Gun-Owning Country Music Star Blames NRA Lobbyists For Las Vegas Massacre
Country music star Eric Church witnessed concertgoers being shot and killed at a Las Vegas music festival in 2017.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Church blamed NRA lobbyists for the massacre:
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.
Church said he owns about “about half a dozen” guns, but added that no one should be able to own thirteen AR-15 rifles equipped with “bump stocks” like the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, had:
As a gun guy, the number of rounds [the shooter] fired was un-f*cking-believable to me, 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.
Church said he felt like “bait” for the victims:
I felt like the bait: People come to see you play, then all of a sudden they die? That is not an emotion that I was prepared to deal with. It wrecked me in a lot of ways.
It got dark for me for a while. I went through a period, a funk, for six months at least. I had anger. I’ve still got anger. Something broke in me that night, and it still hasn’t healed. There’s a part of me that hopes it haunts me forever.
Church claimed the NRA lobbying of politicians is a barrier to safety:
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.