Rocker Ted Nugent might be best known for his 1977 hit single “Cat Scratch Fever,” but nowadays the outspoken guitarist has struck a chord with gun-rights advocates.
Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on May 18, Nugent said that “more guns equals less crime.” When Morgan mentioned that 80 Americans die each day from gunshot wounds, the musician argued that most of those victims are prisoners who are freed by “corrupt judges and prosecutors.”
Nugent claimed that the areas of the country with the highest number of armed citizens have the lowest crime rates, while the places with the strictest gun control have the highest levels of violence.
“Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, people that want to literally create places where more innocents are killed called gun-free zones, we’re going to beat you,” said Nugent. “We’re going to vote you out of office or suck on my machine gun.”
Earlier this month, Nugent provided the closing speech at the annual National Rifle Association conference in Pittsburgh. According to Reuters, he urged 2nd Amendment advocates to bolster their public relations campaign and spread the pro-gun message.