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VS: The Marshall Tucker Band has
traveled the country extensively. As you
play to fans all across our nation, what
makes you proud to be an American?
DG: We have the 2nd Amendment which
gives us the right to defend ourselves
against those who threaten our way of
life. It's our constitutional right. I'm very
proud that people were smart enough to
assemble our Constitution that still stands
today. It's the fabric that holds us together.

Photo courtesy Doug Gray

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usic lovers-
especially
those in
the South-know the
Marshall Tucker Band
for their definitive
blend of rock, rhythm &
blues, jazz, country and gospel. Lead singer
Doug Gray and the band influenced major
country acts like Alabama, Confederate
Railroad and Travis Tritt and developed a
50-year friendship with NRA Life member
Charlie Daniels. In fact, the Marshall Tucker
Band was slated to tour with the Charlie
Daniels Band in 2020 before the COVID-19
pandemic derailed those plans. Having
earned the rank of an Army sergeant E-5
in Vietnam, Gray is quick to honor and
recognize fellow veterans and understands
the importance of the Second Amendment.
Gray recently answered a few questions for
NRA Country's Vanessa Shahidi.

standing guard

VS: Who taught you how to shoot?
DG: My uncle Bobby, my mother's brother.
I was 10 years old living in Spartanburg,
S.C. He helped me to understand how to
shoot and maintain firearms. He and my
Uncle Carl really taught me the ropes of
the great outdoors!
VS: What's ahead for you and the band?
DG: The Marshall Tucker Band's mission
is to play for our fans. We can't wait for
the pandemic restrictions to be lifted so
we can hit the road again. We have many
dates in the works. In the meantime, we're
busy preparing our buses and trucks to
again see the world.
Be sure to catch all the news and
announcements about Doug Gray and
the Marshall Tucker Band online at
MarshallTucker.com.

VS: Do you have a favorite personal
firearm?
DG: I'm a fan of a variety of firearms and
own several handguns.

NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond
between the country music community
and hard-working Americans everywhere.
It's powered by pride, freedom, love of
country, respect for the military, and the
responsibilities of protecting the great
American life. Visit nracountry.com and follow
us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

health workers feel compelled to
routinely report mentally ill patients
brought to an emergency room." The
resulting volume of reports meant
that local health officials were rubberstamping reports, with no effective
oversight or review before a report was
passed on to the division of criminal
justice services. There was also no way
to verify independently whether the law
was being applied appropriately and
whether the individuals being reported
did, in fact, pose a risk of serious harm.
By 2014, over 34,000 individuals
had been reported under this SAFE
Act provision; another source suggests
that as of late 2015, about 2,000 New
Yorkers a month were being added
to the database. The Times article
observed that "the overwhelming
majority of reports from mental health
professionals are coming from hospitals ... with an emergency room and
inpatient psychiatric services."

Under the Northwell project,
regardless of the reason a person
presents themselves at the emergency room-food poisoning, car
accident or COVID-19-the patient
will face questioning about guns. In a
public-health context where firearms
are viewed as unhealthy and gun ownership as pathological, it isn't terribly
hard to imagine how this information
may be used to support a claim that
a gun owner "is likely to engage in
conduct that would result in serious
harm to self or others."
While New York's website advises
that the SAFE Act "should not
dissuade any individual from seeking
mental health services they need,"
the reality is that it forces gun owners
to choose between getting such
treatment and retaining their gun
rights, and makes everyone less safe.
"We Ask Everyone" perpetuates the
same dysfunctional dynamic.

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of demands. That criminals be set free.
That police stand down. That the right
to self-defense be reserved only for
government officials and wealthy elites.
That regular citizens like you and me
give up our guns and our right to protect
our own lives.
But let me tell you, right here, right
now and for the record:
We will not submit. We will not
surrender our freedom. In fact, we
have our own list of demands-with no
middle ground and no compromise.
We demand that civil society be
restored according to the rule of law.
We demand that criminals do hard
time for hard crime. We demand
that taxpaying citizens get the police
protection they deserve.
And we demand that every single
law-abiding American have the sacred
right, guaranteed by our Constitution,
to keep and bear arms for our
protection when violent criminals leave
us no other choice.
Our demands are for justice-for the
law-abiding people of this country, not
for the lawbreakers who want to burn
America to the ground. Our demands
are deeply rooted in the Constitution
and the guiding principles of freedom
that made America the greatest nation
in the world.
I'll be honest with you-I didn't
see this coming. I had no idea, at
the beginning of this year, that our
cities and towns would be overrun by
anarchists, and that so many political
officials would simply desert their
posts and renounce their duty to keep
American citizens safe.
I didn't see it coming-but our
Founding Fathers did.
Our Founding Fathers knew, nearly
two-and-a-half centuries ago, that there
would come a time in this nation when
the right to life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness would depend on the
continued right of the people to keep
and bear arms.
If you and I stand shoulder to
shoulder, I believe with all my heart
that the free citizens of this nation
will continue to have that right. If you
haven't already, I sincerely hope you'll
renew your commitment to our cause
today by visiting NRA2021.org or by
calling 833-NRA-2021.
I know we can defend this most
sacred freedom in the tough days
ahead-but only if we continue to fight
together
under the
NRA banner.

10/15/20 3:45 PM


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