Country supercouple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw recently spoke to Billboard for the publication’s latest cover story. Although the piece is centered around their tour, the conversation turned to the mass shooting that took place at October’s Route 91 Harvest Festival, which left 58 country music fans dead. Hill and McGraw said they both support gun restrictions.
“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot,” McGraw told Billboard. “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.”
“In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there,” Faith said. “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.”
The Route 91 tragedy caused critics of gun laws to turn their lens toward the country community, some of whom are supported by the NRA. The morning after the shooting, festival performer Caleb Keeter said the deaths made him change his stance on guns. “I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life…Until the events of last night.” he said in a note posted on Twitter. “I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.” Read the Billboard story here.