Regular OutdoorHub readers will remember an American Elements story/film we produced about Daniel Defense Founder Marty Daniel.
Recently, Marty and his wife, Cindy, sat down with country music legend Charlie Daniels to talk about the Second Amendment, the upcoming election, and a variety of other topics. You can check out the interview below.
Like many gun owners, Marty Daniel has strong opinions regarding the 2016 election. Shown below is an open letter he wrote to express his thoughts.
Dear Second Amendment Supporters,
On November 8th, we all have some difficult decisions to make. The country is very much divided on which candidates best represent our values and beliefs…on which candidates will lead us into a bright and prosperous future or a dark and unpredictable one. But, unfortunately, instead of focusing on the issues, the narrative of this election has been primarily about character assassination or who’s leading who in the polls. So allow me a moment to break through the façade of this election and address one issue I believe is vital to ensuring a free and prosperous America: The Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment guarantees our right, as U.S. citizens, to keep and bear arms, yet it’s under a constant barrage of attacks. Many incumbents and challengers believe this important amendment is outdated and should be ripped from the Constitution, the very foundation of what makes this country a beacon of freedom to the entire world. But we cannot allow this to happen. We must make our voices heard and elect officials who have the moral fortitude to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.
In just a matter of days, you and I will be called upon to perform our civic duty by participating in the electoral process to decide our leadership. Regardless of whether or not you personally like or dislike the candidates seeking office, the only way your voice will matter is if you allow it to be heard. Your silence or failure to vote could mean the difference between a future where you have the ability to purchase, own, and protect your family with Daniel Defense firearms, or one where you do not. You have the right, the privilege, and the duty to make your voice heard.
Recently, Cindy and I had the honor and privilege of spending the day with a true American icon and patriot, Mr. Charlie Daniels. This remarkable man is a booming voice for patriotism, with a no-fear approach when speaking out in opposition to the tyranny of government and the hypocrisy of our elected officials. Charlie Daniels possesses a profound love of God and country, and he believes the Constitution is a living, relevant document that needs to be respected and defended. We were inspired by, and grateful for, our fellowship and conversation with Mr. Daniels. He’s a great example for us all, and I invite you to experience some of what we did with this educated, informed, and wise man by viewing a video of our time with him by visiting: Extended interview with Charlie Daniels
Before casting your vote, I strongly encourage you to first educate yourself and research the candidates in order to make a more informed decision on the issues and potential elected officials that will have the greatest impact on your life. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) GUNVOTE.org is a great resource for identifying your candidates and contains links to their individual websites.
Now is not the time to be complacent. We cannot make excuses for not taking action. Protecting the Second Amendment and our very way of life are at stake. I am doing everything within my control to ensure our rights as a free nation are not infringed. So, I ask you this before heading to the polls: If our fundamental right to keep and bear arms, as defined by the authors of the U.S. Constitution, were to disappear tomorrow, will you be able to say you did your part?
– Marty Daniel