Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent is now catching heat from his own brother on his uncompromising stance on gun rights.
In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, Jeffrey Nugent, Ted's older brother, wrote that while he agrees with his younger brother's fervent defense of the right to bear arms, he splits with the "Cat Scratch Fever" singer on expanding background checks.
"I agree with Ted that our constitutional right to bear arms should not be undermined," writes Nugent, the former chief executive and president of Revlon. "I want all those who are qualified to purchase a gun to be able to do so. But — and here is where I part ways with my brother — not everyone is qualified to own a gun, so expanded background checks should be a legislative priority."
He continues, "The NRA has it wrong: Irresponsible gun owners are bad for everyone. If you shouldn’t have access to a gun, then there should be no way for you to access a gun! Can anyone argue with that?"
Earlier this year, Nugent spoke out against the background check legislation authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), deeming the measure the “the Ban Ted Nugent Act of 2013."
In the Post op-ed, the elder Nugent details attending last month's NRA annual convention in Houston, Texas with his brother, who gave the last speech at the annual meeting.
"Ted is someone who speaks in extremes to make his points," Jeffrey Nugent writes of his brother's often controversial rhetoric. "It reflects who he is, and it works for him and his audience."
Ted Nugent responded to his brother's criticism in a Sunday column on Newsmax's website.
"In this day and age of terminal apathy and soulless discontent, I adore anyone who is an activist and stands up for what he or she believes... My loving brother Jeffery is becoming one of those activists, and I salute the great man," writes Nugent. "His recent opinion on his support for expanded background checks for firearms purchasers is dead wrong, however. Passing expanded background checks would do nothing to curtail or suppress thugs or psychos from accessing weapons and committing mass murder, carjacking, the nightly shootouts in Chicago or a gangsta shooting at the Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans."
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'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."