Ted Nugent's anti-Semitic Facebook post sparks outcry in NRA

Ted Nugent's recent anti-Semitic Facebook posts and compelled longtime fans and gun owners to pressure the NRA to distance themselves from the rocker.
By Ian Marsh | Aug 14, 2016
Ted Nugent's recent post on Facebook has incensed gun owners enough to pressure the National Rifle Association to distance itself from the "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker and longtime NRA board member. The Facebook post on Monday was of a photo of 12 influential American Jews with an anti-Semitic caption.

"Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS [] Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!"

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the image has circled around white supremacist groups for years and shows the twelve Americans with Israeli flags and the title "So who is really behind gun control?" The post calls Michael Bloomberg the "Jew York City Mayor" as well as mentioning Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

Nugent later shared a photo of Nazis round up Jews and described Jews and gun control advocates as "soulless sheep to slaughter" and that Jews who support gun control are "Nazis in disguise." Nugent's posts have sparked a huge backlash in his own fans as well as with members of the NRA. Bob Owens is the editor of pro-gun site BearingArms.com and said many gun rights advocates are down with Nugent.

"They're tired of feeling that they have to defend his half-baked rhetoric and simple-minded outbursts [] Many people are calling for him to resign from the NRA Board and for him to have his membership stripped from him."

Despite the widespread outcry against Nugent's anti-Semitic remarks, the NRA has been silent on the matter on social media channels and released a simple statement to the Washington Post.

"Individual board members do not speak for the NRA," the organization stated.

 

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