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April 20, 2007, 01:04 PM

Nugent: Gun-free zones are recipe for disaster
POSTED: 11:25 a.m. EDT, April 20, 2007
By Ted Nugent
Special to CNN

Editor's note: Rock guitarist Ted Nugent has sold more than 30 million albums. He's also a gun rights activist and serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. His program, "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild," can be seen on the Outdoor Channel.

Read an opposing take on gun control from journalist Tom Plate: Let's lay down our right to bear arms

WACO, Texas (CNN) -- Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby's Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.

Anybody see what the evil Brady Campaign and other anti-gun cults have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real fast that the brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time, and I've about had enough of it.

Nearly a decade ago, a Springfield, Oregon, high schooler, a hunter familiar with firearms, was able to bring an unfolding rampage to an abrupt end when he identified a gunman attempting to reload his .22-caliber rifle, made the tactical decision to make a move and tackled the shooter.

A few years back, an assistant principal at Pearl High School in Mississippi, which was a gun-free zone, retrieved his legally owned Colt .45 from his car and stopped a Columbine wannabe from continuing his massacre at another school after he had killed two and wounded more at Pearl.

At an eighth-grade school dance in Pennsylvania, a boy fatally shot a teacher and wounded two students before the owner of the dance hall brought the killing to a halt with his own gun.

More recently, just a few miles up the road from Virginia Tech, two law school students ran to fetch their legally owned firearm to stop a madman from slaughtering anybody and everybody he pleased. These brave, average, armed citizens neutralized him pronto.

My hero, Dr. Suzanne Gratia Hupp, was not allowed by Texas law to carry her handgun into Luby's Cafeteria that fateful day in 1991, when due to bureaucrat-forced unarmed helplessness she could do nothing to stop satanic George Hennard from killing 23 people and wounding more than 20 others before he shot himself. Hupp was unarmed for no other reason than denial-ridden "feel good" politics.

She has since led the charge for concealed weapon upgrade in Texas, where we can now stop evil. Yet, there are still the mindless puppets of the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun organizations insisting on continuing the gun-free zone insanity by which innocents are forced into unarmed helplessness. Shame on them. Shame on America. Shame on the anti-gunners all.

No one was foolish enough to debate Ryder truck regulations or ammonia nitrate restrictions or a "cult of agriculture fertilizer" following the unabashed evil of Timothy McVeigh's heinous crime against America on that fateful day in Oklahoma City. No one faulted kitchen utensils or other hardware of choice after Jeffrey Dahmer was caught drugging, mutilating, raping, murdering and cannibalizing his victims. Nobody wanted "steak knife control" as they autopsied the dead nurses in Chicago, Illinois, as Richard Speck went on trial for mass murder.

Evil is as evil does, and laws disarming guaranteed victims make evil people very, very happy. Shame on us.

Already spineless gun control advocates are squawking like chickens with their tiny-brained heads chopped off, making political hay over this most recent, devastating Virginia Tech massacre, when in fact it is their own forced gun-free zone policy that enabled the unchallenged methodical murder of 32 people.

Thirty-two people dead on a U.S. college campus pursuing their American Dream, mowed-down over an extended period of time by a lone, non-American gunman in illegal possession of a firearm on campus in defiance of a zero-tolerance gun law. Feel better yet? Didn't think so.

Who doesn't get this? Who has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness? Who likes dead good guys?

I'll tell you who. People who tramp on the Second Amendment, that's who. People who refuse to accept the self-evident truth that free people have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to defend themselves and their loved ones. People who are so desperate in their drive to control others, so mindless in their denial that they pretend access to gas causes arson, Ryder trucks and fertilizer cause terrorism, water causes drowning, forks and spoons cause obesity, dialing 911 will somehow save your life, and that their greedy clamoring to "feel good" is more important than admitting that armed citizens are much better equipped to stop evil than unarmed, helpless ones.

Pray for the families of victims everywhere, America. Study the methodology of evil. It has a profile, a system, a preferred environment where victims cannot fight back. Embrace the facts, demand upgrade and be certain that your children's school has a better plan than Virginia Tech or Columbine. Eliminate the insanity of gun-free zones, which will never, ever be gun-free zones. They will only be good guy gun-free zones, and that is a recipe for disaster written in blood on the altar of denial. I, for one, refuse to genuflect there.

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April 20, 2007, 02:42 PM
Hooo, Hooo, Hooo!!!

That! ON CNN???


April 20, 2007, 02:44 PM
Note "see an opposing viewpoint" links at top and bottom. God forbid you see a pro-gun viewpoint without it immediately being rebutted.

April 20, 2007, 02:56 PM
Awesome! When will people ever get it?

April 20, 2007, 03:16 PM
Ya, I read the Tom Plate article and it was the usual tripe, but to my astonishment they had

"Read an opposing take on gun control from Ted Nugent: Gun-free zones are recipe for disaster"

at the top of his article.

Is this something new for CNN... showing opposing views? They are both featured on the web site front page at the moment.

April 20, 2007, 03:34 PM
I just read the "rebuttal" article and it is actually pretty pathetic. The author actually acknowledges the Constitution is pro-gun :eek:

His arguments for gun control are pretty weak and I think pretty non-convincing.

He says he was robbed at gunpoint recently and I think his description actually proves the need for CCW! Here's an excerpt...
I quickly complied with all of his requests. Perhaps because of my rapid response (it is called surrender), he chose not to shoot me; but he just as easily could have. What was to stop him?
How about being armed? :neener:

Read it here:

April 20, 2007, 03:44 PM
wow, nice article!

April 20, 2007, 03:54 PM
When you think about it, there were hardly any laws regarding guns from 1800 - 1934. In all that time, we had FAR FEWER problems with looney's shooting up places... If they did try, they were dropped in short order.

Frankly, the more gun restrictions that we get, the more these terrible crimes seem to happen.

Guy B. Meredith
April 20, 2007, 04:11 PM
I responded to the editorial of Mr. Plate:

Hopefully this gentleman is not a teaching professor in the position of teaching critical thinking to our young people.

Mr. Plate correctly dismisses race as the cause of the horror at Virginia Tech, but then implies that there was not individual at all: "...they were killed by a 9 mm handgun and a .22-caliber handgun." No shooter, just a gun. The guns walked all the way to the college, loaded, aimed and fired themselves.

There was a human controlling that trigger. That single person, not the two guns used, not the millions of Americans that own firearms, not the millions of guns in private ownership, but that one very sick individual.

Being bigoted about firearms owners is no different than being racist. Both are irrational and come from ignorance. It's time to make individuals take responsiblility for their actions.

April 20, 2007, 05:27 PM
I was too very surprised to see Ted Nugent on CNN website. Unbelievable!

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