“He was professor of communications at the University of Toledo, pro-gun, and a brilliant writer and speaker. He authored “The Ten Commandments of Propaganda,” “The National Rifle Association and the Mass Media,” and other works, and spoke at the NRA's National Firearms Law Seminar a few years ago.”
“His book on NRA and the mass media created objective measures of negative publicity (that is, not just your impression that this was negative, but ways objectively to measure it and assign numbers to it) and showed that X amount of bad publicity was associated with Y amount of rise in NRA membership.
A brilliant mind and a very good man. We will miss him.” ~ Quote from David Hardy
From John Morgan announcing Dr. Patrick's death on Facebook sums it up well.
“Known to many as the author of numerous books published by Arktos and elsewhere, as a Professor of Communication at the University of Toledo, as a championship target shooter and advocate for gun rights, as a CCW permit instructor, as well as through his many lectures and interviews on the subjects of propaganda and the American gun rights movement, passed away after suffering from cancer on the night of December 26/27 at the all too premature age of 62.
As generous a soul as there has ever been, many of us who knew him can attest that our lives were made better through our friendship with him.
Brian helped me through many rough patches of my own life over the course of nearly 20 years with his sage counsel and indefatigable drive to help his friends, as well as with his astute wit, which was matched only by the sharpness of his marksman's eye.”
“He was also the one who first taught this city boy how to shoot and appreciate the outdoors at his estate in northern Michigan, a true refuge from the ravages of the modern world where we would be regaled with tales of his wild youth and philosophically plumb the depths of life, the universe, and everything while quaffing the finest spirits. He was certainly the most fiercely independent individual I have ever known in both mind and action, and a man who benefited from a lifetime of wide reading and love of good books. I also never knew anyone else who could throw together a meal in half an hour from whatever was lying around his kitchen and have it taste like the best thing you'd ever eaten on every single occasion – and never be the same twice.”
“His story, rising from a ne'er-do-well problem child with a GED to become a tenured professor, should be an inspiration to those who see academia as closed to the unconventional. He was representative of an archetypal type of primordial American which is becoming all too rare in America today. Brian, wherever you are now, you won't be forgotten.”