Quavo made a significant move towards addressing the issue of gun violence in the United States when he traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The purpose of his visit was to engage with several members of Congress during the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference. Accompanied by his mother and Takeoff’s mother, the Migos rapper’s presence underscored the seriousness of the matter, particularly following the launch of the Rocket Foundation, his initiative aimed at raising awareness for gun violence prevention in the wake of Takeoff’s tragic death.
During the event, Quavo had discussions with influential figures such as House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Cory Booker, Representatives Nikema Williams, Steven Horsford, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Robin Kelly, and Maxwell Frost. He also interacted with community organizer Greg Jackson. Quavo’s commitment to this cause extends beyond mere dialogue, as he is set to join Jackson on a discussion panel alongside Sen. Raphael Warnock and Rep. Lucy McBath.
Reflecting on his newfound mission, Quavo emphasized:
“I feel like your calling comes at the least expected times,” Quavo said, as noted by ABC News. “You don’t think nothing is going to happen. I need to step up to the plate and hit a homerun, I have to do something about it, so it won’t happen to the masses — especially in our culture. I don’t want this to happen to the next person, I want to knock down these percentages.”
He continued by addressing the urgent need for improved gun control:
“We need to do better with the control of guns,” Quavo continued. “We need to figure out how do we keep these types of incidents from happening to people going anywhere and thinking they can hurt somebody where it shouldn’t happen.” He further added: “And how do you keep them out of the hands of people that make bad decisions? I’m kind of in a half-and-half place. Even police have guns. Unfortunately, some of the people in our culture and loved ones have been lost to police brutality. It’s all about choices and how we can put a filter on who can use these guns.”
Quavo’s advocacy against gun violence is an ongoing endeavor, and updates on his efforts will continue to be closely monitored.