On April 14, Breitbart News reported that country singers Tim McGraw and Billy Currington will be headlining a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise on July 17.
Sandy Hook Promise is a vehicle which various relatives of Sandy Hook victims have joined to push gun control in response to Adam Lanza’s theft and dastardly misuse of firearms.
On April 16, Breitbart News received a statement from McGraw in which he stressed that he is not playing the gun control fundraiser for gun control’s sake, but for the sake of the Newtown “community.”
Here is the statement we received:
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. 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. The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.
All decent Americans feel sadness for any family that looses a family member to a heinous act, whether that act involved firearms or not. However, feeling grief for the suffering caused by such loss ought not be used to justify headlining a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise.
On December 15, Breitbart News reported that Sandy Hook parent Mark Barden is working for gun control through Sandy Hook Promise, saying he “will dedicate the rest of his life” to securing gun control.
McGraw will be raising money that can help Barden with his goals.
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