On his new “pro-gun anthem”, Saigon looks to explain the “other side” of the gun control debate in America.
In his words:
This is a track that gives the other angle of legal and illegal firearms in this Country. It sorta depicts the “Id rather be caught with it than without it” mentality alot of inner city kids have today when it comes to carrying guns….. Is it right or wrong? You be the judge.
Yeah, so gun control is always a fun topic. I grew up in New York which as you probably know, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. As a result, the vast majority of the guns I have encountered in my life have been neither legal nor registered and were owned by people that most law-abiding citizens would classify as criminals. When I was 17 I lost one of my closest friends to murder by gun and for a year or so, I didn’t want guns anywhere near me. I eventually got over that moral stand because it’s a hard one to take in the hood, plus time heals old wounds.
Saigon mentions the mentality of preferring to be “judged by 12” over being “carried by six”, and in some of our neighborhoods that can be a very valid concept. Had my boy been armed that night, would he still be here? It’s hard to say, but there’s no denying that there are real threats out there. Not to mention that many of the pro-gun NRA maniacs in this country are hopeless racists who would sooner shoot a Black man than give him directions.
African-Americans arming themselves against racial violence is a grand tradition that dates back to the end of the Civil War and it’s an idea that I support. It’s too bad that 150 years later it is still an issue that we have to consider. Also, I have zero sympathy for people with zero sympathy for murdered kindergartners or who willfully ignore the very real need to keep high-powered weapons out of the hands of lunatics. So yeah, gun control in America can be an extraordinarily complicated issue and I’m not sure any of us have the answers Sway.
Listen to “Blessing” below.