The Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year believes that it’s too easy to get guns. Here’s the 411.
Jason Aldean was onstage in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October when a gunman opened fire on the crowd killing 59 and injuring hundreds more.
He spoke to the Associated Press and discussed the lingering guilt that he carries as well as his connections to the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The Macon, Georgia-born star has been singing about small-town, working class life since he started in Nashville two decades ago, and said he now feels a connection to the survivors of another recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
“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 said in a recent interview with 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.”
He said that in the wake of the shooting, it’s been a mix of emotions — relief that his family, crew, and friends weren’t injured, but also guilt, anger, and disbelief that so many others were just because they wanted to see him perform.
“You start doing that thing, like, ‘Man, did that really happen? It seems so crazy,’” Aldean said. “You just sit there and relive it a thousand times a day.”
His recovery was helped by talking with his wife and his band and crew about what they experienced. And then he met those survivors.
“Going back to the hospital, going back to Vegas and seeing those people. Seeing some of the strength they were having. People laid up in the hospital and smiling and laughing and just being glad they were alive. That sort of stuff helped me to look at it in a different view,” Aldean said. “Those people are here and pushing on.”
He’s also tried to side-step any political discussion about guns because he says it’s a ‘no-win situation’.
And although other country musicians have spoken out about the need for gun control since the shooting, Aldean has avoided wading into the political debates about guns. “It’s a no-win situation,” Aldean said. “I think no matter what you say, whether you’re for gun control or not, I mean, you’re setting yourself up to be crucified in the public eye or in the media.”
But then, Aldean says that it’s too easy to get guns.
However, Aldean, who is a gun owner, said there are flaws in the nation’s laws regarding gun ownership that need addressing.
“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost,” Aldean said. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in 5 minutes, do a background check that takes 5 minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the issues I have. It’s not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don’t think people should have guns. I have a lot of them.”
But his concern is that these tragedies are just used as fodder for the political arguments that have dominated any discussion about gun control.
“Nobody is looking at what the actual issue is and really how to come to an agreement and make a smart decision,” Aldean said.
Source: Associated Press
Oh, Jason, Jason, Jason!
Why does the background check take 5 minutes?
Because states aren’t reporting the ‘red flag’ issues.
It seems to me that the NRA has been discussing the forcing the states to report those that have been deemed ‘prohibited possessors’.
That would tighten things up and it wouldn’t be a more thorough background check.
We all want to keep the guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable and criminals, but not punish law-abiding gun owners. The problem is that the system is only as good as the information that it contains, and right now, there are gaping holes.
Watch Dana Loesch discuss the background check issue at the Parkland Townhall:
How’s that for a better solution that gun-grabbing?
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The men and women in law enforcement that serve and protect us are commendable, but the response time means that they don’t get there when the bullets are flying.
Are you willing to wait 20 minutes for the police to show up?
It’s an issue that needs to be discussed within our churches and addressed by our church leaders.
We need some righteous badassery in the church to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our brothers and sisters in Christ from the preventable evil in this world.
We need to Obey Jesus.
Including what he said in Luke 22:36.
He [Jesus] said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
– The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
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