Most people in the mainstream media have been supportive of the Parkland, Florida shooting victims and activists. However, some conservatives have not been as forgiving and have gone to the news to share a different perspective on the gun control debate. One of those people is conservative entertainer Ted Nugent, and now he is being attacked by the mainstream media.
Nugent is an entertainer, National Rifle Association board member, and conservative Republican. He blasted the Parkland, Florida victims by claiming there is irrefutable evidence they have no souls. While appearing on the Joe Pags Shows he called the new gun control activists mushy brained children who have been fed lies.
“They’re actually committing spiritual suicide because everything they recommend will cause more death and mayhem. Guaranteed.”
The Daily News reported,
“Teen activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have drawn the ire of the far-right, with political commentators and government officials taking to the airwaves and social media to publicly lambaste them.
They’ve been vocal champions of gun safety legislation since the Valentine’s Day shooting at their high school. Former student Nikolas Cruz opened fired in the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 and injuring more than a dozen.
After listening to interview clips of the students, Nugent continued on to rail against the teens as well as liberals and the main stream media.
“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the cultural deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies,” he said. “I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s also soulless.”
He continued on to defend “the good law-abiding families of America” and said the Parkland’s survivors supposed campaign against them is also “deep in the category of soulless.”
“These poor children, I’m afraid to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul,” the conservative musician said.
In the wake of the congressional baseball shooting last summer that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, Nugent took on a significantly different tone in his response.
“I’m gonna take a deep breath, and I’m gonna back down,” he said in June. “If it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I’m going away and I’m not gonna engage in that hateful rhetoric anymore.””
David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have been the most outspoken activists so far taking aim at the National Rifle Association and anyone associated with them. They have also targeted anyone who disagrees with them. Just recently, Fox News show host Laura Ingraham posted a twitter article about how Hogg got rejected from several California colleges he applied to.
Following this share, Hogg tweeted back at her advertisers calling on them to cancel her show and take away their funding. However, they did not do that and instead forced her to make an apology which she did on social media as well. Despite this, it was not good enough for Hogg and he refused to accept the apology.
While Nugent’s comments can be described as crass they cannot be described as incorrect. The National Rifle Association has been targeted relentlessly and as a result, their donations from their members have increased. It is not merely upper-class lobbyists who belong to the National Rifle Association, the majority of the members are average Americans who use firearms for the defense of their home and for hunting purposes.
As Nugent aptly pointed out, no National Rifle Association members have ever been involved with or associated with a mass shooting of any kind. In fact, the National Rifle Association has taken classes to schools across the United States in an attempt to teach firearm safety to children.
They have also done it with local law enforcement, the military, children’s organizations, and family organizations. And not just for a short period of time but for the past 100 years.
The answer to ending these types of mass shootings is not a one size fits all approach. It is a multi-faceted issue that is going to require many different fixes because there are many different variables associated with it. Some of those include…
Background check tightening
Mental health awareness, help, and funding
Better tracking at the local law enforcement level
More ownership for federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation who let the Parkland, Florida perpetrator fall through the cracks
Police guards at schools
While many want to blame this issue purely on guns the answer is not that simple. We don’t ban cars because of all the drunk driving that kills people, we don’t ban knives after mass stabbings, we don’t ban cardboard boxes after these USPS bombings.
Share if you agree this issue is not a ten-word punchline for the news and requires more thought and work be put into it