Country musician Brantley Gilbert teamed up with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional to create t-shirts to benefit the victims and heroes of the Antioch Waffle House shooting that took place on Sunday.
Gilbert’s manager, Rich Egan, heads the “I Believe in Nashville” coalition, which started after the 2010 flood. Gilbert and Carrabba collaborated with Egan to produce the “I Believe in Heroes” shirt which depicts local hero James Shaw Jr.’s bandaged hand after he grabbed the barrel of the shooter’s gun and consequently saved many lives.
“I’m a believer that bad people do bad things,” Gilbert told the Tennessean. “And I hope that if I can’t be around and something like that does happen (in my son’s life), I hope somebody like James or (his friend) Brennan is around. I feel like that’s what we’ve got right now is hope, and prayer has always gone a long way for me. At the end of the day, you just hope you’ve got heroes.”
But Shaw worries that some people might shy away from taking action if they think that doing something bold takes a superhero. “If I say a regular guy took a gun from somebody, I hope you can find that same fire within yourself that you can possibly emulate that,” Shaw told the Tennessean. “Anybody can be a hero.”
The special t-shirts will be up for sale at Gilbert’s May 4 show at the Ascend Amphitheater and the Dashboard Confessional show at Ryman Auditorium on May 11. For those who can’t make one of the shows, the shirts are available online here for $22.99 and are expected to ship on or before May 4.
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