Shut Up And Play Your Guitar Dept.: Apparently for SOME staunch 2nd Amendment people, the 1st Amendment is irrelevant….
By Fred Mills
In a remarkable new Rolling Stone interview titled, appropriately enough, “The Defiant One,” country star Eric Church was interviewed at his Nashville home, and over the course of the conversation he disclosed that while he owns several guns and is pro-2nd Amendment, he felt the Las Vegas massacre last year at a country music festival (where he had performed two days earlier) should be partly blamed on the NRA:
“There are some things we can’t stop. Like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas.” As for why nothing’s been done? “I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA.”
The social media backlash was immediate, severe, and, as of this writing, sustained.
It was a striking flashback to 2003, when the Dixie Chicks criticized President Bush from a London Stage about the Iraq invasion, with now-former fans expressing support for the NRA, damning/mocking all the “libtards” like Church, planning on dumping their Church CDs in the trash, and predicting his career to be over. Apparently rabid support for the 2nd Amendment doesn’t rule out a general disdain for the 1st Amendment among some people.
But as one commenter – me, apparently a lonesome voice out of nearly 2000 comments – noted at Church’s Facebook posting about the RS story, “Eric, a lot of us are proud of you. Just because you’re getting Dixie Chicked all over the place by NRA stooges doesn’t mean we aren’t out here too, and we’ll have your back. They were wrong in 2003, and they’re wrong now.”
It won’t come as a huge surprise that commenters immediately began commenting on my comments – maybe I should play a drinking game and take a shot each time I get called a libtard; it would be a fun day. Meanwhile, though, the Dixie Chicks still have their careers, while all their haters – with the exception, perhaps, of certain fellow country stars – have slipped back into obscurity or under their rocks. It’s not hard to predict a similar trajectory for Church. And we need more stars like him.