Category Archives: Protecting The Family

Essential BlackNEK Tools – Chain Saw Safety, Operation, and Maintenance Video

There are few tools as useful and intimidating as a chain saw. From cutting branches to clearing fallen trees during weather events, having a chain saw can be a family lifesaver. I picked up one last year but sadly it’s still in the box. Time to put it to use. Learning how to use a chain saw can also be a way to provide for your family as logging is dangerous but well paying work. You could, also, follow the BlackNEK call to serve by helping communities rebuild from such disasters as Hurricane Sandy. Below is a video from tool maker Stihl about the basics of chain saw use.

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PROTECT: Parts Of A Gun

Believe it or not, I am just starting to learn about firearms and their proper use. I wanted to write something about the gun used in some of the recent tragedies, the Bushmaster AR 15 but I know nothing of gun vocabulary to even pass on basic info. I found the diagram below on a ‘prepper‘ website. These websites and people believe in hardcore prepping for some possible event which breaks down all of societies laws and order, creating a Wild Wild West for food and resources. So they take protecting the family to the extreme.



1. Barrel. The barrel is the part the bullet moves through after it is fired. The muzzle is the open end of the barrel that the bullet exits the gun through.

2. Action. The action is the part that has the mechanism that fires the bullet. My rifle picture is a bolt action. There are also lever action, semi automatic, break action single shot rifles. The top handgun is a semi automatic. The bottom is a revolver.

3. Grip or Stock. The grip or stock is the part you hold onto. Generally it’s a grip on a handgun and a stock on a long gun.

4. Trigger Guard. The piece around the trigger that protects it from getting bumped.

5. Trigger. The part your finger pulls to make the gun fire.

6. Sights. Sights come in various styles also. Most firearms have a front sight at the muzzle end of the barrel, and a rear sight at the back end of the barrel. Funny thing, the rifle picture I used has no sights (it wants a scope real badly) so I just put the arrows approximately where the sights would be if it had them.”

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Following Newtown, NRA Makes Good But Wishful Suggestion

After a long and probably wise delay, the National Rifle Association finally came out with their post-Newtown tragedy comments.  The big suggestion to come out of all of it was to have armed guards at every school.  Considering how vulnerable schools are, especially elementary schools where the kids don’t have a fighting chance, I think armed protection would be a great idea. I even think the cost would be nullified by the number of fathers willing to volunteer on rotation to serve such an honorable post. Beats the heck out of cookie baking for the next PTO meeting.  Whatever cost might come out of this security could be offset from a special tax coming off of gun registrations. What gun owner would mind paying 1-5% more to keep kids safe while keeping the government off their guns.

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Mayan End of World Thing – Be Vigilant

Don’t have much to say about the whole End of the World Mayan thing ( fact is that the calendar is about a new cycle not the end). Just want to give parents out there a heads up as such events tend to bring out the nutjobs.

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Bulletproof backpacks – Perhaps the start of a whole new section in Toys R Us

Apparently, some brilliants folks created bulletproof backpacks and in today’s climate, they are selling off the racks. Talk about right place, right time. With cowards and mental cases possibly being inspired by what happened in Newtown, every parent is more on edge about sending their kids to school than ever before. I wouldn’t hesitate at all to buy one but this also had me thinking of an entirely new industry for these sad times – k id protection items.  Imagine your next stop at Toys R Us or Walmart being video games, an RC car, Legos, and Kevlar Spongebob shirt.  As one who believes in protection of the family, here are the top wish list items I would buy in a heartbeat for my kids or their teachers:

  1. Bulletproof backpack (available here)
  2. Bulletproof but stylish clothes (kid armor also found here)
  3. Shoes with enclosed first aid kit
  4. For every classroom – bulletproof helmets which can be slipped on once Lockdown alarm is sounded
  5. Tasers for teachers (come on and let’s give these poor teachers a chance against these monsters)
  6. Little mini Chuck Norris’s in every classroom.

Sad that we have talk about any of this but it’s every parents responsibility to keep their kid as safe as possible with the changing times. I wish in all my heart that the I could say that the Newtown tragedy was an isolated incident but such mass shootings by disgruntled individuals seem to be a growing menace.

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New update to BlackNEKS Protect page

Added a link to gun laws and regulations by state.

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Newtown Tragedy and Gun Control

The horrific incident of 27 killings in Newtown, Ct, has to be one of the saddest events in our collective memory. After the initial digestion of the tragedy, political voices have come out to argue that this should be the push needed for tighter gun control. The shooter, Adam Lanza, was reported to have some level of mental illness.

One of the missions of this blog is to encourage black men to be better protectors of the family and communities in which they live. This includes teaching about legal and responsible gun ownership and use. But while I support the general notion of the 2nd amendment, I don’t see the problem with factoring in mental health to gun ownership. The National Rifle Association has even made hints of wanting to start this discussion.

“National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.

Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.

The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.”

We’ll be following how things develop.

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