Tim McGraw has received quite a bit of flack for his decision to perform a concert to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that strives to protect children from gun violence by providing and empowering parents and communities with mental wellness and gun safety programs. Conservative gun rights activists came out, guns blazing, firing off negative comments about Tim’s affiliation with Sandy Hook.
While an online publication referred to Tim’s show as a “gun control fundraiser,” causing many to target Tim and pull the verbal trigger, the well-proven real good man explained that he made his choice from a personal standpoint, not a political one.
I don’t put a political blanket on what I’m doing. This is about helping people and leading with your heart. I think that that’s what I try to do, and we’re doing things [that] are earmarked for a lot of good in the community.
As we previously reported in our article announcing the show, Tim’s fiddle player, Dean Brown, witnessed a close friend lose his child in the shooting. Tim met Mark Barden and his wife, the parents of the young victim, at one of his concerts in the past and has been immensely moved by the loss they suffered.
When you sit across from a family who’ve gone through such a great tragedy, it’s just heartbreaking. And when you sit and have a conversation and you feel connected and they want you to help, and you feel like you can help, then you lead with your heart. When you talk about protecting our kids from violence and doing everything you can to protect our children, I’m all in.
Tour mates Billy Currington and Chase Bryant were originally slated to join Tim on stage at the benefit, but since the initial announcement, Billy removed his name from the bill. However, Chase confirmed that he will support the concert and perform as planned.
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