Conservatives are firing up the outrage machine over news that country music superstar Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a group advocating common sense gun laws, organized following the 2012 elementary school shooting that left 26 dead.
The concert, scheduled for July 17 in Hartford, Connecticut, is the result of a friendship between McGraw touring band fiddle player Dean Brown and Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, one of the 20 first-graders who died in 2012 when Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage.
In a statement to the press praising Sandy Hook Promise, McGraw said: “Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.”
Conservatives seem outraged that a country singer, coming from a musical genre usually associated with “traditional values,” would perform at a concert they consider anti-gun.
At Breitbart.com, AWR Hawkins, blamed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on “gun control.”
“It should be noted that there was 100 percent gun control at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. No guns were allowed, period. You can’t have more gun [sic] than that.,” he wrote. “Moreover, there were laws against stealing guns and possessing stolen guns as well. But none of these laws stopped or even dissuaded Adam Lanza.”
Hawkins added, “Because of this, the money McGraw and [Billy] Currington raise will ultimately succeed in making it harder for law-abiding citizens to acquire and carry the guns they need for self-defense.”
McGraw’s apostasy against so-called conservative values that places access to guns over children’s lives shouldn’t come as a surprise.
In a 2008 interview with People magazine, McGraw identified himself as a “blue dog Democrat” while praising then-candidate Barack Obama saying, “I like his ideas, I like his energy, and I like the statement he would make for our country to the world.”
Despite McGraw’s liberal leanings, his Soul2Soul concert tour with wife Faith Hill is the all-time highest grossing country music tour ever, taking in over $141 million.