Ted Nugent: “There Isn’t A Gun Problem In America”
Ted Nugent, who once outright blamed Jews for gun control legislation, has now claimed that there isn’t a gun problem in America, instead casting blame for the recent rise in crime on recidivism, a measure of convicted criminals who commit additional offenses after leaving prison.
Homicides in America rose 30% in 2020 over the previous year. Most folks point to some combination of pandemic-related job losses, quarantine-related stir craziness, a historic rise in gun purchases and lax enforcement by police officers in response to the anti-police sentiment that swept the country after the murder of George Floyd as the reasons behind that spike. But Nugent is not most folks!
The noted gun enthusiast, second amendment supporter and board member of the National Rifle Association alleged in a recent YouTube livestream that it’s the fault of those sissy liberals who allow dangerous criminals (read: black and brown people) to leave prison. He said:
“Dallas, Texas — shame on you. Same law as San Francisco and L.A.: if you steal under $950 worth of merchandise from a business, they won’t prosecute you. This is insanity. ‘Crime’s out of control.’ Because you’re rewarding criminal behavior. They don’t prosecute people caught with guns in Chicago or Detroit or New York or New Jersey or California — they don’t prosecute people violating one of the thousands of gun laws, but the next gun law’s gonna stop ’em.
“Bad guys need to be locked up. If they shoot or stab people, I don’t care if they even miss, that’s a dangerous, vicious, evil act. We don’t want people capable of dangerous, vicious, evil acts walking our streets. We want them either dead or in a cage — forever.
“We’re living in engineered recidivism. The failed court system, the crime-celebrating prosecutors and attorneys are engineering recidivism. Ninety-six percent of violent crimes are committed by people that were let out for violent crimes. Here’s a little guitar player idea: don’t let ’em out.
“There isn’t a gun problem in America. There is an intentional engineered recidivism problem in America. You wanna stop ninety-six percent of the violent crimes. Don’t let ’em out.”
Many studies, including this one reported on by CNN, have found that long prison sentences are not effective in preventing recidivism rates.
What’s more, it doesn’t take a degree in rocket surgery to conclude that more guns on the streets = more deaths from guns.
But this is Ted Nugent, promoter of black artists, we’re talking about. Some other choice viewpoints he’s expressed over the years include:
i) Giving an interview where he says Blacks aren’t hard workers and uses the n-word multiple times.
ii) Writing an editorial for The Washington Post in which he asserted that “it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.”
iii) Defending South African apartheid: “Besides, apartheid isn’t that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal.”
iv) Advising American soldiers in Iraq to “just aim for the laundry” (i.e., turbans — and FYI, most Iraqis don’t wear turbans).
v) Alleging that Black Lives Matter activists posing as Trump supporters were responsible for the seditious riot at the Capitol on January 6, despite the fact that there is no evidence to prove this.
vi) Calling COVID-19 “the Chinese shit.”
vii) Constantly wearing Confederate flag shirts.
You can watch his latest livestream below if you’re so inclined.