Op-Ed: Vic Mensa Weighs in on Gun Violence

Op-Ed: Vic Mensa Weighs in on Gun Violence

Vic Mensa performs "We Could Be Free" during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington on March 24th, 2018. Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock Vic Mensa is no stranger to gun violence, and has emerged as an avid gun control advocate throughout his rising career as a rapper – he’s signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, and released his major label debut, the well-received ‘The Autobiography,’ last year. He is also a gun-owner and has faced his own gun possession charges, lending him a nuanced view and unique perspective on the issue. Here are his thoughts on why, now more than ever, gun control – specifically a ban on assault rifles – is a necessity in our country. My heart sank into my gut as the voice on the other side of the phone fed me words I could hardly stomach. “Are they talking about Cam?” I asked, referring to the barrage of R.I.P. tweets flooding my timeline as I sat in a sweaty recording studio on Chicago’s near West Side. “Yes,” she answered, her voice devoid of emotion. “He got shot.” He got shot. He got shot. These words have reverberated through my eardrums too many times in my 25 years. Too many blissful summers have been stained with the blood of men cut down in a vicious cycle of ultra-violence that rips through my city like a cyclone, tearing apart families and leaving broken homes and broken men on street corners adorned with makeshift […]

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