Two of country music’s biggest stars have turned their backs on fans by supporting a new gun control campaign.
Both Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard voiced their support on social media for the Toms shoes and apparel company’s “End Gun Violence Together” campaign.
The campaign, as seen on the Toms website, promises to give $5 million to anti-gun organizations.
Through the website, customers can also send electronic postcards to their representative asking for “universal background checks.”
“As your constituent, I urge you to stand with me and pass this life-saving legislation,” the postcard reads.
On Instagram, Hubbard voiced his support for the campaign and called for universal background checks.
“As a proud gun owner myself, that’s a right and a privilege I take very, very serious,” Hubbard prefaced.
As a gun owner, Hubbard should know that guns actually keep people safe.
Armed citizens are extremely effective in either reducing or completely eliminating loss of life in active shooter scenarios.
However, these facts didn’t stop Hubbard from advertising the ridiculous campaign.
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Please hear my heart. This is not a political post, but a post about the betterment of humanity. Its time we start the uncomfortable conversations to make a change in our country. It starts with us. Let’s #EndGunViolenceTogether. Go to TOMS.com to send your Representatives a postcard demanding they take action on what more than 90% of Americans agree on: universal background checks. I’m proud to partner with @TOMS to #endgunviolencetogether
“So let’s come together as a country, let’s do our part. Toms is doing a really cool campaign right now to raise awareness for universal background checks,” Hubbard said after expressing concern over mass shootings.
The reality is that universal background checks wouldn’t stop mass shootings.
Universal background checks would only serve to criminalize the private sale of guns at gun shows and private transactions between between family, friends, and neighbors.
Bentley also expressed support for the Toms campaign in an Instagram post.
Obviously, these artists are either clueless or insensitive about the opinions of their fans.
While Hubbard disabled comments on his Instagram post, Bentley left his comments open, and fans were not happy.
The backlash has already started — and some of it’s vicious. These are a couple of the nicer responses.
“Another star ignorant on gun issues,” one user wrote.
“Definitely saddened by this. You were probably my favorite,” another fan wrote.
Note the past tense there. These two stars have deserted their fans. The price could be steep.
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