Country Music’s Tim McGraw made a mistake in his strategy and lost a large part of his fan base by headlining a concert for the anti-gun group Sandy Hook Promise. Then he compounded that problem by attempting to defend his decision: “As a gun owner, I support gun ownership,” McGraw argued in his statement. “I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children.”
Now, to add insult to injury, at least eleven families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy have distanced themselves from Sandy Hook Promise and made it clear they were not affiliated with the group in any way.
According to Breitbart, NBC reported that the group of families issued the statement “to clarify the issue for donors who might believe they are directly supporting the victims’ families.”
The families are concerned that the anti-gun group “is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims’ families.”
McGraw’s response to Breitbart’s original reporting of the upcoming fundraiser concert, said, “Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain.” He added, “The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.”
The concert, however, appears to be a fundraising event for a gun-control group with member Mark Barden dedicating “the rest of his life” to fighting for gun control measures.
Norfolk Daily News quoted the 11 families saying: “We wish only to provide clarification for the many generous donors that believe they are directly supporting the families at the center of this tragedy by contributing to the Sandy Hook Promise [organization].”
It seems there’s something rotten at the core of the Sandy Hook Promise group. Perhaps McGraw is just unaware.