Ted Nugent Calls American Gun Owners 'Wonderful, Perfectly Safe And Harmless People'

In a recent interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, legendary guitarist and a rabid gun rights supporter Ted Nugent had a bit of an explosive discussion with the popular host.

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In a recent interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, legendary guitarist and a rabid gun rights supporter Ted Nugent had a bit of an explosive discussion with the popular host.

When asked to explain "in the least inflammatory way possible" why Americans need weapons such as AR-15 assault rifle in their homes, Nugent had nothing but words of praise for all the gun owners in the US.

"99.99% of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today. Perfectly safe. Perfectly harmless. Wonderful, loving, generous, giving, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone? Go after the nutjobs, go after the murderers, because I don't know any."

"We need to lock up the bad guys and when people show dangerous, murderous intent, which every one of these mass murderers showed - all their neighbors, their family, their teachers, their fellow students, they all knew they were crazy but, Piers, we didn't stop them because we're worried about hurting their feelings. We have a madman problem in America... let's focus on that and leave the rest of us alone."

The guitarist even went on to attack Morgan calling him obsessed with guns.

"Do you care about murders, or do you only care about murders with guns? I think you're obsessed with guns", said Nugent.

During the second part of the show Nugent has once again expressed his views against President Obama and his voters, which he considers a "clueless majority".

Finally, when asked whether he thinks America will be safer with the increased sales of semi-automatic guns, Nugent has nicely summed up his views by saying: "Absolutely. An armed society is a polite society."

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So what are your opinions on this one, are you with the guy or not? Should all Americans be allowed to have automatic rifles in their homes and should Nugent be so vocal about his gun views or simply stick to music? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    I agree with Nugent but he's a little too crazy to be representing other peoples opinions...kind of like Mustaine.
    America is still a young country. im sure in a couple of hundreds of years you will all realize you're not the "wild west outlaw land" anymore. Just my Scandinavian opinion... let the downvotes begin.
    I completely agree with you here. The only reason why people had the right to bare arms was because they were all farm owners and there were 10 million people scattered across the entire Country.. The guns were used to scare off wild animals attacking their crops and farm animals. Now, it's 2013 and there are over 300 million people in the U.S with each city having multiple police stations. Absolutely no reason why people should own these insanely huge guns " for protection" when there is a job people have to protect the citizens.
    You're completely missing the point. The police offers only protect the cities and towns. There are no police officers for those who live in the country or the towns too small to have a police force, unless a county sheriff just happens to be patrolling in the area. I think people should be able to own these weapons (which aren't insanely huge, by the way) because the only people who can protect them if they need help are themselves. People who live in areas where they are protected by law enforcement don't understand this most of the time, but it's only because it's a completely different lifestyle. I've been broken into a few times, and each time I've used my AR to hold the intruder hostage until the police show up and take him away. Plus, I still use other guns to hunt with and scare off coyotes and other animals from getting too close to my house.
    Hold on one second. You say that you need guns to protect yourself from people because there's no police force in your area. Then you say that you hold intruders hostage with your gun until the police come and take them away. That doesn't sound right.
    you'd be surprised at how much of America still is the "wild west outlaw land." I mean, the closest law enforcement to me is 15 miles away, unless a county sheriff just happens to be on patrol in my area, but that is a very rare occurence. I own 2 AR-15s for this reason. There is no lawman around to help me, there is only myself and my neighbors a few miles down the road. As for the article... UG, that is incredibly shoddy journalism at its finest! An AR-15 is NOT an automatic rifle, an assault rifle, or military-style weapon. Fully automatic weapons are military-style, but the average US citizen can't purchase one.
    The 2nd Amendment was created at a time where guns took 2 to 4 minutes to reload and the British invasion threat was present , nowadays a semi-automatic is acessible to most american citizens and the U.S. is the most powerful nation in the world...
    legendary guitarist? Lol
    I can't even remember the last time he was in a interview and someone asked him a music related question. Its always "so what do you think about guns? or Say something about Obama. As a guitar player, Ted isn't relevant anymore, people just remember him because of his pro-gun and anti-liberal statements.
    I wouldn't cite 99.99% as a very realistic, but hey, this is a guitar site. Let's not start a huge political battle of the wits over it.
    Well, if he's right about 99.99% of Americans being harmless, that leaves .01% of the population, which is roughly 2.5 million people who aren't harmless. That many unstable people potentially armed with guns is a pretty scary thought.
    if 0,01% of the americans is 2,5 million people that makes the entire american population: 10.000x2,5million = 25 billion people. World population is about 7 billion. Somethings not right about this math.
    Lets say the American population is 300 million. I'm guessing masterofpuppies multiplied by 0.01 (that's 1%, not 0.01%). Should have multiplied by 0.0001, that's 30 000 people. Either way, Nugent's mad. There is absolutely no reason for a civilian to own an automatic weapon. It amazes me how someone can believe that more weapons = more safety.
    But Surely Mr Nugent, you can't "Go after the nutjobs" until they have done something to justify apprehending them. By then its to late. Surely it is sensible that you limit access to the preferred tool of the nut-job to minimize the damage they can do when they blow.
    And just hours later, good ol' Bill O'Reilly quotes Ted and supports his view, I think this pretty much says it all. PS: How a guy like Piers Morgan is still employed is beyond me.
    in my country there are no psychos with guns running round. lifes pretty good
    This has nothing to do with automatic weapons. Civilians cannot own automatic weapons. Blah blah blah. Criminals wouldn't be affected by an "assault weapons ban" because they don't follow laws. That is what makes them criminals. As for the crazies, if you take away their guns, then they will just start using other methods to hurt people: knives, poison, rabid squirrels, etc.
    I can't believe that no one mentions that in China instead of school shootings they have school stabbings.
    Oh, so that'll be why you're over 50 times more likely to be shot to death in the US than UK. Can't beat Ted and his words of wisdom, huh.
    And what are your odds of getting murdered in Chicago compared to Oklahoma? Chicago having the tightest gun restrictions and Oklahoma having among the loosest?
    He has a point though. Regardless of my stance on gun control, a lot of Americans have guns. A lot of them are just the people you pass by on a regular basis, more so depending on where you live. This isn't something very controversial, or even that important, though.
    Im with Piers 100% on this issue. What the hell does the average person need a military-grade AR15 Assault Rifle for? What possible use could it have? To kill someone? < Exactly. You aint gonna be firing warning shots with an assault rifle, more than likely you could easily kill with just one bullet. Lets also be honest that the vast majority of people are not trained marksmen. Guns are incompatible with the aim of a peaceful world. In 2013, an average person does not need to be armed. Police are more than capable of dealing with dangerous people, thats their job. Nobody at all can deny that the world would be a much safer place without guns. In my opinion, they have literally no positive side, no benefits, unless you are in the military, or a farmer. In other news, Ted Nugent is a f'in idiot.
    An AR-15 isn't an automatic weapon, though...
    There are a lot of people out there who just don't know any better. All of their gun-knowledge comes from movies, TV, video games, and worst of all, the news media. It's hard to get the facts straight when you are constantly being fed misinformation, whether it is done intentionally or not. I think if people really looked at the facts and studied the history rather than just use emotion over logic, this sort of thing wouldn't be happening. Nobody likes guns....until you have someone pointing one at you and you need something to stop them.
    Ted Nugent makes a whole culture look bad. Most of the people I know who are against gun control and own guns are intelligent, decent people.
    yeah i know, ted. i see it all the time in the tv news from america.
    1) Unless you live in a envoiroment with abnormal high crime/murder rate, there is no sane reason to own any gun 2) To those who say "I need guns for protection!", then I have to inform you there are allready people to protect you. These specific people go under the name "The police". Also, that you live quite remotely from cities, and police HQ's is neither an excuse. If you that far away from society, you live also far away from 90% of all crime, and probably don't have anything worth stealing (from a mugger/theifs point of view) - and if someone mugged you, they allready have a long way to go back. No theif would ever bother driving out to the countryside to rob 4 chickens and 10$. 3)Also in cities, owning a gun is pretty much useless, since the people robbing/mugging you, most likely also have guns, which makes your gun extremely useless over for people who most likely have nothing to lose, since they are desperate enough to rob citizens. 4)Gun restrictions are not meant to be a total-ban. Look at Scandanavic gun laws to see a more rational take of it. 5)Sorry for ranting, it is simply that from a person who has once lived in America (4 years), the gun laws are (from a now european viewpoint) the cause of massive facepalms...
    Exactly! Let's ban it because it looks like an "assault rifle." Why don't we ban cars too? After all, more people die from car crashes than being shot.
    "'I think you're obsessed with guns', said Nugent." Yeah, about that...
    He's kinda right,most people who legally purchase a firearm and pass the background check and register their weapons are not the problem. The problem is getting criminals to follow the rules. The grey area is "I'm OK but my brother who lives with me is a little nuts!" So having him around guns might not be the best thing. That being said I don't own a gun,although I do believe in the 2nd amendment.
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    Remind me why people even like guns? I could get just as much satisfaction by throwing a rock. And playing a really loud power chord. At the SAME. DAMN. TIME.
    What use could an AR-15 have for someone? Target practice or hunting. That's what I use mine for. I'm responsible with it, as are the vast majority of gun owners. I look at like this... Far more people die in traffic related deaths every year than they do from guns, yet we don't ban cars. Don't punish the responsible gun owners for the very few that are whackos and obtain them and use them illegally. Even without guns, those same whackos will find a way to cause destruction and hurt people...even if it's with a fork.
    Cars don't get banned because they are designed to get you from A to B. Regardless of what way you spin it, a gun is designed to kill another person. Simple.
    Pretty much. Lets say the American population is 300 million. I'm guessing masterofpuppies multiplied by 0.01 (that's 1%, not 0.01%). Should have multiplied by 0.0001, that's 30 000 people. Either way, Nugent's mad. There is absolutely no reason for a civilian to own an automatic weapon. It amazes me how someone can believe that more weapons = more safety.
    He made Morgan looks absolutely ridiculous and uneducated. Not sure why Piers continues to set himself up to get owned time and time again. It's becoming very easy. Nugent might be a little nuts, but there's nothing he said here that's not 100% accurate.
    Ted's actually sorta right, but he's a moron. he's overexaggerating gun owners. he doesn't know every single "wonderful, perfectly safe and harmless" person that owns a gun. some may be crazy and/or very ignorant, hell some are maybe even sociopaths. so, yeah...
    America has far too many guns to believe regulations and laws now will do any good. I'm not all for everyone owning a gun, but the fact that it's so easy to get one proves that it's far too late for these laws.