The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent, is coming to Phoenix this month but, sadly, sans guitar. The conservative "Cat Scratch Fever" guitarist will appearing at the National Rifle Association's 138th National Convention on May 16 and 17.
Now, as we all know, normally the NRA likes to wait until after a school shooting to come to a town spouting rhetoric (well, sorta) but this regular convention could still be a fiery one, as The Arizona Republic has pointed out, the lobby group is using the allegedly "anti-gunner" position of the Democrat-controlled federal government drum up support.
In addition to his cable show, book deal and newspaper column, the Nuge was re-elected for his fifth term on the NRA's Board of Directors, which he first joined in 1995, last year and is known for statements like this:
"We know in our hearts and souls that God gave each of us a precious, equal, miraculous gift of life. And we also know, that if not for the formation and growth of this fundamental grassroots organization, individual American citizens would no longer have that US Constitutionally guaranteed God given right to keep and bear arms for the protection of this gift. Thank God for the NRA.
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