I’m not a huge country music fan. There are a few songs I’ve liked over the years, of course, but it’s really saddened me to see so many artists coming out as anti-gun.
One of the artists on the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms’ “Don’t Feed The Gun Prohibitionists” list is Eric Church.
Now, I’m not overly familiar with Church, save for some of his anti-gun comments.
However, one writer sought to examine whether or not Church is actually anti-Second Amendment. This defense of Church, however, isn’t doing him any favors. (Language warning)
On the 2nd Amendment, Eric Church said, “I’m a Second Amendment guy. That’s in the Constitution, it’s people’s right, and I don’t believe it’s negotiable. But nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it. Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are. Something’s gotta be done so that a person can’t have an armory and pin down a Las Vegas SWAT team for six minutes. That’s fucked up.”
That sure doesn’t sound “anti-gun” to me. And let’s remember that Eric Church was one of the performers at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas that is currently the worst mass shooting in modern American history, with 60 people killed, 413 wounded, and over 1,000 bullets fired from one individual. Church was being a bit hyperbolic, but this is what he was referencing specifically in this instance. This was the question he was answering in the wake of the 2017 shooting in a 2018 interview.
While it may not sound anti-gun to that writer, it sure does to this one.
I get that he was one of the performers in Las Vegas. I covered that shooting extensively, watching just about every video available to try and grasp what it was like. I probably experienced more of what happened than Church did, truth be told.
I can assure you that anyone who says you shouldn’t be able to have “21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition” is someone who seeks to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. That, in and of itself, is an anti-gun position.
“But he just said that people should know about it.”
Why? Why does anyone have a right to know what I’ve got and how much ammo I have?
Yes, Las Vegas was truly awful, but I know many people who have just as many guns, if not more, who have never harmed a single human being in their life. I know still more who never have outside of military service.
One person, the anomaly, doesn’t get to set the terms for the rest of humanity.
So yes, he’s anti-gun, and an author trying to make the case those comments don’t sound anti-gun to him only shows just how clueless they are about the Second Amendment. “Oh, saying no one should have more than a certain amount of ammo and a certain number of guns – say, controlling that stuff – isn’t saying advocating for gun control.”
Honestly, the fact that anyone can look at Church’s comments and not see them as anti-gun on some level, or at least not see why some people view them as such, makes me question how the writer is capable of using human speech at all.
Church can claim to be pro-Second Amendment and say it’s not negotiable, but when he follows that up by talking about how no one should have X or Y, he can’t be surprised when people don’t believe his pro-Second Amendment claims. You just don’t get to do that.
And regardless of what some country music journalist may want to believe, we get a right to call him out for it.