Fans of the the Motor City Madman, rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent, have become quite used to the guitarist’s conservative views — and very vocal pronouncements reflective of such — over the years. After the recent shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, the “Stranglehold” composer took to Twitter last week to express his condolences and — to some — a shocking “what if” scenario.
“we pray for all victims&lovedones of demonshooter in CO,” he wrote, “& we SALUTE the brave warriors who saved lives IF only they would hav had a good gun”
It didn’t take long for some on Twitter to begin expressing their opinions about Nugent’s sensibilities, including some who explained that another gun (or two) in the crowded, dark, tear-gas-smoke-filled, chaotic theatre would most likely have not “saved” more lives but contributed to even more casualties in the senseless tragedy. As it was, a gunman later identified as 24-year-old James Holmes suddenly began shooting in the crowded Colorado theatre, killing 12 and wounding 59 before he gave himself up to police.
After taking some heat for his stance, Nugent fired off: “how much dope must one injest for how long to believe unarmed & helpless is a desirable condition? soulless is as soulless does to bait evil.”
Nugent later appeared on Glen Beck’s radio show to defend his Twitter posts, noting that all he was doing was making the case that being armed is better than being defenseless. He also took time to talk about the misinformation surrounding the Colorado shootings concerning assault weapons (he insists that the popular hunting and target sports rifle, the AR-15, is not an assault weapon) and to lambaste Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly for suggesting the government should make getting guns even more difficult.
But whether or not one agrees with “Great White Buffalo” guitarist are not, he certainly has a way with words — and having those words get him embroiled in a controversy. Back in April, his remarks about guns and President Obama won him a visit from the Secret Service.
The Nuge’s South Carolina fans will be happy to know that the electric six-string virtuoso will be in North Myrtle Beach on August 4 for a stop-off at the House of Blues on his “Great White Buffalo Tour.” Laura Wilde will open for the unfiltered rocker. Tickets for the show are $26 standing general admission ($29 on the day of the show), with reserved seats ranging from $49.50 to $64.50.
The House of Blues is located on Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach.
Who knows? Go to the show and one might get to hear a bit of how Ted Nugent looks at things. In fact, it is almost guaranteed. He’s known for his outspokenness at his concerts.