It’s almost become obligatory now for deranged and demented washed-up rocker, Ted Nugent, to exploit a major gun tragedy. Apparently still not dead or in prison (see Nugent’s pre-election comments) in O’Bummer’s America, the poet behind “Wang Bang Pootie Tang” once again completely missed the point about the increasing need for very basic gun regulations.
Multi-Emmy Award winning Sports Journalist (in the time it took me to write that sentence he just won another Emmy) Bob Costas used part of his Sunday Night Football platform to call for better scrutiny for obtaining guns following the apparent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Naturally, all the chicken-s##t hawk rednecks on the right, who believe that the Bill Of Rights is the second amendment and 9 suggestions and who choose to play kindergartener Halloween dress-up and shoot Disney movie fauna instead of actually shooting America’s enemies in combat , were foaming at the mouth more than usual. And when it comes to seething mouth foam, Ted Nugent produces more than alka-seltzer and Pop Rocks.
“We thought Bob Costas was smarter than that. Only fools blame tools instead of human failings. Shame Bob. Blaming guns for crime is like blaming helmuts for headbutts. WTF Costas! Uve lost it,” Nugent wrote in a series of tweets, adding:
“Hey Bob Costas we all know that obesity is a direct result of the proliferation of spoons & forks Get a clue.” (Huffington Post)
Yes, because blaming helmets (wtf is a helmut?!) for headbutts is totally on the same playing field as a mentally unstable individual having criminally easy access to something that can do more than give someone a concussion. Yeah, he’s not exactly George Orwell with that analogy. And before you go whipping out the classic right-wing fallacy of “why should we have strict gun laws since criminals aren’t known for abiding by laws,” let me just preemptively shut that myopic argument down by saying that’s akin to shopkeepers just leaving their million dollar merchandise unprotected with surveillance since criminals just steal anyway.
What terminally paranoid wannabe rednecks like Ted Nugent and his tin-foil cap followers never seem to understand is that Costas is not about enforcing Barbara Streisand and Rosie O’Donnell to go house to house to confiscate your AK-47’s or stocking stuffer Derringers; he’s merely pointing out that having such basic laws as background checks enforced could prevent unnecessary gun tragedies from occurring as frequently. But how can we expect a man-child like Nugent, who always seems to look and act like Gary Busey meets John Rambo, to understand sensible gun control policy. It’s almost like the querulous, prickish Robespierres in Congress and on Wall Street (same thing, different mailing address) who think of President Obama as the second coming of Trotsky for suggesting that wealthiest to pay Clinton-era (not Eisenhower-era) tax rates. One can only hope that Nugent will finally go back to doing what he does best: making crappy music.
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