In addition to being a skilled MC, Royce da 5'9" is also a father.
Following last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 14 students and three adults, the 40-year-old rap veteran has made his presence felt on social media, voicing his opinion about gun control and school safety.
On Friday, Royce held a pseudo-Q&A with his fans, openly responding to President Trump's suggestion that, rather than banning automatic weapons in the United States, all teachers should carry a handgun while punching the clock.
As for alternative measures, Royce believes a natural first step is to install metal detectors and armed guards in all schools.
In response to a tweet suggesting schools are not military compounds, Royce doubled down on his position, labeling the current epidemic as war.
"People are having a problem admitting that this is war," he wrote. "Mass killings are nothing short of that ... Sounds crazy but it’s what we’ve become."
In theory, an armed guard at a school should detour a potential mass shooter, but in the case of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, CNN is reporting that not only did it not prevent the shooting from taking place, the assigned school resource deputy actually remained outside for the duration of the active shooting. He has since resigned from his post.
"The safety of our children should trump all," Royce later tweeted. "Pardon my pun."
We agree. Your move, Washington.