Rapper Kanye West visited the White House on Thursday and delivered remarks about police brutality and the Second Amendment, among other hot-button issues.
What did he say about police brutality?
In comments about the state of police-citizen relations, particularly in the black community, West said that black Americans "kill each other more than police officers do."
He also suggested that while there are bad cops out there, one of the main problems comes from within the community itself, and the way that people relate to one another.
"When you don’t have ownership, then it’s all about how something looks," West explained. "It’s about the patinas, it’s not about the soul. So we focus more on if somebody’s wearing something, someone’s disrespecting. So I got to shoot 'em."
"Or," he continued, "the idea of someone being racist, you know, we talk about police murders, which we definitely have to discuss and we have to bring nobility to the police officers, ... the police officers are just like us."
West noted that there's a large amount of hate building in the U.S., which causes racial tension.
"We also — as black people — we have to take a responsibility for what we're doing," the rapper explained. "We kill each other more than police officers ... and that's not saying that the police officer is not an issue."
You can watch West deliver his remarks in the video below.
What did he say about the Second Amendment?
During another segment of West's remarks, a reporter asked the rapper about his thoughts on gun violence in West's hometown of Chicago.
The reporter asked, "What about gun violence — with all the debate about the Second Amendment?”
West explained that he isn't opposed to legal guns and fully supports the Second Amendment.
"The problem is illegal guns," West answered. "Illegal is the problem, not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms."
The National Rifle Association heaped praise upon West in response to the entertainer's defense of Second Amendment rights.
On Twitter, the NRA wrote, "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."
#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