*Gangsta rap/hip hop icon Ice-T was recently interviewed by Britain’s Channel 4 about guns in the US. He made some interesting and astute observations.
Ice was asked by the interviewer, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, why he’s such a staunch defender of the right to bear arms.
“Well, I’ll give up my gun when everybody does,” was the immediate response from the aging rapper. “Doesn’t that make sense? If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?
Krishnan Guru-Murthy: So do you carry guns routinely at home?
Ice-T: Yeah, it’s legal in the United States. It’s part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police.
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KGM: And do you see any link between that and these sorts of incidents (Aurora)?
Ice-T: No. Nah. Not really. You know what I’m saying, if somebody wants to kill people, you know, they don’t need a gun to do it.
KGM: It makes it easier though, doesn’t it?
Ice-T: Not really. You can strap explosives on your body, they do that all the time.
Ice-T on anti-gun laws: “That’s not going to change anything. The United States is based on guns, you know.”
By the way, Ice-T (real name: Tracy Marrow), the self-styled “Godfather of Gangsta Rap,” has a career sprinkled with gun talk. He was criticized for his 1992 song “Cop Killer,” about a criminal getting revenge on racist cops. The National Rifle Association and police activist groups protested against the album on which it appeared, “Body Count.”