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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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