THANK YOU ALL for your support of my run for the 76th Seat on the NRA Board of Directors. As honored and humbled as I have been by the support that has poured in over the past 7 weeks from the firearms community, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the seat. I will, therefore, not be on the ballot at the NRA Annual Meeting.
Two recent developments have led me to make this announcement. First, it’s come to my attention that there is a potential conflict of interest with long-reaching ramifications that were not anticipated until now. This potential conflict would result in the need to end certain projects to which I’ve made commitments, which would significantly affect partners and collaborators — not to mention the people who rely on the training, safety and gun rights information that would come from these projects. This possibility has only been very recently brought to my attention and only confirmed on the day that I found out that our write-in campaign to be on the ballot for the 76th Board of Directors Seat had been successful.
I can assure you that a great deal of due diligence had been conducted before I threw my hat into the ring, and I want to reiterate that not all developments or perspectives could have been anticipated. The second development contributing to my change of course is a project that I had been working on for some time that took a huge leap forward over the past 10 days. An announcement about this project is imminent, but suffice to say for now that it will allow me to “do more of what I already do” in some very significant ways, will demand a significant amount of time and it could not move forward if I were on the Board.
When I formally announced my interest in the 76th Seat on February 27th, I cited wanting to enhance my ability to do the following:
◦ Training people interested in Defensive Shooting
◦ Educating people in all areas of Personal Defense
◦ Developing Instructors who wish to Teach Others
◦ Encouraging Members of the Firearms Community to meet their Responsibilities as Gun Owners
◦ Educating the Middle Ground in America about Firearms Rights & Responsibilities.
◦ Debating, and in many cases Correcting, the actions and assertions of those who are “Anti-Gun” in our Country.
During the last week, while considering my options, I had to remain true to those goals. I can assure you that, given the current circumstances, all of them will be better served by stepping aside from the race for a one-year NRA Board seat. Of course, I would love to one day have the honor of being an NRA Board of Directors Member, but only if the circumstances allow it to happen without jeopardizing any endeavors that I’m already involved in, which I believe are incredibly important to the firearms community, my own friendships, partnerships and business projects.
In the meantime, you can rest assured that the work done through I.C.E. Training Company, the Combat Focus® Shooting Program, Personal Defense Network, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors and all of the other projects that I am involved in will continue moving forward at least as strongly as they have over the past many years. Currently, I am moving up the east coast on the first leg of the 2014 PDN Training Tour and I’ll soon be heading to Indianapolis where I will be speaking on the topics of Defensive Shooting Skill Development and Armed Home Defense at the NRA Annual Meeting. I hope to see you there!
Thank you again for your support, encouragement and understanding. This has not been an easy decision to make, but I truly believe that I have made the right decision for the firearms community.