Meet Our Team
“The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.” - Thomas Paine
Brian Miller: Co-Founder and Publisher
Growing up in a family of gun owners, with a dad who was a Vietnam vet and later a constitutional attorney and a mom who believed every American should own their own business, the family dinner conversations generally centered around the state of affairs in America – what was happening in Washington that should (or shouldn’t) be, and what patriotic people could do about it. On a summer bus trip during college, Brian read Atlas Shrugged and the deeper philosophical ramifications of these dinner conversations clicked into place.
Then 9/11 happened. Washington’s domestic response to the attacks, epitomized by the "security theater" of the TSA and the clandestine mass surveillance of Americans that was taking place (which was intentionally hidden from the American populace and the vast majority of the legislature until Edward Snowden courageously stepped forward), got Brian actively involved in defending the civil liberties of his fellow Americans from the myriad of threats posed by those in power in Washington, D.C.
After all, power unchecked is power abused. Brian believes in personal freedom, political liberty, and free speech – defended by force of arms, if necessary. Thus, American gun rights serve as a bulwark for private citizens to defend their civil liberties from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
As the publisher of Ammo.com, Brian is proud that work from the Resistance Library has been featured by journalists across the political spectrum who share these concerns. Reason, Bloomberg’s "Business Week," USA Today, Instapundit, The Guardian, BillMoyers.com, and National Review have all cited work from Ammo.com’s Resistance Library. Brian is also a contributor to Activist Post, Future of Freedom Foundation, Everything Voluntary, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
Brian’s first gun was a Glock 22 chambered in .357 SIG, which he bought from a business partner who told him “he’d needs that out in California,” before he (temporarily) moved out there. One day, he’ll be the happy owner of a custom 1911 from John Jardine. To date, one of his favorite firearm memories is a European trip to visit the factories of Beretta, SIG, and CZ, amongst others.
Alex Horsman: Head of Marketing
Alex Horsman is from Missouri, and for him, there was no compromise: He’s a Southern boy and proud of it. It was in America’s heartland that Alex learned how to hunt, fish and practice basic survival skills. Cue up Hank Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive,” and you’ll get a pretty good picture of Alex’s upbringing.
Still, while he had the practical knowledge, it wasn’t until studying Economics and Business at the University of Missouri that Alex began to see the bigger picture.
Alex quickly noticed that public higher education isn’t education at all, but rather a not-so-subtle form of indoctrination. The professors weren’t educators, but rather propagandists, filling their students’ minds with information that was inaccurate and hostile toward freedom. The professors likewise quickly became hostile toward Alex and his uncomfortable questions about their dogma.
It was this that inspired his close study of Austrian economics, as well as the philosophical underpinnings of individual sovereignty. These are more than political principles for Alex – they inform how he lives his life, both in the long and short term.
Alex learned how to shoot with a BB gun aimed at backyard squirrels and received his concealed carry permit at the youngest age legally allowed in Missouri. His first carry was a 9mm Grand Power K100 with the X Trim. Sadly, all of his firearms disappeared forever in a freak boating accident... Alex escaped unscathed, thankfully, and currently lives in parts unknown.
As a guest on numerous radio shows and podcasts, Alex has appeared on Handgun Radio, Loving Liberty, God and Guns, Handgun World, and Liberty Roundtable. He's also a regular attendee of PorcFest, the Gun Rights Policy Conference, FEEcon, and Prepper Camp. Most recently, Alex was featured on The Federalist for his article, "How Biden’s Pick For ATF Director Is Helping Gun Sales Skyrocket."
Emma Blanchard: Managing Editor
Emma was born and raised in the Midwest, where she spent her summers going up north to deer camp and four-wheeling at her grandmother's farm. Not one for pink and frills, it was no surprise to her mother when she joined the middle-school tackle football team. Following family tradition, she took her hunter safety course as soon as she was old enough and joined the family for opening weekend that fall. Emma was accountable for more than one candy bar eaten on that fateful trip, but not the demise of a single whitetail.
Her father, a military veteran with over two decades’ service to our country, instilled in her the importance of her Second Amendment rights and an appreciation for handguns. He made sure that his daughter knew how to shoot a gun and how to change a tire. When they aren't cheering on the Badgers and Packers, Emma and her father like to spend their time together out on his boat fishing.
Emma’s adult life has been marked by a keen love of philanthropy. While attending university she co-founded a charity that served to elevate the women of Kenya and their children, and upon graduating she proceeded to Hawaii, to aid people who are experiencing homelessness. Emma has also lent her social media acumen to a national fitness brand, but we swear to goodness if she ever asks us to exercise…
When Emma is not hard at work advocating for freedom, liberty, and ordering ammo online, Emma enjoys exploring her new home in beautiful Tennessee with her pup and going to the range. Her favorite thing about going to the range is going to brunch afterward.
Chris Dwulet: Writer
Chris Dwulet grew up in the heart of the Midwest (Indiana, to be precise, a storied land which gave the world both the machine gun and the mechanical corn picker, thus solving two of mankind’s greatest age-old problems). He received his first experience with firearms in his grandfather’s backyard, where he learned to handle a Remington Model 541 with astounding deftness. Indiana suffers from an empty can shortage to this day.
But Chris was always more of a Hemingway-styled firearm enthusiast, which is to say he is also a bookworm. He penned his own series of children’s books from 4th until 6th grade – still waiting on a publisher – yet in the interest of following in his chemist parents’ footsteps Chris opted to study biochemistry while attending Indiana University. (Go Hoosiers.)
Upon graduating, Chris began putting his keen analytical mind and extensive education in chemistry to use in the most productive way possible: handloading. Laboring over a reloading press, measuring propellant charges to molecular precision, and seating bullets in the waiting mouths of gleaming brass cases soon became Chris’s greatest passion. You don’t need a reloading manual if you’re able to consult Chris.
Handloading was the gateway to shooting sports. Chris has competed in Steel Challenge, Service Rifle, and USPSA competitions over the years, yet no major manufacturer ever had the foresight to sponsor him. It is possible that an exec from FN Herstal once sent him flowers, but the thing about secret admirers is that you can never really be certain just who they are.
Chris is also a capable gunsmith. He enjoys dismantling, improving and reassembling Glock pistols, and can build you a beautiful 1911 from scratch. Chris would have loved to show you his collection, but an extremely unfortunate boating accident umpteen years ago deposited his entire arsenal at the bottom of Lake Ishkabibble. Such is the lamentable fate of a great many firearms nowadays.
In his free time Chris enjoys playing Magic: The Gathering, a card game which compensates for its incomprehensible rules by putting pretty drawings on the cards. He also makes videos for his YouTube gaming channel, copywrites for Dream Connections International, and spends whatever time he has remaining with his beautiful wife, daughter, and German Shepherd beast named Athena.
Wes Littlefield: Writer
Growing up on the family farm, firearms were always a significant part of Wes's life. He began hunting as soon as he could safely handle a gun and hasn't looked back. He built a shooting range on the back 40 acres of his grandparents' property at age 14.
Since then, he's spent countless hours sharpening his shooting skills with his pistols, rifles, and shotguns. He enjoys fixing guns almost as much as he loves shooting them, mainly because he has fond memories of sitting with his grandpa and learning how to disassemble and reassemble all of his firearms. Guns aren't just a hobby for Wes; they're a way of life.
Dave Trillo: Writer
Dave Trillo is a writer. When he tells people this, he is always quick to add that he is not the kind of patch-bearded, linen-wearing, man-bunned writer you might find inking unreadable blog posts at Beans 'n Cream Cafe. He is a real writer, with the cirrhosis to prove it, and has several reputable clients including Ammo.com.
Dave grew up in the Northwoods of New England – raised by writers, no less. He spent much of his early childhood editing the indices of guidebooks and rewriting homework assignments that were deemed unfit for a middle school teacher’s consumption, as well as bargaining for new Nintendo machines and doing very badly at sports.
Though Dave’s parents were left-leaning by any definition of the word, they did not indulge in the slightest aversion to firearms. Their basement could have doubled as the Punisher’s secret base, replete with multiple hollowed out books containing very nice things that go bang. As such Dave began shooting at a very early age, and he would proceed to do to the local squirrel population what fleas did to Europe in the 1300s. Squirrels still tell their children about Dave in hushed chitters whenever they need a boogeyman to scare them into saying their prayers or finishing their acorns.
Dave went all Jack Kerouac after his uneventful stint at college. He worked as a waiter in Florida, bringing plates of spaghetti to blue hairs at a garishly decorated chain restaurant. He worked as a security guard at a power plant and never once let any of the employees steal electricity to use back at home. He also sold investment properties despite knowing as little as humanly possible about real estate. (Earning people’s trust is all about talking too fast and gelling your hair just the right way.) Dave was also briefly married during all of this, but he broke up with his ex-wife after she had the audacity to file for a divorce.
Dave is now very happy to help prepare all of Ammo.com’s superlative merchandise for sale online, do social media things, and try to keep up with the inestimable Sam Jacobs while he cohosts The Resistance Library Podcast.
Sam Jacobs: Writer
Sam Jacobs grew up in Southern New England, probably the part of the country with the weakest gun culture. However, from a young age he believed firmly in the right of self defense and the right to keep and bear arms. This, coupled with 12 years of education in public schools and an argumentative nature, meant that he was frequently getting into debates with his teachers about the virtue of the Second Amendment. A precocious student of history and the Constitution, Jacobs became interested in both the practice of armed self defense throughout history as well as the philosophical underpinnings of the Second Amendment.
Jacobs has an affinity for the individual and the common man against centralized forms of power and elites, whether they be in the government or the private sector. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which private companies work to subvert the legislative process and to undermine American freedoms outside of normal legal channels. He considers the resolution of how corporate power can hem in Constitutional freedoms to be the most pressing political question of our age.
The private sector and the public sector are increasingly indistinguishable from one another, both because of behind-the-scenes corporate chicanery that undermines the legislative process and because private companies are rapidly becoming far more powerful than the federal government. Thus, it is more important than ever to both fight the incursion of private companies into our government and to become independent and self-reliant enough to make it difficult for private companies to hem in your rights.
So Sam believes.
Jacobs is the lead writer and chief historian with Ammo.com, and is the driving intellectual force behind the content in the Resistance Library. He is proud to see his work name-checked in places like Bloomberg, USA Today and National Review, but he is far more proud to see his work republished on websites like ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell and Sons of Liberty Media. You can catch him on Quora and Parler as well as on our very own Resistance Library podcast.
How many firearms does Sam own and what’s his everyday carry? That’s between him and the NSA.
Molly Carter: Writer
Molly Carter grew up in a small steel town in western Pennsylvania, deep in the rust belt. She learned to shoot at a young age, plinking soda cans behind the chicken coop and, a few years later, groundhogs from the horse pasture. She spent much of her time at the family’s hunting camp near the Allegheny National Forest, where summers drifted away as Molly explored the woods, hiking through the trees and skipping rocks in the creeks. It was here that she was taught how to hunt, primarily by her mother and grandmother, as well as field dress and preserve meat.
As she grew into her teen years, Molly developed a passion for philosophy. She scoured through treaties and essays, and found herself drawn to the rhetoric of the Enlightenment, particularly John Locke, whose ideas of natural law, the self, and the state of nature resonated with the values of her upbringing, namely hard work, self-sufficiency, and independence. Her passion for “love of wisdom” led her to pursue a degree in philosophy, where she focused her studies on social and political theory.
Through the values instilled in her by her family, her education, and her experience working in the criminal justice system, as an adult, Molly saw through the illusion of a beneficial big government that so many of her peers supported. She began to advocate for voter awareness, especially when it came to the importance of Constitutional rights and preservation of personal and civil liberties.
During this same period, Molly obtained her concealed carry permit and purchased her first CCW, a .380 Ruger LCP. After attending her first gun training course, Molly developed a zeal for helping women become comfortable and competent with firearms, and regularly takes novice women shooters to the range.
Molly’s path eventually led her away from the traditional 9-to-5 and into the world of freelance writing, where she has created content for a wide range of clients, including Gander Outdoors, Wide Open Spaces, and Ammo.com. She’s also active on Quora, and has achieved “most-viewed” writer in topics such as guns and firearms, concealed carry, and the Second Amendment.
Currently, Molly carries a Glock 43 chambered in 9mm, and her favorite piece to shoot is a Hawes Western Marshall single-action revolver in .357 Magnum.
José Nino: Writer
Born in Venezuela, José was one of the lucky few to leave the country right before the demagogic leader Hugo Chávez came into power. José’s family saw the writing on the wall and moved stateside in search of a better life.
Like any immigrant, he had to assimilate to a new culture, which obviously had its challenges. Nevertheless, through hard work and perseverance, he was able to transition into a foreign culture and make it his new home. In high school, José dabbled with ideologies all across the spectrum. Deep down, however, he knew something was missing. Toward the end of his high school years, he embraced the ideas of constitutional liberties. Since then, José has worked day and night to educate himself on the ideas of free markets, private property, and the freedom of association.
With a solid understanding of American, Latin American, and East Asian history that he developed in his university years, José has applied this knowledge to his writing endeavors, which initially started out as a hobby. Taking an unconventional approach to his career, he went from working as an email marketer at one of the fastest growing gun lobbies in America to working full-time as a freelance policy writer and copywriter in the political niche.
His experiences traveling back to his homeland and studying the political history of the U.S. have given him the tools to understand what made America the greatest civilization in human history. José went from a confused immigrant without the slightest clue of American culture and politics, to a seasoned writer, gadfly, and political operative.
When he’s not taking the enemies of liberty to task for their devious schemes, he’s either at the gun range, gym, reading books, or running in the hills surrounding Austin, Texas.
José's work has been published by the Mises Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, Bitcoin Magazine, the American Institute for Economic Research, the Advocates for Self-Government, and Gunpower Magazine. He also appeared on the Tom Woods Show and Dana Loesch’s show Relentless.