As one of the headliners at the Las Vegas country festival where 58 people were murdered last year, Eric Church has more reason than most to comment on gun rights. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Eric, a gun owner who describes himself as a “Second Amendment guy,” says he supports some reforms, but blames the NRA for why they haven’t been enacted.
“Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are,” he tells the magazine. “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.”
Eric says he’s in favor of closing gun-show loopholes, banning bump stocks and improving background checks. Noting that he saw a video where he could hear the “unbelievable” number of rounds the Vegas shooter fired, he says, “I don’t think our forefathers ever thought the right to bear arms was that.”
“There are some things we can’t stop,” he adds. “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.”
The singer blames “the lobbyists” for the lack of movement on the issue, noting, “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.”
And while the North Carolina native knows he may get some flak from fans for his comments, he says, simply, “I don’t care.”
“Right’s right and wrong’s wrong,” he says. “I don’t understand why we have to fear a group [like the NRA]. It’s asinine. Why can’t we come together and solve one part of this?”
Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The post Eric Church sounds off on gun rights: “Why canâ€™t we come together and solve one part of this?” appeared first on 98.7 WNLC.