Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow criticized her fellow country music artists this week for letting greed and fear keep them from speaking out about gun control.
“You would think after [the recent gun massacre in Las] Vegas we would see some leadership from our country community,” Crow told The Guardian:
“But all I can say about that is if there’s money involved, and fear, these conversations come to a screeching halt. There’s no one that I know of in the popular country world that is willing to step out and really to take a stand on this, and that’s really unfortunate. I hope there will be people who find a way out of their fear, who stick up for humanity as opposed to sticking with their fanbase or the money that can come along with having those large crowds.”
Crow’s new song, "The Dreaming Kind," is a tribute to the 20 young children and six adults who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut five years ago. She said she saw writing it as “an opportunity to be proactive in a way that’s completely non-political, that’s completely compassion based.”
Proceeds from downloads of the song will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit founded by several family members of the shooting victims.
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The song was inspired by Crow’s “real sense of helplessness” after the Las Vegas shooting, her frustration with America’s toxic gun debate and her struggle with how to tell her two sons, aged 10 and seven, about mass shootings that targeted kids like them as well as music lovers like their mother and her fans.
“It’s a horrible feeling for my kids to not even be able to know what happened at Sandy Hook,” Crow said, “for fear they’ll walk into school and think they’re not in a safe place, or that mom will go to work and there’s a chance she may not come home if there’s somebody in the audience with a gun.”
“The emotional terrorism that is being wielded from the White House down has everyone so on edge that it’s robbed us of our ability to have reasonable conversations," said Crow, "where we sit in a room and we’re able to discuss these very important topics with people we don’t necessarily agree with.
“As artists, I feel like we really have to show up in this, in all the areas that are hard for us. We need to write songs that talk about these issues. We need to write songs about what’s happening in our communities – the injustices, the people who feel left out."
Instead, too many artists are putting out “the same song over and over, because it’s paying for the big houses,” Crow said. “Our fans need to know that we care about them.”
If you cared about them, you'd encourage your fans to defend themselves against criminals by embracing their Second Amendment rights and becoming trained, law-abiding gun owners. An armed society is a polite society.