Please watch this short video to see what we are about through my own words at a recent EDC conference hosted by Rockwell Tactical in PA that I was invited to speak at
MASF in recent news:
1> Just recently returned from ShotShow 2017 where I did a live interview with Cam Edwards of NRA news discussing our mission here at MASF, Watch here -> MASF Founder Baraka Ulrich James interview on NRA TV with Cam Edwards
3> A huge thank you goes out to our dear friend Sara Westman of Kitfox Design Group for giving us the honor and pleasure of partnering up with her company on this project for our shared goal of firearm safety and education. You can read all about it via the link below in the article featured in Forbes magazine! Watch here -> A Firearm Coloring Book Aims To Make Gun Safety Fun
4> This past Monday night 01/30/17 I was a guest on Episode 182: of We Like Shooting show where I was a featured guest talking about our mission here MASF. Watch here -> Episode 182: We Like Shooting show – Tonight we talk with Baraka Ulrich James from MASF!
6> A recent interview by AmmoLand.com can be found here -> Interview With The President Of MASF, Baraka James
My wife and I started MASF on July 15, 2011 with a very simple goal, to make gun education and training accessible to everyday people. The result of gun education is safety and proper mindset. We started locally and these past 4 years we have spent many weekends and long nights in our efforts. We realized during this time that we have a tremendous amount of support behind us in our mission and to bring all these efforts together a non-profit organization was our next step. We want our fellow Americans to be able to receive the education and training that they desire but sometimes cannot afford. We believe that your station in life should not dictate whether or not you should be able to protect yourself and to be safe. We have come to see that a lot of people we have encountered these past 4 years simply do not have the financial means to invest in their personal safety and the education it takes to learn to protect themselves and to be safe.
With our 501(c)(3) we plan to create a “scholarship” like program where individuals can submit an application which will include a background check as well as their financials. We will then process these applications and based on the needs of the student we would be able to provide them what they are in need of (safety gear, ammo, holsters, tools, training fees, etc).
Here’s a scenario: There is a single mother of 3, we will call her Jane. She works full time to support her family and there is no way she could afford a gun, afford a training class nor could she afford the time off from work to learn to be proficient with the gun. She leaves early every morning and returns home after dark and prays she and her kids make it into their home safely. We will take applications from individuals like Jane. On her application she will explain in a short essay her reasons for wanting to own and train with a firearm. We will run the appropriate background screening to make sure she is in good standing with the law and is mentally stable. We will run her financials to make sure she qualifies for our program. We will then schedule a class for her and get her trained so that she will be able to defend her home, herself and her children. This is just one example.
His name could be Joe and he lives by himself and legally owns a gun but can’t afford any classes to educate himself on how to properly use the gun to he owns. He’s scared to carry the gun, but then again he’s scared to walk through his neighborhood without it. He sends in an application. We vet him and set him up with training to receive the education he needs. In the end, he is now confident he can protect himself and his home. The examples are endless.
By becoming a non-profit we are able to rally the support that we need to build our own education facility. We want to have a place where everyday people and top trainers in the industry can come together and learn and teach. This would include the land as well as the structures needed for both students and instructors. Many of our members have already volunteered their time and knowledge in many areas to build our dream facility. The MASF education facility will have multiple outdoor ranges, IE 50 yard, 100 yard, 1000 yard, 360 degree range, mock residential and commercial training modules, separate housing for travel trainers, classrooms, an event hall, kitchen, bathrooms, a pro-shop and an onsite gunsmith and armorer. The MASF education facility will also offer a variety of various classes for everyone in the family such as first aid and medical courses, self-defense, martial arts, CQB (with and without simunitions) survival basics such as compass and map reading, field craft skills, archery, firearm safety in the home, gun cleaning and maintenance and hunters safety courses are just some examples.
Our hope is that the MASF education facility will be the hub of education and training for the entire Mid-Atlantic area.