Sporting a graying beard and his signature camouflage hat, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent on Thursday dismissed the Senate's gun control bill as a "feel-good measure" that won't stop any shootings. Towards the end of his interview on CNN, Nugent recommended that Attorney General Eric Holder be arrested for gun trafficking.
"I don't support the bill. I agree with the 90-plus percent of the law enforcement heroes out there, the real warriors of the street, that reject this as a feel-good measure ," Nugent said bluntly. "I reject it out of hand as a feel-good measure that's not going to accomplish anything. It won't stop any shootings, that's for sure."
Nugent said he supports police enforcing the gun laws that are already on the books, rather than adding even more regulations. The Senate gun bill would expand background checks and likely include amendments from senators in both parties.
CNN's Erin Burnett then asked Nugent about New York's new gun legislation that allows police to confiscate firearms from people who are determined to be mentally ill. TheBlaze has reported on the instance where a law-abiding gun owner's guns were confiscated by mistake in New York.
Nugent said he simply doesn't trust the "bureaucracy" to "accurately or responsibly or legally identify someone with mental issues." However, the rocker did say he wants guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, but that it's not the governments responsibility to determine who is mentally ill.
"I just don't trust the government. I don't trust the government that claims it's going to reduce the budget while they increase the budget," he added.
Throwing a curve ball, Nugent then asked Burnett if she wants to reduce gun trafficking. Naturally, Burnett answered yes. "Then you would support my recommendation that we arrest Eric Holder," Nugent said.
"Well, no, I don't support that," Burnett replied.
"Well, if you want to stop gun trafficking why don't we go after the guy trafficking guns? That would be Eric Holder," Nugent shot back, clearly referring to Operation Fast and Furious where 2,000 guns were allowed to walk across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Before the interview ended, Nugent made sure to tell Burnett, "I love you madly."
Watch the always entertaining Ted Nugent via CNN/Mediaite below:
(H/T: Matt Wilstein, Mediaite)
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