Country music fans were outraged recently when singer Tim McGraw agreed to headline a gun control concert to benefit a Sandy Hook anti-gun group.
According to Town Hall, the concert benefitted Sandy Hook Promise, a group organized by the families whose children and siblings were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012. The group’s objective is to prevent gun violence and focus on mental health issues, by banning guns of course!
Opening act Billy Currington withdrew from the concert after backlash from his country music fans. Currington wrote on his Facebook page that he doesn’t want to get involved in a debate about gun control.
“I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues — I’m a singer,” he wrote. “I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization.”
McGraw, however, refused to back down and went forward with the anti-gun concert. The country music singer tried to tell his fans that performing at the concert did not mean that he was anti-gun, but they weren’t buying it.
“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership,” he said. “I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”
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