Sliwa Attacks Ice-T For Defending 2nd Amendment
Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa has condemned rapper and actor Ice-T for his recent explanation of the Second Amendment as being the last defense against tyranny.
“You’re the number one guy out there who’s made a career of wanting to go out and hurt cops, kill cops, protect yourself against cops,” Sliwa said in a YouTube clip posted to his account on Friday.
While an interview to a British television news station last week, Ice-T was asked if the tragic Batman shooting would affect gun laws in America, and why he was such a defender of the right to bear arms.
“I’ll give up my gun when everybody else does,” the gangsta rapper said. “If there were guns here [in Britain], would you want to be the only person without one?
“You know, the right to bear arms is there because it’s the last defense against tyranny,” Ice-T explained to stunned silence from his interviewer. “Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police.”
“How many shootings of cops can be attributed to your guidance?” Sliwa asked in his video, referring to Ice-T’s 1992 protest record against police brutality, Cop Killer.
Despite Sliwa’s hyperbolic accusations of hypocrisy, Ice-T, who also plays a New York City detective on the television cop series Law and Order, is historically correct. The Second Amendment is fairly simple in its statement:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
To be clear, the militia was not a regular army. They were ordinary people who were ready to arm and defend themselves, should the need arise. The Second Amendment is a clear reminder to the federal government of that fact, and they should not use their powers to suppress the citizenry.
In fact, it appears that Sliwa himself may be the hypocrite in this debate. His street vigilante group, the Guardian Angels, was established as a de facto militia that patrolled urban areas to, as he has said on several occasions, “fight crime.” During the group’s early days, several members of the Guardian Angels had violent altercations with overzealous members of the NYPD who saw them not as help, but moving in on their “turf.” Sliwa himself was injured and arrested by police in an effort to intimidate him into stopping the group.
Historically, Sliwa has never been a huge fan of the Second Amendment, either. He openly supported the Clinton-era Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and used his radio show to promote the legislation as a benefit for life in the big city and deterrent against crime.