Quavo talks with VP Kamala Harris about gun-violence prevention: ‘I need to step up to the plate’

Quavo poses for a portrait at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

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Quavo talks with VP Kamala Harris about gun-violence prevention: 'I need to step up to the plate'

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Carlos De Loera

Sept. 22, 2023


is getting very serious about gun-violence prevention.

Less than a year after his nephew and former bandmate Takeoff was

shot and killed fatally shot

in Houston, the “Walk It Talk It” rapper met with Vice President

Kamala Harris



members of Congress this week to advocate against gun violence.

Takeoff, whose real name

was is Kirshnik Khari Ball


died after being was

shot multiple times on Nov. 1, 2022, outside a Houston bowling alley. Takeoff was an innocent bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, Houston police said at the time

of his death


He The 28-year-old

was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was 28.

Quavo joined in on a panel put on by the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the issue. He was accompanied by his sister and Takeoff’s mother, Titania Davenport.

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I feel like your calling comes at the least expected times … You dont think nothing is going to happen,” he told the caucus

, per the

Associated Press. “I need to step up to the plate and hit a home run. I have to do something about it, so it wont happen to the masses especially in our culture. I dont want this to happen to the next person. I want to knock down these percentages.



Raphael Warnock




Lucy McBath


the Georgia Democrat

who lost her son due to gun violence



Greg Jackson

of the Community Justice Action Fund were present at the panel that

was centered around focused on

community-led intervention strategies against gun violence.

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 shouldnt happen.

The “Bad and Boujee” artist pondered two main questions: How do we use guns safely, and how do we keep them “out of the hands of people that make bad decisions.”

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Im kind of in a half-and-half place. Even police have guns,” he said. “Unfortunately, some of the people in our culture and loved ones have been lost to police brutality. Its all about choices and how we can put a filter on who can use these guns.

Jackson praised Quavo for using his status as a cultural figure to put pressure on lawmakers to advocate for change on

such an important the


Its what we need, Jackson said

, according to the AP

. With gun violence, in order to change it, we have to change the behavior just as aggressively as we focus on safety and ownership and access. But we cant change behavior if our communities dont have the resources they need, and our youth is being overlooked and forgotten.

Takeoff’s mother sues Houston bowling alley where he was killedPrior to taking visiting Capitol Hill,


in 2022 had

helped set up the Rocket Foundation, an organization centered around funding

programs that are

programs which are

saving lives through proven, community-based solutions to prevent gun violence.” The charitable body was founded in honor of Takeoff

in 2022


The thing Quavo most emphasized during his talk


was the need for more resources in underfunded communities.

I feel like after going to the White House, I need resources, he said. I need a bag of goodies, so I can take back and say


Here, this is for the culture. We have that extension cord. We are plugged into that type of environment. I dont think no one else in our stature is that connected. In order for things to change, we need resources.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.