Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has attempted to clarify his comments after he accused US President Barack Obama of “staging” the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and at the Wisconsin Sikh temple, but has refused to apologise.
The singer was performing with his band last Tuesday (August 7) in Singapore when he delivered the bizarre rant against the president, who he said was trying to secure new laws to control gun ownership by staging the shootings.
Speaking in a fan-shot video, which you can see at the top of the page, Mustaine also said that he believed the United States was “turning into Nazi America.”
He said: “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all of these murders. Like the ‘Fast And Furious’ thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.”
Despite the stunned silence from the crowd, he continued, saying:
I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.
Mustaine’s comments drew criticism from across the world and he decided to defend his comments by appearing on Alex Jones’ radio show.
Jones is a popular talk show host in the US and a conspiracy theorist, who has accused the US government of being involved in both the September 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings.
He has also made a number of documentaries on the subject, with titles such as ‘Martial Law 9-11: Rise of the Police State’, ‘Police State 3: Total Enslavement’ and ‘Are You Practicing Communism?’.
When asked why he’d made the comments he did, Mustaine said he had simply been “quoting” the comments of Larry Pratt, who is the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a US based firearms lobbying group.
Mustaine said he also accepted that he’d said something controversial, but did not apologise and said he simply believed that the massacres required more investigation. He also said he believed there were “criminal rogues” in the US government, but did concede he could have been “more eloquent”.
He said: “In the heat of the moment, when you’re on stage and you’re talking, sometimes you’re not as eloquent as you’d like to be. We really need to investigate and we need to have the attorney general release the documents and find out who’s responsible. People died, and the democratic process is, ‘Let’s investigate this.’ I’ve always been controversial. I’m a political songwriter. This wasn’t done to hurt any of my fellow countrymen.”
In 2011 Megadeth released their 13th studio album, titled ‘Th1rt3en’. The album was the follow-up to the band’s 2009 LP ‘Endgame’.