The CMA Awards were, as the Association hoped, largely free of gun talk.
An emotional tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims was delivered by host Carrie Underwood; the words to the song “Softly and Tenderly” barely making it past her lips as the faces of those killed floated across the screen.
But, to many liberals’ dismay, no calls for gun control followed – at least not until after the awards show concluded.
In an interview with Billboard, published the day after the event, country music power couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, called out the NRA and announced their support for increased gun control (emphasis mine).
Country stars, on average, are more liberal than their fans, and most keep their political opinions to themselves to avoid alienating anyone. Speaking less than two weeks after a man with an arsenal of legally purchased military-grade guns shot and killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas (but before the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that killed 26), McGraw and Hill both make it clear: They support gun control.
McGraw tells Billboard that while he’s a hunter, he thinks some “common sense” gun laws need to be put place.
“Look, I’m a bird hunter – I love to wing-shoot,” McGraw tells the magazine. “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.”
Last we checked, a debate about gun laws is, in fact, a Second Amendment issue.
Hill, like her husband, would like to see some new gun laws enacted, specifically a ban on military-grade weapons.
“In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there. The doctors that [treated] the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right,” she explains to Billboard. “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.”
We wonder what the country duo’s fans will have to say about this.