On Monday, Meghan McCain of "The View" questioned the intent of singer Kelly Clarkson when she called for a "moment of action" on guns during Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.
There's something I'd like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe high school. I'm a Texas girl, and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year, and once again, y'all, we're grieving for more kids that have died for just an absolute no reason at all. And tonight, they wanted me to say that – obviously, we want to pray for all the victims; we want to pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence. And I'm so sick of "moment of silence." It's not working. Like, obviously.
So why don't we not do a moment of silence; [why] don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible. And mamas and daddys should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs – you should be able to live your life without that kind of fear. So, we need to do better ... people are failing our children, we're failing our communities, we're failing their families.
I can't imagine – I have four children – I cannot imagine getting that phone call or that knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect them and honor them with tonight, y'all. Let's – in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody, let's have a moment of action. Let's have a moment of change.
Speaking of Clarkson’s statement on Monday, McCain said in part:
... we are always talking about gun control, and we said before that okay, AR-15s, all semi-[automatic] assault rifles are banned, this won't happen. That's obviously not accurate in this case. He, by the way, also had a pipe bomb, a molotov cocktail, and carbon dioxide device...
I wanna say, Kelly Clarkson – I admire anyone who wants to go out and take a platform and speak on this issue, but for me, I also was like, okay, what does change mean to you? Because she said, "I'm a proud gun owner. I have a concealed handgun license." In 2012, she said she has 9 guns – more than me, which is a thing – and sleeps with a Colt 45. So ... are you now for repealing the Second Amendment? What are [you for]?
... I get it. A call to action – but, okay, what do you mean, Kelly?
Here’s the video (pertinent portion begins at the 4:16 mark):
Clarkson appears unaware of the fact that a moment of silence in the wake of a tragedy such as the shooting in Texas isn’t about advocacy; it isn’t about working to find policy solutions. A moment of silence is about dedicating a small portion of one’s time to mourn for those who have died, and pray for those who have suffered. A moment of silence is a period of reflection, which is the opposite of action.