January 2014 - Pg 7-President
Besides, when a member makes a good, practical suggestion, we take it to heart and make changes in our policies or operations. But we surely will not do so as a result of a heated argument.
Back on The Best Defense TV
I am fortunate enough to have been invited back for a fourth season as a legal commentator on the The Best Defense TV show. I have known The Best Defense host Michael Bane for almost 20 years, and Michael Janich and Michael Seeklander for at least a decade if not longer, and I am very grateful they recognize the need to discuss legal issues in the show. I believe it is the best self-defense show on TV and I am proud to be a part of it. The new season is currently airing on Wednesday nights on the Outdoor Channel.
I Feel Complimented
A few weeks ago, I received a call from one of our new members, who turned out to be an attorney. He wasn’t a Network Affiliated Attorney, just an attorney who practices law, carries a gun for self defense, and also recognized the value of Network membership. He wanted to speak with me and get a few clarifications regarding the Network, and during our conversation, I convinced him to consider becoming a Network Affiliated Attorney, primarily because he is in a part of the U.S. that was not served by a Network Affiliated Attorney. He said he would take a look at our member education videos when he got them, and then get back to us.
So, just recently, he called back and said he had reviewed all eight of the videos, liked what he saw and agreed to help out our members in his part of the state if they need someone. I felt very much complimented by his actions, as he took the time to fully vet the Network and only then decide that he wanted to be a part of our Affiliated Attorney program.
I hope our Network members have done the same amount of homework as our new Affiliated Attorney! The fact that we continue to grow despite the plethora of competing plans out there in the marketplace tells me we are doing something right. I just wanted you all to know, and to extend an invitation to any non-member defense attorneys who might be reading this to give me a call and discuss the Network.
A Word about the Foundation
By now, you likely have read the article explaining the new Armed Citizens’ Educational Foundation. Because the process was so interesting, I thought I would give you a little back-story. We started the application process over a year ago, meeting with the attorney we selected to guide us through the IRS forms and be our point of contact between the Network and the IRS.
When we concluded that our application was being slow-walked through the process because the IRS had exceeded their own deadline for processing the application, I asked my local Congresswoman, Jaime Herrera Beutler to ask the IRS on our behalf why the application was delayed. This came about right in the middle of the Tea Party/Lois Lerner debacle, and we figured because of the name, we had been caught in the middle of the conservative v. liberal political issues. Well, a week or two later, we received a letter from the IRS, stating that they were simply backlogged because of the government shutdown. Right. We were told that our application would be considered in a few more months, but then a funny thing happened.