Mark Walters-Nationally Syndicated Host, Author, Magazine Columnist, Activist, Speaker
In November of 2002 just two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Mark found himself the secondary intended victim of an apparent carjacking attempt while stopped at a traffic light on E. Fletcher Ave. in the Suitcase City section of Tampa, FL while on his way to work one day. Luckily on that November morning he was carrying his Glock 36, 45 caliber handgun. When the criminals, both of them, found themselves unable to get into the vehicle stopped just off of his left bumper, they turned their attention towards him.
Watching the frightening events unfold in front of him and happening at a frantic pace, Mark un-holstered his weapon and leveled his 45 at the criminal standing just feet away from him and approaching his vehicle. When confronted with a gun pointed directly at his chest and without having to squeeze the trigger, the closest attacker waved off his partner and both men retreated to their vehicle and fled the scene.
That frightening experience became the subject of his first column with Concealed Carry Magazine titled “The Importance of Carrying Your Gun 100% of The Time”, now listed in the magazines “Best Of” category. Now a Regular Contributing Editor for Concealed Carry Magazine he has been penning his column “One to the Head” (formerly The Ordinary Guy) for over 11 years.
Mark had always been a supporter of the right to bear arms but rededicated his life to the preservation of our second amendment rights after that frightening event. His letters and opinions appeared many times in the Tampa Tribune over the years countering the anti-gun views of a local anti-gun crusader. Mark is the co-author of two critically acclaimed books. His first, Lessons from Armed America, co-written with Kathy Jackson ( foreword by Massad Ayoob), was released in October 2009 by Whitefeather Press to great reviews and highlights the stories of those who found found themselves the victims of violent crime and either used a gun or wished they had one when they needed it most, including his own story. Written in groundbreaking format, Mark told the story of the frightening events of true crime which his co-author followed with critical analysis. His second book, Lessons from Unarmed America written in the same format with famed trainer and self-defense expert Rob Pincus includes a foreword by rock star and activist Ted Nugent.
Both national radio shows have broken new ground in the world of talk radio by bringing significant exposure to the plights of Americans right to self-defense. Interviewing some of the nations biggest news makers and activists as well as hard hitting political commentary on the days current firearm news, both the weekend and weekday show are one of a kind. The list of folks Mark speaks with includes rock stars, country singers, radio personalities, national and local politicians, TV stars, internationally recognized trainers, weapons experts, criminal psychologists, television hosts, authors, attorneys, real people who have used a firearm to defend themselves against violent attack and regular, ordinary folks who make a difference.
Mark was one of the headline speakers at the Second Amendment March in Washington, DC on April 19th, 2010 joining other guests such as Suzanna Hupp, Sheriff Mack, Dick Heller, Mancow, and others who proudly proclaimed the birthright of every American to keep and bear arms. He has appeared countless times as a guest on local and national radio shows including the Mike Gallagher Show, Bill Bennet’s Morning in America, The Michael Medved Show, Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Lars Larson, The Bill Cunningham Show, The Janet Mefford Show and many, many others including co-hosting the nationally syndicated G. Gordon Liddy program. In addition, Mark was a guest on Fox Businees Channel’s The Stossel Show, with John Stossel to discuss the topic of More Guns, Less Crime and appeared weekly as a guest on the popular live web TV program, American Trigger Sports Network with host James Towle as well as the Stop the Threat television series.
Mark is a member of the NRA, an NRA Certified Instructor in three disciplines, a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation as well as a card carrying member of the Second Amendment Foundation, The Gun Owners of America and a vocal 2nd amendment activist. In the spare time of his “real life,” he ran his own successful business for over 13 years and now works full time to bring you Armed American Radio and the Daily defense shows.
Mark defends our freedoms with the RIGHT voice at the RIGHT time and brings a frank discussion of the right to defend your life to FREEDOM loving Americans 6 days a week!
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