Conservative rock star Ted Nugent, a fierce advocate of the Second Amendment, has slammed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for trying to tie gun rights strictly to hunting, asking "what kind of idiot thinks that our founding fathers were protecting deer hunting?"
"The psychotic murderer in Newtown, Conn., broke 41 laws. How insane do you have to be to think that the 42nd law would have had any effect on this mad man? I mean you literally have to be brain dead. And if you listen to Mike Bloomberg – framing the Second Amendment as a deer hunting issue – this is bizarro world. He’s got to be the dumbest upright species in the history of breathing creatures," Nugent said at a gun show in Las Vegas on Jan. 17, according to CNS News
"What kind of idiot thinks that our founding fathers were protecting deer hunting, so we are dismayed and saddened and repulsed that our elected officials are in constant violation of the U.S. constitution and common sentence," Nugent continued.
Bloomberg has been a long time gun-control proponent, having in 2006 launched the initiative Mayors Against Illegal Guns along with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
"In the olden days, people bought pistols and rifles with a bolt, single action. Today, you can buy something where, if you keep pulling the trigger, it keeps firing, firing, firing," Bloomberg said in interview on "CBS This Morning."
"And it fires bullets in some cases, armor-piercing bullets, which are only designed to kill cops. We just don`t need assault weapons out there," Bloomberg continued. "There’s nothing sporting about it. If you can’t shoot a deer with two shots, you don’t—shouldn’t be out there shooting."
Gun-rights advocates are quick to point out that the Second Amendment was not written to protect the rights of hunters, but rather to allow individual's the right to possess and carry firearms.
"Those who would take away the right to keep and bear arms or infringe upon it in any way are the enemies of freedom," Nugent added about Bloomberg's remarks.
Bloomberg, who has a net worth of $25 billion, has expressed interest in using some of his wealth to reshape the gun debate in America and push for stricter gun regulations.
New York currently has the nation's strictest state gun laws after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed through new regulations in mid-January in response to the Newtown school shooting. Additional gun restrictions are imposed on NYC residents.
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