Weeks after Parkland, Florida school shooting, Rolling Stone has reported some noteworthy changes on a website related to the National Rifle Association.
“This past Friday, the names of more than three dozen recording artists disappeared from the website of NRA Country, the lifestyle marketing subset of the National Rifle Association that promotes the gun lobby’s ties to the country music industry,” the publication noted on Monday.
“I can only guess that after the Parkland shooting, there were a lot more acts that felt queasy about having their name directly associated with the NRA,” said David Macias, president of Thirty Tigers, a management company that works with some NRA Country artists.
The NRA has become a focal point of the gun control debate in the wake of the shooting in which the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, used an AR-15 rifle to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Stars react to Florida school shooting
Stars react to Florida school shooting
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Heard the word “tragedy” 100 times already about the school shooting - not really, by the classical definition: tra… https://t.co/asfO6NFmkz
Heartbroken over the news of another school shooting. This is the 18th in 45 days of 2018. Students & teachers shou… https://t.co/MLgvZc3eFq
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No words. Waking up to this awful news from a world away. My heart hurts.
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Another horrific school shooting in America. Yet more young lives destroyed. Why is nothing EVER done to even TRY t… https://t.co/WsBO4tqAza
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It is clear now more than ever that something must be done to stop these violent and horrific acts--my heart goes o… https://t.co/0yxTG6XOfB
As we send our thoughts & prayers to the people of Parkland, Florida how about we, the people & govt of America, ac… https://t.co/rR8HFlnZeg
19th school shooting of a year less than two months long. This one on my home town in my home state. How many kids… https://t.co/wkUHvVqyZE
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Broward school shooting--There will be prayers from Blabbermouth Don, Pence the Grinch, and their rightwing cohorts… https://t.co/rfySOFaB6X
America 2018. And a Republican led Congress has done and will do nothing.
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“As pressure from social media and advocacy groups has intensified, and calls for boycotts mount, more than a dozen companies have severed business ties with the N.R.A. since the massacre,” the New York Times reported in late February.
Meanwhile, the White House recently released its own proposal on school safety.
The Washington Post reported that it “focuses on arming teachers and doesn’t mention raising the age limit for assault rifle purchases.”
Critics of the suggested path forward include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said in a statement, “The White House has taken tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA, when the gun violence epidemic in this country demands that giant steps be taken.”