NETWORKING

BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

By the time you read this, most of us at the Network will be heading out to the 142nd annual NRA meeting in Houston, in preparation to spend time with our fellow armed citizens who drop by to talk with us at our booth (#2411).

I look forward to this event every year and to seeing and meeting our affiliates face-to-face. As most of you know, I spend most of the year chained to a worktable in a dark garage, laboring away to get all the printed materials out to our members. Occasionally, I get day-old pizza tossed in over the transom. It’s a good life, but it is also nice to get out in the light at this event and meet and greet. It goes without saying that I’m also anticipating all the other benefits of seeing the newest guns and gear, hanging with folks from the industry and hearing the latest developments from the NRA-ILA and the Golden Eagles, who do such valuable work on our behalf.

Every month, I get e-mails and calls from many of our affiliates, telling me about the happenings at their business or classes. I share as many as will fit in the column. I also get e-mails and links about Second Amendment issues, various political situations and liberal gun-grab stories. These are always appreciated although my humble focus here is networking and there is usually plenty of that sort of news to fill the space.

I do need to thank everyone who sent in stories and cautions about the Boston Marathon event. We are all saddened by the losses incurred and for the families affected. Our affiliate Rick Cross covered it best when he wrote, “Don’t sleep, America. Be aware.”

This is not the first terrorist attack on us and it likely won’t be the last. We must be vigilant, as members here all know.

Many of our instructors are already teaching classes and seminars on situational awareness and if you know of others, or want to share about your own curriculum here, just let me know.

One thing that is happening more and more lately is that many members who have been generally quiet are getting much more active in their neighborhood ranges, classes and stores. The current political climate is stimulating more gun sales and creating much greater interest in defensive tactics, all of which leads folks to need more of the information that the Network has to offer. In the last few weeks, I’ve heard from a huge list of members with whom I’d not spoken for months.

Keep up the great work and make sure to send me the info about any specific classes or information that you want to let folks know about. We are here to help all of our members get the word out to the entire Network about what YOU do!

Many of you may have noticed a new label on my shipments of booklets and brochures. That’s because we are now using Stamps.com as our postage service, which means that all of the shipments now have tracking information. It will be easier to track your deliveries, if you need to, which is a good thing!

As always, if you need any materials in any reasonable supply to give to clients or customers, call or e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and get in touch with me especially if you have news to share. If I receive your information, celebration or brag by the 20th of the month, you have a great chance of getting in the upcoming column. Meanwhile, stay safe out there.

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