- The Washington Times - Friday, April 12, 2019

Stevie Wonder called for stricter gun-control laws during a performance at the memorial of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

“It’s a heartbreak because it’s so unnecessary,” Mr. Wonder said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. “We still are living in a time where ego, anger, jealousy is controlling our lives. It is so painful to know that we don’t have enough people taking a position that says, ‘Listen, we should have stronger gun laws.’”

“It’s unacceptable. It’s almost like the world is becoming blind,” said the singer, who is blind. “I pray that we will grow. I pray that the leaders who have a responsibility to perpetuate life will do it by making sure that the laws will make it so very hard for people to have guns.”

Hussle, a rapper and community activist, was fatally shot outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles on March 31. A 29-year-old man named Eric Holder, whom police said had confronted Hussle earlier in the day, was charged with the rapper’s murder.

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to Hussle in a letter that was read at the memorial, saying the late musician left behind “a legacy worth of celebration.”

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