Vic Mensa Says ‘Gun Culture in America is a Plague’ in Powerful Op-Ed

Vic Mensa Says 'Gun Culture in America is a Plague' in Powerful Op-Ed

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Vic Mensa performs "We Could Be Free" during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Vic Mensa calls gun culture in America "a virus" in a powerful op-ed for Rolling Stone , published Wednesday (July 18), and says that it’s time to enact a "widespread ban on assault rifles." Mensa’s urging of this action — which has been one of the rallying cries of many gun control activists in the wake of the deadly school shootings in Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida, and Santa Fe High School in Texas earlier this year — comes as part of an emotional essay in which the rapper, who recently took on mental health and addiction issues in "10K Problems," describes losing childhood friends to gun violence and his own 2017 arrest for violating California’s concealed-carry law. "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,’" Mensa opens the piece. " He got shot. He got shot . These words have reverberated through my eardrums too many times in my 25 years," he continues. "Too many blissful summers have been stained with the blood of men cut down in […]

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