The ever-controversial Ted Nugent is not one to keep his opinions to himself, let alone keep quiet on an issue as racially and politically charged as the George Zimmerman trial.
In an op-ed published Sunday, the rock musician and National Rifle Association advocate labeled Martin a "17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe," and in a second column, he argued that Zimmerman should sue Martin's parents for "emotional pain and suffering."
"George Zimmerman is thankfully and rightfully not facing any jail time for legally defending himself, but he is far from a free man," Nugent wrote Tuesday in a piece for conservative news site Rare.us. "While there is little he can do to protect himself from a civil-rights charge by our gun-running, pro-New Black Panthers attorney general, Mr. Zimmerman may have some legal room to move regarding a wrongful death lawsuit by Trayvon Martin’s family."
Zimmerman, who was acquitted on second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last year, should consider suing the deceased teenager's parents, Nugent said. The basis for the suit, according to the conservative pundit, would be that "Martin viciously attacked" Zimmerman, resulting in "great bodily harm."
Trayvon Martin’s vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin’s tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin. Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin’s parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life.
Nugent, who has spent a good portion of the past few years stridently advocating against gun control, has paid special attention to Zimmerman's right to bear arms over the course of the trial.
During an April 2012 interview with Piers Morgan, for example, Nugent said that Zimmerman did the right thing in defending himself during an attack that could have ended with his assailant taking away his weapon.
Like so many columns Nugent has penned, the Rare article is sure to stir controversy.
In December, Nugent was criticized after appearing to defend guns in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. At the time, he blamed the tragedy at Newtown on the pervasive "spiritual bankruptcy" in American culture.
Earlier this year, Nugent drew the ire of many when he suggested the uptick in suicides in the military were caused by soldiers "in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander in chief violates the Constitution."
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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."