'It's not about the 2nd Amendment.' Country music stars nail the NRA


Faith Hill and Tim McGraw easily put the lie to the NRA's favorite talking points.

The National Rifle Association and its most dedicated supporters consistently use their twisted version of the Second Amendment as a blanket defense against any and all reasonable gun safety measures.

And they conveniently ignore the facts that the text of the amendment starts out with "A well regulated Militia" and merely mentions "arms" — which was a decidedly different thing in the 1790s.

But plenty of people can see through those talking points, including in some unexpected places.

Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw may hail from a more conservative sector of society, one where not every gun control is widely supported, but that's not stopping them from speaking out on a crucial issue that affects each and every person, no matter their politics.

In a lengthy profile at Billboard.com of the husband and wife country music powerhouses made it very clear that one can support common sense gun safety and also be an enthusiastic gun owner. And that people's safety must take precedence over a self-serving interpretation of the Constitution.

"Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot," McGraw said. "However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control."

"They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up," he noted. "It’s not about the Second Amendment."

Hill recalled the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, noting that doctors treating victims there "saw wounds like you’d see in war."

"That's not right," she stated. And she called out the absurdity of what gun safety opponents have helped to bring about in this country.

"Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth," she declared.

"We all want a safe country."

Hill and McGraw are not easily dismissed as show biz elites or coastal liberals — Hill is from Mississippi, McGraw from Louisiana.

Their statements make it quite clear that the issue of gun safety, and reining in the NRA, is not dictated by state borders or cultural background — and it puts them on the side of the majority of voters, as well.