'Ted Nugent Concert' Only Acceptable Gun-Free Zone, According To Ted Nugent
If there is one thing that decrepit "rocker" Ted Nugent hates, it is gun-free zones. Over the years, he has insisted that they are very dangerous and pretty much the number one cause of mass shootings. They caused Columbine and mean "more body bags" and "more crime" and even "workplace violence"! They are "killing fields"! THEY ARE ALL THE BAD THINGS!
You see where we're going with this right?
In 2007, he wrote:
Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby's Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.
Anybody see what the evil Brady Campaign and other anti-gun cults have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real fast that the brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time, and I've about had enough of it.
In 2013, in an essay on his very own site, Nugent said that "Gun-Free Zones Mean More Body Bags."
We have a Second Amendment, a constitutional right – not a privilege – to keep and bear arms. Our rights should not be infringed upon because some disconnected bureaucrat or politically correct goon believes more regulations and controls on guns will magically make us safer. That is fairyland thinking.
Professor John Lott said it best: More guns equal less crime. Because our government is operated and controlled by people who believe in stacks and stacks of regulations and controls, the ugly reality is: More gun control equals more victims.
The real "workplace violence" is the very policies endorsed or created by uncaring bureaucrats who create victims instead of creating an environment whereby those who wish to protect their God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are allowed to do so.
Gun-free zones are killing fields and should be thrown on the growing heap of other failed, dangerous, irresponsible and braindead liberal ideas. In 2015, he declared them "gun-free slaughter zones" and demanded they be banned.
In 2015, he wrote another essay, titled "Ban All Gun-Free Slaughter Zones."
So, you know, it is safe to say that it is Mr. Nugent's strongly held belief that "gun-free" zones are dangerous and will lead to more violence than non-gun-free zones.
Which is why it is very, very strange that his concert on Tuesday in Roanoake, Virginia, was declared a gun-free zone at the behest of his very own management. You see, because it is a city-owned venue, the Berglund Center, where Nugent performs, can only ban guns if it is what the person performing there wants. And boy, did Ted Nugent's team ever want it. In fact, it was in his very contract!:
It was Ted Nugent's management that made the decision to not allow guns into the show. The Berglund Center said because it is city owned, it can't keep guns out unless the performers are the ones who request it, and that it was actually in Nugent's contract all along, but was in a sub-contract between Nugent and his promoter that wasn't shared with Berglund Center management until the last minute.
"It happened about five minutes before we opened doors, we had a security meeting before we opened doors and the subject came up and we said, 'Yes people will be bringing firearms,'" Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon said. And Nugent's people said, "Uh, no, our agreement says no.'"
Did Ted Nugent want people to get slaughtered at his concert? I guess so! I mean, if he really, truly believes, in his heart of hearts, that gun-free zones are dangerous, braindead celebrations of unarmed helplessness that will inevitably lead to murder, then why would he have it in his very own contract that he did not want guns on the premises during his concert? Surely, he is not a hypocrite.
It is either that, or he is a giant hypocrite and did not trust that all of those good guys with guns would be able to take care of the bad guys with guns, and figured it would be safer to not have any guns at all. Or that screaming "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" seemed less appealing to him when he is the one who might get shot. HUH.
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse