Tim McGraw recently announced doing a concert to benefit Sandy Hook Promise. A group that advocates gun laws. Tim has close ties to this cause because of a friendship with his touring band fiddle player Dean Brown and Mark Barden, father of Daniele Braden one of the 20 first-graders who died in 2012 when Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage. That’s deep stuff.
But in a world where you are darned if you do, darned if you don’t, this move by Tim has upset some conservatives because of the benefit’s anti-gun awareness.
In a statement to the press praising Sandy Hook Promise, McGraw said: “Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.”
The responses that followed were pretty intense.
Warner Todd Huston writing at Right Wing News referred to the concert as “anti-constitution,” adding “If you wanted another reason to drop Tim McGraw from your playlist, here it is.”
AWR Hawkins, blamed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on “gun control.”
“It should be noted that there was 100 percent gun control at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. No guns were allowed, period. You can’t have more gun [sic] than that.,” he wrote. “Moreover, there were laws against stealing guns and possessing stolen guns as well. But none of these laws stopped or even dissuaded Adam Lanza.”
Hawkins added, “Because of this, the money McGraw and [Billy] Currington raise will ultimately succeed in making it harder for law-abiding citizens to acquire and carry the guns they need for self-defense.”
It’s public knowledge Tim has identified himself as a democrat, so it almost makes you think they’re just attacking this good cause because of partisan ties.
I think no matter which way you cut the pie…no one’s piece is going to be big enough when it comes to politics and so long as Tim is following his arrow with this then he’s doing what’s right.