It would seem that it normally takes experience in life to be able to come out as an advocate for something in particular. When I was first married my wife and I didn’t have a lot of money, but we were doing well. Gas eventually got super high and many people were complaining and struggling financially as a result. There was blow back against the government, but I didn’t feel the need to complain and simply it was because I hadn’t felt the effects of what was going on. Later on in life when kids came along and gas got high again, I felt it and started to speak on the topic more. This is what happened with country singer Eric Church.
Eric Church is a very popular musician and that makes what he says so much more damning or incredible, depending on what side of the aisle you are on. Last year domestic terrorist, Stephen Paddock, killed 58 people as he shot up a concert from his hotel balcony. Eric Church was not performing at the time of the shooting, but he had performed at the same even just two days prior. He has felt the impact and has now spoken out about the incident. In an interview with the Rolling Stone, Church specifically goes after the NRA. He puts the blame for the shooting on the NRA and their lobbying efforts to Congress that have created gun loop holes. He says, “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, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution,” Church said. “I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years.”
The intriguing thing is that Paddock bought all of his guns legally and did not purchase them from a gun show and so Church’s claim is not relevant. He purchased them from at least eight different gun stores in Nevada. I would hope that Church’s comments are not wrought with emotion and if so he is becoming more of the problem with the narratives of this country. I can only assume that it is emotion seeing that he is factually incorrect in his statement. I am not going to put off of the table the fact that there are loopholes and that it is easy for evil people to get guns and that perhaps there should be something done about that, but that is not my focus.
I want to point out that we can’t find solace in blaming other people or organizations when something tragic happens. Ultimately the responsibility in on the shoulders of the one who committed the evil deed. Maybe there could be laws that would have limited him to just one firearm purchase, but even then he could have done damage. He would not have killed as many people, but we shouldn’t be putting in measures that simply lower the death count. When opposition approaches us as well we often turn to extreme measures as humans to counter it and overcome it. Take away the guns and he could have turned to bombs and explosives. Invention is the consequence of opposition. We must look at society and our morals, standards, and how we treat people. How do we support people instead of bringing them down and get them more stable mentally?
This man was deranged and nobody saw it coming and the event is beyond tragic, but emotional ties cannot litigate that which will only undermine our true objective and that is to save lives. Eric Church took a stand, a very polarized one in fact, and he will pay for it with the loss of fans. His new tribe, those of the liberal left, will stand in to support though I am not sure their taste in music will satisfy record and song sales. We can only fix the problems we face by correctly identifying solutions that will pave the way to success. We can work hard all the day long, but if the solutions are filled with error then we are only treading water and nobody is better off for it.