Conservative rocker Ted Nugent believes the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is the result of pervasive "spiritual bankruptcy" and a "politically correct" mentality in American culture.
Nugent penned a response to the Sandy Hook shooting, which left six school employees and 20 children dead, in an editorial for The Washington Times. In the piece, Nugent shifts blame from lax gun control, poor mental health programs, inadequate security at schools and violence in the media to the moral decay of society.
Via The Washington Times:
The ugly and dangerous truth is that we live in an embarrassing, politically correct culture that exalts and rejoices in the bizarre; aggressively promotes an “anything goes” value system; and vilifies, condemns and mocks traditional societal values and customs at every opportunity.
We’ve embraced a culture of contempt that attacks the very institutions that make for a healthy and strong society, and then we’re shocked when it spirals out of control. The only thing I’m shocked about is that anybody is shocked.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the call for stricter gun control laws has steadily increased, particularly against the sale of semi-automatic weapons like the Bushmaster .223 used by gunman Adam Lanza.
Nugent, a gun owner, is disgruntled at the possibility of harsher gun laws.
Earlier this month, when sportscaster Bob Costas spoke out for gun control during an NFL game following the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, Nugent went on a Twitter rant.
"We thought Bob Costas was smarter than that," he tweeted. "Only fools blame tools instead of human failings. Shame Bob. Blaming guns for crime is like blaming helmuts for headbutts. WTF Costas! Uve lost it." Adding, "Hey Bob Costas we all kno [sic] that obesity is a direct result of the proliferation of spoons & forks Get a clue."
The gun-enthusiast's hunting lifestyle was on display in the Discovery special "Ted Nugent's Gun Country," which aired in October. Nugent previously claimed the one-time special would become a regular feature with "at least a dozen shows a year." However, following the Connecticut shooting, the network announced the show will not return.