The recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado have re-opened the old debate on gun control and whether a stricter law against guns could limit the number of such tragic and violent episodes. Ice-T, for one, is against gun control, saying it's people who kill people, and not guns.
Speaking shortly after the Aurora shootings with a reporter from London, the rapper said that he did not consider a lax gun law “responsible” for the event, as the video below will confirm.
People would still kill people even if they made guns illegal in the US, Ice-T stated, perhaps even more so than they do today.
“It’s legal in the United States. 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 police,” the rapper explained.
He also denied any link between the right to bear arms and the shootings of recent years, including the one in Aurora, where a 24-year-old student walked into a packed movie theater and gunned down audiences, killing 12 and injuring 50.
“No. Not really. If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it. You can strap explosives on your body. They do that all the time,” Ice-T added.
Ice-T's argument that it's useless to hope something will go away just because you're making it illegal (just think Prohibition, or drugs) is embraced by many, as the debate on gun control continues to rage online.
While this is going on, the families of the Aurora victims are in mourning.
Just the other day, Christian Bale, star of the Batman franchise (the shooting took place at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment), paid a low-key visit
to survivors in an Aurora hospital.
If it hadn't been for the patients' eagerness to share their joy at meeting Bale (mostly on Twitter and Facebook), chances are no one would have known about the visit, with the actor arriving in an ambulance to avoid having his picture taken.
Bale was there in a personal capacity, not representing movie studio Warner Bros.