Conservative rocker and NRA board member Ted Nugent claimed that he was only using a metaphor when he called President Obama a “Chicago gangster” and asked NRA radio host Cam Edwards to “help me shoot somebody” on Monday (audio below).
Edwards and Nugent were discussing the proposed universal background checks now before Congress, which President Obama, the majority of Americans and NRA members support, reports MediaMatters.org.
“Do you realize, Ted, that under the language right now, any time somebody went to your ranch and you loaned them a gun to do some hunting or to do some plinking that would be a five-year felony?” said Edwards.
Actually, only the sale of a gun would require a background check, not a loan, per the proposed legislation, which exempts firearms that are loaned for lawful hunting or target shooting purposes.
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"Here we are, with the Chicago gangster, ACORN rip-off scam-artist-in-chief because we, who know better, were silent,” said Nugent. “And the Nugent guy, well he’s a radical. And again, it’s not about me. I don’t want a pat on the back. I don’t need one.”
“But when I kick the door down to the enemy’s camp, would you help me shoot somebody?” Nugent asked Edwards. “Just help me clear the room.”
Nugent then quickly backtracked: “I’m not recommending shooting anybody. It’s a metaphor of how to counterpunch the enemy if someone is willing to be on the frontline.”