Less than a month ago, Jason Aldean refused to wade into the gun control debate. He felt it was a lose-lose situation, that no matter what he said he would make his fans upset. So, he simply said, “What the hell do I know?” And that was the end of that.
Aldean, an avid hunter and gun owner, couldn’t pretend like he didn’t have an opinion. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Aldean talked about what he thinks is the real problem.
“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost,” Aldean said. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in 5 minutes, do a background check that takes 5 minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the issues I have. It’s not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don’t think people should have guns. I have a lot of them.”
He still believes politics is a no-win game for an entertainer and recognized that he might “crucified in the public eye or in the media.” But after living through what he lived through, after walking into the hospital rooms of dozens of victims of the Route 91 shooting, shouldn’t he be able to say something without being vilified?
“Nobody is looking at what the actual issue is and really how to come to an agreement and make a smart decision,” Aldean said.
Let’s hope we do.