Neil Young is taking on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and pushing for “common sense gun laws” ahead of the midterm elections, releasing a new video for his 1970 protest song “Ohio.”

“’Ohio’ was written back in 1970 after seeing the cover of a magazine with a young girl kneeling beside her fallen friend. When the National Guard murdered four students at Ohio’s Kent State University for protesting the Vietnam War, it was a pivotal moment in our history. It was a pivotal moment for me,” Young wrote of the inspiration behind the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song in a Wednesday message posted on his website.


“Today we see what we have become,” Young said.

“With no real laws protecting us from guns, and with politicians supporting the NRA because the NRA supports them, we are not well represented,” Young, 72, wrote under a video of him performing “Ohio.”

In the video, images from the aftermath of the 1970 shooting are interspersed with sounds of footage of news coverage of recent school shootings. Clips of protesters chanting, "Never again!" and holding signs saying, "Listen to the kids," are also shown.

“Today’s students are brave, demanding change in violent times,” Young wrote.

“We stand with them. They are us. We are them. This has been going on for far too long.”

The Canadian-born songwriter said he created the video with his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, for viewers to “reflect on.”

“Support the students. Support our children. They want protection. Not more guns,” said Young.

“Give us common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship, in the workplace and on the streets. VOTE.”

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has lobbed barbs at Young before, once comparing the Grammy Award winner’s voice to a “dying cow.”

The NRA didn’t immediately return ITK’s request for comment.