Rock-and-roller and National Rifle Association advocate Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. After previously referring to Martin as a "17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe," Nugent wrote an op-ed for conservative blog Rare where he made the argument that Zimmerman should sue Martin's parents for "emotional pain and suffering."
"George Zimmerman is thankfully and rightfully not facing any jail time for legally defending himself, but he is far from a free man," Nugent wrote. "While there is little he can do to protect himself from a civil-rights charge by our gun-running, pro-New Black Panthers attorney general, Mr. Zimmerman may have some legal room to move regarding a wrongful death lawsuit by Trayvon Martin’s family."
Zimmerman was acquitted on second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Martin.
Trayvon Martin’s vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin’s tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin," Nugent said. "Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin’s parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life.
Parents can be held responsible for the actions of their minor-age children until the children reach the age of majority [meaning adulthood], which is exactly why Mr. Zimmerman should explore filing a lawsuit against Martin’s parents. The age of majority in Florida is 18 years old. Trayon Martin was 17 years old when he attacked Mr. Zimmerman, which potentially means that Trayvon’s parents may possibly be held responsible for the stress, emotional pain and anguish their son caused George Zimmerman.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Nugent blamed the Newtown tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the pervasive "spiritual bankruptcy" in American culture, The Huffington Post reported.