Rapper T.I. Harris commented on the current student protests over gun control in the wake of the Florida high school massacre. T.I. is a very vocal critic of the Trump administration and Republicans, but he is also a gun enthusiast who served federal time for possessing weapons.
While T.I. believes the system is broken, he doesn’t think Americans should lose their Constitutional right to bear arms.
T.I. said losing the right to bear arms could make it easier for the government to enslave American citizens.
It’s a tough one,” he tells TMZ. “I think you should probably make it more difficult for people who aren’t mentally stable to have guns, and maybe there should be some… I just honestly feel like if you lose the right to bear arms as a citizen, then you know what I’m saying, it’s easy to enslave. It’s easy for the government to enslave people when they don’t have the right to bear arms.”
Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, was diagnosed with a list of psychological disorders. President Trump was criticized for reversing former President Obama’s ban on the mentally ill purchasing guns.
T.I., who went to prison for collecting automatic and semi-automatic assault rifles, said felons like himself are not the ones shooting up schools, it’s the legally licensed gun owners.
“I think mental stabilization needs to be a big part,” T.I. said. “Just not being a felon isn’t enough. We see that, that isn’t working. People think that the felons that’s causing all the problems, but you know, it seems as though people who have been given gun license, who bought guns legally. Those are the ones causing all the mass hysteria, so I think that our system’s broken.”