By AATTP Contributing Author, Sky Palma
Conservative rocker and pro-gun advocate Ted Nugent is the latest person to promote the conspiracy theory that the media has been “lying” about the Sandy Hook massacre since “no so-called assault weapon was used in the grisly murders.”
Conspiracy theorists have pointed to the mistaken, but since-corrected, report by NBC’s Pete Williams that “only handguns were taken into the school” by the gunman Adam Lanza.
Nugent doubled-down on the debunked claim in his column for the conspiracy-laden World Net Daily on Wednesday, after his controversial attendance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, where Barack Obama made an impassioned case for gun-control.
“No so-called assault weapon was used in the grisly murders of the children and teachers in Newton, Conn,” Nugent wrote. “NBC has reported the butcher used four handguns.”
The Motor City Madman continued, “…and though we can all agree that anything reported by the networks and so much of the media should be disbelieved out of hand, even if the Bushmaster modern sporting rifle were used in the demonic slaughter of innocents, semi-automatics are not ‘assault weapons.’ Period.”
Nugent conveniently ignored the many news reports that have correctly reported that Lanza took a Bushmaster AR-15 and two other weapons inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The World Net Daily column included a video of a recent Piers Morgan interview with the conservative rocker, and lauded it as an “intellectual body slam” against the CNN host. But Nugent’s arguments were more of the same anti-gun legislation extremism that reflects much of the fringe survivalist movement rhetoric that has peppered the gun debate.
In the interview, Nugent said that he absolutely opposes background checks for gun purchases “because the government doesn’t need to know who’s got what.”
Watch the video below to see Nugent’s interview by CNN’s Piers Morgan.
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