Larry Gatlin Pulls Out of NRA Convention Concert in Texas

A country concert scheduled for this weekend’s NRA conference in Houston has just lost another artist. Larry Gatlin, a member of country trio The Gatlin Brothers, has left the cast. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter behind Gatlin Brothers hits like “All the Gold in California” and “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)” said in a statement that he “can’t in good conscience perform on the NRA Convention in Houston” following Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers.

“While I agree with most of the NRA’s positions, I’ve come to believe that while background checks wouldn’t stop every madman with a gun, it’s at least a step in the right direction to try and prevent some kind of tragedy.” that we saw in Uvalde this week — in my beloved, weeping Texas,” Gatlin said. It’s a remarkable statement for a conservative country star who has appeared at previous NRA conventions as well as Trump rallies.

“I pray that the NRA will reconsider some of their outdated and ill-considered positions on firearms in America,” he said. “I’m a 2nd Amendment guy, but the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t apply to everyone. As simple as that.”

But Gatlin didn’t make a big face when it came to gun control. He continued to reuse the gun advocate trope that a good guy with a gun can neutralize an attacker. “What if the teachers had been proficient with firearms and had actually been armed this week? My answer is that there would not be 21 freshly dug graves for 21 of God’s precious children.”

Gatlin’s departure from the concert, dubbed the “NRA Grand Ole Night of Freedom,” follows Don McLean’s. The “American Pie” singer said appearing at the event following the events in Uvalde would be “disrespectful and hurtful”. Lee Greenwood, along with a few other country wannabes and alumni, will still be performing.

Larry Gatlin’s full statement:

To my sad fellow citizens –

I can’t in good conscience perform at the NRA conference in Houston this weekend. While I agree with most of the NRA’s positions, I’ve come to believe that while background checks wouldn’t stop every madman with a gun, it’s at least a step in the right direction in trying to prevent the kind of tragedy that is happening we saw in Uvalde this week – in my beloved, crying TEXAS.

It’s not a perfect world, and the “if only quantity” policy will never make it one. I’m a what-if guy and I can’t help but ask the question, “What if the teachers had been proficient with firearms and had actually been armed this week? My answer is that there would not be 21 freshly dug graves for 21 of God’s precious children.

My prayers and thoughts go out to all who are suffering and I pray that the NRA will reconsider some of their outdated and ill-considered positions regarding firearms in AMERICA.

I’m a 2nd Amendment guy, but the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t apply to everyone. As simple as that.
GOD HELP US PLEASE
– Larry Gatlin

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/larry-gatlin-nra-convention-uvalde-1359008/ Larry Gatlin Pulls Out of NRA Convention Concert in Texas

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