As expected, Tim McGraw received quite a bit of feedback from gun owners and country music fans after announcing he’d headline a summer concert to benefit and raise money for the Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to, among other goals, pushing for tougher restrictions on the Second Amendment.
Following the backlash, McGraw released a statement to The Washington Post in an attempt to clarify his position and placate concerned fans.
“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership,” he said. “I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”
“Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain,” McGraw continued. “The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.”
Not sure that really clarifies his position. Without addressing the specific policies that the Sandy Hook Promise is pushing for, one cannot be sure which side of the divide McGraw falls on. What does he mean by “education and safety”? Does he support bans on commonly owned and widely popular black rifles? Does he want a universal registration scheme?
Until he explicates his position, one must assume that he errs on the side of the anti-gun agenda of the Sandy Hook Promise.