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.
NPR, AOL, and others report that Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter is now a gun control supporter, repudiating his past beliefs.
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.
Sarah Palin Considering Primary Challenge to RINO Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski
Talk about an upgrade.
Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is considering a 2022 primary challenge to liberal Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Murkowsi is currently one of two nominal Republican Senators who has declined to support a tentative Trump administration nominee for the Supreme Court. She also was the only Republican not to vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in 2018.
Palin addressed Murkowski’s refusal to support conservative nominees for the Supreme Court in a set of three videos she uploaded to her Instagram page on Thursday. In subtle reference to a possible primary challenge, she pointed at her house in Wasilla, Alaska, mentioning that she’d be potentially willing to move away from the community to Washington D.C.
“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time, and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you, if you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing, … and do what the majority of Americans want you to do, to do what you were sent to Washington, D.C., to do,” said Palin to Murkowski in the video.
She referenced a notable campaign quip from 2008, when smug liberal pundits had mocked the vice presidential candidate for saying that she “can see Russia from her house.” (The assertion is more or less true, if not expressly literal- islands belonging to the Russian Federation can be seen from Alaska’s Diomede Islands.)
“I can see 2022 from my house!” said the former Alaska Governor, referring to the next election in which the NeverTrump Senator would be held to account in an Alaska Republican primary.
Palin has always been a staunch conservative, even to the point of falling out of the good graces of globalist liberal John McCain’s elite political network after the 2008 election. She’s doubtlessly be a very strong candidate in a 2022 senatorial campaign.
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