Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard on Gun Violence: 'Something Has to Change' (Exclusive Video)
The country star & gun owner supports TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie's End Gun Violence Together campaign in new video.
As more and more country stars begin to speak out on gun control, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard shared a video message Thursday (Nov. 29) -- premiering exclusively on Billboard -- supporting TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie's End Gun Violence Together campaign.
"I just saw a statistic that said there were 307 mass shootings in the last 311 days in our country, which is terrifying and devastating," Hubbard says to open the video. "I think we can all come together and all agree that something has to change. It's unacceptable -- we shouldn't have to walk out of the house and live in fear anymore."
Hubbard makes note of the fact that he is a "proud gun owner" himself and that he takes the right and privilege very seriously. He joins other celebrities, including Josh Duhamel, who are gun owners and in support of the End Gun Violence Together campaign. Dierks Bentley, Joe Jonas and Ryan Seacrest have also endorsed the movement.
Mycoskie announced the launch of the campaign last week on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, noting that TOMS will invest $5 million into organizations across the country that are committed to addressing gun violence through various tactics, including programming in communities of color, mental health, research and policy, suicide prevention and more.
“As I watched the horrific shootings in Thousand Oaks, just a few miles from TOMS’ headquarters and my home, I was overcome with immense fear for my own children and an understanding that parents across America -- especially in communities of color -- have been living with that same fear and loss for far too long," Mycoskie said in a press release. "We’ve been inspired by the organizations who have led this movement and by the students who have shown us unimaginable bravery and tenacity. We are ready to do our part and are asking all of our supporters to join us."
The End Gun Violence Together campaign allows Americans to use the TOMS website to urge members of Congress to take immediate action on the issue by writing and sending postcards. "This is an easy thing that we can all do. So go to TOMS.com, write a short postcard to your state representative, and do your part to make this country a better place for our friends, our family and our kids," Hubbard concludes.
Watch Hubbard's video message above.
For more on country artists speaking out on gun control, click here for recent conversations with Margo Price, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and more.