In the aftermath of the Vegas mass killing spree a senior CBS network legal executive was justifiably fired after she posted on Facebook that she wasn’t even sympathetic because country music fans often are republican gun-toters. CNN’s White House reporter bizarrely suggested that many of the victims of the mass shooting were Trump supporters because we should “keep in mind” there is significant crossover between Trump supporters and country music fans.
I must be an exception because I like country music but I’m the furthest thing from a Trump supporter. I worship the very quicksand the man walks on as he sinks deeper and deeper after contrasting Puerto Rico’s hurricane death toll to a “real tragedy” like Hurricane Katrina. (I’m sorry, but words just fail me when it comes to that crass excuse for a human being). But back to country music, I read an interesting article yesterday titled, “It’s Time for Country Music to Change its Tune on Guns”. There are gun-themed country songs; the Dixie Chicks shooting abusive husband Earl for example and Miranda Lambert, who is at SaskTel Centre tonight, had a hit with “Gunpowder & Lead” where she went to load her shotgun and wait for her abusive husband to get home. But being gunned down by rapid-fire semi or automatic weapons is not the experience country songwriters are thinking about; its self-defence or hunting. Perhaps the biggest country stars should get together and make a hard-hitting statement about guns as against a few just making vacuous statements about how it’s time to stand together for peace and love, which sounds nice but accomplishes nothing.