Gun Rights Organization
Announces Former Military Leader as President
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2001
Contact: Angel Shamaya, Founder/Executive Director
It is with great pride and deep
honor that we make the following announcement to the world: Harley SwiftDeer
Reagan, Ph.D., D.D. is now officially the President of KeepAndBearArms.com. In
shooting circles, he is known as and prefers to go by "Gunnie" -- a
nickname given to Master Gunnery Sergeants, as any veteran knows. We could
literally write a book about this man, his life, his many gifts to the world and
to the freedoms human beings cherish, but his autobiography was already written,
and that would take up a lot of your time, so please allow us a moment to touch
upon a few highlights of why this is a tremendous blessing for this
First, and few outside our
membership may even know this, Gunnie was the original human inspiration for the
development of this organization. We could easily elaborate in great
detail, thousands of words, how attentive, patient, understanding,
inspirational, motivational and empowering Gunnie has been for
the last year and a half. One day, we'll put the whole history down in writing,
too. Right now, we'd
like to run down a list of his successes to give you the tiniest of glimpses
into our new President.
Gunnie is known to quite a few
people as "The Shooting Shaman." As powerful a healer as he is a
warrior, SwiftDeer is a shaman and the founder of the Deer
Tribe Metis Medicine Society (DTMMS). Through the DTMMS, he offers the Warrior's
Integrated Training in Self-defense (WITS), which includes both firearms and
self defense training. A benefactor and lifetime member of the NRA, the Shooting
Shaman is also an NRA-certified handgun and long gun instructor, an Arizona
State CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons) instructor, a GunSite graduate, and more.
Learning how to shoot and
becoming an avid martial artist before the age of 10, our new President went on
to join the special forces of the U.S. Marine Corps (First Force Recon
Battalion, First Marine Division, Third Company). He followed four tours of duty
in Vietnam with three consecutive world championship titles in Jiu-Jitsu and
gave devoted service as a peace officer in the civilian world.
Now a 10th-degree black belt,
Gunnie and his wife Dianne currently run the Deer
Tribe Gun Club and the Ten-No-Kishi
Dojo (martial arts training hall) in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Born in Texas, Gunnie
comes from a half Cherokee, half Irish ancestry. His maternal great-grandparents
were survivors of the Trail of Tears in 1839. His father's parents immigrated to
Texas from Ireland during the potato famine. Gunnie's parents and extended
family raised him with a strong Native American heritage: hard work,
straightforward honesty and a warrior spirit.
Now is the time for our
collective warrior spirit to firmly re-cement the cornerstone of the U.S.
Constitution -- that our nation and our liberty will remain solid and strong
for the next seven generations. Through preserving and restoring the second
amendment, all of our rights will be protected. We doubt there is a man in this
country who has a "better" grasp of that fact than Gunnie, though many of us do
feel as strongly. He's 100% Liberty in every cell
of his body, is now and will always be a truly free human being, and his passion
for our beloved nation is unsurpassed.
This web site is a weapon to
defeat our greatest enemy: our own complacency. It is a tool to awaken and
activate the warrior within each of us, an opportunity to take personal
responsibility for creating justice in our own lives by educating others and
taking simple action. We are here with you to exercise and express the awesome
power of the first three liberty boxes (the voting box, the jury
box, and the computer box [the internet]), because we wish to avoid the fourth
and last resort: the cartridge box.
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan, the
entire staff of KeepAndBearArms.com, and the 83,000,000 peaceful, law abiding
gun owners in America today, now stand with YOU as you bravely CHOOSE
the value of justice over the greed for profit being exhibited in many of the
so-called "leaders" in our country. We celebrate the victory of your
personal power over the "power" of position, as you boldly and
magnificently create the beauty and the freedom that the United States and
our beautiful world were born to emulate.
We are tremendously honored and
excited to welcome a truly great Second Amendment champion to the helm of
KeepAndBearArms.com. We did ask him if he would like to offer a message to
announce his presence in a pivotal role for this organization. Here is what he
has to say to you:
"I send greetings to all Keep And Bear
Arms members and to our general viewing public. It is a great honor and
privilege to represent this organization as its President at this critical
time in our history.
"As KeepAndBearArms.com's President, I
feel it is my primary duty to represent our pro Freedom, pro Constitution and
pro Bill of Rights platform from a place of high moral and ethical integrity,
and begin immediately the battle for complete and total restoration of our
second amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms, fully -- as was intended by the
founders of our Constitution. To that extent, I dedicate myself to fighting
for our Human Civil Rights as independent sovereign citizens of each state we
reside and vote in as a resident of the united States of America.
"My (our) policy is and will continue to
be one of absolutely no compromise at any time, anywhere and in any way, with
our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, period!
"One of our objectives as free people
needs to be the repeal every single gun law that is not directly about
confronting the misuse of firearms by criminal elements. Every single law that
is contrary to 2nd Amendment must and will be repealed at any and all cost
using the 4 boxes of liberty which I have written about previously. At this
moment, I stand firmly as KeepAndBearArms.com's President with the 10
principles of leadership, the 10 Rights guaranteed to us by our Constitution's
Bill of Rights.
"My other purpose and dedication is to
work with the other pro gun organizations, to unite us in strategy, tactics
and solid reconnaissance into a united block of voters who will not acquiesce
or compromise our amendment position or principle. We must make certain --
from the NRA and down through all the pro gun organizations -- that we stop
immediately this foolish social, cultural, political and unacceptable stance
"The process of designing our next
levels of development are taking place behind the scenes. Expect to see some
positive changes, in due time, in how we do what we do.
"In conclusion, I am also now
KeepAndBearArms.com's Shooting Director. My efforts in this aspect of my own
contributions to this fine organization will be focused on uniting and
upleveling all aspects of sport/competition shooting into pro self-defense and
self reliant Citizens. You who understand this movement and its weaknesses
know how desperately we need to inspire shooters into activism. I have already
forged an alliance and an agreement with a national champion shooter who will
be wearing a KeepAndBearArms.com patch in his competitions (more on that once
details are put in place), and many more such unifications are on the way.
"Remember: United we stand, invincible
"Give me liberty or give me death. (And
you'd better be one tough cat to perform the latter.)"
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan Ph.D. D.D.
a.k.a. "Gunnie" and "The Shooting Shaman"
President, Shooting Director