Tim McGraw is now among the celebs calling for the oft-repeated “common sense” gun control–without exercising any common sense himself.
In an interview with Billboard made after the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay shooting (but before the Sutherland Springs Church shooting in Texas), the popular country music singer and his equally famous wife, Faith Hill, voiced their support for limiting the sale of fire arms–and criticized Americans who oppose gun control on the grounds of the Second Amendment.
“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. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”
He then went on to call for the removal of “military weapons” from the gun market.
“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. We all want a safe country.”
Hill made similar remarks, criticizing what she believes to be civilian ownership of “military weapons.”
“In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there. The doctors that [treated] the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right. 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. We all want a safe country.”
McGraw says he wants the government and NRA to tell the truth. Perhaps he should practice what he preaches.
— USCCA (@USCCA) September 21, 2017
The country music power couple both talk about keeping what they call “military weapons” out of the hands of regular people.
Their celebrity advocacy echoes the rhetoric of Senate Democrats, who introduced “assault weapons” ban legislation on Thursday.
Whether it’s “military weapons” or “assault weapons,” gun control advocates love using misleading, emotionally charged terms that have little technical meaning.
As has been repeated time and again (because liberals don’t seem to listen), semi-automatic rifles used in incidents like the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs Church shootings are not machine guns like those used by the military.
They are not automatic, but rather fire only one shot per trigger, as seen in this demonstration of an AR-15 rifle–a common target of the gun control crowd.
The left overstates homicides via semiautomatic rifles–the kind of guns they would call “military weapons.” FBI data shows that 374 people were killed in 2016 with rifles (presumably of any kind), while 1,604 people were stabbed to death.
In fact, more people–656 in total–were killed via “hands, fists, feet, etc.,” than with rifles.
Furthermore, gun homicides have been plunging dramatically since the ’90s, according to Pew Research.
But these are facts you won’t hear from celebrities like Tim McGraw. Who has time for facts when you have an agenda to push?