Rock guitarist Ted Nugent has become as well known for his conservative political views as his career spanning five decades with 30 million records sold and over 6,000 performances to his credit.

His second career as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment in reality shows featuring bow and arrow hunting and promotion of the “natural highs” of an active life in the outdoors, make it no surprise that he is speaking out about gun-free zones and the willingness of the American people to give up the right to defend themselves.

Nugent argues that gun-free zones announce that the people within are unarmed, helpless and at the mercy of those who are evil or mentally deranged and intend to do them harm.

“Disarmed and helpless is an irresponsible, suicidal choice that will get you killed. Defend yourself,” says Nugent, asking how society can “accept, even celebrate, feebleness, helplessness and abject dependency.”

Nugent offers a common sense solution.

“Quit acting like helpless sheep afraid of a simple tool. Get a damn handgun. Practice with it. Train with it. Learn to carry it hidden and discreetly.

If someone is approaching you with the intent to do grave bodily harm, and you will know it when it happens, try to escape to the best of your ability, but if there is no escape, pull out your weapon and aim for center mass and start shooting. Keep on shooting until you believe the threat to be over.”

Nugent provides a compelling list of 21 locations of mass shootings in schools from Columbine to Sandy Hook, to the church shootings in Charleston, the assaults on the military in Chattanooga and Ft. Hood, the Aurora theater massacre, and the recent attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon – all of which were gun-free zones.

Referring to President Obama’s vow to “fundamentally transform America,” Nugent says America has become a place “where rugged individualism, self-sufficiency and self-defense is “scorned and condemned and forbidden in gun-free zones across the land.”

Nugent also urges Americans to “send a message that we the people are in charge of our lives, and our American Dream is defined by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.”

 

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