AAPI GO

AAPIGO.org is not associated with Mr. Scott Kane

May 30th, 2021 — It has recently come to the attention of the AAPI GO leadership team that an individual not associated with Asian American and Pacific Islander Gun Owners (AAPI GO) has been representing and speaking on behalf of the organization. This individual, who identifies himself as Scott Kane, part of the original founding member team, is not currently affiliated with and does not currently represent nor speak on behalf of AAPI GO in any capacity. He is not authorized to represent any sister organization or subsidiary claiming to be associated with AAPI GO.

AAPI GO’s leadership team consists of Patrick Lopez, Vincent Yu, Melissa Lee, and Amy Dillon; on the advisory board we have Chris Cheng, History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 winner. Our official website is at https://aapi.org. Any domain or social media account not listed on our website does not represent AAPI GO.

AAPI GO is a nonpartisan organization that stands for safety, education, and community. Any claims to the contrary have not been approved by the leadership team nor advisory board. AAPI GO does not currently run a GoFundMe and does not currently sell any merchandise. We do not stand for individuals such as Mr. Kane who would decide to leverage an organization for his personal fame and benefit. We also do not support Mr. Kane’s stance of supporting laws such as universal background checks that unfairly limit an individual exercising their Second Amendment rights.

The desire to bring representation and support to the AAPI community is what led to the founding of AAPI GO, and the gross misrepresentation of our organization directly goes against this cause. We find the actions of Mr. Kane to be morally reprehensible. We hope to clear up any misunderstandings and strive to be a transparent organization; for any questions, please reach out any time to info@aapigo.org. We look forward to growing the community with you.

Media Contact:
Amy Dillon
Director of Communications
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Eugene’s First Time AAPI Gun Ownership Story

First Shots

I wanted to share my short story about buying my first gun. Back at the start of 2019, I turned 21 and bought my first ever firearm; an  S&W M&P 2.0.

Personal Safety

I  live in a city  and know that my safety is up to me, and being an Asian-American, I knew I could be more targeted for it. I went to one of the only Federal  Firearms  Licensees (FFL)in the city, completed my 4473(federal background check form), and went home with my brand new pistol. It isn’t that interesting of a tale, but I felt like sharing.

Change of Heart

I was very anti-gun when I was younger, but as I got older and became more aware of the world, my stance on it started to shift. Now I am very pro-gun and I try to get all of my friends into firearms, if not owning them, at least to enjoy shooting them with me.

Want to share your first AAPI Gun Ownership Story? DM on Social Media or email us at ShareYourStory@aapigo.org.

Eugene’s First Firearm: S&W M&P 2.02

Jordan’s First Time AAPI Gun Ownership Story

 

Afghanistan

I was never into firearms before my time in the Army. (2010-2014) during Afghanistan, I was attached to (ODA, Special Forces group) for a few days to help them with communications and one of the (E5s) let me shoot his personal Glock 17, which was way lighter than the issued (Beretta) M9. I fell in love with that.

Homefront

When we returned to Fort Carson, my battle buddy from my squad in 1/67 AR 4th ID took me to the PX and we tried different handguns. I’m from California with zero firearms experience and my buddy was from Idaho and had been hunting his whole life. I’m from Bayview-Hunters point area in San Francisco. I knew I was getting out of the Army so I wanted to bring one home.

For those who aren’t too familiar with the Bayview area of San Francisco- it is one of higher crime rated areas alongside the Tenderlion area, as well as the Fillmore area. Many people mistake San Francisco for being an all tourist city, while instead we house most of America’s homeless population. My grandmother moved to America in the 70s from Indonesia. So we’ve been in San Francisco for a while. But in my neighborhood, car break ins are very common, and our house has even been broken into a few times. Twice in the 90s and once as an adult when I was on R&R from the Army in the early 2010s. 

Family Defense

Out of all of the firearms at the PX during that time(2013) the Glock 19 Gen 4 fit my hand perfectly.

Shortly after I got out of the Army (2014), I worked as a Rangemaster in South San Francisco for one summer. Here I also met my then girlfriend (now wife) where we both learned and trained on pistols and similar smaller weapon systems. I even taught some of the novice-shooter classes on basic handgun training. My respect for firearms and firearms ownership had risen tremendously, especially when you deal with people/customers who are very inexperienced with firearms handling. I’ve been flagged/muzzled so many times it’s crazy. What’s even crazier is that it was by both civilians and even law enforcement. This was when I realized everyone, including law enforcement, most of the times lack proper training. I had carried the Glock 19 Gen 4throughout my entire time working at the range, and to this day it is still my go-to pistol. 

Now I have multiple (California Compliant )AR15s, multiple pistols in different calibers and now a family. I practice using all of my firearms in a defense scenario, and whenever I get a chance I try to train a family member on basic weapon manipulation. My fathers side of the family is from Indonesia, and my mothers side is from the Philippines.

Jordan’s First Firearm: The Glock 19 Gen 4

Want to share your first time Gun Ownership Story? DM us on Social or email ShareYourStory@aapigo.org