Killer Mike Issues An Apology For His Interview With NRATV

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Jena Greene Reporter
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“Reagan” rapper Killer Mike gave an interview with NRATV over the weekend voicing his support for the NRA and advocating for gun ownership.

In the interview, Killer Mike says he’s interested in opening a dialogue about responsible gun ownership if both sides come to the table.

“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 said. “You can’t continue to be the lackey [anti-gun advocates]. You’re a lackey of the progressive movement, because you’ve never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do.”

And since the interview happened on the same weekend that March For Our Lives took place, Killer Mike addressed the school walkouts and student protests sweeping the nation.

“I told my kids on the school walkout, ‘I love you, [but] if you walk out that school, walk out my house.’ 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.”

But since gun ownership – a constitutionally protected right – is apparently too controversial for public support, Killer Mike’s interview caused viral outrage. The rapper received so much online backlash that he issued an apology Sunday night.

“I’m sorry … that an interview I did about a minority—black people in this country—and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys,” he says. “That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you’re doing.”

One of Killer Mike’s bandmates, El P, tweeted out a solidarity statement and encouraged fans to listen to both sides of the debate.

“We are our own men and we speak for ourselves individually,” he said. “We are not afraid to disagree with each other and we often change each other’s perspectives.” In a second page, El P says “I don’t drop friends from my life just because I disagree with them or how they went about getting a message out, even when it goes wrong.”

Killer Mike later thanked his bandmate and followed up with an apology for his “bull in a china store like tendencies.”

Gun control activists continue to criticize Killer Mike for his stance on the Second Amendment and claim he’s a pawn being taken advantage of by the NRA.

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