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Well, you’re witnessing it firsthand and don’t need my guidance to see what’s happening: The mainstream media is doing everything it can to push its agenda and, believe me when I tell you, it’s not going to let up. The lowest level today? Using kids to shove the message to all of us. I’m not blaming the kids who want gun control; they have a right to say and do anything they want and we’re free to disagree.


The media, though? Think CNN, after that unbelievable dog and pony show last night, would ever give voice to the millions of other kids around the country who disagree with the ones the media is fawning all over? Think they’ll invite Everytown for Gun Safety and Democrat gun-grabber Bill Nelson and hit them with 5,000 pro-gun-rights supporters? I’ll sell you the bridge over the River Kwai in Wichita first.


You had better be stepping up and joining your state groups, national groups, such as SAF and NRA, as well as learning how to be a responsible gun owner from the USCCA. These people hate you and they’re not stopping.





As you can imagine, it’s been a very busy past few days here in the AAR studios since a murderer attacked yet another defenseless school. Here’s the deal: I’ve sat on this intentionally to watch the hysterical media coverage unfold and what I’ve witnessed has simply confirmed my already firmly drawn conclusions.


Forget the fact that it’s gun control that’s driving this terrible “news” coverage, but the 24-hour “news” cycle and massive availability of such, is causing this nation a tremendous amount of undue stress that is eventually going to boil over into extreme violence. It’s inevitable. A 24-hour cycle available to everyone and anyone who wants to watch it at all hours of the day and night, driven by networks that are pushing political agendas, is destroying the psyche of the nation, driving wedges between otherwise rational people and doing untold damage to the stability of this Republic.


I have intentionally removed myself from my normal comfort zone of conservative outlets, where I spend more than 60 percent of my time and have moved over to CNN and MSNBC during the last few days as my primary source of “news.” If these are your normal sources of news, you are aware of only two stories — Russia and the Florida shooting. Prior to the Florida shooting, you only heard about Russia. Constantly. No breaks. Show after show after show, hour after hour after hour, day after day after day.


Everything is negative. Everything.


I’ll be discussing this in context today, over the week, and into the monster show on Sunday as it pertains to gun rights, but suffice to say, this incessant and overwhelming coverage is unnecessary, regardless of any topic or story. I believe, when this chapter of American history is written, it will become clear that the advent of this instant technology and the resulting overwhelming availability of instant opinion masquerading as “news,” combined with a politically biased media shoving individual agendas down our throats 24 hours a day, will be what brought down the greatest nation the world has ever seen.


I hope I’m wrong.




Angry Mark rises today on AAR Daily Defense. Angry Mark will address crybaby Jimmy Kimmel, Piers Morgan and mainstream media lies on today’s AAR Daily Defense AND on the Sunday monstercast.


DON’T miss these shows!




More discussion and fallout from the Tim Schmidt CBS News 60 Minutes appearance this past Sunday. Dave Workman, acting as a decades-long, well-respected journalist chimes in with his assessment. You can always count on getting a solid answer from Dave and he didn’t disappoint yesterday either. I’ll be asking my regular guests their thoughts and we’ll give a final analysis on the upcoming monster show this weekend.


I’ll see ya on the radio!





Yesterday’s Daily Defense program was extremely insightful. I think you’ll find it enlightening as I break down the 60 Minutes interview Tim Schmidt did on Sunday evening’s program for you. By reviewing the “after-the-show show” online, it was easy to expose CBS News and, in particular, Steve Kroft and the anti-gun bias he took into the interview. Without even knowing it, he told us himself!


Isn’t that just like an elitist, liberal NYC journalist? Enjoy yesterday’s program. It was good enough I might run clips of it on Sunday’s upcoming monstercast.




USCCA founder and my Armed American Radio co-founder and partner in radio history, Mr. Tim Schmidt, was featured on CBS News’ 60 Minutes last night. Immediately afterwards, he joined me on the AAR monstercast broadcast to break down what we saw on CBS. Did CBS treat him fairly? You’ll find out what he thought.


After Tim, Paul Markel, of Student of the Gun, joined me followed by AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News, Rob Pincus from ICE Training and Personal Defense Network, and The Captain, Matt Bruce, from The Captain’s America-Third Watch radio program.


It’s a must listen!




We’re now at a point in America where liberal snowflakes ask restaurant managers to remove cops with guns because snowflakes are afraid of guns. We’re at a point where said restaurant manager actually DOES ask a cop with a gun to remove it because it offends said snowflake.




Here’s a word of advice for you fraidy-cat snowflakes afraid of police with guns: Next time you run into trouble, call a restaurant manager to come to your aid. Oh, and while you’re at at, get a life, loser. Grow up and smack your worthless parents upside the head for me. Tell ’em a talk radio host made you do it.


Losers. Oh, sorry. I already said that.





Last night, something very freaky occured. In part of my discussion on the monstercast, I was mentioning my Georgia Pick Three lottery numbers, gave out the number that I play and mentioned that the three-digit combination hit last week on the only day I didn’t play. Well, as it turns out and in what can only be described as a bizarre and uncanny coincidence, the numbers I gave out on the air last night hit the pick three in straight order exactly as I gave out, just one hour later.


I did not play them, again. I was too busy yesterday to stop and buy my tickets. To date, my laziness in the last week has cost me nearly $1,000 in potential winnings. If you’re interested, the number I play, the number I mentioned last night and the one that hit in exact order is 714. Don’t take my word for it, go here and see it for yourself. (Remember to look up the Cash Three drawing from the Feb. 4, 2018 night drawing.)


I’m not exactly sure what it all means, but the eternal optimist that I am, I’ll chalk it up to a higher power telling me to never give up, to not stop trying and to keep doing what I’m doing and things will work out.




After a very long day of research, a couple of doctor’s appointments and a radio broadcast, I took my daughter to a concert last night that she’s been counting down to for the past 127 days. While it was a late night for both of us, it was a great opportunity to spend some fantastic daddy/daughter time together and, quite frankly, I’d been looking forward to it as much as she had.


My wife and I bought her the “Inner Circle” ticket package that included a one-on-one, sit-down meal with the bands before the sound check, pre-concert sound check attendance for the 25 Inner Circle ticket holders and front-row seats during the show. She had a blast being a kid and I had a blast watching her have a great time.


As her father, I want the best for her, and that includes her having fun and staying safe. Unfortunately, last night, I was disarmed by a security agent with a wand upon entering a venue that wouldn’t allow me to protect myself or my daughter — inside the venue or on my way to and from my vehicle to get her there.


I’ll be talking about that (and many other things) today with my good friend Gator Gaynor, co-host of The Gator and Denise Show on my Salem, Oregon affiliate 1430 KYKN. Turns out Gator was patted down at a brewfest yesterday and refused to attend.


This is gonna be good!





You witnessed it last night. Democrats sitting on their hands and hating this country in full view of worldwide cameras. These people simply cannot be trusted to ensure you’re rights and freedoms are never infringed. I’ll have more commentary tomorrow on the Daily Defense show but today I’ll pick up where I left off with Neil McCabe and the terrible decision your fellow Americans are being forced to make up in MA.


Enjoy the program!





Back from the SHOT Show in Las Vegas and remote broadcasts from “Radio Row” at the Sands Convention Center. That’s a fun week, a tough week, a long week and a productive week all rolled into one. It’s great to meet and see so many old faces and a bunch of new ones. It’s reassurance that we — all of us as American gun owners — are in great and capable hands.


The old guard stands ready to assist the new guard as the industry itself prepares for another huge economic boom under Trump. I believe gun sales will explode, not out of fear of confiscation or a new litany of gun control laws (unless you live in tyrannical states like New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, California, etc.) but because Americans will be able to afford a little more luxury than under the repressive Democratic Socialists and what would have been under Clinton.


Yes, the industry is strong and and alive. Get ready to go get that new gun of your dreams!




Yesterday’s AAR Daily Defense was powerful. So much so that I’ll be bringing my guest, Tim Young back on the monstercast ASAP, and not a minute too soon. Tim is a political comedian and commentator over at the Washington Examiner. He is also an official victim of a violent crime. Tim was robbed at gunpoint in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening.


Listen to his story and make it your own.





Here’s the deal: I’ll be at SHOT next week and broadcasting from Tuesday through Thursday live from Radio Row at the Venetian/Sands Convention Center. I promised you yesterday I would not give you a dose of “inside baseball, look where I am and you’re not” type radio and I meant it. What I will do is provide you great shows covering the topics we always do mixed with participants from the floor of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show live in the AAR booth discussing some of the coolest stuff you’re going to be seeing in stores and hearing on air.


Coming next week: Vegas Baby!




The media. I hate ’em. Always have, and I’ve made no bones about it over the last near-decade on air. The press. They’re why we find ourselves in a culture war for your gun rights. Continually pushing a false narrative and desperately trying to cover a 24-hour news cycle. I’ve told you for years when you see garbage reporting related to your right to bear arms, call it out. I did just that yesterday.


A local Atlanta CBS46 “investigative” reporter covered the recent failed GAO/ATF “study” about the “internet loophole” whereby undercover ATF agents posed as prohibited buyers over a 2.5-year period (funded by your tax dollars) and were denied 100 percent of the time in their efforts to sting law-abiding gun sellers. Except he didn’t cover the story. Do you think the local CBS reporter exposed the Democrat-requested failed “study” as just that, a failed attempt with the desired results to be used to further a gun control agenda? No.


He redirected the narrative to focus on the TWO sales the ATF agents obtained on the “dark web,” and sensationalized it to appear as a huge problem facing the nation. I wrote him; he responded. Then I took his story apart on-air and exposed his reporting for what it was. Redirected, sensationalized garbage.


If you missed yesterday’s program, go back and listen here at the site or just wait until Sunday. I will be using it again this weekend on the monster cast to expose this poor excuse for reporting.




When the 2nd Amendment works, well, it just works. Of course I’m referring to what I call “happy-ending stories.” Several years ago, I coined a little phrase that goes something like this:


If you attempt to deprive other human beings of their life, liberty or pursuit of happiness, you lose your right to all three, instantly. If your death results as a result of your victim’s action to stop you, you have earned your demise.


To those of you who might find that harsh, oh well. Look, any firearm or self-defense trainer or expert will tell you that our aim is not to kill but merely to stop the threat against us. Sometimes death results from our use of deadly force. Here’s a great recent headline from my weekly 2A on-air analyst, AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News:


Intrusion Suspect Allegedly Threatens 82-Year-Old Homeowner, Gets Shot Dead


That’s the American way. That’s the 2nd Amendment doing what it’s supposed to do: save the lives of innocent victims. Congratulations to the 82-year-old for staying alive to see 83. As for the dead home invader; I feel no pity for him.




Last night’s monstercast was epic. In Hour 1, I focused on Mr. Brian Aitken, who recently received a pardon from Governor Chris Christie for the non-crime of having legally owned and stored guns in his possession pursuant to New Jersey law but was charged and convicted anyway. NJ. What else would you expect, right? Well, as of last Friday, Brian is a free man, free from felony convictions and can finally go about his daily life. He was joined by NJ2AS attorney Ryan Watson and NJ2AS Executive Director Alexander Roubian. It was a helluva an hour.


I took Hour 2 solo to discuss some important issues and ask some uncomfortable questions and, in Hour 3, I was joined by award-winning journalist Stephen Gutowski from the Washington Free Beacon.


Enjoy the broadcast!




Concealed Carry Magazine is entered in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Cover Contest. The Readers’ Choice portion of the contest is judged by the number of Facebook likes, which means this is a media contest that’s out of the leftists’ and coasties’ hands … it’s in OUR hands. YOU, our readers, listeners and allies control who wins this contest. We actually have a shot at this one if we can get the word out.


(Simply “like” the two photos of Concealed Carry Magazine covers.)





Concealed Carry Magazine is entered in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Cover Contest. The Readers’ Choice portion of the contest is judged by the number of Facebook likes, which means this is a media contest that’s out of the leftists’ and coasties’ hands … it’s in OUR hands. YOU, our readers, listeners and allies control who wins this contest. We actually have a shot at this one if we can get the word out.



(Simply “like” the two photos of Concealed Carry Magazine covers.)







Wow! I’m overwhelmed. The response I am receiving from around the country after the Sunday opening segment is incredible. I’m humbled beyond words and can only say thank you so much. I promise to answer every single email I receive and I have shared every email with my wife.


I am not surprised at all by the outpouring of support as I’ve known for years the bond we share at Armed American Radio nation. Your prayers are working and your thoughts are heard.


God bless each and every member of the AAR nation! From AAR Ranch to your family, THANK YOU!




Last night on my weekly AAR monstercast show, I shared a very personal family struggle and used it as a reminder to each of us that bad things happen to good people. My goal was to remind you that evil exists, in many forms, and none of us are immune from a possible visit.


Make sure to tune in to the Sunday program and take the advice to heart. It may literally save your life one day.






This is fun stuff. Lots of us read and enjoy, (and even wrote for) Concealed Carry Magazine for well over 13 years. Now we, as AAR fans and listeners, can help make CCM an award winner, again!


Concealed Carry Magazine is entered in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Cover Contest. The Readers’ Choice portion of the contest is judged by the number of Facebook likes, which means this is a media contest that’s out of the leftists’ and coasties’ hands … it’s in OUR hands. YOU, our readers, listeners and allies control who wins this contest. We actually have a shot at this one if we can get the word out.



(Simply “like” the two photos of Concealed Carry Magazine covers.)




Yesterday’s radio program was fantastic with Rob Morse from Self-Defense Gun Stories podcast. We discussed his column referencing the huge victories of 2017 and carrying that forward in to 2018.


Enjoy the show and I’ll see ya on the radio later today with a column out of California that will blow your mind. Well, it’s from an anti-gunner, so maybe not!




I’m reminding you here, as I have on the air over the last few weeks, not to miss the upcoming monster broadcast on Sunday. I’ll be providing you information from my own personal life that conveys a message I have been discussing for years. I can promise you it will be powerful and extremely emotional but a message I want you to hear, again, and again and again.


Please make sure to tune in this Sunday Jan. 7 for the AAR monstercast kickoff of 2018 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET and 5 to 8 p.m. PT.


Now, onto some really cool stuff regarding Concealed Carry Magazine:


Concealed Carry Magazine is entered in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Cover Contest. The Readers’ Choice portion of the contest is judged by the number of Facebook likes, which means this is a media contest that’s out of the leftists’ and coasties’ hands … it’s in OUR hands. YOU, our readers, listeners and allies control who wins this contest. We actually have a shot at this one if we can get the word out.



(Simply “like” the two photos of Concealed Carry Magazine covers.)






Happy New Year! Now let’s get back to work!


That’s pretty much the sentiment you need as we head into 2018 with the momentum behind us. I know it might not seem that way to many of you “news hounds,” but, yes, we have the wind at our backs and the “other side” rocked back on their heels.


Think about this for a second: How would you like to know that the only way you could get your “message” out was using lies and deceit? Remember, freedom doesn’t require lies. Your right to bear arms is written into the nation’s founding documents and we don’t need some billionaire’s wallet to tell us that story.


Our rights are written into the parchment paper upon which this nation was founded after years of debate, a declaration of independence from a tyrannical government, spilled blood and eventual ratification by the states.


The other side is a house of cards built by some dopey 20th Century billionaire who doesn’t like sugar, salt or guns.


I’ll take the side of our founders.


Happy New Year! (Now let’s get back to work.)



Happy New Year from all of us at Armed American Radio





The big-city liberal mayors of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City are suing the DoD for the Air Force’s failure to report the Texas murderer to the NICS background check system. This failure of course, kept the madman from being flagged when he bought his guns at an FFL and allowed him to walk out the door with guns we all agree he should never have been able to purchase legally.


Legitimate question–why didn’t our side take the lead and file this suit first? By failing to do so, we have handed the worst enemies of our freedoms a huge public relations coup, again.


I’ll be discussing it today with my guest, Lee “The Gun Writer” Williams.





I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends (hard to believe that’s past tense already.) Next up? New Year’s. In between, I’ll cover some of the best stuff of the year as we wind down the week and head into 2018. Until then we’ll keep it kind of light; enjoy the week as a time of rejuvenation until the first of the year.


Then, it’s game on, as usual. Why? Because freedom never takes a break.





One day closer to Christmas. Can you believe it? Here’s the holiday schedule as we draw closer: The daily show is live through the week as usual. This coming Christmas Eve program will be a “best of.” Any suggestions for a repeat? Let me know at mark@armedamericanradio.org.


Next week’s daily show will run live Tuesday through Friday with a repeat this coming Monday for Christmas. Same holds true if you want to make a suggestion. Hit me at the email address above. The following Sunday New Year’s Eve show will be taped in advance. That’s the plan!


Will national CCW reciprocity make it to the Senate floor this week before Christmas? Don’t count on it, but crazier things have happened. On today’s show, we’ll be discussing all kinds of fun stuff as we get closer to wrapping up the year. Andy Hooser will be joining me, or I’ll be joining him. I’ll explain later. Either way, tune in today for another great program!





Today is Bill of Rights day. Did you know? Today, America celebrates the 226th anniversary of the ratification of our nation’s Bill of Rights. As you know, the first 10 amendments to our Constitution make up the Bill of Rights, which were actually passed by Congress on Sept. 25, 1789, and later ratified on Dec. 19, 1791.


Authored by (then) Rep. James Madison, the Bill of Rights contains our cherished right to bear arms that remains under attack by the Democrat party and aligned haters of freedom. Today is the day we loudly remind the enemies of our freedoms that the 2nd Amendment exists, is real and guess what? It isn’t going anywhere. I can promise you that today on AAR, I’ll remind them by turning up the volume!





Fallout from the Doug Jones victory in Alabama? Here’s the deal: McConnell MUST move the national reciprocity bill now. Period. Call your senators and call McConnell’s office and politely demand they move national reciprocity before Jones is seated.


Do it NOW!


I’ll see ya on the radio.





Wow, what a weekend and start to this week. Sometimes things just happen and it’s a great reminder that we’re not really in control. In my case, Mother Nature took full control and dumped nearly a foot of snow on an area not accustomed to an inch of the stuff. Of course, that knocked out power and internet for some areas, including the AAR Crossbreed Holster and Daily Defense studios since last Friday until early evening yesterday.


I gave a huge round of applause to the entire Salem Radio Network, especially the staff at AM 920 The Answer, our original AAR affiliate from the days of the program being a one-hour show heard only inside the ATL perimeter. They really stepped up and allowed me to use AAR’s original Studio A to bring the now humongous monstercast show to the airwaves and not miss a beat. Hats off, brothers!


All is good now and the studios are up and running. Lots happening and lots to talk about, so we’ll see each other on the radio today!




In what can only be described as a huge victory for gun owners, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has passed the full House of Representatives and … wait a minute … is this really a huge victory? Not so fast, Tonto. Yes, the bill that passed the House yesterday is a victory — in the House — but it still has to move through the Senate, which poses a whole new set of challenges. Sadly, there is no guarantee of its success in the “world’s foremost deliberative body.”


In other words, there is no guarantee this bill doesn’t die a slow, miserable death over there. While I remain optimistic this bill will eventually be signed by President Donald Trump, it is going to require some artful posturing in order to overcome some major hurdles, not the least of which is Bloomberg’s $25 million pledged to stop it.


Oh, and there is the absolutist mentality that would rather see the bill killed with the Fix NICS legislation attached to it than passed in its current form. We’ll be discussing all of it, including the art — and it is an art — of making political deals to advance pro-gun legislation today with Georgia Carry’s Jerry Henry.


He knows a little bit about this stuff.




USA Today has an article out today regarding the ATF and gun confiscations — more than 4,000 to be exact — initiated as a result of NICS mistakes. In other words, certain folks who should have been flagged by NICS as prohibited possessors and were able to purchase their guns anyway. On the surface, and to the untrained reader, the article appears pretty benign. That said, I’m not the untrained eye.


The piece is a dog whistle and a rally cry for the left to begin the push for longer wait periods for gun purchasers. I’ll explain it today on air.





GREAT program from the Crossbreed Holster Studios of Armed American Radio this week. After a much-needed two week break, Alan Gottlieb, founder of The Second Amendment Foundation, was back discussing the news of the week and upcoming court cases. Hour 2 brought Neil McCabe, of Big League Politics, analyzing some of the first-hour discussion and giving insight into the national reciprocity and “Fix NICS” bills moving rapidly through the House of Representatives. Following Neil in Hour 2, Mark Young, co-host of the Blunt Force Truth podcast with Chuck Woolery, joined AAR to give listeners his take on a wide range of issues facing law-abiding American gun owners.






Paradise? Hawaii? Maybe the idyllic scenery but not the politics. While we’ve discussed the Hawaiian Islands on the program in the past, this anti-gun state doesn’t get near the attention it deserves. Hawaii is more restrictive than any other U.S. state and yet we pretty much ignore it from a coverage standpoint.


That’s impossible to do now as the Honolulu Chief of Police, Susan Ballard, has issued a letter to approximately 30 residents warning them they are no longer able to possess their firearms and ammunition. Why? Because Hawaii prohibits possession of firearms by marijuana users with no distinction for the medical marijuana users.


But how would the chief of police know where to send the letters? This is what happens when you vote Democrat gun-grabbers into office and allow them to enact firearm and ammunition registration. It’s also what happens when you live in a state that allows “medical” marijuana use. The police chief simply cross-referenced the list of registered marijuana users with the registered firearms and voila! Saying the government won’t use all the information it can collect against gun owners is just silly.


More today on AAR.




National Reciprocity is headed for a floor vote. Did you hear me? National reciprocity s headed for a floor vote in the House. Now, what happens in the Senate? That depends on what happens with the Fix NICS bill. What am I talking about?


Tune in today and you’ll find out!




National reciprocity is going to move quickly in the House, coming out of a key committee vote later this morning and advancing to the floor for a vote as early as next week. Here’s what the intellectually dishonest (read: liars) over at Bloomberg’s astroturf had to say:


Gun control advocates are fighting the bill, saying it endangers public safety and makes it harder for police to enforce gun laws by forcing states with strong permitting standards to honor permits from states with weaker ones. While every state and the District of Columbia allows the carrying of concealed weapons in some form, 38 states generally require a state-issued permit to carry in public and the remaining 12 generally allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit, according to Giffords Law Center.

“After two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Americans expect Congress to work in a bipartisan way to strengthen — not weaken — our gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Yeah, That’s it. Vegas and Texas had everything to do with “Concealed Carry.” There’s a special place in hell for these people. More on this later today on AAR Daily Defense!




Can we really talk about this subject for an hour every week? My mom used to ask me that nearly a decade ago when I first took the seat at the AAR microphone when the program was one hour, heard only inside the confines of the Atlanta “perimeter.” My answer? “Oh, HELL yes,” we can talk about this for an hour every week. In fact, the six days we’ve expanded to now aren’t enough time to cover everything.


Case in point? Just yesterday, SCOTUS refused to hear two gun-related cases. First, the Maryland assault weapons ban challenge and, second, the Florida open carry case. The court’s refusal to hear the cases does not “uphold” anything. It merely means SCOTUS chose, for whatever reason, not to hear them, thereby leaving the local rulings in place but still open to argue the matter at a later date with another case. These cases do not have national implication as they would if SCOTUS actually did hear arguments and then actually UPHELD the earlier court decisions, making each ruling the law of the land. They do, however, remain in effect for those citizens living in the region of that court’s jurisdiction.


Hey, elections have consequences. If you wanna live in blue territory under blue rule, you get what you vote for. Trust me though, this hasn’t even begun. Freedom will prevail!


There are other cases. Stay tuned!



HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us at AAR





Shannon Watts, the Bloomberg pied piper who runs Moms Demand Action, tweeted this yesterday:


“It’s #ThanksgivingWeek: Have you asked the friends and family your kids are visiting if there are guns in their homes and how they store them?” Watts tweeted on Monday.


Good Lord. I’m all over this today on AAR. Enjoy.



So I’m going to have breakfast with my dad and my kids this morning and rather than trying to decide where to go (that’s easy around these parts Waffle House,) I’m deciding on which gun to carry. For some odd reason I’m feeling like a 1911. Nah, not today. After some thought, I decided to go with my G43, but wait – If I’m going to carry the small 9mm but I still kinda feel like a 1911, why not go with the Sig P938? It’s not a 1911 by any stretch, but it has that feel.




The Sig P938 it is!




Last night’s monstercast was another home run. Joining me in hour one for segment two I invited Captain Matt Bruce, host of the overnight hit syndicated talk radio program, The Captain’s America-Third Watch. Matt is based in Tampa and broadcasts his program from my hometown station, Salem’s AM 860 The Answer in Tampa, Florida. In case you’ve missed it, Tampa is experiencing a serial killer on the loose in the Seminole Heights neighborhood and Matt gave us a chilling update.


Later the same hour, I spoke with author and violent crime survivor Liz Lazarus, whose book Free From Malice is a work of fiction based on her real-life experiences. Liz is a great 2A advocate and big supporter of The Well Armed Woman.


Hour two brought the amazing and brilliant AWR Hawkins, award-winning journalist from Breitbart News. As always, AWR brought voice to his news columns. We started with a happy ending story and ended discussing Ryan’s failure to bring national reciprocity to the House floor.


Hour three was a small roundtable discussion with George “The Mad Ogre” Hill talking hardware, particularly the venerable 1911. You’ll absolutely love my failed attempt to “stump the Ogre” when George answers my question before I even have a chance to ask it. There’s a reason he’s one of America’s greatest gun experts. Neil McCabe of Big League Politics joined the conversation later in the hour and gave us an update from Capitol Hill.






I had a fascinating and lengthy conversation with someone last night, long after most people had stopped working. Heck, it went from 9:30p ET to well after midnight and centered on the criminal mind, psychopathy, recognizing criminals — or I should say potential criminals — and finding a way to stop someone before they act out in a murderous rampage. The suggestion of “gun control” was never mentioned by the individual as a means with which to stop criminal behavior of any type.


The person with whom I was speaking is not a celebrity, a household name or some dopey TV pundit. He is someone very close to me, a person I have known my entire life who happens to be a highly trained psychologist with many years of experience, a good deal of which was gained dealing with and working around criminals in a prison environment. To say the conversation was fascinating would be a gross understatement.


Essentially, it was a pre-interview, a preview of an upcoming program that requires some heavy research but one which I will hopefully be able to bring to you very, very soon.  




Republican swamp-RINO John Cornyn is “nearing a deal” on gun control with one of America’s worst gun-grabbers, Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy. While the details have yet to be laid out, you can count on it being related to “background checks,” just like the ones every recent mass murderer has already passed to get their hands on a firearm.


Here’s the short story: The Democrat machine is a gun control machine, and it will never stop feeding its insatiable appetite for your rights. That any Republican would entertain any legislation proposed by any Democrat as “sensible” or “common sense” gun control legislation in a bipartisan attempt to do something is proof positive that they in no way have your best interests in mind.


Contact your representative and senators NOW. Tell them to stop pandering to the Democrats and to keep their grubby paws off of your rights.



The mainstream media latches onto another shooting they choose to turn into a national story with wild and misleading headlines. Another crazy lunatic snaps and goes on a murderous rampage fueled by a domestic dispute and winds up attacking motorists, homes and a school … and it’s tagged as a “school shooting”?


It wasn’t a “school shooting” in the classic sense, but who cares, right? It sounds good. Meanwhile, 610 people in Chicago are dead year-to-date and more than 50 people are murdered every month. The media? Silent, but they waste no time in declaring that your gun rights are the problem.


I’ll have more on media coverage today on AAR Daily Defense, such as the New York Times Page 17 today, “Taking on the Gun Companies.” Funny, you don’t see them writing stories about taking on the car companies, the cell phone companies, the clothing companies, the shoe companies…



Wait, just wait… till I get on this today:

From Breitbart News

Add “Criminals” to the Growing List of Words Banished From the English Language

In an article titled, “Stop labeling people who commit crimes ‘criminals,’” Kimberley Brownlee, a philosopher at the University of Warwick, calls the word an “epithet”—more commonly used to describe a term conveying something disparaging rather than its alternative definition as merely a neutral tag—and compares it to politically-incorrect terms and phrases for people with disabilities.

“By reducing people to their crimes, we see them as offenders and nothing else, and we force them to see themselves that way,” she writes. “Consequently, we might set up the exact conditions for them to become the kind of person who offends.”

Brownlee, educated at McGill, Cambridge, and Oxford, boasts a Fulbright fellowship and membership on the editorial boards of several academic journals on her resume. She calls labeling people judged guilty in courts of criminal offenses as an act of “prejudice.”



Last night’s monstercast was fantastic. Joining me in Hour 1 was the amazing Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. As usual, Alan breaks down the fight against your rights being waged by a wealthy enemy of freedom, obnoxious former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged millions of dollars to defeat the Constitution. I don’t want to give it all away here, but suffice to say that Alan is a national treasure.


Following Alan in the same hour was Dr. John R. Lott, another bonafide American treasure. Dr. Lott was recently a guest on the Good Morning Britain television show the day after the Texas church massacre. American-hater Piers Morgan was his usual arrogant, snotty and smug British snoot self as he belittled John and wouldn’t let him get a word in edgewise. John did as John always does and allowed his verbal attacker to make an ass out of himself while maintaining his poise under fire.


I played a clip and you’ll soon remember why you’re glad that British ass-hat is back over there where he belongs. Incidentally, I was asked to be the guest on that television show, but due to the time difference and a very early morning personal appointment, I was unable to do so. The GMB producers never told John or myself that Piers was going to be conducting the interview.


Hour 2 saw AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News. AWR is a one-of-a-kind analyst with a gift for cutting right to the core of what matters. We discussed his writings over the week, including two happy-ending stories that the lefty media would never cover. Why? Because happy-ending stories destroy their anti-gun narrative. God forbid good guys defend themselves with a firearms … shhhhhh.


Hour 3 brought Neil McCabe from Big League Politics and Andy Hooser, host of The Voice of Reason on AAR affiliate KQAM, Wichita’s big talker in Kansas. A lively roundtable discussion was had, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the program!



Florida Dad Fires Gun To Stop 17 Year-Old Daughter’s Kidnappers, Cops Say


That’s quite a headline, isn’t it?


One would think that since according to the left it’s “all about the children,” they would be praising this dad for saving his daughter from being kidnapped, right?




This is, yet again, another huge human interest story that the left is ignoring. It ranks right up there with the Florida CCW holder who saved a cop’s life by killing his attacker on the side of the road. What kind of person wouldn’t be commending and applauding the actions of a dad saving his daughter from being kidnapped and possibly killed?


What kind of person, indeed?





Thanks to Andy Hooser for taking the mic yesterday as I had some personal duties to attend to. Some of you have inquired about yesterday’s elections and what the results might mean for possible erosion of our rights. While the media will play up the Democrat wins in New Jersey and Virginia, they were expected. New Jersey is a deep-blue state — always has been — and nothing has changed. (If you’re a gun owner in New Jersey, you will, of course, continue to see your rights denied; no surprise there.)


Virginia is a somewhat different animal, but again, no shockers there. Two establishment pukes running against each other, one as bad as the other. The winner, Democrat Northam, was expected to win and again, no surprise. He ran on a blatantly anti-gun message and the gun-grabbers will claim a huge victory over the NRA, whose offices are located in Virginia.


Virginia gun laws are pretty strong, their reciprocity is nationwide, strong gun culture, OC is the law and there will be no changes to that. What will more than likely happen, depending on the outcome of the makeup of the legislature, is that the Dems will begin the process of doing what Dems do: they will begin coming after “assault rifles,” “expanded background checks,” magazine limits, etc.


This will have local Virginia ramifications but none outside the state. Elections have consequences, people. Vote Dems into power, watch your rights erode. Virginia is unique in the sense that it is a deeply red state outside of the areas of DC, Norfolk, and Richmond. Unfortunately, those are the large population centers. In fact, Virginia is a case study in the importance of the electoral college on a national level.


While the anti-gunners and Dems will claim huge victories, they are, as usual, lying. Claiming a Democrat win in New Jersey is like claiming a huge victory when a Democrat is elected mayor of Atlanta.


What’s needed is a definitive SCOTUS victory to shut the local gun grabbers down!




Let me get this straight: A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun and now the mainstream media is FORCED to report it. I’m LOVING this. See, they can’t ignore the fact that an armed local resident pumped about three rounds into the body of the Texas church murderer, forcing him to end his rampage and blow his own head off before he could even stop his car.


So the next time one of those blowhard gun-grabbers asks you what works to end “gun violence,” tell him/her, “three shots to the body from an armed citizen.” Yeah, that works every time. Don’t believe me? Heck, they’re even forced to say it on CNN.


Don’t you just love watching them choke on it? Gosh, I sure do.




End of the week already and never enough time to cover everything I want. Today I will be going over your emails as I have been promising all week. I LOVE the interaction. I know, I know, some of you are wondering why I don’t take phone calls. I can answer that and, in fact, will do it on air today. You deserve to know why. Yes, it’s by design. See there are three types of radio programs: Host driven, caller driven and guest driven. Sometimes a show combines them.


I designed Armed American Radio years ago to educate and inform listeners in the most entertaining way I could. Nearly 10 years later, the formula continues to work. That formula is guest-driven radio, for the most part, due to the nature of the niche topics I discuss lending itself to bringing in a wide array of special guests who are experts in the various fields of discussion we cover.


More on all of that today along with a ton of your emails. Hey, it’s the weekend so we’ll loosen things up a bit today. If you ever feel like venting and want to hear your email read live on air, you can reach me at mark@armedamericanradio.org.


I LOVE hearing from you.







Two Republicans join two Democrats to ban bump stocks, a device none of the four had ever heard of and which had rarely, if ever, been used in a crime prior to Las Vegas. From the press release:


“This bipartisan legislation will block the availability of these and other dangerous devices, and demonstrates a serious bipartisan commitment to keeping our communities safe,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick, a former federal gun crimes prosecutor and FBI agent. “We must do everything in our power to prevent the kind of evil we see in horrifying incidents like the Las Vegas shootings, and resolve as a nation to confront this evil through meaningful, bipartisan legislative action and an ongoing commitment to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

“After the deadliest mass shooting in modern history, Congress must act to prevent gun violence. This bill will not prevent all senseless gun deaths — rather, it seeks to address one dangerous loophole in existing law that allows anyone to acquire a bump stock, no questions asked. This bipartisan legislation will give law enforcement the ability to regulate bump stocks and keep them out of the hands of criminals and violent people. Such deadly devices that can turn firearms into fully-automatic machine guns have no place on America’s streets,” said Congressman Kildee.

For the record, the “bump stock” device does not turn “firearms into fully-automatic machine guns,” but who really cares, right? I mean, we have to do something!

Join me and my special guest, long-time AAR contributor and fan favorite Neil McCabe, today on AAR Daily Defense.





Terror attack in NYC with a truck.


Holy Islamic terrorist, Batman, say it ain’t so! Yeah, this was as predictable as the sunset every evening. Just a matter of time. Well, now it’s time and unfortunately this is just the beginning. Sorry to say it, but I’m right. Here’s the part where you need to be paying attention: A man with a gun stopped a Muslim terrorist, who came here as part of a wave of 2 MILLION Muslims during Obama’s PC tenure.


I don’t care whether or not it was a cop who had the gun. Doesn’t matter. I mean, it does for New Yorkers who’ve been disarmed by the state and, like a domesticated pet, must depend on cops to save them, but not for the millions of Americans who can – and do – carry their guns with them everywhere they go.


You need to be hypervigilant, stay trained and be ready and willing to do your part to protect your community and your homeland. The enemy has declared war on you and is fighting it in your streets.


Being prepared means being ready, willing and able to take them out.









The monstercast. I love the Monday write up after the huge Sunday evening show. Last night saw a Breitbart-centric focus with my guest lineup including Major League Baseball great Curt Schilling in Hour 1 and AWR Hawkins in Hour 2, followed by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership rep Dr. John Edeen in the third hour.


I gotta tell ya, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this Vegas thing is presenting some questions that are forever going to go unanswered. Curt Schilling and I took a hard look at the entire layout of the case as it stands now. Again, no tinfoil hats, just facts, like no more press conferences, a shifting timeline that can now never be believed no matter what they tell us and a refusal to release one second of video footage of the murderer caught on (what anyone who has been to Las Vegas knows) any of hundreds of cameras.


What does this have to do with your guns? Everything. See, the left is using this event as a tool to blame responsible gun owners and come after your rights.


AWR covered his enormous range of 2A material in the brilliant way that only he can. Dr. John answered a Dallas Morning News piece written by another orthopedic surgeon that blames you for the actions of criminals. I was embarrassed for the op-ed writer who showed an incredible amount of ignorance; Dr. John Edeen fixed the problem.







Yesterday’s Daily Defense program was an absolute blast! Mike Piwaworski from The  Arms Room joined me for a really fun and informative discussion on the open carry versus concealed carry tactical debate. That’s always a provocative topic and it was yesterday also. Prompted by a great fan email the day before, Mike and I got deep in the weeds and dissected it from the inside out. I played a little devil’s advocate and it went from there.


Later we wrapped up with the Shooting Illustrated column about the wildly popular single-stack 9mm handguns. Good or bad? Enjoy the show from yesterday and today I’ll see you on the radio with my guest Lee “The Gun Writer” Williams of the Herald Tribune down in sunny Sarasota, Florida.





Trust me when I tell you, evil visits anyone and everyone at a time and place of its choosing if it wants to. Hopefully, you’re one of the lucky ones. Evil also takes many forms and manifests itself however it chooses. Maybe it’s a violent criminal attack. It might be a life-threatening medical diagnosis or, hell, maybe you wind up with a haunted house! (You never know, right?)


My point?


Always be prepared. Understand that bad things happen to good people. I’ll always be there to remind you of these things. I promise I’ll never let you down. It’s too easy to get complacent and I understand that real life gets in the way, but you have a responsibility to understand that part of real life includes evil.


No worries, I’ll remind you!





The Sunday monster show was great! Make sure to tune in right here. Find the show in the archives for three solid hours of education, information and entertainment for gun owners. Alan Gottlieb joined me in the first hour. Attorney Andrew Branca, author Law of Self Defense stepped in for AWR Hawkins who was out filming a bump stock video high on a mountaintop in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona. We didn’t want to force AWR to travel down the mountainside for a cell phone signal, so Andrew stepped in and delivered HUGE.


The third hour was a throwback! I brought the band back together for what is now an Armed American Radio classic, The Roundtable. Neil McCabe and David Codrea joined forces with me to relive this original AAR third hour. George “The Mad Ogre” Hill was unable to join because of a previous commitment, but we’re gonna fix that in the near future.


Enjoy the Sunday Monstercast and I’ll see ya on the radio today!





Hey, let me take this opportunity to remind you that, in addition to the six days of radio I already host, I’m also a regular guest on a couple of fantastic radio programs every week. Every Tuesday, you can hear me and MLB great Curt Schilling on the Breitbart News program Whatever It Takes With Curt Schilling. I join him for his weekly 2A Tuesday program focused on gun rights issues. Because it’s online, we can really cut loose, and we don’t leave anything off the table. You’ll enjoy it. Make sure to tune in every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. ET, 6:20 a.m. PT at breitbart.com/whatever-it-takes-curt-schilling/


Now, onto Wednesdays. You can join me on The Captain’s America-Third Watch with the Captain, Matt Bruce. This guy is the real deal and runs one of the best overnight programs in the nation. Airing from 2 to 6 a.m. ET, 11pm to 3am PT five nights per week, I join Matt every Wednesday morning from 5 to 5:30 a.m. ET, 2 to 2:30 a.m. PT. While we focus on 2A issues, we venture into virtually every current event of the day. That shocks a lot of listeners who love to hear us go elsewhere. We won’t disappoint you, I promise! Make sure to visit Matt Bruce at thecaptainsamericathirdwatch.com.


Enjoy the program today and I’ll see ya on the radio!





The monster show last night was a blast! A great guest lineup as always including tons of information. Neil McCabe was kind enough to join me on very short notice and give us his take on the activities (or lack thereof) from the DC swamp as far as moving our agenda forward goes. Neil was followed by Dustin Salomon, author of the new book Mentoring Shooters, for which I wrote the foreword. I was proud and honored to be able to put my thoughts at the front of his work. I know you’ll enjoy it because as shooters ourselves, we are all mentors and some of us probably don’t even know it.


As usual, Hour 2 saw the great AWR Hawkins bring his wizardry and gun-grabber-slayer attitude to the full hour and Hour 3 was an encore presentation of my earlier interview of the inventor of the bump stock, Mr. Bill Akins. You’ll love it, and you’ll find out why you only get the facts here on AAR.







This week has been crazy for lots of different reasons. Lots of analysis and insight but none more important than my conversation with Mr. Bill Akins, the actual, real inventor of the “bump stock.” Bill gave us the information we’re not getting from “the news” — if there is even such a thing anymore — and set the record straight on the nomenclature regarding the device he invented. Here’s a hint: They all have it wrong, from Sean Hannity to the NRA, and you’ll hear Mr. Akins explain why.

Trust me, as the left pushes to take your stuff, the facts matter!





Last night’s monstercast from the Crossbreed Holster Studios was packed full of information. It started right out of the gate with a wrap-up of my comments at the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) held in Dallas last weekend along with what we can expect post-Vegas from those who hate our rights. I then introduced another epic lineup with Alan Gottlieb starting us off in Hour 1 followed by Dr. John R. Lott discussing his National Review op-ed that poked the New York Times full of holes.


Dr. Lott was followed by Breitbart’s award-winning journalist and AAR political analyst, Dr. AWR Hawkins. AWR gave us his inside perspective on the Republican reaction to ban and regulate an obscure firearm accessory that admittedly many had never heard of. (I can promise you that no one, and I mean no one, in the gun-hating media had ever heard of it.) Hell, DianneBan Feinstein admitted to never having heard about it right up until the moment she filed a bill to ban it. (Of course I’m referring to the “bump stock” used by the mass murderer last week.)


In Hour 3, I was joined by Paul Markel from “Student of the Gun” for some discussion on the accessory itself. To close out the broadcast, famed trainer and self-defense expert Rob Pincus joined the show from Milan, Italy, where he’s been teaching for the past 10 days.   


Make sure to listen to the program here on the site if you missed it live. Enjoy!





Make sure to tune in to yesterday’s AAR Daily Defense for my analysis of this statement from the NRA:


“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ 2nd Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”




Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it. On Saturday, September 30th, 2017 as I was wrapping up my remarks at the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, I predicted  that we would, “sadly,” see another shooting event by a deranged murderer and that the incident would result in mass media hysteria and an incredible level of unprecedented attacks and accusations made about you. Unfortunately, less than 36 hours later, I would be proven right.


There is much to talk about in coming days and weeks and Armed American Radio is here to support you as a gun owner and freedom lover as the enemies of our rights renew their attacks against us in unison. However, this time there are a number of different dynamics in play.


I’ll explain over the airwaves. Let’s just say you have some homework to do.


Stay tuned!





I am currently on my way to the 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) being held in Dallas this year. I hope to see you there but if not, you can rest assured that I’ll be giving you the lowdown on what’s happening and the news from the latest dictionary of today’s who’s who!

I’ll see ya from the Salem Radio Network studio mothership HQ in Dallas today, Friday, and Sunday.





Wow, so much to talk about over the last few days since I took some time off during the week to spend with my kids. Well, in reality, and I know you know this, you never really get time off, right? Anyway, a lot has happened and one event in particular needs special attention:


Puerto Rico.


The island of Puerto Rico is suffering in a massive way. Yes, there is suffering in the USVI, still in Florida and Houston but the events in PR are devolving into catastrophic chaos, the likes of which we prepare for but never hope to see. Chaos. The rule of law is getting ready to break down, probably already has and it won’t be long before complete catastrophe sets in. Heck, who am I kidding? It already has.


I want you to keep this in mind. Alan Gottlieb was just on the island and in fact, took one of the last flights out before hurricane Irma skirted the island. He was there fighting and testifying before the legislature on behalf of PR Citizens 2A rights. They essentially don’t have any and remember, this is US territory.


A couple of weeks later and PR is devastated. Those same law-abiding people now fighting for survival are left defenseless against armed criminals roaming the nation looking for food, water, shelter and relief from the heat.


Desperate people do desperate things. Everything you prepare for and pray to God never happens is happening today to US citizens in Puerto Rico.


My good friend Curt Schilling (Yeah, that Curt Schilling) is doing everything possible to raise money and to get to the island to help. He did the same in Houston and Florida but the logistics here require more work. Please help out at facebook.com/operationbullpen/


100% of every dollar raised goes to the relief effort.


Curt Schilling will be my guest on today’s Armed American Radio Daily Defense program from 4-5p ET




So, I did some soul searching again earlier this week. I talk about happy-ending stories all the time; in fact, I report the best ones I can find to you on AAR whenever the really good ones crop up. Trust me, while the “other side” doesn’t want you to know about them, they happen with frequency and I’m more than happy to sift through and share them with you.


Of course, I’m talking about the stories of lawfully armed citizens defending themselves and their families with their lawfully carried firearms. Sometimes, the criminal is gravely wounded, and, sometimes, the criminal dies. Oh well.


See, I’ve tried to feel bad for the guy who died, but, well, I’m just not able to make that happen, no matter how hard I try.


I tried again this morning while I was recounting the story of the dead 16-year-old killed by the man walking his dog not far from these Crossbreed Holster Studios during an attempted armed robbery. I tried, but I got nothing. Absolutely nothing. I simply can’t, no matter how hard I try, find any sympathy for a person who dies while shoving a gun in another man’s face, threatening to murder him while trying to rob him.


Nope. Sorry, dead guy. No sympathy for you.






It’s been a helluva couple of weeks, I can tell you. With everything going on with many friends and family affected by Irma and the stress of helping some of them get their lives put back in place to the continued lies from the gun-grabbers, it’s a good idea to get outside and take a long walk sometimes. Good for the soul. I’m thankful that while many of my friends and family were directly impacted by the hurricane, all of them are physically safe, and that’s what really matters.


I’m not sure when, but I’m planning on heading down to Naples to the family home to help out where I can, not only there but around town as well. Those plans shift with the power company, but it looks like maybe next week or shortly thereafter. If possible, while it might present some technological challenges, I intend on broadcasting from the area, so fingers crossed. Dates and times to be announced.


This whole event is yet one more reminder for all of us to have an emergency plan in place for any situation. Danger lurks both days in advance on our satellite images as well as right around the corner in an ambush. Always be prepared for any contingency.


I’ll see ya on the radio.





From Fox News:


“They shot him in cold blood — in front of his little daughter. Last Thursday, Gerard Grandzol, 38, took his toddler and dog on a family outing that included playing with a Frisbee. When he returned home in the evening, he was confronted by two men who demanded his wallet. They also wanted to take his car, but according to police, Grandzol insisted on taking his 2-year-old daughter out of it before giving the thieves the keys. That is when one of them shot Grandzol twice in the head as the little girl watched, according to published reports. He died later that night at Hahnemann University Hospital.”

Don’t think evil exists? I suggest you re-read the above.





Every Wednesday morning at 5:05 a.m., I’m a guest on the Captain’s America-Third Watch national radio program. We talk about everything under the sun with the focus (of course) eventually turning back to gun rights, tactics and everything related to 2A issues of the day. This morning, we spent time reminding listeners in the Southeast how to quickly prepare for a hurricane evacuation and what is needed in your safety kit should you need to assemble it right now because you weren’t already prepared. Trust me, it’s really only three things: your gun(s), 72-hour food/water supply per person and fully charged portable charges for your communication devices. You can live with that until help gets to you.


The discussion then turned to how the 2A is keeping Houston communities safe during the Harvey disaster and other issues, including the recent American Virgin Islands governor’s order to seize and confiscate private arms, ammo and “other private property” as he deems necessary to ensure residents “safety.” Unbelievable, but it won’t stand. Expect court action. I’ll leave it there.


What happened next was awesome. The Captain’s emails blew up while I was on air with fans interested in talking to me about other issues they were facing across the country, including Roger in Los Angeles asking about the NRA and the state’s capitulation regarding small-caliber firearms; Terry in Colorado Springs asking about state “collectives” or “compacts” being filed by liberals to keep veterans with concealed carry permits off campus; and another from Cleveland, Ohio among many others.


The takeaway? Americans everywhere can’t get enough talk about their firearms rights and I love it!




Real America. It’s on full display in the great state of Texas. For years I’ve been telling you how the media controls the narrative and the “news” cycle by telling you what they want you to hear and, more importantly, refusing to cover that which they don’t want  you to know. Dangerous, indeed. America isn’t having it anymore though. There may actually be light at the end of the tunnel.


Like millions around the globe, I’m sure you’ve witnessed the American spirit on full display in Houston. Neighbor helping neighbor. Black Americans with boats saving white Americans trapped in their homes, then going back for dozens and dozens more. White Americans in boats helping black Americans trapped in their flooded homes with no regard to race. Americans pulling together to help Americans, without the damned federal government in the way. People from all walks of life saving others with no regard to religious affiliation, skin color or political viewpoints. Of course you’re also seeing the 2nd Amendment in action, just as it was intended. Good, decent, law-abiding Americans defending themselves, their neighbors, neighborhoods and communities with their own guns.


This is the real America the mainstream media is trying to destroy. Proof they are failing in their agenda is on full display in Houston, right now.





We are one month away from the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) being held this year in Dallas, Texas. This annual event is the single most important gathering of gun rights activists in the nation. Held every September for nearly 40 years, the GRPC brings together the most important elements of the “gun lobby” to one location for a forum of speakers on a wide-ranging list of topics.


This year’s theme for GRPC is “Make the Second Amendment Great Again,” after the popular Trump slogan of “Make America Great Again.” Of course, without a strong 2nd Amendment, America can never be great and the GRPC this year will no doubt point that out. The event is free to attend and includes a box lunch on Saturday as well as nearly $300 worth of free books and materials to be given to every registered attendee.


If you’re anywhere near the area or capable of traveling to the annual gathering, please visit saf.org and register for the event. It’s free to attend and you’ll come away with a stronger-than-ever desire to fight even harder for your right to bear arms. You’ll meet the most important people in America fighting for your freedoms such as Alan Gottlieb, John Lott, Alan Korwin, Tom Gresham, myself and many others who you’ve heard as guests on Armed American Radio over the years as well as many new names and faces.


Join us by visiting saf.org and registering for this free event. I hope to see you there.




Today I’m only going to ask for your thoughts and your prayers. As you might know, my good friend and friend of AAR for several years, Mr. Texas Bill Cannon, of Texas BBQ Rub and a “Grilling While Armed” participant on the show, needs our help. Bill is based in Richmond, Texas, which is currently suffering a horrific disaster of epic proportions.


Bill called the program on Sunday to give us an update and, at that time, he was still on dry land. I called him yesterday to check on him and he was in the process of fleeing for his life and the lives of his loved ones. Bill was forced to evacuate his residence and the Texas BBQ Rub facility and was desperately trying to get to his daughter and granddaughter to get them all to safety. I wished him well as he was trying to find a dry route to them and have not yet heard back.


During catastrophic flooding last year in his hometown along the Brazos River, it was Bill Cannon who kept the first responders fed, cooking tons of BBQ for the heroes saving lives. Now he needs our thoughts and prayers for his own safety and the safety of his loved ones.


Please keep one of our own and all Houston residents in your prayers.





It’s finally Friday. I can tell you it’s been a week of Monday’s but that’s all right…sometimes it happens to the best of us. Lots of stuff going on but none more fun than the fact I depart tomorrow (Saturday) for the Minnesota State Fair for what I believe is now the 7th year running to bring the huge AAR monstercast program to you live from the fairgrounds.


I’ll be live from the midway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at the 1280 AM-The Patriot booth. If you’re in the area or visiting the massive event, please make it a point to stop by and say hello this Sunday, August 27, and join me for the live show. I’ve been known to mic up a guest or two that stops by.


I’ll see ya on the air and at the fair!





Remember when we were talking about the Washington State Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Seattle “Gun Tax” and I told you it was just a matter of time before other lefties would start calling for it in their municipalities? I was right. In this case, the Connecticut Post is calling for it statewide. Everywhere. A massive infringement on the constitutionally protected right to bear arms … in the Constitution State.


More lefty localities and lefty-controlled states will begin doing the same in the near future, emboldened by the Washington State Supreme Court’s tortured ruling.


Go figure.





Here’s my advice for you today: Get your head out of the media. I talked about it last night. There are dark, well-funded forces working against you, but they will fail. While you have to keep your eye on the ball, it doesn’t require your 24-hour attention. Set a schedule; say, watch the morning “news” and weather and then turn the crap off until sometime before bed. Guess what? You’ll soon realize that you don’t need to be hammering yourself with non-stop fake news fiction!


Stop, put the phones down, turn off the computer and step outside. Take a deep breath and watch the eclipse. Understand that REAL life isn’t what the 24-hour news cycle wants you to believe. Real life is what YOU live and experience every day, not what those traitors tell you it is.


Let me tell you what I did. My job requires that I be on some form of technology nearly every minute of every day. My face is in this stuff, all of it, but there’s a limit. I air six days every week and when it comes time for me to try to enjoy that one day, the last thing I want to do is bury my face in some stupid website, Facebook page, Instagram account or some other such nonsense. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my phone with me at all times … unfortunately, that’s life today. But it also doesn’t mean I have a smartphone on me.


Nope, I went to AT&T and bought a FLIP PHONE that doesn’t tempt me to constantly look down whenever I’m not doing something. I simply move the SIM card over when I’m trying to ignore the world but still need communication, then move it back to the iPhone. IT WORKED FOR ME. I’m not saying it will work for you but, hey, my advice remains unchanged. Get your head out of the garbage and guess what?


The air won’t stink!





As each day goes by, an out-of-control mainstream media is in overdrive working feverishly to destroy our nation, our heritage and our history, and, yes, some of that history is complicated. History always is. What we can’t lose sight of is the fact that these are the very same forces aligned against your gun rights.


While the violent left continues its unabated assault on traditional American values and wages war against our culture and free speech, with a free pass from their allies in the press, there are anti-rights forces now equating you as a gun owner to Nazis and white supremacists. In a most vile and despicable way, the Bloomberg groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action — led by one of the worst liars in recent American history, Shannon R. Watts — have reached even lower in their quest to destroy our Constitution and our rights. The banner across the top of Watt’s Twitter page reads, “Disarm Hate.”


You do the math.





Walk with me for a moment. Extremist organizations converge on Charlottesville, Virginia, and, predictably, violence breaks out between all of the groups. I mean, who couldn’t have seen that coming, right? Sticks, clubs, bats, urine bombs and chemical sprays were all employed by the groups in attendance. One moron drove his car into a crowd and bottles and bricks were tossed at law enforcement and others.


I’m still trying to find the story about all of the shootings but forgive me, I can’t find it because there weren’t any, at least none that I’m aware of. Although I’m (proudly) blocked from Bloomberg pied piper Shannon Watts’ Twitter account, here’s just a taste of the garbage she was putting out:


“The radicalization of America has been encouraged by the @NRAand open carry laws, which enable armed intimidation. #Charlottesville


There was more but I’m not inclined to give her any more publicity. Suffice to say, she blamed the NRA and Virginia gun laws for the actions of radical anarchists hurling urine-filled balloons at each other when they weren’t trying to beat each other with flagpoles and bats or spraying each other with mace.


Yeah, I’m still looking for that article that chronicles all of the shootings in Charlottesville a few days ago.  No matter, I know I can count on the loony “Moms” and “Everytown” nutcases to tell me law-abiding gun owners are the cause of all of America’s ills.





The monster broadcast last night was another epic program. Surrounding AAR regular powerhouse voices of freedom Alan Gottlieb and AWR Hawkins was Dr. John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime (3rd ed.) and Liberty Watch Radio host from AAR affiliate KVOI in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, Charles Heller.


The topics were wide-ranging, from the Seattle gun tax being upheld by the Washington State Supreme Court to a string of “happy ending” stories to Lott setting the record straight on phony VPC numbers claiming you, a CCW holder, are a killer. Of course, it was all capped off by the witty analysis of Heller as we covered a number of relevant issues.


Make sure to check out last night’s show, and I’ll see you on the radio this afternoon!






The Second Amendment Foundation (And NRA and NSSF) got some bad news yesterday and, yes, it is bad news. Remember you can never refuse to accept the situation, meaning you must face whatever happens realistically and understand the consequences. I’m talking about an anti-gun victory, and a big one, in Seattle yesterday when the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the Seattle anti-gun tax on gun sales and ammo sales by an 8-1 decision.


Make no mistake, this is a victory for the gun grabbers and they are running with it. You’ll recall that the uber-liberal Seattle City Council enacted a gun tax of $25 per gun and 2 to 5 cents per round of ammunition sold in city limits under the phony auspices of using the money to “reduce gun violence.” They claimed it would raise more than $500,000 and, of course, had to be sued (successfully) to provide the actual money raised. It fell far short at around $108,000. Factoring in the costs of lawsuits and court costs, they’ve lost money.


They don’t care.


This isn’t about “reducing gun violence.” It’s about reducing gun dealers within their city limits and it’s another blatant attack against law-abiding gun owners. Don’t believe me? Head over to the Seattle Times and listen to them gloating, keeping in mind that there is only one dealer left in Seattle and he’ll probably leave, providing NO gun tax money to Seattle … and that’ll be just fine with them! Mission accomplished.


Oh, and the “gun violence” they hoped to prevent with their useless tax? Still there, and rising.


Once a liar, always a liar.





For the first time in its history, the Second Amendment Foundation today issued a “travel advisory” to firearms owners to avoid going to California, warning law-abiding armed citizens that their civil rights could be in jeopardy due to that state’s restrictive gun control laws.

“The California Legislature has been out of control for years when it comes to placing restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb observed. “Right now, I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination.

“Lawmakers in Sacramento,” he continued, “either ignored or have forgotten that in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment in SAF’s landmark case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms applies to state and local governments, but they seem rather oblivious to that fact in the halls of California’s Legislature.”

Of particular concern to Gottlieb is the fact that California steadfastly refuses to recognize concealed carry licenses or permits from other states. The state’s restrictive laws literally leave residents and visitors defenseless.

“If you are licensed to carry in your home state,” he warned, “that license is not recognized in California. It doesn’t matter how many background checks you’ve gone through or whether you took a gun safety course. Your license is no good in the Golden State, which suggests that your safety and the safety of your family are of no concern to state lawmakers or city administrators. You could be prosecuted for having a gun for personal protection, or you might get killed because you didn’t.

“By not going to California,” Gottlieb said, “the life you save may be your own.”


Mark Walters


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