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Remember folks, for after hours emergencies, use the phone number (my cell phone) on the back of your membership card or on the paperwork that comes with your membership card. In defense of this member, he still had the old paper card, as he hadn’t renewed since we started supplying hard plastic cards last summer, and the phone numbers had rubbed off. If your card is the old paper one, be sure you can read the phone numbers. If you can’t, e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) privately and request the “Boots on the Ground” phone number, and then write it down it.

The second case is still in its’ infancy, and details are sketchy, but a Network affiliated attorney is representing the member and things are progressing. For now, I just wanted our members to know that the system we put together in 2008 and 2009 is working well. Both members are grateful for the speedy response and work we are doing. It pleases me to see the Network fulfilling its mission.

Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

My heart goes out to the families of those killed in the terrorist attack in Boston and to those horribly wounded by the bomb blasts. If there are any Network members who were directly impacted by this cowardly act, please accept my sympathy.

In the wake of this heinous act, I have to ask what the heck is the F.B.I. doing to thwart attacks such as this? The different media outlets are reporting that the F.B.I. knew about the older bomber and knew he had made public statements and videos threatening terrorism. So much for the effectiveness of the watchers who are empowered by the Patriot Act to pick up on this stuff! Sheesh.

I will admit that the follow-up investigation and tracking down the terrorists was very competently done with zeal and professionalism. Good show, law enforcement!

Now, the question is whether or not the younger terrorist should be treated as an “enemy combatant.” At first, I thought, “Heck, yes!” then I learned that he had in fact become a naturalized American citizen. He needs to be treated as an American citizen, no matter how heinous his actions.

Non-Lethal Defensive Force Topic of DVD

Last summer, in anticipation of producing the Network’s eighth educational DVD, I filmed a program in cooperation with Rob Pincus, TNM Marketing and the National Rifle Association. This program is now ready for release, and we will mail copies to members as soon as we receive ours. In this lecture, I address the legalities of use of non-lethal force in self defense, a topic on which we have been asked to comment many, many times. I am the primary speaker on the DVD, and am joined by Rob Pincus and a retired police officer, Kerry Tanner. This educational DVD program will be sent to Network members upon renewal of yearly membership, and it will be sent to the multiple year members as soon as we have it. New members will start receiving eight educational DVDs, of which this program is one. I want to thank Rob and TNM Media for sharing this cooperative, joint venture.

Enjoy the NRA Meeting

For those of you who are attending the NRA meeting in Houston this first weekend in May, please stop by our booth, #2411, and say hi to Brady, Vincent, Massad Ayoob or myself. We all will be representing the Network and talking to gun-owning patriots from Texas and all over America. I find that I look forward to this event much more than the SHOT Show, because this is the time to talk with our members, address any concerns they may have and listen to suggestions for doing a better job of leading the Network. We hope to see you there!

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