Ted Nugent at 2014 NRA Convention: The freest man in America

Clarke Payne of the Muncie Free Press with Ted Nugent

Uncle Ted gets standing ovation for gun ownership, tradtiional family values

By Clarke Payne

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA (NEWS) - Ted Nugent proclaimed the whole world sucked, but America did not suck that much, and with his blood brothers in Indy, it did not suck at all.

One of the good guys as the late Charlton Heston once called him, Nugent talked to a couple thousand of believers at the 2014 NRA Convention on Sunday about personal responsibility and freedom besides having a few opinions about gun free zones and selective prosecution by the federal government.

And he started by playing the National Anthem on guitar as he has done at many concerts, including the one of Indianapolis last summer.

Nugent has been in the board of directors of the NRA along with his wife, and has been outspoken over outdoor sports, gun ownership and politics, given his conservative Republican beliefs.

The event was closed to the media and NRA handlers initially denied a Muncie Free Press writer access to Nugent's talk despite holding a membership in the NRA for 15 years. After talking with a dozen law enforcement and NRA officials, the writer was allowed to listen to one of the strongest voices of the group.

Nugent started his rant by damning  Internal Revenue Service agents for taking the 5th Amendment when asked about challenging the non profit status of Tea Party groups. And he criticized U.S. Attorney Eric Holder for sending guns to Mexico that ended up in the hands of drug cartels and used against that government.

 And individual rights and responsibility came out as hanging with members of the military who are well educated and make better decisions while defending the country.

"Freedom is not free," said Nugent.

The rocker talked about what he called "errant voters" while he was interviewed by radio disc jockeys during the 1960s.

 Those voters with their marijuana and cocaine and their vomiting and death, Nugent asked rhetorically, "How's that party going for you?"

Nugent is one of the few 1960s rockers who never took drugs or drank alcohol and had a story about playing guitar with the late Jimmy Hendrixs.

"Jimmy got high and then got dead," said Nugent. "I went hunting and I am still Ted."

The gun free zones proposed by Holder, President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are dreams that exist, said Nugent.

Every one of those gun free zones, like the one in Chicago, someone has has been shot, Nugent said.

"What kind of evil soul can support gun free zones where people are slaughtered," said Nugent. "What kind of people would want more of these?"

 Nugent has his latest book, Ted, White and Blue, that expresses his love for free thinking, the U.S. Constitution and old fashioned morals.

Dozens of people got autographs and Nugent offered plenty of common sense and purpose filled solutions about the problems with the country.

Nugent other book, God, Guns and Rock 'N Roll, Nugent promoted traditional family values including gun ownership.

Or as Nugent sums up his knowledge, "I never went to college because I was too busy learning things."


Clarke Payne is a retired teacher who worked Muncie and Anderson.



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