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On the evening of Feb. 21, thousands of people of all ages entered the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to not only mourn the 17 victims of the shooting that had occurred the previous week at the state’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but also to debate the always controversial subject of gun control during the CNN town hall billed as “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.” As emotions raged from every angle, countless people watched CNN to not only witness history, but also to witness an incredible generation of students fighting to make a difference.

One of those people watching was the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines.

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“Anybody else find it strange that people are acting like gun regulation and an end to gun violence is as baffling as inventing the wheel,” Natalie wrote on her Instagram page on Feb. 21, alongside a photo taken off her television screen showing a representative of the NRA at the town hall. “We are the only civilized nation with this issue. Other countries have figured this out. Stop playing dumb.”

Natalie doubled down up her Instagram post by pointing out a comment made by one of her Instagram followers mocking the NRA rep’s physical appearance. “Maybe you should spend a little less time focusing on putting high powered rifles in citizens’ hands and a little more time addressing those eyebrows,” the follower wrote. “Truth,” Natalie responded.

#Truth @christabmiller

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The town hall event also included the viewpoints of Florida’s Rep. Ted Deutch and Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.

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Not all will agree with Natalie’s viewpoint, there is no doubt that she feels strongly about her side of the issue. And while many may feel as if they need to stay quiet about their own viewpoints, Natalie has never shied away from expressing what she feels is right. In fact, in an Instagram post on Feb. 19, Natalie shared her plans to attend the “March For Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., scheduled to take place on March 24. “OK, flights booked. Hotel booked. See you there,” she wrote.

“Now this is what I’m talking about,” Natalie added about the march. “For the students led by the students. They are going to make change where we have failed them. I will march for them!”

On Feb. 18, Natalie seemed touched by the actions of the affected young students who are speaking so eloquently on their convictions about gun control. “My favorite person on the planet right now,” she wrote. “Emma Gonzalez, you are an incredible, strong, passionate and articulate woman. You restore my faith in America’s future. Maybe you’ll be our first female president some day.”

No matter what side you are on in the firearms debate, something feels right about both sides talking about it, yelling about it and fighting for their own positions when it comes to subjects such as gun control and school safety. It’s a start of something that could change the lives we lead here in the United States.

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines angrily weighs in on gun control AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File
Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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