Lee Greenwood addresses pulling out of NRA efficiency in Houston: ‘It would just be in really bad taste’

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Lee Greenwood is opening up on his choice to not carry out on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation (NRA) convention on Friday in Houston, Texas within the wake of the tragic taking pictures at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde that left 19 kids and two lecturers useless.

“You know, I thought about that long and hard,” Greenwood defined to Day by day Publish Digital. “I talked to some of my friends Don McLean and Larry Gatlin. And Larry Gatlin made a very good statement to the NRA.”

Added Greenwood: “I am a gun owner. I believe in the Second Amendment. But my performance at the NRA would have been deemed [that] I’m endorsing the gun that killed the children. And I thought that was just in not only bad taste, but out of respect of the families that lost their children and the teachers that were killed, would just be in really bad taste. And so we did notify the NRA that we’re not going to play their convention.”

On Wednesday, “American Pie” singer Don McClean stated that he’ll not be performing on the NRA convention after the lethal taking pictures at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas.

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“In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McClean informed Day by day Publish Digital in a press release. 

“I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well. After all, we are all Americans. I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” he concluded. 

The nation music singer, 79, stated he thought in regards to the days when he would typically drop his personal kids off at college and by no means thought twice about the concept they wouldn’t be secure in such an harmless setting.

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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’s just going to be [the school] has them for a while and I get them back. And now the danger is a little bit more present,” Greenwood defined of the speed at which mass shootings happen on campuses all through the nation. “After Columbine and then Sandy Hook and now this shooting, not only does my heart break for the parents that surrendered their children to school that morning and will not see them again, but I think what needs to change is more protection of our students when they’re in school.”

“If an 18-year-old walked into a gun store, buys a rifle and a gun and 375 rounds of ammunition, I would like to know where he’s going with that.”

— Lee Greenwood

Greenwood stated in his view, “the simple answer would have been in a typical military protocol, you lock all doors, an armed officer at the front door – there’s only one way in and one way out. He could have engaged the shooter when he walked in. That’s the first thing.”

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The “Fool’s Gold” crooner continued in explaining that in his estimation, unfastened weapons legal guidelines and lackadaisical background checks carry a burden of the blame in Salvador Ramos, 18, acquiring the weapon he used to hold out the deadliest taking pictures at an elementary faculty since Sandy Hook in 2012.

“I don’t know who needs to have an automatic weapon, but if someone wants to cause mayhem and wants to kill me, finding a gun is not a problem,” Greenwood stated. “You can’t stop somebody, but you could stop multiple killings – and that is the automatic weapons.”

Greenwood pressed: “Of course, background checks – you have to have extended background checks. And in my estimation, if an 18-year-old walked into a gun store, buys a rifle and a gun and 375 rounds of ammunition, I would like to know where he’s going with that. I’d question at depth what he’s going to do with that gun. Are you a hunter? Do you have a hunting license? You know, how is your family? You know, where are you going next week? I mean – just some casual conversation about that because that’s what they do at the border when immigration questions us when we come from another country. Where have you been? Have you been around diseases or – just a simple questioning might have prevented this guy from getting the weapon.”

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So quickly within the wake of such a historic slaughter of 19 kids and two lecturers in Uvalde, Texas, looms one of many nation’s most celebrated holidays memorializing and honoring these in our Armed Forces who paid the last word value in defending the freedoms of their nation.

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For Greenwood, Memorial Day is greater than only a day of remembrance however a time for a lot of throughout varied life spectrums to return collectively – if only for a day – in a unified entrance.

“The memories that we have of past Memorial Days is basically getting some fireworks. In the song the national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ it’s ‘the bombs bursting in air.’ There’s a lyric about that. That was over Fort McHenry, of course, as we were gaining our independence in the Revolutionary War,” Greenwood defined in a short lesson in American historical past.

Lee Greenwood discusses the significance of Memorial day. 

Lee Greenwood discusses the importance of Memorial day. 
(Day by day Publish)

“I think that’s kind of the magic of fireworks and what they do for us and we have that every year in our cul de sac,” continued Greenwood – who can be setting out on a much-needed household trip following his efficiency at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. “It’s we always go get some Black Cat fireworks and just, you know, have a great time.”

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Greenwood carried out Friday through the “Fox & Friends All American Summer Concert Series” in entrance of a lot of our nation’s service individuals. He stated the second was awe-inspiring given the state New York Metropolis was in only one yr in the past and much more so within the months and years following September 11, 2001.

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“That’s what this attitude is about when we do this live stage outside of FOX Studios,” he stated. “And it’s pretty cool being in New York City where things are now hustling and bustling. And as we look back on 2001 and how this town was almost a ghost town after the attack on America and the rebuilding of our country and its attitude, its unity. There’s so much to it. And that’s why I’m proud to be in part of that fiber that makes things more unified.”

Lee Greenwood with members of the United States Navy during a visit to

Lee Greenwood with members of the US Navy throughout a go to to “FOX &Friends” at Day by day Publish Channel Studios on Could 27, 2022, in New York Metropolis.
(Roy Rochlin)

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Greenwood added: “It is amazing. And it’s not the first time we’ve done this. And it is Memorial Day weekend. It’s always an exciting time for us because we get to uplift America. We talk about the memory of those who have served the country and sacrificed for all of the rest of us. There are some fortunate events that have led to this weekend, but we’re going to try to focus on the positive and talk about the military, mostly, of course, and remember those who have given us our freedom.”

Greenwood is celebrating his eightieth birthday in October and he informed Day by day Publish Digital that he’ll doubtless use the time to “possibly wind down my touring schedule for the rest of my life.”

“I think 80 days for 80 years old makes a lot of sense next year,” he stated, including that he may even be releasing a brand new album that includes 21 unique songs “all rerecorded while I can still sing as good as I do, and then just pursue the business with a passion like I always have.”

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