D.L. Hughley: "Americans Are More Dangerous Than Guns & ISIS"

"It's easier for Americans to buy guns than it is to buy Sudafed," the comedian shared Monday (Oct. 2). 

Not one to hold his tongue, comedian D.L. Hughley provided insight on gun control in the wake of the country's largest mass shooting in recorded history.

Speaking to TMZ Monday (Oct. 2), the radio host slammed the gun laws that made it possible for Stephen Paddock to kill 59 people and cause injury to hundreds when he fired bullets into a country-music festival from a hotel room in Las Vegas on Sunday. A total of 23 guns were found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino where the shooter was staying. Another 19 were found at his home. Some of the guns were high-powered and could reportedly penetrate police armor.

"It's America. It says a lot that a man would stand on the 32nd floor of a building and gun down people he didn't even know, but it says more about a country that allows a man to have that kind of weapon," Hughley said. "It's easier for Americans to buy guns than it is to buy Sudafed. It's what we tolerate."

Nonpartisan group New America, revealed in 2015 what many have already known. Between 2001 and 2015, more Americans have been murdered by homegrown or domestic terrorists than Islamist terrorists. Paddock's actions are nothing new to critics like Hughley, who claimed Americans pose a greater threat to the U.S. than the nation's presumed enemies.

"I don't care if they shot up a school, I don't care if they shoot up a church, a gay club, I don't care if they shoot up a concert. More Americans have died in the hands of other Americans than all of the wars we've ever fought. ISIS ain't got s**t on us," he said. "After you finish praying, what do you do? One man shot almost 600 people. What do you need a weapon with that much ammunition on our streets for? [And] Nevada has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. It's insulting for people to pretend they're shocked. That weapon did exactly what it was supposed to do [and] that man that the right to have those weapons. So nothing went wrong except he killed a bunch of people."

Hughley continued his sentiments on his radio show.

"Mass shootings in America aren't tragedies to gun lobbyists," he continued. "Tragedies in America are sales brochures. Every time there's a mass shooting, there's a spike in gun sales. It always happens."

Hughley and other political pundits may have hit a nerve with house republicans. The Chicago Tribune reports the NRA-backed bill to soften regulations on silencers has been "shelved indefinitely."

The bill is "not scheduled right now. I don't know when it will be scheduled," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Tuesday (Oct. 3). "We are all reeling from this horror in Las Vegas. This is just awful."

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Nas’ discography of studio albums has reached double-digits since the release of Nasir in 2018 but given this span, his fans and hip-hop aficionados continue to herald the impact of his debut album Illmatic. Celebrating 25 years this year, the “Cherry Wine” rapper raised a glass in commemoration of this milestone by previously hosting a Symphony Orchestra performance and receiving accolades along the way.

However, during an interview with Haute Living, the Queens native said although he’s grateful for the love of his platinum-selling project, “it has started to take on a life of its own.” The 46-year-old continued to state his claim by noting that the rest of his discography is worthy of recognition and that this year has been a good run for Illmatic.

"Twenty-five years is a lifetime. So I did another Symphony Orchestra show for Illmatic this year; I got another plaque for it. I’m very grateful—it’s so crazy—but to celebrate one album when I’ve made over 10, all the things I’ve worked on—and I’ve been working for so long—to celebrate one album over all else is corny to me," he said. "I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything. I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”

While music will always remain a passion—Nas mentioned a third and fourth installment of his The Lost Tapes series—the entertainer might take his talents to other areas of creativity and entrepreneurship. “Maybe [I’ll open] a new level bookstore, maybe [I’ll do] Broadway,” he said. “I do three things at a time; that’s how I live. The next three things I do, I hope they’re more exciting than anything that I’ve ever done.”

Illmatic remains one of music's most vivid and poetic albums, hosting quintessential East Coast rap melodies from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Faith N., and L.E.S. The sole feature goes to fellow The Firm member AZ.

In an interview with Red Bull, Nas discussed the real-life situations Illmatic hosts within its tracks which aids in its truth of standing the test of time. "There’s a lot of historical value in there. Back then there was a killing of a guy named [Jose “Kiko”] Garcia in Washington Heights by the police that I mention in my lyrics. I talk about the Supreme Team, a drug gang in Queens, and their leader named Supreme, who is now locked up," he said. "I talk about Ron G who was a Harlem mixtape DJ who was really popular at the time. It was kind of the first time you’d hear street conversation by someone who knew these guys personally at the time."

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Halle Berry Is #TeamZoeKravitz As Catwoman For Upcoming 'Batman' Film

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The Oscar Award-winning actress took to Twitter to congratulate Kravitz on her new job, writing “Keep shining queen and welcome to the family!” Kravitz will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson who’ll play the Dark Knight.

Special shout-out to your new #CatWoman, the eternally graceful & extremely bad ass @ZoeKravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family! ♥️✨ pic.twitter.com/9YJ2EekcNG

— Halle Berry (@halleberry) October 17, 2019

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“Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO,” the Emmy winner captioned a clip of TeaMarrr’s music video where she makes a cameo.

 

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Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO, TeaMarrr (@imaliltcup)! Check out her song and video, "Kinda Love" on all streaming platforms now! (@theraedio)

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The record label is a partnership with Atlantic Records, according to Variety. Rae’s label will also be responsible for supervising the music on A Black Lady Sketch Show, which she executive produces.

“Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said in a statement. “Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”

Raedio is technically her first foray into the recording industry, but music has always been a “central character” in Insecure, Atlantic Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald noted.

“Issa Rae is a next-level, future-thinking creative force who’s been breaking down cultural barriers and conquering one field after another,” said Greenwald. “She’s made music a central character in her artistic evolution, and now she’s brought all that amazing passion, inspiration, and taste to the formation of Raedio. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issa and her team on this exciting new venture, and TeaMarrr is the perfect artist to launch with.”

Wath TeaMarrr's  “Kinda Love” music video below.

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