Rising country artist Dustin Collins came out with a new track earlier this year that had a title many might recognize. “Cold Dead Hands,” according to Collins’ bio, was written as an anthem to the American gun owner and to “everyone who is tired of being told the way they live is wrong and that there’s something wrong with them for having morals, values and tradition.”
He echoed the sentiment in a recent interview with Breitbart, stating that, “Without the Second Amendment, there is no First Amendment.” Titled after Charlton Heston’s famous words spoken at the 2000 NRA Annual Meetings, the song’s lyrics mention a Winchester rifle that’s been passed through the generations and promises that the Constitution “ain’t ending here with me.”
For Collins, the song is personal. “I thought about everybody I grew up with here in Kentucky—out here in rural America,” he told Breitbart. “You know, we get guns for our birthdays and Christmas. It’s something you get when you’re very young. When you’re eight, nine, 10 years old, you get your first rifle and go deer hunting and stuff.”
So Collins penned an ode to the Second Amendment. “It’s freedom,” he stated. “That’s what owning a gun is—it’s the very foundation of freedom.” You can listen to “Cold Dead Hands” here.