Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike got embroiled in controversy last weekend when NRA TV aired an interview with him defending gun ownership as a rebuttal to the 'March for Our Lives' events taking place across the country. Now Killer Mike is apologizing for how the interview was used to "disparage" the demonstrations calling for tougher gun-control laws.
“That interview was used a week later by NRATV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support,” Killer Mike said in a video shared on Twitter. "My interview...was supposed to be something that continued a conversation or helped a conversation happen that I felt needed to happen. And that conversation is about African American gun ownership....African Americans have only been free for 54 years. Up until 54 years ago, we were in virtual apartheid and some would argue that we still are today....That's all my interview was about. It was not in contrast to your march. It was done a week before your march. It should never have been used in contrast to your march. And I think it's wrong. To the young people who worked tirelessly to organize, I'm sorry adults chose to do this. I'm sorry NRATV chose to do that. I'm sorry that adults on the left and the right are choosing to use me as a lightning rod."
He added that his support for 'March of Our Lives' doesn't precede or contradict his support for the Second Amendment.
"I do support the march. And I support black people owning guns. It's possible to do both."
I hope this clears some stuff up. Love and Respect to all. Part 1 pic.twitter.com/pq977HEG7A— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) March 25, 2018
In the earlier interview, Killer Mike said that he forbid his kids from participating in National Walkout Day because they are a gun-owning family that supports the Second Amendment.
"I told my kids on the school walkout: ‘I love you. If you walk out that school, walk out my house'," the rapper told NRA TV. "We are a gun-owning family. We are a family where my sister farms. We are a family where we'll fish, we'll hunt. But we are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don't agree with."
Check out the rest of his remarks in this clip.