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Musician Ted Nugent is facing backlash after he reportedly said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."
“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," Nugent said. "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-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. 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."
Responding to a video that showed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez criticizing politicians for taking "blood money" donations from the NRA, Nugent added:
"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member has ever been involved in any mass shootings at all; in fact, the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children's organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor, pathetic individual is a liar."
Stoneman Douglas students and their supporters flocked to Twitter to slam Nugent's comments:
If only he saw all the tears.— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 31, 2018
If only he had to look into the eyes I’ve looked into.
If only he saw what this did to all of us...
And here the NRA is, receiving more fear-based donations than ever.
Talk about ‘no soul.’ This guy better apologize. Seriously. https://t.co/NHL4yr5r4M
it’s funny how the NRA argues that guns aren’t the issue, it’s bullying that is. Yet literally a NRA board member is being a 5 year old acting like a bully to me and all of the students at douglas. https://t.co/9Upcqdr8e4— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) March 31, 2018
Ted Nugent you are a moron. I have been very polite, but not this time. Your comments and the stupidity behind them are delusional and further proof that the NRA arguments have failed and all that you have left is to— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 31, 2018
attack the kids and those of us who lost loved ones because of an assault weapon. If this is the best you have, go back to your cave and get lost.https://t.co/MLK9NbU3ze— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 31, 2018
A member from the NRA board (who did music before I guess?) said that the kids in my hometown do not have souls.— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) March 31, 2018
Let that sink in.
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