Jeff Foxworthy and Alan Jackson will be speaking at a NRA event in April, to the surprise of none of their fans. Nevertheless, a gun control group is not happy and they’re making their thoughts known.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America noticed the scheduled engagement for April 11 in Nashville, Tennessee, and took to Facebook to protest.
“Alan Jackson and Jeff Foxworthy agreed to open this year’s NRA convention,” the post begins, adding that this happened “after the NRA pushed to arm convicted criminals, blocked federal gun violence research, and board members promoted armed insurrection.”
“Let’s educate these celebrities on the dangerous and irresponsible policies the gun lobby supports.”
From there, the group links to a pre-established tweet with alleged “facts” designed to paint the National Rifle Association into a negative light.
“76 percent of gun owners including 71 percent of NRA members, support prohibiting people on terror watch lists from buying guns. But the NRA fights any efforts to close the ‘terror gap.’
“Thanks in part to the NRA, the FBI has no authority to block firearm sales to individuals on the country’s terrorist watch lists. Someone deemed too dangerous to board a plane is allowed to buy guns under federal law.
“8 in 10 gun owners including 74 percent of the NRA’s own members, support requiring a criminal background check of anyone purchasing a gun.
“But the NRA claims that background checks are a nefarious government plot to create a national registry of guns.”
The list goes on and can be read in full at this link, though many of the “facts” are not cited and are slanted in the wording.
What many find unusual is that the gun control group chose Jeff Foxworthy and Alan Jackson, who are already well-known supporters of gun rights.
Considering that the vast majority of Foxworthy and Jackson’s fans are as well, it’s not likely much will come of the protest but the group is giving it a go anyway.
As for the comedian and the country music superstar, neither camp has decided to issue a comment at this time, nor has the NRA.
More Americans than ever before are in favor of gun rights, according to a recent poll.
But what do you think, readers? Is this gun control group wasting its time by targeting two known conservatives with a heavy conservative fan base, or is it sound strategy?
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