Ted Nugent Compares Gun Owners to Civil Rights Icon
Ted Nugent is back at it.
The classic rocker is known for his love of hunting, guns and conservative politics. Now he's throwing one of the most important names of the Civil Rights era into the gun control debate raging in Washington, D.C.: Rosa Parks.
That's right. When asked about possible gun control measures currently being discussed among lawmakers, Nugent replied, "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."
Parks refused to give up her seat in the "colored" section of the Montgomery, Ala. bus she was riding on to a white passenger after the "white" section was full.
Nugent made the comment to WND, a conservative website.
According to Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama is considering taking executive action on gun control issues.
"There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet, but we're compiling it all," Mr. Biden said in a meeting Jan. 9 at the White House. Mr. Biden is spearheading a White House task force on gun violence.
Using executive orders allows a president to bypass congressional roadblocks. This also means sweeping change to current laws cannot come without congressional approval.
Mr. Obama can take sole action to strengthen the background check database used by the F.B.I. when someone purchases a gun. A presidential order can also mean agencies like the Social Security Administration can share information with the F.B.I. This can help in the area of mental competence of gun buyers.
A few days ago, Nugent wrote an open letter to Vice President Biden urging more care for the mentally unstable. The Nuge would be glad to learn that President Obama can use executive order to demand states share more information from both their crime and mental-health databases.
President Obama has called the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre the worst day of his presidency. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six teachers were shot to death by a lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Two staffers were injured in the shooting. The gunman also shot his mother and killed himself.
The massacre caused a national outcry, with many Americans demanding stricter gun control. Conservative groups like the NRA and Gun Owners of America believe the answer is to arm teachers and put more armed guards in public places, including schools. Gun Owners of America also argue that "gun free zones" are magnets for mass shootings.
There are more than 300 million guns in circulation in America today.