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Media Puts Country Music World In Middle Of Gun-Control Debate

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The country music world, which largely represents red-state America, is now in the mainstream media spotlight on the issue of gun confiscation and control.

The fact that Las Vegas’ mass shooting occurred at a country music concert puts one of the heartland’s most prized institutions on the front lines of the gun control debate.

Immediately, modern country music stars who work for major record companies started expressing their shock and disbelief at the shooting, which ISIS has claimed credit for. Natural reactions of grief and sadness are natural, human, and expected. But the mainstream media is already touting the country stars who are speaking out for Hollywood’s line on disarming Americans.

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NPR, AOL, and others report that Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter is now a gun control supporter, repudiating his past beliefs.

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In a piece entitled “Las Vegas shooting: What’s impact on country music’s gun culture,” USA Today Network featured the words of The Tennessean writers Jordan Buie and Dave Boucher:

While many musical genres routinely reference weapons, the NRA sought to formalize its relationship with country music in 2010, creating NRA Country.
The brand features artists, including Florida Georgia Line and Trace Adkins, promoting some of their appearances. It also sells merchandise, including a T-shirt with the empty chamber of a revolver inside the sound hole of a guitar and another shirt that says “music, firearms, freedom.”
There is a clear connection between NRA members and country fans, said Vanessa Shahidi, director of NRA Country, in a 2015 interview before the NRA had its annual conference in Nashville.
“It’s no secret,” Shahidi said at the time. “If you poll our members, they love country music.”

The White House has signaled an openness to discussing gun laws at some point in the future, after the mourning period in Las Vegas is over.

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New Mexico Bureaucrat Arrested for Vandalizing State GOP Headquarters

Cameron Chase McCall is a former intern for New Mexico’s Democratic governor.

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A New Mexico state employee heavily connected to the state Democratic party is being charged with vandalizing the Republican Party’s headquarters in the state.

Cameron Chase McCall was arrested Thursday in relation to spray-paint vandalism of the Republican Party offices in Albuquerque. The Expo New Mexico employee was caught on surveillance cameras spraying the words “still traitors” on the building.

Republican Party officials say the vandalism will cost more than $4,000 to repair.

A quick look into McCall’s background shows his motives to be readily apparent. McCall is a former intern for New Mexico’s liberal Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, when she was a member of congress. She condemned her intern’s behavior in a statement released following his arrest.

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Albuquerque police are also investigating if McCall is responsible for a closely similar incident back in March, when the same Republican Party offices were spraypainted with the word “traitors.” Sources indicate that the same kind of spray paint was used in both incidents. The initial act of vandalism inspired Republicans to install cameras at the offices, which proved crucial in identifying McCall as the culprit of the latest political crime.

Expo New Mexico is a state-run convention center in Albuquerque. A Bernalillo county judge identified McCall as a “sponsorship coordinator” for the venue during his initial appearance in court on Thursday. McCall was suspended from his job following his vandalism arrest, and officials with the entity state that he’ll be fired if he’s convicted of the charges.

McCall has been released on bond to await trial. He’s one of several political zealots to make national news recently for acting on their hatred for the Republican Party by committing crimes.

 

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