A country legend seeks solutions in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Ronnie Dunn introduces a performance by Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The country music community is reeling after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire while Jason Aldean was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Oct. 1, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 at last count. Shock, sadness, anger and fear are some of the emotions that the industry and the fans are feeling, and while Ronnie Dunn shares those feelings, he’s also looking for a solution to this growing problem of violence.

The country legend, who is both a successful solo artist and half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn, took to his Facebook page to share some thoughts on both the problem and a possible solution.

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“This is like a global cancer,” he wrote. “The ‘motives’ are endless and complex, but the method[s] to mass shootings have apparent common characteristics. It will not be remedied overnight. Without compromise to constitutional rights, we may want to consider looking into the regulation of certain types of ammunition.

“It would not be a total deterrent but might serve to regulate, for what it’s worth, the availability of ammunition made available for public consumption,” Ronnie continued in his proposal. “Specify and attempt to regulate ammunition manufactured to deliver military-type maximum human damage. (That ammunition can be readily identified.) You sign in, not unlike when purchasing a handgun, when purchasing specific types of ammunition. We regulate the amount of ammunition purchased. A data bank is established.”

He then acknowledges, “It is not an end-all.”

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“That said,” Ronnie added, “mental illness and terrorism are now embedded in our society and the world for this unfortunate cycle in history.”

Although terror group ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the shooting, the FBI called that claim false.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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