Country singers broach politics at their own peril, especially when their views may contradict those of their largely conservative fan base. (To see just how much peril, one has only to study the rise and fall of the Dixie Chicks).
Still, in the aftermath of the Las Vega shooting, country superstars and IRL couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are taking their chances to speak out for a cause they can’t stay silent on: gun control.
“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot,” McGraw told Billboard in an interview weeks after the Las Vegas shooting. “However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”
The world has endured so many tragedies this year. Each one heart wrenching in its own unique way. And then this morning. We can’t even begin to express all of our feelings waking up to the news that country music fans lost their lives in a tragic shooting last night in Las Vegas. Knowing so many people working at the show and worrying for their well-being and safety. And the fans. Above all our hearts break for each and every one of them affected by this senseless act. Let us help each other find a way to deal with the emotional trauma of these difficult times. – Faith and Tim
Hill agreed with his statement, calling for the need to keep military weapons out of everyday Americans’ hands.
“In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there,” she explained. “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.”
With dozens killed in a mass shooting in Texas last weekend, and nearly 60 at the country music festival (not to mention the 500 injured) in Las Vegas, they could not have picked a better time to speak out.