Pat Boone Defends Jason Aldean

( – Country music star Jason Aldean was playing in front of a packed crowd on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas when suddenly bullets began flying. Hundreds of people were injured that night, and 60 people were killed in what became the most deadly mass shooting in the country. Six years later, Aldean is under attack for a new song, and many of his detractors are weaponizing the events of that night. A gospel legend is now speaking out in support.

During an interview on “Jesse Watters Primetime,” singer Pat Boone slammed critics of Aldean’s song “Try That In a Small Town.” He pointed out that many country legends, including Trace Adkins, often write about patriotism — and crime is a problem in the country. Boone told a story about criminals breaking into a house in his own Beverly Hills neighborhood. While police evacuated him, one of his neighbors reportedly sat outside with a gun in her lap. She said she wanted the suspects to break into her house next.

Boone went on to say that people who don’t believe in defending themselves with the Second Amendment and oppose traditional American values exhibit a “moral sickness.”

Critics are accusing Aldean of promoting gun violence and racism. The video for the song was filmed in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Tennessee, where white vigilantes dragged a black man, Henry Choate, from a vehicle through the streets and hung from the second story of the building. However, there’s no indication that Aldean or his producer knew the history of the building. Aldean reportedly wasn’t responsible for the decision to film there.

As for gun violence, the singer has been vocal about never wanting a shooting like the one in Vegas to ever happen again. After the massacre, Aldean said he thought it was “too easy” for people to get guns and supported stricter gun measures.

The singer has said he just wanted to make a song about the sense of community he felt while growing up. He explained the tune is about returning to a time when headlines didn’t keep people up at night.

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