Tim McGraw 'Deeply Moved' By Stoneman Douglas Student Gun Control Activists
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.
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. What an amazing man who lost his life protecting the children. That is a true hero. And I’m deeply moved by these students who are lifting their voices - challenging us to listen, learn, and make real changes. #NeverAgain
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.
How terrible that a day that’s supposed to be about love has ended in violence? 17 killed by a semi automatic rifle in #Parkland and Congress does nothing... We are failing our children.— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) February 15, 2018
Here’s the speech from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez at an anti-gun rally happening today in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/CyfMnPDAvW // https://t.co/hgewZy4Cxf https://t.co/gssAmGczuH— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) February 17, 2018
This is not the America we are capable of. Please get upset. https://t.co/Qg8DnfzOyU— Cam (@camcountry) February 15, 2018
Plot twist: It is BOTH the broken people AND their access to the guns.— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) February 16, 2018
Idea: Why don’t we actually address BOTH? BOTH!!!!
At least we would be trying. Right now no one is trying. Only blaming. And actually each side has some logic: People kill people AND guns kill people.
I have a genuine question.Can someone educate/inform me as to me the fear behind banning the guns known as “automatic/semi-automatic/assault rifles”? Why does one want those kinds of guns?I can understand, in general, gun ownership, but I don’t understand these.What am I missing?— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) February 21, 2018
Nothing will be done.— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) February 15, 2018
Post your thoughts on the web to let the world know how you feel.— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) February 16, 2018
Have a conversation with person next with you to change their minds.
It's a slow process but that's how it works.
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.