Rock star and NRA board member Ted Nugent attacked gun control activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday, and things went a bit off the rails. Let’s just say he’s passionate about gun rights.
Nugent, who is known as a conservative commentator, went on Newsmax’s “The Joe Pags Show” to talk to radio host Joe Pagliarulo about the recent wave of activism stemming from the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and the “Cat Scratch Fever” singer made it clear he’s not impressed with the student activists.
“The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity,” Nugent said of the Parkland activists. As Pagliarulo showed him clips of students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez criticizing the NRA‘s role in gun violence, Nugent went on to defend the NRA and attack gun control advocates who blame the association.
“The National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms,” Nugent argued. “We have no blood on our hands. No NRA members have ever been involved in any mass shootings at all.”
Nugent went on to target the media’s influence on young people and railed against the “spiritual suicide” that he says stems from toxic discourse around the issue of gun rights.
“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies,” Nugent argued. “I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless.”
He continued by defending gun owners and suggesting that mass shootings can be predicted and prevented by other means than gun control. But he didn’t stop his rant against the student activists, calling out their unwillingness to work together with others to find a moderate solution.
“To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless,” Nugent exclaimed. “These poor children — I’m afraid to say this, and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable — they have no soul.”
The Parkland student activists have kept media attention on their cause for weeks after the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, and they have repeatedly targeted media programs and politicians who support the NRA or are unreceptive to their gun control proposals.
Listen to Nugent’s entire interview on Media Matters.