As the country continues to recover from last week’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in a recent interview with TMZ, T.I. offered up his thoughts on the weighty issue of gun control.
“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.”
Later, he mentions how an extensive background check should be done on not only felons, but those who aren’t mentally stable enough to purchase guns. “I think mental stabilization needs to be a big part… 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 a gun license, who bought guns legally… Those are the ones causing all the mass hysteria, so I think that our system’s broken.”
Back in 2007, T.I. was sentenced to house arrest after being charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
Last week, Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Stoneman, delivered an impassioned speech aimed at legislators backed by the National Rifle Association. “Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats, funded by the NRA, telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this — we call BS!,” she said. “They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence — we call BS!”
Watch T.I.’s interview with TMZ below.