Sandy Hook Shooter Defies Criminal Stereotype, T.I. Says

'I just really believe you can't judge a book by its cover,' Tip tells 'RapFix Live' of shooter in deadly Newtown, Connecticut, massacre.

Newtown, Connecticut, may be hurting the most, but the entire nation is reeling from Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

“It was tragic,” said T.I. when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (December 19). “You cannot be a human being with a heart that pumps blood and not feel somethin’ about that.”

“Especially for those that have kids, your natural instinct is to get to yours and make sure they’re okay,” added his Grand Hustle partner Trae tha Truth, who also sat down on the red couch and weighed in on the horror.

Before T.I. started his career as a rapper, he spent time in the streets as a hustler, and then of course, there was his arrest and subsequent federal weapons charges in 2007. Still, the rapper, who now stars with his wife and kids in VH1′s hit reality series “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” couldn’t stress enough that no matter what problems one may face, children should never be harmed. “I just feel like children are off-limits because they perfect, they ain’t done nothin’, they ain’t did nothin’ and to cut the lives off of so many young future— [they] could’ve been future anything,” he said. “Their opportunity was cut short, behind just some cowardness. I think that needs to be addressed in a major way.”

For many, the Sandy Hook shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, with his boyish looks, didn’t exactly look like a killer. T.I. warns against stereotyping though. “I just really believe you can’t judge a book by its cover and right now you may have a stereotype in your mind of what danger looks like. But to be honest with you, in recent history, the look of danger has changed,” he said.

Do you agree with T.I.’s take on the Sandy Hook tragedy? Has the face of danger changed? Let us know how you feel in the comments.

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