Two country music stars just jumped on the gun control bandwagon, potentially alienating many of their fans, as Rolling Stone reports:
Two of country’s leading men have joined the movement to end gun violence, since Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard have both voiced their support for Congress to enact universal background checks.
In conjunction with the Toms apparel company’s new End Gun Violence Together campaign, Bentley and Hubbard have directed online followers to the Toms website, where they can send postcards urging action to their representatives.
“More than 90% of Americans support universal background checks. And I’m one of them,” reads the default language of the postcards, which are part of $5 million Toms is giving to various organizations around the cause.
Establishing universal background checks at the federal level would eliminate the gun show loophole that allows numerous firearms to be sold without buyers being screened.
Here’s what these two country music stars want, according to AWR Hawkins at Breitbart:
Bentley and Hubbard are both pushing for universal background checks, although laws requiring background checks already exist, and have since 1998.
The difference between universal checks and the type the U.S. has is that universal checks are a way to criminalize private gun sales, thereby making criminals out of a neighbor who sells a gun to another neighbor or a father who sells a gun to his son.
Moreover, the universal background check push spearheaded by Tom’s, and supported by Bentley and Hubbard, suggests checks are needed to close the “gun show loophole.”
But they do not list a single high-profile shooting from this century that would have been stopped by universal background checks.
That is because nearly every mass shooter gets their guns via a background check.
The exceptions are those who steal their guns.