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article imageOp-Ed: Ted Nugent, tough guy with anger issues, gets loopy

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 18, 2012 in Politics
What is that gun-toting rock-and-roll has-been, Ted Nugent, gets out of making what seems to have been a death-threat against Barack Obama? Why would he be so angry he intends, he says, to in essence give up the rest of his life to take another's?
Nugent, 63, is angry because he feels he could lose his second amendment rights to bear arms. But Ted, the notion your second amendment rights will be removed is nonsense. You may have to fill out a few forms to tote your many guns, and maybe more powerful weapons will have restricted access. But wouldn't that be okay? It might save a life or two. More, over time. Or perhaps not, but it's not so much to ask, filling out forms.
Maybe the little girl who was killed, along with 5 others, when Gabrielle Giffords was attacked by a disenfranchised sociopath with a powerful weapon that enabled him to fire 31 rounds before having to reload, maybe she'd be alive with stricter gun laws. Jared Loughner used a weapon police should have, but not your average run-of-the-mill mentally unwell and angry person.
Ted Nugent: Threats against Barack Obama?
You can read comments online that suggest it's all in good fun, or at least Ted's comments are not a concern and that investigating him is a waste of time. But it is a concern when citizens say things, as the angry Mr. Nugent did, like this: "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The right-wing rocker also said this: "If the coyote's in your living room pissing on your couch, it's not the coyote's fault. It's your fault for not shooting him." Great use of language, but like Rush Limbaugh, Ted has a hate-on for "libs" and clearly won't do what Dr. Richard Carlson, who wrote Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff suggests and take up the other person's viewpoint for a while. He'd rather take up arms.
The Anger in Ted Nugent
Nugent feels violence will solve disagreements with a government elected by the majority, voted for by tens of millions, and his conviction seems, at the very least, loopy. Why not try using your democratic right to vote and if enough of your candidates aren't elected, respect the will of the majority and, while getting your views out, work alongside them to make for a better country?
Wouldn't that work better than a Glock 19 semiautomatic?
I expect that his anger has more to do with whatever nasty things happened to him while he was a marginally intelligent kid than it does Democrats. And given that, we should all be glad that he is to be investigated. He's not likely to follow through on his threats, but then again people who knew Loughner, who attacked Giffords and took that little girl's life, didn't think he'd do that, either.
Secret Service and Ted Nugent
Here's what will happen: secret service people will ask Mr. Nugent questions and he will be testy and laugh and pretend it's a joke and point out he's the guy protecting American rights and they're stupid for spending tax money bothering a fine citizen like himself. As he said at the National Rifle Association convention "there are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth."
(Good for you, Ted!).
He'll give the agents some of that and they'll go away - there's nothing to charge him with - and if Barack Obama wins another term Ted Nugent will make an attempt to do what he seems to have threatened to do, or he will not. It seems far more likely that he won't, but....
It all just seems so pointless.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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