I Am A Black Man With A Gun


January 26, 2003, 11:23 PM

I am a Black Man With A Gun.

You wouldn't know it to look at me. Most people see an unarmed, 37-year-old, bearded white male; but I assure you that I am a Black Man with a Gun.

I borrowed this title from a man named Kenneth Blanchard; the original Black Man With a Gun. www.blackmanwithagun.com He is, in his own words, "...an American of African ancestry," and he's not shy about the fact that he's a conservative Christian gun owner too.

People in society today seem to tense up when they hear the words, "black man" and "gun" in a sentence. This is because of the incorrect yet popular belief that most black men with guns are criminals. Blanchard works to shatter that stereotype through speaking engagements, shooting camps, training classes, essays and books. His primary focus is to break through the barriers of race that society foists upon us.

It is not an easy task. Many black men are reluctant to stand up and be counted among mainstream (read: white) gun owners. They prefer to keep their gun ownership private. This reluctance is a manifestation of the race barrier that has been constructed and used to keep gun owners of different races separated and, therefore, weakened. If we, as freedom-loving gun owners are to successfully regain and retain our rights, we must *all* stick together. White, black or brown, male or female, suburban, rural or urban; it makes no difference. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

Another manifestation of the race barrier is the inability, or perhaps the unwillingness, of people to "join up" with groups who are different. It may be very difficult for many heterosexual gun owners to support their local chapter of Pink Pistols. This is, I imagine, how many black gun owners might feel about supporting the mostly white NRA, and, how many white gun owners might feel about supporting Blanchard's Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. (http://www.blackmanwithagun.com/tcgc.html) The key to supporting others is to recognize that Freedom, the right to self defense, and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is more important than the things that make us different.

Blanchard often uses the words, "brothers," "sisters," and "family" when referring to his fellow gun owners. He does this irrespective of their race, creed or color. He defines "family" as, a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation. To Kenn Blanchard, I am his brother because we share a common belief in the inherent right of *everyone* to keep and bear arms for their defense and security.

I have joined my brother Kenn in his quest to bring people of every stripe together under a common banner; that of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Together, we promote responsible firearms ownership through cooperation, learning and acceptance. But none of this can take place until there is a starting point. That point is Freedom; and the common thread running from that point which binds us all together is responsible gun ownership. Brothers and sisters can overlook their differences and ignore petty disagreements if they concentrate on and accentuate their commonalties.

Please join my brother and I in our mission. You are our family. We are your brothers. All you need to do to start out is admit that you truly believe in Liberty for all, the rest will follow naturally.

And if you should ever see a bearded white man at the range with a "Black Man with a Gun" sticker on his rifle case; just say "Hi brother!" I'll know immediately that you are a friend of Liberty; and a brother in arms.

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January 26, 2003, 11:30 PM

January 26, 2003, 11:44 PM
:neener: :neener: :neener: :neener:

January 27, 2003, 01:04 AM
Preach on brother! :D

January 27, 2003, 11:06 AM

January 27, 2003, 11:06 AM
We (as a community) need to do more to get minorities and younger folks involved in the shooting sports.

Rock on, bluesman.


Wil Terry
January 27, 2003, 12:52 PM
I will not be satisfied until every decent American black person, the OVERWHELMING majority, is armed. You can add all the women of any color in this country, all the Jews [ NEVER AGAIN, REMEMBER ? ] and every decent American of any persuation. When this happens the crime rate will disappear and Americans will be again among the happiest folks on the face of the earth.

January 27, 2003, 02:27 PM
Amen Brother!!!

January 27, 2003, 02:36 PM
Kenn is DA MAN! :cool: Check out his website.

January 27, 2003, 03:14 PM
Didn't Ken(n?) sign onto TFL a while back, or was that 1911forum?

January 27, 2003, 03:34 PM
Well, according to DNA research, we can more or less all be traced back to a population in south central Africa... A few folks either travelled (or were thrown out...), and ended up in the middle east, and from there branched out to China, Europe, and from northern China/Siberia to what is now North America.

January 27, 2003, 05:54 PM
... when he was out here for one of our CCW rallies. The man is VERY well spoken, intelligent, and just plain cool. His book is something of an eye opener on the "minority gun owners" issue...

January 27, 2003, 06:08 PM
He is a wonderful speaker - if you ever have the opportunity to hear him do so. Yes skunk, he was a TFL member.

January 27, 2003, 07:06 PM
I'm down with that!

Lloyd Smale
January 27, 2003, 07:46 PM
good post!

January 27, 2003, 09:01 PM
Very good read - thanks for posting! I had the pleasure of meeting a black hunter at a range down in NC some years ago. Was an enjoyable fellow to talk to as are most shooters/hunters. He was also one hell of a good shot with a Marlin lever action 30-30! He definitely changed my opinion on lever action accuracy!

January 27, 2003, 11:33 PM
Skunkabilly - Kenn has also posted here at TheHighRoad.

Brothers and Sisters All - Thanks for the positive feedback. :) Now spread the good news of RKBA! :D


January 27, 2003, 11:46 PM
Oh my gosh!! Run and hide!

A black man with a gun that is a conservative christian!!

J/K :D My old business partner was a black man with a gun that was a conservative and christian.. Sounds like folks I use to hang out with...

Kahr carrier
January 28, 2003, 12:22 AM

January 28, 2003, 12:30 AM
Very cool!

Don't know where I fit in, but I'm a brown man with a gun!!!!:p

January 28, 2003, 01:32 AM
Hows it go?

"... all precious in His sight ... "

Double Naught Spy
January 28, 2003, 10:18 AM
I checked out the website. All I can say is that I am disappointed that stuff like this is still an issue in America, but it is and hence the need for such sites. As far as I am concerned, I don't care who you are, your origins, color, religion, etc. so long as you are law abiding and handle your firearms safely.

Dave T
January 28, 2003, 10:25 AM
Wasn't there a pretty famous line about content of character rather than color of skin!

January 28, 2003, 11:05 AM
I am glad that any good man is armed regardless of his color.:) Weren't the very first gun control laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of blacks?:confused: I believe I read that somewhere.

January 28, 2003, 01:13 PM
You guys should see Kenn's truck, a customized Ford F150,tinted windows with www.blackmanwitha gun.com on the back cab window,and GOT GUNS? on the sides of his truck. The first time I saw it, I damn near wrecked cause I was twisting my neck to get a better look.Great guy,and one of the motivating factors as to why I try to do my part in teaching & educating folks in responsible gun ownership and safety.

January 28, 2003, 01:30 PM
Just kidding. I with you on this one.

Detachment Charlie
January 28, 2003, 02:18 PM
Jesse Jackson just read Bluesman's post; his head exploded.:neener:

duck hunt
January 28, 2003, 02:42 PM
He spoke to the Patrick Henry Supper Club (http://Richmondliberty.org) last year and I had the pleasure of hearing him, meeting him and buying his book, which I recommend.

Growing up, our next door neighbor was a black man with a gun. he was the first person I ever knew to have the "Hunting and Fishing -- American Traditions" sticker (it was on the back of his wood-paneled Jeep Cherokee). He was up before dawn every morning during hunting season, loading up that Jeep in his camoflauge coveralls.

Years later, I saw another guy, a much younger black guy, driving a beat-up paneled Jeep Cherokee with a faded "Hunting and Fishing" sticker on the back. I had to ask if it was my former neighbor's Jeep -- and it was. He had bought it out of the classifieds. His explanation: "I was so excited to meet another black redneck, I didn't even haggle!":D

January 28, 2003, 05:22 PM
I too had the opportunity to hear Kenn speak this past October at the South Carolina Grassroot Gunrights Gathering. Met him, bought his book and thoroughly enjoyed his talk. Many "Gun Control" laws have a racist past that I was unaware of until reading his book. The world could use more men like him.

January 28, 2003, 07:04 PM
Where's Trisha?


January 28, 2003, 08:42 PM
I'm for it! :D

Gives "Black Rifle" a whole other meaning...:cool:

January 28, 2003, 10:06 PM
Happy to be one myself. Gotta thank Dad for that. :)

January 29, 2003, 06:23 PM
Man,I don't care what color you are!!My favorite shooting buddy is a black man.Wish more black Americans were involved in shooting sports.Darvin,where are you bud?You can shoot on my team any day.

January 29, 2003, 10:47 PM
B.A.C. here

Black Armed Conservative.

Ken ain't alone. :D

January 30, 2003, 12:57 AM
For all you Bible believing folks . . . and all others, nowhere in the entire Bible does it ever refer to "color" of people. We were all created equal in God's eyes.

Pretty interesting how this is such a big issue in today's world. :(

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