Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent weighed in Wednesday on last week's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., giving some colorful comments on both Twitter and radio.
Nugent began by suggesting that if a moviegoer had been carrying a "good gun," the tragedy might have played out differently.
we pray for all victims&lovedones of demonshooter in CO& we SALUTE the brave warriors who saved lives IF only they would hav had a good gun— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 25, 2012
Later in the day during an appearance on Glenn Beck's radio show, the musician and ardent National Rifle Association supporter aired his grievances with discussions about guns and assault weapons that have arisen since the tragedy in Colorado. According to Nugent, the idea that an individual could easily obtain an assault weapon is "nonsense."
"Glenn, you need to talk to your friend Bill O'Reilly, because I've never heard such nonsense in all my life," Nugent said.
O'Reilly, who opposes major gun policy reform, said Tuesday that gun sellers should be required to report the sale of major assault weapons to the government.
Nugent told Beck he disagrees.
"I think it epitomizes the ignorance out there when Bill O'Reilly states as a fact that anybody can go buy a bazooka and a machine gun without the government knowing it, unless, of course, you're in the Crips and the Bloods," Nugent said.
Police believe suspect James Holmes shot 71 people and killed 12 last week with weapons he purchased legally, including an AR-15 assault rifle.
Nugent said that the AR-15 shouldn't be classified as an assault weapon.
"This kind of information is just looney," he told Beck. "If they keep calling it an assault weapon, I may have that aneurysm."
He made a similar claim on Twitter, referring to the gun as a "universally proven sporting & self defense firearm" and saying that the 6,000 rounds of ammunition Holmes reportedly possessed weren't "squat."
Nugent also had choice words for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who in the past has been a strong supporter of gun control, but most recently said it was a "bad time" politically to pursue policy changes.
"Dianne Feinstein, who's just literally going berserk on the misinformation about the weapons and the ammunition -- this is the woman who had a concealed weapons permit but denied California citizens the right to have a concealed weapons permit," Nugent said. "She demonized the concept ... This is lunacy."
Feinstein, an author of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, halted concealed carry reciprocity measures in California earlier this year.
'Dead Or In Jail'
"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/ted-nugent-romney-obama_n_1429698.html" target="_hplink">said</a> to NRA supporters in April 2012. "If you can't galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we're done." Nugent added: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
'I'd Like To Shoot 'Em Dead'
During an interview in 2008, Nugent had harsh words for undocumented immigrants. "In an unauthorized entry, armed like they are right now, invading our country, I'd like to shoot 'em dead," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QjBdRHQnEYg" target="_hplink">Nugent</a> told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
'Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally'
After sparking controversy with his anti-Obama screed that earned him a Secret Service investigation, Nugent doubled down on his remarks during an interview with radio host Dana Loesch. "I'm a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/ted-nugent-obama-remarks_n_1432988.html" target="_hplink">he said</a>. "And there are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth."
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is 'Brain-Dead'
"Wasserman Schultz is such a brain-dead, soulless idiot," Nugent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/ted-nugent-obama-remarks_n_1432988.html" target="_hplink">told</a> Dana Loesch after the Florida congresswoman criticized his anti-Obama comments. "I could not be more proud that this soulless, heartless idiot feebly attempts to find fault with Ted Nugent, because I am on the right track and she just encourages me to stand stronger."
'Suck On My Machine Gun'
During a 2011 interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Nugent outlined his views on gun control. "Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SZCxArSFRcw" target="_hplink">Nugent said</a>. "Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, we're gonna literally create the proven places that where more innocents are killed called 'gun-free zones,' we're gonna beat you. We're gonna vote you out of office, or suck on my machine gun, you can take it whichever way you want."
While on stage at a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zYmFAwhmqaU" target="_hplink">2008 concert</a>, Nugent held up machine guns and shared his thoughts on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. "Hey, Obama," he said, guns in hand. "You might wanna suck on one of these, you punk." He continued, "Hillary, you might wanna ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch."
'Apartheid Isn't That Cut-And-Dry'
In 1990, Nugent caused a stir when he commented on racial segregation in South Africa to <em>Detroit Free Press</em> magazine. "Apartheid isn't that cut and dry," Nugent said. "All men are not created equal. The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I'm one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands ... These are different people. You give 'em toothpaste, they f---ing eat it ... I hope they don't become civilized. They're way ahead of the game."