2AO.org (2nd Amendment Organization) announced this week that Rev. Kenn Blanchard aka the Black Man With A Gun is now their Vice President of Outreach. The author of Black Man With A Gun: Reloaded, a favorite speaker for the gun rights community nationally. Blanchard is a US Marine veteran, and former intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a freelance writer, blogger and host of the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast which has been downloaded over 1.4 million times.
He concluded his career at the CIA after 9/11. He went into Christian ministry and became an ordained Baptist minister of the Gospel. He has worked for several defense contractors afterwards sharing his knowledge and experience in counter-terrorism and security.
He is a dynamic speaker that has spoken in Las Vegas at the New Media Expo as a expert in niche marketing, at the SAFE rally in Albany, NY, sharing the stage with Donald J. Trump and others. Recently, he was the principle speaker at the Arizona Citizens Defense League, Georgia Carry, and Maryland Shall Issues’ Annual meetings.
Relatively new, as a Second Amendment organization, 2AO.org is a non-profit, founded a year ago, whose mission is to connect and educate Pro-Second Amendment businesses around the country. They do this by creating networks and resources for business owners, and engaging with non-traditional shooters focusing upon large cities and minority communities around the nation in which Blanchard has become an expert in doing.
2AO saw the opportunity for Blanchard to share his creative talents, experiences in fighting for the right to keep and bear arms and integrity as a good will ambassador for two decades to reach across America unlike any other. Blanchard agreed that all of the goals of 2AO mirrored his own, and saw this as a blessing to fight one more round with a group of people that shared his love of America, and core values.
Over the past twenty-five years Blanchard has been a tenacious entrepreneur trying to find a niche in the firearms industry. He created a training business focused on bringing minorities to the shooting sports and founded a national shooting club from African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. He has been the recipient of the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award of the month (August 1997) and the St. Gabriel Possenti medal from the St. Possenti Society.
Over the past few decades, Blanchard has been involved in almost every pro-rights event that required a person of color to show the diversity of the shooting sports around the country. He has provided commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries, one with the BBC. He has served as a columnist for New Voices Newspaper of Durham, North Carolina; He has served as a director and chaplain of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. He has worked with the American Sport Shooting Council, the Second Amendment Foundation, the CATO Institute, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association. The first edition of Black Man With A Gun was featured in the August 2001 edition of American Rifleman. He was featured in the Washington Business Journal on Jan. 2002. He was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (1999) as a security expert. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs, and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He was an advisor/editor for the creation of the Refuse to Be A Victim course book .
Now that Blanchard has joined the 2AO leadership as VP of Outreach, he will be working to drive the message of Freedom to everyone through 2AO Outreach Programs. He is looking for all is friends and podcast listeners to support him in this new endeavor. 2AO plans to create state chapters with a grassroots campaign and programs to increase new 2nd Amendment voters through education and to bring new shooters to gun ranges.
You can send him a congratulatory note at [email protected] and to join him at http://2AO.org
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