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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

Can you believe that it is already halfway through the year? So many projects are on the fire that it’s hard to decide which one to flip over and shake the salt on.

Last month, I mentioned that I was going to El Salvador to do a house-building trip for Habitat for Humanity and that is now history. It was a great experience–right down to the part where I fell through a corrugated tin wall carrying a bag of cement and watched my knee turn into a football. Three days later, we climbed a volcano to 8,000 feet and back. The bruising is nearly gone and I have great pictures.

It’s been a huge month for new Network members and there have also been literally dozens of new joiners to our Facebook page, as well. The Network is growing and there are big things on the horizon. Welcome aboard to Canon City Sports Outlet, Bad Moon Shooting, Christopher Day, and a host of others!

I spoke recently with Alex Haddox, our friend who hosts the Practical Defense podcast. Alex wanted to thank me for the introduction and the original link to the Network, which we forged several years ago. He had Network President Marty Hayes as a guest on his podcast and they talked about the Zimmerman case, about which you’ve already read in this month’s eJournal. You can hear the complete show, Zimmerman Lessons Learned on Alex’s website. It posted Sunday, July 21 and has been well received. The official title is Practical Defense 263 - Zimmerman Lessons Learned with Marty Hayes The show was downloaded over 1,700 times in just the first 24 hours. In addition, you can also go to Practical Defenses’ dedicated Network podcast page, with all of the Network podcast episodes collected on a single page at Thank you, Alex!

I got a real nice shout out from member Peter Bossley, who said, “I was wondering if we could get 20 or so of your booklets and brochures for an upcoming concealed carry class?

I don’t instruct regularly enough to be an instructor on your list, but I’m a Network member myself and believe strongly in your mission. Also, your educational DVDs are outstanding.”

Peter is a NRA Certified Instructor in Pistol, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Home Firearm Safety instruction out of Colorado and his conversation is much like about ten that I hear every month. Folks, PLEASE don’t hesitate to call, email or text if you want even a few copies of our booklet or brochure to give to friends. It’s good to share and we’ll do our best to help you out. The Network is here for ALL of our members.

Dianna Brown, of Heart and Mind Gun, in Grants Pass, OR emailed to say, “Thank you for the shipment of What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law booklets. They have been an excellent resource to give to my students. I only have a few left, so I would like to get another shipment of them. Setting up a regular shipment for the booklets would work well for me. I am also sharing them with other instructors in the area, I hand out about 30 per month.” That’s what I’m talking about!

The “Creative Distributor of the Month” award goes to Gary O’Brien, who is the head honcho at O’Brien Pistol Training, as you might suspect! He said, “Brady, I want to thank you for sending me all those booklets in the past. I live in the East-Bay, near San Francisco. I love your (our, as a member) booklets. I have them posted as handouts at four gun stores, one police supply, one locksmith, one Harley shop, one sports bar, one rifle range, and a hunting and fishing store. I keep replenishing them, as they run out. People love them! So, on that note could you please send me 250 more booklets?”

Happy to do it, Gary. What’s the matter? Couldn’t you find a knitting club or a reptile zoo to give them to, as well?

As always, if you have news to share, just call me at 360-623-0626 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

Stay safe out there!

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