When TMZ asked rap star T.I. what he thought the reaction should be in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, they probably thought they were going to get some boilerplate answer about how he hoped this tragedy would wake America up, that we don’t need AR-15s or weapons that powerful, or that hopefully we’d start loving our children more than the Constitution — you know, the kind of answers celebrities typically give.
They definitely weren’t prepared for what T.I. was about to bring, and it might have just been the best argument for keeping the Second Amendment.
According to TMZ, they caught up with the rapper — whose real name is Clifford Harris — outside The Palm in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday.
“It’s a tough one,” T.I. said when asked for his thoughts on the gun control debate.
“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.”
The rapper also highlighted mental health as the real issue — something the left doesn’t particularly want to talk about.
“I think mental stabilization needs to be a big part,” T.I. said, according to Breitbart. “Just not being a felon isn’t enough. We see that, that isn’t working,” he stated.
“People think that the felons that’s causing all the problems, but you know, it seems as though people who have been given a gun license, who bought guns legally … Those are the ones causing all the mass hysteria, so I think that our system’s broken.”
The alleged shooter in the Florida massacre had been reported the the FBI for reasons of mental health, but the FBI didn’t take any action on the tips. They also failed to connect him to a social media user claiming he wanted to be a “professional school shooter,” which was understandable.
After all, the shooter only posted it under his own name — how were they supposed to connect the two things?
Getting fed up with the failures of the FBI and local authorities in the Parkland shooting could wear one down in a hurry, so let’s focus on T.I.’s best argument: the fact that the original purpose of the Second Amendment was to keep the citizenry from becoming enslaved, either to a foreign power or to tyrants at home.
Would Americans win a war with our current government? No, of course not, and — despite what you see online — no one is making this argument.
The Second Amendment was designed as a check against despots, to make things significantly more difficult for them than it would normally be. It is, essentially, an insurance policy for freedom.
While the reporter from TMZ was likely sick hearing this one, sometimes the truth hurts. The rest of the left is going to start experiencing this when the debate moves out of their echo chamber and into America at large, which doesn’t embrace gun control with the same grim fondness that they do.
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