Kornhaber: You tweeted about gun keep watch over, and one of the vital replies identified that California already has robust firearm laws and in truth lately handed some extra.
Money: It’s as though they believe California is an island. Chicago has one of the vital strictest gun rules. Other people pass around the border to Indiana to shop for the weapons. This must be a federal legislation.
Kornhaber: The attacker in Thousand Oaks was once the use of a handgun this is criminal in California, but in addition a longer mag, which could have been banned there.
Money: Yeah, I don’t know the way he were given it. Step again and take the large view and notice that we’ve got a systemic drawback on this nation. Those had been faculty youngsters, proper? We use younger other people as collateral harm for the 2d Modification, and it’s mistaken.
Kornhaber: Have nation artists taken up your name within the remaining yr to talk out opposed to the NRA?
Money: No. There’s numerous worry. In particular from more youthful artists who know the blowback they’ll get. Have a look at the blowback Taylor Swift were given for simply telling other people to vote. I’ve gotten threats for talking out. Like I stated within the op-ed, other people sought after to kill us as a result of we spoke out opposed to gun violence. There’s a degree of madness that’s taken root.
I heard from some musicians, privately, after Las Vegas and the op-ed, [who] stated, “Thanks; my thoughts has been modified via this.” However only a few got here out publicly.
Kornhaber: How have you ever tackled this factor as an artist?
Money: There’s a track, on my new file, that I did with Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello referred to as “eight Gods of Harlem.” I’d lately examine a child being killed in Harlem via gun violence, and we performed it out like a theater piece: I wrote the mum’s, Kris wrote the daddy’s, Elvis wrote the brother’s perspective. I believe it’s an impressive track. I imply, I don’t know if it’s going to switch anyone’s thoughts—persons are entrenched. However it’s important to say what’s for your center, don’t you?
Kornhaber: You additionally sang on Mark Erelli’s fresh track about gun violence, “By way of Levels.”
Money: That’s a heartbreaking track. It was once refined and so sharp on the similar time. Like, you’ll discover ways to reside with the worst conceivable imaginable factor when it’s taking place incrementally. You don’t realize till there’s carnage throughout you and the material of your nation is torn aside.
Kornhaber: Your New York Occasions column discussed that gun-rights proponents frequently say your dad, Johnny Money, wouldn’t be on board together with your motive. What’s your line on that declare?
Money: Oh, it’s so ridiculous, and I by no means use him to fortify my very own schedule. However he was once at the advisory board of PAX, the anti-gun-violence-against-children group. So, come on. He had looking rifles and vintage Remingtons, however he didn’t have an arsenal of army guns, and he by no means believed in that.
Kornhaber: Do you could have the rest to mention about the truth that country-music fanatics had been centered two times in an overly specific approach?
Money: I want they’d take realize and get started protecting themselves via supporting extra common sense gun rules. Now not via including extra weapons to the combination.