Sheryl Crow: You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Oppose Assault Weapons Ban
Sheryl Crow is among the musicians who have come out in favor of more gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday (Oct. 1). In a social media post, the singer takes on people who say they're pro-life but do not support a ban on assault weapons.
"Anyone who does not fight for gun legislation to ban assault weapons cannot claim to be pro-life," Crow posted to Twitter on Tuesday (Oct. 3).
Sixty-four-year-old shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas from his hotel room above the crowd for 11 minutes. The attack killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others before the gunman took his own life. No motive is yet known for the attack, which is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
Crow previously shared her thoughts on Monday morning (Oct. 2), just hours after the news of the attack broke. "Can we discuss the loss of rights of people going to a concert because of the lack of assault rifle regulations?" she wrote.
She did not stop there, adding on Wednesday, "Any politician who takes money from the NRA has blood on their hands."
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That tweet appeared to be in response to a New York Times editorial from Rosanne Cash in which she took the National Rifle Association to task for its outreach into country music and its extraordinary financial and lobbying reach, accusing the organization of essentially buying its way into writing gun legislation and bullying those who oppose it into silence.
"There is no other way to say this: The NRA funds domestic terrorism," Cash writes, urging her fellow country singers to stand up to the NRA and speak out.
One formerly staunch pro-gun-rights musician changed his mind in the wake of the shootings on Sunday. Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter was part of JAB's performance on Sunday, and in a social media post, he said the legal firearms they carry on the road were "useless" when the attacks began.
"We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us,” he writes, adding, “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”
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