Despite the fact that the Las Vegas shooting targeted an outdoor country music festival, many country artists have declined to vocalize their opinions on gun control, including Jason Aldean, who was onstage in Vegas when the shooting happened. Why?
Rolling Stone claims the NRA has a “grip on Nashville” and that there’s significant overlap between pro-gun Americans and country music fans. However, country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are singing a different tune.
“There is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control,” McGraw told Billboard. “They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”
“In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there,” Hill said. “The doctors that [treated]the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right. Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth. We all want a safe country.”