shingle), Hough exclaimed in the slang of the time, “Boy, that’s a Daisy!” and later convinced the Board of Directors to use the metal air rifle as a premium item.

The popularity of the premium item was huge. Farmers were more interested in the “Daisy” than the windmill– so much so that the focus of the company shifted from windmills to airguns. By 1890, the twenty-five employees of Plymouth Iron Windmill Company were producing 50,000 guns, most of which were distributed within a radius of one hundred miles of the factory.

red ryder daisy bb gun ad

From a technical point of view, any gun that launches projectiles utilizing compressed gas rather than producing gases burning a propellant (powder) is considered to be an “air” gun. In some cases, the propelling gas may be carbon dioxide in which case the gun is actually a “gas” gun, but the term airgun is still generally applied to them. One of the great American airgun designs is the multi-pump (sometimes called a “pump up” gun) in which air is compressed by a series of pump strokes. When the gun is fired, the compressed air enters the breech behind the projectile driving it forward. This type of rifle has been produced for well over a century, and with a maximum number of pump strokes, some of these rifles are powerful enough to be useful tools in hunting.

http://airforceairguns.com

Compact and sleek, the M&P BODYGUARD 380 delivers personal protection in an easy-to-carry, comfortable platform. Chambered for .380 ACP, the lightweight pistol features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, matte-coated stainless-steel slide and barrel. The new M&P BODYGUARD 380 retains original design features including a 2 ¾-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 5 ¼ inches and an unloaded weight of only 12.3 ounces making it perfectly suited for concealed carry.  Lightweight, and simple to use – nothing protects like a BODYGUARD.

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Kevin Dixie of No Other Choice Firearms Training

Kevin Dixie of No Other Choice Firearms Training

Back in November 2017, my patient co-host Michael J. Woodland, interviewed St. Louis, MO firearms trainer and holistic community activist Kevin Dixie. I apologize in advance for the lateness and the quality of the show. I just got a chance to process the audio and present it this week for the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast. (For the record don’t use a Bluetooth device for an interview) And there are some sounds I couldn’t get rid of when a little girl does a drive by but please stick with it. I did the best I could…

Founder of NOC firearms training, NoOtherChoice.net, Kevin Dixie is awesome. He is not talking to the choir for more FaceTime. He is the real deal. The audio starts off a little rough but try to stay with it because it is gold. Aiming for the Truth conference coming. He explains it.

He is doing this for sure not for show!

Family first, how to talk to people about the Second Amendment, empowering, law abiding, attacking misconceptions, for fatherhood. A mentor in the community. Former LEO. A good guy with a gun. A Black Man With A Gun.

Andrew Branca with a VA case in the Law of Self Defense feature at the end. The show is almost 60 minutes this week.

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How to Say the Right Thing

How to Say the Right Thing

[Podcast 563]

We are talking effective communication for the new gun rights activist. The struggle is real and you can win this thing if you are properly prepared to do battle. The opportunity to make a difference can come at any time and I want to share some stuff I have learned over the years about communicating. The USCCA is having a three day expo next week and I got a chance to snag my friend Tim Schmidt for an interview. http://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com to join up. Michael J. Woodland has a commentary about the attack on the Second Amendment. Atty. Andrew Branca is back with a Law of Self Defense tip and story of the week.

Fight on!

Pro-rights people are under attack every day.  We are demonized, vilified, and maligned by people that get their point across more effectively than we do.  Communicating effectively is more important than talking.  The facts can get lost in the presentation.  I want to share with you how to say the right thing at the right time.  Communicating is secret sauce of life.

There are a lot of smart people that are not great communicators.  If you can communicate with others, the opposite sex, other folks in our community or when you get the opportunity to speak against gun control, effectively it makes a difference.  The newest tool of the anti-gun movement has been children.  The only thing more precious might be your pets.

So what do you do?  For many of us it is to counter-protest.  The media will be selective and chose someone from our side that they can ridicule or discredit if possible.  You won’t get chosen to speak if you are wearing a suit, clean shaven and not wearing a baseball hat.  If they don’t have a choice they may still give you some camera time but edit what you say.  You speak for 30 minutes and they put .30 seconds of that on the air.

 

I’ve been doing this since 1991 and would like to give you some tips.  In addition to that I just so happened to get a copy of the anti-gunner playbook that I will gladly share with you if you ask.  It’s an 80 page PDF I’ll exchange for a working email address from you.  I am trying to grow an email list of leaders in our community so if you want a free copy, click here 

Context is king for communication.

It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. — Jean-Luc Godard

Context helps you listen.  Think of context as anticipating your reader’s questions, and answering them.  Get into their heads and hearts: You need to really understand how and when your messages are going to be in front of your audience and what they are thinking and feeling in that moment. Every word you use or visual you include is filtered through their state of mind at that moment. Some of you call that “emotion.”  Don’t ever ignore the context of how, where and when your communication will fall into the audience’s day.

A Consistent Message

It’s where, how, when, and to whom, and how often you say it. For the pro-gun community, we have facts on our side but often lack the power of persuasion.  We need to be as relentless as our opponents.  If your message actually matters, then surely the time, place and tone you say it will matter equally.

Correct Facts

Your communication requires a high level of accuracy in reporting information. Characteristics of effective interviews in media include clear dates, facts, resources and schedules that should be double-checked for completeness and clarity. Effective messages are also free of jargon, and slang.

For example, the reporter says:  What is your response to the fact that more children are shot and killed in the US than anywhere in the industrialized world?

YOU say passionately that I heard that too but I know it’s not true, did you know that criminals are included?  Yeah according to the CDC, over half of all homicides of victims aged 15-19 are gang-related. The same study found that gang-related homicides are more likely to involve firearms than those that are not (95% versus 69%).

Clear Purpose

Effective messages include a clear purpose to inform, persuade or collaborate with the intended audience. The message should be designed according to the audience’s level of understanding, potential reaction and relationship with the composer. Generally, it’s best to include only one main idea in each message, unless there are closely related issues that must be addressed together. Having a clear purpose in mind for this communication will also help determine the medium used to deliver the message.

Complete Messages

Prepare at least three solid points for when the reporter sticks a microphone into your face or attaches you a lapel mic.  Knowing that you will be edited, keep your message succinct, know that the camera is rolling if you are in their presence.  Nothing is off camera for you.  If the question is off base deliver your points, regardless of what was asked.  If they want to use your sound byte give them the complete message of what you prepared.  For example, the reporter says,

Thank you for agreeing to speak with us.  What do you have to say in response to the uniquely destructive role that the NRA plays in America?

You respond with a smile, and say, I’m not sure where you get your facts but as a good neighbor, an active recreational and competition shooter I know that though the number of firearms owned by private citizens has been increasing steadily since 1970, and that the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen.

Creative Characters

 

The most effective messages are short, engaging and to the point.  Figure out how to provide infotainment.  Don’t deliver or respond to the sound bite the same dry, I know more than you, you are an idiot look.  Look at Wayne LaPierre, don’t be him.  There is only one Wayne.  You be you.  To be effective your communication should include a bit of creativity but not buffoonery.

 

Overall, and more important than the truth here is getting your message across.  The other side knows this.  That is why they are pimping kid victims and indoctrinating them with the PDF I want to share with you.

 

Socialist youth are made not born. – Kenn Blanchard

 

Draw attention to their ridiculousness of their claims.  Illustrate it, tell a story, everyone, even the ignorant care about personal safety.  Frame your response so you don’t look like a smarty pants, know it all but a concerned responsible father, brother, mother, sister.  Be self-deprecating if possible, appeal to the audience not the reporter or speaker.  Be as emotional as you have to be to be true to you.  You know this stuff matters.  You know the truth.  I am not saying you have to go for it like a Pentecostal preacher but …

I want the truth… you can’t handle the truth.

 

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