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Ice-T, godfather of gangster rap, no fan of gun control

  • Author: Amy Silverstein
  • Updated: September 29, 2016
  • Published July 24, 2012

Would stricter gun laws have prevented the Aurora shootings? For the second time this week, someone famous has answered that question by suggesting that less guns equals more bombs. First it was Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in an interview with CNN. Now, it's Ice-T.

In an interview with London's Channel 4, Ice-T, who is known as the "godfather of gangster rap," argued that people need weapons to protect themselves from police officers, according to the Huffington Post.

"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," he said, according to the New York Daily News.

But while Ice-T spoke in favor of the second amendment, Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy pressed him about specifics. In the interview, he asked Ice-T if there is a link between the availability of weapons and tragedies such as the Aurora shootings. "No. 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," Ice-T said. Guru-Murthy pressed the point again, arguing that easy access to guns made it easy for criminals to carry out murderous plots. "Not really," Ice-T retorted. "You can strap explosives on your body, they do that all the time."

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was asked a similar question by a CNN reporter on Sunday. The governor ducked the question but also mentioned the risk of explosives: "If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going find something, right?" Hickenlooper responded. "He's going to know how to create a bomb."

Watch a video of the Ice-T interview below:

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