In 2008, country singer Tim McGraw supported Barack Obama for president, saying he liked Obama’s “ideas.” In 2015 McGraw is supporting Sandy Hook Promise, a gun control group that wants to implement Obama’s ideas concerning expanded background checks.
On Tuesday, Breitbart News reported that McGraw and Billy Currington would be headlining a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise. On Thursday, McGraw’s rep sent Breitbart News a statement, explaining that he was playing at the gun control fundraiser for “community,” not gun control. Later that day, Billy Currington took to Facebook and announced he was removing his name from the list of artists playing the fundraiser amid fan outrage.
Only country newcomer Chase Bryant remains on the ticket for the gun control fundraiser with McGraw.
In the process of reporting these things, Breitbart News came across a 2008 People Magazine interview with McGraw in which he said:
It’s innate in me to be a blue-dog Democrat. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, but that’s what I am. My wife and I and our family will do everything we can to support Obama. I like his ideas, I like his energy, and I like the statement he would make for our country to the world.
Bottom line: McGraw went from supporting Obama in 2008 to supporting a gun control group called Sandy Hook Promise in 2015.
Breitbart News has reported that Sandy Hook Promise currently supports legislation in Oregon that opens the door for legalized firearm confiscation, they support the expanded background checks which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said would not have prevented the Sandy Hook attack from happening, and they oppose teachers being armed in the classroom for the defense of themselves and their students.
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