The right to bear arms has always been a heavily debated topic with strong opinions on either side of the argument. Conversations about gun control, naturally, come up even more often in the aftermath of a shooting spree, like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater tragedy that occurred last Friday.
Everyone has an opinion on whether they believe citizens should be allowed to have access to guns. While many believe limiting gun access would prevent shootings. Then there are those, like rapper turned E! reality star, Ice-T, who aren’t so convinced.
Ice-T recently sat down for an interview with Channel 4 London’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy and voiced his support of the right to bear arms.
According to the NY Daily News, Ice-T said, “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. But to protect yourself from the police,” he said.
He goes on to explain that he doesn’t believe the Aurora, Colorado shooting is related to the relatively easy access to weapons.
“If somebody wants to kill people, you know, they don’t need a gun to do it,” Ice-T went on to say.
Ice-T isn’t alone in the argument that, if people really want to kill someone, they’ll find a way, whether or not they can easily get a hold of a gun. His statement is, however, bold.
Many argue that there is a direct correlation between the number of deaths by gunshot and the level of gun access.
Ice-T is taking full advantage of the Second Amendment, carrying guns in the U.S. on a routine basis. He says he’ll stop when others stop carrying guns.
“If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?”
To a certain extent, he’s being honest and truthful. On the other hand, he’s ignoring the other side of the debate—when does it end? To what extent will continue carrying weapons based on how many you think the man has standing next to you?
Gun control will always be a heated topic and the question of whether it does more harm than good is difficult, and nearly impossible to answer.