Jason Aldean was onstage when a gunman began shooting at concertgoers of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
The country singer, who says he relives that moment “a thousand times a day,” feels a tragic connection to the students of Parkland, Florida.
“Unless anybody has witnessed anything like that or been a part of it, it’s really hard for people to really understand where you’re coming from on that stuff,” he tells the Associated Press. “It’s like the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, man. I understand how they are feeling.”
A gun owner, Aldean has avoided wading into the gun control debate, calling it a “no-win situation.”
“I think no matter what you say, whether you’re for gun control or not, I mean, you’re setting yourself up to be crucified in the public eye or in the media.”
However, he does admit there are flaws in the gun purchase process that must be revisited by lawmakers.
“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost,” Aldean said. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in five minutes, do a background check that takes five minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the issues I have. It’s not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don’t think people should have guns. I have a lot of them.”
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Aldean is concerned these mass-shooting tragedies are being used as political fodder instead of getting to the underlying issues of the gun control debate.
“Nobody is looking at what the actual issue is and really how to come to an agreement and make a smart decision.”