T.I.: “Having a firearm is as common as a bottle of water”

Tip Harris on gun control

In the wake of tragic school shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, rap mogul T.I. still hasn’t softened his stance on gun ownership.

In an interview with Reuters, rap mogul Tip “T.I.” Harris discussed his upcoming role in a comedy film, “Identity Thief”; his current album, Trouble Man; and his plans to use social media to stay relevant.

But it’s his views on gun control that’s getting the most attention on the blogs. In response to a question about gun ownership, T.I. said “Having a firearm is just as common as having bottled water” and “bullets are just as common as sticks of gum.”

REUTERS: With gun control being a hot-button topic today, and with your own experiences with firearms, what are your thoughts on gun ownership?

TIP: “I can’t possess a firearm (due to previous convictions), so whether they make them illegal or not is gonna be the same thing for me. But I see a need for them. I’ve been in circumstances where I’ve had them every day and nothing happened. I’ve been in circumstances where I didn’t have them, and I needed them. In certain areas of society, having a firearm is just as common as having bottled water.”

Q: In what way?

A: “If you’re a shopkeeper, a barbershop owner, a convenience store owner and you handle cash in and out of this area, if everyone knows that you don’t have a firearm, then you are basically prey. In these areas, bullets are just as common as sticks of gum, you know what I’m saying? So I think I speak for those people.”

Q: You’ve just released your eighth album, “Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown.” You also have a your own urban fashion line, A.K.O.O. What else do you need to check off your to-do list?

A: “Just to remain relevant and meaningful to the cool young consumer of today. The cool kids are out there being admired by others in their peer group, so you want to find ways to continue to put yourself on their minds.”

Q: How do you do that?

A: “(Social media) is a big aspect for those kids. … So with Instagram, if you take pictures it has to be a picture worthy of showing. If you say something on Twitter, it has to be something that’s worthy of listening to.”

T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but it’s been a while — well, probably never — since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone. The problem is that these weapons of mass destruction are too readily available in our society.



 


87 Responses to “T.I.: “Having a firearm is as common as a bottle of water””

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    NaijaGal says:

    but it’s been a while — well, probably never — since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone. The problem is that these weapons of mass destruction are too readily available in our society.
    ===========================
    one of the few times we can agree on something :fistbump:

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    LadieLeo says:

    I have several bottles of water and a few sticks of gum but not guns or bullets.

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    WUT U TALKIN BOUT?! says:

    That is the sad truth :coffee:

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    Trendsetter says:

    Finally a :newpost:

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    capricorn83 says:

    “T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but ”

    —————————

    Did you just disagree with the KANG, Sandy?!? :gasp: Never thought I’d see the day.

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    On topic: Oh Ok. Speaking of repeat felons.. :offtopic: Repost:

    So Listen @E-advicers. If someone you love was responsible for the death of a friend, a mutual friend…an unintentionl death, “an accident”, if you will… would you go to the deceased’s funeral? Provide food for the family? Monetary donation? Flowers?

    Or just stay the fukk away? :|

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    Oprahs Bunion says:

    I think TI is right, especially if you look at the gun stats of ownership vs. number of peole in the US. It is STAGGERING.

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    alabasterboi says:

    In the mean time 2 kids in Atlanta were shot at a middle school today.

    Auntie got anything on that yet?

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    @CAP
    “T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but ”

    —————————

    Did you just disagree with the KANG, Sandy?!? :gasp: Never thought I’d see the day.

    ____________

    Sandra musta really been struggling trying to decide whether to put this up. :lol:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but it’s been a while — well, probably never — since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone. The problem is that these weapons of mass destruction are too readily available in our society.
    _______________________________________

    Really happy to read that stance from you. You influence a great number of your readers and I have read here too many times “but knives kill too..” :eyeroll:

    :goodpost:

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    When u bout that drug life it’s to be expected :shrugs: I still do not believe common folks should have assault riffles

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    @OTB
    “So Listen @E-advicers. If someone you love was responsible for the death of a friend, a mutual friend…an unintentionl death, “an accident”, if you will… would you go to the deceased’s funeral? Provide food for the family? Monetary donation? Flowers?

    Or just stay the fukk away?
    _________________

    MUTUAL FRIEND
    UNINTENTIONAL DEATH

    If that was your friend, yeah, you should show your respect. :shrugs:

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    NaijaGal says:

    I’d stay away but would def send something

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    @ Shaun…I would go. The person considering not going is not responsible for the other person’s actions. It’s a mutual friend so, I would go and pay my respects to my deceased friend.

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    robin says:

    I think I get what he’s saying regarding small business owners need to protect themselves or they are pretty much sitting ducks for criminals. However, I have to disagree that firearms are as common as bottle water or a stick of gum because while I have a bottle of water and gum everyday, I have never owned a firearm. I think he just worded it poorly.

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    Bird says:

    I’m sorry he lives such a life where he needs a gun. I have never needed one and pray I never do. Geez.

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone.
    _________________

    Pretty sure Dub kilT Kenya with that pallet of gum. :no:

    And yall memba that Lady who played “Wee for a Wii”? And died? :no: SADS.

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    Cliff notes anyone…
    ==========
    OTB downstairs :eek:

    :lol:

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    T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but it’s been a while — well, probably never — since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone. The problem is that these weapons of mass destruction are too readily available in our society.
    _______________________________________

    Really happy to read that stance from you. You influence a great number of your readers and I have read here too many times “but knives kill too..”
    ___________________

    :cosign:

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    Milky says:

    we finally get a new post, but is it a trap? :thinking:

    @otb It depends on how the family of the deceased is feeling about the person who caused the death. if you think it will be drama dont go and just send some flowers and pray for the family. But if you think it will be cool to go,go and show ur support in any way that u can.

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    Milky says:

    we finally get a new post, but is it a trap? :thinking:

    @otb It depends on how the family of the deceased is feeling about the person who caused the death. if you think it will be drama dont go and just send some flowers and pray for the family. But if you think it will be cool to go,go and show ur support in any way that u can.

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    Robin I agree :tea: never owned a gun, only brass knuckles, and knives :shrugs: Ion like guns at all

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    MUTUAL FRIEND: We both were both friends of his.

    UNINTENTIONAL DEATH: They got in a fight. :(

    I want to do something. I dont know what. Or if they (family) want it.

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    prynsexxx says:

    :warning: TRAP POST – if I’ve EVER seen one.

    I see you @SandraRoSe, you lil sneaky debbil, you. :cool: :wink:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    I’d stay away but would def send something
    __________________________________________

    Thats what Im leaning towards. His aunt told me they were “taking donations” I assume for the funeral so I was thinking I would do that. :(

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    @OTB, is there a viewing? Maybe you can just pay your respects there…

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    I would go and pay my respects to my deceased friend.
    _____________________________________

    :( IKR.

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    Oprahs Bunion says:

    OutsidetheBox says:

    MUTUAL FRIEND: We both were both friends of his.

    UNINTENTIONAL DEATH: They got in a fight.

    I want to do something. I dont know what. Or if they (family) want it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I don’t see why you shouldn’t attend. You didn’t have any beef with the deceased, right? Was the fight over you?? If so, I would not attend then.

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    NaijaGal says:

    so they’re reporting a shooting at an Atlanta middle school

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    Forgot to mention, I hate funerals. I wont even be at my own. :no:

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    I vote pray and give your respect from afar. Mess around and you be caught up in some bullshatt, because even if his immediate family is cool with you, what about Cousin kenny, his BM’s or his jumpoff etc, whoever! they may not be able to think rationally :tea:

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    Diva says:

    :offtopic: for the ladies asking how to apply the MOM as a primer. Pour some in a small bottle that has a pour out spout. You can usually find them at the store in the $1 section. Then apply it with cotton balls all over your face…I usually just pat mine on. I never have to apply powder in the middle of the day ever since using this!!!! try it and I guarantee you will love it…..and it only cost about $5.99.

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    goat76 says:

    My Nigah T.I.P.

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    @OTB
    “MUTUAL FRIEND: We both were both friends of his.

    UNINTENTIONAL DEATH: They got in a fight.

    I want to do something. I dont know what. Or if they (family) want it.”
    __________

    Babe, you can’t control his family. You are to show respect to HIM. I understand you don’t want to disrespect them, but they should know you are there to show respect to him.

    **note: if someone killed my family member for any reason they bet not bring they azz around tho…. so..

    :think:
    :shrugs:

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    prynsexxx says:

    @OTB

    Fight over what? What was the COD? When did this happen? Is the “accused” in jail? How does the family feel about it? Define “mutual” friend. Like are you and the friend that fought “fuggin'” b/c you seem conflicted.

    #serious questions
    and
    #concerned aka nosey

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    Nakeya_j says:

    OTB:

    I think the best thing would be to go the the viewing and still send something.

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    Diva says:

    OutsidetheBox says:

    Forgot to mention, I hate funerals. I wont even be at my own.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    this made me chuckle…where the heyul is you gone be OTB? :rofl:

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    Miany says:

    It’s almost impossible to see me out without a bottle of water in my purse. It IS IMPOSSIBLE to catch me with a gun in my purse….It’s not the same thing AT ALL.
    @OtB…I say you show up. That was your friend. As a friend a part of your job is to pay your respects. The confliction you’re feeling is because you haven’t shared your knowledge with victim’s family. It is not your job to confess (you aren’t responsible for the actions of your loved one).

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    GAGIRL87 says:

    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Thanks @Diva…

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    @GOAT
    “My Nigah T.I.P.”
    _________

    :rofl:
    :thumbsup:

    Good job my nigga, good job.

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    prynsexxx says:

    OutsidetheBox says:

    Forgot to mention, I hate funerals. I wont even be at my own
    _______________________

    Hatechu! :facepalm: LOL

    Do like I’ve been doing recently. Go in and sit in the back. I mean sh!t, you did at least come/showup.

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    Diva says:

    *thinking about the things I could do to TIP*

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    It depends on how the family of the deceased is feeling about the person who caused the death.
    _________________________________

    Well. His family came to 1st appearance and requested no bond so..but like I said I apologized to her family and we hugged had convo.

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    prynsexxx says:

    Bootcampgirl says:

    @OTB, is there a viewing? Maybe you can just pay your respects there…
    _________________

    Wouldn’t that be the same as “going”?

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    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff
    __________________

    Police officers and who else?
    :blink:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    is there a viewing
    ___________________

    :eek: <–at the thought of intentionally going to see a dead body. I dont do well with death.

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    Miany says:

    @OTB….oh to the clarification…showing up to the funeral won’t bring him back. If you feel like it would be uncomfortable send some flowers or a card with your donation.

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    Gigi26 says:

    T.I. is welcome to his opinions, but it’s been a while — well, probably never — since a bottle of water or a sticks of gum killed anyone. The problem is that these weapons of mass destruction are too readily available in our society.

    :cosign: Think before you speak Clifford…I mean you do have young kids.. :no:

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    Diva says:

    I hate going to funerals where the folks tryna jump in the casket with the deceased!!! Guilt will have they azz wanting to lay down beside em

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    You didn’t have any beef with the deceased, right? Was the fight over you??
    ________________________

    No and no. Alcohol and boys and tempers. :no:

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    goat76 says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff
    __________________

    Police officers and who else?
    ————————
    Who gonna protect you from the police?

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    GAGIRL87 says:

    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff
    __________________

    Police officers and who else?

    _____________________________________________________________________

    @ Man

    If you’re a shopkeeper, a barbershop owner, a convenience store owner and you handle cash in and out of this area, if everyone knows that you don’t have a firearm, then you are basically prey.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    These people :blink:

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    prynsexxx says:

    And yall memba that Lady who played “Wee for a Wii”? And died?
    __________________________

    No what happened.

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    Oprahs Bunion says:

    Miany says:

    It’s almost impossible to see me out without a bottle of water in my purse. It IS IMPOSSIBLE to catch me with a gun in my purse….It’s not the same thing AT ALL.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This probably wasn’t the best comparison, but I get what he is saying. TI is a hood nigga. Gun and bullets are extremely common and plentiful in those areas. Just look at the gun stats for those that are registered. I’m sure it’s much higher for those guns unregistered. You have to see it from his POV.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    @Pryn, Yes, but, I was thinking there would be less people than the actual funeral… :shrug: go in, pay your respects and keep it moving, versus feeling awkward for leaving while the funeral is going on…

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    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff
    __________________

    Police officers and who else?
    ————————
    Who gonna protect you from the police?

    _________________

    The next ninja win a gun fight with the police will be the first so we aint’ got no protection now.

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    goat76 says:

    This Country was built on “Guns”. That ain’t about to change.

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    MissHarlem says:

    :shock:

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    Nakeya_j says:

    I hate going to funerals where the folks tryna jump in the casket with the deceased!!!
    ——
    :no: I hate that too. Putting on a whole damn show. And it’s always the ones who did not do a damn thing for the one who died. Like for example,a mom who gave the son to the grandmom but then the son (grown now) dies and the mom all over the damn church crying and shyt. ugh.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    @OTB, personally, I would just ask the family…

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    @PRYN
    “And yall memba that Lady who played “Wee for a Wii”? And died?
    __________________________

    No what happened.

    _______

    Radio station had a contest for a Wii video game system where the contestants had to drink as much water as possible.

    One lady died cause all that water phucked her up. You can drink too much water.

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    Diva says:

    :stop: who died?

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    Gigi26 says:

    And oh, you can bring water bottles and gum on a plane, but you sure can’t bring a gun cuz its a felony :tea:

    Think about that Clifford.

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    I TOLD yall you could die from Water!

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    This Country was built on “Guns”. That ain’t about to change.
    ______________

    It was built on slavery too. Yeah, it’s still here, but not in the same aspect.

    All they have to do is win ONE lawsuit against the gun manufacturers and BOOM. It’s changed.

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    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    Agrees with TIP not everybody needs guns but some people do #signingoff
    __________________

    Police officers and who else?

    :blink:
    _______________
    I kind of see what she and T.I. are saying though…my husband is a small business owner and works with cash all day. Everyone in the neighborhood KNOWS this, and he’s been robbed before. He keeps his gun on him because of this…

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    Miany says:

    I’m out. yall have a good one.

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    Diva says:

    Nakeya_j says:

    I hate going to funerals where the folks tryna jump in the casket with the deceased!!!
    ——
    I hate that too. Putting on a whole damn show. And it’s always the ones who did not do a damn thing for the one who died. Like for example,a mom who gave the son to the grandmom but then the son (grown now) dies and the mom all over the damn church crying and shyt. ugh.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Just straight clowning and embrassing folks!!!! yep you always know who didn’t do what they was supposed to….

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    Nakeya_j says:

    Bye Miany! :wave:

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    Miany says:

    Yall have a good one, I’m out. Be safe.

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    Fight over what? COD? :Umm he asked them to move out of his breezeway, the deceased snapped back, they fought, deceased got punched and died from the ground impact?

    When did this happen? Is the “accused” in jail? :Late Saturday; he turned himself in Sunday.

    How does the family feel about it?: Mad.

    Define “mutual” friend: We are all from the same town, same ages, schooling…we all just was chilling at the accused’s house. Like week before it happd. They were friends. Period.

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    NaijaGal says:

    :newpost: is up

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    where the heyul is you gone be OTB?
    __________________________

    :hahaha: :hahaha: NOt there damnit!

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    Nakeya_j says:

    Just straight clowning and embrassing folks!!!! yep you always know who didn’t do what they was supposed to….
    —–
    That irks my dag on soul. smh. I always wondered why ppl do that. They know damn well everyone there know you aint never did shyt with that boy and now here you come. shame.

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    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    This Country was built on “Guns”. That ain’t about to change.
    ______________

    It was built on slavery too. Yeah, it’s still here, but not in the same aspect.

    All they have to do is win ONE lawsuit against the gun manufacturers and BOOM. It’s changed.
    ====================
    This country won’t change :no:
    CHANGE would lead to out-of-work Police Officers, Judges, Probation Officers, Paroll Officers, Sheriffs, Lawyers, ETC! AND all of the supply chains that these folks utilize

    :sarcasm:

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    No what happened.
    _________________

    Contest by radio. Who could drink the most water. She drank too much in 24hrs.

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    goat76 says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    This Country was built on “Guns”. That ain’t about to change.
    ______________

    It was built on slavery too. Yeah, it’s still here, but not in the same aspect.

    All they have to do is win ONE lawsuit against the gun manufacturers and BOOM. It’s changed.
    ———————————–
    What kind of lawsuit? These guns aren’t killing without anybody pulling the trigger.

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    prynsexxx says:

    Nakeya_j says:
    I hate going to funerals where the folks tryna jump in the casket with the deceased!!!
    ________________________

    :ha: :rofl: <—– person actin a GAT DAMN FOOL

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    :waves: <—bullets that cost 1,000 a pop & i that'a cut down on LOTS a shootins right thurr :thumbsup:

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    oh yaw tambout funes??

    :whistle:

    ohhh Mon-day a fren a mine, Tooos-day we played a game..

    :dead: i will NEVA forgive that chic for disrespekin that fune AND that song! :no:

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    MzTisch says:

    Bootcampgirl says:

    @Pryn, Yes, but, I was thinking there would be less people than the actual funeral… go in, pay your respects and keep it moving, versus feeling awkward for leaving while the funeral is going on…
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Right! Don’t even have to “view” the deceased if you don’t want to. Sign the book, say a prayer, and leave if it makes you uncomfortable.

    Oh, and afta-noon! :yahoo:

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    why? says:

    Timing…middle school shooting right here. Why is it not all over the news? CNN is right here…alabaster children get all the attention. Refuse to have a kid with things like this going on. I think the world wants us black folk to become extinct or mix with something else.

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