Parkland students call out the NRA's 'pathetic' personal attacks

Tonya Becker
March 30, 2018

He said his interview in support of black gun ownership, filmed a week before the march, "should never have been used to contrast to your march, and I think it's wrong".

At the same time the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a video interview featuring outspoken rapper Killer Mike criticizing the protests. We must follow our marching by electing leaders at all levels of government who will protect children, not guns and stand up to the NRA for every child's right to live and learn free of gun violence. To the young people that worked tirelessly to organize: "I'm sorry that adults chose to do this".

Shaun King also had a little something to say, "Brother, I have to respond publicly because your NRA video was public. 1".

Killer Mike continues, "I, being a former youth organizer, now an activist and organizer, respect [the students'] leadership".

For example, he says, "We are raising a generation of kids where everyone gets a trophy".

"I sat with people who I might not always agree with", he said.

He said he supports both the march and the ownership of guns by black people. El-P voiced his support for the "bravery and emotion" of the March for Our Lives activists, declaring himself an ally to communities like Parkland, as well as those getting less media attention for equally traumatic circumstances.

"That interview was filmed a week earlier to disparage a very noble campaign which I actually support", he said.

"My interview with said organization who we all don't agree with was supposed to be something that continued the conversation and that conversation is about African-American gun ownership", he said. Mike spent hours replying in kind, trying to hash out the finer points of his argument to his young, predominantly liberal fans. "No matter what you believe we all have to listen in a real way".

On Thursday evening, NRA TV posted a clip on its YouTube channel entitled "A march for their lies" where the host addressed the Parkland students and said that if their friends hadn't died, "no one would know your names". And they've earned being heard in one of the hardest ways possible. They stoke fear of guys who look like him, all to sell more guns.

As you may have seen, Killer Mike was the subject of much controversy over the weekend when he was interviewed for a new video by the NRA. People like @KillerMike speaking out have completely different reasons to own guns than others will.

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