Country music artists typically don’t discuss polarizing political topics for fear of alienating fans, but Maren Morris is clearly not typical.
In a new interview with Paper magazine, the “My Church” singer wades into a very controversial topic in America: gun control.
Discussing her 2017 single “Dear Hate”, which responded to the 2015 shooting in a South Carolina church, Morris opens up about why she can’t keep silent about the mass shootings that continue to take place in the U.S.
“I’m really not about taking someone’s Second Amendment right away,” Morris, 28. “I’m more about, ‘Can we have a conversation about common-sense gun reform so people can’t so easily walk into a church or a school or a music fest and shoot the place up with an automatic weapon?'”
She adds: “I just think there’s such a fear that comes with talking about a common-sense thing. Now that people immediately get so enraged and fired up and volatile, it scares a lot of artists into keeping quiet.”
Despite the risks, Morris says she continues to speak out. “These people now are trying to threaten your career with the threat of being erased, because you have an opinion,” she says, pointing to the furor that erupted when Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines spoke out about then-President George W. Bush.
“I think that’s such a crazy thing that happened to a group of extremely talented women who didn’t just want to shut up and sing,” she continues.
“I really speak up when I’m so fed up or passionate about something I want the people who buy my records and buy tickets my shows to know that I’m so happy you love my music, but I’m a person,” she explains. “I’m a taxpayer. I want to have kids someday and know that maybe I’m leaving them in a world that’s better than what I found. That’s really what’s in my heart when I speak up about these kinds of things.”
You can read more in the latest issue of Paper.