Ice-T Talks Aurora, Colorado Shooting and Stance on Gun Control

In the aftermath of last week’s horrific Aurora, Colorado shooting that claimed 12 innocent lives and injured many more, rapper Ice-T defended the 2nd amendment Monday night (July 23) in an interview with London’s Channel 4. During a promo stop, while in the UK for the premiere of his The Art of Rap film, Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy inquired about Ice-T’s stance on gun control laws in the United States.

“Well, I’ll give up my gun when everyone else does,” the gangster rap legend responded. “If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one? The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny.”

The UK anchor then asked if Ice T saw a link between the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms and incidents like Aurora massacre.

“No,” he said. “Not really. If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun.” Ice T- then dismissed the notion that stricter regulation of gun control would prevent further incidents. “[The backlash] is not going to change anything. The United States is based on guns. Like KRS says, you’ll never have justice on stolen land.”

Many rappers, including Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Trae Tha Truth, Pusha T, Bun B and Big Boi, took to their Twitter accounts to react to last Thursday night’s (July 19) movie theater massacre that had suspected gunman John Holmes open fire during a viewing of the new Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises.—XXL Staff