Maren Morris Speaks Up on Gun Control: ‘We Need to Protect Ourselves & Our Children’
Maren Morris took part in a poignant Grammys tribute to concertgoers who were killed at Route 91 Harvest Festival last year, but she wants to see more action. Ahead of the show, she spoke candidly with Rolling Stone about a need for proper gun control.
She feels that it's time for the country community "to get brave and talk about it."
The singer joined forces with Eric Church and Brothers Osborne for a striking cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" on Sunday night (Jan. 28). All three acts were on the bill at the Las Vegas festival prior to the Oct. 1 massacre, and many of their peers have been silent when it comes to gun laws in the wake of the shooting.
"Having this open conversation about gun rights would be a start, [as well as] changing legislation," Morris tells Rolling Stone. "We need to protect ourselves and our children, and I want the county music community to get brave and talk about it."
Watch Maren Morris, Eric Church and Bros. Osborne Sing "Tears in Heaven"
"I feel like the floodgates are starting to open, where people are comfortable talking about it," she adds. "Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy like Vegas to start that conversation, but I'm hoping it impacts positive change from now on, so we never have to see this again."
The names of the music fans killed at Route 91 Harvest Festival and in the Manchester concert bombing were shown behind the country artists as they sang "Tears in Heaven," and Morris says she hopes their performance helped mourning families. "I've talked to so many people who fled the scene of the Vegas tragedy and got out OK, but they are suffering from PTSD. I mean – they were being shot at for 20 minutes," she shares. "I hope this inspires them a little bit ... to not be afraid to go to festivals or to shows, or for performers to not be afraid to walk out onto a stage."
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