In Time Magazine of April 29, featuring the 100 most influential people, Ted Nugent described Wayne LaPierre. Above is the full piece, and the underlines in the article are mine.
Nugent claims the right to bear arms is God-given. Nugent may have a bigger megaphone than I do and better connections to his god, but let me claim right here that this right that he claims is God-given was revoked by the Easter Bunny yesterday when he appeared onto me and told me so. Trust me on that. It’s the truth.
The right to bear arms was given to us by a constitutional amendment as part of the Bill of Rights, adopted on December 15, 1791.
In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment “codified a pre-existing right” and that it “protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home”but also stated that “the right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose”. They also clarified that many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession listed by the Court are consistent with the Second Amendment.
When the Second Amendment was adopted, the United States was an agrarian nation with 3,929,214 people. Its intended purpose was to allow us to protect our homes from thieves, bandits, Indians and slave uprisings. It says nothing about it being “sacred” as Nugent claims.
Nugent does and says whatever is good for him and him only, and values, convictions, character and integrity come later – if convenient to his current desired outcome. Nugent was a draft dodger who didn’t want to serve this “truly free and independent America” when it came calling on him. He lied and deceived grievously when it suited his objectives.
Yes, this is the guy holding up Wayne LaPierre and comparing him to Ben Franklin, George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.