One year after Nashville talk radio host Ralph Bristol first stood in the back of his pickup truck and spoke about why “The Second Amendment is homeland security” to a handful of people, he is now supported by a seasoned “ensemble cast and crew” and routinely draws crowds in the hundreds. They will celebrate Independence Day with country music legend Larry Gatlin, who led “The Gatlin Brothers” in the ’70s, and still rarely has an open day as a solo performer.
“The Second Amendment Is Homeland Security” started as an impromptu speech and evolved into a program of music, monologue and dialogue, focused on the role of the 2nd Amendment and its devotees as “the last line of defense” against America’s terrorist enemies.
Gatlin recently gained new admiration from Second Amendment enthusiasts with his recording “An American with a Remington,” which he wrote with Billy Dean as an answer to the terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland. That, he said, is the same threat that inspired “The Second Amendment Is Homeland Security” when an ISIS inspired “lone wolf” gunman attacked and killed four unarmed Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga.
Gatlin reached out to Bristol months ago and offered to appear at a future program. He will fulfill that promise July 2nd, headlining a special Independence Day edition of “The Second Amendment Is Homeland Security,” that will also include half-hour concerts by cast members Adam Pope and Taylor Bennett and their bands.
Bristol chose Charlie Daniels Park for the anniversary show partly out of nostalgia – it’s where he cut his teeth as an event producer. The first was for Music City Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that organized free trips for 600 Nashville-area WWII Veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the second a celebration of Armed Forces Day.
“Not only that,” said Bristol, “Charlie Daniels Park was ‘Second Amendment friendly’ before it had to be. When other Tennessee cities were creating ‘gun free zones’ of their parks, Mt. Juliet and Charlie Daniels Park welcomed citizens who legally carrying guns. Charlie Daniels Park feels like home to me.”
After taking “The Second Amendment Is Homeland Security” on the road in Middle Tennessee, from Nashville to Clarksville, Smyrna, Franklin, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Manchester and Cookeville, Bristol and the cast will return “home” to produce a the inaugural show, which Bristol said, “promises to be the most entertaining and inspiring yet.”