Daniel Defense: Second Amendment Rights Come From God, Not The Government

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

Breitbart.com:

Enter Marty Daniel of Daniel Defense. Marty told Breitbart News that the Second Amendment must be protected because it is sourced in our Creator. He juxtaposed Second Amendment rights with the gospel and said that he views it as his job to protect both because both flow to us from God.

Marty said, “We are in business, we believe, to be a supporter of the gospel. And, therefore, a supporter of the Second Amendment. In other words, not only do we have these Second Amendment rights because God gives them to us but also the gospel.” Marty went on to stress his conviction that Daniel Defense “[supports] the freedom of the gospel by supporting the Second Amendment.”

I like this a lot.  This sounds like things I’ve said before, and I said them because I believe them very deeply.  I appreciate someone going public with a statement such as this one.  Mr. Daniel didn’t have to do this – he chose to do it of his own volition.

But for me there’s a problem.  There is another Biblical requirement that bears on his guns.  It is the requirement to be wise with your wealth and how it’s used.  Money is wealth, and wealth is time off of your life.  Quite literally, when you purchase something you are giving part of your life away that could be given to your children.

For Mr. Daniel, this is a requirement on me, the customer, not you.  As for me, I would recommend that you get your costs a little better under control before I can purchase a Daniel Defense firearm.  There are a lot of carbine makers out there, and the numbers are increasing virtually weekly.  I was talking with my oldest son Josh just the other day and we were remarking that the choices seem unlimited at the moment.  The bad ones will be weeded out, but the good ones will be your competition.  Spending $2000 – $3000 for a carbine is out of the question when I can purchase one for less that works reliably and won’t fail when I really need it to function, and shoots 1 MOA.

I think you’ve got the attitude right, but you still need to work on the nuts and bolts of the price point.


Comments

  1. On May 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm, Uncle Kenny said:

    As you well know, a competent builder who has the time, knows what to buy, and shops carefully can assemble a weapon for less than half what an equivalent quality Daniel Defense (or Larue) piece will cost. So, as always, the question is what is the time and trouble worth? $1000? That’s always be hard to swallow for me.

    And while we are at it, no one has ever satisfactorily explained why 7.62 AR-pattern pieces are 50 to 100% percent more expensive than equivalent quality 5.56 versions. They seem to be sold by weight.

  2. On May 19, 2017 at 6:09 am, Nosmo said:

    There are some issues with Mr. Daniel’s products beyond just the high price.

    Post-sale customer parts availability on some models is a problem. I own a DD5 and also know several DD5 owners who have been unsuccessful in attempting to purchase spare parts to keep on hand for their DD5. The standard Daniel Defense answer is “send us the rifle, we’ll take care of it.”

    The rifle is absolutely excellent, and I’m sure the Daniel Defense service department is also top notch, but will it be staffed, and UPS operating, under all potential economic and social conditions? I did not buy my DD5 to use only when it’s 72 degrees and sunny, figuratively speaking.

  3. On May 19, 2017 at 7:03 am, Fred said:

    Unabashedly Christian. I like it.

  4. On May 19, 2017 at 10:03 am, ambiguousfrog said:

    I’ll give them a second look next time at the GS. Now if that purchase eventually makes its way to my children, is that not also a part of me and/or my wealth being passed on? ;-)

  5. On May 19, 2017 at 11:47 am, Archer said:

    +1 Uncle Kenny. I won’t claim to be an experienced builder, but I’ve found that I can get all the parts to build a basic AR (that DDS would sell for $1200) for under $500, or an AR built to my preferences (that DDS would sell for ~$2500) for under $900. All reputable manufacturers, most local-ish (if that matters to you; it does to me), but I could buy/build TWO (or more) AR-pattern rifles for the cost of one DDS carbine (or more likely, one rifle and a pile of ammunition ;) ).

    And I agree on the 7.62 AR patterns. Why should the same basic design, slightly up-sized, cost twice as much? There are enough AR-10s rifles and parts on the market that it’s not like they’re custom-machining parts from scratch, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from the price point.

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