It's legal in the United States. It's part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police, he said Friday, hours after the Aurora, Colo., massacre.
The line of questioning came on the heels of the slaughter when suspected gunman James Holmes opened fire on a packed theater of moviegoers, killing 12 patrons and injuring 58 others.
Ice-T denied there was a link between the availability of guns in the U.S. and the incidence of murder.
If somebody wants to kill people, you know, they don't need a gun to do it, he said. You can strap explosives on your body; they do that all the time.
Ice-T has spent an entire career embroiled in hot water over the depiction of violence and anti-police stances in his lyrics. The self-declared Godfather of Gangsta Rap has not backed away from his past statements.
There is, however, one instance in which he would get rid of his gun.
I'll give up my gun when everybody else does, he said.