After months of jokes on social media, hate to Megan Thee Stallion, and refusal to believe that Meg was telling the truth, Tory Lanez has finally been charged for shooting Meg. He is facing two felony charges for “assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle,” according to Chicago Sun-Times. If he’s to be convicted on both of these charges, he’ll be facing a maximum of approximately 23 years in state prison. Prosecutors are also recommending that the bail for Lanez be set for $1.1 million.
There’s no reason that it should’ve taken this long for Lanez to be charged. There was more than enough evidence to prove that he was indeed guilty of shooting Meg in her feet. From much of the public’s perception, the facts were all there. There’s the fact that he was arrested on a gun charge the same night that Meg was shot; the fact that she went on Instagram live confirming that Lanez was the one that shot her; and even the fact that the hospital confirmed that she had been shot.
“Meg has gone long enough without justice,” said Keith Edwards, a freshman at Harold Washington College. “It’s about time that the man who assaulted her is brought to justice.”
I’d like to know how stupid the people who supported Lanez and bashed Meg must feel? As if there wasn’t enough evidence before, now he’s being charged. I wonder what all those people who thought Meg was lying have to say now? I also wonder how this situation would’ve gone if it wasn’t Meg–a celebrity–and it was an ordinary, unknown? If it took this long for any progress to be made with Meg’s case, how much longer would it have dragged on for a regular person?
I’m just glad that things are starting to move in the right direction and Meg is getting the justice that she deserves. Though it would be unfortunate for Lanez to be behind bars for nearly 23 years, actions have consequences and just because he’s a celebrity doesn’t mean that he should be able to get off easy.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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