Faith Hill, Tim McGraw Speak Out in Wake of Vegas Shooting
Country stars call for 'common sense' gun control
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – In the wake of last months deadly shooting in Las Vegas, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are speaking out in favor of gun control—an unusual move for country stars, USA Today reports. “Look, I’m a bird hunter," McGraw tells Billboard. “However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control." Hill says the couple knew "a lot of people" at the Route 91 Harvest festival that was targeted in the shooting that left 58 people dead. "[Doctors] saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right," Hill says. "Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians."

Hill says they want a "safe country," and McGraw adds that "it's not about the Second Amendment." Hill concludes: "It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth." Hill and McGraw, who are promoting their first album together, spoke to Billboard about gun control before a shooter killed 26 adults and children in a Texas church last weekend, ABC News reports. It's not the first time the couple have gone out of their way to take a political stance. In 2008, McGraw openly voiced his support for Barack Obama.

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