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Country singer Eric Church said he blames the National Rifle Association (NRA) for holding up gun control legislation after a gunman killed dozens of people at a Las Vegas country music festival last year.
Church told Rolling Stone for a story this week that he blames gun lobbyists for why nothing more has been done to prevent mass shootings.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA,” he said.
The singer called for a ban on bump stocks, improved background checks and closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows for guns to be purchased from private sellers without a background check.
The NRA has been a “roadblock,” Church said.
“I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials,” Church said. “To me it’s cut-and-dried — the gun-show (loophole) would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution.”
Church said his views on ammunition and gun availability changed after a gunman opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 more at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
“I’m a Second Amendment guy,” Church said. “That’s in the Constitution, it’s people’s right, and I don’t believe it’s negotiable. But nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it.”
“Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are,” he continued. “Something’s gotta be done so that a person can’t have an armory and pin down a Las Vegas SWAT team for six minutes. That’s f—ed up.”
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