Donald Trump is expected to speak at the NRA’s upcoming event, only days after another mass shooting robs yet another group of young children of their barely-begun lives, but another Don is pulling out of the conference. Don McLean, behind the timeless hit American Pie, was slated to perform at the event. Now he says that to do so would be “disrespectful and hurtful” in light of recent events.
According to the Houston Chronicle, McLean went on to say that he was sure all attendees of the event are also “shocked and sickened” at the mass murder of young children — “After all, we are all Americans.”
He’s not the only one. According to Variety, Larry Gatlin, of the Gatlin Brothers trio, and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart have also decided they won’t perform for the NRA.
Rolling Stone quotes Gatlin as declaring that he’s a “Second Amendment guy” and “agree[s] with most of the positions held by the NRA”, but believing they’re wrong on others.
“I have come to believe that, while background checks would not stop every madman with a gun, it is at the very least a step in the right direction toward trying to prevent the kind of tragedy we saw this week in Uvalde— in my beloved, weeping Texas.”
Gatlin also said that he prays the NRA will reconsider “some of its outdated and ill-thought-out positions regarding firearms in America.”
An awful lot of parents with school-aged kids are watching Texas right now and echoing that sentiment.
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