Tim McGraw joins country stars calling for gun control

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:28:48 PM. In a rare move for a country music star, Tim McGraw called for 'commonsense' gun control.
Share Culture Country Music Tim McGraw Gun Control Las Vegas Shooting Country music star Tim McGraw has broken ranks among other musicians in his genre and is now calling for "commonsense" gun control legislation. Speaking with Billboard, McGraw cited last month's mass shooting in Las Vegas as proof that such laws are necessary. On October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival from a nearby hotel window. He used a bump fire stock to modify his semiautomatic weapon. The shooting left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. "We knew a lot of people there," McGraw told Billboard. "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." Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Faith Hill performs with her husband, Tim McGraw, at the 2017 Country Music Awards. Getty Images / Rick Diamond McGraw's comments put him at odds with many conservative fans of country music who passionately reject any kind of gun control legislation. But McGraw has always described himself as a "blue-dog Democrat," and the singer and his wife, Faith Hill, have a long history of pushing back against that fan base. In 2008, he enraged country music fans by backing then–presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2015, he voiced support for gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting and performed at a concert hosted by Sandy Hook Promise. "Let me be...Read more
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