I thought it was a career requirement for country music stars to be conservative, but Eric Church is a full-blown liberal kook. He voted for Obama, hates Trump, supports legal abortion, and believes in the global warming myth. And oh yeah, he’s a gun control lunatic. In a recent interview, he blamed the NRA for the Las Vegas shooting and urged people to quit the organization. All the Dixie Chicks did was oppose a war and their careers were over. Church sounds the head of the DNC and he’s a superstar. What gives?
Church, who performed at the country music festival in Vegas last year, did an interview with Rolling Stone, and boy did he come off like Gabby Giffords doing a Shannon Watts impersonation:
Church isn’t a gun nut, but he does own about half a dozen: rifles, shotguns, pistols – no AR-15s, though. I ask if Vegas changed his feelings about guns. “A little,” he says. He takes another sip of whiskey. “I’m a Second Amendment guy,” he says. “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.”
If you claim to support the 2nd Amendment and then qualify that with a “but” you don’t support the 2nd Amendment. Church says the 2A is not negotiable, and yet, he’s ready to negotiate those rights away like the head of the Brady Campaign:
Church says he supports a few common-sense reforms. Closing gun-show loopholes. Improving background checks. Banning bump stocks. “As a gun guy, the number of rounds [the shooter] fired was un-fucking-believable to me,” he says. “I saw a video on YouTube from the police officer’s vest cam, and it sounded like an army was up there. I don’t think our forefathers ever thought the right to bear arms was that.
“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. I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA,” said church.
Church does know that it was the Obama administration that allowed bump stocks, right? Or that the Vegas shooter purchased all of his guns legally? Closing the nonexistent gun-show loophole or enhanced background checks would not have stopped the killer. The NRA didn’t stand in the way of any gun control laws that would have prevented something that couldn’t be prevented by legislation.
Now here’s where Church urges people to abandon their membership in the NRA.
Church says he’s not a member of the NRA and never has been. “I’m a Second Amendment guy,” he emphasizes again, “but I feel like they’ve been a bit of a roadblock. I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials. To me it’s cut-and-dried: The gun-show [loophole] would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution. I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years.”
Fact Check: Church is not a “2nd Amendment guy” if he is opposed to the biggest 2nd Amendment rights group in the country. He’s against the 2nd Amendment for supporting gun control, blaming the NRA for the actions of a madman, and encouraging people to quit the NRA.