Ted Nugent is notoriously... what's the word I want? Oh! Crazy. He is notoriously crazy, and he's well known for making comments that most people would consider far beyond the pale no matter their political leanings. (Exhibit A.) But his most recent inflammatory remarks have drawn the scrutiny of the Secret Service, because, well, they sound like a death threat against the President. Nugent was speaking at the National Riffle Association in St. Louis when, amidst the rest of his wackadoo ramblings, he told the crowd of gun-lovers that if Obama gets elected in November, he (Nugent) would be "dead or in jail by next year."

Here's a video:

Look, I get that the Secret Service needs to take all precautions when it comes to the President's safety, and they need to treat all possible threats seriously, but guys: Ted Nugent is not going to assassinate President Obama. (Of course, there was probably some dude who said "No one is going to attack Lincoln in the middle of a crowded theater" back in March of 1864.) And it's pretty clear to me that Nugent means he'll be in jail because he has, like, all the guns and Obama is in favor of gun control.

It doesn't seem like the Service is pulling out all the stops for this one, unsurprisingly. After some raised an eyebrow at Nugent's words, a spokesman for the agency told New York, "We are aware of it, and we'll conduct an appropriate follow up." So Nugent probably shouldn't be too concerned. But I think the lesson here is that after you compare the President and his administration to coyotes that need to be shot — which he also did — maybe just be a little bit more careful with your word choice?

Commentarium (16 Comments)

Apr 17 12 - 4:15pm

To those liberals and Obama supporters who find Nuge's words shrill and hideously ugly - trust me, his Gibson Byrdland guitar tone on all those old 70's albums was even worse.

Apr 17 12 - 5:23pm
Little GH

oh snap

Apr 17 12 - 5:36pm
Alex Heigl

Not really a comment I expected, but can't say I'm upset to see it.

Apr 17 12 - 6:24pm
Ciriaco Ortiz

I take it you're talking post-Amboy Dukes, because the fuzz tone on "Journey to the Center of Your Mind" goes a long way toward helping me turn a deaf ear on whatever diarrhea has come out of his mouth since, well, basically since they hit the stop button on the reel-to-reel immediately after that solo.

Apr 18 12 - 4:32pm

+1 on that solo. Was that his last hit single, in 1968?

Apr 17 12 - 4:24pm

Tell that cunty fuck to go suck a dead mans dick, or at the very least the end of a double bearrle shot gun.

Apr 17 12 - 5:13pm

How about KNIFE CONTROL? More people are killed by knives every year than by guns. And since other countries have proven that violent crime goes up when guns are banned, knife control makes more sense. What, you say? Oh that's right; no one was ever elected to office touting knife control. Gun control just sounds so sexy.

Apr 17 12 - 5:38pm

"And since other countries have proven that violent crime goes up when guns are banned..."
What?!? Oh that's right. Being full of shit never stops the neocon troll. Sorry for the interruption. Please go on with your bullshit.

Apr 17 12 - 6:00pm

Agree with Bowie. Here are stats for U.S. homicides by type of weapon, 1976-2004. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ushomicidesbyweapon.svg Homicides by handguns (and handguns plus all other types of guns) vary from twice to three-and-half times those by knife.

Apr 17 12 - 6:25pm

Canada’s 1998 gun control laws have resulted in increased murders (while the murder rate in the USA has declined without gun control). Canada’s cost of implementation: over 1-billion dollars (double what they estimated).

After its 1996 gun control measures, Australia’s violent crime rates went up. Murder and manslaughter rates were unchanged, but armed robbery rates increased 74%, aggravated assaults went up by 32%. Australia's violent crime rate is also now double America's.

In 2005, the British government reported that gun crime in England and Wales nearly doubled in the first 4 years after increased in gun control. In England, crimes using knives/cutting instruments have dramatically increased since gun control. The violent crime rate in England is now double that in the United States.

Apr 18 12 - 8:19am

And those statements are as credible and supported by citations as your previously discredited ones. Normally I don't engage with trolls, but you're really just a parody of a troll.

Apr 18 12 - 2:59pm

Go ahead; argue with the facts and the historical results of others that have tried to implement gun control.

BTW, England has started a program of confiscating knives. You can do the research, but I’m sure it will just be easier to call the news sources trolls. Hmmm, kind of like burying your head in the sand.

Apr 18 12 - 3:32pm

That makes profrobert a parrody of an osterich!

Apr 17 12 - 6:41pm

Amazing how manly and courageous draft dodgers get in their old age.

Apr 18 12 - 11:16am
Alex Heigl

Right? I just read that not only did he receive a student deferment while touring, but he pissed and crapped in his pants for ten days straight before showing up to the draft board.

Apr 17 12 - 6:43pm
Rex Merritt

Of course should the Secret Service interview Ted, he'll claim his First Amendment rights are being infringed upon. You know. The right to incite violence and threaten others.