2019 GRPC Presentation

Thanks to Paul Lathrop of the Polite Society Podcast, I have a YouTube of my GRPC presentation. I posted the text of it earlier but this lets you hear it warts and all.

I am not a public speaker. I do much better one on one. However, at the risk of tooting my own horn, I think I did OK.

My GRPC Presentation

Another Gun Rights Policy Conference is done and in the books. This year’s conference attendance set a record with over 1,100 attendees. Over 100,000 watched it live on Facebook where it was livestreamed. GRPC set another record with 91 speakers. I was one of the 91 and spoke on the panel that covered using new media to advance gun rights.

Below is my presentation as delivered. In a few days, there will be video up on YouTube of this and the rest of the presentations.

Good Afternoon!

I’m John Richardson of the blog No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money. I’m also a co-host of the Polite Society Podcast.

I had a rude awakening a month and a half ago. I woke to find that Google’s Blogger had taken my blog down and was threatening to delete it. I could not even access it to backup my nine and a half years of work. My blood ran cold at the thought of losing all that work.

I was erroneously accused of violating the terms of service for selling or facilitating the sale of a regulated item. I was put in the same category as drug dealers and other purveyors of prohibited or regulated items.

I immediately appealed and I got tremendous support from the gun rights community. Dave Workman wrote an article for Liberty Park Press. Tom Knighton covered it on Bearingarms.com. People aimed tweets at Google and Blogger. There were posts about it on Facebook. Two days later, I got a email from Blogger saying, in essence, “Ooops. We made a mistake. You didn’t violate anything. So sorry.”

I tell you this story not to gain your sympathy. I tell it to show how we are at the mercy of big tech oligopolies. There have been plenty of stories about gun rights supporters being suspended or banned from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You know, like SAF. We have seen the demonetization of firearms-oriented YouTube videos. Thanks to leaks, we know that through the use of algorithms and key word lists there is a conscious effort to suppress our voices in advocacy of the Second Amendment, self-defense, and gun rights.

I got complacent and we as a community have gotten complacent. The social media giants made it so easy to be involved in social media that we forgot something. That something was that if you don’t control the means of getting the message out, it can be turned off at a whim and you are suppressed.

I decided never again. I bought my own domain name and thanks to my friend Bill Chachkes of Firearms Chat Podcast, I was hooked up with a 2A friendly host – Patriot Hosting.

We need to do three things if we want to continue getting the message out. First, we need to control our hosting and not be dependent upon companies that will sell us out in a heartbeat. Second, we need to explore going back to older technology that is beyond the control of the tech oligarchs. By this I mean firearms forums and perhaps even old fashioned bulletin board systems. I should clarify that I’m not advocating going back to 2400 baud modems to dial long distance to a favorite gun board. Finally, seek out and use newer alternatives like MeWe, Full 30, and Declan McCullagh’s “Talki. Ng”.

The late Professor Brian Patrick who spoke at GRPC a number of times called how we communicate the anti-media. He spoke and wrote about this extensively. Professor Patrick credited horizontal interpretive communities and how they communicated for the passage of shall issue carry laws in Florida and elsewhere. In non-social science speak, this means gun rights supporters and potential allies talked to one another, planned their strategies, and organized through the use of newsletters, forums and bulletin board systems outside the notice of the mass media. The key phrase here is that they talked to one another. Moreover, they talked to one another as equals. It was not top-down like our opponents.

You may never want to be a blogger, a podcaster, a YouTuber, or any other type of content creator. Nonetheless, you can help out those of us who are by providing us with leads, tips, and other information. Some of my best blog posts have come due to this. We are all in this together, we are a community, and we all can help one another protect, preserve, and enhance our Second Amendment rights.

2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference

The 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference starts this Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is jointly sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This is the 34th annual event and may be the best attended yet. According to Alan Gottlieb, over 1,000 people have already pre-registered.

The 2019 GRPC is being held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel located at 2620 W Dunlap Ave in Phoenix.

This will be the eighth GRPC that I’ve will have attended. Each and every one features a packed agenda. The speakers include both the well-known and the not-so-well known. Topics have ranged from what is going on in the states to international efforts at gun control.This year’s draft agenda has been released. I don’t remember the last time the agenda was so packed. Virtually every minute is filled on Saturday from 8am until 6pm. Then it starts back up again on Sunday at 8:50am and runs until 1pm.

I have been invited back for the fifth time to be a speaker on “Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights.” I feel kind of like Sally Field when she won the Oscar. I speak on Sunday.

11:45 a.m. Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights

Charlie Cook, YouTube host, Riding Shotgun with Charlie

Don Irvine, chair, Accuracy in Media

Paul Lathrop, Polite Society Podcast

John Richardson, blogger, Only Guns and Money Blog

Dean Weingarten, author and regular guest on Lock and Load Radio

Dan Zimmerman, TheTruthAboutGuns.com

There will be other events being held in conjunction with the Gun Rights Policy Conference.

On Thursday evening from 6-8pm, a fundraiser will be held for the DC Project at Pot of Gold Estate Liquidations & Auctions in Avondale, AZ.

Friday, from 8am until 5pm, the 3rd Annual AMM-Con (Alternative Mass Media Convention) Second Amendment Media Workshop will be held. It is sold out.

On Friday evening, a concealed carry fashion show will be put on at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel by Amanda Suffecool, Rob Campbell, and REALIZE Firearms Coalition. It will be held in conjunction with the opening reception.

Finally, at the conclusion of GRPC on Sunday, Forefront will provide a 90-minute training course for the LEARN/SAFER HOMES suicide prevention program. ” You will walk away from this practical and hands-on training feeling like you can play a proactive role in helping reduce and prevent firearms, drugs, and other methods of death by suicide.”

If you cannot attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference in person, you can still see and hear all the speakers. A livestream of the entire conference will be on Facebook on the SAF Page.

Be sure to like the page and turn on notifications so that you can get an alert the moment the conference starts. Here is the easiest way to do that:

Step 1: Click “Like”
Step 2: Click the bar that says “Following”
Step 3: Click “See First”
Step 4: Click “On (Highlight Posts)”