Rapper Killer Mike has come under fire for comments he made in support of gun ownership for the National Rifle Association.
The Run the Jewels rapper, who is an outspoken activist, gave an interview to NRA TV, where he accused those wanting to change gun laws of being “the lackey of the progressive movement”
“I have worked as a tireless advocate for children and women in my community and I’ve also worked with gun groups like Georgians Against Gun Violence that are not the most pro-Second Amendment [organizations], but I said, ‘If there’s a table to be sat at, the gun owner needs to be there,’” he says to NRA Tv’s Colion Noir.
He added: “In Wakanda everybody had guns…and spears and everything else you need. You can’t continue of being a lackey.”
Fans of Killer Mike know he has been a long-time supporter of gun ownership and has been outspoken about his support. But it seems that appearing on NRA TV might have been too much for some.
He’s defended himself on Twitter.
“Discourse ain’t always in the forum we want but it’s important we have it. I hope as an ally we don’t make the mistake that the women’s suffrage Movement and th abolitionist Movement suffered during reconstruction,” he wrote.
Later in the video, Killer Mike also tells a story of how he discouraged his children from joining the nationwide walkouts against guns.
“I told my kids on the school walkout, ‘I love you, [but] if you walk out that school, walk out my house,’” he says. “We are a gun-owning family, we are a family that my sister farms, we are a family where we’ll fish and hunt, but we are not a family that jumps on every single thing that an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don’t agree with.”