Skip to comments.Americans Guilty of Promoting Guns as Source of Power, 'Snoop Lion' Tells Piers Morgan
Posted on 03/12/2013 8:24:46 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
During Thursday night's edition of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, the musician previously known as Snoop Dogg told the leftist British host that guns have become a part of everyday life, a fact he laments in a new reggae song entitled No Guns Allowed.
We are guilty as Americans of promoting the gun as one of the most highly touted things that you can have in your life, Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Lion, told Morgan. And I felt like I got to the point of my career and my life when I didn't need guns in my life because I didn't project that energy, and I was positive and peaceful.
The reggae performer and former rapper stated that there had been certain scenarios when I had guns in my life, one of which led to the law going through his house and removing all of his firearms, an incident that put my family through a whole lot of unnecessary abuse.
But at the same time the musician was deciding to remove firearms from his life, I kept hearing about all the school shootings and people, you know, getting guns in their hands and not knowing what to do with them and just going on a rampage.
So it really touched me and affected me to where I wanted to say something and wanted to make some music to try to help the next person who was thinking about loading a gun, going to a school and shooting; maybe helping him put that gun down and think about what he was doing and what she was doing before they did that.
To attain that goal, Broadus produced a profanity-laden tune entitled No Guns Allowed, which chronicles the steps of a gang member's decision to stop carrying a firearm.
As the interview continued, the liberal host used the opportunity to advance his anti-gun crusade by noting: The gun is to many people in America a symbol of power, maybe involving membership in a gang, maybe a crazed young mass shooter who wants to make a name for himself, whatever it may be.
At the center of it is the sense that it empowers you. You've felt that, and you've renounced that power. Why do so many people associate a gun with some form of self-esteem?
The former gangster rapper then used Morgan's softball question to claim that we are guilty as Americans of promoting the gun as one of the most highly touted things that you can have in your life.
Whether it's good or bad, we always did that from the time I was a kid. I would always see pictures and movies with my favorite guys with guns and you know them toting them around and doing whatever they did with them.
And then when it got to the point where a gun became a part of your everyday life, people were getting killed and people were dying, he said. Then you really had to take into account: 'Is this gun really necessary for me, or is it better for me not to have a gun?
They say it's better to be caught with a gun than without. But once you get older, it's better not to have one than to have one.
The discussion also focused on why Broadus changed his stage name from Snoop Dogg (which was based on Snoopy, the beagle in the Peanuts comic strip) to Snoop Lion.
"It's a transformation musically, spiritually, and mentally," he said. "I went to Jamaica on a journey to make some music and it -- eventually became, you know, engulfed with the spirit of Rastafari and the spirit of reggae music.
Once I became a part of Jamaica and the music and the culture, it took me in as a brother, the musician added.
That statement is not true, however, since quite a few members of the Rastafarian religion, including an original band member of reggae singer Bob Marley named Bunny Wailer, have denounced Broadus as a fraud who is using a pretend religious conversion as a means to sell music.
As NewsBusters has reported, Snoop is just the latest in a long parade of anti-gun activists to be a guest in Piers Morgan's low-rated program.
Other celebrities on the weeknight interview show have been Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former CBS anchor Dan Rather, New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee.
On the other hand, he has tangled with such gun-rights activists as John Lott, National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, whom he called "America's most dangerous man; Breitbart.com's Ben Shapiro, who gave Morgan a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution that the host described derisively as your little brown book;and Ted Nugent, a country singer who accused Morgan of promoting things that make no sense.
"No Guns Allowed" is one of the songs on Broadus's new album, which will be entitled "Reincarnated" after his revival experience in Jamaica. Other recordings on the Tuesday, April 23, release will be "Ashtrays and Heartaches" and "Harder Times."
Guns are the only thing that make me equal to armed thugs, either armed civilian thugs or armed government thugs.
And Snoop ought to talk. He made millions off glorifying guns and gangster culture in his songs.
Maybe when Snoop donates all the money he made off that, perhaps he’ll have a shred of credibility.
How many guns are in your entourage/security Snoop?
Tools can be power, Cars, planes, boats can be power, and Music can be power too Snoop.
What’s yer point?
Should we all curl up in a corner with a binky and let Obama sooth our worried brow?
Ted Nugent is a country singer? LOL!!
I wonder if his new found lack of need for a gun stems from the fact that HE’S A FELON! HE CAN”T OWN A GUN! He had already been charged in 2006 for possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Leave it to Piers to not point that simple fact out. I suppose his thug bodyguards just carry all the guns now.
Let’s see what happens when armed thugs come after his weed stash.
Guess he didn't know Bob Marley wrote "I Shot The Sheriff."
Snoop is a real winner.
If he was anywhere around me, I would feel threatened to be perfectly honest.
Dear Dog, Snoop, Stupid, or any of the legion of names you can’t get straight,
As an American, you or I have the RIGHT to own a firearm. You or I have the FREEDOM to exercise that right.
That means that you have NO right, in deciding what I “need”. It also means that for what whim of the moment floats your own boat, you make your own decision!
Don’t think what you ‘know’ that I ‘should have’, ‘should do’, ‘should act’, is correct, because you are dearly misinformed!
I/m sick of all the snooty sounding British men on our TV. They are all Pooftas, IMHO.
I beliver in Lend/Lease. Let;s lend Britain one of their own bach !
I’d like to run him over with a car....
Who is the moron and who is the idiot.?.
Snoop Dog or Dennis Rodman...
** could be a trick question...
His bodyguards don’t have weapons? Or is it only HE who has foresworn firearms while hiring others to carry on his behalf?
Poop Dog is full of crap....
i don’t recommend it.
to be fair, however, i am certain you aren’t the only one who feels that way.
I can line up ten people: (1) farmer from Alabama, (2) drug thug from Philly, (3) mid-30’s woman in inner city Milwaukee, (4) ranch hand in Colorado, (5) store keeper in west Tucson, (6) college professor from Cape Cod, (7) Amish mafia character, (8) Vegas hotel manager, (9) Gulf shrimp boat owner, and (10) delivery guy from Boston.
Each will have a totally different view on guns. Each will disagree on firepower, and the need for small or large ammo magazines. Each will cite personal reasons to have or not to have a gun.
Presently, each is respected and allowed to function ‘as is’. If anything changes here, then their personal needs will be infringed upon, and one of the ten may not be around next year.