Ted Nugent: Gun lovers will become ‘the Rosa Parks’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:40 EDT
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In an interview this week with conspiracy website World Net Daily, rocker and gun lover Ted Nugent took the civil rights-gun rights analogy to new heights, saying that thanks to President Barack Obama, armed Americans everywhere will soon have to become “the Rosa Parks.”

“You are talking to a guy who talks to more gun owners in more heated and concerned conversations than anyone who lives,” he told WND’s Michael Thompson. “These are top notch heroes of law enforcement and military who understand this experiment in self-government and we will not let [gun confiscation] happen; we will do it peaceful.”

He continued: “But 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.”

Nugent, who was recently banned from The Discovery Channel, is not the only gun enthusiast who’s been making bizarre allusions to the civil rights movement recently.

Former National Rifle Association President Marion Hammer said on the Jan. 2 broadcast of the NRA’s news program that banning guns is “about cosmetics” and now killings.

“Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” she added. “But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”

President Barack Obama’s gun task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, has not yet concluded its work and has made no recommendations. Biden said Wednesday that the president is prepared to use as-yet-undetermined executive action to help prevent future massacres like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.

“We are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we can do everything we’re going to do nothing,” Biden said. “It’s critically important that we act.”

It is not clear what Obama can do without an act of Congress, but the administration’s top attorneys are reportedly assessing all options to make recommendations to the president.

Photo: Screenshot via “CBS This Morning.”

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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