If this site offends you, please accept my apology. You are not the intended audience here but I am glad you visited. I am sure the word ďgunĒ itself offends you. Every fiber in your highly educated, socially active, family oriented body wonders why on earth would a saved, Holy Ghost filled and appointed man of God even associate himself with the gun issue. If what I am doing doesn't offend you, I would be happy to be corrected. If the shoe fits however...
I understand why you feel as you do even if you do not. I have learned that black women that think like this are the reason I have survived. Racist gun laws started here when this country was yet a colony. Any black man found to have a gun was lynched, burned and or tortured to death. Every thirty years since then a new law has been created to further restrict gun ownership among some group of people. To protect your son or husband --you forbid them from bringing a ďgunĒ in the house. These mothers whom you have descended from didnít care about the US Constitution, the Second Amendment or the Bill of Rights. They were in survival mode. The survival of the black family. As time rolled on, this did not change. There was no one challenging the system, the negative stereotypes, or challenging the method of our security and protection.
You know a gun is just a mechanical device. They have been used to politically divide us for years. Aside from hunting, sport competition, collecting and self defense there are even more reasons to legally own a firearm. Donít let the media and people use your tears to further enslave us. Remember the rifles and shotguns our grandparents had to bring in some food and keep the Klan off their our land.
Before I accepted my calling as a servant of God. I was a safety patrol, a boy scout, a lifeguard, a US Marine, a bodyguard, a federal police officer, an anti-terrorist specialist, and then a trainer of police.
To protect and serve. As a minister I am still protecting and serving.
We both want safer neighborhoods and a safe home to raise our children. I choose to go at it a different way. Our kids are not responding to forty-year-old tactics. Prohibition, punishment and preaching donít work well by themselves. There must be practical application. The Black Man With A Gun is how I choose to attack the problem. I can get the attention of the video game generation. I can talk to the young hustler, the young ballers and street callers. This is not your grandfatherís way of doing things. It was not intended for you.
My calling is unique. When I am on the highway and get flagged down by a young brother who looks like a one of the rappers on the music video or I a contacted by email by a hunter, outdoorsman, or the adventurer type about what I am doing, I get a chance to witness to someone who might not necessary go to your church. I am working for the glory of God. When I am in the state legislature, or speaking at a rally, I am representing common sense, truth and justice. Forgive me if I offend you, my sister or brother in Christ. Forgive me if I donít look like what an educated, family oriented Christian brother is supposed to look like. Then again, your salvation is not in question. I am not supposed to appeal to you.
My Jesus, sat with tax collectors, the publicans, and prostitutes. His people thought it was inappropriate for their rabbi too. He didnít look like he was supposed to either. I am in good company.
The book I wrote is a good read for information about gun safety and personal responsibility. I donít expect everyone to like it or me. It is just my attempt at changing four hundred years of lies.
Kenneth V. F. Blanchard
If you are one of the thousands of sisters, black, white, brown or yellow that do support the right of self defense, gun ownership and common sense, bless you. Please send me a note, I would love to hear from you.