Tim and Faith are a country music power couple that manages to avoid controversy. But after recent events, including the Route 91 Music Festival Shooting, the pair has sounded off about a less-than-country-music-friendly-topic: Gun control.
Gun control isn’t exactly a popular topic in the country music world. It tends to alienate fans, so stars tend to shy away from it. Regardless, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill aren’t avoiding it.
In fact, they’re speaking up about it.
Less than two weeks after 58 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, McGraw and Hill made their position known.
They support gun control.
In an interview with Billboard, they explained.
“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot,” says McGraw. “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.”
Hill adds, “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. 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.”
McGraw has spoken out against gun violence before.
Sandy Hook Promise
In 2015, McGraw headlined an event for Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit founded by those who lost loved ones in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
According to The Boot, McGraw had close ties to the group–his fiddle player is friends with a musician who lost a child in the tragedy.
But despite the connection, conservative media website Breitbart.com criticized him under the headline, “Country Singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington Headlining Gun Control Fundraiser.”
Currington dropped out of the event, but McGraw did not. Standing by his position, he said, “Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise — as a father and as a friend.”
Whether or not this will affect the loyalty of their fans is uncertain. But that isn’t backing either of them down at this point.