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As the country music community begins the long, slow healing process following the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Chris Stapleton is sharing his reaction to the tragedy in an interview with CMT Radio.

Chris often plays outdoor venues like the Route 91 festival, so he’s had to ask himself a lot of tough questions in the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting that claimed the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500 others.

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Chris says, “Where does someone go in their mind to do these unthinkable things? I don’t understand it. You want to look for reasons, or some explanation even, and I don’t know that there is one. There’s a certain amount of innocence that gets lost from it when these things happen.”

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But even in the face of this tragedy, Chris maintains his commitment to taking his music directly to his fans.

“I’m not saying not to be afraid and not be terrified of things like that, but … I want to step out there with a certain degree of defiance against things like that and not let fear and hate and just evil run my decisions and how I carry myself,” Chris explains. “If we do that, then we’re letting that win and rule us, and that’s exactly what people who would commit heinous acts like that would want. Personally, I can’t give in to that. I can’t do it.”

Chris Stapleton strikes back against hate with a drive to play his music Getty Images/Kevin Winter
Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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