Lady Antebellum, Karen Fairchild Answer Tyler Hubbard’s Anti-Gun Violence Challenge
After Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard posted a video to Instagram advocating for universal background checks and an end to gun violence in partnership with TOMS, the country superstar put out a challenge to several of his musical friends to join him in his cause. Two of those he called on -- Lady Antebellum and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town -- have responded in support of Hubbard's campaign.
"Challenge proudly accepted, @thubbmusic," Lady A wrote in an Instagram post, captioning a picture of TOMS' End Gun Violence Together logo. "Go to TOMS.com to send your Representatives a postcard demanding they take action on what more than 90% of Americans agree on: universal background checks."
For her part, Fairchild seconded Hubbard's sentiment that, as a gun-owner, ending gun violence is more important to her than ever. "I live in a house where we own guns," the singer explained on Instagram. "This isn't about taking away anyone's rights, it's merely about protecting our children, our fans and our rights. We need better background checks. It's not too much to ask of any gun-owner that lives in this country. Our children are more important and deserve the respect to live in a country where they don't have to be afraid."
Meanwhile, Hubbard followed up his post with another video responding to those upset by his original message, clarifying that while although there is a law requiring gun shops who carry federal firearm licenses to perform background checks, personal sellers such as flea markets and gun shows are often not legally obligated to do so. "Anybody who's selling guns privately, it's not a legal obligation yet, and I think that's kind of the issue at hand here," Hubbard explains.
"As far as the Second Amendment goes, that's something I take very serious. I don't want to lose my right to bear arms. I don't want anybody else to lose that right," he goes on to say. "And that's why these conversations are being had in the first place. I'm not saying I know it all, guys. I'm not perfect. But I think these conversations are important. I think this is also not gonna solve every issue, but it's a place to start. It says that we care, and it's a step in the right direction."
The singer ended his video by calling for an end to the "hateful comments" on his posts, saying that "I think we can all show love even if we disagree with one another, and let's all become better for it....from one country boy to the next, I love you guys no matter what you believe, and I hope this clears up any confusion that I may have caused."
People interested in joining the campaign's cause can head to TOMS.com to digitally fill out a postcard and send it to their state representative. More information about the End Gun Violence Together can be found on the official TOMS' website.
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