Tim McGraw's Sandy Hook Concert Plans Have Angered Gun Advocates

Country singer Tim McGraw is going to be the headline act at "A Concert for Sandy Hook Promise," which is set to place in Hartford, Connecticut on July 17. By all accounts, he's a fantastic choice—a talented performer who has universal appeal and is devoted to raising money and awareness for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization working to end gun violence. There's just one problem. He's a gun owner. And many gun advocates are saying this makes him a traitor.

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It seems one of the musicians in McGraw's touring band, a fiddler named Dean Brown, was directly affected by Sandy Hook—sadly, his son was a victim in the horrific 2012 school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School after 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a senseless shooting spree.

Given this connection he has with Sandy Hook, it makes sense that McGraw would open his heart and agree to take on a major role in this concert event. He has also mentioned that, as a father, he feels children have the right to be protected against gun violence.

I don't know how you feel, but I believe the fact that he is a licensed gun owner who says he supports gun ownership makes him an even more suitable choice—one gun advocates should support—because he makes a good case for the argument that there is a huge difference between responsible gun owners and those who should never, in a million years, be allowed to get their hands on a firearm. Isn't this the point advocates have been trying to get across to people all along?

Unfortunately, that's not how a lot of gun advocates feel. Many are slamming McGraw and saying his support for the concert is a "betrayal" to his fans, who support gun rights, according to Bob Owens of BearingArms.com. They're basically taking a black or white stance on the issue, which is illogical because you can support legal gun ownership and stand firmly against what happened at Sandy Hook.

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To his credit, McGraw isn't letting these bullies change his mind about performing at Sandy Hook. He released a statement to Fox News in which he clarified his stance on gun rights:

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. 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.

Well said, Tim.

Do you think Tim McGraw's performance at Sandy Hook makes him a traitor to gun advocates?

 

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