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Wounded Warrior ‘gun snub’ flap draws in knife rights advocate
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 November, 2012 | dave workman

Posted on 11/15/2012 6:07:37 PM PST by marktwain

What is being defined as a “snub” of Gun Talk – the popular syndicated national Sunday radio program – by the popular Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has ignited a fury in the firearms community, and late Wednesday afternoon, this column learned that the Knife Rights organization has also entered the fray.

Doug Ritter, chairman and executive director of the activist knife group, confirmed to Examiner via e-mail that he had sent a letter to WWP Public Affairs Director Leslie A. Coleman, questioning what he called the “irrational basis” of what appears to be “discrimination towards firearms and, by association, the industry and (gun) owners.”

Ritter was honored as the recipient of the 2012 Bill of Rights award at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in September.

The Wounded Warrior Project has been highly praised for its work with members of the armed forces who have suffered physical or emotional trauma in war zones. The organization has made a considerable difference in the lives of injured and disabled veterans and their families, according to testimonials.

The flap began when Gun Talk host Tom Gresham learned to his astonishment that WWP was turning down his request for an interview on his program to help boost support for the project from American gun owners. According to my colleague, David Codrea and The Daily Caller, Gresham was advised that “WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.”

The melodrama is playing out on Gun Talk’s Facebook page, and at The Gun Wire. Gresham, who sits on the Knife Rights board of directors, has hosted the Gun Talk program for several years.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guntalk; kniferights; woundedwarrior; wwp
We have the numbers and the passion to win. We are winning. We never would have come to the bad place where we find ourselves, with numerous infringements of our rights, if the MSM had not been taken over by "progressives" and their agenda.
1 posted on 11/15/2012 6:07:50 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Like many organizations and causes, liberals take them over. I am not suprised they would take over help to veterns and get agressive against the veterns’ natural ally - conservatives.

That is what liberals do and why they own our society, including our churches. Money talks. Good will walks.


2 posted on 11/15/2012 6:11:53 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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Many corporations today are morally astray because of the politically correct dolts in charge of public affairs and marketing.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 6:13:22 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: marktwain

Another charity I’m not going to give to. Looks like the church, Salvation Army and the local food bank are going to benefit.


4 posted on 11/15/2012 6:22:43 PM PST by fini
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To: marktwain

I heard Tom talk about this on his show last Sunday. WWP does great work, but I don’t see why they refused to be on a national radio program. It’s not as if they were asked to endorse a line of WWP holsters.


5 posted on 11/15/2012 6:27:17 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: marktwain

They apparently are okay with fundraisers and events at the Playboy Mansion though. That’s enough for me to know its a group I will not associate with.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 6:34:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain

It’s important for all of you to know that glossy charity programs like Wounded Warriors divert a large portion of donations to themselves for big salaries for their execs and for expensive TV ads. The charity itself is run by civilians, fund-raising professional, not usually veterans and in some of these “charities” 80-90 percent of the money collected never gets anywhere near the intended wounded warriors. If you want to help veterans, show up at Bethesda or at VA hospitals and do what you can.


7 posted on 11/15/2012 6:37:58 PM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: SaraJohnson

The wwp is almost as bad as the red cross when it comes to scamming. Looking at their last form 990, they took in 123 million in contributions, spent 108 million in expenses.

Their CEO banked 320K and they spent 14 million on fundraising.

If someone passed a plate for wwp, I wouldn’t piss in it.


8 posted on 11/15/2012 7:00:59 PM PST by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: marktwain

WWP can do as they like, but they have snubbed a friend.
I liked the way Tom was frank with them.


9 posted on 11/15/2012 7:03:14 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SaraJohnson
the rats and leftists want to appear to be oh so nice to vets, especially the wounded ones and the hollowood crowd as well....

so they've taken over the WWP for themselves....

its like that hunting group that was formed many years ago to counter the NRA....it has a nice wholesome name and then they go and "endorse" rat politicos...

10 posted on 11/15/2012 7:09:07 PM PST by cherry
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To: marktwain; All

Stop by the Gun Talk thread this Sunday night.
Tom will have the WWP CEO on the show.

Veteran Groups and More - This Week on Gun Talk Radio

Mandeville, LA – It’s clarification from the Wounded Warrior Project, a firearms engraver, the founder of MarineParents.com, and more, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

The CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Steven Nardizzi, will be a guest on this Sunday’s show. This follows a week where show host Tom Gresham shared his email exchange with the PR director of WWP in which she indicated that the organization does not do interviews with media or appear at events which are related to guns. This set off a firestorm of reaction by hunters and shooters, many of whom have donated to help wounded veterans as well as putting on fundraising hunts and shoots for the WWP.

“I’m really glad that the Wounded Warrior Project is coming on the show to clarify their position on this,” said Gresham. “It has been really confusing to see them taking donations from firearms manufacturers as well as hunting groups, and then to be told that they won’t appear in public with us. The latest communication from WWP is that this is all a big mistake and that they want to clear it up with me this Sunday. “

Also on this Sunday, it’s the founder of MarineParents.com, Tracy Della Vecchia. Originally founded in “response to parents’ needs to find information and to Connect & Share® with one another during deployments”, MarineParents.com’s services and programs have now expanded “to support Marines, and to support and educate Marine families.” One such program is Purple Heart Hero Support, which provides assistance and services to wounded Marines. For more information, and to donate or volunteer, visit http://www.marineparents.com/.

Guest Noelle Feucht is a busy woman. She is the CFO and jewelry designer at AKR, and moonlights as a hand engraver of firearms focusing on the old world Bulino style, and specializing in “reproduction and restoration work from the 1800’s”. To see some examples of her engravings, visit http://engravingbynoelle.com/engravings.

Trijicon’s Tom Munson stops by this Sunday as well, with what’s new in the world of optics, including a Crossbow ACOG with a range finder. For more info, visit https://www.trijicon.com.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 7:23:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Think I’ll tune in for that one mylife.


12 posted on 11/15/2012 7:44:49 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

I missed posting the Gun Talk thread last week and all hell breaks loose! LOL

You can hear the pod cast from last week here.

http://guntalk.libsyn.com/index.php?post_category=podcasts

I haven’t heard it myself.
I will be sure to post the thread next Sunday


13 posted on 11/15/2012 7:52:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Liberty Valance

Look at how much difference one man is making.

Tom is doing a great job.
He and he alone has made this a national issue.

Imagine if we all bent Obama’s ear.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 8:02:12 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

bttt


15 posted on 11/15/2012 8:13:48 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: GeronL
"Co-branding with gunmakers? How about this Citadel M1911 that is actually BRANDED with the WWP logo as a promotion to raise funds for WWP?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2oMej9GZtI"

H/t Marie @ www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2960021/posts

WWP logo on the slide, grips, and packaging...

16 posted on 11/15/2012 8:17:30 PM PST by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: castlebrew

Looks like the PR gal is a liberal weenie that will be on Obama’s dole soon.


17 posted on 11/15/2012 8:42:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: castlebrew

The CEO seems to be in damage control mode.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 8:43:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I was seriously considering the $19. per month just this evening. I guess I’ll pass.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 9:04:36 PM PST by healy61
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To: Big Mack
I do not give to charities unless their management have taken a vow of poverty and live it
20 posted on 11/16/2012 3:43:25 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: Big Mack
This is what I was talking about: 88% for their fundraising and support structure - and their pockets - and allegedly 12% for the wounded vets.

It's all a scam and nobody will do anything about it.

21 posted on 11/16/2012 5:59:50 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: mylife

yeah, he’s supposed to be on Gun Talk this weekend. should be interesting. put the email trace on the WWP FB page and got a flaky response. They’ll still take money from gun-related events.

What a bunch of hypocrites. I bought a UA WWP shirt last year, and I’m about to send it back to UA...


22 posted on 11/16/2012 7:50:19 PM PST by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: castlebrew

We will see how it plays out


23 posted on 11/16/2012 10:28:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: healy61

Keep your powder dry


24 posted on 11/16/2012 10:30:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Wounded Warrior backpedals, to appear on Gun Talk Radio Sunday

http://www.gunssavelife.com/?p=3456


25 posted on 11/17/2012 9:27:00 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

yup

Veteran Groups and More - This Week on Gun Talk Radio

Mandeville, LA – It’s clarification from the Wounded Warrior Project, a firearms engraver, the founder of MarineParents.com, and more, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

The CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Steven Nardizzi, will be a guest on this Sunday’s show. This follows a week where show host Tom Gresham shared his email exchange with the PR director of WWP in which she indicated that the organization does not do interviews with media or appear at events which are related to guns. This set off a firestorm of reaction by hunters and shooters, many of whom have donated to help wounded veterans as well as putting on fundraising hunts and shoots for the WWP.

“I’m really glad that the Wounded Warrior Project is coming on the show to clarify their position on this,” said Gresham. “It has been really confusing to see them taking donations from firearms manufacturers as well as hunting groups, and then to be told that they won’t appear in public with us. The latest communication from WWP is that this is all a big mistake and that they want to clear it up with me this Sunday. “

Also on this Sunday, it’s the founder of MarineParents.com, Tracy Della Vecchia. Originally founded in “response to parents’ needs to find information and to Connect & Share® with one another during deployments”, MarineParents.com’s services and programs have now expanded “to support Marines, and to support and educate Marine families.” One such program is Purple Heart Hero Support, which provides assistance and services to wounded Marines. For more information, and to donate or volunteer, visit http://www.marineparents.com/.

Guest Noelle Feucht is a busy woman. She is the CFO and jewelry designer at AKR, and moonlights as a hand engraver of firearms focusing on the old world Bulino style, and specializing in “reproduction and restoration work from the 1800’s”. To see some examples of her engravings, visit http://engravingbynoelle.com/engravings.

Trijicon’s Tom Munson stops by this Sunday as well, with what’s new in the world of optics, including a Crossbow ACOG with a range finder. For more info, visit https://www.trijicon.com.


26 posted on 11/17/2012 3:55:37 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: marktwain
For references, go check Charity Navigator - WWP and read through the "Reviews" along with the other info.

The only ones I contribute to are the Salvation Army, USO, and Fisher House. The rest are too close to scams.

27 posted on 11/17/2012 8:21:27 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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