A huge country star just waded into waters that he may never recover from. Jason Aldean was the country star that was playing during the Las Vegas mass shooting last year. The horror of what he witnessed has changed his life.
Being a country celebrity, often means that you are a hunting and fishing guy that is a card-carrying member of the NRA. But not Jason Aldean, everything has changed since last years mass shooting, he has decided, like Tim McGraw to be a mainstream celebrity who is anti-gun.
This week, Tell Me Now wrote: Jason Aldean is likely to shock a lot of country fans with recent statements about gun control in an interview with the Associated Press.
The singer, who was on stage during last year’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, said that guns are “too easy to get.” He is calling for more in-depth background checks.
“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost,” Alden complained. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in five minutes, do a background check that takes five minutes, like how in-depth is that background check?
Aldean claims to be a gun owner, but this statement has people wondering if he bought his own guns as it typically takes more than 5 minutes to go through an actual background check. He also fails to understand that people who want to cause harm are going to find illegal ways to do so.
You clearly don't even know how to obtain a gun. You're a fool. Never one red cent again from me.
— Cat Hirsch (@CatHirsh1) April 10, 2018
These are Aldean’s first comments advocating for gun control since the mass shooting. His actions are a major contrast to that of Country star John Rich, who handed his personal gun to an off-duty police officer who was unarmed during the shooting.
Aldean also said that he identifies with Parkland students like David Hogg who are calling for massive restrictions on the Second Amendment.
“Unless anybody has witnessed anything like that or been a part of it, it’s really hard for people to really understand where you’re coming from on that stuff,” Aldean told the Associated Press. “It’s like the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, man. I understand how they are feeling.”
If Aldean makes further comments advocating restrictions on the Second Amendment, his bottom line could be affected if country fans who support gun rights boycott his music in protest.
While I completely understand that Jason went through a horrible situation and saw the horror of that summer night in Las Vegas, you can’t turn your back on the solution. Good guys with guns trump bad guys with guns. Tough guns laws don’t change the minds of criminals, look at Chicago. It’s time for real change, arm capable people and do away with gun-free-zones.