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I'm your host jason johnson. The summer is renewing zaidi's about crime in a handful of high profile. Shootings has put a spotlight back on gun. Violence three years many black leaders. You've been stronger gun control with for of the solution but black gun owner. Say that's a mistake. The phone control things that we have in place always always had in place. They don't work on criminals because criminals don't obey the rules gun ownership in the black community coming up on a work with me. jason johnson. Stay with us. This is a word a podcast from sleep. I'm your host. Jason johnson gun. Violence kills thousands of americans every year and that pain is especially sharp. In the nation's black communities for generation a lot of black political leadership has called for more guns be taken off the street and being closely aligned with gun control advocates but a growing number of black americans seem to be choosing a different approach during the trump administration black gun ownership rates rose and in twenty twenty of all demographic groups african american saw the sharp increase in gun purchases at the start of the year for people like ken. Blanchard advocating for black gun. Ownership has been a crusade for decades after serving in the military and holding a series of jobs in law enforcement. Blanchard brandon himself the quote black man with a gun with a book a website and now a podcast with that name he rejects the idea. That gun control will make black community safer and has made it his mission to encourage black americans view gun ownership as an important element of self defense and kim. Blanchard joins us now. Welcome to a word man. Thank you for having me. Your military veteran former law enforcement officer and guns have been a part of your work for years. What led you from. Law enforcement work to being a gun. Rights advocate entrepreneurism. Actually i tried to figure out. What could i do actually would make a difference. What could i do that. I could do without batting an eye so i thought in the beginning all i wasn't going to do was become a gun instructor. I was going to hang out near range. i was gonna put up a shingle and whenever mom and pop bought a firearm for their home. I was going to be the guy you can call. I was gonna make every home safer. I was going to have family classes. I wanna make sure that the undercover gun owner didn't exist anymore because see we. We kill a lot of people in our homes. Because we don't know about the firearm that we have hidden in the closet does not secure the proper way. We haven't gone through the education with our kids that tell them that unlike elmer foot. If you point this thing at somebody you face will not just turn black and you'll be okay tomorrow. There's education that has to go on. And i was going to be that guy But once i got into it. I learned that everybody didn't grow up on a country farm. Everybody didn't know about hunting aspects and the responsibility aspects. And i had to go way deeper than just being the shingle guy. Being a guy entrepreneur had to go into gun rights and gun history. I had to show my people. I that you have the right to do this. That is been prevented since the creation of this country that african native american were not allowed to have one of these things and that has caused us to have like a purpose ignorance and that has hurt us in the long run. So i wanted to demystify this thing and it took me back. I became activists before. I became an entrepreneur. So it's the money never came. I became the The black man with a gun. Because i was always advocating safety and reliability and responsibility and then getting beat up for sticking up for the person who actually own one and that does what started it can you. You've heard statistics about how the us leads. Industrialized countries and gun. Violence and deaths how black men are disproportionate victims of gun crime. And how even legal gun ownership it can potentially increase the chances of suicide. If i have a gun in the house and i'm having suicidal thoughts my chances of going through with the m being successful or greater than if i just have pills. Or if i have a paring knife why do you think it's important to advocate for gun ownership before the community figures out how to handle the guns out there that we already have. Education got off the plantation and education can keep us free if you have a problem. The firearm is not going to solve it. We do it on both ends gun. People people who are pro gun. Think that a by this bazooka that they will no longer have crime. And that's false and the people who don't have a firearm think that all guns are evil and that's false so it's it's It's a two way street and there is no solution because we haven't fixed humanity we haven't we still don't know love thy brother and sister. We still don't have that part down so when we're looking at fixing things stills education is information and there's no shortage of that right now i wanna talk about that because you're also like a pastor and there are people i they have some particular interpretation of the bible where they think that you know advocating for guns is somehow anti-christian. Talk a little bit about like. How have you been beaten up. Rhetorically were you. were you getting criticized by other clergy. Were you being criticized by parishioners. If you ran a church how were you getting beaten up for being the black man with a gun. When i first started. I was a janitor of this. Big church in dc. I was the guy came at four o'clock open. The place up got ready for the choirs cleaned up. Things made it was also security for the church so while little folks was in there practicing acquires. And whatever. I was keeping the things straight. But while i was there i was riding my first book. Black man with a gun. A book for responsible gun ownership and everybody thought that was like a cool thing. Until i became a minister and then i thought well. How can you advocate for gun. Ownership and i said easy gunston equal murder. My grandmother was the first owner that i ever knew She actually shot a water. Moccasins within feet of me which came my hero. My grandmother celebrated freedom on watch night. Service night you know new year's eve she fired at thing off in the middle of the night. In the middle of suffolk virginia. It was what melissa buni boonies. And that was the first gun ownership that. I saw so i had to be able to explain that in the church and then as time went on i got pseudo famous being pro-gun black preacher and didn't go over too. Well as as a became a pastor on folks would snicker and make jokes about until I even had like foreign press. Come over and they wanted to see. This pistol pack preacher. My deacons went into keen on my my own notoriety for that thing But i was trying to tell them that. I am still a piece. A hollick still a peace. Nick still a hippie. I just have been trained. How to protect people. I just know about this thing called a gun. I'm still the heart of man. That is desperately wicked. It is not the tool that use. I i am curious about this. I think this is key especially again because you're clergy in a black church when we think about the arc of you changing from law enforcement to being you know a a writer to podcasts and and and now clergy did the shooting at mother emmanuel church have any impact on your advocacy. That was an instance where just six years ago you know. Mother emmanuel church in charleston south carolina. The white nashes winning killed nine people after doing bible study with them. That change how you talked about gun advocacy did that change attitudes and the black church because i know a lot of churches started bringing in armed security on sundays after that incident. Did you see.