In 2014, the topic of militarized police forces across the country became the focus of conversation in American households, especially during two very publicized events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada.
Although the narratives are vastly different, the protests share similarities: a crime sparks a reaction, protestors clash with law enforcement, and rhetoric escalates and bleeds out into the real world. So how does one work through the details objectively?
Notable gun rights advocate and man responsible for Wango Tango, Ted Nugent, said: “Conscientious, intelligent citizens will always side with the police and those same conscientious, educated citizens can also read evidence when the government is functioning as a bad guy and we will also rise to that occasion.”
He then compared the events to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, where protests escalated and police responded at orders of the mayor with brutality, injuring some 1,100 people including protestors, reporters and even lawmakers.
“I didn’t know who to root for: the cops or the hippies. Because the cops were as corrupt as they could be and the hippies were as numb nut as they could be. And when they were clashing and batting each other I was just cheering that everybody got beat up,” Nugent said.
“The Chicago cops needed a serious lesson in abuse of power, and the hippies needed a serious lesson that you can’t destroy neighborhoods with impunity,” he said.
Nugent met with Guns.com during the 2015 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas while promoting his show “Ted Nugent: Spirit of the Wild” on the Outdoor Channel. For more of the interview, check out here and here.