The National Rifle Association has quietly removed the roster of musicians associated with the organization from its website, Rolling Stone reports.
After an update on March 16, the list of talent currently partnered with or connected to NRA Country — the initiative anchored on the cultural ties between the NRA and country music — is absent, and no mention of any affiliated artists can be found save for the “Events” section offering details for scheduled performances. None of the artists Rolling Stone reached out to had been made aware of the change, which eliminated NRA Country’s “Featured Artist” distinction entirely from the current site design and signaled a shift in the campaign’s messaging.
Several artists have condemned the NRA in the wake of recent gun-related tragedies, including the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida at Stoneman Douglas High School and Route 91 on October 2, when 59 people were killed and hundreds were injured after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Las Vegas country festival.
Roseanne Cash, in an op/ed for the New York Times following the Route 91 shooting, called out NRA Country directly for functioning as a “wholesome public relations veneer” that “masks something deeply sinister and profoundly destructive. There is no other way to say this: The NRA funds domestic terrorism.”