Rapper Ice-T on the Failures of Gun Control: 'Guns Don't Kill, A Cold Heart Kills'

By | July 12, 2014

In the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at a movie
theater in Aurora, Colorado, the pioneering gangster rapper, thrash
metal frontman, and Law & Order: SVU television star
Ice-T came out swinging against gun control and
in defense of the Second Amendment
. “I’ll give up my gun when
everybody else does,” Ice-T told a British interviewer. “It’s legal
in the United States, it’s part of our Constitution.” What’s more,
“The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense
against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the

Ice-T is back in music mode these days, with a new record out
that he recorded with his metal band Body
Count. Because the first single off that record is titled “Talk
Shit, Get Shot” (watch the NSFW video here), it was
perhaps inevitable that the subject of gun control would once again
come up when the artist spoke to the press. And as Ice-T made clear
to the folks at TheBoomBox.com, his stance on the Second Amendment
remains the same.

“It’s not guns,”
he declared
in response to a question about what causes school
shootings and other widely publicized gun crimes. “We used to say
when I grew up, ‘Guns don’t kill, a cold heart kills.'” The real
question we should be asking ourselves, he said, is “what makes
these kids hearts grow cold and decide this is an answer?”

For more on Ice-T’s support for the Second Amendment, see


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