Ted Nugent is known for making controversial and even threatening statements, and now he’s comparing gun owners to the civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
In an interview with WorldNetDaily, Nugent said, “There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.”
Rosa Parks became known as the “first lady of civil rights” and “mother of the freedom movement” after she refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Al., in 1955—a nonviolent act of protest against segregation after centuries of oppression.
Nugent invoked Parks’ name in response to a question about gun confiscation plans allegedly being concocted by the White House gun violence task force. Only one elected official, a Democratic lawmaker in Iowa, has actually proposed such a plan, but that hasn’t stopped the right from suggesting the White House has plans to confiscate guns from law-abiding owners.
Nugent openly pontificated on the right-wing rumor of federally-mandated gun seizure. suggesting that “the heroes of the law enforcement” would rise up against it. “I do believe that there are enough soulless sheep within our government who would act on such an illegal order, but I believe the powers that be at the local, state, and regional law enforcement would halt such an illegal, anti-American order,” he said.
The gun-loving hunter also took on the media for its reaction to the Newtown school shooting. “The media and the government is hell-bent on convincing that water is dry and we should all reconsider our conclusions about the dampness of H20,” he said. “These people are out of their cotton-picking minds, and they scare Americans who are committed to logic, truth and common-sense, and real solutions instead of the insanity that I witness from our government and media.”
Nugent has had more than his share of harsh words for President Obama dating back to his days as a Senator. Last year Nugent said if the president were re-elected he would “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He’s also suggested that the president should be thrown in jail.