Ted Nugent Writes Open Letter to Joe Biden: Offers His Services, Suggestions on Gun Control Issue
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Never one to mince words or hold back on sharing his opinions, Uncle Ted is incredibly vociferous about his love of hunting, which makes him Public Enemy No. 1 in PETA's eyes. He is also a fierce proponent of the Second Amendment, which guarantees every American the right to keep and bear arms. The Motor City Madman believes that the gun policy should not be changed, but that mental health care should become a national focus, to prevent people with the potential to open fire, like Adam Lanza did at a Connecticut school last month.
It's essentially a twist on the "guns don't kill people; people kill people" argument. The Nuge doesn't want any modification of what types of guns people can own; instead, he suggests the creation of PSAs and better mental health care provisions.
Nevertheless, Nugent offered his services as an expert on weapons to help prevent further occurrences.
The Nuge's letter was printed in The Washington Times.
"As you gather your team to study massacres and how to stop them, I offer to you my services and a lifetime of expertise on guns in all their implementations... In the spirit of goodwill and a deep desire to end gut-wrenching, incredibly sad and senseless rampages, I offer you the following recommendations:
"I encourage you to persuade the president to lead this effort by providing a number of public service announcements. The announcements should include watching out for each other, encouraging parents to be more involved in their children's lives regarding entertainment choices, and knowing various indicators we should watch for in people who are unstable. Clearly, the focus on solving these mass murders must be on the mentally ill.
"In almost every instance of mass killing, there were ample red flags and warning alarms that either were avoided or were not acted upon by mental health professionals, family members, friends and acquaintances. While I deeply respect an individual's privacy and civil liberties, the American people need basic awareness of what indicators to look for regarding potentially violent, psychotic people. Our collective safety begins with being collectively vigilant.
"I don't encourage you to recommend a ban on any weapon, magazine capacity or type of ammunition. That won't accomplish anything other than prevent the 99.9 percent of responsible, law-abiding Americans from enjoying these modern weapons as we do now.
"We should never recommend or develop public policy that restricts the rights of the good guys based upon what evil people do or might do. If that were the case, alcohol still would be banned. As you may know, drunk drivers kill an estimated 12,000 Americans each year and hurt tens of thousands more."
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