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Why Country Stars Need to Sound Off on Gun Control at the CMA Awards
There’s a song on Blake Shelton’s 2013 album Based on a True Story… titled “Granddaddy’s Gun” that sums up the warm feelings you can have for a cold, inanimate weapon.
Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson, the nostalgic ballad connects the narrator to his family history, specifically to the influential figure who is no longer here: “I can still hear his voice when I put it to my shoulder / ‘a gun’s like a woman, son, it’s all how you hold her.'”
It was only 38 days ago when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Nashville, not to mention the entire nation, was still grieving when 26 more people – nearly half of them children – were shot to death inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, over the weekend. The tragedy provided us with a most dubious statistic: two of the five deadliest mass shootings in our country’s modern history happened within five weeks.
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