NRA board member and conservative rocker Ted Nugent blasted the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, claiming there is “irrefutable” evidence that “they have no soul.”
During an appearance on The Joe Pags Show, the Republican guitarist described the student gun reform advocates “as mushy brained children who have been fed lies.”
“They’re actually committing spiritual suicide because everything they recommend will cause more death and mayhem,” Nugent continued. “Guaranteed.”
Teen activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have drawn the ire of the far-right, with political commentators and government officials taking to the airwaves and social media to publicly lambaste them.
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They’ve been vocal champions of gun safety legislation since the Valentine’s Day shooting at their high school. Former student Nikolas Cruz opened fired in the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 and injuring more than a dozen.
After listening to interview clips of the students, Nugent continued on to rail against the teens as well as liberals and the main stream media.
“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the cultural deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies,” he said. “I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s also soulless.”
He continued on to defend “the good law-abiding families of America” and said the Parkland’s survivors supposed campaign against them is also “deep in the category of soulless.”
“These poor children, I’m afraid to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul,” the conservative musician said.
In the wake of the congressional baseball shooting last summer that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, Nugent took on a significantly different tone in his response.
“I’m gonna take a deep breath, and I’m gonna back down,” he said in June. “If it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I’m going away and I’m not gonna engage in that hateful rhetoric anymore.”