Rapper Ice-T will narrate a pro-gun documentary,
“Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,” which will debut in theaters across America on June 20.
The film, which advocates for Second Amendment rights and challenges the audience to see the gun control argument from a new perspective, is directed by Kris Koenig. Koenig cast rapper and actor Ice-T for his personal story, The Blaze reported.
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Ice-T's narration, paired with expert analysis, drives Koenig's points home. Koenig said Ice-T is a talented narrator who adds profound value to the film's goals.
“Ice has got an incredible voice and when you hear it against the words that we wrote it just really, really works,” he said, noting the importance of including African Americans, especially in light of past civil rights offenses. “He’s also a bridge to the black American community … the Second Amendment was denied to blacks in this country all the way up to the 20s.”
Koenig dissects how the focus on banning guns after recent mass shootings like the Newtown school shooting and the Aurora theater shooting should really be on historical constructs and personal freedoms.
“I’d like the public to walk away and look at gun control not as a mechanical device issue, but look at it as a civil rights issue,” he told The Blaze. “It is part of the Bill of Rights — it’s part of our natural rights as human beings to have the ability to have self-defense, and yet our lawmakers have looked over that civil right and are willing to embrace restrictions in the name of votes.”
While he knows the pointed statements in the film likely won't resonate with far left individuals, he hopes it opens up a more critical discussion.
Koenig said that politicians should be looking beyond the rare mass shootings and instead focusing on the factors causing people to commit the crimes.
“I think it’s really disingenuous that we turn our back on the mental health issue,” Koenig said.
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