"I do support the march and I support black people owning guns", Bender said.
"There was something that the woman who is the NRA spokesperson [Dana Loesch] said and everybody just kinda lost it", he said.
The producer went on to praise the activism propelled by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and March For Our Lives, saying that he was "personally incredibly inspired and blown away by the bravery and emotion of an entire generation of young people standing up and trying to change the world". He said he was sorry that the organization used it on the same day as the March For Our Lives rally.
Killer Mike's dismissiveness of the #NeverAgain protests also feels inconsistent. "Yet we can lose that many kids in a weekend, two weekends in the inner-city on a regular basis, and nobody really has that kind of effort going toward stopping it". "Well you're a lackey of the progressive movement because you have never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do", he states.
Vic Mensa (who is also a gun owner) told Killer Mike, "YOU DONT NEED AN AR-15", to which Killer Mike said he's open to discussing the topic with Mensa. "No matter what you believe we all have to listen in a real way".
Protesters are seen as a motorcade with Trump passes on its way to Mar-a-Lago
- Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 25, 2018Dear @KillerMike, it's possible to support the right to bear arms without appearing as or becoming a proxy for the NRA.
Producer and media personality Tariq Nasheed wrote on Twitter: "I love Killer Mike".
- Touré (@Toure) March 24, 2018 But Killer Mike has since responded and said he was joking.
Killer Mike (L) and El-P of "Run the Jewels" perform onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Dec. 9, 2017. He spent much of 2016 on the campaign trail working hard for Bernie Sanders as one of the Vermont senator's most vocal and high-profile proxies. He was quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s 1968 speech, "The Other America", in which King describes how the routinely disenfranchised might "feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention".
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 endorse gun ownership.