This is my 241st weekly column for the Concealed Carry Report and I don’t see any signs on the horizon that things will be slowing down soon.
Remember the original Willy Wonka movie, starring Gene Wilder? It seems to me that my life resembles the scene on the boat where Willy Wonka recites the poem about the Oompa Loompas: “…and the rowers keep on rowing, and they’re certainly not showing … any signs that they are slowing…”
Since I signed on with the USCCA in 2012, this organization has shown phenomenal growth across the board. As I type these words, we are rapidly closing in on 200,000 USCCA members. When I started, the USCCA had about 29 full-time employees. Now we have more than 120 employees, a beautiful new headquarters building and a team of professionals that is second to none in this industry.
When I got hired, I was editing Concealed Carry Magazine in an upstairs bedroom of my little house, with an art director and graphic designer working remotely to create every issue.
Now, the Content Team includes 12 full-time employees. We have a 10,000-square-foot studio space and have added award-winning video production capabilities to our award-winning magazine publishing skills. For a guy who has worked his whole life in the media business, this job is like a dream come true.
But one of Tim’s mantras around here is simple: As a business, you are either growing or you are regressing.
As you can see for yourself, the USCCA will NOT be regressing. There is always something more that we can bring to you — a better technique, more information or a new means of presenting the information we have already compiled.
Have you seen the USCCA App? That amazing piece of programming is already getting rave reviews and, like everything else we do here at USCCA, will only get better and better.
My goal throughout my writing career has always been to provide the most accurate information in a manner that makes people want to engage with it. I’m old enough to remember a world before YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. When I was just starting out, I would write a column in the newspaper and wait a week for someone to write a letter to the editor telling me how terrible it was. Now all that can happen instantly with the click of mouse.
But each of these new outlets provides added reach. Each new medium lets more people gather more information at a faster rate. I’m not here to comment on the quality of the content provided by others, but I can tell you with certainty that we here at the USCCA put in tremendous effort to ensure everything we publish is accurate, fair and insightful. It’s one of the reasons I really love this job — I get to question everything.
Yep, these rowers will keep on rowing and we will show no signs of slowing. There are millions of people in this country hungry for accurate self-defense information. My little part in this puzzle has kept me busy for 241 consecutive weeks. I’d really like to see how long I can keep going.