Sheryl Crow is disappointed in the country music community. The Grammy Award-winner believes that more of her peers need to speak out in favor of gun control.
“You would think after Vegas we would see some leadership from our country community,” Crow told the Guardian, in a recent interview. “But all I can say about that is if there’s money involved, and fear, these conversations come to a screeching halt.
“There’s no one that I know of in the popular country world that is willing to step out and really to take a stand on this, and that’s really unfortunate.
“I hope there will be people who find a way out of their fear, who stick up for humanity as opposed to sticking with their fanbase or the money that can come along with having those large crowds,” she continued.
Point is, there are country musicians who have come out in favor of gun control. While it’s probably true that some don’t out of fear it will affect their bottom line, what is also likely is that many more practice what they preach in their songs. That is to say, a majority of country artists support the Second Amendment. That’s why they don’t feel the need to “take a stand.”
What bothers me about Crow’s comments is the presumption that being pro-gun is antithetical to being pro-humanity. It’s not. Empowering people to defend themselves is about as pro-humanity as it gets. Violence against evil is what’s allowed mankind to flourish.
Later in the interview, she talks about living in fear following Sandy Hook. Not knowing what to tell her young children about mass shootings.
“It’s a horrible feeling for my kids to not even be able to know what happened at Sandy Hook,” Crow said, “for fear they’ll walk into school and think they’re not in a safe place, or that mom will go to work and there’s a chance she may not come home if there’s somebody in the audience with a gun.”
I can empathize with Sheryl’s dilemma. It’s a question every parent faces. How do we keep children safe in an unsafe world? Crow can choose to answer that however she sees fit.
But she also needs to remember that for millions of Americans, keeping their children safe is directly tied to keeping and bearing arms. Attacking that right, or attempting to infringe on that right, is an attack on their humanity.
I wish we could wave a magic wand to rid the world of all the bad eggs. Alas, we can’t. Until we can, we’ll have to make do with our guns. Or in Sheryl’s case, an armed security detail.