A new song called “Land of the Free” from American pop-rock band The Killers rips into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE for his proposed border wall and the country’s inaction on gun violence.

Frontman Brandon Flowers sings on the newly released single, asking, “How many daughters, tell me how many sons, do we have to put in the ground before we just break down and face it? We’ve got a problem with guns.”


Flowers and the band hail from Las Vegas, the scene of the country’s deadliest modern mass shooting, which in 2017 left 58 dead and hundreds more injured at a country music festival on the strip.

The band held a charity concert for victims of that shooting that raised more than $700,000.

In a Facebook post about the song, Flowers said some of the lyrics came to him following another deadly American shooting, the one at Sandy Hook elementary school where 27 people were killed in 2012.

Flowers also directly takes aim at Trump's proposed border wall, one of his signature campaign promises.

“Down at the border, they’re gonna put up a wall,” he sings. “Concrete and rebar steel beams/High enough to keep all those filthy hands off of our hopes and our dreams/People who just want the same things we do.”

The new song also looks at institutional racism in American society, with Flowers seeking to acknowledge his privilege. 

“When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice,” Flowers sings. “But if you’re the wrong color skin, you grow up looking over both your shoulders.”

Previous songs from the band have not touched so overtly on societal issues, but Flowers said “it’s a very important time right now.”

“And ‘enough was enough’ is basically where it comes from,” Flowers said in an interview with Beats 1 Official. “It started in my mind around when Sandy Hook happened, and as a father how that affected me. And then it just started stacking up — it was things like Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, things like what’s happening at the wall. This stuff didn’t seem to be in harmony with the values that I believe my country was founded on.”