Ted Nugent compared gun owners to civil rights hero Rosa Parks in a recent interview with WorldNetDaily, saying, "There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed."
Nugent referred to Parks – who famously refused to give up her seat at the front of an Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955 – while answering a question that assumed that the White House was planning to begin confiscating guns. (Only one elected official, a Democratic lawmaker in Iowa, has made such a proposal). Nugent said he believed that if the federal government did start seizing guns "the heroes of the law enforcement" would rise up to stop it.
"I do believe that there are enough soulless sheep within our government who would act on such an illegal order, but I believe the powers that be at the local, state and regional law enforcement would halt such an illegal, anti-American order," Nugent said.
Nugent went on to criticize the government and media for how they handled the tragic shooting in Newtown: "The media and the government is hell-bent on convincing [us] that water is dry and we should all reconsider our conclusions about the dampness of H20," he said. "These people are out of their cotton-picking minds, and they scare Americans who are committed to logic, truth and common sense, and real solutions instead of the insanity that I witness from our government and media."
Always outspoken, Nugent has made a hobby of controversial statements over the past few years: During a concert in Fort Worth, Texas this June, the Nuge gave a shoutout to all the "NRA gun-nut motherfuckers out there" and warned his audience, "put a fucking gun in your hand, Texas, stormtroopers coming." He also had plenty of harsh words for Democrats and President Obama throughout his re-election campaign, including comments he made at the National Rifle Association's convention in April – "We need to ride into the battlefield and chop their heads off in November," he said – that earned him a meeting with the Secret Service.