League of Young Voters executive director Rob Baker recently wrote an open letter to rapper Snoop Dogg applauding him for his latest track “No Guns Allowed.”
“You have stepped up to say that enough is enough when it comes to gun violence,” Baker wrote. “You’re right — our daughters and sons are losing their minds. Every hour, four people in the United States are killed by firearms. While that’s a heartbreaking statistic, I am so inspired that you are using your platform to speak up about the nation’s violence issue.”
The track references the increasing gun violence and the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Baker noted “it couldn’t have been an easy decision to use your art in this way.” Baker praised Snoop for stepping outside of his usual gangsta rap persona.
Despite tension in Congress regarding gun regulations, Baker believes that Snoop’s effort could inspire legislative action on anti-violence. Baker has even launched a campaign to get youth to speak out on the issue.
“We are committed to helping make the ‘No Guns Allowed’ message a movement,” said Baker. “We’re starting by asking our friends, colleagues, supporters and celebrities like yourself to take a pledge to end violence by texting PEACE to 69866.”
Snoop has also recently spoken out about in support of gay marriage and Michelle Obama’s health initiative by raising funds for urban farming.