Tim McGraw 'Deeply Moved' By Stoneman Douglas Student Gun Control Activists

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Tim McGraw during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 20, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Tim McGraw added his voice to the rising tide of artists offering their support and praise for the students marching and advocating for changes to the nation's gun laws in the wake of last week's mass killing of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On Wednesday (Feb. 21), McGraw posted a compelling picture of students holding signs during a march this week along with a personal story of how the murder of the 14 teenagers and three teachers at the school by a 19 year-old gunman wielding an AR-15 military-style semi-automatic assault rifle had hit home for him. 

"I learned one of the teachers who was shot in Florida at Stoneman Douglas, Scott Beigel, was a friend of one of my associates -- they were camp counselors together," he wrote. "What an amazing man who lost his life protecting the children. That is a true hero."

McGraw is one of the few mainstream country acts to speak out about the latest in the nearly two dozen school shootings so far this year. He said he was "deeply moved" by the students who are lifting up their voices and challenging the rest of us to "listen, learn, and make real changes."

The country star added the #NeverAgain hashtag to his post as well.

A small handful of other country acts have also spoken out about the massacre at the school, which has spurred calls across the nation from a number of advocates for stronger gun control legislation. Among those tweeting out their shock, grief and praise for the strength and eloquence of the Marjory Stoneman students are Margo Price and Kacey Musgraves, as well as Cam, Jennifer Nettles and Brothers Osborne.

On Friday (Feb. 23), Austin Mahone, Jack & Jack and a number of other artists will play a benefit for the survivors of the shooting in Parkland. The teenagers faced with an armed assault from one of their former peers have become instant activists seeking substantive change to the nation's gun laws, including calls to raise the minimum age for purchase of semi-automatic rifles to 21. A number of them descended on the Florida capital this week to demand changes to the state's laws even as the GOP-led state house on Tuesday (Feb. 21) rejected a motion to consider a ban on semiautomatic guns and high capacity magazines by a 36-71 vote.

Some of the survivors and parents from Stoneman Douglas met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday to share their stories and demand action on guns, with the president suggesting that one solution to the scourge of gun-involved school violence was to arm teachers and school staff. The students have organized a march on Washington slated for March 24 called March for our Lives, which has gained support from a number of music activists and artists.


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