Friday, February 15, 2013

TED NUGENT WASN'T SO KEEN TO CARRY A GUN FOR HIS COUNTRY

 He's a vocal gun advocate and a member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors but it seems that rocker Ted Nugent was not always so anxious to bear arms.
The 64-year-old musician avoided toting around an M14 during the Vietnam War thanks to a series of military deferments that allowed him to dodge the draft, according to Selective Service records. 
  Theodore Anthony Nugent first received a high school deferment in February 1967 when he was 18 and after briefly being reclassified as available for service, he received a college deferment when he enrolled in Oakland Community College in Michigan. 
   He was later classified as 1-Y, indicating that he was qualified for service only in time of a national emergency, a classification usually issued to candidates saddled with significant medical or mental issues.
  In interviews, Nugent has provided varying accounts of how he avoided a seat on a troop transport to Southeast Asia. In a High Times interview, he claimed to have stopped bathing a month before his draft physical, adding that he showed up for the exam with pants “crusted” with urine and feces. “I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop,” recalled Nugent.
 
  He also said he snorted a line of crystal meth before the physical because, “I wanted to see the look on the Sergeant’s face."
  Nugent recently relied on a false and outdated report frequently promoted by conspiracy theorists to claim that no assault weapons were used in the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut authorities have stated that all of the Newtown victims were shot with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon, some victims receiving up to 11 gunshot wounds. 
  In a February 13 website column Nugent wrote: "No so-called assault weapon was used in the grisly murders of the children and teachers in Newton," and instead suggested that four handguns were used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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