Let me clarify. Ted Nugent has stated, more than once, that guns aren’t the problem—mental health is the problem.
And to some extent that’s true. But I’m not going to break down that argument here, I’ve already done that. What I do want to do is put on display the ignorance of Mr. Nugent himself.
So he believes guns have nothing to do with gun violence, and that it’s simply all mental health.
Everyone, please raise your hand if you’ve avoided military service, by way of a military deferment, that labeled you mentally incompetent to serve…
Oh, Mr. Nugent, you should be raising your hand.
You see, Ted Nugent (by his own words) decided he didn’t want to fight in Vietnam. So what did he do? He refused to bathe for weeks, didn’t shave, shit his pants then did drugs just before his military interview to avoid being eligible for military service.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly, the man who seems to never shut up about his love of our country (and especially our Second Amendment)—was too chicken shit to go fight in Vietnam.
So, should an individual that was too mentally unstable to serve in our military be allowed to own dangerous weapons? Wouldn’t that define him as someone who suffers from mental illness?
But if that doesn’t convince you, let’s take a look at some of the more outrageous comments from Ted Nugent:
- “You mean to say that when an imbecile walks into a church, office, day care center, or school, stumbling about, almost zombie-like, with gun-filled hands at his side, blabbering incoherently to his next victim, the reaction of grown men and women is to run, cry, whimper, and hide under a desk or pew? The sheeping of America is nearly complete.”
- “The war is coming to the streets of America and if you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil.”
- “I’m not in the leftist controlled Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of my political views, primarily my lifelong militant support of the NRA, the Second Amendment, and my belief that the only good bad guy is a dead bad guy.”
- “I have busted more hippies’ noses than all the narcs in the free world.”
- “I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces.”
- “War is good when good survives and evil is crushed. If you don’t crush evil then evil will get you.”
- “To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.”
- “I think that Barack Hussein Obama should be put in jail. It is clear that Barack Hussein Obama is a communist. Mao Tse Tung lives and his name is Barack Hussein Obama. This country should be ashamed. I wanna throw up.”
- “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary (while holding two assault rifles), you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.”
- “Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters have a president to destroy America. What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives.”
- “My name is Ted Nugent and because of Pam Anderson and because of Bill Maher and because of Paul McCartney, whenever I hear the word animal or rights in the same paragraph, I’m killing an extra hundred of something this year. I’m stymied to come up with anything funnier than people who think animals have rights. Just stick an arrow through their lungs.”
I’m going to stop there, though there are more.
Can any sane person read these quotes and feel the person who said them is mentally stable? Especially when you pair that with the deferment during Vietnam that deemed him too mentally unstable for military service.
Now, I already know what’s coming, “But Nugent isn’t a criminal!” Well, neither were the shooters in Colorado or Connecticut (I refuse to mention their names) before they decided to commit these mass murders.
Besides, how would it make any sense to only restrict the rights of the mentally unstable after they commit a crime? That isn’t Ted Nugent’s argument anyway.
In fact, his argument–from his own words to Piers Morgan:
“Go after the nut jobs, go after the murderers, because I don’t know any. We need to lock up the bad guys and when people show dangerous, murderous intent, which everyone one of these mass murderers showed — all their neighbors, their family, their teachers, their fellow students, they all knew they were crazy but, Piers, we didn’t stop them because we’re worried about hurting their feelings. We have a mad man problem in America.”
Basically if you just show dangerous intent, Mr. Nugent feels you should be locked up. Talk about a giant violation of our Bill of Rights. “Yes judge, though I have no evidence of a crime, I would like to lock up Mr. Smith—he seems like someone who might kill one day.” What is this, the movie Minority Report? Where judgements are based on crimes we think someone might commit.
Well Teddy, I think you are a mad man. Hell, millions of people agree with me. You’re insane. You’re radical. You’re unstable. That’s what I think, and that’s what millions of others think as well.
So, if millions of Americans think you’re crazy, shouldn’t that preclude you from owning guns? Shouldn’t we lock you up? Because while these other mass murderers might have seemed strange to many who knew them, they never publicly told the President of the United States to suck on their machine guns.
In fact, numerous studies have linked animal cruelty to psychopaths. So, when you laugh at those who fight for animal rights, wouldn’t you fall into a category many psychologists might find—dangerous? It’s one thing to hunt, it’s quite another to almost enjoy the death of another living thing.
But there you sit, owner of over 200 guns. Someone who’s seen as dangerous, radical and insane by millions. Someone who shows no respect for life, and a complete hypocrisy for patriotism by your actions to literally defecate on yourself to avoid fighting for your own country.
But you’re right Teddy, the mentally ill shouldn’t own guns….
So please, hand yours over.