D.C. talk radio station WMAL turned down Grammy award-winning country musician Steve Vaus's attempt to buy ad time to air a politically charged song.
According to conservative news site WorldNetDaily, Vaus, a gun rights advocate, hoped to get his song, "Come and Take It," on the air in order to reach Washington lawmakers. But WMAL, which also broadcasts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, deemed the song too "controversial."
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Vaus's song alludes to the 1835 Battle of Gonzales as a metaphor for his opposition to new gun control measures favored by the Obama Administration.
"It's a message to the president and to the members of Congress, with a little reminder of history," Vaus told the Washington City Paper.
A shortened version of the song that Vaus uploaded to YouTube directly addresses President Obama and "members of Congress" who, according to Vaus, are "making a lot of noise about taking our guns away."
Todd Freundlich, the station manager for WMAL, wrote in an email forwarded by Vaus to WorldNetDaily that, "After reviewing the spot with my program director we have determined that it is too controversial for us to air."
The strong language used by Vaus in the song may have been the cause. In the chorus, Vaus sings that anybody who wants to take guns away from Texans will "have to pry it from our cold, dead hands."
Vaus had set up a website, OurGuns.org, to help pay for airtime in the D.C. area and promises to keep fighting to get his message heard.
"Nothing will stop me from getting this message heard in Washington, D.C.," he vowed. "If I have to stand in front of the White House and the Capitol Building with a boom box, so be it."