Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac posted a statement on Twitter commemorating the first anniversary of the Uvalde elementary school tragedy. She crafted a profound story out of her own journey to join the band, delivering an emotional perspective on the dreams that were left unfulfilled owing to the unfortunate tragedy. The musician embarked on a nostalgia trip, writing numerous passages about his boyhood. She finished with the following sequence: “I attended college for nearly five years.” I met a boy and we finally began making music together. We got a call from a band one day and went to a meal that transformed our lives.”
Then she resumed her message, reflecting on the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting and pledging to keep the victims’ memories alive: “When I look back, everything occurred so quickly. I was a ten-year-old in El Paso, Texas, trying to figure out what I wanted to accomplish with the rest of my life. […] I was able to mature and join Fleetwood Mac. For the past 50 years, I’ve had the privilege of creating music for the entire world, which I hope has touched people’s hearts. I had the opportunity to mature and become Stevie Nicks.
As we reflect on the one-year anniversary of Uvalde and the countless shootings that have occurred since that sad day, I can’t help but wonder, what if I had been shot and killed by a man with a gun while in third grade dance class? And I can’t help but think of all those little missed opportunities… Finally, my arms go around each of those small hearts like a ring of angels that will always be absent. I’ll never be able to forget… If anything, I will do all in my power to keep this story alive.”
This is not the first time Stevie Nicks has spoken out against the Uvalde tragedy. In the early aftermath of the 2022 tragedy, she resorted to Twitter once more, writing an impassioned letter to Congress questioning gun sales and usage. The previous message from Fleetwood Mac’s lead singer was: “My wish for this country is for lawmakers to find a way to make purchasing an assault rifle more difficult.” If you are an honorable hunter, there is no reason to own a gun that may disintegrate a deer or a tiny animal. When those guns end up in the hands of visibly unstable people, it gives them an incredible sense of power they’ve never felt before.” The complete text of Nicks’ message to the victims of Uvalde may be found in the tweet below.