Happy 500th, Pastor Kenn!

I first met Rev. Kenn Blanchard in 2011 at the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. I had been listening to his podcast The Urban Shooter/Black Man with a Gun for a while and liked his take on things. I really got to know Kenn later that year at the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot later that spring. He is one of a kind and I feel fortunate to be able to call him my friend. We in the gun culture are also extremely fortunate to have him on our side as he is a tireless advocate for gun rights.

Kenn is now about to broadcast his 500th show. Having been a co-host on The Polite Society Podcast for a couple of years now, I can tell you how rare that is. And how hard!

So congratulations to Pastor Kenn on this feat of endurance and skill. I’m glad he’s out there!

‘Black Man With A Gun’ Turns 500
Changes Coming to Kenn Blanchard’s Podcast and Blog
Rev. Kenn Blanchard hits a milestone as a digital influencer with the 500th episode of his popular podcast, “Black Man With a Gun,” going live on Dec. 9, 2016 on http://blackmanwithagun.com/.

Averaging 2,500 downloads a week, the weekly podcast is personal, entertaining and informative – with news and stories, and personal views about what is trending in the gun world. With more than 1.5 million downloads to date, Blanchard has interviewed notable celebrities in the gun community, including the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, R. Lee Ermy, Colion Noir, Mas Ayoob, Julie Goleb, Kim Rhode, and actors such as Tim Able and Ernie Hudson. As a podcaster and speaker, Blanchard is often called to present to the new media nationally, introducing new audiences to the gun community.

Blanchard – who describes himself as an urban gun rights activist, writer, professional speaker and outdoorsman – created the “Black Man With A Gun” website in 1999 to promote his first book, also titled “Black Man With A Gun.” He believed that podcasting would be the best way, in 2007, to connect with the growing number of people he met while testifying on the behalf of concealed carry in the states of Virginia, Texas, Michigan, South Carolina, Maryland and Wisconsin.

In 2017, Blanchard plans to grow not only his podcast, which keeps trending upward, but also his blog, “Black Man With A Gun,” which recently underwent a major redesign. He is joined by a noteworthy team of contributors on the site for training tips, product reviews and commentary.

Blanchard is opening the door for sponsorship of his podcast. A gifted storyteller, Blanchard continues to use technology to put brands into the earbuds and onto the eyes of a growing population that is listening to podcasts.
The Black Man With A Gun Show can be found on iTunesStitcherSpreakerPodbeaniHeart radio, and the BlackManWithAGun.com.

SHOT Show Day One: Preliminaries

Day One is off to a good start. I got my luggage at 6am this morning! Southwest finally came through. I know it was the insurance I bought yesterday – a trip to Walmart to get clean underwear and socks.

I just spoke with a young reporter who is doing videography for CNN Money. She is from New York and is excited to be at her first SHOT Show. She took in Media Day at the Range and loved it. I don’t know if it was her first time shooting but it is another media person who is now somewhat inoculated against the lies of the gun prohibitionists.

Despite mechanical problems on both of my Southwest flights which caused me to arrive here a day late, I still made it to a portion of Media Day at the Range. Thanks to Paul and Susan Lathrop of The Polite Society Podcast I do have some pictures to prove it. I did get to shoot many of the firearms that I wanted to try out but not the Ruger American pistol nor the Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum. There is always next year or a range rental.

I just ran into Rev. Kenn Blanchard, the Black Man with a Gun, who is starting a new outreach program for minorities and other underserved groups in the shooting community. He’ll be having a press conference on it tomorrow and I plan to attend. His group is called 2AO.org. As I said in the first paragraph, my day is off to a good start. It is always good to see Brother Kenn.

Now off to check out the first floor of the Sands Expo Center which is where the smaller companies are usually located.

Good For Kenn

Kenn Blanchard is a Marine veteran, a patriot, a gun guy, and, most importantly, a friend. That is why I was excited for him when I read the press release below sent out announcing a sponsorship by American Built Arms of his forthcoming radio show. Kenn was one of the first podcasters I started following when I first got an iPod. Back then, he was “the black man with a gun” on the “Urban Shooter Podcast”. That morphed into the “Black Man with a Gun Podcast”.

According to the release, Kenn is transitioning from podcasting to live radio with a show called Blanchard Outdoors. If anyone can make that transition, it would be Kenn. He’s that good and I’m really excited for him. I’m glad to see that show archives will be available for download as podcasts. I sure wouldn’t want to miss out.

From the release:

American Built Arms Company, a veteran-owned, built in the U.S.A., manufacturer of firearms and firearms parts and accessories, has partnered with Kenn Blanchard and his new live radio show Blanchard Outdoors.
“We love that Kenn brings years of experience to the outdoor and firearm’s industry and that he wants to bring the joy of the outdoor lifestyle to those who might not have experienced it before. We think this is a great cause and we wanted to help him make it happen,” said Adam Edelman, Co-owner of American Built Arms.
Kenn Blanchard is known for his popular podcast “Black Man with a Gun,” which has been downloaded over 1.3 million times. With Blanchard Outdoors, Blanchard looks to transition from podcast to broadcast. Blanchard wants to use this opportunity to share his love of the outdoors with others and help get people out of the confines of cities and into the wide-open spaces the outdoors provide. The show will feature several co-hosts and a team of expert hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen sharing their stories, tips and “how to’s.”
“I wanted to be associated with American Built Arms.  I was overjoyed when they agreed to partner with me to launch my new radio show, Blanchard Outdoors.  I really connected with them when we first met. The guys at American Built Arms are cool, innovative and dynamic. They can make almost any firearm related thing you can imagine. I’m grateful that they are making my dream of broadcasting my own outdoors show a reality,” said Blanchard.
The show will be streamed live on the online radio station WBGR Network. It will also be recorded and listeners can download it as a podcast. The show will launch in March 2015.

If You Live In Prince George’s County, Maryland, May I Suggest…

If you live in Prince George’s County, Maryland and vote in County Council District 6, may I suggest that you vote for my friend and fellow gunny Kenn Blanchard. He is an honorable and decent man, a believer in freedom and self-determination, and an all-around nice guy. He is running as a Republican in a heavily Democratic county.

Looking back at the 2010 General Election results for Prince George’s County, out of nine districts only one had a contested election. Frankly, that is deplorable. The only contest is who will win the Democratic primary for the respective council districts. Nonetheless, if all you do is elect Democrats with the same mindset, how can you ever change the way things are? The answer is you can’t.

The usual path to higher office starts at the local level with the county councils or commissioners, the boards of alderman, city councils, or even the school board. It is rare that you find someone running for higher office as their starting point. Maryland’s gun laws suck and most members of the Maryland General Assembly got their political start somewhere other than the state legislature. If we as a community want to change these types of laws, we need to start electing good people like Kenn at the local level.

If you want to help Kenn out, you can make a contribution at his campaign website found here. He’s got an uphill battle and he needs our help. I’ve donated and I would encourage you to do so as well. We as a gun culture and community need to support those like Kenn who have stuck their neck out.

One Of Our Own Is Running For Elective Office

One of our own, Pastor Kenn Blanchard posted on Facebook today that he is running for county council in Maryland. I’m presuming that it is in Prince George’s County which has a district election system.

Kenn is a podcaster, blogger, author, former Marine, minister of the Gospel, fervent Second Amendment advocate, and an all-around decent human being. I’m proud to call him my friend and I think this might be the best thing that has happened to Maryland in a long time. While I can’t do on the ground campaigning for Kenn, I most certainly will be making a contribution to his campaign. I would urge you to consider doing so as well.

Kenn’s announcement is below:

Kenn Blanchard For Maryland.

I am not a career politician. In fact, this is my first go at this thing. I used to be wary of anybody that actually wanted to be a politician. But here I go. Why, because I care about the state of Maryland. I care about the state of my community. I am entering into the Maryland political race this year as a county councilman. It’s not a big position to some since most folks don’t even vote for these lesser known spots like you but I going for it and will win if you help me. I want to be here for you for the long term. This is your investment in someone you know. Someone who would go to the gates of Hell to get you. Some one who will even run for a political office after being a grassroots activist for twenty years.

Even if you are not from or in the state or county but understand what I am trying to do; will you support me? This is about freedom, this is about rights. You could be helping a future “X”.

I have a campaign that just started. Just opened the bank account, filed the paperwork and started that process. I will need donations to buy stuff ranging from business cards to yard signs, food and swag I can give away and tell people about this unknown brother you have known for years.

Can you help? Will you help? Please send your check or money order to the “Kenn Blanchard Campaign”, PO Box 2, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773 or use this paypal link:


Working on a new website blanchard2014.org and details to come there too. Thank you.

Great Interview With Rick Ector And Kenn Blanchard

Cam Edwards of NRA News interviewed Rick Ector and Kenn Blanchard at the recent NRA Annual Meeting in Houston. I got a chance to meet Rick again in the media room. I was introduced to him last year at the Annual Meeting in St. Louis and have followed his work ever since.

As to Kenn Blanchard, what can I say? It is always good to catch up with Kenn. I’ve listened to Kenn’s Urban Shooter Podcast for years and have really gotten to know him at various events such as the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot and the various Gun Rights Policy Conferences. I feel privileged every time that I get to spend quality time with Kenn.

Short And To The Point

My friend Rev. Kenn Blanchard, the Black Man with a Gun, just posted a short animated message with thoughts about gun control in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. I think it gets the point across that gun control kills. It leaves the good people defenseless while doing nothing to stop terrorists, thugs, and assorted other criminals from obtaining weapons.

I think Kenn’s message needs to be shared far and wide.

Pastor Kenn On NPR’s Tell Me More

Pastor Kenn Blanchard, author, podcaster, media mogul, and all around nice guy, was interviewed by Michel Martin for National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program. This program’s goal is to:

Capturing the headlines, issues and pleasures relevant to multicultural
life in America, the daily one-hour series is hosted by award-winning
journalist Michel Martin. Tell Me More
marks Martin’s first role in hosting a daily program. She views it as
an opportunity to focus on the stories, experiences, ideas and people
important in contemporary life but often not heard.

Kenn gave a great interview in which he discussed his history with firearms, the role that firearms have played within the African-American community, his interest in the history of firearms in that community, and, to be frank, the uneasy relationship he has with his congregation over his views on firearms and firearm rights.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – we are very fortunate to have someone like Pastor Kenn on our side of the gun rights issue. An articulate spokesman of whatever color or race is always an asset.

The Black Pastor Not Invited To Meeting

Attorney General Eric Holder held a meeting on Wednesday with a number of African-American religious leaders to discuss ways that they can discuss political issues (and support President Obama) without endangering their tax-exempt status. One of the major issues that they will discuss is Voter ID laws.

Rep. Emanual Cleaver (D-MO) had this to say as reported by the Washington Examiner:

“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.

“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do,” he noted.

Cleaver said they would not tell pastors which candidate to support. They will let them know who to regard as the bad guys, though (hint: not Democrats). “We’re going to talk about some of the draconian laws that have cropped up around the country as a result of the 17 percent increase in African American votes,” Cleaver said, describing voter ID laws as a form of Jim Crow-style “poll tax” on seniors and black voters.

One African-American pastor not invited to the meeting was Rev. Kenn Blanchard. NRA News’ Ginny Simone interviewed Kenn about this meeting as well as the attempt to use black clergy to put pressure on Speaker John Boehner over a contempt citation for Eric Holder.

Kenn didn’t hold back in the interview. He described many of those who claim to be “civil rights veterans” as mere opportunists who are not even close to following in MLK’s footsteps. That is pretty powerful stuff!