January 2014 - Pg 4-Foundation Introduction
Introducing the Armed Citizens’ Educational Foundation
Imagine a world in which each new gun buyer receives, as part of his or her purchase, legitimate training in the use of deadly force in self defense. Sounds like a winner, right? After all, the greater your understanding of the legalities bearing on use of force in self defense, the better your decisions about the many facets of self defense.
The Network is dedicated to preventing abuse by the criminal justice system of our members who act in justifiable self defense. In addition to our membership benefits package, our mission includes educating armed citizens–whether they are members or are not members–so gun owners can both appropriately counter threats and better manage interactions with law enforcement and the legal system after self defense.
As part of this effort, in the past few years the Network has educated over 100,000 armed citizens every year through our complimentary booklet packed with essential information for American gun owners. These booklets are distributed at no cost to the gun owner through the Network’s hundreds of Affiliated Instructors and Affiliated Gun Shops, but we know that this is just a drop in the bucket and more can be reached. Enter, the Armed Citizens’ Educational Foundation (hereafter “the Foundation”).
By creating the Foundation, the Network intends to expand this outreach through the support of future industry partners and contributors, in order to help defray the costs of printing and mailing the booklet, along with other new educational products we’ll develop.
The Foundation is directed by Foundation President J. Vincent Shuck, who also serves as Vice President of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. Shuck explains, “The mission of the Foundation is to promote awareness and education in the lawful use of firearms and specifically the use of deadly force in self-defense situations.
Our booklet publication, What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law, by Marty Hayes, J.D. will become the cornerstone of our developing contributions to the armed citizen community.”
Gun owner education and the Network’s concurrent mission of providing support to members who have acted in self defense are interdependent. Network President Marty Hayes explains, “Whenever a gun owner makes a mistake regarding a decision in using deadly force or negligently causes the death of another through a firearms mishap, it damages the whole pro-gun/pro-self defense community. If through this non-profit Foundation we can help the gun industry as a whole train gun owners to be responsible armed citizens, then it is an effort that is worthwhile and will go a long way toward protecting our right to keep and bear arms.”