By Alan Gordon
Right-wing rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent thinks more military-grade weapons on the streets could have stopped the Las Vegas shooting.
In an interview on NRA TV, Nugent said that if he had a rocket launcher he could have stopped Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre.
“If we were allowed to walk around with things like rocket launchers this would have never happened,” said Nugent. “If I had one at the scene, I could have taken him out from the street.”
However, Nugent isn’t the only right-winger to engage in delusional thinking about gun violence. FOX News contributor Erick Erickson claimed that gun violence wasn’t a problem in the United States, even though it claims about 30,000 lives a year.
“But a lot of these statistics that the Senator (Chris Murphy) and others are using, because mass shootings in this country are actually so rare and on the decline, they’ve had to rig the statistics to make it worse than it is,” said Erickson.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise seemed to side with Nugent, even though he has just recovered from being shot by James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter. Scalise still thinks the country needs more weapons to protect against gun violence and claimed the media was covering up stories about gun owners who successfully defend themselves.
“Every single day in America, regular citizens that just have a passionate belief in the Second Amendment that have their own guns use guns every single day to protect themselves against criminals,” said Scalise in a FOX News interview. “Those stories never get told or hardly ever get told. That’s a different side of the story that I think is important.”
South Dakota Rep. John Thune blamed the victims for not protecting themselves.
“I think people are going to have to take steps in their own lives to take precautions,” said Thune in a MSNBC interview. “To protect themselves. And in situations like that, you know, try to stay safe. As somebody said — get small.”