In a July 25, 2018 interview in Rolling Stone, country singer Eric Church had some very honest words to share about the National Rifle Association and the damage the organization’s lobbying has done to the American people.
Church played the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on September 29, 2017, just two nights before a gunman shot nearly 500 fans at the festival in 10 minutes, killing 58. Several members of Church’s fan club were among the victims; one was buried in an Eric Church t-shirt. “It wrecked me in a lot of ways,” Church said.
Church is a gun owner himself, but in his mind, “Nobody should have 21 [AR-15s] 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 f**ked up … I don’t think our forefathers ever thought the right to bear arms was that.”
Then Church pointed the finger at the NRA. “I blame the lobbyists [for shootings like the one in Las Vegas], and the biggest in the gun world is the NRA … 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 … If I was an NRA member…I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years … 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 [banning] bump stocks and [requiring background checks on private sales of firearms] … I think it will save some lives.”
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Eric, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the recent comments you made about the NRA and gun violence in America in your July 25, 2018 interview with Rolling Stone. I am sorry the mass shooting tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival affected you so deeply and personally. I admire the way you’ve channeled that grief into honest calls for change to save other Americans. I appreciate you being so open-minded about different gun reform policies we can implement to reduce the access that violent people have to firearms. You’ve gained a fan, Eric. You had the back of me and my loved ones when you spoke truth about the NRA. Now I have yours.
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