It’s funny, whenever the gun debate is brought up it essentially turns into an argument between what actually causes gun violence, guns or mental illness. Logic would dictate it’s both, but for the sake of argument let’s just blame all gun violence on mental illness for this article.
Would a sexual predator be too mentally ill to own a gun? What about someone who was too mentally unstable to qualify for military service? Well, what if they made a thinly veiled threat toward the life of the President of the United States?
How about if they did all three? Still no?
Well, of course, most of you reading this know I’m referring to Ted Nugent. A man who owns well over 200 guns.
Now I’ve maintained that if you’re too mentally unstable to serve in the military (which is what the military said about him when they rejected him for military service during the Vietnam War) then you’re too mentally unstable to own guns.
And even if all of that doesn’t sway toward my belief that Ted Nugent has no business owning guns, maybe his most recent comments will. Because they’re a doozy.
During an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Nugent said:
“I’ve been a cop in Lake County, Michigan, since 1982 thereabout. I conduct federal raids with the DEA and ATF and U.S. Marshals and the FBI and Texas Rangers and heroes of law enforcement.
And we are re-arresting fugitive felons let out of their cages after murdering and raping and molesting children, carjacking. And we keep going after these guys.
The adrenaline is something like you will never experience, I hope you never have to experience it, but when we are done with these kinds of raids, we get together and our hearts are broken that we have to face these monsters. We call them mongrels. We call bad people who are destroying our neighborhoods mongrels.”
Sounds like Mr. Nugent is one hell of a bad ass, right?
Only one problem – none of it’s true.
During Politifact’s investigation, they got several comments from officials who couldn’t verify Nugent’s claims.
Lake Country, Michigan Sheriff Robert Hilts said that Nugent is a “reservist,” but also made sure to say that, “He’s never joined us for any raids. Fortunately, we don’t have those sorts of problems up here.”
He also went on to say that Nugent has no authority or official responsibility.
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said, “We are not aware of him conducting any raids with us.”
They asked the Texas Department of Public Safety whether Nugent had joined Texas Rangers on raids. Press secretary Tom Vinger said, “In regards to your question about the Texas Rangers, that did not occur.”
Joe Moses, a 22-year veteran with the DEA said, “You would not have someone who didn’t hold the status of a police officer or federal agent participate in such an operation.”
When Politifact tried to contact Nugent, his assistant responded with the following statement:
“Ted has been active in the following: U.S. Marshall Service FALCON fugitive task force arrest raids in Texas.”
Though they wouldn’t provide any evidence of this.
In fact, the only thing they could find even remotely close to these claims was Nugent might have gone on a glorified ride-along with U.S. Marshals – though he wouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near the actual target the Marshals were going after.
Then there’s these comments he made about his experience at an FBI gun training facility comprised of video simulations:
“Let me tell you, when the room goes dark and the video begins to roll, you become so totally engulfed in the scenario that you are 100 percent psychologically living the event as if it is real life. It is no longer a video as far as your mind tells you.”
His entire “story” that he told CNN’s Erin Burnett seems like he took a couple of training experiences he participated in, then concocted some delusional reality where he really believes that he’s been out conducting raids with the ATF, DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals.
Because there’s literally no evidence that a single one of these ridiculous claims could be true.
So you’re telling me that a guy who:
- Is a self-admitted sexual predator.
- Was too mentally unstable to serve in our military.
- Made a veiled threat on the president’s life.
- Concocted some delusional reality where he believes he participated in raids with several high-profile law enforcement agencies.
You’re telling me that guy isn’t mentally ill? You’re telling me he should own over 200 guns?
Ted Nugent, in my opinion, defines what it is to be mentally unhinged.
And this completely made-up, delusional reality that he concocted while speaking with CNN’s Erin Burnett is just another great example showcasing just how mentally unstable Ted Nugent really is.