Nipsey Hussle, Gun Violence and the Big Business of Weapons

As the family of Grammy-nominated hip-hop superstar Nipsey Hussle prepare to memorialize the late artist at a sold-out service inside Los Angeles’ Staples Center, many remain concerned that gun violence is America’s true national emergency.

Hussle, whose real name was Emias Joseph Asghedom, who was shot to death outside of his Marathon Clothing Store in Los Angeles on March 31, will be laid to rest after the 10 a.m. (PST) ceremony on Thursday, April 11.

“If we are to truly make progress on the crisis that’s facing every community across the country, I believe that we need to approach the issue of gun violence from a values-based perspective,” said Dante Barry, the executive director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice and an expert for the personal finance website, WalletHub.

“No matter how we identify, we all understand the value of what it means to be safe in our communities. Gun violence prevention policies should be connected to a shared sense of safety for all communities,” Barry said in response to a new WalletHub study that compared the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 statesto determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business, both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership.

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