Kanye West’s rambling meeting with President Donald Trump yesterday––and his off-the-cuff, disjointed statements––left many people scratching their heads, but his comments on the Second Amendment have already received praise from the NRA.
West “couldn’t have said it better,” the NRA said in a message posted to their official Twitter account, a reference to West’s claim that “The problem is illegal guns. Illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns.”
#Kanye couldn’t have said it better: Illegal guns are the problem, and we have the right to bear arms. The #NRA’s nearly six million members are glad to see a celebrity who gets it, and who is willing to stand with the #2A. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/RJffxucAM5
— NRA (@NRA) October 11, 2018
West’s comments were also lauded by Eric Trump. “Good guys (who register, get licensed and own guns legally) are not the issue — Bad guys and criminals are!” he wrote.
The NRA was criticized, with at least one person pointing out that the organization has not immediately jumped to defend the rights of black citizens to bear arms, most notably when the organization did not immediately defend Philando Castile, who was shot during a traffic stop after telling a police officer he had a firearm he was licensed to carry. The officer shot him as he reached into his pocket for his wallet and identification.
But you'd be the last to defend him if a cop shot him while he was pulled over for a traffic stop. Got it.
— Binders of Mediocre White Men (@DavidofSeattle) October 11, 2018
You folks would not be too happy if every black man in this country walked around armed with semi-automatics…
— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) October 11, 2018
Others pointed out that all of the recent mass shootings in the United States were perpetrated by individuals who had legally registered firearms.
So many things wrong here, but let’s just START with the fact that all of the recent mass shooting were done with legally registered firearms… AND you are aligning yourself with this disaster?? #desperatetimes #Kanye
— Chrissy Hennessey (@fairfield216) October 11, 2018
Funny though, the last 5 or 6 mass shootings were carried out with perfectly LEGAL guns. #FactsMatter
— Roger (@MissesThe90s) October 11, 2018
Eric Trump, meanwhile, was criticized for endorsing West’s often manic soliloquies.
If you gained any insight or knowledge from this pool rambling man you are dumber than I imagined.
— Cynthia Elliott (@CbCynth) October 12, 2018
Fox News personality Laura Ingraham wrote an op-ed defending West and slamming “the intolerance of the left.”
Sometimes unlikely figures emerge in American history to play important roles, illuminating important truths. And Kanye West in his own eccentric way, has exposed the intolerance of the left. Their denunciations of his White House appearance were immediate and withering. …
West is being subjected to the attacks that await any black conservative who dares to break ranks with the Democratic monolith. Liberals treat these entertainers like pawns who are not allowed to deviate from the leftist groupthink at all. God protect any Hispanic, gay or black who goes his or her own way politically.
“I’m not going to say that rapper Kanye West is Thomas Sewell or Clarence Thomas,” she continued. “But I will say that unless he is doing a giant punking of America, he has guts and gusto. Just because he dares to think for himself, to think differently, in his outspoken, over-the-top manner, he is pilloried by the politically correct performers in politics and journalism and of course in the entertainment industry. He represents a danger to the left because of his huge cultural influence. And moments like this, they are absolutely intolerable and frightening to liberals.”
West’s comment on the Second Amendment was just the tip of the iceberg, however.