Lee Greenwood: "Keep Your Hands Off Our Guns," But Use Them Responsibly
What made you pick Phoenix to do the Hands Off Our Guns show?
I didn't pick the city. As a matter of fact, we're filling in for Charlie Daniels, who was originally contracted to do the show, but his health did not permit him to fly. We were a second choice.
You mentioned your USO tours.
I started working for the USO when I was 13 in Sacramento, California. I became familiar with what the military does very early on. When I got to Nashville, I started doing my international tours. Many of the Air National Guard units will fly us around on tours. When I come on the USO tour, I'm bringing the fiber of the United States with me. I'm giving information to soldiers who have maybe been away for a year or more. I'm letting them know the support that we bring to the troops and give them a reason to be proud and to fight. The exchange is wonderful.
As a performer, all we can do is give them the best that we can on the limited time that we tour. We don't have anything scheduled right now for the next eight months or so.
As the man that is known for one of the most patriotic songs in American culture, what is your favorite thing about being an American?
Freedom. Everybody has freedom of choice. As my boy goes to college, he recognizes the amount of freedom he has and said, "I can do anything. I have so much freedom, but what I've figured out is the one thing that I can't do is make the clock more than 60 minutes an hour. Time is so precious."
With freedom comes responsibility of choice, and I think a lot of people abuse that. Anyone who recognizes and gains freedom will understand that in a very short period of time. We are a free nation.
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