Jason Aldean was onstage when a shooter began spraying shots into the crowd during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He called out terrorists, domestic and otherwise when he returned to the stage in Tulsa. But now, with the debate over gun control in front and center, he doesn’t want to comment.
“I’m not a politician,” he says in the new issue of EW. “I’m not trying to push my own agenda. If I say that I believe this, I’m gonna piss off half of the people, and if I say I believe that, I’m gonna piss off the other half. I have my opinions, but what the hell do I know? I think everybody needs to sit down, stop pushing their own agendas, and figure out what will make it safer. When people can’t go to a damn movie or a concert and not worry about somebody shooting the place up, there’s a flaw in the system.”
Aldean has a new album coming out, so to “piss off” half of his base would be shooting himself in the foot. Even if that’s not the primary issue with his non-comment, the singer doesn’t want to wade into those waters.
He does, however, have an opinion about violent video games.
“I’m not a pro [but] I think part of the issue is kids at home playing virtual reality games where they’re shooting people all day. They sit down for hours and hours, and that starts to become actual reality. Get out and throw a ball, you know what I’m saying? I think that’s part of the problem, but I don’t know.”
The great thing about this country is that we are all trying to figure it out, so we can each express our opinions. Aldean may see the problem, he just doesn’t have a solution.