Rock musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent posted an anti-Semitic graphic to Facebook that suggests prominent Jewish Americans in politics are behind the activism for stronger gun control laws. Here at the National Jewish Democratic Council, we strongly condemn the post, and are troubled by the language targeting Jews of both political parties as being 'punks' and 'evil.'
Nugent apparently did not create the photo grid graphic himself, but he wrote an accompanying message saying, “Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security!”
Anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate, or anywhere for that matter. Nugent should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content, and NJDC hopes that individuals on both sides of the gun control debate will strongly reject his message.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also condemns the post ADL. CEO Jonathan A. Greenblat released a statement saying:
“Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender. But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. Regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality.”
In January 2014, ADL also spoke out after Nugent made public remarks comparing film producer Harvey Weinstein to Hitler’s chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, charging that Weinstein was out to “destroy the NRA.”
In the wave of criticism he’s facing, NJDC hopes that Nugent will take swift action to remove this graphic immediately, and to apologize for his words.