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Lee Greenwood is opening up about his decision not to perform at the National Rifle Association (NRA) conference on Friday in Houston, Texas, following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde that left 19 dead and two teachers.
“You know, I thought about it for a long time,” Greenwood told Fox News Digital. “I spoke to some of my friends Don McLean and Larry Gatlin. And Larry Gatlin made a very good statement to the NRA.”
Greenwood added, “I’m a gun owner. I believe in the Second Amendment. But my performance in the NRA would have been considered a [that] I approve of the gun that killed the children. And I thought that was not just in bad taste, but out of respect for the families who lost their children and the teachers who were killed, it would be really very bad taste. And so we informed the NRA that we weren’t going to play their convention.”
On Wednesday, “American Pie” singer Don McClean said he would no longer perform at the NRA conference after the fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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“In light of recent events in Texas, I have decided that it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McClean told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“I am sure that everyone planning to attend this event is equally shocked and sickened by these events. After all, we are all Americans. I share the grief of this terrible and cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” did he declare. concluded.
The country music singer, 79, said he thinks back to the days when he often dropped his own children off at school and never considered the idea that they wouldn’t be safe in such a setting innocent.
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“I have two sons and when they were very young, six and three, I really didn’t think about the danger when we dropped them off at school. I thought it was going to be [the school] Have had them for a while and I’m getting them back. And now the danger is a little more present,” Greenwood explained of the rate at which mass shootings are happening on campuses across the country. “After Columbine, then Sandy Hook, and now this shooting, not only my heart breaks for the parents who returned their children to school that morning and will not see them again, but i think what needs to change is more protection for our students when they are at school.”
“If an 18-year-old walks into a gun store, buys a rifle and a gun and 375 rounds, I’d like to know where he’s coming from.”
Greenwood said in his opinion, “The simple answer would have been in typical military protocol, you lock all the doors, an armed officer at the front door – there’s only one entrance and one exit. He could have engaged the shooter when he came in. That’s the first thing.
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The ‘Fool’s Gold’ crooner went on to explain that in his view, loose gun laws and nonchalant background checks bear the brunt of blame on 18-year-old Salvador Ramos getting the gun he used to carry out the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.
“I don’t know who needs an automatic weapon, but if somebody wants to mess up and want to kill me, finding a gun is no problem,” Greenwood said. “You can’t stop someone, but you can stop multiple murders – and that’s automatic weapons.”
Greenwood insisted: “Of course, background checks – you have to have thorough background checks. And in my opinion, if an 18-year-old walked into a gun store, bought a gun and a fire and 375 rounds I would I would like to know where he is going with this I deeply wonder what he is going to do with this gun Are you a hunter Do you have a hunting license Do you know, how’s your family? You know, where are you going next week? I mean – just a casual chat about it because that’s what they do at the border when immigration asks us when we’re from another country. Where were you? Have you been around any illnesses or – just a simple questioning could have stopped this guy from getting the gun.”
Soon, in the wake of such a historic massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, looms one of the nation’s most famous holidays, commemorating and honoring those in our armed forces who have paid the price ultimate goal to protect their country’s freedoms.
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For Greenwood, Memorial Day is more than just a day of remembrance, but a time when many people from all walks of life come together — if only for a day — in a united front.
“The memories we have of Memorial Days past are basically fireworks. In the national anthem song, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ it’s ‘bombs bursting through the air.’ has lyrics to it. It was over Fort McHenry, of course, as we won our independence in the Revolutionary War,” Greenwood explained in a brief American history lesson.
“I think it’s kind of the magic of the fireworks and what they do for us and we have that in our cul de sac every year,” continued Greenwood – who will be heading off on a well-deserved family vacation. after his performance at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. “We’re the ones always going for Black Cat fireworks and just, you know, having a good time.”
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Greenwood performed Friday at the “Fox & Friends All American Summer Concert Series” in front of many of our nation’s military. He said the timing was impressive given the state New York was in just a year ago and even more so in the months and years since 9/11.
“That’s what that attitude is for when we’re doing this scene live outside of FOX Studios,” he said. “And it’s kind of cool to be in New York, where things are now hectic and bustling. And when we think back to 2001 and how this city was almost a ghost town after the attack on America and the rebuilding of our country and its attitude, its There’s so much to do, and that’s why I’m proud to be part of this fiber that makes things more unified.
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Greenwood added: “It’s amazing. And it’s not the first time we’ve done this. And it’s Memorial Day weekend. It’s always an exciting time for us because we can elevate America. We are talking about the memory of those who served the country and sacrificed for all of us. There are happy events leading up to this weekend, but we will try to focus on the positive and talk about the army, mainly, of course, and remember those who gave us our freedom.”
Greenwood turns 80 in October and he told Fox News Digital he would likely use the time to “maybe cut back on my touring schedule for the rest of my life.”
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“I think 80 days for 80 years makes a lot of sense next year,” he said, adding that he’ll also be releasing a new album featuring 21 original songs “all re-recorded while I can still sing as well. than me, and then just pursue the business with a passion like I always have.”
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