Ted Nugent has spoken out against the teenage student survivors of the Parkland school massacre – calling them ‘pathetic’ and ‘liars’ who ‘have no soul’.
Last month saw hundreds of thousands of people in the US and beyond take part in the ‘March For Lives’ – calling for stricter gun control in America in the wake of the Parkland shooting, where 17 teens were gunned down and killed at school.
Now country star Nugent (known for his controversial and conservative views on homosexuality and race), was recently appearing on Newsmax’s The Joe Pags Show where he hit out at the survivors and mobilisation of youth against gun violence.
“These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul,” said Nugent.
“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies.”
He added: “I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well know.”
This follows an apology from Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes who last month made similar comments.
Referring to the Bataclan terror attack at which 89 people lost their lives at an EODM show, Hughes wrote: “As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.”
After facing a huge backlash, he then took to Instragram to issue a full and frank apology for any offence he caused.
Hughes said that the original post was intended to make a statement “about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth,” but it “came off seeming like a mean-spirited and personal attack and slight of the youth themselves.”
“I wanna be clear, I never intended for that to happen,” Hughes added. “I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing that they accomplished. I truly am sorry, I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm.”
Nugent meanwhile, who has been honoured by the National Rifle Association, has previously caused controversy by saying that he was ‘repulsed by gay sex‘, and for referring to former President Barack Obama as a ‘subhuman mongrel‘.