Ted Nugent Compares Gun Owners to Rosa Parks

'We will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed'

Ted Nugent Credit: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

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. 

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"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.