Ordained minister and gun rights activist told Guns & Patriots that his love of firearms and love of God is the inspiration of his newly released book.
“I love influencing, motivating and inspiring people,” said Rev. Kenneth V.F. Blanchard, who is the creator of the “Black Man with a Gun” blog and podcast which is a weekly program that focuses on inspiring, informing and entertaining the people inside the gun community.
Blanchard said his book “Black Man with a Gun: Reloaded” is a snap-shot of his life from becoming known as the “Black Man with a Gun” to “Pastor of Patriots”.
The story begins in 1986 when Blanchard became a firearms instructor, he said. “I have always been a good shot. As far as athletics is concerned, it was one of the few things I could do well.”
Thereafter, Blanchard was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency as a firearms instructor for a new police department that was started-up by the CIA, a position he held for 20-years, he said. “I worked at the facility as personnel.”
Blanchard said he loved what he was doing and decided to take his love of firearms instruction into the Black community. “I would be the guy outside the gun shop or range talking to my community about the benefits of firearms instruction.”
The fact that the Black community did not accept guns as a means of protection hurt his business. The ones Blanchard did instruct were insistent on keeping their instruction secret, he said. “Without word-of-mouth circulation, my little business died.”
That was the impetus to his moniker, he said. “My response to the community was: ‘I’m just a Black man with a gun.’”
Educational outreach continued, nonetheless, said the National Rifle Association member and sub-committee instructor. “I figured out that black history is tied into gun rights, but nobody knows it.”
The people who first gravitated to his education style were anarchists or nationalists that frightened him, said Blanchard. “They wanted me to train the brothers and maybe start a revolution. That is not what I was doing at all. So, I had to learn about my people for the next couple of years.”
Source: Human Events | Raquel Okyay