[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier this week, Country music super star Tim McGraw announced that he was headlining a concert to support the group ‘Sandy Hook Promise.’ The group was formed in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an event used by anti-gun rights activities to attack the Second Amendment and push for the implementation of gun control. Two other Country singers, Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, were to join McGraw during the concert. But one of them dropped out after facing outrage from fans displayed on social media.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Billy Currington announced on his Facebook page that he would no longer be participating in the concert, but would instead send his own donation.
I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization. I appreciate people’s freedom and passion for whatever cause they want to support, however, I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans.
The concert will take place at Xfinity Theater in Hartford, Connecticut on July 17.
In a statement to the Washington Post on Thursday, McGraw defended his participation in the concert for a group that has been criticized for supporting gun control. He said, “Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”
McGraw added that his intention with headlining the concert is simply to help a community that is still recovering.