Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. The Global Gun Control: Down but Not Out panel started at 10:30 AM that morning and there are a total of 4 speakers. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation. Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.
Gary W. Burris is a retired senior engineer and he is founder and president of Lone Star Shooting Association (LSSA) located in Houston, Texas. LSSA is a 3-Gun shooting association organized as a non-profit corporation that raises funds to support gun rights and freedoms around the world. He is a defenders club member of the Second Amendment Foundation, endowment member of NRA, and life member of FISAT (the Italian gun rights organization). His travels abroad teaching classes on gun safety and sport shooting have given him an opportunity to learn and appreciate the unique efforts required to protect gun rights in those countries who do not have a Second Amendment. Understanding the importance of shooting sports as a political force to preserve gun rights as the key way to protect them is critical. The organization of shooting matches has proved to be a strong tool to help build solid court cases for the protection of gun rights in Europe.
Sheldon Clare Sheldon holds a Master of Arts degree in military history from Norwich University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. He teaches history and English at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. Sheldon is active in the community and has served two terms as the president of his local Royal Canadian Legion. He served as a reserve officer and retired from service in 1988. He qualified as a military parachutist and is a recipient of the Special Service Medal with NATO bar and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sheldon Clare was elected President of Canada’s National Firearms Association in June 2010. Prior to that he served as BC Branch President of the National Firearms Association for 11 years, and was a director and area representative of the NFA for sev-eral years before that. Sheldon is also past president of the Prince George Rod and Gun Club. He has com-peted in DCRA/BCRA small–bore rifle, IPSC matches, long range centrefire, and has recently taken upshooting a flintlock. He is collects a variety of military firearms and is also a hunter safety examiner and instructor. He was a delegate at the UN ATT talks and at the UN Programme of Action on Small arms and Light Weapons in 2012. Sheldon resides with his wife Manuela and their two daughters in Prince George, BC.
Julianne Versnel is director of operations for SAF, the publisher of Women & Guns and Journal on Firearms and Public Policy. She represents the Second Amendment Foundation on the Executive Committee of the World Forum on Shooting Activities. She is the main UN representative for ACU, reminding delegates in New York and Vienna that there is a right to self-defense. She is a founding officer of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR). Collision Course, her book about the United Nations push for gun control,is currently waiting for its final chapter as the four week ATT Confernce ended in July without consensus. It is anticipated that there will be another ATT Conference in early 2013.
Major General U.S Army (Ret.) D. Allen Youngman enlisted in the United States Army as a Private in 1969 and was commissioned through Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1970. Significant assignments included duty with the 8th and 11th Special Forces Groups; Military Assistance Command (Viet Nam); 101st Airborne Division; 149th Armor Brigade; Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and as the Adjutant General of Kentucky. In 2003 he retired after more than 34 years service. His awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. His military education includes the Special Forces Officer Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. His civilian education includes both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council, an association comprised of most US-based military firearms manufacturers.