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Eric Church Gun Control – Eric Church Blames the NRA For the Las Vegas Massacre
On October 1, 2017, a domestic terrorist killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others by firing 1,100 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle with a bump stock at a crowd of people during a country music concert in Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the massacre, a number of country music stars—from a genre closely aligned with the NRA—began to publicly endorse gun control. Jason Aldean (who was performing at the time of the shooting), Sheryl Crow, Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band, and more country stars have distanced themselves from pro gun advocates and the NRA.
Now, in a feature from Rolling Stone, country music superstar Eric Church blames the NRA for the Las Vegas shooting. Church was one of the headliners of the festival, who played the nights prior to the shooting.
“I’m a Second Amendment guy,” he told Rolling Stone. “That’s in the Constitution, it’s people’s right, and I don’t believe it’s negotiable. But nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it. Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are. Something’s gotta be done so that a person can’t have an armory and pin down a Las Vegas SWAT team for six minutes. That’s fucked up.”
Church admits that he does own a few guns himself, but after the shooting in Las Vegas, he realizes things need to change.
“I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA,” Church tells the magazine. He continues:
I feel like they’ve been a bit of a roadblock. I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials. To me it’s cut-and-dried: The gun-show [loophole] would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution. I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years.
He’s right, of course. And Church even adds that he doesn’t care if his fans are pissed about his changing views about gun control.
Right’s right and wrong’s wrong. I don’t understand why we have to fear a group [like the NRA]. It’s asinine. Why can’t we come together and solve one part of this? Start with the bump stocks and the gun shows. Shut a couple of these down. I do think that will matter a little bit. I think it will save some lives.
It’s encouraging to see artists like Church do the right thing. And it’s not easy either. A superstar like Church is supporting an entire industry. He has a record label and dozens of people counting on his success. Denouncing the NRA alienates his core fanbase, yet he’s risking it to advocate for progress. Country music needs more people like Eric Church.