Jason Aldean should have taken his own advice, because he isn’t making it easy on his fans who respect the Second Amendment.
The country singer, who fled the stage in Las Vegas when a madman started shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival crowd in October, has broken a self-imposed silence on the national gun debate for an interview with The Associated Press.
And the guy who wrote a tribute the to American heartland in “Fly Over States” sounded like a blue-state, coastal liberal.
“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost,” Aldean told the AP in an interview published Monday.
“When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in five minutes, do a background check that takes five minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the issues I have. It’s not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don’t think people should have guns.
“I have a lot of them.”
Well, first and foremost, how quickly a gun can be purchased depends mainly on the state where it’s taking place — and it can be a lot more than five minutes. But we’ll get back to that.
Second, the background checks Aldean is complaining about are based on information collected by the FBI and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. How in-depth it is depends on how honest the information is that’s collected.
How many federal bureaucrats would Aldean prefer be standing watch over every American exercising a constitutionally guaranteed right to “keep and bear arms?”
And that’s really the heart of the issue.
Aldean is obviously not a stupid man. And as a gun owner, he just as obviously doesn’t have a philosophical objection to the idea of self-defense.
But this interview sounds a lot like he’s pandering to the gun-control crowd (which is sizable, even in the world of country music).
The fact is, Americans have a right to own guns. And if a state denies that right, the consequences can be deadly.
Maybe Aldean and others like him would prefer it take longer to get a gun legally? Maybe they’ve never heard of Carol Browne, a resident of gun-controlling New Jersey, who was stabbed to death in 2015 while awaiting local government approval to obtain a gun.
She had applied for a gun license April 21, according to the Courier Post. She still hadn’t received it when she was murdered — six weeks later — on June 3. According to NJ.com, gun rights activists called Browne’s death an “absolute outrage.”
As the liberals and bleating feminists from the #MeToo movements are constantly telling us, Brown is far from the only woman in America who’s threatened by a man — but Aldean thinks it’s “too easy to get guns.”
Browne could be murdered by her ex-boyfriend because it wasn’t easy enough. But maybe gun grabbers are more outraged by armed Americans than dead women.
In writing up the interview, the AP reported that Aldean had tried to stay out of the national debate over gun control because it was a “no-win situation” — any stance he took would anger one side or the other.
Well, he was right about that.
He just wasn’t right about what side he ended up on.
The guy who just released a single called “You Make It Easy” isn’t making things any easier for his fans who respect the Second Amendment. And he’s likely to get eaten alive over a statement as foolish as this.
He should have taken his own advice and stayed out of the debate.
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