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Ted Nugent Blames Newtown Mass Shooting on 'Political Correctness'

| by Michael Allen

December 14 is the one year anniversary of the second worst mass shooting in US history, the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Rather than blame the shooter Adam Lanza or easy access to the estimated 300 million guns in America, former rocker and current National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent blamed "the self-inflicted scourge of political correctness" for the shooting that killed 20 children, six teachers, Lanza's mother and Lanza himself in Newtown, Conn in 2012.

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Nugent recently wrote on the conspiracy website WorldNet Daily, that America must forcibly arm its teachers, ban "gun free" zones and get "deranged people off the streets."

Nugent writes:

The first lesson we should take away from the Sandy Hook massacre is that the self-inflicted scourge of political correctness has dumbed down America enough to allow the conditions to continue to exist that will facilitate another twisted individual capable of doing the same thing to flounder about our society. In fact, it already happened at the Washington Naval Yard. It is going to happen again. And again.

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Nugent then broke it down into cartoon, child-like phrases "good guy" and "bad guy" for his adult audience:

We must create conditions and laws that permit good guys to eliminate bad guys or else the good guys become victims. Surely no one wants that. Let us vow to do whatever we can to ensure those precious little kids and their teachers and faculty members did not die in vain.

Nugent failed to mention there was an armed guard at the Columbine High School in 1999, who was outgunned by the two teen shooters, noted The Denver Post and CNN.

Nugent didn't mention there was also an armed emergency response team assigned to Virginia Tech, which was the worst shooting in US history.

According to Mother Jones, not one mass shooting in the past 30 years was stopped by an armed civilian. In fact, as the number of guns have increased in the US, so have mass shootings.

There have been 25 mass shootings since 2006, out of 62 total shootings in the past 30 years. In 2012, there were seven mass shootings, with more than 140 people injured and killed.

Another Mother Jones article reports that 127 of the 194 children (under age of 12) killed by guns since Newtown were shot in their own homes "while dozens more died in the homes of friends, neighbors, and relatives." 60 of those kids were killed by their own "law-abiding" parents.

Sources: Virginia.Gov, The Denver Post, CNN, Mother Jones, WorldNet Daily