Report: Names of dozens of recording artists disappear from NRA Country’s website

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.

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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.

“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.

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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.”

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