Posted by Ted Bronson | Filed under Shooting Sports
I met Ted Nugent yesterday. Not in a literal, handshaking kind of way, but in a ‘finally understanding the man’ kind of way.
He was on a, brace yourself, political talk radio show speaking about guns.
I had heard of Mr. Nugent my whole life and all I really knew about him was that he was a musician who was a big gun rights supporter. I never really even listened to his music. But he summed up for me in plain and simple words the very essence of what the anti-gun crowd doesn’t understand. I wish I could have recorded it. I will try to reproduce what he said. Keep in mind this isn’t a quote, but I am putting it blockquote format for emphasis:
I don’t need a piece of paper or a court to tell me, a free citizen of a free country, that I can’t defend myself or my family while at the same time forcing me to pay for an armed security force to come along and clean up after something goes wrong. The most basic thing that makes me free and safe is my ability to protect myself from those who would try to take away my liberty or my life.
I do not do Mr. Nugent’s words justice. He was on the air for sixteen minutes. And I mean he was ON. He said things that I have believed and fought for my whole life. He spoke the Truth, capital “T” in words that I could only hope to emulate. He wasn’t bombastic or crude or angry, just passionate and logical. He knows facts and stats off the top of his head, sure. But he also related them to the real world.
I’m not saying that I am going to run out and join the NRA, or even buy one of his albums; but the man left an impression on me.
I am now going to link to his website. Here.
Update from Hazel: Yes, I am the Queen of the Gotdamn Internets. Click here for the Nugent interview.
And just for fun, Stranglehold: