On Tuesday (April 3) following the death a young fan, 2 Chainz crafted a sentimental post that sums up the complicated relationship hip-hop has with firearms. In the caption an Instagram picture that shows 2 Chainz standing next to 3-year-old Thirigi Craig, the G.O.O.D Music staple extended his condolences to the victim’s family while condemning the perpetrator.

“I really don’t have many words concerning this matter which is really rare for me,” 2 Chainz stated before explaining how Craig, whose killer is still unknown, was slain in a shooting on Sunday (April 1). “This kid is around the same age as my son and my heart goes out to his family. We have to do better y’all. How you kill a 3-year-old…,” 2 Chainz said. “I believe in protecting yourself but I don’t believe in reckless conduct like this. I hate it.”

By drawing the firm line between protecting oneself and being overtly violent, 2 Chainz wrote another chapter in the gun control thesis that many his fellow ATLiens have been trying to perfect — a project that hit its biggest obstacle with Killer Mike’s appearance on NRA TV.

2 Chainz said it was “appalled” in his post which can be seen in full below.

This article was originally published in Vibe.

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