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Unlike many other country music stars, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are speaking their minds about guns.
“I’m a hunter,” McGraw told The Tennessean. “I grew up being a hunter. I love the second amendment. But there are reasonable things we can talk about and reasonable programs that can be instituted in order to keep these things or minimize these things from happening … or at least work towards the issue. It takes smart, thoughtful, pragmatic, common sense approaches to things. It takes good ideas on both sides. And people have a right to express their opinions, but don’t yell your opinion at somebody and put your fingers in your ears.”
Hill said they knew “a lot of people” at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
“This isn’t about the second amendment, this is about gun control,” Hill said. “What struck me so hard after the Vegas shooting – and this is the truth – it’s when the doctors and nurses came out and said they had never seen wounds of this magnitude because these are the kinds of wounds that you see on a battlefield in war.
That is wrong, period. Our military … have been fighting for this country and the democracy of this country for so long … and it’s not so we can have citizens that walk this free country in this democracy and be afraid they’re going to be shot up by someone as if they were on the battlefield from hundreds of yards away.
“I welcome the conversation,” Hill continued. “Educate us then, why these guns are lawful. Why is it necessary? We want to hear your argument, all of us do.”
When it comes to political opinions, McGraw and Hill have stuck their neck out more than most country stars, who are often tight-lipped about the subject.
In 2008, McGraw expressed his support for Barack Obama, telling People Magazine, “It’s innate in me to be a blue-dog democrat.”