Hey @Spotify why did you take off “guns” from @JustinColeMoore album “outlaws like me”? That was me and my moms song. She played it when I was trap shooting in Junior high and high school. @JRTheHandler
(People have also shared screenshots of the song being missing from Apple Music. However, we were still able to find and listen to the song when we checked before posting this article).
But before anybody goes and blames Justin for the song’s removal, let’s make one thing crystal clear: He had no idea it was being taken down.
Justin isn’t on social media these days – his accounts are run by a member of his management team and his podcast producer Cody Villalobos – so he hadn’t even seen the questions about “Guns” being missing from streaming versions of the album.
In fact, Justin didn’t find out that the song was removed from streaming services until his tour manager and podcast co-host, JR the Handler, brought up the social media posts and asked Justin about it on this week’s episode of The Justin Moore Podcast.
After being told the song was missing, Justin had a strong reaction:
“That’s the first I’ve ever heard of that. Obviously, I’m not listening to me too often. But if that’s a fact, that pisses me off and I’ll get to the bottom of that.”
Justin was just as confused as everybody else – and also pissed that he wasn’t even told it was being removed.
“I shall get to the bottom of this because that’s an issue. That to me is a major issue – censorship – I have a major problem with that.
Here you go, live on the air here… this is how our business works. I never knew that, so I will instantly get on the ball about this. And the other thing that it proves: I wasn’t asked if I were ok with this. At all.”
And as if a song called “Guns” (and the fact that Justin’s an avid hunter) didn’t make it clear, Justin left no doubt as to where he stood on the topic of guns and the Second Amendment:
“Correct me if I’m wrong JR, it is in our Constitution that you have the right to bear arms, right?”
We’ll have to wait and see if Justin is able to get an answer on the song’s removal, or get it put back on streaming, but one thing’s for sure:
“Thank you for pointing that out, I appreciate it, because that’s the first I’ve heard of it, but I promise you, I’ll get to the bottom of it.
Currently, I have steam shooting out of my ears.”
And if you’re missing the song, you might just get a chance to hear it on Justin’s upcoming tour now that he found out it’s been removed from streaming platforms:
“We haven’t played it in a couple years on stage. I believe for this upcoming tour we’ll just have to throw it back in the setlist.”
Don’t mess with Justin Moore.
You can listen to the full episode of the podcast, and hear Justin’s reaction to “Guns” being taken down around the 1 hour 12 minute mark, here: