Country music star Billy Currington, currently on tour with Tim McGraw, announced on his Facebook page that he will not play a benefit concert for a Newtown-based gun control group.

I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization. I appreciate people’s freedom and passion for whatever cause they want to support, however, I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans.

As we reported earlier in the week, McGraw has announced plans to play a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise.

Sandy Hook Promise is a group of parents and activists that formed after 26 people were killed and two were injured after a deranged young man murdered his mother to get into her gun safe and then attacked a completely undefended Sandy Hook Elementary School, which didn’t even have a school resource officer. The mass killer only took his life when “good guys with guns” arrived.

Sandy Hook Promise once claimed to be pushing a broad spectrum of solutions including mental health care, but has now dropped their fig leaf of moderation and is clearly promoting themselves as a gun control group, as their current home page clearly shows.

McGraw attempted to defend himself yesterday, with his public relations team emailing Bearing Arms the following unsolicited statement.

“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.

Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain. The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.”  Tim McGraw

McGraw’s statement is both condescending towards gun owners—asserting that gun owners either agree with him, or are bad parents—and is shockingly deceptive.

On his own web site, the musician clearly states that 100% of the proceeds will go to the gun control group, not Newtown in general, nor the wider group of Sandy Hook families not actively involved in gun control.

Mr. McGraw is of course free to associate with whomever he wants, and play benefit concerts for whatever groups he prefers.

He simply shouldn’t attempt to deceive his fans about what he really supports, which appears to be the infringement of the rights of nearly 100 million gun owners.