Tim McGraw is headlining a summer concert to raise money for the Sandy Hook Promise, a gun-control organization dedicated to, among other goals, strengthening restrictions on the Second Amendment.
Along with McGraw, country music singer Billy Currington was going to perform but that changed after thousands of gun-rights supporters began to openly criticize the musicians on social media.
Currington released the following statement on Facebook Friday:
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.
McGraw also addressed the criticism. However, he is still going to perform at the event along with Chase Bryant.